Some bloggers stress the importance of making income claims to gain credibility.
Other bloggers intend to inspire readers to succeed by sharing their blogging income. New bloggers facing heavy fear intermixed with stout obstacles may keep blogging to reach the big bucks.
Another blogging sect uses braggadocio to boast boldly about their blogging income to appeal to greedy or desperate bloggers.
How about you?
Should you make blogging income claims?
Before we weigh the upsides and downsides of this approach consider the $79,571 current blogger salary claimed by Glassdoor. Much of the world would generally frame this income as being respectable if not excellent. But some would deem the salary as being not enough to meet their lifestyle.
Independent of your interpretation of this figure, the number represents a salary paid to employees who blog versus being consistent with an entrepreneur who owns their business.
Top entrepreneur bloggers who own their online businesses make anywhere from $40,000 to $1,000,000 per month according to Create and Go but these rare bloggers worked:
for free spanning years to lay the foundation for a thriving blogging career.
Income potential exists but I prefer to teach bloggers how to blog successfully versus trying to convince someone that bloggers do in fact receive money for services rendered and products offered, per all business owners or employees.
I want to break down the pros and cons of sharing blogging income claims so you can decide whether or not to post income stats on your blog.
Blogging Income Claims: Pros
Do you want to make blogging income claims?
Goads You to Be Responsible
Sharing your blogging income can inspire you to be:
- motivated to get to blogging work
For example, sharing how much money you make through your blog can motivate you to blog through difficult obstacles because you genuinely want to increase your income. Everything depends on how much money drives you to succeed.
Some people love money. Setting money goals gives them clarity, focus and supreme motivation.
Consider sharing your blogging income to goad yourself forward if you sit in this category.
Inspire Readers to Conquer Obstacles
Imagine having $10 in your checking account right now.
Terror seems to overpower your mind. Hopelessness almost takes over your being.
Googling how to profit online brings you to the website of Pat Flynn. He makes big bucks now but went through a scary phase of his life where he was laid off before his wedding. Ouch. Pat must have been afraid in those moments just like you might be afraid right now. But he found a way to build immense wealth online so maybe you can follow his lead.
Pat is the #1 example of how to make income claims the right way. He shares his income from a:
vibe then shares step-by-step, in-depth tutorials for how to earn income online. He presents his income in a casual, relaxed energy. Naturally, he inspires like-minded people to prosper online ethically, too.
Blogging Income Claims: Cons
Be aware of the downsides consistent with making income claims through your blog.
Unfortunately, going this route sometimes opens a can of worms that creates blogging headaches for you.
Attract the Greedy or Desperate Crowd
Greedy people may gravitate toward bloggers who promise big riches through blogging. What happens when greedy readers do not get rich quickly through the advice offered by bloggers who make income claims? Greedy readers attempt to damage the reputation of bloggers through:
- negative reviews
- negative blog comments
Imagine a growing army of desperate people on the verge of having their homes foreclosed frantically emailing you for tips on how to get money now because your blog promises how to make big bucks via your heady income claims. Even if you share hefty claims from a compassionate, transparent perspective you will attract some desperate humans who need money now to survive.
Scared people who need money often look to wealthy people to teach them or flat out give them money as an act of charity. Being surrounded with this energy frazzles even normally calm, confident bloggers.
Imagine promising the secrets to making big blogging income. The greedy crowd shows up, tries out your secrets, then sues you based on your gaudy income claims not being truthful, in alignment with YMYL blogs.
Fabricating blogging income claims can cause highly unpleasant legal problems. Padding your stats to impress readers erodes your credibility when people eventually discover your untrue claims – they always do – and gets you in hot water with the government.
Ultimately, you decide whether sharing your blogging income is worth the potential legal issues awaiting you. Being willing to generously, patiently and persistently build up your expertise can help you avoid litigation but most bloggers who run afoul of the law skip this most critical step.
One Important Note
Say the phrase Income *Claim* to yourself.
claim: a statement that something is true, even though you have no definite proof (source: Macmillan Dictionary)
Income claims are just a claim someone makes that may or may not be truthful. Income claims are not necessarily facts. Some bloggers lie about their income to inflate their non-existent credibility. Other bloggers make false claims to dupe greedy or desperate people into giving them money.
Take most income claims with a grain of salt. Some bloggers tell the truth. Some bloggers lie. Ultimately, bloggers who give away the farm in terms of offering:
- highly-detailed, rich content dripping with value
- a thorough blog acting as an industry resource
- premium products and/or services
are credible. Some of these bloggers net a high income. Others generate little income.
Serving is one skill. Generating money is a completely different skill.
Never establish a 1-to-1 correlation between the skills of being able to effectively serve human beings and generating money. I never chose a doctor because she drove a Rolls Royce. Every doctor I visited popped up on my radar screen through a family or friend referral. Bernie Madoff became highly skilled at generating money but rendered no useful service to humanity in so doing.
Serving humans and receiving money are two different skills. Do not trust bloggers based solely on their skill of receiving money because they may not have developed the skill of serving humans. On the flip side, some bloggers serve humans brilliantly but never acquire much money at all. Golden advice may flow from folks who care little about money.
What Is the Difference Maker?
Your intent in sharing income claims makes the difference in who you attract to your blog and how making income claims impacts your blogging business.
I have almost zero interest in money because it is there when I need it. Money comes and goes as it is required.
I live a simple life, house sit much of the time, travel with a carryon, laptop, phone, backpack and 1 week’s change of clothes. Happiness and peace largely dominate my being because money is one of a billion means of exchange available to promote freedom and expansion. People who flock to my blog adopt a similar attitude because where your attention and energy goes, grows.
Check out this video to see if sharing blogging income claims is for you:
Ask why you want to share blogging income claims before deciding whether or not to take this route.
Do you want to motivate yourself to be free? Do you want to inspire readers? Consider sharing your profits stats to empower yourself and your readers. Blogging from love and abundance leads to happiness and success.
Do you want to just impress people or get them to follow your blog? Do you want to gain credibility mainly based on your skill of generating money? Be careful about sharing your blogging income because impressing, manipulating or proving yourself to people based on a money-making skill leads to headaches if not nightmares down the road. Blogging from fear and lack leads to problems.
Decide whether or not to share income claims based on your genuine intent.