2nd January, 2019

Creating a Blogging Empire as a Digital Nomad

A lot of recent discussion has gone into how much work we actually need to do to work as a digital nomad. However, in this article we will look at some projections for how much work is actually achievable on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, decade and lifetime basis for those seeking a lifestyle that is location independent.

Hold up!

That’s right, it just got very deep and very real. Wouldn’t it be great to know what our working capacity actually is as a human being over our lives? Or would we be in danger of exposing just how lazy we really are!

More importantly, wouldn’t it be good to see in theory, (note in THEORY), how much revenue can be made by simply translated the thoughts from your brain into finger taps on a keyboard a few thousand times a day?

Meet the Blogger

Given that it is almost impossible to measure the output of a web developer, designer, video editor and general consultant, we felt that the best and most relevant real life skill to use as the basis for this analysis is the blogger.

The reason we claim it to be most relevant is because we find that most digital nomads are running a blog of some form or another. Whether is be about their day to day lifestyle abroad, or their experience in certain locations, or perhaps the skills they’ve acquired in during work endeavours, most of us are blogging about something.

How we measure

In this analysis, how fast you can type as a measure of words per minute will not be included. This is because speed of typing does not equal quality of article.

Instead, to get a nice round number which can clearly show the impact over time of the online written word, we will use 500 words per article as the base.

In terms of how long this article takes, we will assume it takes on average exactly 1 hour. This includes writing, editing, title, featured image, SEO optimising, internal linking, keyword tags, categorizing, publishing to your online blog and triple checking. Makes us tired just thinking about it.

Time for Results

So all that happens in one hour on average. It can be assumed then if you were to write 1 article per day, thats 7 per week, 30 per month, and 365 per year.

The table below demonstrates this a bit clearer.

Time

Articles

Words

Day

1

500

Week

7

3,500

Month

30

15,000

Year

365

182,500

Here we can see that the blog can accumulate 365 articles per year, which of course translates to 365 pages for your website.

In reality though, bloggers are generally writing 1 blog per week, or even one per month which is 52 and 12 a year respectively.

If we were to be more disciplined in the way we blog, and opt to write 3 articles per day for a blog, then the figures look alot more appealing in regards to content output.

Time

Articles

Words

Day

3

1500

Week

21

11,500

Month

90

75,000

Year

1,095

547,500

Show me the Money

To put this into a monetisation context, let’s throw some hypothetical figures about for some fun. Let’s say for example that the site receives on average a minuscule 10 cents of revenue per day from each article written taken from a annual average of revenue.

Obviously, some articles will earn more than others, but for the sake of theorising about projections, we are averaging out a revenue per article equation.

This revenue comes from streams like using Google Adsense on your travel blog, using ad vendors such as BuySellAds and even other private Ad sales you have been able to arrange. This would equate the earning power of each article at writing 3 per day to a projected yearly earning potential of:

Type

Articles

Revenue per Article

Revenue per day

Site Articles

1,095

$0.10

$109.00

So even though you are not going to just stop blogging, and you continue to write 3 quality blog articles a day for the next decade, or lifetime, what could that theoretically translate into?

Time

Articles

Words

Year

1,095

547,500

Decade

10,950

5,475,000

50 Yrs

54,750

27,375,000

Scary to even think about both writing that many words, and getting that old! It certainly does show the output potential of a dedicated blogger, albeit at the pretty extreme level of the ledger.

Money over time

If we take the figures from above and apply them to the 10 cents of revenue per article, per day, and assume (and pray) it is a never ending cycle, we get these projections:

Time

Articles

Revenue per Article

Revenue per day

Articles (Yr)

1,095

$0.10

$109.00

Articles (10Yr)

10,950

$0.10

$1,095.00

Articles (50Yr)

54,750

$0.10

$5,474.00

Just the casual $5,474 per day after 50 years of blogging. Sounds like a decent retirement fund. People are always asking though what the salary of a digital nomad is, so to put this revenue per day into a more scattered breakdown:

Time

Articles

Revenue per day

Revenue per month

Revenue per year

Articles (Yr)

1,095

$109.00

$3,270

$39,785

Articles (10Yr)

10,950

$1,095.00

$32,850

$399,675

Articles (50Yr)

54,750

$5,474.00

$164,220

$1,998,010

Wow – look at that, you’re rich! Ok, so many unrealistic assumptions are made when making these projections, including that income will be steady, inflation, site traffic, site quality, article quality, technology advances over time and of course the retention of sanity after writing 28 million words!

But it is fun to ponder the potential success of creating a blogging empire. And even though these figures are quite ambitious, you can certainly see the advantages of blogging. As even the most greedy of us are likely to be pretty happy to achieve merely 5% of the theoretical results listed above.

What are you waiting for? Get Blogging!


Prepared by Work Play Nomad


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