Can You Still Make Money Blogging in 2019?
If you’re wondering if you can still make money blogging in 2019, there are some things that you should know going in.
IF you don’t take one single other thing away from this post, know these two things:
Blogging is a LEGIT way to make A CRAP TON of money. If you do it right.
What do I mean by “do it right”?
I’m writing this in January 2019, and I make good money doing this blogging thing.
But it didn’t come quickly, or easily. Nor did it come the way most other bloggers will TELL you it does.
I had no experience when I started blogging (way back when Fred Flintstone was a kid). I started my first blog for the fun of it 15 years ago, and I now own 7.
2. Blogging to make money is a RIDICULOUS amount of work.
Like I mean….it’s an INSANE amount of work.
I know there are people out there who claim to be making a killing working just a few hours a week, but let me tell you, it’s not as quick or easy as they make it sound.
Because this is Blogging for Stupid People, I’m going to tell you what ‘they’ won’t tell you; and that is, that making money with a blog used to be MUCH simpler, and much cheaper. It was much simpler before we’d all figured out that social media could be useful in getting traffic to a blog.
Once platforms like Facebook and Instagram (which Facebook bought) figured out that the traffic that flowed from their sites actually helped those of bloggers, they did something nasty. They pinched off the organic flow of that traffic, putting a block between your blog, and your reader. It’s a block that you (we) now have to pay Facebook (and Instagram, and Pinterest, etc.) to temporarily remove, or at least…widen.
So if your burning question is “can you still make money blogging in 2019?” the short answer is YES. BUT it’s gonna cost you.
Don’t shoot the messenger. I don’t make this shit true. I wish it wasn’t.
I’ve been blogging long enough to remember a time when you could build a Facebook page for the sake of creating a community. And that community would function in the way that it was intended; you’d post your latest content, and the people who enjoyed your posts would “like” and “share” them.
Not so anymore. Now we (some of us anyway…not me though) post our content to that Facebook page, and the people who actually “liked” your page, can’t organically see them. NOW you have to pay Facebook to “Boost” your posts.
None of my blogs have a Facebook page. None of my blogs have an Instagram page.
That might sound counter productive as a blogger. But let me explain; Instagram is a no-brainer, it does nothing for me or my blogs as far as traffic generation goes, so I don’t use it.
Facebook essentially lets us bring our audience to their platform, then charges us for the ‘privilege’ of having them there. I won’t go into that whole thing here, but I DO go through the whole thing in this post 🙂
Pinterest used to generate ridiculously GOOD traffic for my blogs. I mean like upwards of 2000 page views a day! But Pinterest jumped on the ‘Facebook gravy train’ in mid-2018, and now the traffic that used to find you organically, is no more.
One of my blogs was getting 2000+ page views a day from Pinterest. After Pinterest ‘pinched’ their algorithm (that’s what I call it), that blog now sees a mere 160+ page views a day at it’s lowest from Pinterest. It sees 700+ page views a day at it’s highest.
That said, I use Pinterest for blog traffic, but if I’ve got something that I want to promote, I’ll use their “promoted pins” to help push that along. I don’t spend a fortune doing that, but paying for traffic is something that most bloggers won’t tell you that they do.
I’m telling you, they do.
So…the answer to the question “Can You Still Make Money Blogging in 2019?” is Yes. You absolutely CAN make money blogging in 2019.
But it’s definitely going to cost you.