Harsh Reality 7 – Don’t Count On Your Blog Making Money

If you got into blogging to write about how you already make money online, you stand a much better chance of making money with your blog. The harsh reality is that if you got into blogging just to make money, you probably won’t.

Bloggers that write about how to make money online that don’t already do that, stick out like a sore thumb and have zero credibility. Spend 10 minutes going through the blogs in the Make Money Online section at EntreCard and you’ll know exactly what I mean (It’s one of the reasons I’m thinking of dropping Entrecard). Probably 95% of them are pushing ridiculous traffic exchanges, actually display the fact that they have 10 RSS readers or less, have blog widgets and advertising down their sidebars 4 times longer than the length of their posts and promote lame programs that no serious affiliate in their right mind would join.

Almost all the bloggers that make good money with their blogs have already made substantial incomes online long before they started blogging. Shoemoney made money with Mac games before he started blogging, John Chow was making money writing about tech gadgets years before he started his blog that now makes $30k per month and Zac Johnson made money with his own affiliate offers and earned revenue by monetizing a free MySpace widgets site before staring his blog. All these guys had substantial knowledge, experience and content stored away in their brains before they wrote their first blog post.

That’s also what I’m trying to do with Affiliate Confession. Although I was ultimately inspired to start this blog by the ridiculous income reports from John Chow, the blog is mainly to report on what I do to make money online and also to report on various happenings related to affiliate marketing, yes and occasionally quirky posts about food or whatever strikes me at the moment. I honestly don’t make all that much money with this blog and I’m past the point of that being any big deal because I make my money elsewhere. It’s become more of a labor of love than anything else.

A great alternative to the blogging for money, when you haven’t made a dime, style of writing is what you will find from Elijah and Veronica over at TheAtHomeCouple.com. It is a refreshing thing to read the chronicles of a couple living in Toronto, Canada who are looking for a way out of the college to cubicle, deferred life plan (as Timothy Ferriss puts it) and are trying to figure out this affiliate marketing thing. Nothing pretentious here, just pure honest blogging.

Honesty will do worlds more for your blog and your affiliate business than putting up a front and pretending to be something you aren’t. If you aren’t honest about your blogging, you probably aren’t honest about what you are doing with your business. Where do you suppose that’s going to lead?

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14 Responses to “Harsh Reality 7 – Don’t Count On Your Blog Making Money”

  1. Alan – I’m speechless.

    Many thanks for the kind words. Our blog essentially started while we were sitting in bed one night yet again talking about possible ideas for creating a passive income online – and we decided “why not share our frustrations with the college-to-cubicle format, while providing resourceful content to help other couples and individuals break free”

    And it’s so true. Why am I going to put up an income report if I’ve only made $400 online since April? We’re not successful regarding our monetary gain online, but we are getting great traffic and networking with other like-minded individuals for future possible joint ventures and projects.

    This is what blogs were meant for – to connect with people.

    I can’t wait until she gets home and I tell her we were mentioned on AffiliateConfession.com – She’s gonna flip!

  2. Oh my God. Someone tells the truth. I knew that if you were a friend of Elijah and Veronica’s from http://www.theathomecouple.com that you must be ok. I was just telling a friend that wants to “get into blogging” about all the crap out there for sale. My advice is to find a couple of good sources for REAL info and stick with them. I will subscribe to this blog.

    Talk to you soon,


  3. I have to agree with your post Alan. For the newbie looking to make money blogging is an extremely tough ask, unless they are looking to make $1.47 a month which will not allow you to retire anytime soon.


  4. Alan, I want to trackback, but can’t find it on your page.

  5. Blogging i imagine is like any money making venture in that people dont realise they need to be in there for the long haul and will probably quit just before it would have took off.

  6. Elijah,

    If you just link to the url of the post, that will work.

    T Edwards,

    Thanks for your comment. That’s why the blog is called Affiliate Confession.

  7. Alan, Thanks for the great post, it is rare to have the honest truth be told! Keep it up, I’m going to check out the rest of the site.

  8. Don’t count on it, but definently don’t write it off

  9. How much should someone make online from his blog to be considered as making money online? I have visited the make money blogs in entrecard and seen them posting figure(s) they made last month.

  10. Now, only if more people took your advice, reading blogs would be fun. No one wants to “learn how to get rich” from someone who is not rich! Lol, but I have no problem going a long with someone as they document their journey and findings!

    That’s what I aimed to do, and it’s much less stressful. You don’t have to front online man, people will see through it, it’s much better like you said, to be honest and just blog about what’s going on with ya.

    Loving the site man…you’ll probably see my mug around a lil bit more :)

  11. hey I heard of this post from The Net Fool. I like the straight up attitude you have in this post. It does anger me when people think they can make a living off blogging right away. Is it possible? sure thing! But not by promoting crappy products right away. One who thinks its easy to make money blogging, hasn’t read much about blogging lol.

  12. I gave up on blogging quite a while ago. I just never had the time or desire to give it the time it needed. The silver lining is that I have more time to read your blog! :)

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