November 5, 2007
Eldon Sarte 2 Comments
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One of the things that I’ve seen happen over the years, E-Man, is that people simply give up when they’re “only” bringing in ten dollars a day from their blog.
I suggest that a blogger not look at it like that, in the “only” mode. Try to get it to $15 day, then $20 a day. Keep writing good and entertaining messages, and word will spread. BUT, it does take awhile for this to happen. So, WriterBloggerWannabe, don’t give up. Keep on your task.
I think most writers should blog but it’s mandatory for non-fiction writers. I started one because I was bored and had a lot to get off my chest. Nearly three years later, it’s become a presence all its own, the leader in its category. I never imagined I’d make a living blogging.
Some items not on your list are donations, gifts and advertising. I never have to buy books anymore unless I’m really hot for a given title and want it immediately. I have so many that I’m behind on my reading and (briefly) considered deleting the link to my amazon wish list until I could catch up.
Donations are another thing; I’ve made more than I care to say publicly (note I’m not including my url but you can get that from my addy). More than $10K last year in addition to another $6K I raised for charity from visitors. In this category I’d add gifts of *real* value, specifically software programs with value in excess of $7K, things I’d really use (haven’t taken the benefactor up on the offer yet, still sourcing the hardware peripherals -another $20K- to run it).
Last of all is advertising. Those display ads in my far right side bar go for a lot more than the going rate of what my traffic would imply because I’m hitting my niche.
Then, there’s book sales. A blog can establish one as an authority in the field. Mine isn’t the number one seller in my niche (altho sales have doubled) because it is the most expensive title but it is far and away the most highly rated.
All told, my income from the time I started has tripled. I have other projects in the works I’ll be executing over the next year. My conservative estimate is that my income will double over today’s earnings. This will allow us to relocate to a pricier city where my husband can go back to school full time to become a math and science teacher (he’s an engineer now) and our standard of living won’t be affected. I am very proud that my husband will be leaving a high paying respected profession to contribute to society and I never could have imagined that my blogging would have enabled that. Most ironic of all is that I was not able to finish high school myself but I’ve still managed to contribute to society meaningfully via blogging and its proceeds.
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