Blog Passive Income How to Earn Money Without The Effort

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Did you get into blogging because somebody told you all about the wonders of passive income? Wondering when that’s gonna start or if you missed something in the fine print? Read on…

Here’s the Wikipedia definition of passive income:

Passive income is an income received on a regular basis, with little effort required to maintain it.

The keyword in that definition is “maintain.” I’ve read more than my fair share of those How To Make Money Blogging guides and they focus on the idea that all you have to do is set up a blog and you’re done, it earns passive income effortlessly forever and ever until the end of time.

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Nowhere in those guides do they tell you how long it takes and how much hard work it takes to get that blog to an income-producing level. Nor do they mention the fact that if you don’t regularly maintain that blog it will quickly stop producing income.

Many businesses other than blogging produce passive income. Rental property is a good example. Buy an apartment building and every month you just sit back and collect rental income from your tenants. But here’s the thing…

Before you can buy that rental property you have to do some type of work. You either have to build the apartment building or you have to earn enough money to buy an existing building. Either way, once you own that building you have to perform continuous maintenance or it will decay and crumble to the ground.

An author earns passive income from his book but he has to write the book first and that can take weeks, months, or even years. Once the book is published he earns a portion of each book sale, but if he doesn’t do something to keep his book in the spotlight, it’s quickly replaced by the next best seller and his passive income dwindles to nothing.

In any type of passive income business there’s a tremendous amount of work required before the income starts pouring in and additional effort is required to maintain that income stream. In most cases the passive income is directly proportional to the amount of effort you spend generating it. In other words, the more time and energy you invest in creating a quality product, the more unique that product will be and the more you can charge for it.

So, how does all of this talk of passive income relate to blogging? Well, it’s not as easy to generate passive income as those guides make it out to be, which is the reason most bloggers fail.

Your blog will generate passive income once it ranks well in the search engines but it takes a lot of work – sometimes years of work – to get it to that level. The faster you create content and the more content you create the faster you’ll start earning income.

And, like any other business, the level of passive income you generate will depend on the quality and uniqueness of your content, as well as the effort you put into promoting and maintaining your blog.

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  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Passive income flows in after many months and years of active work ;)

    You know this well Steven. We work, we learn, we work, treating our blogs like offline businesses, putting in 6, 12 or more hours daily, weekends, every day…then we see passive checks each month.

    Thanks for sharing the real talk buddy!


    1. Steven

      Hell yeah, I certainly know it.

      Dukeo is over 2 years old, I’m receiving very decent traffic, but the blog is still not making a full-time income.

      I have to confess that my main focus has not been to grow my income as fast as possible. This may explain why it’s going quite slow.

  2. Mark

    well sad, some passive methods require huge investment in terms of money (rentals), other just require your time and passion (digital products) or very little investment. The best thing you can do is start creating your own product, setup an affiliate program and market yourself. This will give you an idea if you are good enough to IM industry. But the most important thing is never giveup. Thanks.

    1. Steven

      Giving the advice of creating a product is nice Mark, but let’s not fool ourselves: it also requires quite some time and effort. Moreover, you’ll have some trouble promoting your product if you’re not already known in the industry you’re targeting.

    2. Mark

      Agree with you Steven, but the efforts must all go in that direction if you want to make money and build a real business. It’s not fooling, it’s the way to go for a steady income. I know there are other ways to make consistent money but if you don’t try you don’t fail and if you don’t fail you don’t win. Of course you might have a nice audience but you can make good money even if you are not known in the industry. It’s all depends of your abilities to market yourself. Yes if you have relationships with other marketers in your niche is a huge benefit and can make the difference, but it’s not the only way to go. big guys all started from zero…

  3. Mark Arsenault

    Great article. One of the things I also learned (or am learning) is about focus. You have to know who your target audience is and then start creating content directly for them. Many leaders teach you to have “laser focus” for a reason; it’s the quicker route to success.

    1. Steven

      That’s an excellent point Mark. The more focused your niche is, the easier it will be to pinpoint a product that will fit a need of that audience. I think it’s a perfect way to get started online as you will learn how to take over a small niche, and you can expand horizontally with other products from that point.

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