If you’re checking out this blog post, you’re probably wondering how to actually make money blogging.
If you’re new to blogging or if you have been blogging for awhile, this blog post will help guide you on how to make money blogging, without any fluff or confusion.
I know that sometimes, especially as a brand new blogger, it can be overwhelming to read so many blog posts and not understand how to actually take what you’ve learned and turn it into a blog that actually makes money.
If you’re new to my blogging in 2016 and I’ve learned the ins and outs of blogging and what it takes to actually make money blogging.
I also know what to avoid and how easy it can be for new bloggers to fall into the pit trap of not knowing what to do when it comes to making money blogging. I get it. I understand. I’ve been there before, too.
I have been blogging for the past four years and I absolutely love it. Making money blogging for me was trial and error when I started out.
I had to learn the ropes, get my hands dirty and I made lots of mistakes during my journey. In my time blogging, I’ve learned from those mistakes and I now know the methods in which money can be made from blogging.
I know how frustrating it can be when you spend hours upon hours doing what you think you should be doing to make money blogging and nothing seems to work out.
I know how it feels to churn out content that doesn’t get read or generate any money – especially when you’ve worked so hard and diligent to make your blog posts perfect.
I get it. I’ve been there and I know the struggle.
I’m here to tell you, that you don’t have to struggle anymore when it comes to making money blogging.
So without further ado, let’s get into it!
Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
- Everyone’s path is different. Don’t compare your blogging journey to someone else’s. There is no right or wrong way to making money blogging. It will take time to learn and grow.
- Don’t beat yourself up or stress out over blogging. I was guilty of this. I wanted to earn a certain amount of money by a certain date. When that didn’t happen, I freaked out and worried about not being the blogger I wanted to be. Once I began to relax and enjoy my journey, things started working out for me. Relax. Don’t stress over this, just enjoy the journey.
- Have fun! Regardless of what’s going on in your blogging life right now or how long it seems to be taking to make money from blogging, have fun and enjoy the ride. Just laugh. Life is meant to be enjoyed.
For a complete, step-by-step guide on how to start a blog the right way and make money (even if you’re just starting out), I recommend checking out my free blogging course here.
Is It Possible To Make Money Blogging If You’ve Just Started Your Blog?
YES! It is possible to make money blogging with a brand new blog. A myth is that you need tons of traffic in order to make money blogging. This is incorrect. Yes, traffic does play an important part in making money blogging but you don’t need a ton in order to make money.
In order to make money blogging with a new blog, the best method is to understand your audience.
You may have read this before somewhere and you may be tired of hearing it but the fact is, it is necessary to understand your audience if you want to make money blogging.
If you’re new blogging or unsure of who your audience is or how to even begin to attract an audience, worry not.
I’m going to give you the fundamentals that you need in order to attract the right people to your blog to make money starting right away, without a huge amount of traffic.
The one thing you need to have is a clear direction and stick with that path until it succeeds for you.
The biggest mistake I see a lot of new bloggers making is trying too many different things at once, with none of those things working out in terms of making money.
Focus your attention on that one thing you want to do to earn money with your blog.
So what I want you to do is to grab a piece of paper and write these steps down. This will help you execute and take action on actually making money blogging.
- Affiliate MarketingI’m sure you’ve heard of affiliate marketing before and if you haven’t, this is one of the ways most bloggers chose to monetize their blog. Affiliate marketing is when you are paid a commission for referring someone to a product or service you trust, use and love. You then receive a commission once your referral purchases the product or service. I highly recommend only working with affiliate brands you love and trust. This helps to build trust and credibility between you and your audience.
A couple of questions I get asked a lot is How can I make money with affiliate marketing? How can i be successful with it and make sales?
Step One: Making Money With Affiliate Marketing: Joining Affiliate Programs
In order to make money with affiliate marketing, you first need to join affiliate programs. There are so many programs available to join, but you don’t need to join all of them in order to make money blogging. The key is to join relevant programs that are suitable to your niche, providing value to you and your audience. In order words, join programs that provide products and services you use and love.
Affiliate programs vary in commission rates. Some pay small commissions and others pay large commissions. At the end of the day, regardless of the commission amount, it is the same amount of work. It is best to choose affiliate programs that pay a higher commission rate so you are earning a larger amount of money.
Here are some affiliate programs I recommend checking out:
Share A Sale (affiliate platform)
Tailwind – (Get a free month of Tailwind when you sign up through my referral link) – (Pinterest and Instagram scheduling tool)
Creative Market (affiliate partner that sells stock images, templates, website themes and more)
ConvertKit (email list builder)
Bluehost (hosting company)
MaxBounty (affiliate platform)
NameCheap (hosting company)
LeadPages (create landing pages and websites)
I have been a part of these programs. I still use many of them and believe in their products and services.
How To Get Accepted Into Affiliate Programs
- The best advice I can provide, learning from experience, is to have your own self-hosted blog with your own domain name. You can check out Bluehost if you don’t have your own domain name already. I currently use Bluehost and I absolutely love it. In my opinion, having your own blog domain name, such as whatagreatblog.com, instead of whatagreatblog.wordpress.com, makes you look more professional and credible to your audience.
- Have a couple of blog posts up on your site before applying. You do not need to have a ton of blog posts, but at least a few will make you look credible even as a brand new blogger. Make sure you proofread and check for spelling errors before publishing your posts. Believe it or not, affiliate partners check for that so make sure your blog posts are grammatically correct!
- Make sure that when you are applying to affiliate programs, you talk about how you plan on promoting the product or service. For example, I promote affiliate products through my email list and on social media.
If you are new to blogging, having an email list is key to your success. I highly recommend checking out my free course on starting an email list from scratch. You can check it out here.
A Question I Get Asked A Lot: How Can I Make Money From Blogging If I Don’t Blog About Making Money To Blog?
A huge misconception about making money blogging is that you only can make money from a blog if you talk about blogging for money. This is furthest from the truth. The truth is, you can blog about anything you want and still make money blogging. How you ask?
Simple. Have a concrete plan. Have a firm belief in yourself that you truly can do anything you put your mind to. You can, literally!
Bloggers from all niches make money different ways, but like I mentioned above, the most popular way is affiliate marketing. You can find affiliate products in virtually any niche you choose to blog about.
Bonus Tip -> -> Create A Resource Page
Having a resource page with all your tools, tips and tricks for blogging can be extremely helpful. You can showcase all your affiliate links on this page as well as the products and services you find helpful.
Make sure to add this page to your main menu so your visitors can easily find your resources and click through your links.
What kind of affiliate links should I list? You can list anything, such as templates, printables, courses, web hosting services, products and services you find helpful and relevant to your niche, social media scheduling tools, etc. The list is endless.
Step Two: Getting Clicks On Your Links!
Yay! You have your affiliate links, now what?
- Be a natural. Talk about your products and services in your blog posts.
- Make sure to use text links instead of banner ads. Text links are more clickable because they don’t look like spam or clickbait.
- Use your affiliate links in the beginning, middle and end of each blog post.
- Use only relevant affiliate links in your post! If your blog post is about fashion, don’t include affiliate links to recipes or cookbooks. Stay within your niche!
- Use Pinterest to promote your affiliate links. I have a friend who has an AMAZING Pinterest course that I highly recommend checking out. You can check it out here.
- Do you have an Instagram account? If you do, add your affiliate links into your profile. You can check out mine as an example.
One of the keys to my success with affiliate marketing has been promoting affiliate links that I use, find useful and that I know can help my audience.
Step Three: Utilizing Pinterest To Skyrocket Your Blogging Business And Make Sales
Pinterest is my ultimate favorite platform to use for my blog. I made one of my very first affiliate sales using Pinterest to promote my favorite product, Bluehost. I got an email that said: Bluehost credited for new account sign up. Congratulations! You have been credited $65 for your referral.
Once I saw that first email, I was hooked on affiliate marketing and I became a firm believer that it worked. It was possible to actually make money as a blogger. I started pinning in my spare time and it was all I focused on. Pretty soon, I started seeing multiple emails with sales coming in. It was only a matter of time.
If you are a blogger and you have not yet utilized Pinterest in making money blogging, you are missing out on potential sales! I highly recommend checking out this Pinterest course to help you grow your blog, even if you are just starting out with blogging
The image above displays two of my pins on Pinterest. One pin is directed to my blog post with affiliate links embedded in the post. The other link is directly linked to my product. You can link products or services right in your pins.
Note* Pinterest does not allow Amazon or cloaked links. Basically this means that if you are an Amazon Affiliate, you are not allowed to pin any of your Amazon links to your pins. Cloak links are links that are masked. Such as bit.ly/abc or another URL shortener service. You are, however, allowed to use a link you’ve created with your website. Such as, yourwebsite.com/myaffiliatelink. You must also disclose that your pin is an affiliate link. You can disclose this information by adding #affiliatelink in the description of your pin.
Making Money By Creating Your Own Product
This is by far one of my favorite ways to make money blogging. When you create your own product, you understand what your audience needs and wants and you create an irresistible product that they need in order to solve their problem, whatever that may be. Whether it is learning how to blog from scratch, understanding Pinterest, building a profitable email list or something else, you are the expert in helping them get from where they are to where they want to be.
Creating a digital product can be so fun. You can literally create whatever you want! The sky is the limit and income opportunities are limitless.
Ever heard of millionaire bloggers?
Well, they exist.
One of the main reasons they are millionaire bloggers is from creating their own products and services. They have mastered the art of understanding what their audience needs and what their audience is willing to pay for.
So What Exactly Is A Digital Product?
A digital product or service is anything that does not need to be physically shipped out. This is usually a downloadable item. Examples are:
So now that you know what a digital product is, you might be wondering how to create one. I recommend checking out my eBook on digital product creation to help you get going in the right direction. You can check out the eBook here.
Other Services To Offer
Besides creating digital products, you can also offer services. Some services you can consider offering are:
- Social Media Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Virtual Assistant
- Writing Services
The list is endless…
The best thing to do is to think about your audience and what kind of services they would benefit from. What does your audience need? What do they want to help them solve a problem they are facing?
How Can You Find Clients?
Make sure you build trust and relationships with your audience. Understand what they truly need and what their problem is that you can solve.
If you’re a food blogger, your audience needs recipes – but what kind of recipes?
- Do they need quick dinner ideas in under 30 minutes?
- Are they looking for plant-based meals?
Only you can determine that need by understanding your audience.
Once you understand what they need, you can tailor a service around solving that problem they are facing.
You can also use social media to find clients. Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest are great ways to find clients and have helped me tremendously with finding coaching clients.
If you want to learn more about how you can grow your blogging business with the help of a coach, I recommend checking out my coaching services here.
What Does A Blogger’s Schedule Look Like?
I work from home so for me, I typically start my day something like this:
4:30 – 5a – wake up
5a – run
6a – shower, get ready for the day
6:30a – meditation and yoga flow
7a – work begins ( I drink a glass of water and lemon; sometimes hot water, sometimes room temperature)
7:15a – I write down what I’m grateful for
7:30a – I check Tailwind for my analytics and how my pins performed the previous day
8a – 12p – I schedule pins and create content
12p – 1p – lunch time and some me time
1:30p – 3:30p – I create content, check emails, do research and conquer tasks on my to-do list
4p – Rest. I usually start to wind down for the day
5p – I start to prepare for dinner
6p-7p – dinner time
7p – 9p – relaxation
9:30p – bedtime
Every blogger’s schedule will be different but this is mine. Typically I work on my blog Monday through Friday and sometimes during the weekend. I am an avid traveller and find that I like to give myself balance and typically take the weekends off.
Each day is different and I try to stick to a schedule. Usually I block off hours at a time to focus on one task at a time and then begin another task once the previous one is completed.
What Lessons Have I Learned As A Blogger?
As a blogger, I’ve learned that it takes time to create amazing, quality content and to build an audience of people who you can help. There have been days where I didn’t want to think about blogging and there have been days where I rave about it.
I remember when I was so frustrated with making money from my blog because I would do a million things at once, yet nothing got accomplished. I tried so many different ideas that I didn’t just focus on the one idea that worked.
Over time, I learned to stay productive with one thing at a time and only move to another area once the first task was complete.
I sat down and I wrote down my goals for my blog. I knew that eventually one day I wanted to work for myself full-time and not have to rely on a job or anything else for money.
Has blogging been tough?
Yes! There have been tough days just like everyone has days that are tough.
What I learned is to push through. If I am frustrated with something, it is best to take a step back. Sometimes it is even better to ask for help when I need it. Sometimes it is best to take a break. All in all, I always come back stronger, recharged and ready to tackle the next task in front of me.
If you ever come across an obstacle with blogging, my best advice is to ask for help! Especially if it is an area you need help with and you are not an expert.
It’s so much better to spend the money on someone to help you solve problems you can’t rather than wasting time trying to figure something out you aren’t sure about.
For me, that’s some technical stuff and I usually hire someone to help me with that. If you aren’t at the point yet in your blog, that’s ok. Don’t worry about it. You can always look for services like Fiverr to help you with anything you’re stuck on.
Blogging takes work, just like any job or career. Yes, it is fun to blog and work from home but it does require time and effort to see results.
All in all, I’ve learned that:
- Blogging is fun
- I can plan my day how I want
- Blogging takes work
- You need to have patience with blogging
- You need a strategic plan to be successful at blogging
Have you started a blog yet? Take my free 7-day course on starting a profitable blog from scratch here.
I hope this blog post has been super helpful to you. Tell me where you are in your blogging journey in the comments below and by all means, if you ever need help along your blogging journey, reach out to me! I am here to help