This writer’s question from an email is simple: they asked that if they write and publish 50 blog posts and get $1 a day from that, then logically this means that by writing 5,000 of them in a short time span- a few months- they would make $100 per day.
I suppose one can’t argue with logic, at least mathematically speaking, and they are right about their numbers. If you have published 50 blog posts, and you earn X amount then, it follows that you should earn X if you write 100 times as many posts. Money, is a different matter. The Internet is a deadly environment where the business minded writers will survive and make money with Google AdSense and other affiliate programs. The question I’m asking is: It is a quality versus quantity argument?
The question they ask is mathematically sound. If you follow the logic they are using then by writing several blog posts each day chances are higher that they will make money from them. Money doesn’t come fast or easy, and it doesn’t come all the time, but when it does, it often happens seemingly overnight.
So, Let’s go through this like a Vulcan would, and pretend to be Spock. (For those who love Star Trek, you can decide which Spock you want to be, I personally like the Original Spock, but that is just me.) Logic and money- fascinating.
I look at it this way, if for example, you write and publish posts and do this several times a day, I don’t think the content or quality will be good, or, better still what will you be publishing on a regular basis without burning out or running out of ideas?
Making money online is about reputation and influence of you as a writer and an author. I might have a lot of followers on my blogs, but if my quality goes down, they will leave the blog fairly quickly.
I take the time to read and to think about what I am writing. I’ve let a blog post stay in draft if it’s not what I think works for Living a Life of Writing. If it’s good, and the content is good the money will come. My Point about writing?
If I were to write 5,000 blog posts in a few months, I wonder how long will it be before people see me as someone who is a bit of a hack writer or see me as a spam driven writer, one who looks for something- like money. Writing online isn’t about how many blog posts you publish or online articles you can write in a day, it’s about great content that people need, and you have the time to do so. Writers need to remember this, and help one another out. The other question is how would one ever promote more than 15 posts a day and not look like a spammer to the social networking sites?
If not being viewed negatively means you write five blog posts a month, and people like them, then logically, at some point you will make money. If your goal is $100 per day in income, then you’d better plan your business correctly- have an author platform and a strong devoted following, and be human with them. If the plan is to sit there and wonder why the money isn’t rolling in, it could be the topic you chosen, but it can also be how much effort you’ve put into it- which would be none.
If you get 100 page views a day for your blog with only two or three readers per day, well that’s okay but, logically this won’t get much money for you or your blog. If you have 50 blog posts and five readers each day for at least one of these posts, you would have 250 visits a day. (50X5= 250 visits a day) Many people who write blogs have closer to 1,000 visits a day. Even then, they might not make as much money as others imagine they do.
These successful writers don’t plan to write 5,000 blog posts in a matter of months, it’s illogical to them, they are planning to write a blog for years. Living a Life of Writing has been around for six years, and we don’t have 5,000 blog posts. Let’s go back to the 250 people who went to see your 50 posts, and if one person buys a book of yours, you might earn about two to four dollars from this sale of a paperback book- my own book, In Search of The Lost Ones has been out for almost three years and still has book sales, but not each day. That’s one person a day buying one book and you’ve earned anywhere between $60 to $120 per month- if you have recently published a book and are promoting it correctly on a blog.
Can you do 5000 blog posts in a few months and make them readable by writing at least 15 quality posts a day? If you are a decent writer, you can’t do this without destroying your reputation and the quality of your blog. Not to mention that it’s frowned upon by Google and other search engines when dealing with a blog that once had a lot of people come and read it, but won’t anymore because the writer is burning themselves out producing too much.
Back to the original question: with 50 high quality posts you’ve written and you say you earn about $1 a day on these and other items found on the blog, maybe you’ll make $100 on 5,000?
Not likely- after a while you’ll be writing for speed and not quality and the content will not be as good, and frankly, you wouldn’t have the time to edit it these posts if you need to publish five or six a day.
Does this math work for blogs? My answer is no, not at all.