One of the reasons most people decided to start a blog is to make money off knowledge being offered via content. To make it official, this series is going to show you various ways on how to monetize your blog.
Before getting started I am going to be shedding light on various kind of blogger and also why people start blogging. Just to let you know, there is various kind of bloggers but for the benefit of the topic in this article would elaborate on only two types and by my understanding they are:
1. Hobby Bloggers.
Hobby bloggers are bloggers that simply blog for the sole purpose of interest only. There is usually not sort of monetization technique attached to the way and form of the blog. In a more plain and general term, the blog for the sole purpose of themselves. Their blog simply showcases their travel experience, lavish lifestyle and nothing else. A perfect example of a hobby blogger is a blog name JTo fashion.
This website is owned by the daughter of a Nigerian billionaire called Femi Otedola and her name is Temi Otedola. You can check her out, she is pretty hot.
I am sure you would like her Lol!!!. Well, this pretty young lady can be characterized as a hobby blogger. Her blog is a showcase of her lifestyle which mainly contains her birthday parties, travel experiences and how rich she parties and enjoys life with the rest of her foreign friends.
Her blog does not contain any ingredient of a money-making venture. She blogs anytime she likes and majorly content that nobody would like to read probably except if you already know her and you want to know her better. She does not care about search engine optimization or any hack that other bloggers stress themselves over.
Any blogger in this category is a hobby Blogger. Face it, if you fall into this category of bloggers I’ll advise you to forget about ever making money from your blog and this is due to many reasons.
It’s not a big deal if your blog does not make money as a hobby blogger after all the main reason why you created it was to do other things.
You can check out her website JTOFashion
2. Commercial Bloggers.
This is the second group of bloggers, they are bloggers like me.
- The blog for the sole purpose of making money so, therefore they try as much to put a lot in a place like.
- Search engine optimization to attract traffic.
- They build their social media Fan pages via top social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- They worry about contents and how to make money off every content they post
- They become affiliates and recommends products and books to their readers for the sole purpose of making money.
- They source out for paid advertising platforms and sign up for their platform for the sole purpose of making money in return.
Now you see the difference between the two categories of bloggers. Now is the time to ask yourself a very big question on which category of blogging you fall into. If you started blogging with very little understanding on blogging and you eventually stumbled on how rich a single blogger can be and now finally decide to start blogging for money, I’ll recommend you click the link below to read the article recommended written on this blog to help you get started to becoming a money-making blogger like me.
My Personal Experience.
Like I always do in a few of my blog posts I like to narrate real-life experiences especially about me. I started so many blogs in time past and did not make a dime because I lacked a basic understanding of how to turn any blog into a money-making venture. I made a lot of mistakes before even starting and some of them I would state and shed very little light on.
Some of them include.
- Choosing the wrong blogging niche.
- Choosing the wrong blogging platforms.
- Blogging very illicit contents.
- And lastly, choosing a singular income stream that was based solely on Google Adsense. Which I was eventually banned from.
To date, I have not been able to recover my previously banned Google Adsense account. I wrote and appeal various times but all to no avail. I am not worried anyway because I understand the blogging terrain better than before. I now have various forms of making money as a full-time blogger. This is more reason I recommend that you read this article on my Blogging mistakes.
It a very nice article, in which I highlighted my blogging mistakes in a more detailed context. You would learn a lot from it and see the need to adjust if need be.
Here is a link to the article.
How To Make Money Blogging.
Alright, we go to the main section and the reason why I published the article and this is the part where I want you to pay serious attention to. There is the various way you can make money as a blogger, you just have to choose the one that works well and faster for you.
Also, it is always very wise to have more than one blog income channel this would help you build capacity and develop to be a better blogger. The first and the most popular way to earn money as a blogger is.
1. Pay-Per-click advertising (Google Adsense, Media.net).
This is the most popular and very quick way to start making money from your blog right from the very first day you start blogging.
This means of making money simply allows Pay-Per-Click advertising platforms to sell Ads spaces on your behalf to their advertisers for the sole aim of income sharing.
Pay-Per-click business models simply connect you with their advertisers and pay you by how much traffic and conversion such adverts converts on your websites.
You get paid by the amount of traffic generated from your website i.e Impressions and how many click-through rates an advert campaign got through your website.
You might be wondering how possible and legit this process is because of the way things are going underground that you don’t know about.
Most, if not all of these Pay-Per-Click advertising platforms Provides you with inbuilt analytics software’s embedded into their dashboard.
You get to see the tracking and analytics anytime you log in. Just in case you wonder how these events and activities would be tracked, You would be given a custom code to install on your website any time you get approved as a publisher on their platform.
Such code would be embedded alongside your website and would be used to track all your activities and Ads displayed on your website displayed per-time.
Now that you see how Pay-Per-click advertising works, now you feel like getting started right away.
There is various Pay-Per click advertising platform out there but the one I usually recommend for bloggers who are just starting their blogging journey is the use of Google Adsense.
Google Adsense is a pay-per-click advertising platform developed and managed by Google, Inc.
It simply displays ads from Google advertisers on your website or blog and shares profit with you.
Google Adsense has paid over USD 10 Billion to its publishers. I am saying this to you just so you know.
There is no better way to start monetizing your website as a blogger than with the use of Google Adsense.
Payment is made monthly via your desired payment method. And the payment is made in over 130 different currency including the USD as the default currency.
There are several bloggers around the globe both in developed and rural nations all earning cool money from the Google Adsense program.
The Google Adsense program knows no barrier, and this had made it the most preferred source of income for so many bloggers. I have an article I would like to recommend that you read.
It contains very deep details on Google Adsense. If you are just getting to know about Google Adsense then this article is for you.
2. Affiliate Marketing.
Affiliate marketing is another very wonderful source of income for bloggers all around the world. The business model behind affiliate marketing makes it a very sustainable and reliable scheme.
Affiliate marketing simply centres around you as a middle man. You simply get paid for any successful sale generated from you. When you completely sign up as an affiliate to any brand online you are given a unique deep link that can be shared in your blog post, social media, email marketing subscribers and so many others.
You get paid by how many buyers or successful sales made through your link. Just like pay-per-click advertising, affiliate marketing platforms allow you to track all your earnings via a custom dashboard which you get to access with your login credentials.
You can earn a lot with affiliate marketing as a blogger, there is no limit to what you can earn as an affiliate, there are no restrictions whatsoever.
This has made affiliate marketing stand out among all forms of making money online. You can build a successive and reoccurring income via affiliate marketing.
There are various affiliate marketing platforms out there and a lot to choose from but here is one piece of advice for you as a blogger.
Don’t go and start signing up as an affiliate for every brand that offers you a great commission. You should go for affiliates that are in line with what you write as a blogger.
Affiliates that aligns with your contents tends to make you more money. For example, let’s say you write on Fashion, you should promote affiliate related to fashion because this would better speak with your audience and at last convert them to successful customers.
You might be worried about getting successful customers when you are a very new blogger. This is exactly what I would advise you on. You Should post that aligns with your intended affiliate.
For example, you signed up as an affiliate for a fashion designer, all you would just need to do to get sales is to write an article about that fashion brand or include him in your very high paying post related to fashion. The second thing you can do to promote your affiliate links is to send them as a broadcast to your email marketing subscribers. That is why I recommend list building when starting your new blog, it helps you gather potential buyers and customer because they believe what you do.
Another thing You should know as a blogger is that your audience sees you as an authority. They tend to believe what you recommend to them.
Here is an article on affiliate marketing, I recommend you read it. There is a whole lot to learn from it
3. E-Book publishing.
Going back to what I said in the previous section, the day you decide to become a blogger that day you become a teacher to so many anonymous persons online. As a blogger, all you do is solve problems.
Thank God for the search engines. You get even luckier when the search engines index your post and get it out to the right person anywhere on the globe. Such a person shows your appreciation by commenting on your post.
The more comment you get the more your post becomes more relevant.
Why am I saying all these ?, I am saying all these because as a blogger people tend to believe in your principles and views.
you can then leverage that to offer them a paid product created by you. This product can be anything from a physical product to an information product.
Just in case your blog very well on a particular topic and you get feedback regularly then you can package an E-Book for your audience.
Here is an in-depth guide to help you publish your first E-Book.
This is the most viable means of income when coupled with other sources like Affiliate marketing and E-book publishing.
sadly, it does not work for all blog niches, only vert few blog niches tend to benefit from this and some of them are.
- Health and Wellness.
- Real estate.
Your blog readers will most time need a clearer definition of some of your certain blog post and this would make them seek a better mode of conversation which might involve the use of Emails, Social media, Phone calls and physical meetups.
This blog of income can be very lucrative if you intend to offer a product or a service in the end or else you might just be wasting your time.
5. Sell Private Ads.
Selling private Ads is a form of advertising that allows you to directly sell advert space from companies around you on your website.
This form of monetization is usually utilized by high traffic generating websites and huge and busy blogging niches.
News website and buzz get a lot of attention from credible companies to place ads on their behalf for a token.
Websites such as LindaIkeji.com Huffingtonpost utilizes this form of blog monetization technique.
6. Write and sell product reviews on your blog.
Writing and selling product reviews works like affiliate marketing, all you need do is select a particular product in your niche and write an article inform of a review, this review would contain the Pros and Cons of a particular product in focus.
When writing product reviews on your website make sure that such a product is related to your blog niche.
Here is an article I recommend you read on affiliate marketing.
7. Create and sell online courses.
Creating and selling online courses is another medium to make money online, this works for blogs in a specified niche such as digital marketing, blogging, software development and other slimmer niches.
I wrote an article to guide you on how you can start selling online courses and make good money out of them, click the link to get started.
8. Teach others how to build a successful blog.
Do you have a blog that makes enough money? you can also build an income stream from teaching people how to make money with their respective blogs.
Most blogs in this category usually write contents solely on blogging, and how to make money from your blog.
You can do teach people how to build a successful blog by offering creative and practical content, creating courses and selling E-books.
You can read this article to help you get started with creating a blog and make money, make sure to read this article and master the art of blogging and making money.
9. Become a freelance writer
Are you a freelance writer, there are a lot of services out there that offers content writing services.
There are so many platforms that help you make money as a freelance writer and one of them is Fiverr.
With Fiverr, you can create a gig and sell it off to buyers on the same network, you can start selling for as low as $5 to $100 depending on how successful your gig can sell.
I wrote an article on how you can get started on Fiverr.
10. Offer search engine optimization services.
There are so many companies and organization that needs the services of a search engine optimization expert, but not too many people are available to offer such services. Search engine optimization can also be a very lucrative business because the demand is high enough to generate additional income for your blog. If your blog is achieving positive SEO results, there is no harm in offering this as a service.
One thing that I also love about offering search engine optimization as a service is a fact that it can be offered in form of software services and physical consultations. There are so many businesses in this niche and some very few popular ones are Neilpatel.com, Ahref.com and Moz.
I wrote an article on how you can learn and master search engine optimization, click the link below to learn.
11. Offer design, web design and web development services.
Just like search engine optimization, web design services are also high in demand, there are a lot of online services that allow you to create a website by yourself, this is very good for hobbyist, but if you intend to build something for business, then these services won’t do at all.
If you are a professional website design agency, then you can put out content on your blog and make money from offering it as a service.
Just in case you don’t know how to get started as a web design agency, I wrote an article on how you can get started.
12. Sponsored Content.
Sponsored content is when a company pays you a fee in return for you writing an article that promotes that companies product or service.
If you run a popular, heavily tracked blog or your domain authority score has hit a certain milestone, likely, you have already started getting request for a sponsored post from a brand.
If you are not in this position to get a request for a sponsored post from brands and companies then you have to do this by yourself. All you have to do is identify a handful of products and their companies that perfectly into your niche, make a list of at least 10 products that you would like to advertise.
The next part is to visit the websites of your top 10 products and track down their email address using simple blogging tools like Hunter or Voila Norbert, you can also check the contact pages on their individual websites.
Last but not the least, the final thing to do is to send them an email requesting for partnership, make sure that you sound more personal not like a robot. You should bear in mind that you are addressing a human being.
13. Launch a Software Tool.
There are so many processes that need to be automated, and launching software can help you to reach the pocket of so many people all over the world. A very good example of this are tools like Ubbersuggest, SEMRush and many more. The tools mentioned above have been created to serve various purposes.
You need solid knowledge in coding to be able to achieve this or better still hire a third-party web developer to do this on your behalf. A better way to do this is by creating a Google Chrome extension, which is can be easily created.
14. Launch A Virtual Summit.
A virtual summit is an alive (or pre-recorded) event covering a specific subject with multiple guest speakers in tow.
If you have a group of like-minded readers on your email list, each with their own communities that align with your messaging, then you’ve got the audience a virtual summit just waiting to be invited
The easiest way to make money from your virtual summit is by selling admission tickets. You can also discount for early birds. Ask all of your speakers to elevate the event to their audience as well.
Another way to monetize your summit is by making admission to watch “live” free and then selling an all-access pass to anyone who wants the ability to watch the speakers they missed
With both methods, you can moreover make money blogging with your summit attendees by selling them another product after the event wraps up maybe an online course, eBook or coaching package that expands upon the ideas covered during the live summit.
Blog Monetization Timeline
There are so many ways to make money blogging but you should know that to get positive results there is an earning strategy for every stage of your blog.
One mistake made by so many bloggers is trying to implement every monetization strategy available at the very early stage of their blog.
For example, most blogs try to hit their blogs with Adsense Ads and affiliate links in the first month, but this method will not be effective because your blog is not getting enough traffic to be able to convert those traffic.
I am going to be sharing with you how you can effectively implement each monetization strategy to every lifecycle of your blog.
1. Consulting and Coaching (1 – 90 days).
In the first 1- 90 days, your blog is very new and you are getting very few pages views probably less than 1,000 and it might be difficult to make money with Ads or even affiliate marketing with those little page views.
My advice is that you utilize consulting and coaching strategy at this period.
The best blog niche that works at this stage is Tech consulting (Blogging, SEO, Website Design and mobile app development), Health consulting and General business consulting.
2. Affiliate Marketing (90 – 180 days).
When your blog reaches the 90 days lifecycle period then you need to start planning to implement the next monetization techniques which are affiliate marketing.
At this stage, your blog has reached a traffic milestone of over 1,000 – 2,500 page views per month which is reasonable to earn you very good money on affiliate marketing.
To be honest with you not too many blogs will hit this traffic milestone or else they properly understand and implement search engine optimization, I am going to drop off a link to my full SEO guide article and I recommend you read it.
Here is an article I recommend you read to help you get started with affiliate marketing.
3. Adsense, online courses, E-Book and other monetization strategies (180 – 365 days ).
At this point, you are expected to hit a traffic milestone of at least 5000 page views a month. When your blog hits the next traffic milestone then you need to level up and implement another monetization technique which can be the use of Google Adsense or start selling online courses and E-Books.
Here is an article I recommend you read to get started with Google Adsense and creating E-Books.
How Many Pageviews Do You Need To Make Money Blogging?
As a new blogger, starting with your first blog, one thing that is usually expected is the high level of anticipation, and trust me every blogger has experienced this at one point in time while building a blog.
One question that keeps popping up in your mind is how to make your website visibility to as many people as possible, this is why I wrote a comprehensive guide to help you get started with scaling your blog traffic from zero to hero. Click the link below to get started.
On the contrary, I always wondered how many page views you needed to have to make money blogging. To get a favourable answer, I spent time seeking out ways to grow my traffic via social media, posting on forums, but in the long run, it ended up as a wasted effort.
There is a lot of confusion over how huge your blog readership has to be before you begin making a good income.
And for good reason. It’s hard for someone to give you a hard and fast number because there are so many variables that come into play. One of these important variables is what I call.
1. “Do You know What You Are Doing?” factor.
That means that if you have no idea of what you are doing or how to blog as a business, you could have hundreds of thousands of pageviews a month and be making just a few hundred dollars a month.
On the opposite spectrum, if you are experienced and know exactly what you’re doing. You could have 50,000 pageviews a month and be making $10,000/month from blogging easily.
I wrote a comprehensive guide on how to start a blog and make money on this website. I recommend you click the link below to get started.
Having a huge blog readership most times does not guarantee that such a blog would become profitable in the long run. The truth remains the fact that it’s not the pageviews that matter, it’s how you use them.
There are four main questions you need to ask yourself that affect the number of page views you need to make money.
1. What kind of foundation have you set?
2. How Creative, engaging and Lucrative your contents are?
3. Does your blog have a crystal clear focus?
4. Do you have an email list?
5. How do you monetize your blog?
2. How Are You Monetizing Your Blog?
One of the most important questions that should be answered is how you intend to monetize your blog. There are various ways to make money from your blog as discussed in this article, and it becomes a waste of time when you only concentrate on one method as a blogger.
For example, when you focus your energy on monetizing your blog through ads (Google Adsense, Media.net and many others) you become frustrated because you need more page views to earn a substantial income. Subscribing to affiliate marketing, however, can guarantee that you make a good income from your early-stage blogging.
The first income that you are most likely to make as a blogger would come from affiliate marketing. I wrote a comprehensive guide on how to get started with affiliate marketing. Click the link below to get started.
The fact of the matter is that someone can make $5,000/mo with about 30,000 pageviews a month while someone else struggles to make $500/month with 200,000 pageviews. It all narrows down to how you intend to monetize your blog.
This is not to say that pageviews do not matter, in the long run, you need a huge readership to be able to convert your blog into a cash flowing machine, most times, At 100,000 pageviews a month, you should be blogging for full-time income.
If you have more than 100,000 pageviews a month on your blog (total page views, not unique) you should be blogging full-time (i.e. earning more than $3,500/month from your blog).
That doesn’t mean that the second you hit that 100,000/month pageview mark that someone will send you a check.
It means that if you’re already at 100,000/month and you are not generating full-time income then you are doing something wrong. This is where you have to critically review the genesis of why you started blogging in the first place.
That being said, if you have less than 100,000 pageviews and more than 30,000 pageviews a month, it’s possible to pull in a full-time income from blogging if you know what you’re doing.
The main goal of this article is to make money in the first blogging year, not too many blogs make money in the first year and I must confess that and this can be due to so many reasons such as choosing an inappropriate blog niche or not understanding how search engine optimization works.
Search engine optimization is a very important factor in blogging.
This is why I recommend that you read this In-depth guide on search engine optimization.
Starting as a blogger can be very hard, you might not make any money at all in the very first few months or even the first year. You should experience drought as a blogger in at least the first eight months of operation and at most twenty-four months.
If you do not earn any money in the first year of blogging then you must be doing something very wrong. That is why I recommend this post on my blogging mistake. It is a post that highlighted my failures as a blogger when I first started as a blogger.
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