If you’ve got something to say, you can quickly and easily create a blog and start writing about it. Seriously, in about three minutes, you could have your very own blog. Time to break out the champagne bottles? Not so fast. Because any Tom, Dick, or Sally can author a blog, earning money from blogging is a challenge (but it is not impossible).

In fact, there are almost as many people making a living as bloggers as there are lawyers, and there are more Americans making their primary income from blogging than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters, or even bartenders. There are successful blogs on everything from new gadgets, to gardening, to Feng Shui, but if you want to make money blogging, you’ve got to follow some rules. Learn how you can start making money from writing about your passion.