- Can you make money blogging?
- What are the various ways to make money from blogging?
- How much can I earn?
- Can I talk about my life and make money?
- What should I blog about to make money?
If you are asking any of the above questions, well you have come to the right place. In this mega guide to make money from blogging, you will learn all the aspects that will help you get started.
These methods are based on 11 years of professional blogging experience. I have also shared screenshots of payments of a few income streams to give you a wider perspective.
A few years back, blogging was just another hobby that some people did in addition to working full-time jobs. Today, blogging still functions in that way, but a lot has changed.In 2020, blogging has become a profitable online profession and people at large start a blog to get into this noble profession.
Before we learn the various ways to make money from blogging, let’s see the potential:
How Much Money Can You Make From Blogging?
Just like any profession (Doctor, Lawyer, financial advising), there are different levels of blogging who are earning anywhere from $1000-$2 million a year.
The chart above is the income graph of ShoutMeLoud. In 2009, I started earning a mere $434/month and now this blog is earning more than $30,000/month.
How much money you can make depends solely on a few factors such as:
- Which niche you are picking?
- How much time you are dedicating to learning and implementing?
- How much traffic you drive to your blog
- What digital marketing techniques you implement?
There are various other factors like consistency, your network, personal motivation and goals also contribute a lot.
However, niche and your digital marketing skills alone can help you move really fast in the field of blogging.
You can browse other articles of ShoutMeLoud to learn more about mindset and motivation, but in this guide, we will purely focus on making money from the blog.
Just to make things easier for you, I have answered many frequently asked questions related to blogging at the end of this guide.
What are the ways bloggers make money (Various Income streams)
There are various methods that you can use to monetize your blog. Depending upon your level of blogging and the kind of blog, you could pick the method that matches your style. Do check the end of this article to get the answers to many important questions asked by bloggers like you.
- Ad Networks like AdSense, Media.net
- Direct Advertisements
- Affiliate marketing
- Native Advertising
- Paid reviews/Sponsored posts
- Sell Digital products (eBooks, Blueprints)
- Launch an Online Course
- Offer Online consulting
- Offer Services based on your skills
Apart from the traditional forms of advertising, you can work on other monetization tricks. Instead of just adding ads, work on adding value for your advertiser.
It’s better to have 1 high paying ad than 4 low paying ads.
1. Ad networks: (Beginners)
There are ad networks that are the simplest and widely used method for monetizing a blog.
The two Ad networks which are most popular are:
- Google AdSense (Offered by Google)
You need to have a blog to get approval on these ad networks. They show ads automatically based on the context of your article and also based on user interest. Most of the new blogs use these methods to monetize as it gives recurring income. Since the ads shown are of high quality, they don’t affect the user experience.
If your blog is having less than 300 views/day, then there are other ad networks that are listed here that you can use. However, your goal should be getting AdSense or Media.net approval as soon as you could.
The below screenshot is from my AdSense account to give you a clear picture of earning:
If you are using contextual advertisements and are not making enough that way, you should try moving to direct advertisements or affiliate advertisements.
2. Affiliate Marketing: (Most profitable method): Intermediate + Advanced
Affiliate advertisements are one of the best ways to make money since a single sale will make you a lot more money than a single click on a contextual ad.
It’s something most of the bloggers are using these days and one of the most profitable avenues to make money from a blog.
In below screenshot you could see affiliate income from one of the program in one month period:
Here are some of the popular Affiliate marketing marketplace that you could join:
- Amazon Affiliate program
- Commission Junction
Another great thing about Affiliate marketing is, you can use this technique on any blogging platform such as Wix, Squarespace, Medium, or even LinkedIn.
All you need to do is, share your unique affiliate link of the product you are recommending, and when someone makes a purchase, you will end up earning a huge commission of the sale amount.
Affiliate marketing is the way, how a lot of bloggers are making millions of dollars every year from their blog.
3. Sell your own eBooks: (Intermediate)
If you notice, the business model of top bloggers has to do with selling their own products such as an eBook.
All you need to do is pick a topic, compile an eBook on that topic, and put it on sale on your blog or on Amazon. Once you are used to this process, you can earn a decent amount of money by selling eBooks online.
Moreover, having your own product to sell is the best thing that you can do to generate passive income.
You can compile your articles into a well-structured book and sell it on your blog or on other platforms such as kdp.Amazon.com to earn money. This will also give you the credibility of becoming an author.
I have created three such books and have been selling them on various platforms. I use EDD WordPress plugin to sell books.
One of my most popular books “Affiliate marketing Book” is also being sold on Amazon and this is adding recurring income.
You can use a freelancing network like Fiverr to get someone to design a book cover.
You can also consider selling physical products on your blog using WooCommerce.
4. Native Advertising
Native advertising has been one of the forefronts of making money from blogging. Especially, news and jobs kind of blogs can make a really high income with Native advertising.
There are a few native advertising solutions that are worth your time and effort of implementation.
- Outbrain (High-quality native ads)
- AdSense (AdSense also offers native ads)
5. Launch online course (Membership site): Advanced
- Can you convert your textbook into a video format?
- Can you add the checklist, downloadable templates?
- Can you create a 1-2 hour video course?
If your answer is yes, then this method is definitely for you. Thanks to technology, now launching an online course are easy for anyone and if you are giving the unique course, your chances of reaching $1 million goals are really high.
To create and sell online course you can use platforms like:
- LearnDash (WordPress)
- New Kajabi
6. Direct Advertisements (Intermediate)
There’s no question that AdSense is the best advertisement program for bloggers, but it has some limitations. The biggest limitation is the amount you get paid per click.
If you manage to grab direct advertisements, replace those AdSense units with direct ads instead.
The best way to get started with the direct advertisement is by trying different networks and adding a page on your blog called “Media-kit or Advertise with us” to get new deals.
You can also use a plugin like WPAdvancedAds to manage the ads.
The best way to do it is, create a professional email address like firstname.lastname@example.org using Google apps.
(Optional) Then use HubSpot free CRM to setup the process. The below workflow is what I use here at ShoutMeLoud to handle such inquiries.
You can set this up on Hubspot free CRM and this will improve your workflow in a great way.
7. Sponsored Reviews (All level)
Paid reviews are a great way to boost your monthly income. You can quickly make $10 or more from a small review post. I personally make a minimum of $1200 from every review.
Here are a few websites to find paid reviews/sponsored content opportunities:
- Famebit (For YouTube channels)
- Izea Pay per post
8. Run campaign for brands: (Intermediate and advanced)
This one is perfect for any type of blog with an established audience base. You could help brands reach the target audience by running the campaign for them. For this, you will be doing a brand collaboration, running webinars, even paid Ads or making videos.
You will see an increased number of blogs doing it with various brands. Keep an eye on this type as its already becoming one of the hottest ways to monetize a blog.
Based on your skills, you can offer various services. Depending on what are you good at, you can offer content writing, logo creation, SEO, and so on.
In the past, I used to offer WordPress, SEO and hosting related services. Offering services not only help you to make money but also gives you more use cases which help you hone your skills. I have had time when I was earning more than $2000/month only by offering services.
In fact, launching your own services is pretty easy. All you need to do is create a page on your blog and list the services that you are offering. Make sure to place the link of that page in your blog navbar and prominent space for maximum visibility.
Make it easier for your audience to contact you and inquire more about your services. As you deal with your first 2-3 clients, you will have ample ideas to improve the sales process of your services. In fact, you will be able to automate some of the things like payment and follow-up.
Can you blog about your life and make money from blogging?
This is another growing form of blogging where a lot of people talk about their day to day life and create a community around it. You may have seen a lot of them on YouTube as Video blogger and you can do the same on the blog or even on YouTube.
Some of the popular topic for this kind of blogging is:
The key here is to keep it entertaining, add value and create a community around your brand. Depending upon your style and consistency, you could mint a lot of money with this strategy.
A lot of beginners also ask is, should I focus on blogging or vBlogging?
Well, it’s a good idea to have a mix of both. Producing video content (Recording, editing, and publishing) is time and money intensive, whereas creating text content takes lesser time. Having a good blend of both the technique will help you to grow faster and start significant earning sooner.
Gone are the days when we bloggers were only dependent on AdSense to make money from blogging. Now we have many more ad networks and monetization methods available which we can have increased the income potential from a blog to a great extent.
If you have been using these traditional methods of making money from your blog, it’s time to revise your blogging business plan. Make some new tweaks, change the design, and optimize the marketing aspects of your blog.
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