One of the blogs I read regularly is Passive Income To Retire, which shares a common goal with me. Over there he began a challenge to create a resource for new bloggers to get helpful advice on how to get passive income, etc. This post is my contribution to the challenge.
I began blogging with Google Blogger in the last week of January. After about a week I realized that if I was serious about it, and I like to think I am, I needed to get a domain name for myself. With the encouragement of many more experienced bloggers, I took the plunge and started Poor Student. This cost was more than I assumed it would but I am told in the long run it will pay off.
When I look around at the students I see everyday I see a couple of things in common, most complain about not having enough money and most spend more than they should. Despite every student wishing they had more money, I see so many people listening to their music with Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. I got a pair of them as a gift and love them, but I would never myself pay the huge price tag with which they come. Students as a group do not seem to see that the way they use their money is holding them back. I started writing my blog so maybe I could help somebody use their money better.
There isn’t much that separates me from other students. Like them I do not have much money and want more of it. It is what I do with the little money I have and the decisions I make about money that differentiates us. I thought that even though my voice is not influential now, I could influence others because I do things differently. I am not an exceptional case which might make my point of view resonate with students who are always told by bankers to save and avoid debt but never from people in similar situations.
I also had vague dreams of making money with my blog in order to relieve some of the burden of having to pay for school. At this point those dreams look like they are of the pipe variety. In the month of writing this site I have made $6.55 with Adsense. That doesn’t sound so bad, but I paid 50 times that for the privilege of having this site. And in order to actually get my hands on that money I have to make $100. And the people haven’t been tripping over themselves to read my blog either. Everyone will tell you money and readers take a lot of time, but I am a fan of immediate results so the lack of fanfare or rewards have been a bit discouraging.
I have a couple of things I want to tell anyone thinking of starting a blog or just starting. First, before you start your blog read all the articles you can about starting a blog. I read lots but I did it after I started my blog. Lots of advice was on picking a host, which I already did and could have used the advice before I did it.
Second, and everyone will tell you this, but really, really don’t expect many people to read you blog right away or make much money. I thought I could be an exception, but this doesn’t seem like one of those rules.
Third, when I started my blog I tried adding it to all the free blog directories I could. I spent a lot of time doing this and heard it would be beneficial. The articles telling me to do so were dated from, like 2006 or something, but I thought the advice would stand true today. Lots of the directory links I clicked on no longer existed, which kind of tipped me in to the fact that it is a dead medium. Do not spend time submitting your blog to directories.
New bloggers out there, you will gain a lot from blogging if you are in it to enjoy it and are committed. I wish I had seen articles such as this before I began and I might be a couple of steps further than I am, but I have no regrets regarding my blog.