Well, when I was planning to start my first blog I was wondering and confused about how bloggers really make money online and what means do they get paid for blogging and who really pays them and how much can you really make blogging. So I decided to do a little research.
How Do Bloggers Make Money
There are a lot of great different ways that bloggers make money online. But the most basic and popular ways that most bloggers make money online is through Ads and Affiliate Marketing.
So, Ad is, you just sign-up for an ad company and they’ll put display advertisements on your website.
And they’ll pay you generally $15 to $25 or more per every thousand page views.
That income can go way higher depending on your niche or topic.
And affiliate marketing is when you link to affiliate networks such as ClickBank, Amazon, etc, and they’ll give you commission for sending someone to buy their product or services.
These two forms of making money from a blog are really simple.
But the only problem is, if you don’t get the traffic you won’t make any money.
Read on… The following article provides more detail regarding how bloggers get paid blogging. Plus, I will share with you how to start and make money blogging and how much you can earn blogging.
With that being said, let’s dive in…
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How Do Bloggers Really Make Money Blogging
Well, there are many ways to make money from your blog depending on the nature of your blog: What niche you’re in or your business model.
Depending on your earning goals, you can choose from one of the methods of earning money with a blog below.
You won’t be making a lot of money in your first months or year of blogging but with persistence, determination, and massive action.
You can start to earn a decent, consistent income every month.
Here Are Some Of The Best Ways Bloggers Are earning Money Online:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Displaying Ads
- Selling Your Own Product
- Sponsor Post
- Selling Membership Site
- For Building Brand And Credibility
Let’s take a look at each of these methods.
Well, in my opinion, I think affiliate marketing is by far one of the best to make money from your blog.
Well, the thing is with affiliate marketing, you don’t really need to have tons of traffic to your blog before you can start earning money from your blog.
And as a new blogger, this is a great opportunity for you as you can usually start to earn some income with your blog from there.
If you have little traffic to your blog affiliate marketing is the best way to go.
The thing with affiliate marketing is that you can write a great review about a product, and add a link to the product within your content.
And if your readers click on the link and make a purchase you earn a commission.
I WANT YOU TO TAKE NOTE OF THIS IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED WITH AFFILIATE MARKETING WITH A BLOG:
- Structure your affiliate links properly in your content. Don’t spam your reader with your affiliate link.
- Create quality content to attract new visitors to your site.
- Focus more on providing value first.
- Select a product that adds value to your audience’s life. (The one that solves problems your readers are facing.
- Build an email list (don’t send people directly to raw affiliate links. Capture their email addresses first and then market the product to them through email marketing)
Ads are one of the most common and popular ways that most bloggers earn money from their blogs, especially the beginning bloggers.
A recent study shows that more than 75% of bloggers in the world make money from their blogs through Ads.
This is simply because with Ads you don’t have to do anything.
All you have to do is to sign up with an ad network and place an ads code on your site.
And from there, all you have to do is to focus on creating great content that will drive traffic to your site.
As ads are a great way of making money as a blogger, in order to make decent, sustainable income from ads, you need to generate tons of monthly traffic to your blog.
Well, the thing is, the more traffic you generate on your blog the more income you’ll make.
If you get 100,000 page views per month to your blog, you can make a lot of money from that.
Especially if you work with premium ads network such as:
These three ad management networks pay way more than what Adsense and the rest of the other ads network out there pay.
If you can get your site on one of these premium ads networks you can make serious money from your blog.
The only thing is that they won’t accept you until you reach a certain level of traffic.
They’ll accept you when you start to generate somewhere from 10,000 to 100,000 page views per month from your blog.
But here is the good news, right now Ezoic is accepting sites with even zero page views.
So, that means you can get your site on Ezoic right after creating it.
Selling Your Own Product
If your idea is not to sell other people’s products on your blog, then you can create your product or service and sell it on your blog.
Selling your own product is also another great way to make money from your blog.
I personally know people who are selling their own products on their blog and are making a very significant income from that.
If you have knowledge in any field that YOU think people will benefit from, why not create a product around that.
The product can be a physical or digital product.
Examples of this can include items such as:
- eBooks – ebooks are a great way to make money blogging. Put together your knowledge about specific topics and turn it into an eBook.
- Online Course – You can identify a specific problem that you think people are having challenges with and create a course that provides a solution to that problem. And you can sell that course on your blog. But the only problem with this is that you’ll have to spend a little money to get that set up successfully.
- Freelance Writing – You can offer yourself as a freelance writer and write content on other people’s websites. You can make decent income working from home as a freelance writer.
A sponsored post is simply promoting a large company’s product on your blog or writing a piece of content about a company on your blog. It’s not anything about SEO it’s just brand awareness.
If you have a professional good looking website.
And a good amount of monthly visitors to your blog, you can offer a sponsored post from other companies.
Why did I say a good amount of traffic?
The thing is, companies will only love to work with you or approach you for their product if they see that you’re getting a lot of traffic to your blog…
… High engagement and followers.
Sponsor post is also one of the best ways most of the top bloggers make money online.
You can make a lot of money from your blog through sponsor posts.
I personally know a blogger who’s making way more than a full-time income a month through sponsor posts alone.
Although sponsored posts take a lot of work, effort, and time, it’s still one of the best ways to make a real income from your blog.
Use It To Build Brand And Credibility
Using your blog to build a personal brand and credibility can really be of good help.
It can help you build TRUST in the eye of your targeted audience and also help you rank well in the search engines.
Using your blog as a ladder of building Authority in your space can lead to a very profitable way of increasing your revenue and expanding your reach.
How do I do that? Great question!
First, you start by identifying what problem, pain, or challenges your target audiences’ are facing.
And then provide a solution to those problems.
You can also connect with other people who are already successful with what you’re doing and ask them if they can feature in their work.
In this case, their audience can get exposed to your work.
Why all this?
This will help you increase your brand awareness and more people will get exposed to your brand.
And as more people get exposure to your brand, your engagement will increase.
As companies see that you get more engagement whenever you post, they’ll be willing to pay you more to get their product in front of your readers.
Sell Membership Site
A membership site is a site that requires you to pay a monthly fee when you join. A membership site can be an education platform where people join to learn and better their lives and they’re charged monthly.
If you have good knowledge in any field, you can offer coaching services or consultants, etc…
Just any helpful content and put a subscription on it.
If you get people to join your membership site and you’re able to maintain them, you can make a healthy income every single month.
For example, if you have 100 people that join your membership site and those 100 people each of them are paying $50 to $70 every month.
You can be making passive income as long you maintain your members.
Build An Audience And Loyal Customers
You can use your blog to build loyal customers that will purchase from you over and over again.
How do I do that?
If you provide your audience with valuable, relevant, high-quality content that really helps them in one way or the other.
They will start to Know, Like, and Trust you and even start to see you as an expert and go-to person for help and advice.
They’ll even recommend you to others.
As that happens anytime you recommend an offer to them, they’ll be willing to buy from you simply because they TRUST YOU.
THAT IS IT, FOLKS.
As you know the various ways that bloggers make money online. Let’s take a look at how to start and make money blogging.
But before we touch on that, I want us to first look at a few things.how bloggers get paid by Bright Kersh
Can You Really Make Money Blogging?
To put it simply – “yes, you can absolutely make a significant income blogging. It’s not strange or secret today to make money from your blogs, it’s absolutely 100% legit, reality, and very possible to make money from a blog.
The concept of making money blogging is simple.
You can create relevant, high-quality, and valuable content on your blog in a specific area of your interest.
This could be:
- Travel, etc
Just anything you can think of under the sun.
And once the blog starts to generate a significant amount of traffic on a monthly basis…
You can start to monetize it in different ways and start making money from it.
I personally know bloggers who are making hundreds and thousands of dollars per month from their blogs.
Having your own personal blog is a really great way of making real money online in this internet age.
And one thing about blogging is that you can make money in many different ways.
You don’t need to depend on one or two ways to make money from a blog.
How Much Can You Earn As A Blogger
With blogging, how much you earn will depend on three factors: Your knowledge about your niche and the amount of traffic you’re getting on your blog, and how you monetize your blog.
That said, a beginner blogger can make somewhere from $100 to $500 per month, an average blogger can earn somewhere from $1,000 to 2,000 or more per month. Pro bloggers can make somewhere from $32,744 to $100,000 or more per month.
As I said earlier, your earning will depend on:
- Your niche
- Your monetization strategy
- How much traffic you’re getting on you and where most of your traffic are coming from
Let me break down each of these for you.
Let’s start with a niche:
For instance, if your niche is about music and that’s what you talk about on your blog, well, I’m sorry to say you’re not going to make that much.
On the other hand…
If you talk about topics like health, wealth, relationship, legal-type of topics, especially finance, you can make a decent income from ads.
Picking the right niche is really important, so do your best to pick the right niche.
If your target is to make a certain amount of money from your blog. Then pick your niche based on the amount you want to make.
Some niches for blogging are just not that profitable.
Here are some profitable blog niches that will earn you the most money:
- Make Money
- Health & Fitness
- Fashion, etc
Your Monetization Strategy:
You can’t just place Google Adsense on your blog and expect to make tons of money from that.
Even if you have a very profitable niche. Google Adsense doesn’t pay that much to bloggers.
So, if you ask for my advice, I would not recommend you place Google ads on your blog.
If your main target is to make money from ads…
I suggest you wait until you start getting enough traffic to your blog then you apply for a premium ad company.
Premium ads networks simply pay way more than what Adsense pays.
Your Traffic Level:
The more traffic you get on your blog, the more money you’re likely to make especially if you rely heavily on ads.
If ad is your main strategy then your traffic has to come from the right place.
You will make a lot from ads if most of your traffic comes from these three countries:
- United State Of America
The key is to target these three countries. Why? That’s where you’ll make most of your money.
But you still need to get a decent amount of traffic to your blog.
If most of your traffic comes from outside these countries, you’re not going to make as much as you’ll expect.
How Long Does It Take To Make Money Blogging
Well, to be honest with you, making money blogging takes a very long time. It takes a minimum of 6 months to 1 year of hard work before you can start earning from your blog.
If you’re only starting your blog to make money, then you’re going to get disappointed.
Because making money with a blog is not a get-rich-quick kind of stuff, it takes time and effort.
Why is it so?
Well, the reason is that it takes about 35 weeks for Google to start sending traffic to a new post on a new website.
And not only that, you have to also build EAT ( Expertise, Authoritative, and Trust) with Google before they can start to send traffic to your blog.
And all this takes work and time.
That’s why it takes that long to make money from a blog.
In your first year, I recommend you spend most of your time writing content, not just any kind of content but relevant, high-quality, and valuable content.
Content that solves problems.
You should work on SEO and promote your blog on different social media & forums like Quora, Reddit, etc.
This will help you rank your blog faster on search engines.
And you’ll start to generate a lot of traffic to your blog which overtime will help you make money from your blog.
REMEMBER: The only way you’ll start making money with your blog or website is when you’re starting to get traffic.
Focus on traffic first and the money will honestly follow after.
Here Is How To Start A Blog That Earn Money
If you’re planning to start your own blog so that you can money from it, then you’ll have to first plan everything before you start.
Well, the thing is making money from a blog nowadays it’s not as easy as it used to be 5-10 years ago.
There is a lot of competition in the blogging space. That said, the only way to stand out among the crowd is to take the right step.
Here Is A Quick Guide Of How To Start A Blog:
- Choose A Blog Topic Or Niche: Pick a topic you’re passionate about, interested in or want to learn about. You don’t have to have a whole lot of knowledge about it. You can do research or learn about, and then write. Don’t go after topics that you think people are making a lot of money with. Doing that you’ll find it difficult to write content that speaks to your target audience.
- Pick A Domain Name: As you decide on the niche you’re going to be operating in. The next thing is to pick a descriptive name of your blog, this could be your name or your brand name.
- Get Your Blog A Secure Hosting: Here you need to get your blog online. So you need to register your blog by getting hosting. I recommend You choose a secure hosting like Bluehost and start your blog with WordPress.
- Pick A Theme: A theme is simply the design of your blog. WordPress offers tons of free themes, choose one and customize it to your liking. However, if you want a professional good looking website then I recommend you go for premium themes like Divi and Thrive Theme. These two themes are very great and have a lot of functionality.
- Create And Publish Quality Content: Create content that your readers would love to consume. Content is what will drive visitors to your blog, so you want to focus more of your time on that.
- Work On Monetization: There are several ways to make money from your blog. Pick one that you’re comfortable with and monetize your blog with it.
- Promote Your Blog On Different Social Media Platform: When you start your blog, you’re not going to get tons of readers. Promoting your blog on social media can help you get earlier attraction and engagement on your blog.
I have another post where I share with you step-by-step how to start a blog successfully and also some mistakes to avoid when blogging. You can check it out here.
Here Are A Few Things You Should Learn To Make Your Blog Successful
There are so many things you have to learn to make your blog successful. However, the most important one is to learn how to write content that’s relevant to what people are searching for and optimize it for SEO.
To find out what terms, questions, or phrases people are typing into the search engines that are related to your niche so you can create content around.
There are a few keyword research tools out there that you can help you with that such as:
These two keyword research tools are advanced tools, they’ll help you get more information about what people are actually looking for.
Here Are A Few Things You Should Learn To Become A Successful Blogger:
- Pick your niche, the one that you’re interested in and passionate about
- Host your blog with self hosted platform
- Learn to work on your website, this could be WordPress or Html
- Take time to do keyword research, so you can write better content based on what people are searching for
- Learn SEO
- Write good, helpful piece of content on a regular basis
- Give some advice to your readers, benefits they will get from your blog
- Put some product links related to your blog
- Be consistent and take massive action
- Promote your blog on different social media platforms
In my opinion, I think blogging is the best way to make money online, especially for those who don’t want to be on camera.
In fact, most successful online entrepreneurs you see on YouTube videos all have amazing blogs that they monetize heavily.
Here Is How To Drive Traffic To Your Blog The Best Way
There are several ways you can get traffic to your blog. You don’t have to necessarily focus on big keywords to get a lot of traffic to your blog.
The danger of focusing on big keywords is that you’re going to face a lot of competition which might delay your progress as a new blogger.
The best approach is to go for keywords that are relatively easy and small.
And load them into Google and check the top 5 blogs that are ranking for that keyword and see if they are answering it correctly.
If the answer they provide is not relevant or they’re not answering the question or most of the answers are from forums like Quora and Reddit.
That’s a golden opportunity for you.
Write down that question and produce a better long post answering that. Do this 200 times, lol.
Google will start to send traffic to those questions that you answer which will help you start to build trust with Google with your website.
Though most of those questions will only bring in a few hundred people per month to your blog.
However, if you have hundreds of these types of posts.
And most of them start to rank, you can start to have decent traffic to your blog.
I know you may be asking how can I write all that content by myself?
Well, not to overwhelm yourself, I recommend you get help.
You can hire writers to help get all the burdens off your shoulders.
Here are some of my best places to find solid content writers:
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Blogging is one of the lucrative ways of making money from your passion.
If you follow a proven step and take massive action on your blog, overtime, you can make a pretty good income from it.
Though it takes a fair amount of time, effort, dedication to make any significant income from a blog.
But don’t let that stop you…
You just have to commit to the process and take massive action by providing valuable content to your readers.
And overtime it will start to bring in traffic to your website which will eventually lead to the money.
Make Money Blogging FAQs
What Is A Blog?
A blog is simply an abbreviation that’s mostly used by people, the original name for a blog is a weblog. A blog is a place or a platform on the internet where one can express his or her opinion, idea, or knowledge about a specific subject or topic in the form of an article.
Who Is A Blogger?
A blogger is a person or someone who writes or posts valuable content or articles on a regular basis to help another individual. A blogger communicates and shares his or her ideas on a given topic with the world.
Can You Make Money As A Blogger?
The short answer is yes. You can earn money online as a blogger. You can even make a full-time income from blogging within your first year of blogging if you put in enough effort. However, it’s a long-term and consistent business, don’t expect to get rich quickly.
How Much Can You Make From A Blog?
Well, according to Glassdoor a full-time blogger can make about $32,88 per year. However, if you’re just starting out, you can expect to earn $100 per month but if you work harder you can earn up to $4,000. You can make less or a lot from your blog but that totally depends on your offers, traffic level, and monetization strategy.
How Do Beginner Bloggers Make Money
There are several ways to monetize a blog. Lots of bloggers make money by selling affiliate programs, placing ads on their blog, but most of the newbie bloggers make money primarily from affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is simply recommending products created by other people and you don’t have to create your own product, deal with customer service, refund, etc.
How Do Bloggers Get Paid?
Ideally, bloggers get paid by providing value that helps others. They try to solve problems that others are having challenges with and in return they sell products to them. If their traffic is enough they get paid for ad impressions and if people click on the ads, they get extra benefits from it.
Do Bloggers Get Paid Per View?
Yes, if you run ads on your blog you can get paid for a certain number of people that view the ad on your blog. Most of the premium ad networks pay you on the basis of page views. If you’re getting 10,000 views monthly on your blog. You can earn a good amount of money from your blog.
How Much Do Bloggers Make Per 1000 Views?
Well, with 1,000 views you’re not going to make that much from ads but if you have affiliate products you can earn a lot from that view. That said, If a blog gets 1000 views daily, it can earn on average $1 to $1.5 per day and make $40 to $60 a month.
Which Is Better Blogging Or YouTube?
Well, both blogging and YouTube are very profitable but first, you should figure out your passion and make the perfect choice. Is your passion writing or shooting video? If you don’t like writing then you should definitely start shooting YouTube Videos. It will be your perfect choice.
But If you like writing and you can communicate with words better, then blogging is the best option for you.
That said, If you ask for my advice I would recommend you focus more on YouTube than Blogging. Because video contents are in higher demand nowadays than text content.
How Often Should I Blog To Make Money?
Consistency is the key to success. It’s important you produce more posts if you want to take your blog to the next level. Blogging two or three times a week is better especially if you’re just starting out.
That thing is, the more content you produce the more traffic you get and more money you’re likely to make. However, just make sure your blog post should be quality over quantity.
How Many Posts Does A Blog Need To Succeed?
Well, to be honest with you I don’t think a specific number of posts is important. It’s about posting consistently. If you want to see some sort of success from blogging, you need to blog regularly. It’s not a specific number of blog posts that will make your blog successful, it’s about the amount of traffic you generate on your blog.
And the more posts you have on your blog, the more traffic those posts can bring to your site.
How Many Posts Should I Launch My Blog With?
It doesn’t matter how many posts you have when you start. The most important thing is to start as soon as possible so that you can get found by search engines. Don’t wait till you have 5 or 10 blog posts ready to launch. Start with one post and keep adding more posts as you move.
Is Posting Everyday On Your Blog Too Much?
Well, this could be in some cases. In the view of Google search bot, this could be normal. But from your audience’s standpoint, this could be too much. Most of your audiences are busy and don’t have the time to read your post everyday. So, if you write everyday, schedule them to be published two or three times a week.
People generally read a lot on weekends, so scheduling your post for publication on Saturday, Wednesday and Friday can be of good help.
How Do I Get My Blog Noticed By Google And People?
Technically, the first step to making your site get noticed by Google is to submit it to the Google search console. And if you already have content on it, you must work on SEO (search engine optimization) so that you can get found on search results by people.
How Many Times Should You Blog A Week?
Well, this really depends on YOU and your working ability. You can blog as many times as you want in the week as long as you’re producing relevant and quality content. However, for me, I love to blog twice a week. I found it works best for me and I don’t have to overwhelm myself.
What Is The Best Time Of Day To Post A Blog?
Well, to put it simply- this will vary based on your audience and your location. That said, the best way to figure out the right time to post is to run your own experiment. Try different times and days and see how it affects your traffic and engagement.
However, generally, posting on weekdays or weekends evenings (9 pm to 10:30 pm) will get you higher traffic than posting during the daytime. As most people have free time during those hours.
Is Blogging Dead
To put it simply- no blogging is not dead. Blogging is rapidly growing just like anything else on the internet. Though there are more blogs today on the internet than ever before, that doesn’t mean blogging is dying.
However, the only thing is that the competitive level in blogging today is very high compared to 10 years ago.
And it’s a little bit harder to get noticed among all of the other blogs out there. But blogging is still profitable.