Freelancing or blogging? What’s better for making money and long-term happiness?
I’m here to change your life forever. I want you to make money and be happy. This is why I’m going to give you a cold reality check right about now.
Blogging is not worth it. Freelancing is the way to go if you want to be happy and make real money.
You probably don’t believe me just yet. I’m going against the holy grail of “expert” advice online. Typical advice on making money online goes something along these lines:
- Start a blog.
- Get on Twitter.
- Brag about how many emails you get.
- Tell others to start a blog and go on Twitter.
- Wait for something magical to happen.
This formula is extremely flawed. It just doesn’t work. While waiting for something magical to happen through being on Twitter and having a blog setup, you’ll end up losing many years and many sleepless nights. Don’t make this mistake. Stop wasting your time on blogging and Twitter, thinking that something will happen. It won’t!
I’m here to prove to you that freelancing trumps blogging BY FAR. Let’s go!
Why does blogging for money absolutely suck?
Blogging sucks as a main source of income. There are also reasons that aren’t related to money that make blogging suck. Hmm so what are the non-financial reasons that blogging sucks? I narrowed it down to a few.
- It requires luck. I know that you have to be damn good to be lucky. However, many bloggers have hit it big due to luck. Being at the right place at the right time, being the first to enter a field, or just getting picked up by the right blog. Without luck you just won’t make it.
- It takes a long time to see any results. Nevermind the money. It’s going to take many months before you even receive a comment, reader comment, or any real traction. I heard the stat that most bloggers quit within 6 months. That’s being generous. Most quit after a few weeks.
- There’s no guarantee that your effort will equal success. You can write pillar content, leave comments, hustle for 16 hours a day, and there’s still no guarantee that your effort will lead to any success at all. How about that for a reality check?
Could you deal with all of those issues? I doubt it. Why put yourself through this stress?
The numbers that show why blogging sucks.
For those of you that like facts, I did some research on how much money bloggers make. I checked out ProBlogger and read the results from the survey on what bloggers make.
Darren Rowse asked his readers how much money they make from blogging. The results were astounding
- 37% of people originally surveyed said that they did NOT make any money from blogging.
- 1162 people said that they make under $10 a month.
- 95 made $5,000 – $9,999 (2%). I personally only know of a handle full of folks that make this kind of money.
There are so many “follow-your-passions” zealots out there hustling away 12 hours a day making little to no money. There seems to be this survivorship bias where we all look up to the few full-time bloggers out there.
Think about this for a second. 1162 people that read a blog on “how-to blog” confessed to making less than $10 per month. These are individuals that study the art of blogging and are so ingrained into the underground blogging society that they know who the top bloggers are and where to best place their adsense codes.
If you’re a beginner or looking to get into blogging, what makes you think that you’re so special? What separates you from every other blogger that has failed at making money?
Oh let me guess, your friends and family like your blog idea.
Why does freelancing trumps blogging?
You do the work and you get paid. What else is there to it? Even if you write one article a freaking month at $25 a piece, you’re already ahead of the game.
When you write an article on your blog, there’s no guarantee that anything at all will happen. It might rank alright in Google. It might get some comments. Being on the second page of Google is worthless. Comments don’t pay any money either. Writing a freelance article pays pretty well.
You can focus on your work as a freelancer. When you blog you have to think about everything.
Your typical blogger (in any field) has to worry about the following:
- Google analytics.
- Keyword research.
- Responding to comments.
- Reader emails.
- Dealing with advertisers.
- Chasing advertisers for money.
- Updating Twitter.
- Mailing list.
- Back-end coding.
- Theme design.
- Article topics.
- And so much more.
When you write your freelance article or perform your freelance service (could be anything), you do your work and get paid. No additional work or stress required.
No stress + pay = good times!
Why do I bother with blogging?
The obvious question now remains: why do I still bother with blogging?
I’ve been at it since late-2008. I was around before there were like 67 million blogs with random themes and different folks trying to retire at different ages.
My blog also has some money coming in. It didn’t come easily and it definitely didn’t happen overnight. It’s enough money to keep on going.
I also had the advantage of starting in college. I was able to update my blog before and after drinking sessions. I wanted extra money for myself. I didn’t need the money to pay the bills or put a roof over my head. I was lucky.
How can you start freelancing?
Freelance work is fairly vague. For the sake of this article, I’m going to refer to freelancing as anything that you do in exchange for money. This could be blog design, article writing, marketing, or editing comments. There’s also freelancing in the real world. This could range from personal training to guitar lessons.
Since you’re likely into blogging, let’s keep this article related to blogging. The easiest way to make money through freelancing is to write articles or perform any service that bloggers require.
If you’re ready to step up to the freelancing plate and start making real money, you have to trust me with your
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Are you reading to start freelancing? or will you continue blogging?