vs Blogging Side Hustles in 2023

A deep dive into blogs,, SEO, and making money writing online in 2023

J.J. Pryor
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22 min readDec 24, 2019


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I’ve been doing the side hustles of both blogging and for a while now. It’s been an interesting (and frustrating) journey on both paths. But it has been very rewarding as well.

I’m now getting some income from both streams. I have a few articles placed #1 on Google for their search areas. I’ve also started building a nice following from the different niches I target.

I wrote this guide for the newcomer that doesn’t have time to waste and wants to focus on either making money through blogging (via affiliate marketing, ads, etc) or on through their Medium Partner Program.

Let’s get started!

Medium vs blogging in 2020

I try to cover many topics in this article, with the hope of answering any questions for a beginner.

Let’s take a look at the following:

  1. What is needed to make a blog successful in 2020?
  2. How many monthly visits would a successful blog have?
  3. Do you have to have a niche or can you write about many subjects?
  4. Can you make money with blogs in 2020?
  5. How much money can you make with blogs today?
  6. What is affiliate marketing?
  7. What kind of social media marketing is better?
  8. What is SEO?
  9. What are some of the top blogs today?
  10. What underlying common factors do all of these blogs have?
  11. Why are these different than what I see on

Still with me?

You can see what I mean by going down a rabbit hole now! As I mentioned, I’ll give my own take of what I found (without going into many details) and the more useful links with high-quality information.

1. What is needed to make a blog successful in 2020?

This very general question is where I first started, and I’m sure is a popular topic among writers out there on the…



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