I first stumbled to this maybe a year ago, when I found Steve Pavlina’s blog. And probably likek everybody else, I was like: whoa, is it possible to make money blogging!?
Like Steve said, it’s probably not for most people. I wanted to try though (I’m not like most people, right?) Well, I did write some, but I actually never read Steve’s advice again and so my blogging was only writing about what’s going on in my mind. I thought it was somewhat in line with my general theme dealing with the mind and living in the moment. But I don’t remember having an idea how to monetize my blog, or even how to get traffic. I even felt awkward about making money (I probably still do).
After a while I didn’t feel like blogging anymore. I had been telling myself that I’m doing it for introspection or something, but underlying reason was, of course to, be heard. Probably only my mom was reading the blog (well she was posting comments at least).
The important question is: would you blog anyway, even if you wouldn’t ever be able to make money from it? Because there are gazillion ways to make money and if one doesn’t suit you, you can find another way.
But it could also be that you haven’t found the right subject yet. Corbett Barr wrote that he never really enjoyed writing before starting his blog - it was about finding the right topic (read his manifesto, 18 Months, 2 Blogs, Six Figures).
Now that I’ve been wandering in fields of internet marketing, I’ve come to find that you can use the blogging technology in various ways to do business.
- You can post pictures, video or audio instead of text.
- There are themes available that make creating sales/squeeze pages easy.
- Even wordpress-based forum can be made with plugins.
Still you got to have something to give to make money online. And you have, the challenge is finding the right thing and a proper way to deliver it.
Is blogging for you? Making money online might be simple, but it’s not easy.
- Are you willing to put in the hours?
- Are you willing to learn new skills?
- Are you willing to build relationships?
It takes time and/or focus. (You can get more done faster if you focus on one thing at a time – I’ll post about this later.)
Are you up for the challenge?