Does anyone here make money blogging?

I have considered blogging to make extra money but it looks like a lot of work for little reward. Any thoughts? 

My main “skill” is something I am not allowed to do for money since my job disallows it. So looking for other options. My other skill would serve well for remote tech support but I haven’t been able to secure anything despite applying repeatedly. 

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  • I'm looking forward to the comments here. There are a number of websites and articles on blogging and how to get started, but most seem more like recruitment material than first-hand resources. 

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  • Making money from blogging is definitely possible but do not expect immediate rewards. It takes a lot of time and effort to build a quality tribe. There is so much noise out there these days...primarily due to social media (which includes YouTube). We are now in a "pay to play" world. Meaning, to cut through the noise and truly get seen by the masses you are going to have to seriously look at paid social ads and pay-per-click marketing. In addition, you will want to consider adding video to your mix. If not an actual vlog, at least video posts to supplement your blog posts. What ever your topic will be, be sure that you love it because you will need to eat, sleep and breathe it. People are looking for authenticity and engagement so I wouldn't suggest getting into it if the primary reward you seek is money. They will smell you a mile away. Yes, it can be done just for the money but if you focus on quality (content and engagement) over quantity and let it grow over time, you will get the best results. Remember, "it takes years to become an overnight success!"

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      • MXMOM
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       excellent answer. I have read some of the same types of things that mentioned. I have had a business before and it’s a lot more work than people think. As I read your answer, a couple of things came to mind. First the video suggestion. That is actually one of the things that got me thinking about this again. I read a couple of articles (written by independent impartial journalists) about the success of certain blogs and I started to think about it. Second, how my hands are tied with respect to what subjects I can write about. 

      I have had a business before and it’s a lot more work than people think. that’s partly why I like my job now.  At the end of the day I generally don’t worry about work. That’s why some kind of software support would work best as a way to earn extra money. The per hour rate would not be great, especially once taxes come off, but I could use my “superpower”, have carefully defined lane in respect of advice I give, and at the end of the day, not have to manage a business. 

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  • If you have a specific niche that you can target, go for it! There is always room for more entrepreneurs. 

    As far as video, are you on Instagram? Start with stories and add permanent stories to your homepage. It will be a great way for people to really get to know you. 

    I have been blogging for a little over 2 years and make about $400 per month from it. All advertising or affiliate income. I have not written a blog post since January though. I really need to get back at it, this is the best time of the year with the holidays coming up. 

    Good luck on your journey! 

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      journeymom $400 a month is great. All the best with your next post... don’t wait too long. 

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  • I read a lot of home decorating blogs (don’t judge). One thing I notice is that these bloggers provide links to what they’ve bought for their homes, which leads me to think they get an affiliate commission, I’ve noticed that when Nordstrom has its semi-annual sale, every blog sends out a post with their picks, So I think Nordstrom is sponsoring those posts. Depending on your topic, perhaps you can get a company to sponsor a post. 
     

    Amazon pays commissions so you can add a “shop with Amazon” link on your blog.

    Do you have a a spouse or significant other who can be the face of the blog so you can be a ghost writer in your field?

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  • I love researching things on Pinterest, or just browsing, so I click on a lot of blogs. I'm finding that there are so many these days, and seem to increase constantly, with too many ads. I want to read a recipe and the person writes drivel and drivel so that the page is filled with ads, popups, videos, and visual noise that it's a real effort to even see the recipe. If you do blog, make it a worthwhile experience for your viewers. :)

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      Purple Foal I agree. There are way too many ads these days. That’s exactly what I was talking about. It’s obvious that the blog is set up for affiliate income and not authentic engagement.

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  • Do bloggers have to claim their income for tax purposes?

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      • Digital Diva
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      • digitaldiva
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      Purple Foal Legally, they should. Most companies that offer affiliate opportunities will provide 1099s.

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    • Purple Foal I suppose that depends on how much you make, if it's not much, then you wouldn't need to claim it, but if you're getting into regular consistent income, then yes, you'd need to claim it (especially since the payout is likely to be electronic).

      Setting it up as a business has its advantages... computers and tech stuff become deductible, your internet would be deductible, as is any form of research for the blog (going out to places, trying products, etc, whatever relates to your topic of choice), and you'd be able to deduct your desk chair, too. :P
      There's a LOT of advantages to running your own business if you can make enough at it to show a profit once in a while.
      Of course, consult an accountant on everything to find out exactly what you can and can't do.

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  • Ok, I am back to thinking about this.  My apologies to those that commented and I didn't acknowledge.  All the advice and feedback is valuable.  I think I will have it be organic ie. just plain blogging and if it gains speed  on its own merit then I will revisit the money portion.  

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  • Digital Diva said:
    Remember, "it takes years to become an overnight success!"

     Wow, I absolutely love this phrase!

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  • I have a craft blog and I make about $1000 a month. It has taken me 2 1/2 years to get there. If I worked more on it, I could be making much more too. It is just really hard when you have 2 little kids.

    Most of the income is from products and affiliate income.

    Blogging isn't for everyone. It takes lots of work and there is *a lot* to learn. 

    I follow people who make $10,000 a month and $30,000 a month in profit. I have also heard of a craft blogger who makes over $1,000,000 a year. 

    There is a lot of money to be had blogging. You just have to stick with it and do a lot of work and learning to get there.

    You can't just post something and expect to earn money. You have to target the right keyword, learn how to rank in Google(or Pinterest), and also how to make money on a post while still helping the reader.

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      • Digital Diva
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      Slate Blue Sun what is the URL for your craft blog?

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  • I'm not sure if you're interested, but I've been a freelance writer for eight years (full-time). If you're passionate about writing, and you like exploring a variety of topics and styles, it's a very lucrative job that you can do remotely.

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