Since the Internet had become global, it turned into a tool of sharing. People who had knowledge and skill on a subject finally found a free tool for sharing that and an audience that would go far beyond the borders of the countries. Bloggers would realize that there are people who need their help and information.
The Internet is still seen as a free source of knowledge. But here comes the question:
- How come that bloggers are doing so well?
- How come that more and more people are dreaming of starting their own online business?
- How come that people who manage their own site consider it a job?
- And How are they making money?
How Long Does It Take To Make Money From Websites?
Very soon bloggers and people sharing their knowledge online for free have realized that their websites can create a source of income for them. However, it turned out that making money from a website is not as easy as it may seem and it needs planning and a certain strategy.
The more popular monetizing a website is getting, the harder it becomes to achieve it. There are lots of things you need to keep in mind – like posting on a schedule, looking for the right keywords that would determine what you should write about, working on SEO and so on.
For many people, it becomes a real challenge and sometimes a big disappointment. Just imagine – you create a business plan, put all your effort into it, invest money into your website, – and just wait for months to see what happens.
Here is my story which I hope will help you realize how it may turn out.
What Motivates You?
Years ago, making a profit from a website was super easy. A simple website with affiliate links would do to create a stable source of income. However, widespread of the Internet and free information on how to monetize your website has made it a super hard task. Competition is as high as ever, and it has become really difficult to make your website stand out.
Do you know what is the most important thing that helps people succeed in this field? The strategy? Luck? Money that they can invest in their website? All of them are important, but what is vital for a successful affiliate marketer is love for what they are writing about.
It doesn`t mean that you must write about what you know already. Maybe you want to pick up a new skill and write about it, or discover a completely new subject. But what matters is to be interested in what you are writing about.
How Long Does It Take Really?
Long story short, you can`t expect any results earlier than in 3 months. And now, let me explain why.
I`m sure, most of you have read stories about people starting a website from scratch and starting making thousands of dollars in just a month or two.
Some of you probably have come to a decision to create a website and start earning money with affiliate marketing because you think that you are going to have plenty of free time and work only for several hours a day, be your own boss, decide when to work and at the same time have a lot of money constantly flowing into your bank account.
Well, I like this image too, but it may need some correction. Yes, you are your own boss and you decide when and how much to work, but your success directly depends on the amount of the work you do. So the more you work, the higher the income you may expect. But… Yes, there is always a ‘but’.
Starting a business from scratch always needs time. But creating an online business needs even more time. Let`s see how it works. First, you need to set up your website, find the best name possible, work on the design, fill it up with high-quality content, and apply for affiliate links. I`d call it a honeymoon stage. Everything is perfect.
You have finally started your own business, you are excited that you have finally taken the courage to do what you love, and you are looking forward to seeing the results. You may even think that you have made your dream come true and that you are living a dream.
Things get worse when a couple of months pass and you realize that you haven`t achieved any of your goals. Your website looks perfect, you`ve put into practice all strategies you`ve come across, but you are not getting the results you`d expected. The thing is SEO takes a longer time than you may expect.
And here is when many get frustrated and even give up on their website and get back to a regular 9-to-5 job. Some of them come to the conclusion that this whole idea of working from home doesn`t work, while others think that they were out of luck or they did something wrong. And all of them are wrong.
If you want to succeed in affiliate marketing, you have to be patient. That is why it`s significant to lower your expectations a bit, especially in the very beginning and focus on creating a good website with quality content. Don`t expect to see the results soon. Give it some time and wait.
And I assure you that only those people succeed who are able to concentrate not on the results, but on the work they are doing.
You might be looking for a more exact answer, but to be honest, the waiting time differs from person to person, from website to website. It depends on so many factors that it`s almost impossible to predict when it will finally start bringing you money.
Ali, This Is Different Than What I’ve Expected
I bet you had imagined that you would create a website, write whatever interests you out there, put up a couple of affiliate links, and you will start making money right away. Is that right? Well, I have to disappoint you here. Building a strong website needs a lot of time, energy and – most important – hard work and knowledge.
However, you will be surprised to know that only about 20% of all bloggers manage to create serious income with the help of their blogs. Because apparently, others just didn`t expect that it`s going to be so complicated, just like you.
‘How about all those bloggers that promise you`ll start making thousands of dollars in a few months after you start your website’, you`ll ask. They are doing affiliate marketing just like you are planning to do and they need to make sales, and that`s the strategy they have chosen. Not the best one, as far as I`m concerned.
Here is my advice to you. First of all, decide why you want to start a website.
- Is it your hobby?
- Is it what you do after you get back home from work?
- Are you passionate about something and are willing to share all your knowledge with others?
Then do it! And don`t think about monetizing your website. People like this are the core of the Internet. Bloggers like this are the better part of the Internet.
If you are planning to make it your major job and create the main source of income through your website, then you should take it as seriously as any other job. Plan it out, work hard on it and you will succeed!
If there are any other questions that I haven`t answered, don`t hesitate to ask them in the comments. Good luck!