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When I first started blogging I’ll admit that I was thinking of all the successful blogs I had seen and wondered if I could be them. I wanted to know if I had what it took to make thousands of dollars in blog revenue leaving my day job an option as opposed to a necessity.
I was willing to be able to do whatever it took to make money with a blog. One of the big reasons was being able to work from home and make my own schedule. I mean who doesn't want more day-to-day freedom?
But this can be easier said than done when you are first getting started. I wanted to know how make money blogging for beginners. Some bloggers will have you believe that you don’t until you reach a certain number of page views or followers.
Well, I am here to tell you that you can monetize your blog even if you are just starting out. I made money with my blog within its first few months of being created and was making thousands while still learning the basics.
I am going to tell you how you too can make money with your blog sooner rather than later.
Product or Service
Let's start with one of the bigs ones – a product or service. Having a product or service is a great way to make money from day one. There are a number of different things you can do when it comes to creating a product or service.
Digital products are probably one of the most popular products that one can sell to make money with their blog. Digital products can consist of online courses, workbooks, videos, and other products that exist solely online. These are great because you create them once then watch the cash roll in!
The downside to having a digital product is the time it takes to create it and choosing the right product. While you could make good money with this from day one if you have a good product idea, make sure to take time to do your research first. If you already have your idea ready to go, go for it!
Physical products never go out of style. If you have something people want to buy, you’re in business. Items can range from crafts, T-shirt’s, or even manufacturing a product of your own to sell on your blog. Buying online is hot right now. And sites like Shopify make it so easy to set up a store right on your blog. This is something you absolutely can do on day one.
Services is interesting because there is not a whole lot of upfront work to do to offer a service. Simply create a page on your blog describing your service and wait for orders to come in. I've seen people do this for consulting, coaching, social media management, being a virtual assistant, and copywriting. As a blogger, you have a lot of skills that other bloggers and business would love to use!
Lastly, before we leave this section on products, you should know that you have to promote your products of course. This is why it is so important to have email lists with an engaged audience to get a good response to anything you create. Make sure you are building your email list from day 1 too! Not sure how to get started? Check out our free course on getting your first 1,000 email subscribers below.
Sponsored posts have to be one of my favorite ways to make money on my blog and it can be quite lucrative if you do it right. Bloggers can make anywhere from $50 -$10,000+ for a single post!
In case you are wondering what a sponsored post is, it's blog posts that you write on your blog that mentions a brand who is paying you to mention them.
While the concept of sponsored posts is a simple one, it is not necessarily an easy road to cash. You first have to find these opportunities by applying to them on various influencer networks or by pitching them directly. Once that is done you have to come up with a blog topic your audience not only wants to enjoy but also meets all the agreed-upon criteria with the sponsor.
And the work isn’t over once you write the post. You have to make sure it gets eyeballs too so that sponsors come back for more partnerships. One way to do this is by sharing your post on your various social media channels.
While it is work, it is so worth it! It looks good to work with big brands and mention them to people you work with later on. But it all starts with getting the right opportunities to apply to.
If you are interested in having sponsored posts delivered directly to your inbox, you should sign up for the Blogging Money Update newsletter. This sends opportunities ranging from $50-$5,000 3 times a week. So finding good opportunities should not be hard to do!
Okay now, let’s talk ways bloggers make more passive income. Affiliate marketing is one way. It is also a great way to make money while you sleep.
Here is how it works. You sign up for relevant affiliate programs on channels like Shareasale.com. Here, you can find a number of brands who are willing to pay you for sales and leads that come from your blog. Just add affiliate links to relevant posts and promote your content as you normally would. You get paid for the lifetime of the post. Easy peasy!
Similarly to sponsored posts, you must share your blog posts you created pretty regularly to see the full benefits of affiliate marketing. I am a firm believer of putting affiliate links in all of your content just in case an article goes viral which is affiliate marketing gold!
And of course, make sure you ar adding proper disclosure to all your content with affiliate links. Take a look at ours at the top of this post if you want an idea of what it should say.
Lastly is advertising. Everyone (non-bloggers) seems to think that this is the main way bloggers make money. And for those who are getting millions of page views every month, this may be the case. But if you just starting out, you are probably just grateful to get ANYONE on your site, let alone hundreds or thousands of people.
But it is still important to establish some sort of ad network on your blog even while still growing your audience.
And here is why – Every visitor click matters. Let’s say it takes you a couple of months to get to 1,000 visitors a month to your blog. If you waited until that third month to put ads on your site, you wasted all the clicks before that. Had you implemented to ad platforms, you could’ve been earning – even if it is a small amount.
While ad platforms like Mediavine and AdThrive are for more established bloggers with over a certain number of sessions, Google Adsense is excellent for new bloggers. There aren’t many requirements to join and the amount of traffic you receive doesn’t really matter. Win-win! Just don’t expect to make a ton with ads initially. But as your blog grows so will the revenue in this area.
Making money with your blog does take time. There is no myth about that here. But that does not mean that you cannot pursue monetization options early. Start with advertising as soon as your blog is set up and has a couple of posts. Make your way to affiliate marketing after that and as you become more established with a considerable email list.
But you want to make sure that even though you have money on your mind, you are still establishing all the beginner blogging basics such as making sure your site is set up properly, your branding is in place and you are regularly creating content for your blog.
That is why we created the Ultimate Blogging Kick Start Course. We cover everything from proper blog setup, writing content that converts and building your email list. With this ultimate course and the monetization strategies above, you can expect to make money with your new blog in no time at all!