How long does it take to start making money with your blog?
This is a question I get asked daily and I can see where it’s coming from.
You’ll find plenty of “how I made $10,000 with my blog in one month” type of guides online so undoubtedly, there are many who expect the same kind of results, in the same amount of time.
Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but it usually takes a lot longer “than just a few days” to build a successful blog and that’s because it’s not easy to do.
There’s another shocker for you.
While yes – once you’ve built up your blog, it is easy to make money – the “building up” part is where many end up falling through the cracks and unfortunately, it’s not because they’re doing something wrong, but it’s due to a lack of patience.
In this quick article, I want to share with you:
- Why you need to “wait it out” before your blog starts earning money
- How long you can expect to “wait” before you actually start making money blogging and
- If you make it to the end, I will also show you my way of how to make money much quicker than usually expected.
Ready to wait and earn?
Do you have the patience to stick it out long enough to become a “successful money-making blogger?”
I hope you are because I promise you, it’s worth the wait.
Let’s get started…
How Long Does It Take To Make Money Blogging?
On average, it takes around 6 to 8 months before you start making money with your blog.
- Does this mean you will not make money before that? No
- Does this mean you are guaranteed an income by then? No
- Does this mean you can quit your job once the 8 months are up? Maybe (but highly unlikely).
From my experience, it’s very hard to tell you an exact number of months/days/years you have to wait before your blog starts making any noticeable income.
I’ve had blogs which started making some money from the first month. I’ve had others that took close to 2 years before I started seeing any income.
NB: I’m currently doing a case-study building 10 profitable websites/blogs in 12 months. I just got my first sale with one of these sites and I’m currently in month 3 – you can see the case-study here.
I’ve even had a blog which was total failures than eventually become a major earner, and I’ve had high-traffic blogs (my record was 50,000 visitors in a day) and NEVER earned $0.01c.
So what gives, how does this happen?
Well, how long you need to wait to make money blogging comes down to a few things, these are:
- Your traffic.
- Your quality of traffic.
- Your monetisation method.
- Your offer
Allow me to explain…
Just like an offline business will not make money if nobody ever visits it, the same it is with a blog (you may actually want to think of your blog as a business not as a hobby for better results).
If you have 10 people a day coming in, you may make some money – but it won’t be a lot.
If you have 1000 people a day visiting your website – I’d be shocked if you don’t make money (although as I said, it is possible and it does happen when the quality of traffic is pretty much useless).
Your quality of traffic:
There are two (maybe three) ways to get traffic to your blog;
- SEO (which is the best kind of traffic)
- Social Media (which is usually harder to make money from)
- Email marketing (but if you’re a beginner, this is probably not for you – yet)
SEO is the best kind of traffic because you are getting high-quality traffic from Google.
People who search on Google for information are looking for something – they have an intent to do X.
They are not just browsing social media (where they’re distracted by a thousand things) which is why SEO traffic tends to work better than social media.
As with everything, this does not mean you can not make money from social media (quite the contrary; I make a lot of money from Pinterest for example but given everything is equal, I would bet on SEO every single time.
How do you do SEO?
You can see my incredibly in-depth guide about that here, but first; keep reading so you can learn more about the remaining 2 factors, your monetisation method and your offer.
Your monetisation method:
When it comes to blogging, you can make money either with affiliate marketing or with banner Ads. I’ve always preferred affiliate marketing and you can see why here.
While you can definitely make money with Banner Ads (you can use Google Adsense when starting out) you will need to have a lot of traffic before you can make any income worth mentioning.
Now for the sake of this guide, let’s say you are monetising your blog with affiliate marketing (which means you are getting a paid a percentage of the sale that you sell for other people).
If you’re promoting an offer of $10 vs promoting an offer of $100 – this means that you are most likely not going to get to any decent income until you have so much traffic that the numbers play out in your favour.
As a rule of thumb, I always want to at least earn $50 off each sale because with that kind of income per product sold, I can get to a decent level of income with my blog much sooner than if I sell a product that earns me $5.
Makes sense so far?
Why Does It Take So Long To Start Making Money (& What Happens Next)
The main reason that it takes so long to start seeing some income is that you need to wait for traffic.
Traffic (or in other words – people visiting your website) is what you need to be able to turn your blog into a full-time business.
On average -and again this is very hard to call – I would expect to be making some money with 10,000 people a month, and a full-time income with 30,000 people a month (1,000 a day).
How long it takes to get to that number is up to you (and up to your traffic sources, offer, and everything we’ve talked about).
With SEO – you have the best chances of success, but any good SEO strategy will only start showing results worth noting somewhere 6 to 8 months after you publish your first blog.
On the other hand, just like we said above, I’ve heard many stories about people making incredible sums of money with a simple blog in just a few months.
Pinterest is one of the platforms that will allow you to pull that off (but it’s not as easy as they make it out to be and there’s also a bit of luck involved).
If you happen to “get lucky” with a Pin and it goes viral (in that case see my guide on what to do to milk it for all its worth) then yes – you could be looking at an instant “10,000 per month and more per month.
As I said, it’s not the “norm” to see success so fast on Pinterest but yes – it does happen.
My Amazon Associates guide had over 700,000 repins on Pinterest so you can take a guess how much traffic and how much money that blog post brings in.
NB: If you’d like to get started on Pinterest with the best possible chance of success, you may want to checkout Tailwind Tribes. I’ve recently over one million impressions with Tailwind catapulting my latest blog to insane heights.
Next up, I want to share with you a free course that will show you what I believe to be the quickest way to get started making money with your blog.
How To Make Money Blogging (In A Much Quicker Way)?
The reason many fail with their blogging and “dot com” dreams is because they do not know what they are doing.
As you can probably tell, it’s a complex topic and not as easy as just “writing a blog” and becoming rich overnight.
It takes time, it takes patience and again – you need to know what you are doing.
As I shared in one of my most recent guides, it took me quite some time to get “a foot in the door” but once I started following the right structure, everything fell into place and I have been making money ever since.
I’ve recently released a blogging course bundle that shows you how to quickly make money with affiliate marketing.
With this bundle, you will get access to Wealthy Affiliate and my own $97 Affiliate SEO Mastery course for FREE.
For just $19 – you can get access to video training on:
- How to make money with your blog
- How to set up your WordPress blog
- How to pick affiliate programs that pay you great affiliate commissions
- How to structure your content for maximum traffic (and maximum sales)
- How to grow your online business (blog) to heights you never imagine
- How to grow your blog big enough too replace your full-time income without waiting too long.
You still need to be patient and you still need to work hard – but given everything you have in this course bundle (and for only $19), I wholeheartedly believe this is the best decision you make for yourself and for your future blogging business.
So, How Long Does It Take To Make Money Blogging? (Recap)
It’s hard to call it, but if you just starting out today, then you should expect to have to wait 6-8 months before you start seeing some significant income with your blog.
You may make money sooner, and you may make money later.
It all depends on the above metrics that play a huge factor in your timeline, your effort and whether you do things right or not (which is what the Affiliate Starter Pack is all about).
If you have any questions – be sure to let me know in the comment section below.
My goal is to get each and everyone reading this financially independent with online businesses so if that’s something you’re looking to do – reach out to me.