Many people have questions about making money blogging. What are the different ways to make money, how much can you earn, can you make money simply talking about yourself, and what topics are considered the best?
These questions are just a few that are often brought up. I will help you find answers to your questions and show you some of the best ways to earn money blogging.
Things will be a lot clearer when I tell you what I experienced.
In 2007 I have started an entertainment website funtibunti.com and got lot of good response from my own circle but no money at all because I was unfamiliar with the ways of making money online.
In 2008, I began my career in blogging. At first I couldn’t wait to dive in and produce quality content, so I started investing my time and effort in writing something that will fascinate my readers.
I was busy writing with no care in the world of how many readers are actually searching it on the internet.
That time I’ve already heard about Google Adsense. I have put some extra efforts to bring some more traffic to generate some money. Finally in 2009 I have received my first earning of $108.
Then I’ve started a funny photos blog called LOLGallery.com which I’ve sold later on Flippa after making some money.
In my opinion, my articles were great, but still I wasn’t earning sufficient money to fulfill my basic needs.
Well, I started earning handsome money in 2011 and 2012 was also good year for my Adsense earnings. Because that time I was completely familiar with the algorithm of Google and was learning how to rank my keywords.
I personally think that time was a golden era for anyone as compare to nowadays when you have to be more knowledgeable because competition is vast.
I have years of experience creating blogs and making a nice living. Luckily, I have attended many meetups on blogging and have many friends who are considered experts in the field. As you read along, you might think some of the incomes are really great but others seem too low. One thing to keep in mind, you will not start making tons of money when you first get started (How to start a blog).
Not so long ago, blogging was considered just a hobby that many people enjoyed after or before work and on weekends. Now, blogging has become a very, very profitable business for many online professions. After 10 or 11 years, I have bought a home, also I’ve bought new car in early days of blogging, and traveled to many different locations around the world. I honestly believe I could not have made any of this happen if I didn’t discover how to earn a living through my blogging.
Many techniques and technologies have also drastically changed. The time when you needed to use AdSense if you expected to make any money from your blog is no longer true. If you are still in that mindset, it’s time to upgrade your business plan for blogging. There are so many more ad networks and techniques for monetization available to actually start making a lot of money from your blogs.
If you have been using the basic standard methods, it’s time to revamp, make some needed changes such as your design, tweak here and there, and optimize the marketing of your blog.
I am going to share some ideas to help you learn how to earn money from your blog. Read on and see what will work best for you and what won’t. You will definitely find something that is a perfect fit for you, your style, and possibly your products or services.
Most Popular Ways to Earn Money From Your Blog
Depending on your level of blogging, such as beginner or intermediate, you can choose the method that matches you perfectly. Further on in this article, you will find questions from many bloggers along with answers.
Here is a list of some of the most popular approaches to make money blogging and have used for quite some time:
- Direct Advertisements
- Affiliate Marketing
- Paid reviews
- Selling your eBook
- Ad Networks such as Media.net and AdSense
- Start an Online Course
- Provide services that you are skilled in.
- Provide Online Consulting
Outside of the traditional forms of advertising, you should focus on other avenues. I made youtube video for same approaches for money blogging. Please subscribe my YouTube channel for future updates.
Ad Networks For Beginners:
There are many simple-to-use ad networks and are very popular for improving a blog. The two most popular ad networks are:
You will have to get your blog approved on either of the above networks. Both networks will show your ads automatically based on the content of your article and based on the interest of users. Usually, newer blogs use these networks to monetize because bloggers are constantly getting an income. As the ads being shown are of high quality, they do not affect the user experience.
At this time, if you are not getting 100 views a day, there are other ad networks listed here for you to use. That said, it’s really important that you get AdSense and Media.net approval as quickly as possible.
If you are using contextual advertisement and just not making a decent amount of money, you should look into affiliate advertisements or direct advertisements.
Make Money Blogging with Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate advertisement is considered one of the best ways to make money because a single sale will give you more money than a single click on a contextual ad. Nowadays this has become the most popular way among bloggers as well as the most profitable for making money from your blog.
Here is a list of the most popular affiliate marketing marketplaces that you should seriously consider joining:
- Amazon Affiliate Program
- Commission Junction
The advantage of affiliate marketing, you can use this technique on any blogging platform including Facebook, Squarespace, Tumblr, Wix, and many others. All you have to do is share your individual affiliate link for the product you are selling. When someone makes a purchase, you will get the commission from the sale. You will start making some serious money! Affiliate marketing has shown over and over to be one of the best ways to start making millions of dollars every year.
Selling Your eBook For Intermediates
There are also many top bloggers who, instead of affiliate marketing, are selling their own products including their eBooks.
This is actually easier than you think. Come up with a topic, write your eBook, then put it online and sell it on your blog or on Amazon. Having your own product can significantly increase your income. Writing an eBook will also give you more credibility and turn you into an author. You should visit a freelancing site, like Fiverr, and get someone to design your book’s cover.
Start Your Own Online Course For Advanced
Ask yourself if you can convert your textbook into a video format? Can you add the checklist, downloadable templates? Can you create a 1 to 2-hours video course?
If you answered yes to the above questions, this is a great avenue for you. Launching an online course is actually quite easy for anyone, thanks to technology. If you have an interesting course, the chances are, you can make a lot of money.
To sell your course, consider platforms such as:
Direct Advertisements for Intermediate
Although Adsense is considered one of the best advertisement programs for bloggers, it does have downsides. The leading downside is the amount you will get paid per click. You probably would be better off using direct advertisements with direct ads instead of AdSense. I suggest trying AdClerks or a plugin like WPAdvanceAds to secure direct advertisements. In my opinion, this is the best, most stable way to make a great deal more money. Also, you should have a detailed advertisement page for your blog.
Paid Reviews For All Levels
You can easily make $10 or more from a small review post and make a great income. Here are a couple of sites to find paid reviews or sponsored review opportunities:
- For YouTube channels – Famebit
- Izea Pay per post
- Revcontent, etc
Run Campaigns For Brands For Intermediate & Advanced
This is a great avenue for any type of blog that has a good audience base. You will be able to help brands reach out to their targeted audience by running campaigns for them. This is one of the hottest ways to monetize a blog and is on the rise. All you do is brand collaboration, run webinars, have paid ads, and/or make videos.
Apply your skills to create services, depending on what you are good at. Offer writing services, creating logos, SEO, and the list goes on. Starting your own service is actually quite easy to do. Just create a page on your blog and list the services you offer. Have a link on that page in your blog and in a space that has excellent visibility.
Make sure it’s really easy for potential customers to contact you and get further information regarding your services. You can also automate things like payments and follow-ups.
Can I really make money blogging?
The opportunities available for making money blogging has come a long way. You will have to be consistent for about a year before you start seeing a decent income to start planning your life around blogging.
How much money can I make?
That varies, there are bloggers making a million dollars a year and others who are only making $550 to $1,000 a year because they don’t have a strategy. I know my friends who are making 10k to 50k USD every month through blogging and affiliates.
You must work on your content strategy and drive targeted traffic to your blog. Many bloggers are discovering they must treat their blog as a real business!
Can I make money talking about my life?
There are more and more people blogging about their lives and creating a large following. Watch videos where people are using YouTube as Video bloggers and you can do the same thing. There are many topics including lifestyles, entertainment, motivational topics, and travel to name a few.
A lot of beginners will have a nice blend of blogging and video blogging. Keep in mind, creating a video involves recording, editing, and publishing which can be expensive and timely, where text content involves a lot less time. Having a combination of both will allow you to grow and start earning a significant income.
How will I get my blogging payments?
Because advertisers are all over the world, there are 5 popular ways to receive your payment:
- Wire Transfer
Once you start making money, it’s recommended you have an account on all the above sites to receive payments. They are all free to join and really easy to use. If you have freelancers, you can easily pay them as well.
All of the directions I’ve shown about make money blogging, they all work great so make sure you find out what will work best for you and your blog niche.
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