Search ‘blogging’ on Pinterest and all you see is people who claim to have made thousands in their first couple of months blogging. What they don’t tell you is:
- This isn’t their first blog
- They have a budget to outsource…everything
- They worked 80 hours a week on their blog
- They’re straight-up lying.
I make about £1200 per month from my website (I monetised it last month so I won’t see the money for a while). It’s been live for about a year. Actually, exactly a year. Happy birthday, Planet house plant.
But I’ve had several other blogs before that one, all of which helped me learn a little more. All in all, it’s taken nearly a decade to get to the point that I’m earning (largely) passive income.
Due to hosting costs, buying domain names, and spending money on a variety of things that I thought would accelerate my success (premium themes, Tailwind, courses), it’ll be a few months before I break even.
Was it worth it? Yup. If I went back in time and told past me what the timeline would look like from starting out to earning an income, past me would probably be a little overwhelmed.
I gave up a dozen times, often for six months at a time. I totally deleted a personal finance blog with hundreds of posts that I REALLY wish I’d kept. I tried my hand at freelance writing. I have a novel that needs redrafting. If you love to write, you’ll get there in the end.
I do have a concrete tip, though it isn’t exactly groundbreaking:
Forget about traditional blogging.
No one cares about how pretty your blog looks – they want help with their issue.
Immerse yourself in your niche. Make a note of every problem you face and document everything you tried to fix it, and your results. Take photos that will help your reader – it doesn’t matter how well lit they are.
Don’t write review posts based on amazon reviews. Review stuff you own, that you’ve actually used. Your crappy £5 product may not earn you much affiliate commission, but it’ll really help your readers – and that’s where your value lies.
In the past I’ve put off writing articles because it would take a few months to collect the data, but those articles are incredibly useful and google loves them. The time will pass anyway.