I’ve been blogging for a few years and when I work on a blog the goal of creating income is with long term in view. I’m not looking to make an ‘overnight success’ (unless it’s Atwood’s definition). Why? Because making money from my blogs is never the main purpose. It’s secondary to my other goals which includes sharing useful and practical content with a tight community of readers.
There are a lot of ways you can take shortcuts to build traffic (and income with your blog) and many sites are created to give that advice to you.
It doesn’t mean you have to follow all the advice. Depending on your goals some of tips and tricks can benefit you up right now, but hurt your site in the long run.
Look at the long term consequences when considering how to your sites. Sometimes bloggers can be in a rush to cash in with what little equity they have.
What’s Your Purpose?
You have to ask yourself, what are you building? If you’re making an income generating site, then shortcuts can help you achieve your goal quicker. If you want to build a community, it’ll take some time.
Writing quality posts, creating useful videos, or making great audio shows aren’t instantly made. You have to plan it out. Some people are gifted and can blog off the cuff, but for most people we have to write and rewrite to get something good published.
Good content, though, is not the only thing that creates value. Talking with others to hear their thoughts, getting feedback on improving content ,and improving blog design to help readers navigate allow you to grow your site’s value.
Once you found your rhythm and voice on the blog and have built a community, then you can worry about money. In fact,some of your readers may be bloggers and could help you with improving income flow.
Enjoy what you do and keep improving on your skills to lay a solid foundation. Build a community from that foundation. Money will usually come a lot easier.
Thoughts on Building Blogs That Generate Income
What has been your experience? Who’s career do you admire?