A question that got posed to me recently was how long does it take to make money blogging. And, if it was possible to make money within 3 months.
I could hit you with the fluffy answer that success and monetary goals are different to each person. Instead, let’s just assume you mean enough money to quit your job and to be financially free.
Since, that’s what you mean…
How Long Does it Take To Make Money Blogging? Well, You get out what you put in…
The answer for me is still similar to, “How long is a piece of string.” The answer you seek is going to be determined by one simple factor. What are you putting into it?
If you want be a blogger who gets paid from creating profitable blogs you have to do the work. There are no two ways about it.
Doing one post a week for a year, it’ll take you longer than someone who does a post a day for a year. That’s assuming you are both using correct keyword research, and are setting up your blogs properly with SEO optimization.
What about in 3 months?
It’s uncommon for someone to make this kind of money that quickly. Within the first 3 months, Google isn’t even taking your site seriously to be honest.
From my experience with blogging and even YouTube channel creation, something seems to happen around the 2-3 month mark. It’s almost as if Google has decides to take you seriously after that time. It realizes your blog is updated so often that it isn’t just some new years resolution pet project someone has decided to do, and then leave after a few weeks.
Carrying on from that, I would say that; you goal shouldn’t be to make money in 3 months. It should be; can you remain consistent for 3 months?
3 months is a funny old time period. It’s how long it takes to build traction on blogging. How long it takes to start losing significant weight. It’s even often the time you decided if someone you’re dating is worth carrying on dating in the long term.
The 3 month hurdle seems to be everywhere, and it’s going to be one of many hurdles. One thing I know about that hurdle though is that it’s not a hurdle where you should hope to be celebrating.
It’s simply way to soon.
It should be a target that you see as a goal to reach. Simply because very few people can last 3 months with a new endeavour of any sort.
Did you choose the correct niche?
One thing I would ask yourself is if you have been creating content and your problem is that you think you’re running out of ideas for content, then perhaps another visit to the first quarter of this post might serve you well.
Remember! The goal is to start blogs around things you’re passionate about. Topics you can talk about easily, not what you think is going to be profitable.
Any niche can be profitable.
So, How long does it take to make money online blogging?
In the book, “Knowing oneself,” the author and Harvard Professor, Peter Drucker talks about an idea known as feedback analysis. This is when you run experiments on ideas your have for 12-18 months and then stop and evaluate, with humility.
I would follow this advice, and try to remain somewhat emotionally detached from your blog.
Aim to see decent monetary returns around the 12-18 month mark. And by 12-18 months I don’t mean 1 post a week. I mean working every day.
If you are getting close to the year mark and you’re stumped with what to write about, you kind of hate your topic, or you realize you aren’t that good at what you’re doing? Perhaps then it’s time to take stock and pivot onto something else.
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