Blogging isn’t always easy, and it doesn’t always make you money.
I started my blog and didn’t make a dime from it for the first two years, but I didn’t quit. I kept it at.
Despite the grueling full time hours and the constant workload, many bloggers come to find that they never see an actual return on their investments. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that it takes a lot more than great ideas and writing talent to become a profitable blogger.
According to a 2012 survey of 1,000 bloggers by Blogging.com, only 17% were able to sustain their lifestyles with their blogs. Additionally, 81% of bloggers have never made so much as $100.
Then there’s that top 2%. That 2% who spend less than 2 hours a day on their blogs, but still make more in a month than most people make in an entire year.
They are the proof of concept. They are what all bloggers strive to become.
As much as I would love to say that these numbers have shifted dramatically in the last 4 years and that gap has been bridged so that blogging is now a profitable business venture for everyone, that’s simply not the case.
Here’s what it boils down to: if you are serious about turning your blog into a full time job that can actually support your family, you need to think of your blog as a business.
Great content is important, but it’s no more important than generating traffic and building a loyal audience base of return readers. Blogging, as much as we want to believe that it is about creativity, is about numbers.
Writing may be your passion, but blogging is a business. Making a successful living off of it can be done, and it can be done relatively easily if you keep that in mind.
That envied top 2% are the proof. We have grabbed 4 top bloggers in various niches and dissected their various monetization strategies so that you can copy them and start turning over a profit, too.
Check out our infographic to get helpful, step-by-step instructions on how to monetize your blog like the best of them.
About the Author
Andrew Wise is a serial entrepreneur whose sites generate $1+ million in revenue and receive 2.6+ million uniques per year. On his blog, Wise Startup Blog, he shares actionable advice on how you can build massive, passive income streams, designed for the complete newbie. Follow him on Twitter @WiseStartupBlog.