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    6 min read

    Now that I’m a full-time blogger, I get a lot of questions from people about how I make money with a blog.  In this podcast, I decided to break it all down and let you guys know just how I’m able to do it.

    I also provide some tips for those interested in starting a blog and talk about some of the expenses that come up once your blog really starts to grow.

    RSG026: How Do I Make Money With A Blog?

    RSG026: How Do I Make Money With A Blog?

    If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here.

    Intro

    • I’m back in LA!
    • I’m doing a 100 restaurants in 100 days challenge – I’m definitely going to be exploring Long Beach! Any recommendations? Leave them in the comments or send me a message!
    • So far: 22 restaurants! Want to read my review? Check out my personal site, HarryGCampbell.com
    • Let’s get to a big question people have: how do I make money with a blog?
    • As you know, I quit my job to focus on the blog full-time
    • Many parallels to being your own boss, being a full-time blogger, entrepreneur, rideshare driver
    • Still a big fan of Stride Health – a company that provides health benefits to independent contractors and freelancers that’s 100% free
    • Stride Health helps entrepreneurs figure out the health insurance process – a no-brainer for drivers and entrepreneurs

    Is it Even Possible to Make Money From Blogs?

    • Majority of blogs aren’t making any income at all
    • I took a risk to make this blog full-time, but I saw potential down the road
    • There are opportunities to turn blogging into (somewhat) a passive income
    • So why do it? People blog because they’re passionate about the topic – they’re not in it to make money first
    • If you have a passion for a certain topic, blogging is a great way to make yourself an expert and get out your thoughts
    • Find something that excites you, something you’re willing to put a lot of your time into. If it has a business opportunity, even better

    My History as a Blogger

    • This isn’t my first blog – YourPFPro.com was my first blog
    • Not the best writer at first, but I was passionate about the topic and still am
    • The collaborative nature of blogging is what got me hooked – FinCon conference was a great opportunity for networking and meeting people whose blogs I read
    • Secret to blogging success is being able to promote yourself without being spammy
    • You have to stand out among everyone else out there
    • YourPFPro never killed it, but it did spark my blogging passion and helped me learn a lot about blogging

    The Rideshare Guy

    • The Rideshare Guy got started after I began driving and had a lot of questions
    • I looked out there for resources and advice from reliable sources – it was hard to find a reliable source about ridesharing!
    • Started the blog because I was passionate about the topic and knew I could help answer people’s questions
    • Being the first in your niche really helps, but you can also be successful by choosing a niche topic that you’re passionate about
    • I left my job once this blog started making some money and when I saw the opportunities down the road

    Ways I’m Making Money

    • Driver referrals is the number one way I make money – Lyft and Uber
    • Recently started a partnership with DoorDash
    • I don’t sugarcoat things – I give the balanced truth and let you make the decision for yourself. Not trying to sell you anything just to benefit myself, and that’s why this site is so successful
    • Consider developing the long-term relationships vs. short-term. Think about the long-term success of your blog

    Additional Ways to Monetize

    Keep in Mind Expenses

    • You would be surprised by how much running a blog can cost!
    • Starting a blog is very affordable – low barrier to entry
    • As you receive more traffic, your expenses will inevitably increase (and you may be attacked by out-of-country hackers)

    Advice for New Bloggers

    • Pick a topic you’re passionate about! Put in a year’s worth of work into your blog and, at the end of the year, make sure you’re still happy writing about that topic
    • Be consistent – it’s easy to get pumped up and write a bunch of posts, but you can get burnt out
    • Find a niche – this is one of the most important things if you want to make money
    • One thing that has helped me a lot is that there isn’t a lot of competition in this niche – has helped me get more advertisers and affiliates
    • Just do it. You won’t learn and experience it unless you just go out there and do it.

    Outro

    • You might not get rich blogging, but it’s very worthwhile – especially if you’re passionate about the topic
    • It is possible to make some money blogging, and it helps if you can find a profitable niche
    • I hope this podcast answered some of your questions! Leave a comment below if you have a question about something I didn’t cover
    • Check out the full transcript here
    • Questions, comments, or feedback? Send me an email!
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    Show Notes

    Stride Health

    This episode was sponsored by Stride Health, they’re a company that connects self employed workers with health coverage and health care for free! And even if you already have health insurance, once you sign up, you’ll get access to a personal advisor who you can call to get help with all your health care decisions and more.  Sign up here to get free access today!

    If you’d like to read a transcript of this podcast, please click here

    -Harry @ RSG

    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.