Can you make blogging for money?
Which are the various ways blogging makes money?
How much will I earn?
May I talk of my life, and make money?
How am I going to blog about making money?
When you ask any of the questions above, then you’ve come to the right location. You’ll learn all the things in this mega-guide to making money from blogging that will help you get started.
These approaches are based on my 11 year experience in professional blogging. I have posted screenshots of a few income stream payments to give you a wider perspective.
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A couple of years ago, blogging was just another hobby some people did besides working full-time jobs. Blogging still operates in that way today, but much has changed.
Blogging has become a lucrative online career by 2020 and people start a blog to get into this noble profession at large.
Before we hear about the different ways blogging can make money, let’s see the potential:
How much money will blogging yield?
Just like every career (doctor, lawyer, financial advising), there are different rates of blogging that receive between $1000-$2 million a year everywhere.
The chart above is ShoutMeLoud’s Income Chart. I started earning a mere $434/month in 2009 and now this blog earns more than $30,000/month.
How much money you can gain depends on only a few variables, like:
What niche would you pick?
How much time do you spend studying and working out?
How much traffic do you take to your blog
Which digital marketing strategies do you use?
Other factors such as consistency, your network, personal motivation and goals also contribute a lot.
Yet niche and your digital marketing skills alone can help you move really quickly in the blogging field.
Just to make it simpler for you, at the end of this guide I answered several frequently asked blogging-related questions.
How bloggers make money (Various income streams)
There are various ways to monetize your blog. You should select the method that suits your style, depending on your blogging level and the type of blog. Do check the end of this article to get answers from bloggers like you to other important questions.
Ad networks such as AdSense, and Media.net
Marketing of members
Payed reviews / Posts Funded
Market Digital (eBooks, Blueprints) goods
Start an online course
Online Consulting Offer
Offer services based on your qualifications
You should focus on other monetization techniques away from the conventional types of advertisement. Focus on adding value to your advertiser, instead of simply adding ads.
Better making 1 high paid ad than 4 low paying advertisements.
Ad networks are the easiest and most commonly used tool for monetizing a blog.
The two most famous Ad Networks are:
Internet AdSense (Internet Provided)
To get acceptance on those ad networks, you need to have a blog. They automatically show advertising based on your article context, and also based on user interest. Many new blogs are using these strategies to monetize because it generates recurring revenue. Since the advertisements displayed are of high quality, the user experience is not influenced by this.
If your blog has less than 300 views / day, then you can use other ad networks that are listed here. Your goal should however be to get approval from AdSense or Media.net as soon as possible.
The screenshot below is from my AdSense account to give you a good picture of how you earn:
If you are using contextual advertising and are not getting enough in this direction, you should seek to switch to direct advertising or advertisements for affiliates.
Affiliate advertising is one of the best ways to make money, because a single sale would make you much more money than just one click on a contextual ad.
It’s something that most bloggers use these days and one of the most profitable avenues to make a blog money.
In the screenshot below you might see one of the program’s affiliate profits in one month period:
I’ve already discussed in depth the affiliate marketing:
How to start targeting affiliates
What Is Selling for Affiliates?
How to select the correct affiliate system
Here are some of the famous marketplace for Affiliate marketing you can join:
Amazon distributor program
Junction of the Board
The nice thing about Affiliate marketing is that on any blogging site like Wix, Squarespace, Twitter, or even LinkedIn, you can use this approach.
What you need to do is post your exclusive referral connection to the product you’re promoting, and when someone makes a purchase, you’re going to end up getting a big sales commission.
Affiliate marketing is the way, how many bloggers earn millions of dollars from their blog every year.
If you are curious how much money you can make from affiliate marketing, please see my first 5-year affiliate earnings chart below:
My Partner Earnings for 5 years
If you note, top bloggers’ business model is about selling their own goods like an eBook.
All you need to do is select a subject from your blog or Amazon, compile an eBook on that subject and put it on sale. Once you’re used to this method, selling eBooks online will help you earn a decent amount of money.
In fact, the best thing you can do to produce passive income is getting your own product to sell.
To earn money, you can compile your articles into a well-structured book and sell them on your blog or on other sites like kdp. Amazon.com. It will give you the credentials to become an author as well.
I created three such books, and published them on various platforms. I use EDD WordPress plugin here at ShoutMeLoud for selling books and you can see a number of examples here.
Some of my most famous “Affiliate Marketing Book” books is now being sold on Amazon and this adds recurring revenue.
A freelancing network such as Fiverr can be used to get anyone to design a book cover.
You may also suggest using WooCommerce to sell physical goods on your blog.
You can learn more about launching your book here: 13 Useful Tools Help You Build Your First E-book The 7 Most Popular Platforms To Self-Publish Your ebook & Make Money
4. Local Advertising
Native advertising was one of the foreheads of blogging gaining revenue. Especially with Native ads, news and employment sort of blogs can make a very high income.
There are a variety of native advertising solutions worth your time and effort to introduce.
Outbrain (Native High Performance Ads)
AdSense (AdSense has native ads too)
Could you turn your textbook to a video format?
Can you add downloadable models to the checklist?
Can you build a video course that takes 1-2 hours?
If your answer is yes, then certainly this method is for you. Thanks to technology, it’s easy for everyone to start an online course now and if you offer the specific course the chances of achieving $1 million goals are very high.
Price the course online. Here’s a ShoutUniversity screenshot where you can practice WordPress, Affiliate Marketing and AdSense by simply watching videos.
You may use such channels as:
To build and sell your course online.
There’s no doubt AdSense is the strongest blogger advertising software but it has some drawbacks. The main drawback is the amount payable per button.
Instead, replace certain AdSense units with direct ads, if you manage to grab direct ads.
The easiest way to get started with the direct ads is by trying various networks and adding a “Media-kit or Advertise with us” page on your blog to get new offers.You can also monitor the ads using a plugin like WPAdvancedAds.
The easiest way to do that is to use Google Apps to create a professional email address like firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can set up this on Hubspot free CRM and that will greatly improve your workflow.
Check out a couple of posts here: 5 Best Ways To Find Similar Advertisements For Your Blog
You can set up this on Hubspot free CRM and that will greatly improve your workflow.
What Advertisers Look For In A Blog 7. Sponsored reviews (niveau)
Paid reviews are a perfect way of improving your monthly sales. From a small review article, you can easily make 10 $or more.
There are a couple of things you need to take care of while doing paid reviews:
Paid Review: Fine, Poor or Ugly Would you do a free review?
Here are some websites where you can find paid reviews / sponsored content
Famebit (for Channels on YouTube)
Izea Payable by post
This one is perfect for any blog type that has an established base of audience. By running the campaign for them you could help brands reach target audience. You will do a brand partnership for this, run webinars, even paid ads, or create videos.
You’ll see an growing abundance of blogs with various brands doing it. Keep an eye on this form as it is already one of the best ways to monetize a blog.
You should provide various programs, depending on your expertise. You can deliver content writing, logo design, SEO etc. depending on what you’re good at.
In the past, I used to provide related services such as WordPress, SEO and hosting. Offering services will not only help you make money, but will also provide you with more use cases that will help you develop your skills. I’ve had time to raise over $2000/month by providing services only.
Contact your audience easier, and ask more about your services. When you work with your first 2-3 customers you’ll have plenty of ideas to boost your services’ selling operation. Yeah, you’ll be able to automate those items like pay
Can you blog about your blogging life, and make money?
This is another a form of blogging where a lot of people are talking about their everyday life and creating a community around them. You may have seen many of them as a Video blogger on YouTube, so you can do the same on the blog or even on Facebook.
Some of the common subject for blogging of this sort is:
The trick here is keeping it fun, adding interest and creating a community around your brand. With this strategy you could mint a lot of money, depending on your style and consistency.
Also many beginners question is, should I focus on blogging or vBlogging?
Gone are the days we bloggers relied solely on AdSense to make money from blogging. Today we have several more ad networks and methods of monetization available which would have significantly improved the revenue potential of a blog.
If you’ve used these traditional methods of making money from your blog, then it’s time to update your business plan for blogging. Make some new tweaks, alter the interface and improve your blog’s marketing aspects.
FAQs on How to Blog Money
I am living proof of someone who can make blogging a beautiful life. Much depends on your being reliable and persistent. In my case, I worked for 4 years nearly 14 hours daily to enter this point where I earn more than $40K / month from blogging.
Because the online room has grown, more resources are now open to make money by blogging. The only thing is, you have to be consistent for nearly a year before you start making decent money to quit your job or build your life on revenue blogging.
What am I supposed to blog about making money?
If, from the blog monetization perspective, you don’t want to blog about your life and wonder about the best subject, here are four considerations you should consider.
Passion: Things you really enjoy or have an interest in. This thing doesn’t have to be something you’re doing at an college or at your workplace, but it may be as easy as what your friends, family and others are asking you to share your opinions. Cars, food, finance, travelling, for example. Take a pen and paper, and label it as “List of Passions.” Now, list every topic you think you’re interested in and might blog about.
Traffic and trend: You want to make sure there’s a good traffic and interest in the subject you’ve found by making a passion chart. Trends will give you an idea if this topic is growing or dying. The trends are.google.comIt’s a free tool that lets you gage the traffic trend of any topic.
Monetization: The third factor that will help you find a profitable blogging idea is a monetization option. You need to see how you plan to monetize your blog. Is this going to be an Ad Network such as AdSense or is it going to be an Affiliate Marketing? To give you a perspective, “Whatsapp” is growing fast as a subject, and you may be passionate about it, but monetization sucks. With high traffic, making money is negligible.
Competition: that is the last, but not the least, factor. If you get into a competitive niche, you’ll find it hard to stand out and outrank the existing big players. I don’t mean to discourage you, but if you have a choice between 2-3 topics, choose one with medium or low competition. If you end up choosing a broader niche, for example, fashion, in a competitive niche, it would take just a few more months to do so. So, when you look at the competition, you need to keep this in mind.