Welcome to my Money Making Blogger Interview series where I interview bloggers from around the globe who make money blogging.
How Brian from Debt Discipline makes money blogging
Tell us all about you and introduce your blog. What inspired you to start your blog?
Brian is a Dad, husband, IT professional by trade and an all-around good guy. A Personal Finance Blogger at Debt Discipline since 2013. Who, with his family has successfully paid off over $100K worth of consumer debt.
Now that Brian is debt free, his mission is to help his three children prepare for their financial lives and educate others to achieved financial success.
How long have you been blogging and when did you begin to make money?
I've been blogging for almost six years. I implemented display ads early on and began making a little money a few months after starting my blog. It wasn't a significant amount, but a little money to help support the blog.
How much money do you make each month from blogging? How many hours does this take?
The money and hours vary, but on average I’d say I make $200 a month and spend two hours a day or between 50-60 hours a month. I consider it a hobby and the money helps support the hosting and tools I use for blogging.
How do you make money blogging?
There are several ways to make money blogging. Display ads, sponsored articles, product reviews, and affiliate programs are the most popular ways that a blog can make money. The effectiveness of these options is directly related to the amount of traffic your blog generates.
Display ads are a set it and forget it type of money making process, but don't generate big money, unless you have 10-50K page views per month.
The sponsored article is my favourite way to make money. They can deliver great content and earn good money.
How did you prep your blog to make money? Was it easy?
Prepping a blog to make money is all about building an audience. Having a great looking blog that is easy to read and fast to access is a great baseline. Then you need compelling content that the readers want to read and share with others.
It has been relatively easy to make enough money to pay for the overhead cost of running a blog.
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
I want to continue to help people that read my blog. I believe that continuing to produce content that people want to read will help generate more money in the future.
If someone is brand new to blogging, what are the most important things to focus on if they want to monetize?
It's essential to start with the basics — the looking and feel of your site, and the production of great content.
Can you think of 3 pros and 3 cons of blogging as a career choice?
- Low barrier to entry. (Very easy to get started)
- Ability to help others in similar situations.
- A good creative outlet.
- Can be a time suck.
- A lot of different things to learn.
- There are millions of other blogs out there.
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
Helping others is what inspires me. The best thing is receiving feedback that something you wrote helped someone in need. It’s also great to receive constructive criticism which can help you improve.
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it?
Yes. For me, it's about sharing information that others find useful. The fact that I blog about personal finance, and getting out of debt, an area that many people struggle in I think it's important to share personal stories.
Do you think blogging is here to stay?
Blogging is not going anywhere, with several hundred million blogs out there; it would be a long time before they ever go away. I believe people enjoy personal stories, and blogs might be the original form of reality programming.
Thank you so much for taking part in my Money Making Blogger interview series and best of luck with your blog!
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Introduction to my money making bloggers interview series
If you're wondering is it possible to make money blogging? Then yes, it really is possible to earn a living as a blogger!
It's what me and many others are able to call our full-time income, but many people don't understand how it is possible, so this interview series will show exactly how bloggers are making an online income from a blog.
There are lots of different ways to monetize a blog and they will all be revealed in this series.
I share lots of tips on how I make money blogging in my Make Money Blogging section, but it's also great to learn from other bloggers too. One thing I love about the blogging community is how friendly and open it is. There's room for everyone and we all like to help each other grow and learn from one another.
Learn how bloggers make money
Learn how my interviewees make money from blogging and the steps they took to monetize their blog. I hope you feel inspired and learn something new from this series.
Learn how many hours they spend on their blogs per week, what sort of income this provides and if there are any cons to blogging for an income.
I've been a full-time blogger since January 2017 and I started blogging in April 2013. It still amazes me that I can make money from home as a blogger.
BUT, it’s not without a lot of hard work, so don’t be fooled into thinking you simply set up a website and voila, income starts rolling in. If only! I've work more hours per week than I did in any full-time employed job - my blog is my life!
I'm hoping it won't always be that way and there are lots of passive ways to make an income from blogging, but you have to set up the foundation first which can take lots of hard work and patience.
In this series I am going to interview other bloggers who also make money from their blogs to hopefully inspire people to start a blog if they wish or to make that leap to monetizing content. I also find it so interesting to learn what other bloggers are up to. Even us full-time bloggers can learn from each other and inspire one another.
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