We humans have this bad habit. We only hear what we want to hear. This was explained to me by my doctor. He told me that when the doctors relayed bad news to their patients, the patients usually filter out all the bad news and try to believe in what they want to believe in.
Same goes for bloggers. The newbies all want to hear only the positive sides of blogging – i.e. blogging can make money. They will absorb every part which bring positive vibes and then, pretend that the negative ones are all unreliable things.
I derived this conclusion from observing how many new bloggers talk like they are going to make tonnes of money within a couple of months of blogging. “Sorry, honey, money doesn’t fall on your lap like that.”
I showed a link to a blog buddy just now and both of us had a good laugh at this noob. He doesn’t have much to offer in terms of skills, i.e. skill to design some kickass template or plugin. He doesn’t already have a ready base of readers, i.e. many of us who branch into blogging for money already have established as bloggers with a good number of regular readers. He just jumped right in and thinks that all the ads companies are going to pour lorry loads of money on his lap.
What is amusing is how he whine about not going to put many photos on his blog because it slows down his site loading. He also talked about not putting widgets that will slow down his site. WTF! We live in the broadband era, not 56K dial-up. Photos won’t slow down your site. Just admit that you have no photos because you have no camera. And who the hell cares if your sidebar is slowed down a bit by the widget? It is not like other bigger bloggers haven’t thought of it? The only reason is probably your site is not accepted by the company.
So, what did the probloggers forget to tell you or is it you refused to listen?
1) A blog won’t make you money until several months, at least six months to me.
2) Your single most important target is organic traffic.
3) You cannot rely on your few friends and one or two aunties to make your blog grow. You need organic traffic.
4) Google Adsense won’t make you money. If you have only one blog, you probably need to wait a year. (usually, many bloggers’ enthusiasm died within 3 months)
5) No one will buy a text link ad from your site unless you already have rankings, i.e. that little green bar call Google Pagerank. Remember that? Hmmmmm….?
6) You won’t get a pagerank until maybe 4-6 months after you start your blog and filled it with great contents and work hard on improving traffic.
7) Your traffic will remain pathetic for at least 6 months.
8) You will only earn peanuts during that time.
9) Blogging is very hard work.
10) You need a real job that pays real money. Only very few bloggers made it as probloggers. And you know what? Problogger doesn’t exist. The few famous ones are some professionals who happened to be bloggers. They are in the industry, working in real jobs and they happened to blog.