There was an interesting post made on Website Babble last month from a member (jeffG) who was seeking more examples of everyday people (as opposed to blogging gurus) who are making worthwhile money from their blogs.
His post read…
We’re all aware by now that WordPress is the easiest way to build a website, but I was wondering how many of you actually make good money? And when I say “good money” I mean enough to enhance your existing lifestyle. I’m not talking about a dollar or two from AdSense per day.
I was at a social media event in Atlanta today and I was talking to all these WordPress users. Some had impressive followings on Twitter, Facebook, even Google+.
For some reason I just assumed a lot of these people did this for a living. As the night went on, I began to learn that very few of them made a lot of money. I don’t think I met one person that was full-time online or even close. And they said it was their goal.
So I’d like to know from the bloggers here, how many of you actually make good money? Yes, WordPress is too cool for school (as the old saying goes), but if your goal is to make money from your site and you’re not making much, what do you attribute that to?
Of course, we know that people make money with blogs. However, I also receive many e-mails from people who struggle with the monetization part of blogging.
Obviously, the number one problem is lack of traffic. However, there are blogs that receive decent amounts of traffic, yet the owners still have trouble converting sales for numerous reasons.
I love getting feedback from you, so I want to open up a discussion with people on both sides of the fence.
If you are making money with your blog, what are your top earners (ad sales, AdSense, product sales, etc.) and what suggestions would you give to those struggling?
Let’s inspire and learn from one another!
As many of you know, most of my overall earnings come from my static website, but my blog does pretty well considering it receives much less traffic than my main site and I consciously keep selling/affiliate links to a minimum.
My blog is not heavily monetized. It has always been a brand-building tool that has helped build credibility and connections with my followers.
How about you? How does your blog earn money? Are there any lessons that you’d like to share with others? Any struggles or frustrations?