Did you know some people blog as a full-time job? Yup, there are lots of people out there who quit their full-time jobs and blog from home, making money from their blog.
I personally think this is awesome. I love blogging, so making a full-time income from it sounds like a great perk.
So yes, blogging AND making a full-time income is something I would love to do!
But the more I learn, the pickier I become. Yes, I would like to earn a full-time income from Carina Jane. (I’m not even close right now. Just keeping it real for you other bloggers out there. 😉)
But I don’t want to lower my standards to do so.
Let me explain:
There are a lot of different ways people can make money blogging. Affiliate marketing, ads, sponsored posts, and one of the most popular thing bloggers do to produce their income is they sell e-courses.
They sell courses teaching you how to blog, how to make an income on your blog, heck, I’ve seen bloggers selling courses teaching you how to sell courses!
But I have my own reasons why I don’t sell e-courses on my blog.
(There may be affiliate links in the following. It won’t change anything for you, but I may earn a small commission if you purchase through my link. Like I said, I would love to make a full-time income from my blog! 😉 )
Before I go on, let me just say something:
There are some extremely qualified bloggers out there that have a wealth of information they can teach. Some of them have created succinct and valuable information on blogging and web design that is actually beneficial. So keep that in mind. Not all blog courses are created equal and there are some that actually have value to them and are worth the money spent.
However, a new trend is rising where unqualified and uneducated people are selling their misguided information as gospel truth.
Why I don’t sell e-courses:
To put it bluntly: I am not qualified. I like to think I’m a little educated in the subject, but I’m probably not compared to some bloggers out there. Just because I could do it, does NOT mean I should. Yes, I could create an eCourse and sell it, marketing it as a winning strategy for your blog, but it doesn’t mean it would add any more value to your blog.
I like to think I’m a little educated on the subject because I have spent an exorbitant amount of time researching how to blog and am now doing it, but, I’m still an amateur.
All of the information I could sell you is available for free if you bother to take the time to look for it. Becuase that’s what I did. I spent time researching and learning. And eventually I’m going to compile that information on my blog for you. For free.
I am fumbling my way through this blogging business. I am by no means qualified to “sell information” on how to succeed or “How To Be A Blogging Success Overnight.”
Yes, I’m trying to learn social media platforms and I AM learning and understanding them but what I’ve learned I would rather share for free because it’s something I wished other people would have shared with me.
The internet is full of information. I don’t want my readers to feel like I’m putting them on just so they’ll “buy my course.” I want my readers to know I’ll be honestly sharing my experience with them, both good and bad, and what has worked for me.
One size does not fit all.
What works for one blog might not work for another and that is something you have to understand especially if you do buy an eCourse. Maybe that blogger IS sharing information that helped them be a successful blogger. You may follow that information down to the letter. That doesn’t mean you’ll experience overnight success just because you follow their blogging “Five Steps to Success.” I have yet to meet an honest person who was successful in “5 easy steps.” Success is often the sweat produced by hard work.
No amount of marketing a blogging course created by me is going to make me qualified to teach it.
Which is why I want to openly share any information I’ve learned in blog post form. There are so many great bloggers out there that teach you about blogging WITHOUT selling you a course for $500 dollars. And I want to be one of those people. I want to HELP other people, not build my own pyramid scheme.
The Types Of E-courses To Watch Out For:
- How to grow your Pinterest views
- How to start a blog
- How to make $5000 in your first month of blogging
- How to gain thousands of social media followers in 1 week
- How to create and sell e-courses
Watch out for the courses that sound too good to be true. They probably are. I’ll be honest, some courses are marketed really well. And I mean really, really well. I mean, if those bloggers wanted to sell something of value, they should teach you their marketing skills.
Anyways, what I’m saying is, if you actually stop to think about what they’re trying to sell you- you’ll realize there’s no value in it.
Pinterest views don’t amount to anything- unless you have clickable graphics. What some people don’t like to tell you is that Pinterest views do not always equate to blog visitors. It definitely helps expose your blog posts to a lot of people though.
But they’re going to sell a course on how to get lots of Pinterest views.
Getting a lot of Pinterest views is NOT difficult. You don’t need to pay for an e-course to get a lot of Pinterest views.
Seriously. I just told you in two sentences the secret to my Pinterest growth. I’m not going to make an e-course and charge you a crazy amount of money for two measly sentences.
How To Start A Blog:
Okay, so it’s a little more complicated than that, and I intend to write a blog post detailing it. Buuut, that’s what you do to get started. Sign up with a hosting site (Your blog will be way more protected and versatile this way) and then download WordPress to your blog, choose a theme, and then start designing and writing for your blog.
How To Make $5000 In Your First Month Blogging:
Usually, this involves the pyramid scheme of selling a course about how to sell courses. I personally couldn’t live with myself if I felt like I was scamming people.
Now, there ARE some people who make a good amount of money in a short time with their blogs- but the legit bloggers who do this will be the first to tell you, it took WORK. Lots of work. Hard work. And they hustled until they made their money blogging. Heck, they’re still probably working their tails off. So don’t be disillusioned when you see people making money blogging. It can happen! But you have to work for it.
How To Gain Thousands Of Followers In 1 Week:
I fell for this one. Oh boy did I fall for this one. I was like, “heck yeah, if I build my following then I’ll be able to build my blog.” Which is true. If you go about it the right way.
Which is true. If you go about it the right way.
You see, you’re better off having 5 real followers than 5,000 followers that don’t actually care what you’re writing about. You want an engaged audience. People who want to learn about the niche you’re blogging about. Numbers are just numbers if they don’t engage with you. So yes, having lots of followers is a good thing- if they are real followers.
How to do this? Pin relevant content on Pinterest. Use appropriate hashtags on Instagram. Join related groups on Facebook.
Your following will grow- I promise!
How To Create And Sell E-courses:
The e-course to end all e-courses. This is the main reason why I don’t sell e-courses through my blog.
I. don’t. want. to. scam. people.
If I wrote an e-course, telling you that you could make a bunch of money selling e-courses about e-courses, a portion of that would be true. You COULD scam other people into buying that e-course from you. But this is not a sustainable model of business. Maybe for a time. But in the end, you are not providing anything of VALUE to these people. And they’re going to figure it out.
Now you know why I don’t sell e-courses on my blog. I want to provide you guys with things of value- and I want to make it free for your use anytime.
That probably means I won’t make as much money as other bloggers out there- but I will be able to sleep at night. 😉
There are some great e-courses out there- people who have a lot to offer and teach. You can learn a lot from certain bloggers. I’m not saying “never buy an e-course.” Because I do believe there are some that provide value!
In a final word of warning: Please, please, be careful of what eCourses you invest in. Research the person selling it. It will be easy to see if they are a qualified teacher or not.