Which Type of Blogger Are You?

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, September 5, 2008 | Published in


There are two types of bloggers.

The first are those who blog for money. Their aim is to make money and lots of it!

The second are those who blog purely for the love of blogging. Money is not their real motive. They just love to blog and share their thoughts with others while they themselves love to read other people’s blogs.

Which type of blogger are you?

Picture from tutor2u

Actually, there’s also a third type, that is those who love blogging but at the same time would want to make money out of it. Like killing two birds with one stone.

As you can see from My Very First Blog, my intention is not to make money. Do you see any ads (except for the one on the top right) in my blog? No AdSense, no Nuffnang, no banner ads, no ads hidden behind any words in my post. None!

So I must be the blogger from the second category ie. I am blogging just for the love of blogging, right? Well, yes and no.

You see, I’m still very much a newbie in the blogging world. I do love blogging. I love writing out my thoughts. I love to share with others. I love to read comments from other bloggers. But I also love to make money. Who doesn’t?

However, as much as I love to make money, I don’t see making a few US dollars a month from AdSense or any other ads really interest me. At least, that’s what I think most bloggers earn. I mean, you could easily earn that amount from your job in a day!

Unless of course, you happen to be one of those bloggers who are already earning a few hundred or a few thousand US dollars a month from your blog. You, who have the “know how” which the majority don’t.

I would love to earn hundreds or thousands of dollars from blogging. But not from this blog. No, I would just keep this one free from ads (I may even take the one and only ad out later) and any other money making tools. I want this to be my personal blog, and to be non-commercial in any way.

Because to seriously make money from blogs, the very first thing you need to do is to get your own domain name and pay for a good web hosting. Do not use a free host. The reason is a free host can sometimes ban or close down your blog for whatever reasons they like and you cannot do anything to stop them! If your blog is making you huge money every month, would you want to risk losing your passive income from something that is out of your control?

Picture from Party in a bag

So what's the secret in making money from blogs? If there are bloggers who did it, I know anyone can do it too.

Wouldn’t you love to earn steady, passive income from your blog or blogs without the need to post new articles every week? I heard that it is very possible to do so. Now that’s what I like – just do some posting once a month and wait for the money to roll in. Sounds wonderful, no?

Well, you will need to learn how to make your blog rank high in the page ranking on search engines. Only then you will be able to attract much needed traffic to your blog. Of course, there are many other things you should know too besides page ranking.

But guess what? I can’t tell you 'cos I’m still learning. Unless you already knew and you don’t mind telling me – I will greatly appreciate it.

Still, that day will come. While I will continue to blog to my heart's content with My Very First Blog, I will also have several other blogs running high on Google's search engine that are solely aimed at making big bucks for me.

Making money from blogs is not too out-of-reach or impossible for the average people. Many are already doing it, so why not you and me?

(25) Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I think bloggers are all a little exhibitionist in nature. We blog to share the ups and downs in our life, our thoughts and opinions in things.

    I'm not really blogging for money at the moment. Tried payperpost before but decided not to continue after awhile.

    Whatever it is, I'm glad I decided to continue blogging as I've come across some kind and exceptional people via blogging. They have truly enriched my life. That includes you foongpc! :D

    September 5, 2008 at 8:55 AM
  2. Tekkaus said...

    Hmm...how sould I put this. I thing I'm blogging for lots of reasons. And making some $$$ is one of them of course (That's why my blog got ads.) Ha =)But of course, that's not the main reason. Tekkaus is my 1st blog too. So...all in all...I just want to share with people my thoughts and opinions.

    September 5, 2008 at 10:15 AM
  3. Anonymous

    I am blogger type #2...no intention of making money but having said that, if opportunity arises for small income, I don't mind...pocket money for my other interest - photography :)

    I think if you are gonna make serious money out of blogging..it's very competitive out there - your blog has to really stand out from all the rest..and very popular..not an easy one I think.

    September 5, 2008 at 1:22 PM
  4. day-dreamer said...

    Well, those paid posts I see some people mix with their original posts, gives me the kind of feeling where I don't really know if they are speaking the truth or for the sake of advertising or both.

    So yeah, I'm not blogging for money because blogging is kind of therapeutic to me, personally. It's a great tool to knowing more people, too! That's why I didn't put any ads on my blog.

    Sometimes when we get too obsessed with money, we need to stop and ask ourselves, "what exactly are our intentions of blogging?".

    Have a nice weekend. :)

    September 5, 2008 at 1:31 PM
  5. foongpc said...

    Thanks everyone for your comments! How come everyone write long comments today? But I like to read all your comments, so the longer the better!
    : )

    cc, thanks for saying I've enriched your life. You have enriched mine too with your super nice blog! : )

    tekkaus, continue to share your thoughts with your blog. I'll be a loyal reader! : )

    my bug life, who won't want a second income, right? As to making money, actually your blog don't really have to be a famous blog or stand out. There are people who make money with blogs and they are not famous and neither are their blogs. What's more, they don't even post as often as we do!

    day-dreamer, yeah sometimes you wonder if the blogger is writing for the ads or is saying his personal opinion. Have a nice weekend to you too! : )

    September 5, 2008 at 6:23 PM
  6. lina said...

    I love blogging because it makes me look at mundane day to day life in a new light. :-)
    and earning money doesn't hurt either.

    September 5, 2008 at 9:06 PM
  7. Bengbeng said...

    for me, i blog jus to pass time and have a channel my thought n feelings. not to mention the fact i find it immensely enjoyable. money for a small insignificant blog like mine is insignificant hahahaha

    September 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM
  8. foongpc said...

    lina, blogging does make our mundane life more interesting, doesn't it?

    bengbeng, yes I enjoy blogging too. The money you earn from blogging may be insignificant, but your blog sure ain't insignificant.

    September 6, 2008 at 12:10 AM
  9. Unknown said...

    im also learning on blogging.. but i like sharing in a way haha. in fact whenever i share, i appreciate life more - esp the places ive visited. :)

    i do hope to make money on blogging. well, there are lots of ways to do so, including sponsored posts. but no matter what, content is still the most important :)

    anyway, yr blog is cool. keep it up :)

    September 6, 2008 at 1:44 AM
  10. Tekkaus said...

    Thanks Foong! I'm so touched. I'll be 1 of ur millions loyal readers too. Ha =) Keep on posting ya! I see u prefer adverlets over nuffnang?

    September 6, 2008 at 5:19 AM
  11. Anonymous

    Interesting post Foong. When I started blogging three years ago, paid posting was not popular. I blogged because it was a way for me to get in touch with my friends. Now, I also write paid posts. So do I blog primarily for money? No, I don't although it's nice to have extra $$ for shopping. LOL I don't aggressively look for these opportunities. There is one company that sends me one or two jobs a week; sometimes I get one or two from PPP.
    As for the ads, it's a hit or miss. I'm not expecting much from it but hoping I'll get something out of it. :)

    September 6, 2008 at 9:13 AM
  12. foongpc said...

    quachee, thanks for your compliments! I guess all bloggers like to share otherwise they won't be bloggers.

    tekkaus, actually I prefer Google Adsense which I think is the best. But I got rejected by them just because I'm using the same computer my brother is using. Will try using a different computer.

    babette, I've thought of writing paid posts too but not on this blog. Somehow, I feel writing for paid posts would make my blog not so sincere anymore. Also it affects my Google page ranking. But don't mind trying it out if and when I start a second blog.
    The ads are always a hit and miss, but I guess you can increase the hits if you are able to have heavy traffic to your blog.

    September 6, 2008 at 10:14 AM
  13. Anonymous

    Hi Foong,

    I started blogging to improve my English writing, I am still improving. From time to time, I still get email from readers that say my English is bad. It helps to motivate me, I have started to enrolled into British Council to take up English courses.

    I am not sure I am in which category, maybe earning money and learning category. I have 5 blogs and all are commercial blog, some update them once a week or twice. I amid of setting one with no ads, it's my personal blog.

    I am not sure about pagerank, but it will eventually rank you higher in The Google search engine (I got one blog is 0 pagerank, but the visitors increased), your domain age also played important roles , Search Engine Optimization as well, look for keywords in every post and repeat them 5 times(I used them when I find niche keyword in the post), bold them if necessary.

    Foong, you are good in writing, I like the way you write and it's comfortable to read and you are good in English!

    Keep it up!

    September 6, 2008 at 3:17 PM
  14. foongpc said...

    Thanks Kenneth, for your praises and compliments, and your lengthy comments!

    I'm starting to wonder why this post is attracting such lengthy comments from almost everyone, and I'm loving it! : )

    September 6, 2008 at 4:04 PM
  15. Monica said...

    Hi Foong, I'd say I'm the type of blogger who loves blogging and at the same time would like to make some extra money out of it too. Well, when I write paid posts, I normally include my own personal experiences and opinions related to the topic. Nice post!
    and have a great weekend ;-)

    September 6, 2008 at 5:42 PM
  16. eastcoastlife said...

    I can't imagine myself sloughing for a few dollars. :)

    I blog for the love of wriitng, sharing with people from all over the world the happenings in my country.

    September 6, 2008 at 6:08 PM
  17. Pike-chan said...

    i think i'm the 3rd type of blogger, dont mind to have some passive income...

    September 6, 2008 at 8:47 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    monica, thanks for sharing about your experience in writing paid posts, and have a good weekend too! : )

    eastcoastlife, I know you love to blog by the way you write your blog. Just keep on blogging cos I'll keep coming back for more! : )

    pikey, thanks for dropping by and share your thoughts. Hope you'll drop by often : )

    September 6, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    I am the third type of blogger. I love bloggin and enjoy it but it would be nice if I could figure out how to make a little money on the side as well. Blogging gives me a great sense of fun!

    September 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM
  20. eiling lim said...

    I blog for fun. I just love writing.

    September 8, 2008 at 2:23 PM
  21. Anonymous

    I belong to third type too. But I will never sacrifice the quality of my blog.

    September 8, 2008 at 3:50 PM
  22. foongpc said...

    health nut wannabee mom, it's nice to get paid for something you enjoy doing.

    eiling, blogging is definitely fun!

    jam, agree quality of your blog is very important, otherwise no one will visit.

    September 9, 2008 at 9:28 AM
  23. Anonymous

    I'm the second type! Wouldn't mind the money...but then I might get all stressed out worrying about why traffic is slow, why my page ranking's so miserable, why I'm not getting much money....so I think I'll just stay the way I am. Poor...but happy! LOL!!

    September 9, 2008 at 1:13 PM
  24. Preston said...

    Great blog. Stumbled upon you by accident. I blog for fun but wouldn't mind getting a little cash too but I don't want my blog to look like one big advertisement. As far as increasing traffic, my traffic more than doubled after I joined blogcatalog.

    September 11, 2008 at 1:46 AM
  25. foongpc said...

    suituapui, haha! True, less worry = more happiness : )

    preston, thanks for dropping by! Yeah, I don't like my personal blog to be one big advertisement too. But not too sure if I were to start a commercial blog : )

    September 19, 2008 at 10:23 AM