Here is a Way to Move Faster on Making a Living with Blogging

It’s good to see that my friends Andy Wibbels and Darren Rowse are back with their Six Figure Blogging teaching program to help people make a living, seriously, with blogging.

Andy Wibbels is, straight up, one of the best online teachers of blogging – and other mysteries of the online world – you could find in a day’s march. He lives and breathes this stuff and has a marvellous combination, as a teacher, of huge enthusiasm and amazing, cheerful patience with newbies (I know, he had to be very patient with me). He is the author of Blogwild!: A Guide for Small Business Blogging.

Darren Rowse is of course the original Six Figure Blogger and is also, through his immensely popular Pro Blogger site, an accomplished and generous sharer of information, guidance and insider clues to making blogging a real business proposition. Darren is also one of the founders and a current owner of the b5media blogging network, which I believe at last count had over 300 bloggers on the list.

Believe me, neither Andy nor Darren is going to blow smoke and tell you that you can make six figures (or even five) without much effort or overnight. In a recent post, A Reality Check about Blogging for Money, Darren spelled out five facts about blogging as a way of making a living:

  1. It takes a concerted, long term effort
  2. It takes luck
  3. It takes a lot of work
  4. Many don’t make much money blogging
  5. It’s hard

Darren Rowse Just so you don’t think that reads “impossible”, in the same post Darren mentioned – and did not dispute – the recent Wall Street Journal article that said he “earned roughly $250,000 in 2007 off ads on three blogs he writes”.

The emphasis of the course is on how to make a (very good to excellent) living through blogging, rather than on how to use blogging as a marketing tool for other businesses. But from being aware of the scope of Andy and Darren’s knowledge and the very practical business sense they both have, I know there would also be terrific value in this course for someone wanting to – if I may make the distinction – blog for business, rather than blogging as business.

What the course is about, in summary:

  • How blogs make money – sometimes thousands of dollars
  • How to drive and convert blog traffic
  • Blogging as an occupation (not just a marketing activity) including blog networks

Some key elements:

  • Six 1-hour calls starting in April + extensive transcripts in PDF format
  • Archives of the 2005 run of the course are also available audio recordings
  • Instant, anywhere, lifetime access – archives are available forever from any internet connection on any browser

And there is a preview on April 2nd at 8pm EST (US)

In case it’s not obvious, I’m really happy to promote this course enthusiastically. That’s not just because I am an affiliate of Andy’s, so have some potential personal benefit, but because:

  • I know that there are a lot of people who would like to do this kind of course with knowledgeable, trustworthy teachers
  • I have great respect for Andy and Darren and know they will deliver what they promise
  • The value for money is amazing (I actually did not believe the price – at the early bird price it is truly a steal and I hope regular readers of this blog will agree I don’t go in for hype)

For more information and your questions answered, go to this link for the Six Figure Blogging course.

(picture of Andy and Des at BlogWorld Expo 07 by Suzie Cheel: picture of Darren by Technosailor via Flickr)

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I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.

Comments

  1. I think the most important point to take away from this is that you have to start with something that you are passionate about and build from there – there is no point starting to blog with the sole intention of making money, because as you said Des, you’ll lose interest and eventually fail. I read ProBlogger daily and find it immensely helpful, so thanks to Darren for sharing his knowledge.

  2. Oh, nice review! I’ve been a fan of Darren’s for quite some time. Blogging is indeed hard work, but now that I’ve found my niche, I have truly enjoyed myself! Any monetary gain will be icing on the cake!

  3. Des, the think is that it is hard work if you are starting from scratch. If you’ve already made a name for yourself in a particular field (even if it’s offline) then it becomes a lot easier to make money blogging. If you have friends in high places to link to you and drive traffic, that helps 😉 There are a lot of factors that contribute to success and it’s obviously easier for some than others.

    I look forward to the preview of the course in April.

    The work from home site

  4. Blogging does not *have* to be “a lot of hard work”. If you are doing it just to make money then it will become so hard, so boring and probably so unrewarding that you will surely find something else to make money from.

    If you are passionate about your topic – and I suggest that is a good point of departure and continuation – you will not find it a challenge to find content. If anything, the risk will be one of being overwhelmed with content.

    Yes, there can be times of “blogger’s block” but that’s life, not a life sentence.

  5. driving traffic to your web site says:

    Blogging is indeed something that I need to do more of. I am constantly hearing of blogging success stories all the time, which lets me know that there is something to this blogging thing.

    But I know blogging can be a lot of hard work as well. Coming up with all of that needed content can be quite a pain!

  6. Sylvan
    Happy to wish you luck, but note that in Darren’s clues for success, above, luck is only one of the five. And before programs, you need to identify a subject you will enjoy blogging about, week in, week out. There are no real shortcuts.

  7. Thanks for the advice. I have tried blogging before but never had great success. I found some programs that should help, wish me luck.

  8. I totally agree. This is a fantastic review. I find it very useful and informative. Thanks.

  9. Tom Lindstrom says:

    Great review! I have been blogging for some time and it sure takes a lot of effort and daily work.I´m using a daily schedule with marketing tasks that I do (articles,web2.0,forums and so on).It´s much easier that way.

  10. Daniel Lundqvist says:

    Great post. Will bookmark this website for sure

    Daniel Lundqvist
    http://www.yourhomebusinessdream.com

  11. You’re welcome, Darren 🙂

  12. thanks Des for your kind words 🙂

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