How to make money blogging
It’s better to have some extra source of income than relying on a single income source. Blogging is a good option when it comes to making a few more bucks, however, if you want you can make a full-time living from blogging. In this article, I will show you full proved ways on How to make money blogging.
If you have already set up your blog then you are good to go with monetizing it. If not here is an article on How To Start Your Blog. Basically, there are three ways to make money blogging and those are:-
- Affiliate Marketing
- Selling your own products
Fairly everything comes under these 3 categories, let’s look into them further
When it comes to monetizing your blog, the first thing that comes to a new blogger’s mind is advertising. Below are some of the types of advertising bloggers do to monetize their blog:
Google Adsense is the most popular advertising network out there. It is an advertising network run by Google to serve ads on its content partner’s website.
The beauty of Google Adsense is it shows only relevant ads to your visitors, based on their geographic location and their interest. Which entice the readers to click on the ads.
Google Adsense is a CPC (Cost Per Click) based advertising network, which means Google pays you each time an ad on your blog gets clicked. The CPC depends on the type of content of your website. The CPC is generally set by the advertiser.
Can I make money with a free website using Google Adsense?
Yes, you can earn from Google Adsense with a free website but the website must be hosted on blogger.com
How much money will I make from Adsense?
Well! It depends on many things. Like the traffic you are getting on your blog, the content of your website, the country you are getting your traffic from etc.. and many more things. But I would say, if everything is done properly you can make a decent amount of money from Adsense.
Are there other similar advertising programs?
Here is a very good article about Best Google Adsense alternatives, by Harsh Agrawal.
Sell Direct Ads
Selling ad space directly to your advertiser is better than using advertising networks because you don’t have a middleman between you and your advertisers, which means more profit.
The downside of Direct Ads is you need a sufficient amount of traffic coming to your blog otherwise, no advertisers will be interested in displaying their ads on your blog.
Direct ads are just like display ads but here you have to manage your client and advertisements by yourself. (However, you can hire someone to manage your direct ads).
You may charge your advertisers a onetime fee or a monthly fee, it totally depends on you.
If your blog is successful enough then advertisers may contact you directly to advertise on your blog otherwise, you need to contact the advertisers from your side.
A sponsored post is also a form of advertisement, where you work with a company to represent or promote their products or services on your blog. As a return, they pay you some amount of money, as fixed by both the parties.
A sponsored post is a good way to make money blogging because you don’t have to display annoying ads to your readers plus you have the full control over the content of your sponsored post.
To do sponsored post, contact a company in your niche, show them your website’s traffic stats, your social media influence, your audience demographics, who your target audience are and other relevant website data. If they are interested then negotiate a deal.
Here is a very good article on sites that pay you to write sponsored posts, by Pradeep Kumar.
Tips to do sponsored posts
- Choose sponsors related to your niche only
- Be unbiased while writing about a product or service
- Don’t write too many sponsored post, it might impact your readers in a negative way
Affiliate marketing generally means you promote someone else’s product on your blog through a unique link called affiliate link. When somebody buys through that link then the affiliate network pays you some percentage of the selling price as a commission.
It’s a form of advertisement but a little different because it pays you only if someone buys a product.
Affiliate marketing is definitely a better option to make money blogging than advertising. Because you need a large amount of traffic to make a good amount of money through advertising. It seems contradictory because advertisement pays you for each click made, while it’s not the case in affiliate marketing. But the real truth is when someone buys through your affiliate link you get paid way higher than the advertisement.
What is best for a beginner? Advertisement or Affiliate marketing?
Well! Again it depends upon the niche you are in. For example, if you write about a specific niche, affiliate marketing may work best for your blog while if you are not into a specific niche and write about random topics advertisement may work best for you.
That’s why it is better to have a mixture of both. And later switch to only one, which works best for your blog.
There are many affiliate network out there, such as Amazon, ClickBank, Commission Junction etc… where you will get tons of products to promote.
Basic steps to start affiliate marketing
- Sign up for an affiliate program
- Choose products related to your niche
- Generate affiliate link
- Write high-quality article about that product
- Promote your article
To know more about affiliate marketing click here.
Make Money Blogging By Selling Your Own Products or Services
There is no better way than selling your own product when it is about ways to make money blogging. By selling your own products you can keep all the profits to yourself. There is no need to pay a big chunk of your profit to a third-party partner. In this way, you can make the most out of your blog. Below are some of the ideas to sell your own products.
Selling e-books is the first thing that comes to a bloggers mind when it comes to selling a digital product because e-books are easy to create.
If you have deep knowledge about something and if you think that knowledge deserves some money in exchange, turn them into an e-book or you can share your secret tips that really helped you throughout your journey. Almost everything can be turned into a paid e-book if it deserves the amount of money you are charging in exchange.
Turn them into a PDF and use one of the many plugins available on WordPress to sell your digital products.
Sell online courses
Are you good at something that people want to learn?? Do you have anything valuable to teach to people?? If yes, make a step by step guide of that. Include videos, slides or anything that you think will make the learning process easier.
Decide the amount you want to charge for that course, you can also charge for the personalized support.
Once your course is ready choose a learning management system (LMS) to deliver your courses.
Sell physical products
Selling physical products can be a little difficult as compared to selling digital products because you need to handle the products by yourself if you don’t have enough money to outsource the product handling part.
You can sell your own merchandise through your blog. It can be a t-shirt, coffee mug or something else. If your readers like you or your ideas than they would love to buy your merchandise. It’s a great way to build your brand too.
You don’t always need to sell something on your blog, if you have an online store or planning to build one then your blog can be a great way to promote your online store, provided your online store and blog are from the same niche.
You can also start a drop shipping store if you are not comfortable with handling the product on your own.
I think you will agree with me that everybody is equipped with some sort of skill, which they can offer in exchange for money. I am sure you have one too.
Nowadays almost every service can be sold online, be it writing, proofreading, designing, programming, professional skills or something else.
Just choose your skill and reach out to people through your blog. Make a portfolio of your work to show to people, which will make them even more interested in your service.
Selling service is a good way to make money blogging because here people pay you for doing what you really love to do.
Below are some of the services you might consider selling
- Designing: Logo, Letterhead, Business card, Website, Book cover, Icon etc..
- Photo Editing
- Programming: Web programming, Apps, Software etc..
- Virtual Assistant
- Legal Consultant
- And much more…
Some of the other ways to make money blogging
Host paid webinars
A webinar is a wonderful way to connect with your audiences in a closer way. Webinars are live session hosted by an individual or a group of people to give some educational or business information to their audience. It’s more like a question-answer session.
However, you can earn money by hosting a paid webinar, where only the paid members can participate. People pay to attend your webinar and in exchange, you give some valuable lessons.
WordPress makes it quite easy to host a webinar with software like Go to webinar, Webinars on air etc… However, these are paid software. If you want a detailed overview of these software please visit 9 Best Webinar Software for WordPress Users by WP Beginners.
You don’t always need to host a webinar online to make money, you might also use your blog to sell tickets for a live seminar.
Create members only page on your blog
Creating a members only area is one of the ways bloggers make money. However, it comes with a great responsibility of providing premium content to your paid members regularly.
Your readers might be interested in knowing your personal tricks that you use in your daily life to grow your blog, to remain healthy or information on whatever your niche may be.
These days all the information are available online for free that’s why in order to paid membership blog to work you need to provide something out of the box.
If you want to make a paid membership blog it might be helpful to use tools like Rainmaker.
For more details, you can check this article by WP Beginners on how to build a membership site with the Rainmaker platform.
The above-mentioned ways are not the only way to make money blogging. There are a lot of other ways too but these are some of the widely used ways through which bloggers make money.
Before planning on making money from blogging following are some of the things you should consider
- Create some amazing content
- Drive a consistent traffic to your blog
- Learn as much as you can before applying anything to your blog
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes ( Learn from others mistakes but experiment on your own, if something didn’t work for somebody then it doesn’t mean that it will not work for you)
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