Skills Needed to Make Money Blogging

When people find out that I’m a professional blogger, they either ask me what the hell that means or how is it possible to make enough money to live on by blogging. Many people seem to think that there must be some hidden secret to easy success that only a few know and that is what has kept them from being able to make more than a few hundred dollars a month blogging.

While you will likely be disappointed to learn that there are no secrets or an easy path to this success, you should be encouraged to know that it’s possible for anyone to be a pro blogger if they really want to. The main catch is that if you want to succeed, you are going to have to work hard. Really hard. Probably


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22 Responses to Skills Needed to Make Money Blogging

  1. Broken Arrow says:

    Haha, thanks for sharing this Jeffrey. An honest, down-to-earth, and realistic assessment on what it takes to be a pro-blogger.

  2. An OUTSTANDING Article.

    Thanks for this, I’ll show my wife a printed copy of your blog today. She thinks I spend too much time blogging.

    Have you visited my blog, “Decisions About Money and Controversial Commentary” ?

    If not, Please do so.

    I have had your site on my blogroll for quite a long time now, because your content is Always Superior!

    Thanks, John DeFlumeri Jr.

  3. mattpet says:

    thanks for the honesty and helping decide it may be for me for a career.

  4. Tom Rose says:

    Wow! I had the strangest sense of deja vu reading this, thinking “when did I write this article?” I’m a little different in that I am a freelance blogger, but without some great people having given me a chance, even doing that would have been impossible. I’m bookmarking your blog and sending it around to my circle of friends who are struggling, but on the verge as well.

    The one thing I can say is that freelancing has given me the ability to finally be able to put the time in to my own blogs and not worry about a salary like I used to. Well done!

  5. Bobby says:

    Great piece. I think passion is the most important ingredient. There are far more topics on which I could blog than topics which I’m passionate about. There’s the rub.

  6. sheri says:

    Awesome blog! Thank you for the boost to know I can do this too! :)

  7. Shadox says:

    Stubbornness is no guarantee of success. I have been blogging for about 2 and a half years, and have seen only very modest success. Of course, I am blogging for fun and not money, so that may have something to do with the outcome… :-)

  8. Omar says:

    Thanks for your honest assessment. I usually write drafts and save them. Then I can edit and post. I know I have to work harder on building an online presence. I’m in the beginning stages. I want my content to inspire and enlighten people. I know the money is coming as long as I give value to others and enjoy what I do. I love what I do so now I have to keep pushing so my site can get better and the readership grows. Thanks for the post.

  9. sherry says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with a lot of what you said. I enjoy blogging as well and believe that if you love what you do, it doesn’t seem like work when you are doing it.

  10. GaelicWench/Jo says:

    This article couldn’t have come at a better time. Since I am receiving very few hours to work at my current place of employment, it’s obvious I will need to find another means to bring in more income.

    Having only a high school diploma, I’ve been concerned that perhaps I needed further education; at best, a few classes in English at a nearby CC would be a minimum. But when I read from others who have blogs and see the largely unedited prose, I need not worry. Also, I find myself immediately turned off when corrections aren’t made – be it spelling, grammar or syntax after making a few adjustments to a sentence. Truly unprofessional.

    Your article was 100% spot on, Jeffrey; I truly appreciate this, as it will motivate me to perhaps pursue this endeavor. As for my passion, I have a few I could start with, knowing that research is imperative as well.

    Now, I need to go back and do any necessary editing over what I just wrote.

    Thanks again for a well-timed article. Jo

  11. Gail says:

    Great and honest post. I see too many trying to tempt people into thinking that blogging and making good money can be cone easily. Real work and real money never come easily. It takes dedication and perseverance. I blog when I have time and have made a tiny bit of money. I know I could make more if I put more effort into it, yet I have other things that need the effort currently and that is my focus.

  12. I love the honesty about the amount of work and the length of time it took. I think you need to mention how many blogs you had to do to make money.

    The only problem I still have is that creativity problem.

  13. Robert says:

    I agree with Bobby. Passion is the key ingredient, If you blog about your passion, You’ll enjoy it no matter how much time it takes to monetize. Good Luck

  14. Hiro says:

    I just wanted to send you a comment for this really great article. There are so many hustlers and ‘get rich quick online’ people, that it is often hard to find some simple, honest, reality-based advice. I face the day to day struggle of facing the fear of failure, maintaining faith and reading a wonderful article like yours in very helpful. Thank you very much for the honest words.

  15. Jeffrey Strain says:

    Hi Jeffrey..Your article gives me lots of hope. Only one thing disappointed me when you said you worked for 2 years before enough success. Hmm! Can

  16. Gail says:

    Wesley, Adsense and affliate marketing WAS available 2 years ago and even before that. What you are wanting apparently is the get rich quick method of Blogging for dollars which isn’t available. Set your goals and what you need to achieve them and start working today, ie. Oct 4, don’t wait to set those goals till tomorrow or the next day or you might never do it.

  17. MintingPennies says:

    Great article. I think the most important are stubbornness, vision and faith. Without these, it would be hard to last. But I would also like to add that partnering up with someone is something that people should consider. Now I know what all of you are thinking…you don’t want to split revenues with someone, but if you really think about it, the pros far outweigh the cons. If you are looking to be successful twice as fast, two people are better than one. And from what I’ve read, and as far as business go, the success/money curve is exponential–meaning once you break through and you have a good online presence, it compounds at a much faster pace. But until you have built up your presence, it can be tough going at it by yourself and being motivated enough to keep doing it. With a partner, you can do twice as much work, have an accountability partner and “specialize” which will ultimately help you during the “initial phase” while you work on building an online presence. Just my two cents! Just discovered this site, considered it stumbled!


  18. RA Friedman says:

    Remarkably similar, if not identical to what it takes to make it as a visual artist or to swim in any other artistic field. Well done!


  19. Loaner says:

    Wow! This is a great article. For once it’s not all about getting rich quick. It sounds like the truth. It really points up that a blogger needs to love and believe in what they’re writing about, because the time invested will never be worthwhile otherwise, but if someone does love and believe in their subject, it won’t seem like real work.

  20. Crashed says:

    These are great tips. The trick is staying focused on the end goal. I am working on a new blog/website and have no comments so far (other than spammers). It is, like you said, very challenging to stay focused when you feel you are posting and no one is listening or reading what you are posting. Just gotta keep at it and eventually will start to get noticed!

  21. Max G says:

    I have a blog of my own that I started just recently. You are right. It takes a lot of time and dedication to make it work instead of giving up. And you can’t expect to make money right away, it just doesn’t work like this.

  22. Arnuld says:

    You’ve just given me a really crazy idea for a product when my eyes came across that ‘blogging with passion’ line in your post. I’m itching to get started… and I’d just like to shoot you a BIG thank you for popping that idea into my head 😀

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