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Blogging has come a long way from the early years of self-expression to “make money with blogging” motives behind blogging of today.
We all love the fact that you can make some serious coin with blogging.
Bloggers like Pat Flynn share their income reports and its enough to make you drool.
Here is some successful bloggers income per month.
- Timothy Sykes – $1,25 Million
- Perez Hilton – $575 000
- Pat Flynn – $148 000
- Making sense of cents – $140 000
- Car Advice – $125 000
- Dollar Sprout – $100 000
If that does not motivate you to start a blog right now then I don’t know what will?
Those are only a handful of blogs and blogs like Huffington Post ($18 000 000 Per Month!) makes so much money it is ridiculous.
By now, you get the idea that you can make money with blogging. Remember, all those bloggers started from scratch, with an idea. So it is certainly possible for you too.
If you want to start a blog to make some money, just go and look at the leaders in your niche and look at what they are doing.
It will help you find motivation and take action.
Also, remember to look at your blog as an opportunity to get some rewards for all the hard work you have put into it.
You are exchanging money for the value and knowledge you are providing.
Blogging can be a great way to earn a full-time income to do whatever you want, or if you would like to supplement your monthly income, you can certainly do that as well.
Nobody is judging.
This post will guide you in making decisions about which way will work for you to make money with blogging.
Table of Contents
5 Ways you can make money from blogging
- Affiliate Marketing
- Your Own Products
How long does it take to make money from your blog?
How do bloggers get paid?
Let’s look at 5 ways you can make money from your blog today.
Indirect Advertising – There are a number of options you can go with, but by far the most popular platform to use is Google Adsense.
It is extremely easy to implement in your blog, they pay well and it’s an all-around good way to monetize your blog.
There are two different forms of Indirect advertising:
CPC/PPC – Cost Per Click or better know as Pay Per Click. Every time a visitor clicks on an advertisement banner on your blog, you get paid.
CPM – Cost Per Impressions. Usually, you will get paid a fixed amount per 1000 impressions. In other words, every 1000 times the ad gets displayed in front of a visitor to your blog, you get paid.
Important to note – You are going to need heaps of traffic to make any good money from this method, as the advertising platforms only pay a couple of cents to a Dollar, every time someone clicks on an ad. Not only do you get a couple of cents but you also direct the visitor away from your website.
You lose the reader. Is it worth it? I don’t know.
Alternatives to Google Adsense:
Why don’t I use advertising platforms like Google Adsense?
It makes my websites seem cluttered and not focused. I can’t stand it. I would rather focus on a different way to make money with blogging.
So, I don’t do it, but to each his own.
Direct Advertising – Indirect advertising is not your only option but if you play the game well and can drive a ton of traffic to your website you can sell advertising spots on your website for a decent amount of money.
This is a more attractive approach for me as I can set my own standards, fees and have control over it.
If you have a great traffic strategy in place you can contact relevant companies and offer them advertising space on your website for a monthly fee.
Remember to keep it within your niche as people coming to your website is already targeted
You want to provide advertising spots that are successful not only for you but more importantly, for the companies buying the advertising spots.
Direct advertising can come in all shapes and sizes like banners, buttons, text links and even if you have a monthly newsletter, you can add an advertisement to a newsletter for a couple of bucks.
This is a much more professional way of doing advertising on your website and a very detailed way to make money with blogging.
This is an extremely popular way of making money on your blog. If you don’t have your own product or don’t want to go through the hassle of creating one, you can sell other people’s products on your blog for a commission.
This is called affiliate marketing.
It is a brilliant way to earn a lucrative income.
One of your main reasons for starting a blog is to create a following, a loyal readership that comes back for more and trust every word they read.
You know what these users want and you can now harness the power of connecting the user with a recommended product.
When they buy, you make money. Boom.
Just like that.
Although it can take some time to establish trust, you can start promoting affiliate links from the very beginning of your blog’s existence.
It is my favourite way of monetization and this is how 99 Everest makes the most money.
So, let’s look at a couple of affiliate programs.
Amazon Associates – The master of affiliate marketing when it comes to physical products. Amazon truly makes it super easy for you to make some money by promoting literally anything related to your blog. You can promote the best motivational books to hair clippers, depending on your niche. Perfect for review websites, DIY and photography blogs.
Udemy – I can vouch for Udemy. I have bought a ton of online courses from them and it helped me tremendously in my online business. You can learn about anything, from learning how to speak French to “how to introduce your dog to your new baby”.
So help other people by recommending courses you think they can learn from and when they enrol you get paid.
Clickbank – The master of digital products. You can almost promote anything digital under the sun. If you run a health and fitness blog, you will find an ebook you can promote, if you run a DIY blog you will find an ebook on how to “how to hit a nail” The options are endless and so are your ability to make good money.
Viglink – Viglink works by converting your outgoing links into affiliate links and every time someone makes a purchase, you get paid. Go and have a look for yourself. It is not for everyone but if you can use the opportunity, why not?
The above companies designed their business to grow with affiliate marketing. You also should not forget about smaller and individual companies that have affiliate programs like
These are all companies I know and work with so I can vouch for them and you should do the same. I promote the above companies through affiliate links and banners on my blog.
Ensure to do some research about the companies you want to promote.
How do promote affiliate programs?
First, let me say that there is a misconception about affiliate marketing. Everyone on the internet claims it is easy to make money with affiliate marketing.
It is not.
Like I mentioned before, you have to promote products from companies you trust and or work with.
You can’t promote junk to your visitors, it is a recipe for disaster.
It also makes no sense to promote junk to your visitors and stand the chance to lose them and make a bad name for yourself? Be trustworthy with your links and you will always stand a chance to promote another product to the same guy.
Ok, so how?
You can write an article about the product and then add affiliate links to the article by linking it to the product.
You have to remember to “sell your link”
You can’t write something like “follow the link and buy it, it is an awesome product” that will never work. You will just look super unprofessional.
Write an in-depth article about why you recommend it and or how it will solve your reader’s problems.
In other words, you need to write complementary articles that support your links.
Take it easy with your links and place them strategically throughout your article. You don’t want to come off as being too spammy.
Banners and Ads.
Most companies that run affiliate programs will almost always provide you with awesome banners and ads that you can use to place on your site. These banners usually come with an embed link, so when someone clicks on the banner, it will link to the product and if they make a purchase you will make a commission.
This is another great way to promote your affiliate links. If you have a subscriber list you can send a newsletter informing your subscribers about a new product or a new article about a product you reviewed.
Remember, these subscribers trust you enough to send them articles and products you recommend. So, don’t spam them every day with a bunch of affiliate links.
An email list is a super valuable to have, you can put amazing newsletters in front of their eyes or you can lose them in the wink of an eye.
The choice is yours.
Your own Products
Creating your own product is a great way to upscale your blogging business. You have to build trust first with your readers and when you are becoming an authority in your niche you can turn to product creation.
These products are usually info products like ebooks or courses.
It is obviously going to be a bit of extra work, creating an info product to sell to your audience, but the rewards can be great.
Keep in mind the following –
- Who is your target audience
- What price are you going to sell it for?
- What payment gateway are you going to use?
- Returns? What is your policy about returns?
If you find designing an online course a bit more appealing, you can always look at trusted companies like:
Both these companies are great and the reason why I mention just these two is that I work with them on a daily basis and know they are legit.
Once you have established a following, you can think about selling your time with a Skype meeting.
This is very personal and opens a whole new perspective for your following.
Let them pick your brain and just go all out with your info. Let them know and feel it was worth the time and money talking to you.
You can charge anything from $20 to whatever. I’ve seen people charge $330 per hour in the blog marketing niche.
That is good money.
Remember, when you start to run, there are always going to be people behind you who are only starting to crawl.
Be mindful, helpful and always be friendly.
Selling your services is also a great idea that you can use to make some extra money from your blog!
As you learn how to design and build things on the internet, you can always help someone else out for a few bucks, like helping with logo design, web design, SEO and even writing articles.
It is all these little droplets that make the bucket full.
How long does it take to make money from your blog?
I beg you not to fall for the “I make $10 000 after 6 months blogging” BS. It takes a LOT of hard work and countless hours in front of your computer to be able to make that kind of money every month.
I am not saying it can’t be done, I am saying that it is not possible for the 95% of us starting our blogging journey.
In my experience, you can make a small side income from month 6 and if you keep the pace a full income in year 2.
That is realistic.
Work hard and consistent and you will reap the benefits sooner than later.
How do bloggers get paid?
- Direct payment to your bank account
- Paypal (Very Common)
- Cheques by mail (Google, Amazon)
Those are the three main ways we get paid. Quick and easy.
There is obviously more than one way to make money from blogging and the more you diversify the better it will be for you. Just keep it within reason and within your management expertise.
There is no right or wrong, best or worst. Every blog and person is different, you will have to figure out a way to best monetize your blog for ultimate gains.
It is the best practice when starting out your blog to focus on the things that matter the most like content creation, building connections, joining communities and building an email list.
The above will be your blog’s foundation and without them, you won’t make a cent.
Great content will always be your number one priority. People will come to you to learn from you and the money will eventually follow.
Monetize your blog content naturally and everything will fall in place.
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