What is it like to make money as a Blogger on WordPress.com? (Advise on how to succeed on WordPress)

Can you??

That’s the question I get asked most frequently. The answer is yes.. but no? Let me break that down for you.

I started my journey on WordPress in the 11th grade. It’s been a whopping 6 years since then and it has been a wonderful experience so far. I am not the kind of person who tries to discourage anyone from pursuing anything. But having done this for so long, and having put my heart and soul into this, I have to be honest with you about the reality of this world.

I have been blogging for around 6 years now and a year ago I monetised my site. I almost have 5000 followers now. (Huge thanks to you all for that :)) I use the personal plan for hosting on WordPress. I monetise my site with WordAds. And I have made around 20 dollars in revenue so far. Yup. I know that’s not the number you expected. Neither did I. But, that’s how this thing works. You barely make a dollar for every 1000 views you get on your site.

So, how do you make those views increase? Well by writing better content. Content that people care about. I did not start this blog giving out advise on how to blog or write. I am a writer, an artiste, or I’d like to think so. I love poetry and writing of that kind. That used to be all I wrote. And yes, those posts got me a lot of compliments and made me feel really good. And I continued to write only that for a very long time. Back then WordPress used to let us repost our old posts. That was basically a way of republishing the same post over and over and making your post appear on the top of the feed in the WordPress Reader for the tags you’ve posted in. This was a common practise and it helped my content reach a lot of readers who enjoyed it. But unfortunately, WordPress has now made that impossible. And that is fair, I guess, in a way. While some people like me, merely republished a few times to get our content read, there were others who constantly spammed their content making the WordPress Reader unusable. And so, WordPress disabled this feature.

There are two kinds of ways you can get readers for your blog on WordPress.com. That is, either through other users like you on WordPress who find your post through the WordPress Reader and people who find your website through Google search results. It is a lot harder to get readers of the second kind. But I had no other choice. Since the WordPress Reader didn’t let me republish for views anymore, I started to analyse how I could get my site to show up on google’s search results. That’s when I started to write about things other people would care about like travel blogs, blogging advise and so on. These are things I had some knowledge about which other people would care to read. Publishing articles like this along with my regular dose of poetry helped me get recognised on the internet as well as write what I wanted.

If you have noticed, or been a regular reader of my blog, you would have seen that I have not posted as much lately. I kind of gave up. I put so much work into this. Writing almost every day at one point trying to get my views up. But it didn’t happen. Well, it didn’t happen as fast as I wanted it to. That’s the most important lesson I want to teach you about Blogging. You need a LOT of patience. That is something I lack in. I got very depressed about not “making it” and that affected my desire to write. I stopped checking my earnings, I deleted the WordPress app from my phone and moved on to other things.

Well why am I back then? you might ask. As much as I lack in patience, I am also not a giver-upper. I don’t like regrets. Maybe I won’t make that much money doing this, but I still love writing. Thats why I started to do this. Failure is no reason to give up if you’ve got a passion for something. I know I could have spared you this sob story of mine, but I am putting this out there because I want you to understand that this is the mentality you need to succeed as a Blogger. You need to keep trying no matter what. There’s a chance you might suck, but there is also a chance that you’re the next best blogger out there and giving up to early could be such a waste. Even the biggest blog on the face of the internet right now, had to start with nothing. It takes years to get some views and that is absolutely normal.

If you are serious about blogging, or writing or whatever it is that brought you here, I would suggest that you keep going. Write what you love. If what you love to write is also something that people care about reading, then great! If not, apart from writing what you want, think about what you know which could help others and write about that too from time to time.

If you are looking to blog on WordPress and monetising your site, here is the link to my post with information on all the plans offered by WordPress. It is worth the read to find the right plan for you – Free, Personal, Premium or Business? – Choosing the right WordPress Plan

Thank you for reading and I wish you the best of luck on your blogging endeavours. Please leave a comment if you have any questions, or if you want me to write an article with any other information on blogging.

-The Obsessive Writer.

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