Ok, I’m diverting from my usual topic here at Blogging For A Living; making money blogging for others, because I saw a blog post recently at Coupon Sherpa titled Quick Cash: 24 Ways to Make Money While Unemployed and part of it irked me, hence the diversion.
The post isn’t terrible. In fact there are many gigs listed that could theoretically make you some quick cash but the blogger also notes on number 15, “Monetize Your Web Site or Blog. You’re already spending a ton of time on your blog or Web site. Why not earn some money from all your labor? Google AdSense and nine other sites listed on MoolaDays require little to no supervision: Once it’s there, you don’t need to do much more.”
Quick cash? Um no. For one thing if you’re really unemployed I hope to god you’re not spending “A ton of time on your blog” – that’s not very smart now is it? It might make more sense to, I don’t know, look for a job. Secondly, monetizing a blog is not in any way shape or form a make money fast sort of deal. At least not with anyone I’ve ever met. Just because you toss up some Google AdSense or other monetizing/affiliate links does not mean you’ll make a dime. Wait, you may make a dime, but not quickly and it might be just that a dime (maybe two). PLUS often you won’t get paid for any income you make until one, you reach a specific threshold and two, until a month has past after you earn that cash.
What really gets to me is that number 24 the blogger notes, “Free-lance Work (free-lance is her spelling not mine). Many easy-money stories will suggest putting your creative skills to work by free-lance writing, doing design work, etc. I don’t recommend this as a feasible way to make quick cash as it takes time to build up a clientele, even if you’re well connected. Free-lance work often pays pathetically little until you’re well established.”
So basically she’s right on about the freelancing deal, but that’s what blogging is. It’s freelance if you own a blog. It pays pathetically little until you’re well established just as noted above. I’m not sure when freelance work vs. blogging became so divided, but honestly, blogging is not a get rich or even make money fast deal. Sometimes it’s not even a make money at all deal. If you do manage to break out a bread-winning blog it involves hard work, time, and a little luck.
Have you had luck making money fast (or at all) from your own blog projects?