There are a number of misconceptions about blogging for money. Better to be aware of them upfront so you have a realistic picture of the journey.
Myth: Blogging is a good way to make money fast
A lot of people think blogging has quick monetary returns. For most of us, it absolutely does not. Most of the people I know who are making a great part-time income have been at it for at least a year. Anyone who is making a full-time income has been at it for years. If anyone tells you differently, be very skeptical.
Myth: Once it’s live on the internet, people will find your blog
There are millions and millions of blogs online. Unless you win the internet lottery (not likely), there’s no way people will find you unless you tell them. Thus the importance of actively building relationships (see above).
Myth: Making money online isn’t legitimate
This is just simply untrue. There are sketchy people in any industry, but not only is online entrepreneurialism legitimate, it’s fast becoming a preferred way to do business because there’s low overhead and low risk.
Myth: Blogging for money doesn’t work
It’s true, a lot of bloggers don’t make money even after working toward that end. However, the reason is not because it doesn’t work. From what I’ve observed, it usually results from lack of motivation, lack of creativity or originality, lack of patience or lack of hustle. It’s a hard gig!
Myth: Blogging is for business types
This is what I thought when I first started blogging in 2007. I thought it was for men who could devote themselves full time to their blogging endeavor.
But then I met a lot of moms and regular people like me who were making impressive incomes.
Myth: The average person can’t really make money blogging
This is simply not true. Just like any business it requires hustle – a lot of hustle – but the internet has provided opportunities in business unlike any other time in history.
There’s a very low barrier to entry, the playing field is leveled, it costs next to nothing to get started and the overhead and risk are minimal. I know this to be true because I’ve done it myself and I’ve watched countless others do the same.