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3 biggest blogging myths (& why they are total BS!)

Considering blogging is such a new industry, boy have we managed to rack up some crazy old-wives-tales in our short life-span.

And as with all urban legends, folk lore, or even fairy tales, there was originally some basis in fact. But those facts happened a long, long time ago (a blog year is about 25 years because of how fast everything changes on the Interwebs).blogging myths

Up there with broken mirrors, the Loch Ness Monster, women shouldn’t ask men out on dates, and don’t walk under ladders (unless of course they look like they could fall on you… then that’s just good sense), these blogging myths have now been proven completely false and outdated… yet people continue to believe in, and base their blogging on, their merit.

So I am here with my geekiest of glasses on to do some good old fashion Blogger Myth Busting.

BLOGGER BS #1 – YOU HAVE TO HAVE 100’S OF 1000’S OF READERS TO BE A SUCCESS

Rubbish! I have started, grown and run two successful blogs, one that has up to 500,000 visitors a month, and one that has 10,000 visitors a month. Guess which one earns more? Not the 500K one. And I know lots of other bloggers with small traffic, and small email lists, who still make a full-time income (plus some!) from their blogs.

BLOGGER BS #2 – THE BEST WAY TO MAKE MONEY ON YOUR BLOG IS SPONSORED POSTS AND BANNER ADS

*Bullsh*t sneeze*
Working with brands can be great, but you need to spend a long time growing your blog first before you can make any money (and even when you do it’s unreliable, and the actual work can really suck!). And who wants to wait that long? In truth there are lots of different ways of making money off your blog (many of which you can actually start right now, and will make you more money in the long run too!) Then working with brands can just be the icing on the cake!

BLOGGER BS #3 – IT TAKES YEARS AND YEARS TO BECOME A FULL-TIME BLOGGER!

This is the biggest lie of all! Yes, it does take time (and work, there’s still no magic button here), but I myself have created two blogs that were earning me full-time plus income both in around 12-18 months. And I know many (many) bloggers who have done the same. If your blog is set up right, and you focus on the right stuff, there’s no reason you can’t do this too!

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COMMENTs:

  1. Charlotte Braithwaite - Berice Baby

    November 10th, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I couldn’t agree more Kate.
    I love this post – Ive been blogging for just over 3 years now and absolutely love it.
    I found tour blog via Facebook and its so helpful.
    Thank for sharing
    Charlotte 🙂 x

  2. Kate McKibbin

    November 12th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Yay, so good to hear. And so glad you found my little part of the Internet! x

  3. Stephanie Sorady

    November 14th, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I am in the process of starting my own blog all about creativity, and this post was really encouraging and informative so thank you! Do you happen to have a post detailing other ways to make an income from your blogger aside from banner ads and sponsored posts?
    Thank you!

  4. Kate McKibbin

    November 20th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    It’s all covered in my course the Bloggers MBA actually (that’s it’s main focus) x

  5. GiGi Eats

    November 15th, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I find that the way I make $ off my blog is via sponsored posts… I don’t sell products, I just “sell myself” – ha! But I am NO sell out, that’s for sure! I ONLY work with brands I love!

  6. Kate McKibbin

    November 20th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Yes, that’s awesome! x

  7. The working mum

    November 29th, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I have just started a blog about being a working mum and how to balance life. I just signed up for your free e course! Thanks so much I needed some more motivation and tips!

  8. Kate McKibbin

    December 7th, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    yay, so glad I can help! x

  9. Addi Ganley

    January 14th, 2016 at 5:37 am

    What a great post! Thank you for laying out those myths and being honest about how they are not true. This post alone can be motivation to people interested in starting a blog.

  10. JulieAnn

    March 2nd, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    After more than 6 months of researching, I have come to the following conclusion – those that have a website or blog that promotes “how to blog” seem to do rather well. Why? Because all bloggers out looking for ways to grow there own site. How To Blog – is a growing industry. Most of those that have a normal everyday blog about books, vacations, beauty, wellbeing etc are struggling. I talk to many bloggers who are finding it very difficult to grow there online presence. The problem? It takes money. It doesn’t matter how great your website is if no-one can find you. I have read The Purple Cow, Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs by Bernadette Schwerdt, even read Social Media Marketing for Dummies! What have I learned? You need money! Adwords campaigns, Boosted Facebook posts. You also need connections – people to help get you into the spotlight, people who can help launch your blog. Many of those who have successful websites, blogs, are either well known or have worked in media, or PR….thats how its done! 🙂

  11. Nonni

    October 6th, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Another way to make it online is to be really specific with what you do and who you do it for and how you can make those people care about you! If you are just a general blog about random things, why should we care? We don’t know you and definitely don’t care about your lifestyle!

    I think it’s important to show people the VALUE you add to their lives.Think of the blogs that you read, they do something for you. Solve a problem or stop a pain. What’s in it for your readers. Why should they read your blog over someone else’s? It’s not about you! It’ about your readers and how you benefit them.

  12. SBB Carly

    October 10th, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Definitely – you have to add value to the lives of your customers it’s such a simple thing that people often forget.

  13. Shenita

    March 30th, 2016 at 5:42 am

    I’m still researching this industry. I find your advice and tips very refreshing and inspiring. Thank you!

  14. Angela

    June 2nd, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Firstly I’d like to know how to get started.
    Secondly what is it that you do in blogging.
    What is the cost of blogging.
    Is this website hopefully not a scam.
    Do you start with nothing and find your way around on who wants to be blogged.
    I’m interested cos if like to work from home. Can you let me know further please. What is this bloggers MBA. Thanks

  15. Jeanika

    October 2nd, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I just got back into blogging again. I have over 800 views but 0 followers. How can I get people to follow me?

  16. Megan

    December 21st, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I would honestly love to know how people make money with banner ads – it took me over a month to make £5.00 using AdSense!

  17. Sarah SBB

    December 30th, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Megan, you will need to drive more traffic to your website/blog, that will increase the chances of earning more money via banner ads but there’s no guarantee. This is why it is not recommended to rely solely on banner ads if you want to earn a steady income via your website/blog. You can check out these articles for more ideas.

    http://katemckibbins.wpengine.com/reader-qa-advertising-way-make-money-blog/
    http://katemckibbins.wpengine.com/best-way-monetise-your-blog/

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