I see bloggers come and go everyday, some of you reading this post will not be blogging next year, or even next month. There are literally 1000’s of articles on how to make money blogging, or how to make money online . I make money online, but it is in different ways than what these articles are talking about. I don’t make money on adsense, affiliates, or text links. As a matter of fact, I will be removing most advertising on this site because I just think it clutters up my site and is taking away from the content. On top of that, this site doesn’t get enough search traffic yet, and lets face it, other bloggers do not click on ads! The money I make online is from services and products .

If you have never made money online, then you shouldn’t be writing about it. How can you be an authority on something while you are learning it? If you are new to blogging, how can you help others learn to blog? It appears that these type of sites are popping up all over the web, and they will disappear just as fast.

Write What You Know: write about something you have knowledge of

Write about things you have real world experience in. If you have been remodeling houses your whole life, don’t start writing about becoming a day trader because you want to become a day trader. Write about remodeling houses, produce some quality videos, review some products and tools. You will have a much better chance of actually making it.

That is just an example, but if you look at what your education and experience is, you will know what you should be writing about. I have read (and agree with) articles that talk about what you are passionate about, you should write about. But there is more to it than just being passionate about something. You need to have experience in it.

Let’s look at the example above (remodeling). There are numerous topics to write about:

  • DIY (whatever your niche was)
  • Hiring a Contractor
  • Tool Reviews
  • Business
  • Employee Management
  • Estimating Project Costs
  • Insurance
  • Profit Margins

Those are just a few off the top of my head, but as you can see, there are many topics that as a remodeling contractor you probably have real world experience in and are an authority on as soon as you start your blog.

Conclusion:

I am not knocking anyone for what they write about, I have respect for many bloggers. I just want you to think about what you are really trying to accomplish as a blogger. If it is to “ get rich quick ” you probably won’t last long. Have a plan, do your research, and determine what will actually benefit your readers and you will be successful (just not overnight).

I saw a statistic (sorry I can’t site the source for you) that said that the top 10% of bloggers make $19k a year or more. That means you have to work hard to make an actual living at writing a blog. That means it may take a couple of years to make any money at all. If you remember my interview with Todd Fratzel , it took him 18 months of blogging every day to make $100 a month! He makes enough now to be considered a full time income for most (he still works a full time job though), and he has been at this for 3+ years.

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