How soon can bloggers start to make money from their blog? One day? A few months? A year? It does sound like a pretty reasonable question and there are a few things to consider in order for that question to be answered. The results will definitely vary depending on who you ask, but instead of just sharing what I think, I went ahead and asked a few other bloggers this very question and you can find their answers below.
Before I share other bloggers’ perspectives, I’d like to share a few things you should take into consideration while trying to answer this question.
Knowledge and Experience in the Field of Blogging
Both knowledge and experience should be taken into consideration when you are thinking about the soonest you can make money from your blog. Being a good writer, knowing SEO, and having blogging experience all factor into this equation. A seasoned blogger on his fifth blog will make money before someone who is just starting out.
What is Your Niche?
The niche you are in can greatly determine how much you make with your blog. If your niche has anything to do with social media, SEO, blogging and things of that nature then you have less chance of making money from AdSense due to the fact that people in that field know what an ad looks like. On the other hand, if you have a blog where you mostly talk about staying in shape by only consuming organic products, I think it’s safe to say that it would be more profitable.
How Much Money do you Consider Money?
It might sound like a silly question, but if you think about it it’s a good question none the less. If you make $2.00 in a month from AdSense, you still made some money and in that sense you can make money from your blog as soon as day one, if you planned ahead of course. Since AdSense has a minimum payout of $100, and for the sake of this post, let’s say we should consider anything over $100 a month as making money.
How Soon Can Bloggers Start Making Money From Their Blog?
Now that we have gotten all that out the way; here is what other bloggers had to say when I asked them this million dollar question.
Reginald Chan (ReginaldChan.Net)
When it comes to make money through blogging, you can basically do it within the first few months of starting up. You are usually busy adding content and looks in the first month while waiting for your site to get indexed by Google. Bloggers can make money faster simply by knowing the type of niche and target audience they are looking for. Always remember that making money through blogging is not just on ads but through affiliate sales too.
Tom Jamieson (TomJamieson.Com)
To be honest, I don’t think there is really a set time frame for reaching $100 per month. What you are looking for more than a time frame is the number of unique visitors and views your blog receives daily — ideally 250+ per day, or 7500+ per month. Therefore, you have to start by focusing on creating and producing high quality content and building relationships with other bloggers in your niche. You have to give before you can receive, so add value to their blogs by reading their posts and then leaving a thoughtful, insightful, and intelligent comment of at least 50-60 words. It takes time to be sure, so patience is the key. As the saying goes, the best things come to those who wait. If you are willing to put in the time and effort necessary — like posting regularly, writing high quality posts, responding to comments, being active on social media, etc. — then it is possible to reach 250/day (7500/month) in about 6-9 months.
David McSweeney (Top5SEO.Co.UK)
This is a very good question and in many ways it depends on how we’re defining income. Technically, you could put up a blog, stick on some AdSense ads and you might be lucky and make a few cents on your first day. If however we are talking about a consistent, tangible income (the good kind!) that means you can eventually quit your day job, then I suggest a different approach.
I firmly believe that the first 2-3 months of your blog should be all about building your audience and only once you have an engaged readership and a reasonable level of traffic (depends on the niche, but let’s say bare minimum 100-150 visitors a day) should you look at monetizing. With regards to your figure of $100 a month, assuming you have focused on creating great content and building trust in your readers, this should be very achievable after this period. And my number one way to monetize your blog – affiliate marketing!
Enstine Muki (EmFastIncome.Com)
This is a question I get a lot especially from starters. Frankly speaking, there is no specific period to start monetizing your blog. However, it depends on lots and lots of parameters. We know traffic is the main driver of all. Some bloggers take a longer time than others to build constant activities on their blogs.
Now, where you are coming from matters. If you have no background on the Internet, you may find everything new and confusing. You may not even have an idea what it means to monetize your blog. So you see you have to focus on building a consumable blog and community first. The money is not the first thing here.
For someone with a more solid social media background and online presence, it will be very different. I have seen blogs with less than 10 articles but with a lot of engagements. Personally, I was making money online before ever starting my very first blog. I had a membership site and was quite active on social media. So it was easier for me to introduce my new blog to my members and draw them (traffic) to it. Frankly, I started making money the very first week my blog went live.
Finally, there are many ways to monetize your blog. This so much depends on your niche and strategies. If you have a product of your own, it will not be a bad thing to get it on your blog from the very first day. As a matter of fact, that’s one of the factors to boost your online presence.
So how soon to start trying to generate income will heavily depend on the blogger himself. The more effort he puts in to build an active blog, the sooner the blog gets empowered.
Qasim Alhammad (AliensMoney.Com)
A lot of bloggers ask the same question “when can we start making money from our blog?” and the answer to that question depends on many factors including your blog niche, traffic, monetizing method and how much money you are targeting; Some niche sites can generate money before others. One way to make the answer simpler is to calculate the amount of traffic you need to build to make your first x amount of dollars and Use the following traffic formula:
Traffic = (Your Target Amount) / (CTR* Cost Per Action) where Cost Per Action depends on your monetizing method and how much money you are making per action like Click or Selling a single product.
Example 1: Let us say that you are targeting 100$ per month and that you are using Google AdSense to monetize your blog, from your Google AdSense account you can find out the average Cost Per Click and your CTR, for the sake of this example we will use Cost Per Click 0.1 $ and CTR of 5%. Using the formula, your needed traffic will be = 100 / (0.05 * 0.1) = 20,000 Visits per month.
Example 2: Keeping your targeted figure at 100$ per month and that you are selling a book for $5 and your CTR at 1% then using the formula, your needed traffic will be = 100 / (5 * 0.01) = 2,000 Visits per month.
Some other monetizing methods can’t be easily figured out and can’t use the same traffic formula like selling paid sponsored posts, but they all can be linked in one way or another to the traffic your blog receives; the more traffic your blog gains the more money you will be able to make.
Pulling it all Together
After asking 5 bloggers it’s safe to say that this question has been answered since for the most part everyone seems to be on the same page. How soon it takes for you to make money from your blog depends on your experience, the niche you are in, and the amount of traffic your blog receives.
If you continue to post content regularly, your blog can start generating an income within 6-9 months. That is just to give you a time frame, but what you really need to take in consideration is not the time, but the number of visits your blog is getting.
In the beginning you should not focus on making money. It is better to create a realistic goal on how much you would like to make by using the formula above, and then dedicate several months to simply writing great content and building relationships with other bloggers. If you were to use the formula provided by Qasim, it could give you an idea of the amount of traffic you would need to reach your goal. I will meet Tom and David in the middle and say you should continue to grow your blog by creating great content until you have reached around 200 daily visits.
It is important that you treat your blog as business if you are looking to make a real income from it, which means there is a number of things you should know before your start your blog. I agree with Reginald and Enstine that knowing your target audience and having a pre-planned blogging strategy will be the main determinant as to how soon you start to make money from your blog.
I would like to take this time out to thank the bloggers who contributed to this post. I wish you all success in all your ventures.