If any blogger is telling you that it costs no money to start a blog and actually earn money, they need a reality check. In fact, if you’re reading this article and you’ve read articles like it, it’s good that stumbled upon this one.
“It takes money to earn money.”
I don’t know who originally said it, but it’s absolutely true. Investing isn’t just money, but also time and effort. You might not have a set wage when you first blog, but all that time invested could be money earned doing something else. You’re also paying for a domain, and hosting. You’re also taking time to customize your site and install the functionalities you need for it.
While you aren’t paying yourself to create your articles and set up your site, that does translate into money. Think about it. If you work 40 hours per week on your site, at the standard minimum wage of $7.50 US Dollar, that is $300 of work done in a week. In one month, that’s $1200. If you are bragging that you made $1000 in one month blogging, you’ve given yourself a pay cut. In the content creation marketing community, well written articles with 500 words individually sell between $15 to $50. So… that $1000 you made, starts looking like chump change.
Maybe it’s some marketing ploy, but anyone trying willing to blog and entice people to subscribe to their product or boost their image, it’s not impressive. If you are trying to put together an article about bootstrapping your blog or business, don’t be misleading. It might not seem so misleading to you, but for someone not business savvy or a total newbie at blogging, or maintaining any business… it really is misleading.
It’s great if you are making money, but think logically on:
- Time spent
- What your rate per hour or per word is
- If your work is producing a return on investment
I’m not going to lie. You definitely shouldn’t be overestimating your blog work when you start. It might be hard to put a price on your work, whether it be per hour or per word. However, if you have a regular job and intend to hopefully work for yourself one day, you need to put together a business plan for your blog. You will need to justify your time spent versus how much money you really earned. In doing so, you can see if your blogging or your website business is the path to take in your career.
Blogging isn’t glamorous, and takes a lot time. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. If you believe it is so, you’re living in a delusional world.
Do you blog professionally? Do you give advice to bloggers? Have you seen articles misleading bloggers about making money while blogging?