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The One Secret about Becoming a 6 Figure Blogger That No One Talks About

I see so many “6 Figure Blogging Success” courses & promises plastered all over Facebook & Pinterest, that I just want to puke. It’s so disheartening to see people selling the dream of being a successful blogger as a get rich quick scheme or a formulaic equation. There is no single formula that will make you a 6 figure blogger. Blogging is a journey…and everyone’s journey is different.

If you a really want to know the secret to being a 6 Figure Blogger? It’s this…

“To make a million, you must HELP a million”.

Take a moment and think about that statement. It’s profound, right?

The real key to making your blogging career a huge success is to help people. It’s to give them what they are looking for, that special something that they can’t find anywhere else. While you made the decision to start a blog, your readers will determine how successful you are, and that all depends on how well you treat them and help them.

Think about your favorite bloggers…how have they helped you? Are they teaching you something new? Do they entertain you on gloomy days? Are they inspiring you to be your best self?

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Take another moment and ask yourself, how will I help a million? What can I do with my blog that meets the needs of my ideal blog reader? Make a list. This my friends is the REAL key to creating a 6 figure blogging business…it’s to help others. Once you find a way to help and inspire your readers, THIS is when the really money begins to come in.

If you are a frugal blogger, maybe you want to help families save money on groceries.
If you are a food blogger, maybe you want to help families make meals in less than 30 minutes
If you are a parenting blogger, maybe you want to help new moms not feel so all alone.

The list you just created, is YOUR key to being a successful blogger. Finding a way to help millions, is the REAL secret to 6 figure blogging that no one tells you about.


Sidenote: I did not come up with the “To make a million, you must help a million” phrase. I heard it at a conference once and cannot for the life of me remember which speaker said it! If you know who originated that saying, please let me know, so I can give them credit! 🙂

Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 40 comments

  1. Tiara

    Thank you of saying something I think everytime I see a post, pin, tweet, etc.

  2. Blissfully Simplified

    Could not agree more! It takes so much work to run a blog, and the truly successful ones did not get there overnight. I am going to give this idea a lot of thought as I decide where I want my blog to head this year.

    • Chrystie many bloggers make it seem easy..and it’s not! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication 🙂

  3. Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy

    Great advice! I need to work on really honing in on what I can do to help others when I write a blog post! You rock girl! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Kamara H

    Very true, the two types of blogs I follow regularly are ones that either inspire me (fashion or travel-wise) or help me learn new tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Becky @ Disney in your Day

    I also want to puke when I see those posts about making 6 figures, haha. The majority of bloggers that make that much money seem to do it by teaching other people how to make money blogging…

  6. kristen

    I really love this post – thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Lauren

    Yes! If you want to be successful you need to help people! Great reminder!

  8. Willow

    Great tips! There are days that I really love my blog, and other days when I get discouraged. I don’t think people realize how much goes into blogging! I post recipes, so not only do I need to perfect each one, but then take photos and write a post. I am in it for the long haul, though, and I am determined not to give up.

  9. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    I love this concept. So true! Really thinking about how you can serve your readers and help them is the key.

  10. Esther | The Cuteness

    I’ve never heard that phrase before… I love it!

  11. Chelsea

    This is SO true, and I never really thought of blogging this way but it absolutely applies!

  12. KatyRose

    Love this! Blogging, as with all kinds of businesses, is all about community. We need to lift others up around us, helping them when we can, giving a lot, which will in turn help us as well. – Katy

  13. Tiffany

    That is a really great quote! It’s so true that you don’t get there by magic or without significant work and building up others.

  14. Jenny

    This is very true!
    Everyone’s paths are different and we need to remember that.

    xoxo, Jenny

  15. Amber | Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds

    I absolutely adored this post!! I’m so glad I came across your blog. You definitely have a new fan 🙂

  16. The Southern Thing

    What a great way to put it! So true!

  17. Lindsey

    I feel that it is this thought and motivation that creates longevity, money will come and go but investing in people is way more valuable. Thanks for the great post.

  18. Clare Speer

    Great and practical tips! Giving of ourselves – and then we will receive for sure! I truly believe in that principle!!!!! Now I must incorporate it and tweak it a bit more!! Thanks

  19. tina

    I love this concept. I too see all the “ways to make six figures” and it is almost more of a stresser than it is a help.

  20. Heather with WELLFITandFED

    Simple and true, Simple and true. Good perspective to take, and really are there any more than 2 percent of full-time bloggers making that kind of money? I don’t know that any of us are in it primarily for the money. This is definitely the least lucrative job I have ever had! But I LOVE IT!

    • Chrystie

      LOL! Least lucrative but really rewarding…almost like motherhood 😉

  21. Melanie

    I love this advice! Blogging for me has never been about the money (I have yet to make a dime and I am totally ok with that). I do it because I love it, and meeting and connecting with new people is very rewarding. I can only hope that my healthy recipe ideas will inspire/help others out there.

    • Chrystie

      That’s awesome! Inspiring others is what we should all strive for! 🙂

  22. Angie @ My So-Called Chaos

    Good point! I actually really don’t believe about 90% of those bloggers who say they’re making six figures… I think it’s promotional and they hope that writing that will make them one. Maybe they’re envisioning it like the secret? None of have really been helpful.

  23. Francine from Callaloo Soup

    Thank you for saying this! It’s restored my motivation to go ahead with my freebie program next month. it’s all about helping people! Thanks as well for the idea to make a list of how I can actually help people.

  24. Mimi Rose

    There are so many posts about making loads of money from blogging these days, but I’m glad you brought it back down to reality. Yes, there are certain techniques you can use, but everyone is different in their audience and blog, and it’s not about checking things off a list to get to that type of income. Continuously give people something that is useful, and that’s when you start seeing your hard work pay off.

  25. Matt @ Plating Pixels

    So true about blogging and life in general! Nice seeing it composed so well, it’s easy to overlook this and always be concerned for yourself. Bravo!

  26. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    I simply LOVE this post. So true. There are too many “get rich quick” dreams that aren’t realistic and aren’t authentic! If my readers take one thing from my blog I hope they can relate to my personality, KNOW that I want to help make their lives easier (and healthier) and appreciate them!

  27. Mary Hill

    Great advice. I write inspiring, creative non-fiction, poetry, and share my photography. I am not sure how to translate that into monetization at this point.

  28. Sarah

    Thank you so much, Chrystie for this bit of encouragement. I just started a blog this month after literally YEARS of convincing myself that no one wants to read what I have to say and that I could never make blogging my full time career. I still have a looong way to go, but I feel really energized to keep going and not give up. I just found your website this afternoon while doing research for my blog and every. single. one of your posts has provided me with such a wealth of actually USEFUL and helpful information that I’m literally implementing as I write this. Thanks for living your own advice :).

  29. MsCrookedHalo

    I just watched a season of StartUp U on ABC Family (I loathe the name Free Form) and that sounds like something Draper would say.

    Anyway, the show and this post just confirmed the direction that I want my blog to go so thank you very much for that.

    • Chrystie

      Oh I watched that season too. Love that show! Glad to hear that you have a direction 🙂

  30. Erika

    Hi Chrystie,

    Thanks for the blog post. Honestly, it’s really encouraging to hear that helping people at the heart of things helps grow your following. Also, I’m mostly commenting because I just found your blog and thought your bio was AMAZING. Totally made me smile. Drinking a margarita as I write : )

  31. Adria

    This is so true!!!! I fell victim to those Pinterest boards, but they provided me with no straight forward information or tools. I am just taking this blogging thing slow because, I have no idea what I am doing. I am having fun learning! Thanks for all that you do though.

  32. Sandy Harvill

    I agree whole totally with all you said here. It is a lot more hard work than anyone can imagine. It also takes a lot longer to make ANY money from a blog than most bloggers would lead you to believe!

    I also heard that saying at a conference, only I heard it as, “You can get whatever it is you want if you help enough other people get what they want.” I believe it was originally Zig Ziglar a famous motivational speaker who said it.

  33. Bart Proctor

    Probably the best advice I have heard since I started. I have been at this for about 4 months and some days I shake my head and wonder why I even started. I have worked harder at this then almost anything I have tried in my life.

    But it really doesn’t feel like work.

    Thanks for the motivation.


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