The guide said you’d be making a full-time income in just six weeks and here you are six months later and you still haven’t made a dime. If that sounds like you, don’t panic. You’re not alone. The simple truth is: Making money from blogging takes time. But that guide didn’t tell you that, did it?
Quantity Of Content
If you have 10 posts on your blog then that means you have 10 different URLs listed in the search engine index. That’s 10 different avenues people can use to find your blog. When you’re competing with hundreds of other blogs in relevant niches, that’s not even a drop in the bucket.
It takes time to build up the quantity of content it takes to attract thousands of visitors a day. In two years, I’ve added 1,384 posts to Dukeo. During my second full year this content generated 422,969 page views from 196,751 unique visitors. If you want to increase your income you need to increase your targeted traffic. And the best way to do that is increase your content as fast as you possibly can.
Search Engine Optimization
Your competitors have been at this for a while and it’s going to take time to beat them at their game. They’ve got thousands of incoming links from reputable sites which have helped move them up to the top of the index.
There are also dozens of behind-the-scenes tasks you need to perform – on your blog and off – that all improve your SEO. It takes time to learn and perfect these tasks. You’ll get there, but you have to be patient and committed.
Think about how hard it is to build a good reputation in the offline world. It’s even more difficult on the Internet where no one can see you, where they have to rely on your content and they have no idea who’s really behind that blog.
But you can speed up the process by publishing lots of high-quality content frequently, so you attract more visitors faster.
The knowledge you need to make that six-figure income is phenomenal. You need to know how the Internet works, how searchers think, how to market and promote a product, how to create the type of high-quality content your audience is looking for, how to use HTML and CSS to customize your blog and the list just goes on and on.
On top of everything else you also have to understand that the Internet and Internet technologies are constantly changing so there’s always going to be something more you need to learn.
Looking back, my very first blog was laughable compared to what I’m doing now. Chances are, two years from now you’ll look back on your first blog and laugh, too. But you have to start somewhere, right? At least you had the courage and commitment to make that first step.
Now all you need to do is continue learning and perfecting your craft. In the offline world it takes time to build an established, profitable business, so it only makes sense that it will take time to make money from blogging, too.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!