Can you make money from blogging?
What are the different ways to make money from blogging?
How much can I earn?
Can I talk about my life and make money?
What should I do to blog to make money?
A few years ago, blogging was just another hobby that some people did in addition to full-time jobs. Today, blogging still works that way, but a lot has changed.
In 2023, blogging has become a profitable online profession, and people at large start a blog to get into this noble profession.
Before we know the different ways to make money from blogging, let’s look at the potential:
How much money can you make from blogging?
Like any profession (doctor, lawyer, financial advice), there are different levels of bloggers who are earning anywhere from $1000-$2 million per year. I make about a million dollars a year with the help of blogging.
In 2013, I only made $200/month. Started earning $5,000/month and now this blog is worth $5,000/month. Earning more than a month.
How much money you can make depends entirely on some factors such as:
Which place are you choosing?
How much time are you devoting to learning and applying?
How much traffic do you drive to your blog?
What digital marketing techniques do you apply?
There are many other factors like stability, your network, personal motivation, and goals that contribute greatly.
However, the niche and your digital marketing skills alone can help you move really fast in the field of blogging.
Just to make things easier for you, I’ve answered many frequently asked questions related to blogging at the end of this guide.
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What are the ways bloggers make money (different income streams)
There are various methods you can use to monetize your blog. Depending on your level of blogging and the type of blog, you can choose the method that matches your style. Check the end of this article to get answers to many important questions asked by bloggers like you.
Ways to make money from your blog
Ad networks like AdSense, Ezoic
Paid Review/Sponsored Posts
Sell Digital Products (eBooks, Blueprints)
Start an online course, yourself.
Provide online consultation
Offer services based on your skills
In addition to traditional forms of advertising, you can work on other monetization tricks. Instead of just adding ads, work on adding value to your advertiser.
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It’s better to have 1 high paying ad than 4 low paying ads.
- Ad Networks: (Beginners)
There are ad networks that are the simplest and most widely used method for monetizing blogs.
The two ad networks that are most popular are:
Google AdSense (offered by Google)
You must have a blog to get approval on these ad networks. They automatically show ads based on the context of your article and based on the user’s interest. Most new blogs use these methods for monetization because it gives recurring income. Since the ads shown are of high quality, they do not affect the user experience.
If your blog has less than 300 views per day, there are other ad networks listed here that you can use. However, your goal should be to get AdSense or Setupad approval as soon as possible.
The screenshot below is from my AdSense account to give you a clear picture of the earnings:
If you’re using contextual ads and aren’t earning enough this way, you should try to move directly toward ads or affiliate ads.
- Affiliate Marketing: (Most Profitable Method): Intermediate + Advanced
Affiliate ads are one of the best ways to make money because a single sale will earn you a lot more money than a click on the relevant ad.
This is something that most bloggers are using these days and is one of the most profitable ways to make money from blogs.
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Here are some popular affiliate marketing marketplaces you can join:
Amazon Affiliate Program
Another great thing about affiliate marketing is that you can use this technique on any blogging platform such as BlogSpot, Wix, Squarespace, Medium, or even LinkedIn. However, I prefer self-hosted WordPress, as it gives better advantages over other blogging platforms.
All you have to do is, share your unique affiliate link to the product you recommend, and when someone makes a purchase, you’ll earn a huge commission on the sale amount.
Affiliate marketing is the way a lot of bloggers are making millions of dollars every year from their blogs.
- Sell your own eBook: (Intermediate)
If you notice, the business model of top bloggers has to do with selling their own products like eBooks.
All you have to do is choose a topic, compile an eBooks on that topic, and put it on sale on your blog or Amazon. Once you get accustomed to this process, you can earn a good amount by selling eBook’s online.
Also, having your own product to sell is the best thing 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 like kdp.Amazon.com to make money. This will also give you the credibility to become a writer.
You can use a freelancing network like Fiverr to design a book cover to someone.
You can also consider selling physical products on your blog using WooCommerce.
Here are 3 guides you can refer to to learn more about launching your book:
13 Useful Software to Help You Create Your First E-Book
The 7 Most Popular Platforms to Self-Publish Your E-Book and Make Money
- Native advertising
Native ads have been at the forefront of making money from blogging. In particular, news and jobs type blogs can make really high income with native advertising.
There are some native advertising solutions that are worth your time and implementation effort.
Outbrain (high-quality native advertising)
AdSense (AdSense also offers native ads)
- Launch online courses (membership site): Advanced
Can you convert your textbook to video format?
Can you add checklists, downloadable templates?
Can you make a 1-2 hour video course?
If your answer is yes, then this method is definitely for you. Thanks to technology, it’s now easy for anyone to start an online course and if you’re offering unique courses, the chances of reaching $1 million goals are actually higher.
You can use platforms such as:
- Direct Advertising (Intermediate)
There is no doubt that AdSense is the best advertising program for bloggers, but it has some limitations. The biggest limitation is the amount you are paid per click.
If you manage to grab direct ads, replace those AdSense units with direct ads instead.
WP Advanced Ads to manage ads.
The best way to do this is to create a professional email address like firstname.lastname@example.org using Google apps.
You can set it up on the HubSpot Free CRM and it will improve your workflow in a great way.
Here are some articles to look at:
The 5 Best Tips for Finding Direct Ads for Your Blog
What advertisers look for in a blog
- Sponsored reviews (all levels)
Paid reviews are a great way to boost your monthly income. You can quickly earn $20 or more from a short review post.
When doing paid reviews, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
Payment review: good, bad or ugly
Should you do a paid review or a free review?
Here are some websites to find opportunities for sponsored content:
Fame (for YouTube channels)
Izea Pay per post
- Run campaigns for brands: (intermediate and advanced)
It’s perfect for any type of blog with an established audience base. You can help brands reach the target audience by running campaigns for them. For this, you’ll do a brand collaboration, run webinars, and even do paid ads, or make videos.
You will see an increasing number of blogs doing this with different brands. Keep an eye on this type as it’s already becoming one of the hottest ways to monetize a blog.
Depending on your skills, you can offer different services. Depending on what you’re 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 helps you make money but also gives you more use cases that help you hone your skills. I had a time when I only paid $1700/month by offering services. I was earning more than a month.
In fact, it’s very easy to launch your own services. All you have to do is create a page on your blog and list the services you are offering. Be sure to place the link to that page in your blog navbar and prime location 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 customers, you will have enough ideas to improve the sales process of your services. In fact, you’ll be able to automate some things like payments and follow-ups.
Can you blog about your life and make money from blogging?
It is another growing form of blogging where many people talk about their day-to-day lives and build a community around it. You may have seen a lot of them on YouTube as a video blogger and you can do the same on the blog or on YouTube.
Some popular topics for this kind of blogging are:
The key here is to keep it entertaining, add value, and build a community around your brand. Depending on your style and consistency, you can make a lot of money with this strategy.
A lot of beginners also ask, should I focus on blogging or weblogging?
Well, it’s a good idea to have a mix of the two. The creation of video content (recording, editing and publishing) is time and money intensive, while creating text content takes less time. Having a good mix of both techniques will help you grow faster and start earning significant sooner.
Gone are the days when we bloggers depended only on AdSense to make money from blogging. We now have many more ad networks and monetization methods available that we can increase the income potential from a blog to a great extent.
If you’re using these traditional ways to make money from your blog, it’s time to revise your blogging business plan. Make some new changes, change the design, and optimize the marketing aspects of your blog.
Frequently Asked Questions About Making Money From Blogging
Can you really make money from blogging?
I am living proof of someone who can live a beautiful life with blogging. A lot depends on how consistent and determined you are. In my case, I was working about 14 hours every day for 4 years to reach this level, where I could earn $7K/month from blogging. I am earning more than a month.
As the online space has matured, there are now more opportunities to make money through blogging. The only thing is, you’ll have to be consistent for about a year before you quit your job or start making decent money planning your life on blogging income.
What should I do to blog to make money?
If you don’t want to blog about your life and are thinking about the best topic from a blog monetization perspective, here are 4 factors you should consider.
Passion: Things you’re already passionate about or interested in. This thing doesn’t have to be something you’re learning at the academy or at your job, but it can be something your friends, family, and others call on you to get your opinion. For example, cars, food, finance, travel. Take a pen and paper, and label it as a “passion list.” Now, list every topic you think interests you and you can blog about it.
Traffic and Trends: You want to make sure that the topic you’re looking for has decent traffic and interest by creating your passion list. Trends will give you an idea of whether this topic is growing or dying. Trends.google.com is a free tool that lets you measure the traffic trend of any topic.
Monetization: The third factor that will help you find profitable blogging ideas is an alternative to monetization. You need to look at how you plan to monetize your blog. Is it going to be an ad network like AdSense or is it going to be affiliate marketing? To give you a perspective, “WhatsApp” as a topic is growing really fast and you may be passionate about it, but monetization is useless. Even with high traffic, making money is negligible.
Competition: This is the last but not the least factor. If you’re moving into a competitive space, you’ll find it hard to stand out and outperform the existing big players. I don’t mean to discourage you, but if you have a choice between 2-3 subjects, choose the medium or low competition one. If you choose a wider space, for example, fashion, in a competitive place, it will take a few extra months to achieve. So, you have to keep this in mind while looking at the competition.
How do you get paid for blogging?
Your advertisers may be sitting in a different part of the world and there are 5 popular ways by which you can get paid from all over the world. These are also popular ways by which these companies pay.
Wire Transfer (Your Bank)
CoinBase (Crypto Payments)
Once you start making money, it’s a good idea to have an account on all of the above websites that lets you receive payments. They are all free to join and easy to use. You can also use these above services to pay freelancers or virtual assistants in the future.
There are many ways you can make money from blogging, but I would recommend not overwhelming yourself and instead implement them one by one.
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