How I Made $1400 for One Blog Post, with NO Traffic and NO Email List.
Have you seen this type of post title before? Of course you have! They’re everywhere!
I was scrolling through Pinterest this morning, and I saw a pin that had a similar statement on it, but the amount was much lower.
This kind of ‘headline’ can lead the beginner blogger to believe that it’s possible to make a ridiculous amount of money, without having any type of experience, or background whatsoever.
That’s what it’s meant to do.
But that shit just ain’t true.
When I first started taking this blogging thing seriously, I started writing content for other blogs.
I wrote fairly regularly for one blog in particular, and on this occasion they paid me a whopping $1400+ for the privilege. (They paid me $1083 US. I’m in Canada, which equates to about $1430+ in my money.)
I was so excited!
But I didn’t just wake up one morning with a shit-ton of messages in my inbox, offering to throw money at me for writing this thing.
I WORKED for it.
The difference is that I didn’t know that I was working for it at the time. I was simply writing content for a much bigger blog, and I really enjoyed doing it.
I’d simply been writing for the experience and the ‘street cred’. When their Admin messaged me about the possibility of writing a piece that they’d be paying me for, I almost thought they were kidding.
But they weren’t kidding.
This post was of an extended length, something like 3000 words, but most blogs will actually PAY YOU for writing that kind of content.
It doesn’t even need to be that long to get paid!
The best part was that they let me choose the topic that I’d be writing about!
When a blogger says that they “made $xxx for one post, with no traffic and no audience”, there are ALWAYS extenuating circumstances. Always.
So here it is; the solid truth.
How I Made $1400 for One Blog Post, with NO Traffic and NO List.
When you see this blog title (or similar titles), that blogger didn’t actually NOT have traffic and an email list. They simply ‘borrowed’ the traffic and the audience of another blog, by contributing content to that blog.
This is exactly How I Made $1400 for One Blog Post, “with NO Traffic and NO Email List”.
When you contribute content to another blog (generally, it should be one that’s much bigger than your own), your writing will usually include some kind of an author bio at the bottom. This information should always include your own blog address, or wherever it is that readers can find more of your writing.
This more often than not, allows the traffic from that blog to filter over to your own blog.
Makes sense, right?
When I first started blogging seriously, I wrote for my own blog, but I also contributed content to much bigger blogs, which did two things; first, it gave me the “street cred” that I needed to start being taken seriously, and secondly, it drove traffic to my own new(ish) blog.
I’m not sure when the goal of getting blog traffic became “the art of the bait and switch”, but that’s what these titles feel like to me, and I don’t like it.
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here; there’s nothing wrong with generating traffic (and money) for your own blog, by writing for much bigger blogs. It’s probably the best way to get started writing online, as well as the easiest, and it can pay VERY well.
To say “How I Made $1400 for One Blog Post” would get any reasonable blogger to click on it. To add “with no traffic and no audience” brings a whole different kind of vibe to the party. And that ain’t good.