How Soon Can You Make Money From Your Blog?
A lot of people wonder how long it will take to make money after starting a blog. Can you make money right away? Do you have to wait until you have 100,000 pageviews a month? How long do you have to work for free before you start seeing the fruits of your labor?
These are great questions! To answer them completely, I’d need a magic crystal ball that tells the future (which, unfortunately, doesn’t exist). However, there are a few things I can tell you about this.
Number one, you DO NOT need a massive audience to start making a profit. Lots of people think they need hundreds of thousands of pageviews or an e-mail list into the thousands before they can actually make money. That’s definitely not true! I’ve heard of many people with less than 500 people on their e-mail list who launched a product and made thousands.
Number two, know that it will take you some time to start making a steady income (but probably not as long as you think it will). If you desperately need a job that will help you pay next month’s rent, then blogging probably isn’t for you right now. However, if you’re willing to put in some extra work on your blog over the next few months, you’ll soon start seeing a return. It took me several months to start seeing a real profit, but it’s grown exponentially from there.
Number three, there are some things you can do to make a profit much sooner. If you simply publish a blog post regularly and put up a few ads in the sidebar or use a few affiliate links, it will probably take you more like years to make a full time income. However, if you focus on building an e-mail list from day one and then create your own product within a few months, you will make an income much sooner. It’s about working smarter, not harder, and creating your own product (which is easier than you think). Marketing to your e-mail list is definitely the way to do that.
If you’re wondering exactly how to start your e-mail list and how to create a product (or what on earth you should create), then I have just the thing for you.
My friend Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog and I are hosting a free live training about how we make thousands from digital products every single month. Abby and I both LOVE sharing everything we’ve learned with you all so we can help you do the same. Let me tell you, not only is Abby one of the nicest bloggers I know (and she’s a fellow Pittsburgh-er), but she most definitely knows how to make lots of money selling digital products. She’s launched several ebooks and now makes well over $10,000 every single month (just a little over three years into blogging).
Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. That’s great for Laura and Abby, but can I really make a steady income from digital products? Don’t I need a ridiculously huge audience? Don’t I need some amazing skills or some massive stroke of luck?
Here’s the thing. A little over three years ago Abby and I were both in your shoes. We wanted to make some money blogging but really had no idea how and doubted whether WE could actually do it. But with lots of extra encouragement and a few leaps of courage, we did it! We started just like you. We had absolutely no audience. We didn’t have any sort of amazing skills or huge strokes of luck. We were just willing to do our best and give it a try.
Let me tell you Abby’s story. A few years ago, Abby was a stay at home mom to her two little boys, and she absolutely loved it. She often wished, though, that there was something she could do to give her a creative outlet, use the degree that she had worked so hard to achieve, and make a little money to take some of the financial burdens off of her husband’s shoulders. She tried looking into work from home-type jobs, but none of them seemed to be legit or were flexible enough for what she needed.
Then she discovered blogging, not even thinking about making money with her blog. She started purely for the creative escape, but she soon caught the blogging bug. When her husband suggested that she write an eBook, little did she know that one small PDF file would change the trajectory of her blog and her family life for the long term.
When she discovered the power that eBooks had to grow her blog and transform it into a full-fledged business while at the same time helping to meet the needs of others, she was absolutely hooked. It was a total game changer. Less than two years after launching that first eBook, she had added a few more digital products to her site and she and her husband were able to both be full time bloggers while being at home with their boys. It really was a dream come true.
Because digital products and focusing on our e-mail lists have had such a huge impact on our lives, I am so excited to be hosting this free live training with Abby. Together we’re going to pull back the curtain and share the top strategies that have helped us go from a monthly income of $0 from eBooks and digital products to monthly incomes of tens of thousands of dollars.
Here’s what we’ll be covering:
- How to grow a focused, dedicated group of followers who can’t wait to buy your product
- How to prepare your followers for a product launch and get them ready to purchase
- The biggest, most costly mistake most bloggers make when launching a product
- The number one thing that has attributed to our continued success in selling digital products (and how you can do this too!)
- How to create a passive income stream that will keep sales rolling in long after launch day
- …and more!
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Are you ready to learn the strategies that will help take your blog or online business to the next level? I hope you’ll join us at 2 pm eastern on Tuesday, April 5! (And if that time doesn’t work for you, register anyway so that you’ll receive the replay information in your inbox!) See you there!
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I’ve signed up! Looks like a great course. I can’t wait to learn more about how to create a product to sell through my blog. Thanks for sharing Abby’s story–it’s very encouraging!
Jenny Empson Says
This was such a great web session! So informative, so helpful, took tons of notes =) Thank you, ladies!!
Jane @ seejane.me Says
This was awesome! I had no intention of buying – I am on overload with info about blogging with my launch last month. I just wanted to hear what these two amazing ladies had to share. BUT I loved everything I heard and NO it isn’t too early to build a list and generate income… so I was inspired (VERY) and I signed up! I am excited. Thank you for a great session and I hope you both collaborate soon. xo Jane
LauraJane SaysPost author
yeah! So glad you’re inspired and I can’t wait to see what you do.
I’m just discovered your site and love it. Do you have a replay available?
LauraJane SaysPost author
The replay has expired but I definitely plan to do more webinars on a similar topic in the future.
Anna McMullen Says
I hate I missed the session. Do you have a replay link to it? I would love to hear it. I just finished the one regarding building your email list. Having to discuss with my husband regarding signing up for the course. I would love to be a part of it.. Thanks for all the information. It is great.
LauraJane SaysPost author
The replay has expired, but I’m definitely planning to do some more webinars on a similar topic in the future.
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Found this on Pinterest. Obviously I’m like months and months late. Are you doing another similar in the future? If so, I’d love to attend!
LauraJane SaysPost author
I do plan to host more webinars in the future on this or similar topics in the future. If you are on my email list you’ll be notified. Here’s where you can sign up for my email list: http://www.iheartplanners.com/entrepreneur