These Are The Best Ways To Profit From Your Blog
If you do a search on the web about how beginner bloggers make money, you’ll get tons of articles about the subject. Such articles run the gamut from the simplest to the most complex ones. While you’ll earn from your blog whichever way you choose, some avenues will lead you to greener pastures.
Knowing which road to take is key to making the most profit from your blog. However, if you’re a novice trying to find your footing, it can be confusing. That’s why I made this article for you. You don’t have to stress yourself over the daunting task of choosing which way to go. You only need to sit back, relax, and read on as I guide you in the right direction and present to you the best ways to earn from your blog.
Types of Blogs That Make Money
Beginner bloggers who want to make money from blogging need to decide first what to write about. There are limitless topics to choose from. However, there are types of blogs that generate more money than others. So, when choosing a niche, consider these types of blogs that are more marketable.
- Health and Fitness
- Sustainable/Green Living
How Do Bloggers Get Paid?
So, you’ve chosen a profitable niche for your blog. Then, you set yourself on filling it with valuable content in hopes that you’ll profit from it. I have bad news for you. It’s not as simple as that. As a beginner blogger, you must realize that’s not how bloggers get paid. You must set your blog to make money.
Here are some of the best ways to earn money from your blog:
One of the simplest ways to earn money from blogging is to join affiliate programs. Websites like Amazon that sell products or services often have affiliate marketing programs. You'll receive a commission when someone lands on their website via your blog and buys their product.
Follow these steps to be an affiliate marketer:
- List down the products or services that you love. Make sure that these products and services are in line with your blog’s niche.
- Sign up on your chosen affiliate marketing networks.
- Once you’re a marketing affiliate, start writing content to promote their products or services. You must embed your marketing affiliate tracking link in the content that you make.
- To increase the visibility of your content, promote it as much as you can.
As mentioned above, you'll get a commission when someone buys a product via the tracking link embedded in your content. That’s the downside of affiliate marketing. It will all depend on the sale, and it’s only a commission that you’ll be getting. You will still earn though, so affiliate marketing is worth trying.
Offering your writing services has to be the fastest way to earn money through your blog. You won’t even need to build a writing portfolio because you already have one — your blog.
These are things you can do to earn from freelance writing:
- Pick a specialty. This is usually the niche of your blog or at least close to it.
- Look for work. There are a lot of freelancing platforms where you can find writing jobs. You can also try looking on Facebook groups and forums. Another way to get a writing job is through cold emails. Send emails to business website owners and offer your writing services.
- Promote yourself. Add a Services, Work With Me, or Hire Me page on your blog to let people know of the writing services that you offer. You can also use social media platforms to promote yourself.
Freelance writing might be the fastest way to generate income from your blog, but it has its downsides too. For one thing, writing for someone else will rob you of the time that you could have spent writing for your blog. It’s also not a passive income that you make from your blog.
Another easy way to make money from your blog is through advertisements. Those ads you see on other blogs aren’t there by accident. Bloggers earn from those. Once your blog is getting a decent amount of traffic, you can try this too.
Here are some ways to make money from blog advertisements:
1. Google Adsense
Google Adsense is every blogger’s first choice when it comes to earning from ads — for obvious reasons. It’s from Google, and it’s quite easy to set up. You only need to sign up for Adsense. Once approved, Google will give you a code that you can paste on parts of your blog where you want the ads to appear. You’ll earn a percentage of the advertisements’ cost when someone clicks on them.
2. Monetize with CPC and CPM Ads
Aside from Adsense, you can also earn from CPC and CPM ads. With CPC (Cost Per Click) ads, advertisers pay you based on the number of clicks their ads get from your blog. CPM (Cost Per Thousand) ads are different. With CPM, advertisers pay you for every thousand impressions on their ads.
3. Sell Private Ads
If you want to take full control of advertisements on your website, opt to sell private ads. Let people know you’re accepting ads placement by putting an “Advertise With Us” page on your blog. To help advertisers decide on buying ad space on your blog, that page must contain the following:
- Your blog’s traffic and ranking
- Formats of ads you’re accepting
- The cost of ads space
There are a lot of ways to earn from advertisements on your blog. However, the biggest downside of ads is they slow down your website. You’ll run the risk of losing site visitors if your blog loads significantly slow. Search engines don’t like slow-loading sites too.
Sell Digital Products/Services
The world has gone digital. That's why one of the best ways to make money from your blog is by selling digital products or services. It’s also the most profitable. Because you’re selling your products and services, you’ll get the whole profit and not a commission. It’s also readily available and won’t get out of stock, so it’s highly profitable. You only need to build your credibility for people to trust you and buy from you. You can easily do that because you have one of the best content marketing tools for your business — your blog.
The following are some digital products/services that you can earn money from:
Because of the cheap cost of producing an ebook, this is one of the best ways for you to sell information. Regardless of the type of blog you choose, there is always an eBook you can write to complement your blog’s content.
Follow these steps when creating and selling ebooks:
- Brainstorm content ideas. Your eBook’s content must be related to your blog since you’ll be using your blog to build your credibility on the subject.
- Write. The good thing about an eBook is that it doesn’t have to be too lengthy. So, you won’t spend years writing it, and you can publish it as soon as you’re done.
- Find a platform/s to sell. You can sell it on your blog, Amazon, Facebook, and other platforms.
Education is slowly shifting to e-learning. That’s why online courses are popping out everywhere. If you have a field of expertise, the best way to earn from it is by selling online courses. You can start blogging to showcase your expertise on a subject and offer your online course through your blog at the same time. There are a lot of e-learning platforms like Teachable and Udemy where you can sell your courses. If you can’t afford to lose the extra cost when using e-learning platforms, you can sell it directly on your blog.
Coaching and Consulting
If you love helping people out, you can offer coaching and consulting services through your blog. You can start a blog to introduce yourself as an expert on your specialty of choice. People will always have a problem they need someone to help them solve. When you’re offering a solution to their problem, they will be more than happy to shell out some cash to hire you.
This might not be something you’ll generate passive income from, but you still won’t have to do the consulting in person. Everything you offer will be digital, so you have a worldwide market. Instead of doing a one-on-one session, you can do coaching and consulting with a group of people to maximize your income potential.
Another great way to generate revenue from your blog is through a paid membership program. People are generally curious by nature and most have a fear of missing out. You can take advantage of those to entice them for a paid membership. You’ll also be able to build a community of like-minded individuals.
When it comes to digital products you can offer on your blog to make money from, the list is infinite. You just need to learn how to do it right, and your ideas will be endless.
Best Blogging Platforms to Make Money
If you want to make money from blogging, you need to have a blogging platform to host your blog. Beginner bloggers like you can either choose a free or a paid blog site. Are you having trouble deciding which one will suit your needs best? Take a look at these best blogging platforms to make money from.
Paid Blog Sites
Out of all the paid blog sites, these five platforms are the best for beginner bloggers:
WordPress.org is by far the most popular choice by beginner bloggers. You’ll find a large library of themes and plugins to customize your blog. There are also a lot of plugins available to monetize your blog.
Wix has a drag-and-drop feature that will allow you to build your blog without coding. Its user-friendly interface will let you have your blog up and running in no time.
Squarespace is another popular choice. You will also be able to create your blog here even if you lack the technical skills. Don’t expect as many plugins for blog customization though.
If you’re tight on the budget, Weebly is one of the best choices. It doesn’t have that many options when it comes to customization, but the cost of setting up your blog is significantly cheaper.
This blogging platform will allow you to make money from your blog in many different ways. However, it can be a more expensive choice and one that will require some technical skills.
Free Blog Sites
If you have no budget to spare for a blogging platform, you can host your blog on these sites for free:
Blogger is the only free blogging platform that allows you to earn from ads. However, your monetization through ads is limited to Adsense.
Although Tumblr is more like a social platform, you can use it to publish articles and showcase your expertise on a particular niche. Customization and monetization options are limited, though.
If you intend to use wordpress.org but don’t have the budget yet, wordpress.com is your best option. It’s a free version of wordpress.org, so it has some of the features of this paid version. When the budget is no longer a problem, you can migrate your blog to the paid version with ease.
Typepad is an easy-to-use platform and will allow you to customize your blog with its decent selection of themes. You also don’t need any coding or web development knowledge, allowing you to set up your blog on your own.
Every blogging platform has its own best features and limitations. When choosing a site to host your blog, you only need to determine how you want to make money from it. There’s a platform that will cater to your needs. The good news is that if you’re selling digital products, you can use any of these blog sites to promote your products.
Who is The Richest Blogger?
Although not typically thought of as a blog, The Huffington Post still holds the number 1 spot as the highest-earning blog to date. This makes its founder, Arianna Huffington, the richest blogger of all time. It’s worthy to note that by 2011, Arianna sold The Huffington Post to AOL at a whopping price of US$315 million.
Arianna Huffington’s blogging success is something you can draw inspiration and motivation from. Not only has she made her blog well-known and successful but also earned so much money from it. In the end, The Huffington Post just might be one of the most expensive digital products ever sold.
If you wish to follow Arianna Huffington’s footprints, the best time to start blogging is now. Set your blog in such a way that it will be earning money from the time you start blogging. You could try some or all of the money-making ways through blogging that I listed above. This is a surefire way of having a steady stream of income from your blog. However, if it’s large, passive, recurring income that you’re after, selling digital products is by far your best choice. Ultimately, it’s only a matter of choosing what digital product you will sell, how to create it, and how to sell it.
If you're just getting started with learning about making money with blogging, make sure to check out our guide about monetizing your blog.