Blogging is one of the better ways to make money online and earn a living. In India, we often blog to trick SEO or social media traffic for quick money. It doesn’t work that way.
When it comes to blogging there aren’t many Indians who make a fortune out of it. Remember I said fortune and not living. The main reason that they do not do well is they plan to make quick money out of blogging but like any other business, online business and especially blogging is not just flipping or get-rich-quick scheme. It is a business which needs time and passion to flourish.
Few days back in a conversation over an email with one of my blog reader and he asked me very interesting question
Can I make earn money from blogging? I live in India.
Simple yet very important one and though he shared with me few more details about him but asked me not to disclose anything to anybody. He just wanted to make a living and wanted to know if it is possible to earn INR 10,000 per month (close to 220 USD). He has read it somewhere that he can earn money online blogging and wanted to confirm if that is actually true?
My answer was definitely yes you can earn and suggested him to blog readership.
But before I tell him anything else he shoots the second question.
I suggested blogging is a way to do business online and you need to start building your blog for as much as a year with dedication and passion. If you can do that you can make some decent income out of it.
Why dedication / Passion for a year-long time?
Now I am sure this question may be bugging your mind and so first let me answer it.
The short answer is many people who just want to be a millionaire overnight just move out of the blogging game after hearing this.
The long answer is that there is not even a single site to date which I can say is made for making money. Take an example of Google, YouTube, Facebook which had no ads till they built the user-base. The present example is Twitter which still has no ads and way to monetize its traffic (As of March of 2010).
So if you plan to be a millionaire online you may not become one but if you plan to build a business you can make millions out of it.
Does it take that long?
No. If you are into web business for some time and know the basic stuff about blogging it doesn’t take a year-long to build it but if you are new to it there are a lot of things to be learned and applied. So it can take that long or even longer. I am hardly in few months of launching IMTips.co and it makes me decent income now. But I have been blogging for a long time and I have plans to keep blogging even when it doesn’t keep making money for me.
Back to Original Question…
Assuming you have a passion and dedication for blogging and is really very serious about becoming an online entrepreneur then what should be your next step?
Get your blog online. Here is my step by step guide to laucnhing your website or blog like IMTips. It hardly costs anything and only takes few minutes and few clicks to get a self-hosted WordPress blog live.
Once the blog has some reader and traffic, there are numerous ways to monetize your blog. Once you start monetizing the blog, remember it is not about earning from the blog that is important but blogging for the love of blogging. Money shouldn’t be the driving force for blogging but the blog should drive the money.
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