It depends on how many quality hubs you write. The more hubs, the more traffic you get but even if you wrote a couple of thousand quality hubs that actually rank and get traffic - you still couldn't live off it.
I have 2 other brick and mortar stores that I rely on for income. One is real estate that gives me money irregularly, the other one is farming that gives me regular income, and freelance work that gives me little money. I do stock trades and practice my profession as CPA. I blog and write for HP so I can earn money from these sources, someday.
Blogging (and writing online) is a bit like professional sports. Millions aspire to make it and live off being in "the big leagues," but only a few hundred actually have the talent, skills, perseverance and luck to actually MAKE it.
Oh yeah, those were the days...dial up connections, AOL sign-up discs showing up in your mail at least three times a week, free (crappy) Geocities and Tripod.com web sites, the "Pets.com" sock puppet on TV...good times, good times.
If you blog for a living, it is a full-time real job, not an alternative to a job. You may want to note that this is not a site on which you should be blogging if you want to succeed. That style of presentation does not do well here. I suggest you read the Learning Center to get a better idea of how to write here.
Also, please note there is no trick or "recipe" for success. Although convincing people there is turns out to be one of the most lucrative scams going.
Some people train lions for a living, some people run farms.
I make some of my income from blogging--most people are not full time bloggers, it is just one of many income streams. Blogging as a sole income is erratic and does not come with health benefits. I would not rely on it as a sole income even if I was making enough from it.
Unless you work your butt off for ten years, writing blog posts every day, and create products worth buying, and have Ninjastic SEO skills, and go viral on social media at least three times a year, and survive the Panguin updates and get about ten thousands views a day.......it's an ongoing list.
Even if you do EVERYTHING mentioned above, you'll still earn less than a typical day job.
I once read an article by a lady that has accomplished this. She worked on various sites 2-3 hours every night after work. After 3 years she met her goal. This was several years ago and with the competition now it would take longer. Of course, you need to learn SEO and keyword research first.
Yup it involves a combination of a lot of luck, crazy hard work, and ridiculous SEO and marketing skills. You can't say it's impossible because several people have done it, but we're talking a very select group of people compared to the hundreds of thousands trying everyday. The same applies to vlogging platforms and YouTube folks who try to monetize through their videos. Even if a couple hundred people are able to make a living off of it, you still have the millions that will fail.
I have a blog (not my HP) that gets what I would think is decent traffic and I what I make from it is a joke. You would have to have an interesting niche and work your tail off for a long time before you could ever make a living off of your blog. Life's no fair
But don't rely on HP as your only source of income as that is just not going to work. I have been working online now for over 5 years and I have eggs in many different baskets. Some provide a few bucks while others several hundreds every month.
It takes hard work and often a little luck also...
Blogging is not that top-earning of crafts. I do blog to work on my writing skills. However,if you have a flair in fiction writing,it would be nice if you focus on publishing a collection of short stories or a best-selling novel that can be made into a block-buster movies.
It is possible, but, it takes time and real commitment. I earn a solid supplemental income here. I have also contributed to blogs with a few articles and started my own; The Freedom Examiner, The Glory Days of Hollywood, and another one that has folded. (Less than 10 articles for those blogs,) I have referred more than 5 people to hubpages and none of them have written more than 4 articles. I say this because I am pointing out that most people just don't have it in them to discipline themselves to write over 500 articles, which it will take for sure. I have less than 100, but, due to time, my articles have become popular enough to pay at least one of my bills each month. Don't listen to negative people, keep writing, and, be sure to start your own blog.
If you invest your time and energy in writing good articles that people want to read and also invest in promoting, you will get more money out of it. I do not know your valute, but in mine, I earn more from blogging because there I get payed in euros, while in hubpages I get paid in dollars. You earn the same amount of money per view about: 0.002, but when blogging is 0.002 euros per view, while in hubpages is 0.002 dollars per view. So, I earn more from blogging for the same amount of views. And another thing to keep in mind: In hubpages your earning per view may change due to changes of the Hubberscore. No matter what they claim, if you have a Hubberscore of 50-60 your earnings per view will fall into 0.0006 dollars!! Too low I know! And take it first hand, because I am experiencing this problem right now! For the same amount of views, I get much less because my Hubberscore has fallen, and I can't figure out a way to get it back up. Anyway, this is all about blogging versus Hubpages relating to the earnings you make.
I've earned my living from web sites, writing and blogging for a decade. It's my sole source of income and marketing for my Zazzle stores. I don't do a lot of promotion but rely more on organic search. It's not what it was 5 years ago, but it's working despite changes and loss of Squidoo and Zujava and Amazon.
I really don't think that blogging can realistically replace a regular job, unless you started early wand worked very hard at it. It can be some great supplemental income, but your best bet is with a regular job. When you have a wage or salary, you can have some idea on how much you'll make. Blogging there is no certainty on how much you'll make in a week or month.
If you treat it as a regular job and don't expect to earn anything from blogging about what you had for breakfast then yes it can make far more than any regular job. If you figure out what people want to read, what will actually earn you money and then work on it then you can make a real income.. I have not worked a "regular" job for 5 years and support a household of 8 on what I earn online. Just don't put all of your eggs in one basket so that you don't get affected when Google starts to make changes.
I think this is an important comment. People generally seen as professional bloggers often use their blog as part of a diversified income. They may also, for example, sell snooks, provide consulting, be a content expert, do paid speaking engagements etc.
Blogs are part of my strategy but for me not a core part, they are an easy way to spin value from my content expert activities ( under my real name ). My use of lesser-paid content sites like this one are under a different name for branding purposes. I don't want to be charging $100 per blog under the same name as a cents-per-page site
I believe blogging can be a great living, but with any business it takes time to build up. That building process may take years for you to establish yourself as a niche leader. But once you are able to establish yourself, you can build a business on know how.
For me as a person, my focus here on HP is purely a desire to have a little bit of spending money. Are there people here that earn a living from their hubs? Probably. Are there people here earning more than their keep? Sure. But the majority here might not. It might be beneficial to understand and use this as a way to fund other supplementary incomes so that one day you might not have to work for someone else.
The problem with blogging is that it attracts less traffic and predictably income too is very low there. Hence, I do concentrate on HP as it has some advantages over the Blogger. Anyhow to express our personal feeling/experience, the Blogger is the best option. Thank you for this post dear.
There are bloggers and vloggers who have been able to earn a living from their platforms. However the ratios of those who have succeeded to those who haven't is massive. On the plus side, there are many more who've been able to make a nice side income alongside their regular job, and that's an attainable goal.
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