Have you ever wondered how to make money blogging?
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen me recommend blogging as a way to make extra income (or even a full-time income). A few years ago, I knew nothing about blogging or even that you could make money through blogging.
During the past year though, I have transitioned my hobby-blog into a profitable blog and am happy to share my experience. My income from blogging last month was $4,566 and I am continuing to learn new strategies and ways to turn this blog into a full-time business.
Before we jump into the different ways you can monetize your blog, there are a few things I want to cover first. Starting a blog and instantly making money almost never happens and I certainly don’t want to give you the impression that blogging is a “get rich quick” thing. While it’s possible to earn a full-time income from blogging, it does take time and a lot of work.
Things You Need To Make Money Blogging
1. A blog
This is obvious. You can use my step-by-step guide to start your own blog here. I also recommend signing up for my FREE blogging course which I created for beginners who want to start a successful blog. Join below!
2. Valuable content
In order to build a strong platform, you’ll need to create valuable content for your readers. Bringing value to your readers is the best way to make a profession out of blogging.
Building trust your audience is essential if you want to monetize your blog. People don’t buy from people they like, they buy from people they trust. You can gain your audience’s trust by building authority through creating valuable content. You can then develop relationships with your audience by showing that you genuinely care. Having a professional looking blog can also help build trust.
4. A plan
Having a blog, providing valuable content and building trust with your audience are all necessary if you want to take your blog to the next level. However, if you want to successfully make money blogging, you’ll need to develop a game plan and treat your blog as a business.
Common Misconceptions About Making Money Blogging
1. All you have to do is write blog posts
If all you had to do to make money blogging was to write the occasional blog post, everyone would be doing it. Making money blogging is not this simple and it involves a lot of behind the scenes work.
You’ll need to learn email marketing, branding, sales, social media, SEO and more. When I first started blogging, I had zero knowledge of these things and didn’t know anything about online marketing. I learned this stuff over time and I am still learning more every day!
2. The only blogs that make money talk about “How To Blog”
Many new bloggers start blogs about “How To Blog” because they see other successful bloggers in this niche. However, these new bloggers usually don’t have any prior blogging experience and just regurgitate what other successful bloggers have already said.
This makes it very hard to stand out from the crowd since these new bloggers are not able to establish their own voice or draw from their expertise and experience when writing content.
The reality is that many of these successful bloggers didn’t start out blogging about “How To Blog”. For example, Abby from Just A Girl And Her Blog started her blog as a creative outlet to share organization advice and easy-to-follow home decorating tips. Within two years, she was able to turn her blog into a family business and shows others how to do the same in her ebook, Building A Framework.
3. Results will come fast
Everyone’s blogging timeline will look a little different when it comes to making money. Some bloggers start earning a few dollars in their first month of blogging, while other bloggers didn’t start making any money until six months (or more) into their blogging journey.
I started my website as a hobby-blog in the beginning and didn’t focus on monetizing my blog until I was two years into my blogging journey. Now I earn a consistent income each month from blogging. Making money from your blog does take time. If you’re expecting to start a blog and instantly make thousands of dollars, you’re going to be disappointed.
Now that we’ve covered the things you need to make money blogging and the common misconceptions about monetizing your blog, let’s talk about the different ways you can actually make money from blogging.
Popular Ways To Make Money Blogging
1. Display advertising
This is the easiest way to start making money with your blog, but it’s also one of the toughest ways to make money. This is because display advertising doesn’t pay very much.
Display advertising was the first monetization method I used for my blog, through Google Adsense, and it took almost 6 months before I made enough money to earn my first paycheck (meet the minimum payment threshold).
Once your blog traffic starts to increase, you can work with other ad companies that will manage your display advertising for you, which can help boost your earnings. I currently work with AdThrive, and they have an amazing team who takes care of all my display advertising.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is the process of being rewarded with a commission when you sell other people’s (or company’s) products.
Affiliate marketing works best when you are completely honest about your promotions. If you recommend products just to earn a commission, your audience will see right through you. I share more tips about increasing your affiliate income here in this post.
As a general rule, you should only recommend products that you have used and absolutely love, or products that you have heard great things about and believe your audience would love too.
A good place to start is to join affiliate networks and apply to different companies or services that are relevant to your niche. Once you’re signed up, you can put a link or banner on your blog and earn a commission if someone clicks on the link and makes a purchase.
Some of my favorite affiliate networks are:
If you’re interested in learning more about how to make money through affiliate marketing, I recommend taking Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She teaches you the exact strategies she used to go from making $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month. I just recently finished taking her course and it has been a total game changer for me. After implementing her strategies, I have successfully been able to make a consistent income from affiliates. You can learn more about the course here.
Below is a snapshot of my blog income after I took Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:
3. Sponsored Posts
A sponsored post is where a company (or brand) will pay you to write a blog post that features their product or service. Unlike affiliate marketing, where payment is made when a reader takes an action (purchasing a product), a sponsored post is when a company (or brand) pays you a flat fee to write a post. You can find sponsored posts opportunities by contacting the company directly (and pitching your idea to them), or through media networks, such as Social Fabric.
NOTE: Whenever you publish a sponsored post or use affiliate links, you must provide a disclosure within your post to let your readers know. This is the law. For example, you can put it at the beginning of your post and say “This post may contain affiliate links” or “This post was sponsored by Company XYZ”.
4. Selling your own product or service
This is one of the best and most rewarding ways to monetize your blog. Some products that you can sell include:
- physical products
- your photography
If you prefer to sell services, here are a few ideas:
- virtual assistant
- web design
- travel planning
Ready to get started?
- You’ll need to start a blog if you haven’t already.
- I recommend signing up for my super awesome blogging course here. In this FREE 7-day email course, I’ll teach you how to start a blog and make it successful.
- Create valuable content that your target audience will find insanely useful.
- Drive traffic to your blog and build engagement with your readers.
- Start monetizing your blog through one or more of the highlighted income streams.
- And don’t forget to enjoy the journey and have fun! You’ve got this!
I hope this post gave you some insight on how you can make money with blogging. As you can see, there are a variety of ways to earn an income from blogging.
Most bloggers who are making a full-time income from blogging are using a combination of these income streams. You can use any combination of income stream you wish, which is the great thing about blogging.
The sky is the limit, so take your time and find the combination that works for you.
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