How to make money blogging

I remember, years ago, when reading various blog and social media, there where people making huge amount of money just by blogging.

And I was always a bit perplexed because I couldn’t understand how it was possible. How could they actually make money “just by blogging”?

How to make money blogging

First person I encountered in the digital world was Melyssa Griffin. I used to be a member of one of her group on Facebook. And from that group I started to see that the possibility of making money online, by blogging and the myth of a passive income was real. Unfortunately she decided to put the group down but I kept receiving her newsletter. And, guess what, in her newsletters there were always a call-to-action to buy one of her courses to “grow traffic”, “make more sales” or “how to make $50,000/month”.

Fast forward years later where the need of finding a work-from-home job had become something necessary, I investigated deeper and deeper and found out that you can actually make money blogging.

how to make money with a blog

Making money by writing? WOW!

Being the boss of myself? DOUBLE WOW!

If you google it, you’ll find a lot of articles about it. But in this post I’m not going through the way you can make money online – if interested I’ve wrote a post about it here. I’m going through the methods you can use to make money blogging. I know,, it’s still online, it’s from home (or wherever you want to be) but I’m only going to specify things blogging related.

So, there are three ways you can make money blogging:

Selling affiliate products/services/courses

How does it work?

This is definitely the “most easy” way to start making money. Is it also called affiliate marketing.

When you are an affiliate, you promote a product or a service in your blog, by recommend it to your audience. If someone makes a purchase you will receive a little commision, which varies on the programme you joined. Good news is that with some subscription based services you will be able to receive a commision based on their subscription! This mean earning an amount of money every month just by recommend a service. Translated into PASSIVE INCOME. How amazing?

Does it work for me?

Yes, of course. Think about all the time you recommended something to friends and they purchased it. Or you’ve read a great book and would love to share it with like minded people. You can do it through your blog and even earning money.

The most popular affiliate marketing program is Amazon Associates.

Everybody knows Amazon, we all buy something from it ( I bet you are an Amazon Prime Member like me!) so it’s very easy to start selling and earning commissions with them.

If you want to know more and set up your account, I’ve written an how-to guide here.

You can also find other program like shareasale.com, where you can join different affiliate programs and manage everything from one platform, or join programs directly from the owners’ website . There are a lot of possibilities, just do some research on Google and you’ll be surprised.

Selling your own products/services/courses

This is a great way to make money with your blog. Once you’ve established a community around your blog you can start.selling your own products, services or even courses! For example, if you start a health & fitness blog, you may want to start selling your own clothing brand; or if you are a female business coach you can suggest your services to your audience.

The downside of this way is that you will need time to create the material for your course, to work on clients’ projects. But it can really worthwhile if you are offering something your audience really wants!

The Math behind the money

For example, think about a course: let’s say it takes you 50 hrs to create it and want to sell it a £50. At its launch you’ll make 20 sells. It’s already £1000! But the good thing is that your course will always be available on your blog, so also after the launch people will buy it and you still make money, and the amount of hours you’ve worked to build it doesn’t change.

The aim is to create something which it takes a certain amount of time, sell it and repeat sells as many time as you can.

This works well with products and courses.

If you offer services, I would suggest to charge by project. The reason I prefer charging by project is because you give a value to your work, no matter how many hours you will work. Instead, if you get paid by hour, you give a value to your time and, let’s be honest, time is the most valuable thing in life and you don’t want “just exchange it” for money.

Want to learn more?

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Advertisement

This way works similar to the old fashion way of advertising on magazine and newspapers. An advertiser will pay you for displaying advertisements on your blog in two ways: Pay-per-click (PPC) or pay per thousand of impressions (PPM). The PPC way will pay you a small amount everytime someone clicks on the advert and it’s redirected to the advert’s website. the Instead, PPM pays every time that someone just sees the ad in your website, without the commitment of clicking on it. The earning you can make out of advertisement depends on different factors: for example if  click rate is high and the ad is displayed on a blog about a very particular niche you can end up making a lot of money for just that click. This article on how to make $100,000 with Google AdSense is very interesting, it worth reading it as it gives an idea on you can earn money with the AdSense platform.

This way works similar to the old fashion way of advertising on magazine and newspapers. An advertiser will pay you for displaying advertisements on your blog in two ways: Pay-per-click (PPC) or pay per thousand of impressions (PPM). The PPC way will pay you a small amount everytime someone clicks on the advert and it’s redirected to the advert’s website. the Instead, PPM pays every time that someone just sees the ad in your website, without the commitment of clicking on it. The earning you can make out of advertisement depends on different factors: for example if  click rate is high and the ad is displayed on a blog about a very particular niche you can end up making a lot of money for just that click. This article on how to make $100,000 with Google AdSense is very interesting, it worth reading it as it gives an idea on you can earn money with the AdSense platform.

3 ways to make money with your blog

As for affiliate marketing, you can find different programs to join and start making money. The most common and popular is definitely Adsense and Mediavine.

In conclusion

Making money with your blogging is possible and is something that everybody can do, if you know how and you are willing to treat it as a full-time job. It takes a lot of perseverance and consistency in building a profitable blog and maintaining but, at the end, the effort definitely pays off.

If you haven’t started your blog yet and thinking of doing it, you can have a look at my post on how to start a blog.

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