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Do bloggers make money?

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You may be looking for a way to add extra income to your life. You’ve heard of blogging, but do bloggers make money?

I get it. You want to know that something is going to be financially viable before you start it. You want to know that blogging is going to be worth your time and effort. So you need to know that bloggers really do make money.

You’ll hear plenty of people tell you yes. They’ll then tell you how to get started. You’ll find out all about the domain and website hosting companies the people recommend, or they’ll try to sell you their blogging programs.

And sure, I do have things to sell, but I’m not going to sell you them right this second. Yes, there are affiliate links here and there, but I’m not going to tell you that they’re the best way bloggers make money. I’m not going to tell you that hiring me as a coach is the only way to make money as a blogger, or that you really need to do it.

What I am going to tell you is that it is possible for bloggers to make money. I’m also going to tell you that this isn’t going to happen overnight.

It takes time to build your blog

Bloggers make money, sure. Some can make six or seven figures. These are impossible figures, but they’re not going to happen overnight.

Blogging takes a lot of time and effort. You won’t start seeing the views come in with just one post unless it goes absolutely crazy viral. You will need a good amount of posts to be able to start ranking on Google. I’m saying at least 50 posts just to get started.

You’ll need to give it a few months of consistent work. And that’s just to get started. If you want to start making those seven figures, it’ll take longer. Some people don’t make it even after a few years of consistent work, while others manage to crack it within a year.

There is a lot of work involved that doesn’t mean writing. You’ll need to learn SEO, do social media, manage your graphics, and so much more. If you’re not willing to do the work, you’re not going to get the rewards. It really is as simple as that.

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You’ll need to keep learning to make money blogging

The online world is consistently changing. Once you learn SEO (and yes, you’ll need to learn SEO), you’ll need to keep learning. It’s not just a one-course thing.

You may have heard that Google likes to bring in changes to it algorithm. These updates happen at regular intervals, and Google is never upfront about the changes that it makes. It requires some testing and some research. You’ll need to make sure you keep track of all this. Bloggers make money by always learning.

This is going to get frustrating. There are times that you’ll think you finally have it, and then you suddenly find it doesn’t work again. Google updates everything and what used to work is now a “black hat” technique or just not a preferred technique right now.

If you let the frustrations get to you, you’ll find that blogging doesn’t work. I roll with the punches. I can’t change what Google has done, so if I want my blog to make money, then I need to keep on top of the changes Google has made.

Bloggers make money through consistency

This is the one I’m guilty at struggling with. Can I blame ADHD for it? Partly, but it’s not an excuse. It’s something that I can work on.

Consistency is essential. You need to put together a blogging plan and stick to it. You need to stick to a social media posting schedule—and that is going to change now and then as the social media platforms make a few changes. You need to work through those changes and remain consistent.

Consistent doesn’t mean you have to do something that isn’t working. BY consistency, I mean you need to keep writing and you need to keep sharing. However, if you find that a certain posting schedule isn’t working, change it up and see if something else works. Make sure you still look at SEO changes, and keep an eye on the keyword phrases people used to come across your site.

The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. What you want to do is build up a following by showing that you are going to show up when your readers expect you.

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Bloggers make money. They really do. There are some out there making seven figures, but it isn’t unrealistic to make $2,000 per month just from residual income after a year or two with some hard work. You just need to be willing to put in that hard work.

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