Is it possible to make money from a blog? How do bloggers earn real money from their blogs? You’re probably wondering these questions if you are new to blogging. You may be a blogger but have not though about monetizing your blog yet.
There are few requirements to make money with your blog. We will discuss them first and then proceed to the various ways in which you can make money with a blog [for beginners].
So we compiled some good set of information if you’re looking for how to make money with a blog. We write this in such a simple language that even a newbie will understand it easily. Are you prepared to read on and find out how your side hobby can make you money while you sleep?
Basics of blogging – choosing a CMS Platform
Blogging is easy. You don’t need to have coding skills. You don’t need to be a computer science grad to start a successful blog. But keep in min that one who is open to learning will find success in the long run.
There are popular Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress, Blogger, Wix etc you can start your free blog with. But for the purpose of this article, let’s focus on self hosted blog at WordPress.
You can easily set up a blog in under 30 minutes with WordPress. The select a good fast loading WordPress theme. With a few customization, you’re on your way to make money with your blog.
Make money with a blog – introduction
You can make money with a blog. Yes, many people have done it and are still doing it. Consider it this way, your blog is like the shop you come across the street on your daily commute. A new shop comes up after few days and both the shop have customers. At least a few at the starting days.
Just like that, once you have a blog and add meaningful content, people will eventually find it out and visit your blog. Then you’re going to sell advertising space, or a product or even your service. That’s how you can make money with a blog. Isn’t it simple?
Challenges to Making Money with Your blog
As with all good things, there will be challenges and you will struggle. That’s right. You set up a blog in less than an hour, and add some content and start making money. It doesn’t happen that easy. And anybody who tells you it’s that easy is lying, or is not legitimate.
You need to add content – and a good amount of it. Without meaningful content and information, your blog will have no visitors no matter how beautiful it may look. Give people a reason to visit your blog. Provide them with the solution to searches they are looking the internet for.
I’ll tell you my story of how I started making my first dollar from my blog. It’s been quite some time now and I remember vividly how it’s an unforgettable journey.
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How i make my first $1 from my Blog [With Adsense]
I started taking real interest in Blogging back in 2011. I look up the internet, tutorials and guides, videos and articles on how to start a blog. I created blogs on WordPress.com and Blogger.com. I learned a ton of lesson overtime with no coding knowledge. Then finally, I purchased a blog which was more professionally made by another person. With that I got my first Google Adsense account approval.
Getting Adsense account approval is not easy if you’re a beginner. But for the experienced bloggers, it’s not difficult either. Although I got approval, I did not make money with it. Strange right?
Then I worked hard the following year, learned how and what components the blog I bought consist of. By 2012, I was able to create my own blog with a custom domain. A few months after adding articles which are mostly how to’s and tips from whatever I learned, my blog started getting some traffic.
3 Months into serious blogging with limited knowledge, I earned my first $1 from Google Adsense. That was perhaps the biggest achievement and greatest motivation to go ahead with blogging.
If it’s good, it’s worth the effort. And nothing good comes from effortless means. It takes time, effort, sweating day and night, think of what topic and content would drive traffic to my blog and eventually generate revenue for me.
Content Drives Traffic, and Traffic Revenue
This is the main part you are looking for. But the above steps and introduction are necessary. You can not get into this step without following the above stages.
People will visit your blog to find the contents you posted. You can bring traffic to your blog with paid advertisement or for free. Free includes SEO, SMM and other social sharing. We will get into these details in another section.
You may like to read: How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Using Pinterest
So your first job as a blogger is to create content – content which will provide useful information to visitors. These contents will bring in traffic. Once you get traffic, you are ready to start making money with your blog. This order is irreversible and it always goes in that order.
Ways to make Money with a blog for beginners
There are various ways on how you can make money with a blog as a beginner. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ways bloggers make money from their blogs.
1. Make Money With Google Adsense
Google Adsense is the most common medium for bloggers to make money. You must have seen “ads by Google” on websites you frequently visited. This means the site owner (aka publishers) are using Google Adsense to monetize their website.
- First, your site must meet the Publisher requirements to be able to apply for Adsense.
- Apply for Google Adsense using your Google account
- Once approved, insert Adsense ad codes into your blog contents/posts
- When visitors clicked the Adsense ads shown on your website, you will earn revenue
- Google share this revenue with 68% going to site publishers
You may also like to read: [Fix] Adsense Ads.txt Error on Blogger Using Custom Domain
2. Make Money as an Affiliate for Various Products Online
Ever heard of Clickbank, Commission Junction, JVZOO etc? They are basically affiliate marketing websites. With your blog, you can sign up as an affiliate at these sites. Once approved, you will be able to promote a large number of products (mostly digital products or services) and make a commission on each sale.
Clickbank is one where you will get instant approval. The others have their own set of requirements. You don’t have to own or create any product or ebook or any service. Simple add your affiliate link to your blog and once your blog visitors convert to purchases through your affiliate link, you’ll earn a commission on successful sales.
Affiliate Marketing is one of the most popular ways bloggers make money. People make millions of dollars by just promoting affiliate products. You can also try out Amazon Associate programme where you make commission on each product people bought from Amazon through your affiliate link.
3. Selling your Own Product or Services Through your Blog
The third option to make money with a blog is to sell your own product or service. This may not sound like a beginner’s guide. But if you’re good at something, say writing an inspirational or guide to create something, you can write a professional e-book and sell it to your visitors. You can so provide certain services by which you can help others and charge some amount for it.
This will take more time and effort to make money with your blog. But in the long run, it’ll be worth it. Besides, you get to keep 100% of the sale amount to yourself. And if you’ve been doing this without a blog, why not create one today and increase your online presence to the millions of web surfers daily?
How Much Money Can I make as a beginner?
There’s no definite answer to this and it depends. It depends on your skill level. But even a beginner blogger can make money using any or a combination of the above methods. The amount of money you make from your blog will depend on the amount of traffic you get, and the amount of click-through (for ads such as Adsense) and conversion (sales made) for Affiliate or Product Selling.
Some beginners may make $100 a month while others may not even make $10. If you do well, you can even make $200-300 a month easily.
Blogging is Rewarding if You love What you do
If you love blogging, it can be very rewarding. Once you have your blog established and starts getting traffic, keep working on it to improve and content quality and bring in more and more traffic. You can make money while you’re sleeping.
But it’s suggested that you first focus on creating meaningful and high demand content, guides and other articles which are helpful for visitors. That way, you can ensure that your blog makes money for you in a consistent manner.
We believe that you are able to understand our presentation. Do you know any other ways for a blogger to make money? You can share us your ideas and we will include them in our updates.