Blogging is a great way to make money due to the many different methods or approaches. First of all, if you enjoy writing, helping people, or documenting experiences, you can make money by doing what you love! There are many different support platforms and communities out there for bloggers who need advice, and there is so much opportunity because you get back what you put in. It’s better than working for an hourly wage because this opens the doors for you to make money in your sleep.
Refer to my post How to Create and Set Up your First Blog, for instructions on getting started. This post will tell you how to make money once you are all set up ♥
My roommate gave me the idea to start. Once I read more into it, I thought it was a fantastic investment because I was drowning in debt. I thought the first step to make this happen, was to make my money work for me, instead of me working for my money. Below I will explain the different ways you can earn extra income or a full-time income through blogging.
1. Affiliate Marketing
You can promote someone else’s product or service, and earn a commission every time you make a sale. It can vary from a percentage of the sales you make, or a flat rate per sale you make. This is done by inserting a hyperlink with a special code into the blog post, so whenever someone clicks on it and make a purchase, the company is able to track that the sale was made through you.
I advise you to only promote and recommend products that have worked for you, or that you believe in, because you don’t want to break your readers trust. An easy way to promote products is by creating a ‘how-to’ guide, or post a photo or video of you using the product to show that you know what you are talking about, and that you aren’t just trying to make a quick sale.
5 Steps to get started:
- Know your niche and target audience
- Make a list of problems or needs that your target audience has
- Make a list of products or services that will help fix their problems
- Search if there are affiliate programmes for the products and services you have listed
- Get your unique affiliate links that you can add into blog posts, so when people start buying, you start getting paid
2. Displaying Ads
You can display ad’s on your blog and get paid for simply displaying it, or get paid per how many people see it. It is only a small amount, but can add up if you get a large amount of traffic.
3. Sell an online course
What are you good at? Do you want to teach other people how to do it? There are many different online courses available on the internet for things such as marketing, beauty and makeup, lifestyle, career, personal development, health, blogging and social media, or even skills such as cooking. The good thing about digital products is that you can expand you reach to sell to more people, and you can sell it for as long as you want to, which creates a great extra source of side income. People can view the course through online webinars, or have it delivered weekly to their email inbox.
4. Sell an e-book
I recently just launched my first e-book 63 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Long-Term. E-books are suitable if you have information that is too long to fit into a blog post. You can give it away for free as an email sign up incentive for your readers, or sell it for a profit if you are providing true value. You don’t have to worry about shipping it overseas to buyers, because they can read it straight from their mobile, laptop or I-Pad. Check out my post How To Write An E-book for more information.
5. Host paid webinars
A webinar is teaching your audience something via video, over the internet. If you are really skilled at something and have had great results, you can start charging for your service to show others your techniques.
6. Manage social media accounts
There are bloggers that offer to take care of other bloggers social media accounts for a small monthly fee. If you manage several a month by posting regularly, increasing follower numbers and engagement from audience, it can be a great way to earn money on the side. This can include Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and more. Bloggers are willing to pay someone else who is dedicated to this, when they are strapped for time and may need to focus on other tasks. Having successful social media accounts are very valuable for businesses these days, as it allows them to connect with their audience on another level. They are more likely to expand their reach worldwide, instead of being limited to their own community.
Managing accounts may include tasks like creating graphic images, sharing personal images of the blogger or business owner, creating videos, engaging with the audience, sharing other peoples content, and sharing the bloggers own content to increase their organic reach.
7. Sell consulting services/coaching
Helping other bloggers, individuals or business, get to where you are in terms of business success. They are paying for your knowledge and service. You need to be able to sell yourself, regularly contact your clients to monitor their progress, and manage the work with great organisation skills.
8. Sell physical products
Some bloggers have on online Etsy store, where they sell homemade items such as sugar scrubs, t-shirts, calendars, art, natural beauty products etc. But you don’t have to sell your own products, you can sell other peoples with affiliate marketing to earn a commission! Physical products generally have a higher perceived value, and can be an extension of your digital products.
9. Do sponsored posts
When you get paid to publish an article for someone else. They may send you an item they are selling for you to promote for example. But its best to only promote products that suit your brand or interest. Brands may also pay you to write on their website as it helps them expand their content diversity, allowing them to offer more to their readers or reach a larger target audience.
If blogging sounds like something that may interest you, remember to head over to my post How to Create and Set Up your First Blog. Blogging isn’t a quick fix to get cash instantly. You need a niche, a visually appealing and mobile responsive website, and an audience. For me personally, by posting once a week my numbers are growing by about 1000 page views every month! You need to provide value to your audience, have a regular posting schedule and engage with your readers.
So how much can bloggers actually earn? It can range to opposite sides of the spectrum from person to person. The answer is ‘it depends’ on how much you put into it – if you do it full-time, on the side of study or your job and the quality of your content. It could range from a few dollars a month, a few hundred, a few thousand, and the most I have ever heard of is an American Blogger who travels around in her RV running her blog business from her laptop. Every month in 2017 she has made over $100,000. What an astonishing achievement!
If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer in the comment section below, or contact me directly ♥