Can You Really Make Money By Blogging On Wordpress?

Hello and Welcome to my blog. I call myself the obsessive writer because, well, that’s what I am. And through this journey I have come to learn a thing or two about blogging.

So to answer the question? Yes and No. I know how vague that must seem but that’s what you have to understand. Blogging is a vague concept. There is no formula or algorithm to master it. You simply have to try a bunch of things and see what works for you.

If you are interested in starting your own blog or site with the dream of making a few bucks off of it, good luck! But here are a few things you should know if you’re considering WordPress.

When you google “how to successfully blog on WordPress”, you’ll get a million relevant hits talking about SEO optimisation, Google Analytics and all that Jazz. And apart from that you’ll see that every WordPress related blog will mention two categories of WordPress which you can choose from,

  1. WordPress.Com
  2. WordPress.Org

What those two things really mean is that, WordPress.Com is a company or a site that lets you create blogs with a few clicks. You take care of only the content while they manage everything else. Sounds great right? Yeah. It sounded great to me too. That’s why I went for it. I am the proud owner of the Personal Plan offered by WordPress.Com

For more information on which plan is right for you, you can refer to this post where I’ve already talked about it.

So this service that sounds so good comes with a few catches. WordPress.com makes blogging easier but, it also places some restrictions. Since WordPress takes care of everything, you cannot access the code to your website. “Why would I need to do that?”, you might ask. Well, if you want to truly make your blog unique or maybe host external ads like Google Adsense in order to make money you need to access the code.

You can still make money without doing all that as WordPress.Com comes with WordAds. But it’s not as good as Google Adsense in terms of revenue.

WordPress.Org is like the nerdier brother of WordPress.Com. There is nothing you can’t do on it, but you have to do it yourself. It’s not that hard. There are web hosting services and domain name services which are very user friendly these days. So if someone else is giving you the hosting which is where your website is stored and someone else is giving you your domain name which is how people access your site, then what the hell does WordPress.Org do?

WordPress.Org provides a software called WordPress which you download and install on your website. Once you install that, handling your site is so much more easier. It will be the same as handling a WordPress.Com site. It has the same user interface. It’s just like using a social media site. You just have to take care or hosting and the domain. The rest is a piece of cake.

This also seems easy right? And it has freedom to modify or view the code too! So why did I go for WordPress.Com? Am I a dumb dumb? Well WordPress.Org only looks like a social media site. But WordPress.Com actually is one.

You know how when you post something on Instagram or Facebook, it shows up on the feed for people accessing the #tags you’ve made your post in? That’s how you get likes and all those followers. WordPress.Com has something similar. It’s called the WordPress Reader and it lets you view posts sorted by tags and categories.

Getting views on a website is no easy task. It takes years and years. But with the WordPress Reader which is available only for WordPress.Com users I instantly got my content out there and people were reading it.

So you must be wondering if I’m a baller now. Well the short answer is no. I got played. You see, before WordPress would let you cycle old posts and republish them. Doing this would bring your post back onto the top of the feed and more people would read it. I would schedule my posts over and over and expose them to a huge audience. I started to average at about 10,000 views a month. And then it all fell apart. They removed the ability to do that. I guess a lot of people started exploiting this and spammed the reader. Now my views have dropped to half of what they used to be because I only publish a post once. The only way it gets re-read is if someone goes looking for it intentionally.

The advantage of having a social media type reader where your post gets viewed at least once is still better than self hosting on WordPress.org where your post only gets views through search engines. But the advantage of WordPress.Com is not as big as it used to be. More and more people are moving to self hosted blogs and so less people are looking at the WordPress Reader.

So let me get to the point. The final verdict if you will. Can you make money by Blogging on WordPress? Yes. If you are ready to sell your soul and write click bait content. No. If you are a passionate writer and dream of filling your blog with poetry and other meaningful things which no one will ever google. I belong to the second category. I mostly post creative things. I started a blog with the intent to write and make money as an extra benefit. I barely make a dollar a month in spite of having a lot of subscribers.

If you are in it for the money. The best course of action would be to get a domain and a host and then use WordPress.Org as your Content management system or the UI. Your posts should belong to a popular niche like education, fashion, life style, etc and make sure you use popular key words in your posts. It will take a few years but soon enough, search engines will start indexing your posts at the top. And you’ll be making a bit of money.

If you are in it for the writing, get a free blog on WordPress or tumblr or just start an Instagram page and write your heart out. You’ll get honest feed back and loyal readers, but no money. At least not that easily.

-The Obsessive Writer

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Wordpressing – 101 (Tips for new bloggers and old)

Hello there! 🙂

You may have just started a brand new blog, or you may have been blogging for quite some time. Congratulations on that! 🙂 It’s an amazing feeling, isn’t it? To have a voice. But what good is a voice when what you’re saying isn’t reaching the right audience?

Here are some tips to increase your stats and get the readership you desire.

  1. Keep it short. The longer your post is, the less likely it is to get read. Even an interested reader might get discouraged by the size of a long post.
  2. Tagging your post is really important. You can add tags to your post in the post-settings area. The WordPress reader is the best source of readers and tagging your post under the related topics will help the right kind of readers find you. But no more than 15 tags (including categories) otherwise your post will not appear in the reader.
  3. Reposting is not a crime. Think of the wordpress reader as a stream of posts. Your posts gets a mere 10 minutes in the limelight. Reposting it simply gives you a little longer.
  4. Interact with other bloggers. Every relationship needs some give and take. How can you expect others to read your blog, when you’ve never given them a reason to? Develop a few friendships. Like and follow new blogs. Leave a few comments. Socialising is key to improving your stats.
  5. Reblog at least one post every day. You might make someones day. And its a mutually beneficial practice. It get’s you your views when you don’t have ideas of your own and you’re helping out a fellow blogger by sharing their content.
  6. Quality over quantity. I have seen bloggers who post once a month having over 10k subscribers. So, spend the time you’re not writing, socialising on your blog. And do the occasional repost of your old posts.
  7. Posting at the right time. Check your stats, which day do you get your best views? What time is your best hour? Schedule your posts to be posted at times you get high traffic. Set your post up for success.
  8. Add visual aid. Pictures and videos supporting your content, will give it that extra spice and reel more readers in. But be sure to credit your source for the pictures if you found them online! And also personalise your blog with strategically placed widgets and a nice clean design.
  9. Make your blog everything you are. Don’t niche your blog way too early. Write what you feel like. People relate more to blogs that represent a real human being rather than static sites that post about the same thing all day, every day.
  10. Catchy titles really make a difference. Make your titles reflect the style of your blog. The title of the post is the first thing anyone is going to read. Get that right and you’re halfway there.

I hope these tips were useful. 🙂 Please leave a comment if you have any new tips or if you have any questions. Happy Blogging!

– The Obsessive Writer.

Getting Readers on WordPress. (Tips for new bloggers and old)

All of us here on WordPress have one unanimous goal, and that is to have our content read. Either it’s just for personal satisfaction, or it’s to make a few bucks.

Thank you for the amazing response I got for the WordPressing-101 post. 🙂 If you haven’t read it already, you should check it out. I covered some tips and tricks to get started off with blogging here on the WordPress platform.

Once you’ve attained that initial followers goal, or a few likes here and there, it feels pretty great doesn’t it? But what’s next? Most bloggers just stay in that initial response state and never think about establishing themselves. This post is about that part and what you have to do to find yourself a place in the World Wide Web.

1. Follow other bloggers.

When I say “follow”, I don’t mean just hit that follow button. I’m sure that the mass following technique gets you some follow backs, but increasing your follow count doesn’t necessarily mean more readers. I get a few hundred views a day and most of those readers are new, and visit only once. But there a notable few who show up often and they stay on my mind. So I’m naturally more inclined to visit their blogs, and read their content than the blogs of those who never visit again.

Think of blogs like shops. You don’t get a discount coupon when you buy one tooth brush. You get all those sweet benefits once you become a regular customer. Similarly, pay attention to those blogs you enjoy. Keep going back for more. And I’m sure, you’ll get something good in return.

2. Choose who you follow.

This is just an attempt in driving home my previous point. Follow blogs you enjoy rather than anything you can set your eyes on. That way, your “followed sites” feed in your reader will be something you don’t mind going through and dropping a few likes and comments here and there thus engaging with those blogs you actually intended to follow.

If you follow too many blogs you don’t actually like, your feed will have too much clutter and it will be harder to find and connect with your favourite blogs when they send out a post.

3. Follow back.

It is impossible for someone to get to 10K followers by following just 10 other people. And also it’s a nice way to appreciate those who show interest in you. I don’t mean just blindly follow back everyone who follows you but go give their blog a read. That’s the least you can do. This doesn’t only apply to your followers. Even likes and comments should be reciprocated with some gratitude. Trust me, this will help in a huge way.

4. Writing the right content.

When you’re looking for inspiration on what to write, go through your stats. Crunch some numbers. See what posts are doing well and what aren’t. Find out what you are good at and what your audience like. You don’t have to completely abide by this, but using it as a guiding light can help a LOT.

5. Don’t be a spammer.

If you’d like to be taken seriously, don’t let all your comments be along the lines of “Hey come visit my blog”. Every writer here puts a lot of work on each and every post. Take the time to read and actually comment something relevant to their post and they just might visit your blog without you asking them to. Linking to your blog is not a crime. But there’s a difference between sharing and spamming so just keep that in mind and you’ll be fine!

6. Develop a community.

Reblog posts you enjoy, it’s a great habit! And help readers you know connect. I have made some good friends here on WordPress and it’s a kind of relationship you’ll never find anywhere else.

7. Organise events and prompts.

This is something you should attempt only once you have a significant following. (Think of this as the rule : If you think at least 10-15 people will participate then you can go ahead.) Make up weekly challenges, prompts, some chain writing events and engage your readers. It’s all about making an impression to be remembered. And once you are remembered you have a place.


I hope these tips were helpful. 🙂 I follow every single one of them, or at least I try to. Most of them are just basic things that everybody knows but I still listed them just in case. If you have any of your own words of advice, please leave a comment below. And if you found this useful, share so it helps others too. Just be sure to credit back to my blog!

🙂 Thank you for reading and have a great day!

-The Obsessive Writer.

Building a Good Blog (Tips for new bloggers and old)

You might think I’m crazy for saying this but, having a successful blog is a little bit different from having a good one. Apart from getting your content read, and attaining your goal in followers count and views, there is another part of owning a website that many bloggers forget about.

Does your content look good enough to promote reading?

Maintaining a good layout and appearance are key to getting that level of sophistication you find on some professional sites. It’s not that hard, just follow a few small steps to make sure your website is in top shape.

  1. Let your blog be about the content, rather than the theme. WordPress offers a wide range of themes ranging from crazy to subtle. Make your choice on the subtle side. For example, a plain background (I prefer white or black) with text in a complementary colour. Crazy art work and colour, and graffiti and a million images would all look very interesting but it would divert attention from your content which is what your readers should be made to focus on.
  2. Make use of a lot of visual aid. While your background is better off being plain, your content can have that pop of color and art you desire. Depending on the genre of your blog, find a suitable image for your posts and attach it. It’s even better if you can photograph or make the art yourself, but borrowing from other sites is fine as well. Just be sure to credit back to those images if you know the source or simply mention the fact that your image is from google.
  3. Make use of the different formats of posts available on WordPress. There is a category called sticky, that helps keep that post on top of the blog at all times thus making sure everyone who visits your blog has a better chance at reading it. Sticky’s are generally meant for announcements or your top posts that you want to advertise more. There are also separate formats for texts, images, quotes and so on. Try to switch it up and see how they look.
  4. Use ALL the features of your theme. Different themes have different features. Some have header images, some have featured posts, some have a widgets side bar or footer, and so on. Play around with your settings to get a good look. An original blog header will give your blog a unique look.
  5. Widgets are your best friend. My personal opinion is that you should make sure your theme has a widgets bar. Display cool things like your stats, maybe a follow button, your top posts, categories, tags, maybe a slide show of images from your gallery. You can also help out your fellow bloggers by making use of this widget that allows you to display the last few blogs you followed.
  6. Use the right search filters while you search for the right theme. Aside from its looks, the features a theme offers should also be a contributing factor when you make your choice. WordPress offers several filters to help search its theme database. You can mention what type of blog you run (like magazine, photo blog), you can even apply search filters for the features you need. (like header, featured posts) And it will give you all the right options.
  7. Stick with your choice. If you keep changing your look every day, it’s going to confuse your readers or drive them away. Try to be careful when you’re choosing and once you have chosen your theme don’t change it often.
  8. Extra points for extra awesomeness. Add cool stuff to your site like a music player, a photo gallery widget like I mentioned earlier, maybe a text box with a message, a badge, and many other things. Be as creative as you can be while adding these elements. Uniqueness is the goal you want to achieve when it comes to design.


Thank you for reading! If you think these “blogging advice” related posts are useful and you want more of them, please leave a comment below! And if it helped you, share it so it can help others too. 🙂

Have a great day!

-The Obsessive Writer

The Key To Writing Good Content (Tips for new bloggers and old)

Click bait titles will only get you so far. To really reel in good readers you need to work hard on presenting the right content.

It all depends on the type of blog you run. If you own a personal blog like I do, I just post all things related to me like poetry, short stories and some blogging related articles from my experience. Good content for me, is real writing. Heart felt words reach out better to people than faking emotions and pushing out content when I’m not ready to write. So my advice to all the personal bloggers out there is to write passionately and elaborately. Give them what they come to you for.

If you own a “how to” type of blog, they key is to write articles about things no one else is writing about. If your blog is about dog training don’t write the general article about potty training a puppy, but focus on rarer cases like potty training an older rescue dog. Or if you own a tech website, write about software or technology no one else is writing about and share the information no one else is sharing. That’s how you get noticed and find a place for yourself in the Internet.

If you own a blog related to your business, it not only helps your business but your blog itself can help you make money through the ads. Post things like customer reviews about your products and service to give the reader a feel of what it is like to do business with you. The more real those reviews you post are, they more they are going to trust you. I see sites giving amped up reviews about themselves which are too good to be true and the first impression I get is that they over sell themselves.

If you own a photography blog, tell stories with your pictures. Instead of posting random clicks, sequentially ordering them with respect to the context is always better. For a travel blog, the devil is in the details. Forgiving me for the use of a cliche but that is very true in this case. The more details your travel tales have, the more the reader will be able to connect with it. The goal is to make the reader visualise every moment of your experience like it were happening in front of their eyes.

These are some of the things I could think of when it comes to content. A general thing to keep in mind is to write more of what your readers want. Keep in mind the response you get each time you post something and write more of what does better with the readers. And I cannot stress this enough, if you are a personal blogger, write from your heart. That’s the only way you’re going to make a connection with your readers.

– The Obsessive Writer