I’ll spare you a full recap of my time there. In short, I had a great time. It was part pleasure as my wife came along and we got some kiddo free time, part social as I was looking forward to reconnecting with others I had met the year prior and meeting others I had not, and part networking as I was there to hustle for my blogs and advertising business. Simply put, it was four packed days of having fun while growing our business. You might be asking yourself what this has to do with trying to make money blogging, and that would be a fair question. If you hear me out then you’ll see exactly how they connect.
Hustling is How You Make Money Blogging
As Grayson wrote this summer, making money blogging comes down to one thing – a ton of work. Truth be told, I’m over simplifying it some but overall it comes down to hustling.
I’m confident that’s part of the reason why so many bloggers quit in the amount of time they do as they expect to start a blog and magically experience buckets of cash falling into their laps overnight. If that were the case then everyone would be doing it and we’d all be rolling in cash. While it might not be easy, that doesn’t mean for one second that you can’t make money blogging.
Part of what I enjoy about FinCon is that you get to rub elbows with many in the personal finance blogging world. What you begin to see is that many of them are making a living, nay a killing, online. Amongst those I’ve either spoken with directly or heard give presentations, there is one constant that rings throughout – they’re hustling. They’re trying new things, old things and outside the box things to grow their blog, brand, business, etc. The point is they’re hustling morning noon and night.
Diversity is the Name of the Game
If hustling is evident in those making a living online the other predominant thing is diversity. I’ve spoken before about diversity in making money from affiliate marketing and investing in the stock market. Both are vital if you want to make money blogging.
Diversity sounds great and all, but you might be wondering how you can implement diversity while trying to make money blogging. The key is to expand your vision. Once you do that you see there are many ways to make money online, such as:
- Affiliate marketing
- Freelance writing
- Speaking engagements
- Writing a book
- Selling your own course(s)
- Brand ambassador
- Owning multiple websites
- Offering different services
I know there are other ways to make money blogging, and these only scratch the surface. The point is to give you an idea to start with so you can broaden your scope beyond just the words on your site. The other point is that many of the successful bloggers out there are generally not relying on one sole source of revenue but they’ve created multiple streams of income in order to create as many legs to their stool they can.
What Does This Mean For Us?
The final thing I’ve come to learn in my interactions with other bloggers at FinCon is that they have a unique voice and they enjoy what they do. I don’t know exactly how many personal finance blogs there are, but I’m confident it’s a massive number. It can be extremely difficult, to put it lightly, to stand out amongst the crowd. Those who do have created a unique voice or brand that allows them to stand out from the crowd.
There is also something to be said of enjoying what you do. I enjoy blogging, but if I didn’t then I can see how it’d be a challenge to continue along for the long-term. That said, burnout is inevitable at times and it’s important to enjoy what you’re doing. I know it can be a challenge to balance that along with being unique and the hustling, though it can be done.
If you want to make money blogging it can be done. There are many doing it, and quite well, but if that’s something you want to do then be willing to put in the work and have a broad portfolio in order to really gain traction.
*Related: If you’re looking for help with learning how to monetize your site, or simply wanting help in taking your blog to the next level then sign up for my blog coaching services to see how I can help you achieve your blogging goals.
Do you make money blogging? What is the one thing that surprised you with relation to blogging when you first started? If you went to FinCon, what did you enjoy most about it?
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