I received Brandon Colker’s How to Make Big Bucks From Big Blogs audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.
If you’re going for the audio book, I recommend listening at 1.5 the speed. The speaker is a bit too slow at regular speed for my liking and really dragged the last word out in each sentence.
I have now been blogging for 2 years, and while my blog is still a teeny tiny baby, I have spent quite a bit of time researching the subject of blogging and making income with it. I will be upfront with you: in the last 23 months (the life cycle of my blog) I have made $41.77 with 30% of that made in the last 30 days. So naturally I was curious to know what I can do to increase my income.
I found the title of the book to be deceptive, but perhaps intentionally so since Colker references Simpsons in the beginning of his book and Homer’s naturally outrageous experience with opening an online business. However, I thought a more suitable title for the book would have been How to Make Passive Income from Blogs since this is the main topic he references through all the chapters (and this would a be a good SEO move too), but it wouldn’t be as catchy.
Even though the main focus of the book is to teach you how to earn passive income from your blog, my personal main take away from it is that there is no such thing as passive income. Before you can start collecting any income, there needs to be tons and tons of work. For a blog to be successful you need content. To create content (genuine, unique, and quality content) takes time, resources, and effort.
The reason why 30% of my blog income was made in the last 30 days, is because I put in many hours of work into SEO and marketing, visiting other bloggers, and connecting to new affiliate programs. All of this takes time and effort and is anything, but passive!
Even sites like Buzzfeed and Huff Post who currently generate tons of views will eventually fade away and be replaced if they stop producing new content.