I picked up this story from Weblog Tools Collection and am glad that Michael Parsons of Times Online asserts that successful blogging is hard work. (quotes are taken from Michael Parsons article)
His article is especially useful to those mass produce bloggers who copy and paste articles about making money and loudly proclaim that one can make money without any efforts. I am sure all of us are so familiar with the mushrooming number of new blogs which claim how easy it is to earn money by just signing up a free blog account and pasting some Google Adsense code to it.
Yesterday someone gave a few simple steps on how to make money through blogging. Unfortunately, I had to butt in and told the blogger that it is not as easy as get a blog, register with a few paid post companies, sign up for Google Adsense and Text Link Ads and start to make money.
It is :
1) Think and see if you have what it takes to survive in this competitive blogsphere;
You need a big ego, a loud voice, and a thick skin. And you need to burn with a restless intensity that makes people want to come back and see what you’ve got to say.
2) Then only start a blog;
3) Forget about any money making promises;
Blogging is a performance art, like juggling. Some people can do it very well, but have you ever tried to manage a troop of jugglers?
4) Write, write and get to know other bloggers;
Like all people who rise to the top of their profession, it demonstrates a simple truth: good bloggers work like dogs. You can’t expect readers to show up unless you show up.
5) When you have decent traffic and reasonable content, then only start to dream
It takes amazing focus and energy not only to drink from the fire hose of content that is the World Wide Web and make sense of it, but also to direct your own little water pistol back at it and actually get noticed.
What the probloggers forget to tell you is Step 1 to Step 5 probably takes more than a year and for some, two to three years. So, enough of the rose tinted idea that blogging can make money! I am still waiting for Step 5.
weirdoux(July 9, 2007 - 2:05 pm)
i bet the author of this simple steps on how to make money through blogging is stil in the no (2) level.
blogging is a job. job need a hardworking. hardworking need a target. target need a TIME!
pablopabla(July 9, 2007 - 2:07 pm)
Yeah, the fact that you have to stay up till the wee hours of the morning shows that it is not at all easy to make money or be a successful blogger. Nothing comes easy.
Ah Pek(July 9, 2007 - 2:35 pm)
Agree 101 again Lilian. I beh tahan all those gurus who not yet even make one sen from blogging but start a blog to teach people how to make money.
Hobart Lim(July 9, 2007 - 3:08 pm)
As the old proverb still rings true…
there is no free lunch in this world
helen_H(July 9, 2007 - 5:50 pm)
There is no shortcut in blogging success. Nothing is easy.
pelf(July 9, 2007 - 8:16 pm)
There’s this young man who asked in a forum in which I am a member of, why hasn’t his ads bring him some money after installing the script for a few days. The forum admin asked him to come back to the forum in 6 months. That was hilarious!
I mean, credibility, people.. I wonder what makes them think that starting another make money blog will make them any richer.. Gah..
kher Cheng Guan(July 10, 2007 - 12:17 am)
The ever-popular “Seven Secrets” to success(SUCKcess!)by all these self-proclaimed gurus are adime a dozen. Like there is someone who claims he can make oodles of money a day, yet he can only manage to squeeze a tiny ad in the FREE paper some more!I like to tell these hal-past six gurus:”six-seven”(in Cuntanese ops! I mean Cantonese)!!
Michael(July 10, 2007 - 1:58 am)
These are goods tips, thanks for adding your insight on the subject.
Crystal(July 10, 2007 - 11:15 am)
Thanks for your tips. This definitely puts things in perspective
ahboon(July 10, 2007 - 11:24 pm)
create a blog and start writing paid posts and never care if they have got any readers?? and calllled themselves made money online!?
comon, Blogging is not just make $$, Blogging is a performance art. you play it hard and you get the reward!