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Can You Really Earn A Full Time Income Working Two Hours a Day?

Written by Hendry  · December 18, 2008

Guest Post By Hendry Lee

Believe it or not, that is our industry. Thanks for the overzealous marketers who promise the sky in their sales letters, people actually believe that it is possible to setup a lousy site or blog, choose random affiliate products and make money overnight.

That’s also the reason why people jump from one opportunity to another. Starting a project is easy, but finishing it is a challenge because they begin to think everything that takes time to produce results is good for nothing.

To answer the question in the title, earning full time income working two hours a day is possible, but at the same time too unrealistic, especially for newbies.

Before I get hate email and comments below, please allow me to elaborate.

The Truth about Making Money with a Blog

A few years ago, it used to be that professional bloggers started 10-20 blogs at the same time, trying to maintain them at once. However, nowadays you will notice that all of them focus only on one or two that they are either interested / passionate about or niches that have been working well.

Creating valuable content and promoting it takes a lot of time and work. People may laugh at bloggers who are producing great content because they aren’t making money as much as others who are spamming the search engine indexes.

The truth speaks itself but I’d still recommend that you focus on the long term. Why? If you’ve ever noticed a spammy site in the search index one day, try to come back a few months later. I’d bet the page is no longer there. Building your business by producing low quality and auto-generated content in the hope that search engines will grant high rankings is like building your house on sand.

Spam sites may make a small fortune, but they have to constantly come up with new techniques to win over the search engines—which have hundreds of smart people working to improve their products every day. It will only get harder.

A business is not supposed to be successful overnight. That has always been true. As long as you provide value, you are going to make it in the end.

In most cases, bloggers who are able to make full-time income working two hours a day have the following advantages:

  1. They have experience under their belts. Being Internet savvy, for instance is just one example. If you are able to learn how to use new services, capture screenshot, edit photos, use Skype and Twitter to communicate, etc. you can work faster than others. The list of these skills go on and on. It probably takes at least twice as long for average people to do the same thing.

  2. Experience comes from hard work. And they have earned it. They worked hard, sometimes 12-16 hours a day, 7 days a week for years. They reach the level where they know how Internet works specific to the niche they are doing business on.

  3. They have resources. As they have been around for a long time, they know people who are able to help them, even though they work alone. Networking is a critical component of blog promotion.

Obstacles You Have to Overcome

First off, making full time income by blogging is possible by working part time but it is not for beginners.

Don’t believe me? Depends on your content and traffic strategy, just take an example that you are going to create a piece of really good linkbait to be submitted to Digg.

Just browse around Digg to see which the characteristics of articles and contents that have successfully got into the front page. How long does it take for you to create such a piece?

Many bloggers would spend 4-6 hours, some others have to work on it for a few days, just to create a really good content. If you only allocate two hours a day, perhaps you should scratch Digg out of your traffic strategy.

Even if you only write average posts and focus on consistency, you need to use article marketing, guest blogging and other low cost and less time consuming strategies to get traffic. Two hours a day are barely enough to update content on your blog and promote it, let alone handling technical and administrative work.

Be prepared to work more hours at first, at least until you have loyal audience, who is going to promote your blog for you every time you update your blog.

If you are just getting started, set a more realistic goal. If you have not yet earned your first $100 online, perhaps you should do that first and go from there. As you invest more effort into it, you will be able to work faster and become more efficiently.

Patience and focus are two key factors. Blogging can be very rewarding. It allows you to work on your own schedule, writing whatever you want, and still build a business from it. For most people, that is still very worth pursuing. Some readers write me back after I revealed these truths to them, feeling discouraged about the possibilities to build a business online.

Don’t be. In fact, if you don’t buy into these myths and work toward your goal, you will reach your goal faster than if you are trapped in those fictitious believes. To tell the truth, this is something I hope others have written years ago when I was getting started.

Hendry Lee helps bloggers overcome strategic and technological challenges in starting and growing their blogs. He also blogs about tips and strategies on how to make money blogging on his blog Blog Tips for a Better Blog – Blog Building University. While you are there, download your free eBook and subscribe to the blogging e-course!

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14 Responses to “Can You Really Earn A Full Time Income Working Two Hours a Day?”

  1. Blog Expert on December 18th, 2008 11:18 am

    Maybe 3 or 4 years down the road. But to stay on top you will have to work more hours.

  2. wilhb81 on December 19th, 2008 1:08 am

    I think it’s possible, as I knew some friends that involved themselves in the online earning have claimed that they can earn over 5 digit with their own blog sites…

  3. bandisusi on December 19th, 2008 7:45 am

    That’s right about you said…I have spend one year time to learn about make money with blog…but I still have to work hard.

  4. strategic internet marketing on December 19th, 2008 2:49 pm

    You can actually produce a full time income working just 1 hour a day…it is called outsourcing…

  5. George Manty on December 20th, 2008 4:39 pm

    strategic internet marketing,

    I was waiting for someone to bring that up. Having a successful system to create money online and then outsourcing the work is the way to do it. Great answer.

  6. Hendry Lee on December 20th, 2008 7:59 pm


    I agree partially. That is possible if you are already experienced, as I’ve said above. And for that, it takes years of experience, whether it is in prior offline business to handle people, manage tasks and create successful business system.

    I failed to mention above but it actually falls into the category of “having the right resources”.

    The thing is, many “gurus” advertise “working one hour a day” as a benefit that comes out of the box with an online business plus their system. The fact is, it doesn’t work that way.

    Just to make it clear, there’s no business working one/two hours per day, if someone doesn’t have the necessary skills and experience, which come from hard work first.

    Information in an ebook still needs to be customize to your business needs. So it is not just about buying an e-book, outsource and enjoying life beside the beach.

    This is a hard but sad truth. The answer is not in the next e-book or home study course. And I feel it is unethical to mislead newbies that way.

    The fact is, those same marketers are working their a*s off during a product launch. Just an example, perhaps do 3 teleseminars in one day, which translates into at least 3 hours of work, assuming that they are good enough not to prepare a sheet.

  7. Kate on December 22nd, 2008 5:58 am

    I think starting out people need to be more realistic, you can make money from home and online but you need to allocate your time wisely and be productive with it. Building a loyal network of readers that are interested in your site and where you take your site is really important to your success.

  8. Jonathan on December 23rd, 2008 4:17 am

    Hendry this is an excellent article for two reasons. Firstly you are right that it takes time and hardwork to develop an attractive, appealing and visitor responsive blog and secondly it should always be based on high quality content, not spam related material that can be downloaded from other blogs.

  9. Alan Mater on December 23rd, 2008 8:50 am

    I believe it’s possible when you have the systems in place. Building residual, monthly income on autopilot is completely possible. However, the fact is that to get to that point of financial security where you don’t have to put much work into it, you’ll be working long hours in the beginning to build those systems.

    So yes, it’s possible. But, you would spend countless hours working before you ever reach a point where you only have to devote two hours a day.

  10. Hendry Lee on December 23rd, 2008 5:58 pm

    Jonathan, thanks.

    Kate, Alan, this is exactly what I’m talking about. I’m not opposed to making money online. In fact, I teach people how to do it strategically. Just that the amount of hyped-up products and services that try to claim otherwise just to get the sales is crazy.

    People deserve to know the truth.

  11. Mitch on December 24th, 2008 9:04 pm

    This is a great post, and it needed to be said just the way you said it. There are lots of promises about making money by working part time, especially with some of the commercials on TV lately, but it really does take a lot of time up front before anyone can only work part time and make a lot of money. And I’m not one of those people, which is why I’m glad I have money coming in other ways.

  12. busby on December 28th, 2008 2:35 pm

    Once you established you should be able to maintain your income with just a few hours a day but getting there takes a lot of work.

    I agree with you idea of starting with small goals first like make your first 100 then try to double it and then try to double again and keep work on double you income you will soon be making a good of money (soon 1 to 2 years)

  13. NickB on December 30th, 2008 1:51 am

    If you were just sending traffic to a lead capture page and affiliate marketing, and relationship building with your list you could build your income up slowly at 2 hours a day.

    But if you really wanted to make an above average income online it would take at least 4 hours a day, and if you are full time why not put in 8 hours a day until you were able to just work 1 hour a week.

    This would take some years, but it would be time well spent if down the line you were making 10K a month working 4 hours a month

  14. Brian Elliott on January 4th, 2009 9:01 am

    Two hours is a short time to work on your blog. 8 hours is the average work day, so why not put in the time until you become established and can spend less time working?