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Can You Make Money Online? You Can! I'm a Two Figure Blogger!

Updated on January 14, 2015

The Realization that, Yes, You Can Make Money Online

It just hit me – like a truck – that I’ve just become two figure blogger. I have to confess that I stole the previous sentence, except for the two figure bit. A couple of years ago, I decided to try my hand at blogging to see if I could make a bit of cash on the side as I was about to start grad school full-time.

When googling the topic of "blogging for money," "make money blogging," or some other such get-rich-quick search term, one of the first hits that Google provided was this gem from the ProBlogger site. The site's creator, Darren Rowse, is well-known as a heavyweight in the blogging industry and his title was "I'm a Six Figure Blogger."

I must admit that I was feeling pretty pumped to find out that there was some money to be made. I figured $100,000 from blogging was not terribly likely, but if I could make a few hundred bucks here and there, I figured it'd be all good. So, right after reading Mr. Rowse's article, I decided to start a Blogger blog for free with Google's blogging software. I typed out my first post, hit publish, and then shared it with all 200 or so of my Facebook friends.

I got double digits in hits for the first couple of posts. Then, only three days after hitting "publish post" for the first time, it happened. I checked the monetization tab on my brand new blog and found that someone, somewhere had clicked one of the ads on my site. I was only about four days into this blogging thingy and I had already earned a whopping $0.59.

Moi with the Prague Castle and the Vltava River in the Background
Moi with the Prague Castle and the Vltava River in the Background

The Crushing Reality Sets In

After seeing that $0.59 in my Google account nearly two years ago made my day. From all that I'd read, it'd just be a matter of time before the search engines would pick up on my great content and send thousands, if not millions, of visitors my way--after all, I'm a great writer (at least in my own mind).

From my previous experience of getting a click after only 30-something odd visits, I thought the money would come rolling in any day. I posted about 60 posts for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, only a few controversial titles would get any hits whatsoever after Facebook shares. Search traffic was pretty much non-existent. In about nine months of this first (now aborted) blog, I got an extremely underwhelming grand total of less than 500 hits.

Reality then set in, that I was not going to be making much on this blog. One of the problems that beset my first blogging experience was the fact that it was a collection of random ramblings on any variety of subjects that hit me on a given day. Another problem was the lack of using key terms that Google liked. Over the life of this (now aborted) blog, I earned a whopping total of $0.64.

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Another Attempt--Just for Fun

After deciding to scrap the first random blog with no theme other than the extreme randomness of my musings, I chose to start another blog that was more narrowly focused upon one of my interests. This blog, the American Church History blog, also sports the handy-dandy Blogger platform. While I hoped to eventually get a bit of money out of my hard work, I figured that it'd be about 2030 before that happened.

Nonetheless, I decided to launch the blog for fun. I started the new blog on May 5, 2011, and chose the same strategy of sharing my outstanding posts with Facebook friends. A few stopped by from time to time, but I decided to have a more narrow focus. This earned me an increasing number of Google (and other) searches popping up on my website. The results were about 4-5 times that of my previous effort. Although I didn't exactly rake in the dough with the site, it did substantially better than my previous attempt and the traffic was better. I focused on this for about six months exclusively--then something happened.

The Discovery of HubPages

As the Fall semester ground to a close last year, I was looking at a couple of weeks with a lighter workload. Again, I scoured the interwebs for ways to make money online. My goal was to build up a bit of residual income over (probably a very long) time. One of the sites that I hit upon was Hubpages. That day changed my life, as I can now claim that I am a two figure blogger.

Of course, I had to do some checking up on this HubPages thingy. I didn't want to find my identity stolen and some teenager in Mumbai, Timbuktu, Vladivostok, or any other place very remote from me, drawing my social security decades before I can even retire. While there were a few people claiming the site was a scam, most of what I read seemed favorable. I took the chance to make the plunge. After posting a hub or two and some comments to other hubs, I got a couple of followers--the same number that I had from my first (now aborted) blog.

One of the things that has been beneficial to my massive earnings this year has been the number of Google searches that land on my Hubs. Some are now getting about 5 hits a day, and I've grown from 4 visits/day the first month to around 25 last month. A six-fold growth in traffic over just five months is pretty good progress, IMHO. With the increased earnings from my second (not aborted) blog and my Hubs, I've been able to reach the rare air of the two figure blogger in just four months--and the income is actually growing after my discovery of the HubPages Ad program. I won't divulge specifics, but at this rate, I'll have to move up my anticipated payout date from 2030 to 2013.

So, there it is--my wonderful blogging experience, now nearly two years in the making. I hope you enjoyed this walk through my blogging career. Hopefully, I'll be able to increase readers. In fact, you're reading this just helped me out. Again, I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing. Of course, you may be wondering about the moral of the whole story. It's this--making any appreciable amount of money online takes quite a bit of time for the vast majority of people, and I'm definitely among the majority.

I've updated my progress on the latest installment of my "Can You Make Money Online?" series. I've also noted the top 10 things I've learned while at HubPages. My latest update chronicles my first year on HubPages.

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      cprice75 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting. I'm happy to note that I"ve reached 2 figures in a month for two different months this year. The money is starting to snowball.

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      jontymagicman 4 years ago

      That's a wonderful post on blogger platform .... Your post has great information about blogging ... I am writing for blogger now since 6 months ... I have a domain name by http://www.hubberspot.com ..... I think its one of the wonderful blogging platform as compared to wordpress or tumblr .... I am amazed by the look and feel of the blogger platform .... Soon I am going to post amazon and adsense on my blog ....

      Thanks a lot for sharing useful info here .....

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      @Jason, I agree that the format on HubPages is much better than the freebies I've seen on the two platforms you mentioned. Also, with the Alexa ranking, there is much more likelihood that your writing will get noticed by search engines.

      @ Dorothy, Thanks for the vote of confidence.

      @Rmcleve, Thanks for visiting and the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed reading.

      @Cashmere, isn't it interesting how so many people do the same things and find the same results? I guess it takes some learning by trial and error. Thanks for commenting.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      @ Carter, I wish you the best in getting to quit your day job on the earnings here--after I'm able to do so :)

      @ Blonde, I too like to see the little increases in traffic over time. These little increases in traffic lead to little increases in the pennies that I get from my writing.

      @ Jools, I've found it hard to keep blogs going when it seems that no one is reading them. The larger volume of traffic here is something that keeps me semi-motivated, just to see if I can build it into something useful.

      @ Millionaire, I'm with you on that.

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments, everyone. It appears that there are some people out there who can identify with my path toward internet millions. Thanks to those of you who left feedback on the Hub. I'm glad you found the story funny, inspirational, informative, or some combination of the aforementioned.

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I found a ton of inspiration in your story. Excellent writing and I wish you the best in your success on this site. Hubpages came to the rescue for me when I was scouring the web in a similar fashion. Voted up, useful, and awesome :)

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      Rachael Cleveland 5 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      I'm glad I read this. It can be extremely disappointing to see the humble beginnings of any blog.

      Just like you, I share(d) my posts and hubs with my Facebook friends and at first, I thought that's how I would generate decent traffic. If my mom, dad, siblings, aunt, and generations of cousins can all visit, then I'd be rich!

      I average very few views from Facebook. Although people will read to know what's going on with you or to see something interesting, that's not the way to make it work. Instead, you do just what you did and try to focus, find a wider audience, and put your nose to the grind.

      Thanks for the thoughts!

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      buckleupdorothy 5 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Very refreshingly sane on a topic people can often get carried away with! Voted up and Shared - keep on rocking.

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      I keep a blog on Blogger going out of love for my topic, but the dreams of making money from it flew away long ago. Like Wordpress, I enjoy the various theme options on Blogger, but still, for presentation purposes, nothing beats HubPages.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I am glad that your traffic and earnings are going up. Watching my earnings go up and down is frustrating, but hopefully it will trend mostly up.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      This is an honest and interesting hub. I too started a Blogger blog last Summer but it's died the death to be honest - I prefer Hub Pages. I have read a few ProBlogger bits and bobs over the last year but have accepted I am more likely to 'get rich slow' and just enjoy the writing process and as phd says in her comment, I'm enjoying a lot more online reading too.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Finally someone who shows how difficult it can be. Who doesn't get sucked in to the 'get rich quick' mentality? I did as well.

      Now with Hubpages, I can see that it doesn't go up fast but it is heading in the right direction. I anticipate my first payout to be in July. But I will say, the daily movement in earnings, however small, encourages me to write more and thus the momentum increases. I like to challenge myself by setting targets.

      Thank you for sharing your story, stay positive, and don't believe everything you read. :-)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh!! can't I give up m day job yet!! Okay so I'm looking forward to pay day some time in 2015 yeah:) Thanks for an all together enjoyable well written hub, many votes, cheers

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      cprice75 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing phd. With your help, I may get a payout in mid-2013, instead of by Christmas. I'm glad you enjoyed the read.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      This was great! An honest and humorous and reasonable look at on-line earning. I expect a payout in 2014, but in the meantime I have done some good writing and by being pretty selective, I have found a lot of very good writing. :) SHARING