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Day 20: The Answer to My Two Truths & a Lie Post

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The other day I posed the question of how you know whether or not someone is being genuine in their blog. That post received a good number of quality comments that really deserve a read-through (so get on it if you haven’t). I was blown away by the responses, and I loved that people were taking the time to give such insightful replies. You guys rock, plain and simple.

I think I was trying to make a point that was difficult for myself to even explain. One of the comments said, “Goodness if you make 1200 a month blogging please teach me how.”

Sure, but would you be willing to pay for those secrets? If I popped them all in an eBook and sold it for $19.95, would you buy it because you think that I’ll have the magic system to help you make money as well?

If I tell you that I make $1200 a month myself with these secrets, then you just might, hey?

Let’s take a step back and go over my supposed facts from the previous post.

Did you know that I make nearly $1200 a month from blogging? Did you know that my childhood dog’s middle name was “Bogey”? Or, that I took dance and tumbling classes from the age of 5 to 13?

Truth

My childhood dog’s full name was Chester Bogey Schoenman. How awesome of a name is that? I like to give my childhood self a big pat on the back for helping to come up with that one.

Truth

I took tap, jazz and tumbling classes from the age of 5 to 13 (or maybe it was 12). I remember really enjoying it for the longest time, but it became more awkward the older I got.

Lie

I do not make $1200 a month from blogging. Nope, not yet. I’ve had a couple of good months, but the truth is that I’m not there. It’s cool that some of you thought that I was! Hmm… did I just lose the possibility of selling you my eBook?

If you think about it, making good money from blogging is a ton of hard work. I had a discussion with someone the other night about the amount of traffic it would take to make money from one website – a lot! There’s also a business-sort-of-mind that has to be instigated. It’s not something I have yet grasped.

Let’s think about it some more. If you blogged solely for pay per post, and that pay was approximately $20 an article, it would take 60 articles a month to get that sort of money. That’s a heck of a lot of articles, and each of them would have to count. I can’t even think of enough ideas to get to that number (well, I think I’ll surpass that number this month with this post a day project, but that doesn’t pay).

There is the possibility of advertising more. I’ve had a few really good ad sales, but overall, I don’t search out advertisers on a regular basis. Perhaps I should vamp it up a bit, hey?

Affiliate sales are minimal at the moment, and the income I do make from them actually comes from other sources, such as my HubPages. Maybe I should make some more HubPages?

So, that’s the reality of it. I’m not there just yet.

Now back to my point. Some of you out there were under the impression that I was making that just from blogging, so what about other people that say they are making that money? It’s just more of the whole being genuine in blogging theme. When people are doing stuff for the goal of making money, there’s always a bit of the unknown involved.

Just to note, I think I’ll get back to my more travel memory type posts after this one 😉

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14 Responses to Day 20: The Answer to My Two Truths & a Lie Post

  1. Adam @ SitDownDisco January 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    I want to be first to say it. Love the costume!

    • Brooke January 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

      It’s one of my favorites! haha

  2. Adam @ SitDownDisco January 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    And now the serious comment. I reckon there are probably a handful of people making decent money from their travel blogs. A HANDFUL! And those people seem to treat it like a full time job as well. The rest of us might put a bit of effort into our blogs, but in all honesty, we’d be better off stacking shelves down at woolies.

    To make money from a blog, I think you need broad appeal. First of all, I think it means ditching twitter as a means of gauging your “influence” or popularity. In the scheme of things, hardly anyone uses twitter. Then I think you need to produce content that is extremely useful, accurate, devoid of fluff and different from everyone else.

    Anyway, I could go on for ages about this very topic. I’m passionate about it. 🙂

    • Brooke January 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

      Yep, I know you’re passionate about it 🙂 I agree with a lot of what you’re saying. There needs to be some sort of grab beyond just other travel bloggers.

  3. Mich January 21, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Sometimes, folks do embelish reality just to say how successful they are.Well, they are not fooling me, they are fooling themselves. You made a good point here. Keep it up! 🙂

    • Brooke January 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

      I’m all about keeping it real 🙂 Thanks for the comment and stopping by 🙂

  4. DanielW January 21, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Brooke, have you considered adding url trackers to all the links from your blog to Hubpages? You can earn a commission on whatever anyone earns should they sign up after following one of your links. More info here – http://hubpages.com/tour/affiliate

    The only reason I ask is because I came across Hubpages after reading one of your posts and now I have 28 hubs, you could have earned 10% here (for life). I am planning to write a few more when I have the time and couple of them are already doing surprisingly well in the serps.

    Just thought I would point it out. I doubt you will get rich from it but every bit helps, right?

    Best

    • Brooke January 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      Hey Daniel,

      Good point. I had the affiliate code in the link on the blog post, but the articles page was without them. I went through and remedied that just now, so cheers! Totally right. Every little bit helps 😉

  5. Tim Van Autreve January 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Priceless pic there Brooke.

    • Brooke January 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

      Haha, glad you enjoy it 😉 It’s actually one of the “cooler” outfits I had over the years.

  6. Erica January 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Oh. My. God. Brooke that is an amazing picture of your in your fancy leotard.

    I’m still trying to figure out how to monetize my blog. 😛 Slowly but surely – blogs are by no means quick money lol.

    • Brooke January 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Hahaha, yeah I don’t know why I put that in there… I guess bc I had the file on my computer and it was relevant 😉

      Monetizing is a tricky process, I think because I feel so bad doing things that are just blatantly for the dough. Maybe I should just get over it already, hey? Gotta pay my bills while I have no working rights in Oz until the visa goes through.

  7. Bethany January 24, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    oooh Brooke, You’ve really outdone yourself with that photo. That is awesome. The only thing you need now is a life size cardboard cut out of it. I am struggling myself w/ some of the moneyVSmyblog issue but I think the key is to grab the advertisers that you like and are really cool to work with and then just keep up the personal posts – You are a genius at this and I can see you raking in the big bucks!! By the time I make it to Oz, you will probably be wearing a cape made of $$. Just kidding but it sounds kinda nice huh?

    • Brooke January 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      Aw, thanks Beth! It’s a long road, eh?

      P.S. there is no way I’m getting a large copy of that photo made 😉

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