Looking for the top ways to make money online that are NOT scams? Blogging might be one of the largest and easiest platforms to make money with ZERO dollar investment. Blogging gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge with the world. It gives you a chance to show people how to solve problems. It connects you with a global audience. In this article, we are going to discuss – How to Make Money Online with a Blog
Being able to work from anywhere in the world working on something you love is one of the greatest feelings.
There are people that laugh at the idea of being able to make money from a blog but that’s because they don’t understand that the purpose of any business is to provide value and that is what you will do with your blog.
I want you to start making money from blogging just like I do, but how do you do it with a blog? There are many different ways and I’ll cover a number of them in this post.
But first, let’s tackle some of the myths about making money with a blog because you need to enter this game with a clear mind not filled with junk.
The Myths about Making Money From Blogging
The thing about making money online is that so many people do it differently. You’ll see one person doing one thing that works really well for them and someone else doing something completely different. Unfortunately, this can cause some myths to form.
Myth 1: You Need a Ton of Traffic
This is probably the biggest myth out there. I’ve seen people set up a blog and plan to not monetize it for the first six months because they think they need a ton of traffic. Sure a ton of traffic will benefit you, assuming it is good traffic, but your revenue doesn’t have to be tied to it.
Myth 2: Only Experts Make Money Selling Products
I was talking to someone the other day who had recently started a blog. She was asking me about ways to make money online (you can thank her for inspiring this post) and I told her that she should create a course.
Myth 3: The Only Way to Make Money Is by Starting a How to Make Money Blog
This one is tricky because sites that teach you how to make money can do very well. People think it’s just because they are teaching people how to make money, but there is something deeper at play here and it applies to almost every niche.
Myth 4: All the Big Blogs Make All of the Money
It’s easy to think that blogging is a zero-sum game. If you are starting a blog on kitten mittens and there are already 3 major blogs that cover it, you might think you don’t stand a chance.
But you do.
Although you cover the same topic, that doesn’t mean you cover it in the same way. The great thing about blogging is that you get to bring your perspective to the world. Your brand and message are what separate you from everyone else.
There is always room for more. Blogs aren’t sports teams. People don’t pledge their allegiance to one blog and ignore the rest.
You are about to get a piece of a pie that continues to grow and won’t stop.
How to Start a Blog and Make Money
Now that we’ve debunked some myths about making money online lets dive into what thing you need to make money online. It doesn’t make sense to try and make money if you don’t have these things.
Hopefully, this one was obvious to you. You aren’t going to make money blogging if you don’t have a blog.
If you don’t have a blog then here is a nice little post for you about how to start a blog. You can get one set up in just a couple of minutes which is pretty awesome.
However, don’t mistake the easy setup with easy results. Getting a blog up and running is easy but getting content that people love and finding the right audience are going to take a bit of work.
Content That Rocks
Getting a blog is simple and that is where most people stop. They think that simply having a blog is enough to start making some extra money, but it isn’t. The hard work begins when you start writing content. You can’t just fill your blog up with the hope that people will find it magically and read it.
The content needs to be good. The content needs to provide value to your reader. If it doesn’t provide any value then you will see that people visit your site and never return.
Relationships With Influencers
To run a successful blog that makes money you will need to create relationships with other bloggers and grow your tribe. These relationships will help your brand and increase your traffic.
Don’t be scared to reach out to people when you write a new post. If you include another blogger in one of your posts then let them know.
Your blog is your platform. It’s where you share your knowledge and create a brand. Over time you want people to think of your blog when they think of a specific topic.
Authority status is a term you will see me throw around a lot on this site. What does it mean? It means that when someone thinks of a topic and they have a question, they think of going to you for the answer.
Whatever topic you write about, you want people to think that you are making complete sense because you are an authority on the subject.
This is probably the most important thing you will need to make money. Your Tribe is similar to your audience, but they go deeper. Your Tribe is the people that buy everything you create, open every email you send, and tell the world about everything you do.
How to Make Money Blogging
You will learn a number of different methods to make money with a blog and might be tempted to try all of them. But Don’t.
The best way to make money is going to be unique to your blog and audience. Some topics don’t make any sense to have a video course while others might lend themselves better to online services.
Building Your Readership
There are lots of ways to monetize your blog once you have a good number of visitors. But when you are just starting out you won’t have many readers, so it’s important to make the most of each one.
That means that you need to make sure first-time readers of your blog will come back. Only by having returning readers will you ever build a sizable audience that you can profit from.
So how can you stay in touch with your readers?
The easiest and best way is to ask them for an email address where you can contact them with updates. By collecting your readers’ email addresses from the very beginning of your blog you will build the biggest mailing list possible.
Monetizing Your Blog
Once you have built a decent readership base you can turn your attention to making money from your blog. There a variety of way to do this, but one of the most lucrative ways also happens to be the easiest- advertising.
Having a large number of visitors to your blog means that advertisers will pay to have their ads shown to your readers. The easiest way to blog for money is to get paid for showing advertisements on your blog by joining Google’s AdSense program at http://www.google.com/adsense
Once you setup your account on AdSense you will be given a code to add to your blog. This code will automatically display advertisements on your blog from companies who are part of Google’s advertising network. You may see ads from small companies related to your topic, or you may see ads from large companies that are completely unrelated to your topic.
The nice thing about AdSense is that you have thousands of advertisers bidding to advertise on your blog, and all you have to do is add the simple code to your blog. Once you do that the process is completely hands off.
Every time one of your visitors clicks on an ad, you get paid. Google collects the money from the advertisers and then cuts you a check (usually every month).
This arrangement is nice not only because it is hands-off, but because you are dealing with a reputable company that you know will actually pay you on time.
Sell Sponsored Blog Posts
Some bloggers aren’t interested in displaying ads to their audience and wonder how to monetize a blog without ads.
With ad networks, you lose some control over the content displayed on your site. Some readers will get annoyed or offended by ads, and more and more people are using ad blockers.
An alternative way to monetize a blog is through sponsorships.
A sponsorship works just like it does in sports, TV shows, or other industries. Basically, a company pays you to represent their product, talk about it, and promote it to your readers.
Create a Private Forum
Another option for creating a paid membership site is to create private forums that users must pay to get access to. Forums are a great way for your audience to get one-on-one advice from you. Other members of the community can also interact and help each other out.
While moderating a forum can be a lot of work, a paid forum is a great way to earn recurring revenue from your WordPress site.
Offer Freelance Services
As a blogger, you’re already an expert on your niche. You can start earning an income by offering your skills and expertise as a freelancer.
Freelancing is a popular way to make money online because it doesn’t necessarily require any upfront investment of time or money. You can just start offering your services to your current audience.
How Much Can You Make on Blogging?
The amount that you can make from AdSense depends on three factors:
The number of visitors to your blog
This one is pretty obvious. More people visiting your blog means more clicks on advertisements, which means more money for you.
The visibility of the ads
When you put the AdSense code on your blog you have a choice of the style of advertisements (large images, small images, text, etc.) and also where they are placed. The more prominently the ads are displayed the more likely they are to be clicked.
However, you have to balance placing the ads prominently with the prospect of possibly annoying your readers. We have all visited blogs where it’s difficult to see the content due to the number and size of the ads. This is a delicate balance to achieve and it’s something you will have to experiment with to get the most out of your blog.
The topic you are blogging about
The final factor that affects your AdSense income is the topic you are blogging about. This is because advertisers will pay more to be on certain blogs than they will for others.
Learning how to make money with a blog is the final step in my tutorial on how to start a blog. I hope that you not only read this complete guide, but also took action on it. Blogging is a long, on-going journey, but only by taking the first step will you ever get to see where this road can take you. If you have any questions at all about blogging please do not hesitate to contact me @ Kranthi!
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