You may have heard that it’s more than possible to make money blogging. You’re intrigued but not exactly sure if this is entirely true. As a full-time blogger, I can tell you that it’s not only possible to make money blogging but it’s something that attainable — even for the newbie blogger.
As an alum of one of the most popular blogging courses known to the internets, Elite Blog Academy, I can vouch for my own income blogging many of the successes from Elite Blogging Academy that making money as a blogger is a very real thing.
In this post, I’m going to share with you different ways that bloggers can make money along with some FREE tools to help you get started in the right direction. Blogging can be a pretty fun pastime but it’s even more fun when you are making money with it!
How do Bloggers Make Money?
Before I hit you with all the free resources to help your blog become profitable, I should explain the ways that you can actually make money blogging. I think this is important because it will help you choose your strategy for making money with your blog. There are many paths to profitability for bloggers and you will have to choose the best method that works with your available resources like time, money, skillset, technical ability, etc.
Here’s a quick rundown of ways that bloggers make money:
This is probably the most popular way to make money blogging. Affiliate marketing is when you recommend a product or service and receive a commission for doing so. Many times you will get a unique link so that your partner can track your sales and pay you for your referrals. Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn an income telling people about things that you’ve found helpful and could potentially help someone else. It’s a win-win situation for you, your audience and your promotional partner.
If you want more information on affiliate marketing strategies, you should check out Michelle Schroeder-Garner’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. In this course, she talks about how she’s able to earn over $100,000 per month from her blog due to affiliate sales.
If you can show a potential sponsor that you’ve got an audience that will take heed to your recommendations, then you could also make money producing sponsored content. Brands will pay you a premium to publish content related to their products.
Sponsorship income can be applied to many types of media: blogs, podcasts, YouTube channels, and even Instagram feeds. If you’ve got an audience, there is someone who will pay you to mention or promote their product. As always, the ethical approach is to work with brands you would use yourself and recommend to a friend (even without payment.)
You can create eCourses and eBooks and sell them to your audience. This is an excellent way to monetize your blog when you have a particular skill set, knowledge or access to information that many people could benefit from. These type of products are fairly easy to create and can be profitable once the begin selling regularly.
Ad network revenue
You’ve probably seen ads on a website or YouTube channel and wondered what if content creators really get paid for those display ads. They do get paid and it can also be a great stream of revenue for a blog. Some bloggers earn $30, $40 or even $100 a day or more just from ad revenue alone. There are a few popular ad networks that include Google Adsense, Thrive, Mediavine, and a few others.
You can use your blog to promote the services you provide. These can be services ranging from one-on-one coaching to consulting or even speaking engagements. A blog that gets sufficient traffic can be a great way to promote services.
Free tools to help you make money blogging ASAP
Now that you know about all the different ways that you can make money blogging, here are some free tools that can help you start and grow your blog as soon as humanly possible.
Starting a Money-Making Blog Tutorial
This start a blog tutorial that will show you how to choose the best web host, install a theme and personalize the blog so you can begin making money. If you use my referral link to set up web hosting through Bluehost, then you can get access to the blogging tutorial for free.
This eBook, 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight, is created by mega blogger Ruth Soukup who retired her aerospace engineer with her blogging income. The rest of the resources here will also be freebies from her and her Elite Blog Academy course but this one deserves to be bumped to the top because of it’s potential to truly change someone’s blogging income rather quickly.
If you are just starting a blog or have been blogging for some time, 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight, will help you earn more money from your blog.
Organizing your blog in the best way possible can make all the difference for your visitors and conversion rates (sales.) It’s important to get your blog structure and layout right. The EBA Blog Structure Blueprint can help.
Confused about WordPress and what it takes to get it set-up properly? Plug-ins are like apps but for your website. You don’t want to ignore the plug-ins that can help your blog run optimally for profits that grow over time. Check out 20 Free (or Almost Free) WordPress Plug-ins for Bloggers.
Wondering about branding for your blog? The free resource on blogger branding can help you. Download, The Beginner’s Guide to Branding Your Blog, to create a brand that draws in your ideal audience and builds your tribe of dedicated, raving fans.
More freebies to help your blog get going:
Hopefully, you’ve got all the resources you need to start a blog and make money with it right away.
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