In case you didn’t know: you can make money blogging!
If you recently started a blog (I show you the exact steps to start a profitable blog here) the next step is setting it up for bussiness!
In the past, I always used to see all those famous bloggers making tons of money every month, but I thought you needed thousands of followers in social media and hundreds of views in order to generate an income from it. Of couse, I didn’t have that amount of followers (I currently have less than 500 followers on Instagram) and my blog traffic was very low (less than 800 monthly views), so I just let it go and thought I wasn’t good enough to make money with it.
I started my old blog 6 years ago, and it wasn’t until 2 months ago (when I switched to a self-hosted blog) that I realized you could actually MAKE MONEY as a small blogger too!
In just 30 days I had made my first $160 blogging. I felt so extremely proud of myself, and it also motivated me to keep blogging more and more because I knew if I put effort in what I did it would pay off.
While I certainly don’t know everything, I’ve learned a lot since I started, and I can tell you it is possible. Everyone can make money blogging.
In this post I’ll be sharing with you the strategies I used to turn my little blog into a little income-producing business.
Before talking about the monetization process, I would like to share a little disclaimer. While blogging can seem a simple way to make money, it does take time and hard work, but it is totally possible. Nothing comes for free in this world.
SO BEFORE YOU START THINKING ABOUT MONEY…
- Content is the most important thing: after all, blogging is about writing. People look for quality content and information that may be helpful to them, so you should be capable of offering your readers valuable content if you want them to come back.
- Your readers’ trust always comes first: it’s not just about traffic, but also about engagement. If you want to make sales with your blog, you need people to trust your words. That’s why you should always be honest and only recommend products you’ve tried or love. Don’t expect people to blindly trust what you say. You must prove that what you’re saying is true: write true reviews, use real graphics and always tell your real opinion.
- It takes time: as I said, it is totally possible to make money online from your own house, but you won’t get rich overnight. Getting traffic takes tame, so don’t expect to make lots of money from day 1. Keep in mind that you’ll have to work hard and post consistently even when no one sees you if you want to achieve your goals.
- Consider going self-hosted: a self-hosted blog is way more professional and gives you complete freedom when it comes to blogging. Most bloggers say you can’t make money with a free blog. Talking from my experience, I’ll say that my blog traffic exploded after I went self-hosted (I went from 800 montly views to 2000 monthly views) and I didn’t make a cent with my old free blog (I used Blogger). It wasn’t until I started a self-hosted blog that I began seeing real result of my hard work and I made my first affiliate sales. If you want to start a self-hosted blog you can do it HERE for 2.95/month. It just takes a few bucks every month and it’s totally worth it (if you want to start a blog, I wrote a post about how to it HERE).
HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
For me, this has been the most effective way to make money with my blog. In fact, the 100% of my last monthly incomes has been from affiliate marketing.
But what is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing consists in joining certain affiliate programs that provide you your «own links» to their products. Once you have a personalized link to some brand’s product, you can display it in your blog or share it on your social media. When someone clicks on that link and purchases the product or service you’re sharing, you get a comission! Comissions may vary depending on the product you share or the affiliate program you’re part of.
These are some of the most well-paid affiliate programs:
- Shareasale: you can find any kind of product, since this program englobes many known brands. So it is good for every niche.
- Etsy: yes, Etsy also has its own affiliate program. I joined since I love their products and I also own an Etsy shop.
- Bluehost: if you blog about blogging and business, this program is for you. Bluehost offers self-hosting services for blogs and webpages. You get paid really high quotes for every person that purchases a self-hosting service through your links.
For the moment, I’ve decided not to use any ads on my blog.
Ads basically consist in advertising displays that you can put anywhere in your blog.
In my opinion, ads make my blog look less professional and affect the clean aesthetic I want to create. That’s why I keep them off for now.
If you are interested in joining an ad program, the most known is Google AdSense. They pay using two different systems:
- Cost per Click (CPC): you get paid every time someone clicks on the ad.
- Cost per Thousand Impressions (CPM): you get paid acording to the number of views your blog gets. It’s like you get paid everytime someone visits your blog.
When you start monetizing your blog, you can share other brand’s products, or you can sell your own products. You can create and sell pretty much everything you want: from an ebook to a cool post planner for other bloggers.
I recommend you to do this when you have a little bit more of experience blogging, and an engaged audience that trusts you. It is difficult to sell your own products when you’re starting because no one knows you yet.
However, don’t let that stop you and start creating if you already have good ideas! Just keep writing and working hard for it, the rest will come.
- How to Start a Profitable Blog in 2018
- 2017 Recap: My First Month Blogging
- My January 2018 Income Report
Note: This posts contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small comission if you purchase through them (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend products and services that I have personally used and love. You can read about my disclosure here.