Isn’t it wonderful how in today’s world you can write about something you love and make money out of it? And not only that, but you can make enough to even quit your job and become a full-time blogger!
I know for sure that blogging has changed my life. I used to work 12 hours/per day, even on weekends, and now I can make the same amount of money in a single day. I’ll never forget the day I woke up only to see I’ve made my entire salary while I was sleeping. Who would have thought that a small blog can do that? I used to have only 2.000 visitors per month on that blog too. Which means you don’t need big numbers to achieve your financial goals.
Btw, if you haven’t started a blog already and you’re still looking for the best platform I suggest you read our 6.000 step by step guide on how to start a blog. You can find it HERE. We’ll tell you everything you will ever need to know to create a money making blog in no time.
Since you are a new blogger, your focus should be on affiliate marketing. By affiliate marketing we understand promoting someone else’s products or services through a unique link and making a commission every time someone buys said product/service through it.
This works every time because you are promoting a product or platform that is already known, which means is trustworthy. If you promote a hosting service, for example, then there are high chances that people will trust your opinion even if they don’t know too much about you.
The best way to promote affiliate links is to write articles about them. Let’s say you want to promote a baby stroller. You might have bought it yourself for your own baby, in which case you can write an honest review. If not, then you can search for other people’s opinions, and the info the brand is giving, to put together a well written and convincing article.
Another option is to add products related to your article. If you wrote an article about productivity, for example, then you could add products such as notebooks, laptops, pens, and even a desk between paragraphs. You should register for the Amazon Associates program, it will let you add all these products with a single link.
Go to “Product Linking” on your associate’s dashboard and then click on “Native Shopping Ads”. It will take you to a page with more options for ads. Click on “Custom Ads” and then on “Create Custom Ads”. Add the products you want and then copy the link and paste it on your blog. Now every time someone will click on your links and buy something, you’ll make money. Another great thing about this is that you’ll receive a commission for whatever that person will buy in the next 24 hours.
Your own products
You might be a new blogger, but there are chances that you already are an expert in your field and niche. If you are a nutritionist, for example, and you just decided to start a blog, then you could already create your own products and promote them through your blog.
You can create e-books, courses, or even start a membership. My advice would be to start with e-books and then slowly grow your business to courses and more.
To create your first e-book register for a free account on Grammarly. We have an article HERE all about it. Once it’s done, go to Canva.com and design it. You can use their free elements or you can start a free trial and use the premium ones.
Once your e-book is done, add it to Gumroad. This will take away all the pains of setting up a payment gateway and having to deal with all the issues that might appear by selling it on your own website. You can create a beautiful landing page for it on your blog and then add the link to your e-book on Gumroad.
When it comes to ads, things get a little more tricky. You can make beautiful money with ads, but you need bigger numbers to do so. Still, I added this option because even though you might have a new blog, your numbers might grow quickly.
If you want to know more about how to grow your blog traffic then I suggest you check out these articles:
Once you started growing, Mediavine is the best choice. They require 50,000 sessions in the previous 30 days if you want to apply to them, but they have the best pays at the moment.
Start an email list
I will continue to *scream* about the importance of starting an email list right from the bat until everyone understands how important it is. It doesn’t matter where you drive your traffic from, that source could be gone tomorrow. Having an email list, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to own access to your audience. You can always download your email list and upload it to another email subscription provider. It is your own, you own it and no one can take it away from you.
When it comes to monetizing it, you can write emails and promote affiliate links or you can promote your own products. Once you have a bigger number of subscribers, you can also offer services for solo ads. This means that someone will pay you to promote their products to your list.
We have two articles that are all about how to start and build your email list from the scratch. Check them out here:
How to grow your blog
Since monetization is 100% based on how many people you have on your blog, I thought I would mention briefly how you can grow your traffic.
My favorite platform as a free traffic source is Pinterest, even though I sense Twitter will take its place in my heart. Remember how I mentioned earlier that I managed to make my entire salary from my old job in a single night while I was sleeping? The traffic came from Pinterest.
Focus on learning more about how the platform works, we have a step by step guide for Pinterest HERE. Create your pins in Canva and schedule them with Pinterest or use a tool such as Tailwind.
The next one is Google SEO. You won’t see results in the first six months since Google takes its time before trusting your blog. But once it picks up on it, it will only grow from there. This is a great way to gather a lot of traffic without having to pay a cent for it. You shouldn’t skip this step. Optimize all your articles for Google.
My third suggestion is Twitter. I recently got into it and let me tell you, it’s addictive! Not only you can grow quickly but you can also meet a lot of like minded people which is a great thing! We have step by step guide on how to grow on Twitter and how to get traffic to your website with it HERE.
Now that you have a guide start making some money!