Curious as to how to make money blogging? This is a simplified make-money blogging guide that anyone can benefit from.
Blogging has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade or so. I first got into blogging after I saw a Pinterest pin from a blogger who wrote about making $69K in one-month from blogging and I was sold.
Yes, I wanted to start a blog for the money. I admit it. I always loved writing and I was what I considered an expert in a few different topics so I went full-on in and created a blog.
So, what happened?
In month 1, I reached 10K monthly page views. A few months later, I was at 40K+ monthly page views, making $1,XXX per month with my tiny blog with no email list.
In month 9, I made $12K in one month from my blog.
And so today, what do I do?
I create and flip blogs (read more about my blog flipping journey), run multiple sites, teach courses on blogging, website flipping, traffic generation and monetization, and freelance on the side doing some of my favorite hustles: social media management and copywriting.
So, here is my guide to how you can make money blogging too.
How to Make Money Blogging – 5 Ways
If you want to make money blogging here are 4 ways you can get started:
- Sponsored content
- Creating your own products
- Affiliate marketing
- Freelance Services
Sponsorships are one of the most fun and rewarding ways to earn money as a blogger.
If you get a sponsor, you’ve made it to the big time! Ok, not really but you are getting there and yes, even newbie bloggers can get sponsors.
I got a paid sponsor that earned me $250 promoting them in my first month on a brand new blog! Not $250 in product either, $250 cash, straight to my PayPal account. And, you can totally do the same.
There are two ways that you can do this:
- Cold pitching
With networks, you join these companies and they help to match you with brands that will pay you to blog. Some other things you might do for sponsorship might include: hosting a giveaway, video demonstration, social blast to your followers, email to your subscribers.
After you sign up, you either check the site periodically for opportunities you can apply to OR you’ll get emails when opportunities are open, then you apply. In either case, if you are matched, you’ll hear from the network with the details: brand name, compensation, requirements, timeline, etc. Then you go through with the sponsorship and make money!
With cold pitching, you kind of take all the above into your own hands. You research companies to work with, that are a great fit with your audience, you contact them, negotiate the details, then run the sponsorships and make money!
Which option do I recommend?
I am a big fan of cold pitching. If you’re interested, check out my course, Sponsored Blogging for Newbies. It’s normally $197 but currently 81% OFF! No coupon code is required.
This will show you how to effectively book campaigns with both networks and through cold pitching. I’ve made hundreds and thousands with sponsorships on brand new blogs (under 6 months old with low traffic). It can be done!
How to Work with Sponsors
Working with a sponsor means you have partnered with a company to promote them on your blog.
A partnership like this means you’ll earn cash, free product, or both, in exchange for promotion on your blog. Promotion might include things like:
- An email blast to your email subscribers
- A social media blast to your social media fans and followers
- Feature on your blog
- Running a giveaway for the company
- Doing a video demonstration
It’s like when celebrities get paid to promote companies like Wheaties or Weight Watchers. Same thing. Today, influencers are becoming the new “celebrity.” Consumers are looking for real advice and turning to actual people instead of celebs. They want someone they can relate to and that’s hard to do with a movie actress, recording artist or other celebrity.
You can make money with sponsors. You got this!
2. Create Your Own Products
Now THIS is where the money is, in blogging. Out of all the categories, you will absolutely make the most money with your own products.
Products can be a great form of passive income, when you venture into digital products.
Here are some examples of digital products bloggers sell:
- Craft Patterns
- Stock Photos
Examples of physical products:
- T-shirts, sweatshirts (merch)
Products can make bloggers the most money. In fact, this blogger is known for her $400,000 product launches.
That is a very lucrative annual salary multiple times over, isn’t it?
How you do it?
You need to create a product that solves a problem. What’s been bugging your audience? What do they need help with? Can you solve their problem? If you can, then make your product.
Common products with bloggers are ebooks, courses, guides, and printables.
These digital products are easy because you can literally create your product using a word processing software like MS Word, upload it to a digital delivery program like Sendowl which will automatically deliver your product to customers when they buy.
You can also send physical products: tshirts, mugs, apparel, footwear, home goods, etc.
Don’t hesitate here. If there is a problem you can solve for your audience, then do it! Start creating your product.
3. Affiliate Marketing
With affiliate marketing, you are selling someone else’s product. When a sale is made, you get a commission. You might not think there’s money in this, but there ABSOLUTELY IS! This blogger makes $50K per month just from affiliate marketing. Many more bloggers are earning just as much or more with affiliate marketing.
Here’s how to do it:
1.) Join affiliate programs
2.) Add your links everywhere (in posts, in newsletters, on your social media, etc.)
3.) Monitor results and edit as needed
It’s pretty simple. If you really wanna increase your results, check out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, which walks you through how to make A LOT of money with affiliate marketing.
Another resource I highly recommend is Ashli’s Cracking the Code ebook. She earns $5K-$7K from affiliate marketing, from one program, that’s kinda tough to crack but she has, and teaches her strategy in the book. Very good!
Ads are probably the VERY EASIEST way to make money blogging. You practically have to do nothing to earn with them, except drive traffic.
Ads make you money on the clicks the ads get. So, if you get 1,000 clicks a day, you earn money on every single click. Ads pay the least amount of money but they also require the least amount of work. You don’t have to convince customers to buy, sign up, leave their email address, or anything, just click! And, you make money.
The more traffic you get, the better your ads will do (likely). You can start with Google Adsense and Media.net then move onto Ezoic (at 25,000 uniques) Mediavine (at 50,000 uniques) and Adthrive (at 100K+ page views).
These networks will truly transform your ad revenue. Add an ad in your sidebar and then place a few within your post. You can do this automatically with the Adsense WP plugin on WordPress.
5. Freelance Services
If you have a blog in a niche that you have a lot of experience in then you might be able to provide services to your readers.
- Other services related to your niche.
One of the best things about freelancing is it doesn’t require any upfront investment in time or money. You can just start offering a freelance service to your current audience.
Do Bloggers Make Good Money?
This blogger makes $5K to $7K per month from her blog.
This blogger earned $25K per month, after blogging for only 2 years.
This blogger makes $100K+ per month, blogging about personal finance and budgeting.
Yes, bloggers can make good money. It’s a lot of hard work and a small portion of bloggers ever make a full time income.
What does it take?
- Respect for the craft
The bottom line is, if you treat it like a job, you can make a very lucrative living.
How Do Beginner Bloggers Make Money?
Beginner bloggers make money the same way intermediate bloggers and seasoned bloggers make money: ads, products, services, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing commissions.
Income will probably start small. Then, the more you blog, the more you promote, the more traffic you’ll get and the more income you will make.
How to Get Started
If you haven’t started your blog yet in this next section I will talk you through the basics of starting a blog.
Step 1 pick your niche.
Your niche is your blog topic. What are you gonna blog about? Do you want to blog about what makes you happy or what makes you money. Can you have both? Sure. But, if your focus is to make money, pick one of these 12 profitable blog niches.
I have blogged on many topics..
- Nutrition and wellness
- Make money online
- Social media
- Personal finance and budgeting
Step 2 Domain & Hosting
Once you pick your niche, it’s time to get domain and hosting. This is where your startup capital comes into play. But, it’s a teeny investment. I make this investment over and over every time I start a new blog.
The good thing is, it’s cheap. At around $3.95/month you can get Bluehost hosting which includes FREE domain, SSL certificate and other perks.
There are 3 plans. I recommend the Basic plan. Feel free to go for the other 2 if you’d like. Next, you’ll connect WordPress. Then, you can start creating the blog. You’ll do things like pick a theme, add pages, write blog posts, etc.
For a very in-depth guide on starting your blog enroll in our free blogging e-course.
For themes, we highly recommend Bluchic! They offer really gorgeous feminine themes. You can check out their showcase too to see real blogs live to give you some inspiration.
So, by now you would have:
- Picked a niche (and named your blog)
- Bought hosting + domain and connected WordPress
- Gotten a theme
Step 3 – Write, write, write!
Lastly, you’ll add content. You will create your About page and talk about yourself, share your inspiration, why you started the blog, your mission and what you hope to accomplish. You can also add a resources page where you share your top tips, recommended tools, favorites, etc.
And of course, your blog posts. Write this way to get a huge bang and tons of traffic headed your way:
- Long form posts
- Use images
- Link internally and externally
- Monetize your posts
- Make it enjoyable to read
Long form posts are long posts. This means you should aim for 1,500+ words. The longer the better. Google likes long posts so your content will have a better chance of ranking if it’s long.
Use of images means add screenshots, stock photos, graphics, social media pics and more. You want to draw the reader in and help them stay on the page as long as possible. You do that with images!
Linking internally and externally helps with SEO (search engine optimization). SEO is the stuff that helps you get round in search engines. So when readers search for “how to bake a cake,” your cake baking tutorial comes up in the search results, just an example. Linking internally means you are placing links in your content that lead the reader to other places on your site (other blog posts, other pages, etc.). External links guide the reader away from the site to places like your social media pages, other blogs you mention, resources, etc.
Tools to get started
Depending on the direction you go, there are some helpful tools that can help you automate, get you organized, save time, save money, and make you more money.
Tailwind is all about social media scheduling for Pinterest and Instagram. It helps to automatically post on your behalf, saving you a ton of time. No need to hire a social media manager if you’re using Tailwind. And, it’s super cheap, at around $10/month. Use our link and get a free 14-day Trial. (Did I mention I personally use this and have been a customer for years?) Highly recommended.
Missing Lettr is a social scheduler, creating amazing social campaigns for LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s around $20/month and lets you create campaigns over periods as long as a year! I’ve been using this for a few years as well. It’s super easy to manage and I still get emails from readers asking what tool I use to share my blog posts on Twitter on autopilot!
Teachable is THE COURSE PLATFORM for creators. If you’re a blogger, you will want your digital course on Teachable. They make it so easy to create a curriculum, set pricing, collect a payment, taxes, and more. I have been using them from the very beginning, creating almost a dozen courses! Super flexible system AND you can add affiliates too! Pricing starts at around $29/month.
Sendowl is the platform that delivers services and digital products to your customers. I use them for ebooks and services.
So, you will add your digital product, set your price, and Sendowl will give you a payment link (and buttons..eek) that you can display across social media, your website and other places. Then, when customers buy, they digitally deliver the goods and pay you. Starting at $9/month!
So you see, it’s not that hard to make money blogging as a beginner. Don’t hesitate. My biggest tip is to get started now! Pull the trigger and dive in to monetizing your blog!