Confession: I spend waaay too much time on social media.
And while I love to share the latest pic of my daughter picking her nose or my boys drawing on each other, I actually spend most of my time snooping around and posting in blogging Facebook groups. (#bloggerlife)
Know what I’ve discovered from reading others’ posts and questions?
There are a ton of big fat lies that we mom bloggers believe when it comes to making money with our blogs!
I’ve got to call these lies out, because they contribute to our limiting beliefs about how successful we can be and only serve to keep us from reaching our full potential with monetizing our blogs.
Here are 3 big lies bloggers believe about making money (that are total B.S., by the way):
Big Blogging Lie #1: You need a lot of traffic before you can start making money
Ah, traffic. The holy grail of blogging.
Now don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you that traffic isn’t important, because it totally is. But it’s a big fat†lie that you need a ton of traffic before you can start making money!
Yes, high traffic is essential for making money from Google ads, but there are so.many.more ways to make money blogging than just putting up ads.
Here are a few to get your creative juices flowing:
- Create and sell an ebook
- Write a roundup post your audience will love and use affiliate links
- Create a digital product that serves your audience
Please, please, please give this lie the boot and start today researching and brainstorming ways that you can make money with your blog without a ton of traffic. It’s totally doable.
Click to tweet: You DO NOT need a ton of traffic to make money with your blog.
Big Blogging Lie #2: You need to be blogging for at least 6 months (or 1 year, or 2 years…) before making money
Nope, not true. While it’s great to have an established blog, it’s not essential for making money.
In reality, you can have a new blog with a super small audience and still make money fast. But don’t take my word for it. Just Google “my first month blogging” or “my first year†blogging” and check out how many bloggers are profitable with a brand new blog!
And yes, you can do it too.
Don’t listen to people who say that you need to be blogging for a certain amount of time before you can start making money. It’s a lie. Just because it took someone else†x-amount of time to become profitable, it doesn’t mean you have to wait that that long, too.
Instead, develop a monetization plan for your blog that doesn’t rely solely on high traffic or blog age. To get started making money on a new blog, ask yourself these 2 questions:
- What problems does my audience have and how can I help solve them?
- What goals does my audience want to reach and how can I help them get there?
Then, using the answers to these questions, write blog posts and create products that serve your audience. If you use this as your foundation for everything you create – whether articles, videos, social media posts, or products – then monetization comes much more quickly and easily.You DO NOT need to be blogging for a long time in order to make money. Click To Tweet
Big Blogging Lie #3: You need a product to sell before making real money with your blog
Selling your own products is a fantastic (and super-fast) way to earn money with a blog… but again, not essential!
Learning all the ins and outs of product creation, marketing, and selling can be intimidating. And a big lie that many bloggers believe is that they have to create a product in order to make any real money with their blog – but it’s just not true!
A great alternative to selling your own products is affiliate marketing, and it can be extremely lucrative when done right. In fact, it’s my personal favorite way to make money blogging because it takes little to no maintenance or time once you have it up and running smoothly (perfect for us busy moms).
To get started with affiliate marketing the right way, be sure to check out this post: How to Get Started with Affiliate Marketing + 5 Blog Post Ideas to Boost Earnings and put the advice to action today to start making money without having your own products.You DO NOT need to sell your own products in order to make money from your blog. Click To Tweet
Nutshell version? Don’t believe the big lies about making money with your blog.
It’s SO NOT necessary to have a ton of traffic, a long-established blog or your own products in order to make good money. Armed with a solid monetization strategy, you absolutely can start making money, even on a new blog.
The preceding article was a guest post by Candis from Smart Mom Blogger.
Candis is a stay-at-home mom of 4 earning a living from home by blogging. Get her free email course: “5 Days to a Money Making Blog (With No Ads, No Products and No Sponsored Posts)”.