When we first started working online in the blogosphere, I began writing for a guy who I am still in contact with today and will forever be a pretty good friend of mine. He showed me 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 would make a lot of money annually, but they wouldn’t have been making much back in 2011. And the chances of getting an independent publication to that size if you haven’t got there already is slim.
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 full-time job status in the US. 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.
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