Blogging can actually make you quite good income monthly; it doesn’t mean it is easy. But, the good news is you can earn too, if done right.
In this guide, I will show you show to get your blog jump-start and grow it to a passive money source step-by-step.
#1. Starting a blog
When I say starting a blog, the major part is to be sure about what to blog. You need to decide the niche that is of your interest and has the financial potential.
Once you have finalized the blog niche, it is easy to create a blog on in less than an hour. You will need ‘domain’ and ‘web hosting’ to setup your blog. Follow the steps below to register your blog on cyberspace:
- Visit Hostpapa (this is the hosting I use to run this blog)
- WordPress hosting–>WP starter–> Get started
- Remove addons and choose your billing term
- Enter your desired domain name and claim your ‘free domain’
- Enter account details and credit card details to place your order
It takes 15-30 minutes for Hostpapa to verify your order and send you the hosting credentials via email. Here’s a video tutorial that can help you install your blog:
After installing WordPress blog, you will be able to find and login to your blogging dashboard (CMS).
I have published an easy-to-follow guide on how to start a blog that includes more detailed information such as:
- Creating a blog
- Designing it
- Initial settings
- Installing essential plugins
Once you are ready with a brand blog, the next step is to write and publish a blog post.
#2. Growing your blog
Now that you have started publishing blog posts, the next big thing is to bring targeted audience to read your content.
While you create high-quality engaging content by optimizing keywords, it is important that you promote it. As a blogger in 2021, you can’t expect people to magically find your content. You have to take the word out!
I have published a detailed guide on how to get targeted traffic to your new blog.
Your main blogging goal should always be to drive quality traffic so that you can better monetize your blog. You can also try:
- Inviting experts to write a guest post on your blog
- Building email list
- Leveraging platforms like Triberr, Viralcontentbee, zest.is, etc
- Writing on LinkedIn and Medium.com by linking to your content
- Reaching out to blogging friends for collaboration
You have got plenty of blog-traffic strategies to utilize, but it is upto you to learn and pick up the tactics that can drive you the most relevant traffic. Growing traffic and building a community is not an overnight task, it is unrealistic wish to expect to have a thousands of visitors in the first month itself and earn right away. It takes time!
Meanwhile, you are constantly required to meet the pace of competition, keep yourself updated with the latest SEO tactics, implement, experiment and learn what works the best for your blog.
#3. How to make money blogging
Advertising (running ads) is one of the best ways for you as a new blogger to make money while you build the trust with your audience. However, to make a decent money from ad networks, you will need a thousands of traffic a day. To give you little idea, a blog with page views of 60,000 to 120,000 a month could earn you at least $1000. Again, the money depends on various factors like PPC, CPM, source of traffic, clicks, etc.
Here are some adverts that are popular and with best support:
- Google Adsense
Most of these networks will approve your ad account despite your traffic numbers. Plus, it is easy to get started and show ads on your blog. However, the traffic quality and numbers play a major role in generating revenue out of adverts.
This is how 90% of the bloggers and I make big money blogging.
You can simply earn commission by referring the products to your readers with your affiliate links and banners. For example, a user clicks on the banner buy the product, you earn a commission. There are hundreds of affiliate networks that pay you $10 to $500 depending on the product that you promote on your blog.
For instance, I can promote Bluehost hosting on my blog and whenever I make the affiliate sale, I earn $65. Simple, right?
Know which products are offering affiliate programs in your niche that are relevant to your blog, signup for them and start promoting. The most popular affiliate aggregator is Shareasale.com, so you can move the needle from there. The secret to make the most out of affiliate marketing is to promote the products that are relevant to your blog niche and you genuinely believe in.
Here is a guide that help you how to promote affiliate products on your blog.
Sell digital products
You learn what is it that your audience are struggling with, and create a product that solves their problem.
The most popular digital products are:
- WordPress tools
If your readers are looking for grow their email list, you can create a eBook or course and invite them to buy it. The best part is you get to earn the 100% of the revenue. You can set the price or give a special discounts, or bundle offers.
Third party stores like Amazon, Kindle, Selz, Gumroad will let you publish and sell your eBooks on their platform by keeping a little commission. As long as you know how to attract the right audience to your blog, you can keep selling your digital products on your blog itself via landing pages.
Consultation and coaching
By this level, you’d be able to learn skills like content writing, blog setup, link building, keyword research, blog audit, technical SEO, content promotion, etc. The skills you acquire through your blogging will lead to earning opportunities.
You can create a “Hire me” page on your blog and let the readers know what you can do for them. Additionally, if you have big following on social platforms, it is easy to become a coach as well.
You can get paid for featuring a company’s product or service on your blog in the form of a product review or a blog post. It will take time and efforts to get to this level, since most companies will pay you depending on domain authority of your blog, traffic and engagement rate.
The better your blog stats, the more you can charge for one post. For example, if your blog has got a D.A of 60-80, then you can easily charge $200 to $500+ per post with a do-follow link.
While earning with sponsored posts seems exciting, you have to make sure to promote product that is relevant to your audience and add value. You don’t want to ruin relationship with the community for the sake of a few dollars, you have to think for the long haul.
Conclusion – How to earn money blogging for beginners
If you haven’t started blog yet, check out my how to start a blog – beginners guide.
Turning a new blog to monetization level takes high effort and time, so don’t give up along the way. Your major focus should be on creating top-notch content for your readers consistently and driving a lots of relevant traffic. My favorite and top tip is to work on your blog’s SEO, overlooking SEO can stall the growth of your blog.
Also, plan to have multiple income sources in your life while you build a blog that levels to generating consistent passive income.
Hopefully, I have been able to help you understand the concept of make money blogging. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!