You know you want to make money from your blog, but you’re not. You think about it, you know you should get off your butt and just do it, but you don’t.
Have you ever considered that maybe you’re just not ready to make money off of your blog?
Making money seems awesome, but do you have what it takes?
7 Signs You’re Probably Not Ready to Make Money From Your Blog
1. You need/like/want a regular paycheck.
If you’re looking for a regular paycheck, then you should probably move on to something else. Getting paid for your blog efforts can be all over the place because it depends on a variety of factors–advertiser needs, traffic to your site, number and quality of posts you’re writing and more. Some months you might make a sizable amount, while other months you may make just enough to take your kid to a fast food lunch.
2. You spend time complaining about why other bloggers get paid gigs and you don’t.
If you’re more focused on other bloggers and bad-mouthing them in public on social networking forums, then I can bet you aren’t putting the time into your blog that you need to be putting in. Sometimes, we use the success of others as a distraction to keep us from what we need to do. If you’re following other bloggers just so you can complain about their success, then it may be time to reassess where that insecurity is coming from inside of you.
3. You think earning money by blogging is easy.
Ask any serious blogger–whether they are making money or not–if blogging is easy and you’ll uniformly get the same answer: NO, blogging is not easy. That means making money blogging is even harder. If you’re looking for a “get rich quick” scheme, blogging isn’t for you.
4. You’re lazy.
If you’re lazy (and that’s okay, some of us are), you probably aren’t going to be able to build your blog into a success. What I get paid blogging is directly proportional to how much time I put into it. In the months where I have a lot of things that I need to do with the preschooler and less time for the blogs, I make less money. If you would rather watch TV than put the time in for your blog, you might be too lazy to make money on it.
5. You think statistics are for sissies.
If you don’t like following statistics, then you’re not ready to make money on your blog. One of the biggest things advertisers want to know before they work with you is what your statistics are like PageViews, Unique IPs, Google PageRank, Alexa Ranking, Klout Rating and more. Additionally, some ad networks pay you based on your traffic. If you don’t have the numbers, it’s a waste of your time to display their ads on your site.
6. You think advertising on your blog will drive people away.
The truth is that all of us are accustomed to seeing advertisements of all kinds and types on the websites that we visit. This means that your readers aren’t going to mind a few banner and sidebar ads, or even sponsored posts. If you’re worried that your readers are going to see you as a “sellout” then write a post explaining why you’ve added advertising. They get paid for their jobs, why shouldn’t you?
7. You don’t like to interact with people.
One of the things I talk about in “The (Real) Truth About How Blogs Make Money: Tips and Tricks to Turn Your Blog Into a Business (without the BS)“ is that you have to be social to be successful. Getting the word out about your blog is how you’re going to grow your audience in order to make money. If you loathe spending time on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, then there’s a slim chance that you’ll make money on your blog.
So what do you think? Are you ready to make money blogging?