One of my fellow bloggers, Passive Income to Retire, started a challenge a few weeks ago and I’ve decided to join in! This challenge, the Begginer Blogger Challenge, is just a way for a TON of bloggers around the world to discuss a few things they’ve experienced in starting up a new website/blog. There is no real prize — so I’m not sure why it’s considered a “challenge” — but it does allow for me to join in on the fun and share a few things with my readers.
I officially launched my blog on November 28, 2011. So I’ve been blogging a little over 3 FULL months!
I actually purchased my domain, design, and logo in late August 2011 but it took me a few months to get everything ready to go.
There is no hiding that I’m a little anal and extremely attentive to detail, so I attribute those flaws (sometimes a positive attribute) to the delay in getting things going.
Much of my competitive nature and the desire to do things right forced me to take some time to make sure this site was properly designed before I launched it. That along with the fact that I wanted to get ahead on my blog posts (I consistently stay about 1 week ahead) delayed my launch from the beginning of October to the end of November.
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time then you’re aware that I struggled with money for a LONG time.
My personal struggle with finances eventually led to me pursuing a full-time job that involved advising (asset management/wealth building) and coaching (Dave Ramsey style) people 1-on-1 on a daily basis.
After advising/coaching for 2 years, I began to get disappointed in the number of people I was able to meet and help on a daily basis. My schedule was full — so it’s not that I wasn’t staying busy — but why only meet and speak to 500 people a year when you can reach thousands?
That problem then led to the realization that I could start a blog and share my story/knowledge with thousands of people. There is ZERO doubt in my mind that Americans struggle (greatly) with money. Our inability to handle money will eventually lead to extremely tough times for this country and the only way to circumvent that is to have millions and millions of people that lead financially independent lives (not only in the here-and-now but also 30 years from today in retirement).
After a lot of pushing from one of my close friends, I finally decided to start WorkSaveLive and am very thankful that I followed through with the decision.
Over the course of the last 3 months and 2 weeks, I’ve earned a total of $97 in blog income! Talk about a get-rich-quick scheme!!
Having followed a number of bloggers I do realize that this is a fairly unusual accomplishment. From multiple accounts it usually takes quite a bit longer than that to break the $100 mark.
So, if you have some misguided thought that I’m raking in piles of money over here, then I’d ask for you to rethink the glitz and glamor that comes with being a blogger.
With all of that said, I do believe blogging can be a profitable endeavor over a LONG period of time. Through CPC ads, affiliate marketing channels, and paid-for advertising, blogging can create some sort of “semi-passive” income stream.
Similar to TV and magazine advertising, advertisers want to reach audiences and they’re willing to pay for it. The caveat here is that VERY FEW bloggers will ever realize this. Your blog/website has to rank very high in the world and has to have a thousands of visitors each month.
There are simply too many things that I could list here. If I had to narrow it down though, I think I could fit all of my struggles into one thing: the time commitment.
As a newbie blogger you have to learn HTML code and CSS (which I still don’t really know). You have to find a theme (design) that works for you; you have to find a place to host your domain and create a logo.
THEN, once all of that is done, you still have to design the site to the way you want it to look.
Oh…I forgot the whole content thing: there is the time commitment to continually push out quality content. And if you want your blog to be successful, then you also have to allow time for guest posting, visiting other blogger’s sites, and building relationships with some of them.
Guest posting and finding a network of bloggers to help you is VERY important in the early stages. Blogging is very similar to the way our world works: it’s not always what you know, it’s WHO you know.
The unfortunate reality of search engines is that the ONLY way for you to be reputable in the eyes of Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com, etc., is for other websites to link back to yours.
So, even if you create quality content, you’ll struggle building your site (in the short-term) if you don’t have other people that are recognizing your site (linking back to you).
That is certainly one major thing I wish I would have known before I started. However, the great thing is that there are wonderful bloggers/websites out there that are willing to help you! It just goes back to that whole time thing…
If you’re a fellow blogger and would like to take part in this challenge, head over to Passive Income to Retire and check out the details!
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