Interested in making money from blogging? Want to know exactly how to get started? Everyone wants – and needs -to make money. So you started a blog since you’ve heard it’s an easy way to earn money, but you’re not quite sure how to actually make money doing it or how to get started. Or maybe you already have a blog and you’re exploring ways to monetize it.
You love blogging. Maybe you call it a hobby, but the truth is, it’s your passion. But keep in mind, this is not a get-rich-quick process. It’s a proven system for turning your passion into a steady stream of income — to enrich your own life and the lives of your audience. If you do it right, you could make enough to support your family and more.
There are countless blogs and websites out there that boast of making lots of easy money from their blog. While many blogs do make money (there are professional bloggers out there who make their living from their blog and have them set up as a business), the majority of blogs will only be earning a few pounds here and there. This is still a useful supplementary income. Learn how to make money blogging for beginners using the following steps.
How To Make Money From Blogging
1. Run Ads on Your Blog
The simplest and most common way for bloggers to make money is by using advertisements. An advertisement is the main source of revenue for all blogs and generates income which is just unheard of. Bloggers who have ads on their site get paid every time someone clicks on these ads. So, start using them as soon as you can and as well as you can.
There are 2 types of advertisements which you can use on your blog.
a) CPC/PPC Ads
‘Cost per click’ ads or ‘pay per click’ ads are those ads for which you get paid according to the number of clicks that the advertisement gets. A few companies offering CPC ads are Taboola, adcash.com, and infolinks.com. These ads are used frequently by almost all blogging sites. Try spotting them the next time you’re reading on the internet.
b) CPM ads
These ads are called ‘cost per 1000 impressions’ ads and the revenue depends on the number of views the blog gets. So choose the CPM only when you feel you can guarantee a fixed number of visitors to your site.
Having ads on your blog doesn’t mean you have to spend time looking for advertisers. The service for placing ads on a blog that I recommend is called Google Adsense. After analyzing your site, and your viewers, Google will place ads at the locations you allow, which are relevant and which have a higher conversion rate than other ads. It is a free and simple way to earn money by blogging and is used by almost every blogger. Google Adsense is simple to set up and 100% FREE.
The ads are usually in the form of text, image, video or rich media. Users can change whether to show both text and multimedia ads or just one of them.
The 3 things a user needs to provide to start using AdSense are-
- Google account- the one you use for your Gmail will do
- Content to host ads- a blog, website etc.
- A postal address and number to receive your earnings
There are countless similar programs available if you find that AdSense doesn’t work for you, such as Chitika, Infolinks, and Media.net.
2. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is also another great tool for monetizing your blog. All you have to do is add a link on your page that redirects a user to the product page of your advertiser. You can also sell that product a bit on your blog or website by adding a few lines about the product in your content.
When a visitor clicks on a link you have provided, the Affiliate ID is remembered and recorded by the advertiser. Each link has a unique affiliate ID so there can be no mistake in the number of users who clicked that link. Now, whenever you are writing about their product, you can simply use this special tracking affiliate ID to recommend the company’s site.
A few things to take care of when using affiliate marketing are-
- Always inform readers that you are using an affiliate link.
- Choose only those products that you trust and recommend sincerely. Sub-standard products can give you and your website a bad name.
- Big companies can hire you as an affiliate on a regular basis, such as Amazon’s “Amazon associate” project.
3. Sell Private Ads
Selling private ads can come in the form of banners, buttons, or links.. Private ads have no middleman and are negotiated between blogger and advertiser (these are usually small businesses). Private ads are featured on your blog as buttons your blog visitors can click on. To set up private ads, you usually have to contact the advertiser first (but not always) since most advertisers aren’t actively seeking out your specific blog for their advertising needs. If you’re not sure who to contact for private ads, visit blogs similar to yours and see what companies are advertising on their sites.
4. Sell Digital Products
Another way to make money from blogging is to offer digital content such as eBooks, webinars, Apps, plugins, or themes and online courses. Your blog is where you provide expertise on your product, so why not offer your clients a bit more of your knowledge? For example, if you are a photographer, you could offer short webinars on the basics of photography. You could then offer more in-depth online courses to those who want to learn the basics of photoshopping. To entice your clients even further, you could write a short eBook on how to photograph a specific subject such as nature, portraits, concert, or abstract photography. But lot of bloggers make the mistake of assuming they are developing a product their readers need; listen to your readers first, and then create a digital product that will meet their needs.
5. Sell Membership
Another option to make money is to sell memberships to exclusive corners of your website. Your most exciting or informative blog posts, VIP chat rooms, insider spaces, and one-on-one interaction with you can be set up behind a paywall, which clients can only access if they’re paid members. Setting up a paywall is like setting up a membership site. Information can be accessed online for free at any time, so you will need to think of creative ways to show your customers that the information you’re going to provide to them as member clients is truly unique and like nothing they will find online for free. In the members-only room, you could offer coaching, consulting, and even special discounts on popular products.
These are just a few of the ways people can make money from blogging. As we said above, there is no ‘get rich quick’ strategy from writing a blog. It takes time to build up readership. So whether it’s through banner or private ads, digital content, or premium insider information, be sure to use your blog to promote yourself—and earn a little extra income at the same time. It may just be one of the best tools for letting people get to know you and for increasing business!
I hope this has been a helpful guide for you to learn how to make money from blogging for beginners, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment below, and I’ll get right back to you.