Is it possible for new bloggers to make money online ?
The short answer to this question is – YES !!
The internet is a massive place, and there is room for anyone to make money, as long as you have the motivation and have a plan. I’ve seen some bloggers start making money as soon as in one or two months.
The easiest ways to make money as a new blogger who has just started out with little traffic are through affiliate sales and advertisements.
But before you start up with blogging you should be aware of, that blogging is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. Depending on how much time and effort you’re willing to put in, it can take months, or even longer, before you start making serious income.
But on the bright side, it is a very cheap way to start up your own online business and once you get the ball rolling it can be a sweet source of passive income. Not to mention your money-making potential as a blogger is truly unlimited!
You also have to be aware of, that when you begin to search the internet for income opportunities you will properly see lots of projects that promise people to have attractive products and programs – often programs with a ‘MAGIC BUTTON’, where you are promised to earn lots of money in a short time with very little work.
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How much money can you realistically make from a blog ?
The truth is, every blogger is different.
Some bloggers earn over $100,000 per month from their blogs (insane, right!), and some don’t make any money at all, either because they don’t want to or because they are not doing the money blogging the right way.
But everybody has the potential to make money with blogging if you have the right mindset and work with your blogging the right way even with no experience when you start up.
Therefore, the bottom line is big things can happen for you if you’re patient and willing to put in the necessary work with your blogging.
What are the best ways to make money blogging
No matter which niche you want to blog about — garden, DIY, Travel, personal finance, fishing, — there are plenty of opportunities out there to make money with your blog.
Here are 5 of the best ways to make money with your blog:
1. Affiliate marketing.
2. Membership sites.
3. Sponsored posts.
4. Display advertising.
5. Digital products.
1. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is the process of being rewarded with a commission when you sell other people’s (or company’s) products.
Affiliate income is when you place an affiliate link in a blog post and try to earn money from people buying the product through your link. This can be a good way to make money because if there is a product out there that you love, all you have to do is to review the product and hopefully, others will be interested in buying it as well.
Therefore, through your affiliate marketing, you can recommend products relevant to your blog topic (e.g. appliances for a food blog, paint brands for a DIY blog, retail stores for a fashion blog, financial products for a personal finance blog).
Find the right product for your audience. Get to know your readers and their pain points, then find products or services that help solve those problems.
Affiliate income is great because you can create a post, review, etc., and that post may earn you money years down the line with minimal work needed to maintain the article. It can be somewhat passive, which is what I love about it.
Affiliate marketing works best when you are completely honest about your promotions. If you recommend products just to earn a commission, your audience will very quickly see right through you. Therefore, you should only recommend products you have used before and absolutely love, or products you believe your audience would have benefited from and enjoy.
Here are some good affiliate companies I recommend for beginners:
– Amazon Associates – https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/ – Many people shop on Amazon, so it’s a good place to find products to promote on your blog.
– ShareASale – https://www.shareasale.com/ – This is one of my favorite affiliate networks. There are lots of great companies on here. Categories include fashion, travel, health & fitness, and more.
– Flexoffers – https://www.flexoffers.com/ – This is another popular affiliate network which contains a lot of companies.
– CJ Affiliate (Commission Junction) – https://www.cj.com/ – I like using this affiliate network to promote travel and personal finance products.
When recommending a product to your readers, don’t only just tell them the good stuff about a product. Make sure to also mention at least one negative thing about the product. This will help you build trust with your audience.
2. Membership sites
Now, this is not something you see every day if you are new to blogging, but some bloggers choose to create paid membership sites for their loyal readers as a way to monetize their website or you can also be an affiliate to other membership sites, which is much more common if you are new to blogging.
Membership sites are a way to offer the members exclusive and highly valuable content each month.
If you have a good idea of making some exclusive content, then here are 3 Reasons why you should build a membership site:
Reason #1 – Leverage of your time
Membership sites allow you to leverage your time and content in two ways:
- Your content is a reusable asset. You can create it once and sell it to hundreds or even thousands of new members for years to come.
- Membership sites can be totally automated. For lots of us, it is a dream to have the idea of creating a hands-off campaign that invites people to buy into your membership program while you can do completely other things at the same time.
Reason #2 – Giving “paid” value to the members
It is often a strange thing, but very often people value things they pay for more than they value a freebie.
So in your member’s eyes, your paid membership site content is more valuable than free information.
Further, once their cash is exchanged, they’re often more likely to take action and achieve results, because they want value for their money, and that can get you great reviews for your membership site (which equals more sales).
What’s more interesting is, that existing members are more likely to buy an up-sell from your membership site. Once they trust you, they’ll trust all of your content.
And finally, let’s flip to your prospect’s perspective.
By packaging everything they need and presenting it with a bow and a road-map, you’re making it easy for your members and You’re also saving them tons of time.
No longer do they need to cartwheel about the internet piecing things together. You’ve given them one simple place to access everything they need for their hobby/business and they’ll pay you for that simplicity.
Reason #3. The tribe mentality
People love being surrounded by a tribe of people just like them, united by common interest, with similar problems and worries to chat about.
And membership sites build tribes. They provide people with a place to hang out, belong to and feel part of something bigger than themselves. Making money online can often be a lonely process, and It’s the vibe of your tribe that will make people stay, pay and play.
Let’s not forget that every tribe has a leader too. One with a unique character.
On the surface, it may seem as if people are just buying your content, but it is often your character, setup and personality they’re buying.
They want to be like you on some level. They will connect with your character through the tone of your writing or the personality you show in your training and/or videos. And it’s this that they’ll return for over and over again with credit card in hand.
3. Sponsored posts
A sponsored post is where a company (or brand) will pay you to write a blog post that features their product or service. Unlike affiliate marketing, where payment is made when a reader takes an action (purchasing a product), a sponsored post is when a company (or brand) pays you a flat fee to write a post.
You can either reach out to advertisers yourself, sign up for advertising networks, or companies/advertisers may find you. There are many, many companies out there who are looking to advertise on popular blogs related to their niche, so it is usually relatively easy to find blog sponsorships once you have a website with traffic.
The best way to find sponsored post opportunities is through networks that connect publishers (bloggers) with advertisers.
Here are a few to get you started:
- IZEA – https://izea.com/
- Social Stars – http://joinsocialstars.com/
- Acorn Influence – https://acorninfluence.com/
- Blog Meets Brand – https://www.blogmeetsbrand.com/
4. Display advertising
This is the most popular way to start making money with your blog. But it’s also one of the toughest ways to make money. This is because display advertising doesn’t pay very much.
Display advertising was the first method I used for my blog, through Google Adsense. It took almost 7 months before I made enough money to earn my first paycheck (meet the minimum payment threshold).
Display advertising is when you place an advertisement on your blog in the sidebar, below a blog post, below your header image, or in some other location on your blog. Then, for every click that advertisement get, you will earn a certain amount of money.
It’s an easy way to make money blogging as all you have to do is inserting the code provided to you. In general, the more page views you receive, the higher your income from ad networks will be.
You can receive display advertisements for your blog from companies such as:
- Adsense – https://www.google.com/adsense/start/#/?modal_active=none
- Media.net – https://www.media.net/
- BlogHer – https://www.blogher.com/
- AdThrive – https://www.adthrive.com/
- And many others.
Once your blog reaches 25,000 sessions per month, you can switch to an ad network with better ads and higher payouts, like Mediavine – https://www.mediavine.com/ – Mediavine has excellent customer service and ad performance.
And then when your blog EXPLODES, you can stick with Mediavine (or whatever network you choose) or switch to an ad network with even higher payouts and more options for customization, like AdThrive – https://www.adthrive.com (minimum requirement of 100,000 monthly page-views).
5. Digital products
Digital products is another great way to make money blogging. For many people who have made digital products, it has very fast immediately changed their online business (for the better).
It may sound intimidating if you’ve never created a digital product before, but if you have something valuable to share, then there are many ways to package and sell your digital product like:
– Graphic Designs.
– Stock photos
Think about it — if you created a short e-book and sold it to 50 people each month for $2.99 each, that’s $150 — without lifting a finger! (Before taxes and fees, of course.)
The downside to digital products is that, depending on what you sell, they can take a fair amount of time to create. But once you get it going, digital products can provide passive income for years to come.
I haven’t written an e-book yet, but I am planning to do one during this year.
If you are an expert in an area or have something to share that you know others will read, then an e-book may be something you are interested in writing.
There are quite a few people making thousands and tens of thousands of dollars each month from writing e-books.
Further, there are a lot of free and budget-friendly tools to create your first digital product such as Canva or Google Docs. As far as paid tools, I use Adobe InDesign because it gives me a lot more creative control.
A variation to e-books that not a lot of bloggers think about is creating an audio-book. Some people like to read… while others prefer to listen! Audio-books are becoming more and more popular, and just like e-books, you can create them from anywhere, anytime, and sell it to anyone who has an internet connection.
And if you’re feeling courageous… You can even create both an e-book and the audio-book that comes with it!
E-courses require more work than the previous passive income ideas mentioned, but they are usually also far more profitable. It’s not rare to see bloggers making $10,000+ per month from their E-course sales only.
When it comes to E-courses, there are many possibilities: cooking, drawing, sewing, guitar, DIY, Gardening, and a lot more. So, what do you have of know-how where you can teach to your audience ?
If you’re going to make videos I suggest Quicktime for Windows or ScreenFlow for Mac. You can also use Zoom to record all your course lessons, which is a paid option.
For slides, I recommend Google Slides or KeyNote.
As far as platforms to host your course, I recommend Teachable or Thinkific. Both have free options.
Selling graphic designs as a way to earn passive income with your blog requires some specific skills and (expensive) software, but it can be very profitable. Whether it is logos, blog themes, fonts, or any other kind of designs, this market has a huge potential.
If you like photography, then this might be the perfect passive income stream for you. You can even create a membership to sell your photos, just like Haute Stock does.
Haute stock is mainly targeted at bloggers & businesses, but it’s up to you to choose your target audience and the kind of photographs you’d like to take and sell!