This has become one of the most commonly asked questions by new and struggling bloggers everywhere! How long does it take to make money blogging? The simple answer is that there are lots of factors that need to be taken into consideration when assessing how long it might take you to make any money as a blogger. We are going to look into these factors to enable you to explore them to your advantage.
I have also met a few people online who want to start blogging because they have heard that you can make an absolute fortune by doing so. I’m not going to disagree with this statement, there are quite a lot of bloggers out there that make a full time income. There are bloggers that make a staggering amount of money online. But these people all have something very special in common. They all work extremely hard on their blogs! Every one of them is an authority in their own niche and every one of them produces excellent content.
Now don’t get me wrong here, you don’t have to be the greatest writer in the world, you don’t even need to be close. But the thing that often separates the successful bloggers from those that just dream about making money online is a passion for the subject that they are talking about.
It takes a lot of hours per week to build and maintain a quality blog. It also takes many months of blogging before you will see income from it.
I tell new bloggers to allow 3-6 months to make a decent part-time income and 1-2 years to make a consistent full-time income. There are always exceptions of course, but after being active in the blogging world for almost 7 years, these are reasonable averages.
The idea that you can start a blog today and make a full-time income within a few months is, for most, not realistic. There is simply too much too learn and too much to build (your site, your content library, your social media presence, your trustworthiness, relationships with readers, etc.). If you need money right away, building a blog may not be your best option.
But don’t be discouraged! I squeezed blogging into the cracks of life for a few years and it now brings in steady income. If you have some time, it is well worth the effort.
So after taking all this into consideration, how long does it take to make money blogging? Well, it really depends on these factors: the niche that you choose and how much competition there is within that niche. It also depends on the quality of your content and how often you post on your blog.
So what do I need to make money fast as a blogger?
Here are 3 factors that determine how soon you will start to see money. Successful bloggers are successful because they don’t ignore these factors. Considering these factors makes money begin to flow fast which ultimately boost your blogging morale.
The Blog Niche:
The first thing that you need in order to become a successful blogger is a niche. This is something that is often overlooked and something that is seen as being a bit of a waste of time. This couldn’t be further from the truth and in fact choosing a niche is one of the most important steps in creating a blog. A successful niche should be something that you have a passion for as we have already talked about. You should expect to be writing in your blog every single week at a minimum if you really want to earn money from it fast.
So your niche has got to be something that you can talk about and really want to talk about on a regular basis. The good news is that in most niches that are generally lots of opportunities to take your own slice of the pie. If you were producing quality content for a low competitive niche and publishing that content on a regular basis, perhaps one or twice per week, then you could expect to start seeing results within a couple of months.
If your niche has more competition then you should expect to wait longer for results. But even with a high competition niche, publishing a couple of times per week you could expect to see organic traffic arriving to your site within a few months. When you get traffic on a regular basis, this of course increases your chances of making money in whatever way you have chosen to monetize your blog with.
Read this article for more information: How to find a profitable Niche
Quality content is a phrase that has been going around the internet for a few years now and it is best described as being mixed, varied and unique content that people want to view. By content we are referring to anything that you use in order to communicate your message within your blog to a target audience. You might use plain text, images, video or even audio to put your messages across to your audience. But the key words that you should take note of here are unique and quality. Copying content from another blog or website will not do you any favour at all. The best content that people enjoy reading is that which simply entertains, offers advice, opinions or that solves a problem. It’s entirely up to you to know how you do it, but the best blogs are often those that speak the truth and connect with their readers. Take a look at this article: Creating Blog Content That Converts
I was asked a question by someone that had been blogging for around 10 months the other day and he asked me “how long does it take before I start seeing organic traffic from Google?” It turned out that this guy had written some pretty good content and couldn’t understand why nobody was actually viewing it from Google. The simple answer was that this guy had only published 2 posts per month for the 10 months that this site had been running. This is a really common mistake and some people think that just because they have produced a handful of exceptional posts that Google will rate them highly and you will get massive amounts of traffic as a result. I’m sorry to say that it just doesn’t work that way!
Google will only give you good ranks as a blogger over time. It might take 3 months to see good results, it might take 6 months or even longer. The fact is, as a new blogger with a young website, Google doesn’t know if they can trust your website or not. It’s Google’s job to provide quality content to their searchers and they will only recommend your content if they trust you. In order to gain that trust you must publish high quality work on a regular basis. This is often a lot more than twice per month! However, it depends on the type of site that you are building as to how often you should blog. Check out this post for more: How Often Should I Post On My Blog
You Need Traffic to Start Making Money From Your Blog
A starting blog with about 10,000 words, for example, can potentially earn a few dollars during its first couple of months. If you keep publishing content, you should creep closer to the 100$ mark in less than half a year. That’s a lot of time invested for a small reward, but in my experience, traffic and conversions tend to increase exponentially once you pass the 50,000 words mark. An extra hundred bucks per month is nothing to sneeze at. That is, unless you’ve put in months and months of work into your blog and you still can’t crack that barrier.
Of course, for that to work, you need to choose your keywords carefully and optimize your blog. If you’re still writing regularly after the half-year mark and you still can’t climb out of this range of earnings, then you may have chosen the wrong niche. At that point, I’d recommend cutting your losses.
If you have a blog that’s earning approximately $500 per month, you’re practically already an outlier. Very few people get to that point, and if you do, you can start re-investing some decent cash into your blog, outsource content, and reduce your workload. However, it is ‘average’ in the sense that successful bloggers tend to stay within this income range per blog.
According to several case studies, between 50,000 and 100,000 words of content are often enough to get you in this range of earnings. That being said, most blogs don’t hit this milestone until they’re a few months in, even if you write day in and out like a madman.
There’s some speculation that Google ‘sandboxes’ new sites for a few months until they’ve proven themselves. That means that even with the right content, you might not see significant traffic for a while, so it’s crucial to keep your nose to the grindstone.
Generally speaking, a blog with 100,000 words of articles is going to bring in more traffic than one with a tenth of that. In most cases, the people who get that far have the opportunity to start earning a decent income, depending on how they monetize their websites.
Quality traffic to a quality content in a profitable niche can get you started earning money fast from your blog. Have you started a blog? How long did it take you to start making money? Please tell us.