Can You Really Make Money Blogging?

stock photo 48342702 helpful tips 1 - Can You Really Make Money Blogging?Here’s a common question people ask when they are considering starting out as a blogger looking to earn an income. “Can You Really Make Money Blogging?”  It’s all too common for people to be confused as to how to actually earn as a blogger especially when they don’t have any clue as to what to do to even think about becoming an affiliate marketer. Because affiliate marketing really is all about writing content and has very little to so with the other aspects a blogger may think will generate an income for them. So, learning how to become an affiliate marketer really is all about blogging. And why do you think that is? Put simply, blogging or writing content is the way affiliate marketers actually get people to view whatever it is they are promoting. You’re content is what sells to be perfectly frank.


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Can You Earn Money Blogging?


What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a popular way of earning through the promotion of products and services and when I started as a marketer I thought initially that all I had to do was find a way to promote my products. I figured maybe post a few links to some social media platforms would probably be all I needed to do. Then I figured the products would just sell themselves. Man, was I off base! In fact I was so off base I could of been wasting my time for years promoting products through social media. So, I started to research online and always found myself asking “Can you really make money blogging?” It seemed like everywhere I turned the answer always led to no. Sure, I found these programs from online gurus that claimed to be able to make me an awesome affiliate marketer but I never heard anything about having to blog. I never heard that content is king. That is not until I actually checked out Wealthy Affiliate.

Blogging Through Wealthy Affiliate

Now, you’re probably wondering what the heck is Wealthy Affiliate and is this just another flim flam operation designed to take your money? That’s exactly what I asked myself when I checked it out. I knew a couple things though. The first being I didn’t know the first thing about being a marketer but I did know I was a halfway decent blogger. I understood about keywords, search engines and how to attach links to products and I figured that was really all I needed to know. But, I didn’t have the support or real world knowledge and kept asking myself that question…”Can you really make money blogging?” Once I signed up with the Wealthy Affiliate program I began to learn how. I won’t say this program is an easy fix and you will be rolling in the money once you sign up. I won’t even say it’s for everyone either. But, for someone who is willing to work at becoming a better blogger and wants to work as an affiliate marketer there really doesn’t appear to be a better solution than the Wealthy Affiliate.

The Wealthy Affiliate platform is geared towards helping people start their own business. Plain and simple. And after checking out other courses designed to help marketers I decided this one was for me. Their Wealthy Affiliate Bootcamp explains in full detail how to go about building your brand and it actually really works! Each course has different modules that I went through and with each training session it became clearer as to how I was supposed to implement what I was taught. While the Wealthy Affiliate program has way more information than I initially thought, it has answered the question “Can you really make money blogging?”  Below is just a little of what you get with the training at Wealthy Affiliate.

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Bootcamp Course #1
WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Starting Your Foundation (PHASE 1)
Bootcamp Course #2
WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Content, Keywords and Conversions (PHASE 2)
Bootcamp Course #3
WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Giving Your Site Social Value PHASE 3
Bootcamp Course #4
WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Get Visual. Get Aesthetic. Get a Brand Through Media. (PHASE 4)
Bootcamp Course #5
WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Knowing Your Audiences & Catapulting Your Referrals (PHASE 5)
Bootcamp Course #6
WA Affiliate Bootcamp – Bing, Yahoo, & The Power of PPC (Phase 6)
Bootcamp Course #7
WA Affiliate Bootcamp – How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns (PHASE 7)
So, I guess when people ask me if you can make money online as a blogger promoting affiliate products and services I guess I can honestly say yes. And I am not one to be convinced easily. I know there are a ton of scams and schemes out there and I’ve tried a few of them. I am also a Marine Corps veteran and figure I should be able to weed out the B.S. but there can be some tricky schemers out there. So, when deciding to join Wealthy Affiliate I checked out all I could about the company. For starters they have been online for over ten years and have continually strived to improve the program through the last decade. The Wealthy Affiliate has also changed many lives not only financially but in other ways as well. Their support can’t be beat and I found it cool that the owners actually welcomed each and every new member. Sure, there is work to be done on my part and I’m still relatively new having joined three months ago but it’s a good start. Plus, I have already seen some positive results. So, if you’re on the fence and are still asking yourself “Can you really make money blogging?” my answer would be yes….if you’re willing to learn and do the work. The Wealthy Affiliate program gives you the tools but you have to put them to use!
To your success!
Dave Donahue



Can You Generate An Income At Blogging?

If you blog chances are you have checked out the many ways you can generate an income at blogging. But did any of the mumbo jumbo actually make sense to you? I mean did you see any step by step format explaining how to make an income online? Most of the stuff you have read probably made little sense and you just shook your head  and moved on. In fact that’s probably what most people do when they look into trying to make any cash online. And it’s pretty fascinating how much effort some people put into trying to convince you to join their crazy pipe dream sites. I’ll be honest, there is no real sure fire way to generate an income at blogging except to work hard at a system that has been proven to work. And that’s not as easy as it sounds. So, what’s the trick to earning an income online? I’ll try and explain below.

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Is Blogging Really For You?

To begin to understand how to make money online as a blogger you must first identify whether or not you actually have the patience and determination to blog. I know it sounds pretty funny but in my years as a blogger some of the things I hear from other aspiring bloggers sounds more like an excuse as to why not to blog versus just getting down to business and writing. Some of the things I hear are. “But, what do I write about?” “When will I make money at blogging?” “Can I get someone to write my blogs for me?” These are just a few of the different things people say when they are trying to decide if blogging is for them. And in blogging forums you would be surprised how many use the forum as a Facebooking page. They don’t really want to blog, they just need someone to listen to them. I’m not trying to be mean either here. There are seriously some of the things people say when deciding and trying to start to generate an income at blogging. So, before you start asking yourself whether blogging is something you want to pursue to try and make a living with, consider the above. If you fall into one of the categories it may be time to rethink whether or not you really want to blog or are you just looking for a quick buck with little to no effort.

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Start A Blog For Free And Make Money

Pick Your Niche

Ok, so now that I’ve convinced you that blogging is not for everyone, lets assume that it’s something you really want to give a shot and try to earn some money with. Your first order of business is to choose a niche that looks like it’s something you’re interested in. This could be a sport, cooking, basketweaving….whatever you decide. And picking the niche should not be something that takes days to figure out. Realistically you should be able to pick one off the top of your head without over thinking it. Once you have this niche picked out you want to find a platform that not only gives you a chance to try a website for free but also gets you started understanding how to market yourself and your product or service. While there are a number of these free sites out there, I have only found one that teaches you step by step how to generate an income at blogging. This platform is Wealthy Affiliate. Let me explain  what Wealthy Affiliate is and how this online platform can help you start your own business as a blogger.

Join A Platform That Works

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Earn Income By Blogging

Wealthy Affiliate has been around for over ten years. This business is run by two individuals who have produced an online platform designed to help affiliate marketers succeed in the industry. And while affiliate marketing is solidly building in popularity, I would say a good percentage of those who start doing it fail. And why is that? In my opinion its due to the fact that they either get too complacent, don’t understand the how’s and why’s of what they are doing or they simply lose interest. Wealthy Affiliate gives people the training and the support to actually generate an income at blogging. And it does work if you dedicate yourself, are interested in helping others and pick a niche you’re interested in. It really does work and it’s a lot of fun.



Now, I’m not going to say that blogging for an income is going to change your life overnight. If you are blogging for a living it’s going to take time to see results. But think about this. If you do nothing to change your situation right now, where will you be in a year….or two years? Will you be working at a job you hate with that looming chance of being laid off or worse? Will you still be searching online for ways to generate an income at blogging? Or will this be the year you finally say to yourself “I’m going to succeed at being a blogger!” I won’t say it’s easy and I won’t say it will happen overnight but the Wealthy Affiliate platform is designed to help you succeed and you will if you put in the effort. So, my next question to you is. Are you ready to change your life and earn an income online? If you are sign up for free with the Wealthy Affiliate and get your two free websites today! Join Wealthy Affiliate For Free!


Can You Really Start A Blog For Free And Make Money?

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Can You Earn Money Blogging?

Blogging for an income takes some work I have to tell you. And it’s not something you just do on a whim and the next thing you know you’re the next internet blogging sensation. Unfortunately, too many people get into blogging for money for the wrong reasons. What reason do you think that is? It’s money!. That’s right. Many people I talk to want to start a blog for free and make money but really have no idea how it works. They just want to start some random blog and figure out how the thing can make them money. And, if I try and explain to them how it all works I get the feeling it sounds too complicated to them. And you know what? For some it may be.


For anyone looking to start a blog for free and make money I would say first to ask themselves if they have a few personal traits that are necessary to succeed at blogging. First is “Do you have patience?” Probably one of the more crucial traits to have when starting a blogging for money business is patience. Starting a blog is one thing but playing the waiting game for that blog to start earning is another. If you don’t have patience you don’t need to try and make an income at blogging, plain and simple. The next trait would be “Do you have the capacity to learn and implement what you have been taught?” In the world of blogging and in other industries everyone wants stuff done fast. And many people who get into blogging want to have things done for them. Like writing blogs. That’s right. You would be surprised how many want to start a blog for free and make money but don’t want to do the work themselves. I know, it kind of defeats the purpose right? They look for auto bloggers, content writers on writing platforms and do whatever they can to not have to do the work themselves. I’ll tell you right now this method is wrong and more often than not a ticket to failure. So, if you are one who is not self motivating and can’t even write your own content blogging is definitely not for you.

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Success At Blogging Take Time

The above are just a couple traits that are crucial to being successful as a blogger. So, can you start a blog for free and make money? Absolutely if you are motivated, a self starter and can learn some simple processes. And to be honest you can start on any of the platforms online designed for bloggers looking to earn. But, a word of warning when choosing one of these platforms. You want to find one that has gives you a free starter website and more importantly, training that will help you to succeed. Learning to blog for  an income is a journey and takes time and patience and I’m not here to tell you it’s all a walk in the park. So, forget all those hyped up websites that tell you you’re going to make 500.00 a day blogging. It just doesn’t happen. But, if you learn all you can about Google and how your website gets ranked over time, how writing a blog needs to have certain characteristic within the content, and how success is not an individual thing, then you can start a blog for free and make money.

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Start A Blog For Free And Make Money

I think you’re starting to understand where I’m going with all of this. And, it’s really not that difficult to start a blogging business if you just put in the work. Most blogs will fail simply due to lack of content being produced which is key to becoming successful at blogging. It’s not all about the paid marketing tactics or the constant tweeting and Facebooking your latest updates on your blog. It’s all about writing quality content day after day and not much else. So, what would I suggest to someone looking to start earning online as a blogger. I would simply say are you starting a blog to help people answer a question or solve a problem or are you just blogging because you are desperate to make money? If you get into blogging for the right reasons and actually enjoy writing and researching, then you’re bound to succeed. And if you can identify a reader problem and help to solve that issue you’re doing fantastic.

Ok, so there you go I hope that answered any questions you may have had on whether or not you can start a blog for free and make money. It’s pretty much as I call it above. But, if you’re passionate about what you are blogging then success will come easier. Finally, as I blogger who writes newbie tips for bloggers, I chose a platform that works for me. I wanted something that would teach me all I could about blogging for an income and wanted the support and free starter websites too. I found that here. The Wealthy Affiliate

To Your Success!

Dave Donahue

Blog Giveaways. What’s In It For You?

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Cruise Blog Giveaways?

Anybody who’s ever searched the internet has probably heard of “blog giveaways.” If you haven’t checked these out I have to admit some of these are pretty cool. But what exactly is a blog giveaway and how do you get in on one? A blog giveaway is basically when a company or individual offers something for free within their website. Most of these giveaways have a cut off date and you must apply before that deadline but to be honest, I think these things are worth checking out. Sure, some of them are for little knick knack things like t-shirts, coffee cups and other promotional items but I found some that include prizes all the way up to all expense paid cruises, iphones and cool gift cards from Amazon. But what’s the catch to these blog giveaways? I mean nothing is free right?


I won’t say you don’t have to do absolutely anything to win a blog giveaway because you do have to fill out an online form and in some cases a survey or two but for the most part they are free to join. How these things work I would suspect the company makes some type of earnings through people checking out their product giveaways or they could just be a way of promoting their stuff. For you as someone looking to win a giveaway,  I guess they are worth looking into but be wary of scams if you are looking to apply for some giveaway online.  The Blog Giveaway Directory looks like a good way of signing up for some cool stuff. I did notice that a good majority were things like Amazon gift cards but I found giveaways for Bed Bath And Beyond, Walmart gift cards and even Blue tooth speakers. While most of the blog giveaways are valued at lower than 500.00 but if you apply to enough of them you may even win.

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Blog Giveaway Gift Cards






As a blogger I am always looking out for online deals and these giveaways are all over the internet. But, what are your odds of winning? I researched this and the odds of winning are pretty much dependent on which blog giveaways you are entering. One strategy is to enter to win stuff that you wouldn’t really find any use for. Personally I wouldn’t really care to win a lifetime supply of pantyhose but someone else would. If I happened to win this lifetime giveaway I would probably sell it on Ebay or Craigslist to be honest. But hopefully you’re understanding where I’m going with this. I would also make a checklist of giveaways ending soon and maybe even a list of giveaway sites that look to be a good deal. I guess when it comes to these things, if you find value in them it’s a win win situation and I sure wouldn’t scoff at getting a free cruise around the world!


One of the blog giveaways I came across was a Ninja Coffee Bar thingamabob that looked interesting. When you click the link it does take you to another popup window and then you can fill in all the stuff and enter into the contest. I also looked at something they had on there as far as number of entries received. It was a little over 26,000 entries which considering what your chances of winning the lottery are with actually having to buy a ticket looked to be pretty good chances. And it had six days left until the drawing which gives you pretty good odds and a short time before the blog giveaway ends. All in all I think you really have nothing to lose on this. And if you don’t like coffee I suppose you could create your own sweepstakes to get rid of it or give it away to a friend or sell it on Ebay.

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Coffee Bar Blog Giveaways








Ok, so that’s a little rundown on what blog giveaways are and what they can do for you. Realistically I think these things are kind of like going to a free casino. You never really know what you’re going to win until you get there but I like the fact that they are free to enter and your chances of actually winning are much greater than buying that Power Ball ticket. Not that I wouldn’t love to win the Power Ball but let’s be real here, your chances on that thing are 1 in a couple hundred million so thanks but no thanks on that deal.

I hope you liked this little blog on blog giveaways. While I’m not big on entering for stuff online I know you can always find some use for anything you win by either keeping it or selling it. Then you could always buy something you want when you sell the item. Personally, I think I’ll just keep blogging away about different tips for bloggers looking to start their own business blogging about what they love. It’s fun, rewarding and you can actually make money for a lifetime if you learn how to blog correctly for business. And finally, if you want to do what I do and find blogging fun and exciting why not learn how to blog for an income? I did and have fun doing it everyday! Join Wealthy Affiliate Today!




What Are Your Long Term Blogging Goals?

Goals are an important aspect of blogging online. So, it’s important to have long term blogging goals when you begin your blogging business. And, without these goals set in place at first, chances are greater you will never reach that success you’re looking for. As sad as that sounds it really is reality. In fact, think about all the people who say they would never work at a fast food restaurant. Many say it’s a sweat box and a complete waste of time. On the other hand some will say it’s a great stepping stone to bigger and better things down the road. And then there’s the individuals who stuck it out and ended up being manager and finally owning a franchise. So, setting long term blogging goals is no different at all. You just have to set the goals and promise yourself each day you will do something to accomplish those goals.

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Set Your Blogging Goals!

Set A Blogging Per Week Goal!

   So, what’s a good start to setting long term blogging goals with your own blogging business? How about setting a small goal of writing 3-5 quality blogs a week of anywhere from 700-1200 words on your blogging website? I say 700-1200 words because while we should aim for around 1500 words per blog there are many cases where you just won’t be able to accomplish that word count. But it’s ok, just commit to yourself that you will at least write a few blogs a week and you will be totally amazed at how fast those blogs will add up on your website bringing you nearer to success each day. You can do it and it’s really not that difficult. It’s just takes dedication!

Is Your Home Office Working?

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Is Your Home Office Enjoyable To Work In?

Ok, so now that we have decided we are going to set some goals that will encourage us to blog frequently we should also look at some other things we can do to accomplish our long term blogging goals. Can you think of something you can do to make your blogging venture more exciting and fun to do? How about making an a small office space where you live into a comfortable place to site down and do your work? It’s amazing how many times I hear people say they have no time or there’s just no space to do what they need to do. It’s too loud. The excuses go on and on and it’s really pretty frightening how many will set themselves up for failure by making some reason up why they can’t get down to business. So, I say to them, before you start to set your goals, set up your blogging area. Do, you have a comfortable chair? Is you computer working properly and is your space quiet enough to focus on what you have to do?

Get Active To Stay Motivated!

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Be Active To Accomplish Your Blogging Goals!

So, now we have two things we can do to accomplish out long term business goals and that’s an excellent start to becoming successful as a blogger. What else can you think of that will help you to accomplish your goals? how about setting a time during the day when you will give your blogging business attention? Personally, I like to do most of my writing in the morning after I do a walk. It’s a this time when I feel my best and ready to get something done. Everyone is different but it’s important to set a daily schedule to write your blogs as it is to do other important things in your life. Staying active and keeping an exercise regiment in your daily activities can do wonders for your mood and is a great way for your to find inspiration for your blogs.


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Seek Out Support!

I really can’t stress how important support is to reach your long term blogging goals. It’s absolutely paramount that your find people who will support you in your blogging venture. Because think about it for a minute. Your goal as a business blogger is to eventually create a sustaining income for you and your family. And that’s a huge goal. But there will be work to do. There will be days you just “don’t feel up to it.” There will be times you question yourself and wonder if it’s all worth it. You will find times when you feel you may never succeed. Now, as much as I would like to be the cheering section for you and your blogging business it’s important for you to find support team that’s going to be there for you to bump up your moral when you just aren’t feeling it. And these things will happen I guarantee it. It’s just part of life. These are the times you really have to dig deep and write content whether your feeling it or not. The only exception I would think is if you are sick or something important is more of a priority which does happen. But the key to your success will without a doubt be your ability to write consistently.


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Dave Donahue (Author)

Hopefully, this blog can help you decide if blogging for business is something you want to really get into and if you have the dedication to fulfill your dreams as an entrepreneur. All it takes is commitment and action and you can and will be successful. And don’t hesitate to check out my other blogs to help you find your passion in life as a blogger. And if you’re looking for a way to become successful as a blogger complete with training and two free websites see this link! Wealthy Affiliate Sign Up