I am starting a new series today! As promised here, I am starting the new series on how to make money blogging. This is the first post of the series where I will offer an overall idea of different ways to make money blogging.
But before going to the means of making money blogging, let us know some key features. Blogging can be a great source of income if you take it seriously. All you need is to invest quality time and money to earn a decent income from blogging to pay your bills.
Blogging does not help you to make money over the night. It is not a get-rich-quick scheme where you just do works one time and rest is all taken care off. It is a real business and takes lots of time. But if it is so hard to make money blogging, how do the bloggers earn? How do I earn from my blogging?
We will get into it in a little bit!
Now let’s know what are the major things you know to earn from blogging?
Key Points to Make Money Blogging
- A blog
Of course, you need a blog to make money blogging? If you have not started a blog, here is my FREE course on how to start a blog. You just need a domain, a hosting account and a weekly blogging schedule to start your own blog.
- Choose the niche carefully
As a writing and blogging coach, I meet lots of people every day who want to take blogging seriously but failed. Why? Because no one is going to pay to read your random thoughts on any topic on the earth. People love to read about things they care for and as I have always said, your blog posts must serve people with valuable information. Your blog must have a focus and for that, you need to choose your blogging niche carefully. Here are the most profitable blogging niches.
- How to Make Money
- Personal Finance
- Health and Fitness
- Beauty and Fashion
- Personal Development
- Product Reviews
Please note that it is not guaranteed that these niches will work for every person out there. The niche will not work unless you give your best time and creativity to your blog.
The main driving source of a blog is its readers. They make your blogging success and help you to make money online. But how much traffic do you need to make money?
Well, the formula is not to grow the numbers right and left but to grow good relationships. It depends upon you whether you need a large, non-engaging traffic or an average active, engaging community which looks forward to everything you write.
In my case, I have the second option and my happy, ever-growing mailing list is the proof.
Tips to Make Money Blogging like A Pro
- Do not choose to blog on a particular niche unless you know everything about it. Of course, you can research everything to write but unless you give 100%, the blog posts will not attract visitors.
- Be confident. If you have the knowledge and want to be an authority on your subject, show your confidence in your writing. People love to follow leaders with great confidence. Be sure of applying everything in your writing which you preach.
- You must have the ability to connect through writings. You need to worry about your writing skills here. Just be friendly and use simple language. People would connect themselves.
- Make your blog user-friendly. The interface should be simple, easy to read and clear.
- Make your writings clear. You should be clear of what are you going to preach.
- Be honest with your readers. Do not market anything that you personally don’t use or know the properties.
- Whenever you are writing a review, be honest. Just because you are getting paid or get a free product, it does not mean that you cannot write its disadvantages. Write only what you feel about it.
Now, let us go in depth of the make money blogging guide. Shall we?
Smart Guide to Make Money Blogging
There are lots of ways you can make money blogging. But the most popular and lucrative ways to make a good income from your blog is
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored Posts
- Online Courses
- Online Services
- Digital Products
Advertisements are one of the most popular and easy ways to make money from your blog. They are easy to put, customised and you don’t have much to worry except driving traffic to your blog. It is also one of the most direct ways to make money blogging.
Ads are also super easy to set up and don’t need your attention constantly. You can display banner or native ads on your blog.
Popular ad networks
The earnings from the ads depend upon how much views your blog gets. This is a common way to make money blogging. And the best thing about displaying ads on your blog is that your earning grows with your blog’s traffic. The more people visit the blog, the more is the earning. Just make sure that you write quality content so that your visitors keep coming to your blog more than once.
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money blogging. Affiliate marketing means selling someone else’s product on your blog. Every major e-commerce has its own affiliate network. To start affiliate marketing, you need to join the affiliate networks. After that, you will get affiliate code and can generate affiliate links of any product within the network.
You can write a blog post on any topic and add the affiliate links. If your readers click the link and purchase the product or any product in case of Amazon or Flipkart, you will get a commission.
The best thing about affiliate marketing is that here, your blogging niche and the age of blog do not matter. You can start earning since day one if you can be smart.
But just writing a blog post with lots of affiliate links would not make any money for you. It’s pure marketing and you have to give your best in it. Here are a few tips to make your affiliate marketing work-
- Identify your audience and their buying capacity.
- Analyse their demographics and then choose products you want to showcase on your blog. For example, if you are a travel blogger and your audience is into adventure tourism, there is no point to write a review of a pedicure parlour.
- Once you identify the products, search for companies which offer affiliates to such products.
- Apply to the affiliate networks.
- Once approved, write a detailed post on the product you want to sell.
Affiliate marketing is the best way to earn money by selling something on your blog, especially when you don’t want to create your own product to make money. You can sell someone else’s product and make money doing it.
You can be affiliated with anything. Your hosting company also offer affiliate marketing and it is always profitable to market it through your blogs. Even the bloggers who sell their own online courses or digital products offer affiliation to make more money.
Just do not write the post and vanish. You need to promote it all over your network to get people read and if possible buy it clicking your links.
Here are the some of the best affiliate networks
This is one of my favourite ways to make money online. I understand that not all bloggers are comfortable to display ads or showcasing other people’s products. I am not. It is the reason that you will find minimum numbers of ads or affiliate marketing in this blog.
Sponsored posts are the first thing which made money for me. I was quite new to blogging when a company approached me with their product. Since then, there is no turning back and I earn INR 8,000 to 30,000 per month from sponsored activities. I run three Facebook pages based on three of my main interests and I get offers to write sponsored posts for them too.
Sponsored posts are posts which are written in exchange for payments or free goods. It is an easy way to make money blogging. The main obstacle here is to reach out to the brands. If you have just started blogging, you can be part of any blogger influencer network which connects brands to bloggers. My first sponsored post came through Indiblogger in 2013.
To get sponsored posts, you must create quality content and maintain it. You also need good statistics and a good presence on social media. Promotions on blogs are the new PR strategy for the brands and bloggers are getting benefitted from it.
Never hesitate to set your price fair. You are investing your time and skill to write something for some other person. You must value that time and skill and must be charged fair. There are lots of bloggers who hesitate to price their services. But it is your right and you must take it seriously.
The next three ways to make money blogging relatively advanced and only for bloggers who want to do something big.
Online courses are the most advanced and the highest lucrative way to make money online. If you have in-depth knowledge of a particular thing and you can invest time and money to build an online course on it, this is the way for you. Though it is time-consuming and hard, online courses are the easiest way to earn a six-figure income from your blog.
Selling online courses are easy. You can sell it from your own blog or host it on a third party platform. The hard part is to market the course and make people aware of it.
Melyssa Griffin makes an average of 1 million dollars per month by selling her own online courses.
If you think that online courses are little advanced for you and you are more comfortable in giving one to one solution to people, you can offer online services to your readers.
It can be anything. You can offer freelance writing, freelance editing, social media marketing, promoting products, or any kind of professional services like blog coaching. I personally offer writing and blogging coaching to my readers and if you are interested to see what I offer under my services, take a look here.
I earn an average of INR 50,000 per month through my services.
Selling your own digital products is easy and profitable. It is easy, time savvy and hassles free. You can sell anything on your blog. It can be anything like eBook, printable, digital copy of arts etc.
Among all the digital products, eBooks are the easiest to create and sell. Selling your own book on your own blog is easy and profitable as you have the control of everything. You do not need to write a huge book to sell on your blog. You can create a small ebook on any topic you choose and sell it on the blog. You just need to create the downloadable files and set a payment gateway to receive the money.
There are lots of bloggers who sell eBooks and make good money. Suzi from Start A Mom Blog makes an average $10k by selling her eBooks and courses. Harsh Agrawal from Shout Me Loud makes an average $ 30k by selling his digital products.
I am soon coming with an eBook and online course on how to write an ebook and make money. If you want to get notified about it, please join my VIP email list to get the first news and some amazing discounts.
I hope this guide would help you to understand the mechanism of making money blogging and what is suitable for you and your blog. I hope you make good money and live a boss-free life.
Keep blogging and earning.