When we first started working online in the blogosphere, we began writing for a guy who we am still in contact with today and will forever be a pretty good friend of mine. He showed us a website called Mashable and one of the advertisements that were located in the sidebar and said “Mercedes” on it. He said when you get a site this big you get to sell advertisements like that one for a million dollars a month.
Technically his gestimation wasn’t that far off if we were talking about today. Mashable probably does make in the millions annually, but they wouldn’t have been making millions back in 2011 before they were close to what they have become today. And your chances of growing to something that large are slim—slim at best.
In truth making money on the web doesn’t come easy. If it’s a quick buck you want to make, writing stuff online for ones self probably comes closer to last place than anything else. It takes many years before you’ll be close to “job” status. It’s possible to write stuff online as a freelancer for established publications or for yourself and make a living out of it if you’re willing to put in the work. Lots of it, for the vast majority who try.
Now with all that being understood:
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