How to Make Money Blogging
I started a blog a little over a year ago and now I am a full time blogger who helps other bloggers make money online. The question I get more than any other question (even from non bloggers) is " "how do I make money online?"
My answer is almost always the things I am going to talk about in this post. Which is how I use my blog to make a full time income online. This post is for people who have already created their blog, but If you are looking to create a blog for less than $3 a month, click here to go to my post explaining how you can create a blog for less than $3 a month.
If you want to join my free how to start a blog email course here is what we go over in it:
- Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners.
- Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.
- Day 3: Planning out your content.
- Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.
- Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.
- Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.
- Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.
My blogging background
When I first started blogging I heard from every source that it was going to take a long time, and I was going to need hundreds of thousands of page views to start earning a real income. I loved blogging and helping bloggers. I was determined to make Smart and Simplistic (now TaylorStanford.com) successful fast to prove to myself and bloggers everywhere that you can follow your dreams without investing years of your time with no return.
The thing I get the most emails, questions, messages and comments about is making money. Everyone wants to make money following their dreams of being a blogger but feels like they can't because they only get 1,000 page views a month or they have a strange niche they feel like no one wants to read about.
Everyone can make money blogging as long as you care about what you are doing!
In fact I recently just wrote a whole ebook about how I took my tiny little blog and started making a full time income with it. It isn't about page views its about your target audience.
I make a full time income with about 5,000 users per month, the key is how I reach those 5,000 people and how I connect with them.
So often I see bloggers who are doing the wrong things. Often I see bloggers post every single day because they think the more often they post the easier it will be to get traffic and earn money from advertisements. There are just so many things people are doing wrong.
If you are interested in turning your tiny blog into a full time business in just 30 days, go ahead and check out my ebook "30 Days to Blog Success" by clicking here. I have decided to once again make it available to you guys for a limited time since its the new year (and my birthday is coming up and I want to spoil my readers), I know many people want to start making more money in the new year. Plus now for reading this post you can use the coupon code: BIRTHYAY for an extra 50% off.
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Now back to the blog post, bloggers often start blogging with the wrong ideas about blogging, This happens because as bloggers we are conditioned to think the more we have out there the better of a chance we to make money blogging.
I started making hundreds of dollars my first month blogging (you can read about how I earned $300 my first month blogging here) because I broke outside of the norm, you can do this too. Everyone can do this. Every blogger can achieve their goals if they work with motivation and passion. I am here to help you!
Here is what I did to start making hundreds of dollars my first month blogging:
1. Create Simple Monthly Goals
When I started this blog I had no following for it on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google +. But I knew I needed to set social goals to push me hard to engage and grow a community for my blog online. Because your community is how you make money. It was hard set goals about how much money I thought I wanted d make, and how many followers I wanted to get when I had absolutely nothing to compare my blog to.
Because I didn't have anything to compare my blog to this made setting goals even more important. Goals allow you to have something to work towards. When you go into a task without a goal you often don't have the motivation to continue. For me knowing that I wanted to make $250 my first month blogging was enough to motivate me to do everything in my power to make that a reality.
However I knew I needed to create achievable goals. Earning 1,000,000 a month when you have nothing to sell and no followers may be impossible, but earning a few hundred dollars is not.
My goals now a day are much larger than they were back then but here are my original goals for my very first month blogging:
- Earn: $250
- Twitter Followers: 500
- Pinterest Followers: 1000
- (I didn't plan to focus on Facebook and Instagram followers)
- Facebook Page Likes: 70
- Instagram Followers: 50
12 months later and now my goals look much more like this:
- Earn: $20,000+ A month
- Schedule 30+ pins a day
- Write 2 Monthly Newsletters
- Keep active in my Facebook Group
- Create a new email opt-in every month
- Grow my Pinterest Following 500 a month.
2. Increase Your Following on One Social Site at a Time.
I see so many bloggers spread themselves so thin on every social media network because marketing agencies want "high interaction" to sponsor them. Sponsorships are not the way that you are going make the most money. Sponsorships should really be a small portion of your income because you can make way more money through affiliates, and creating your own products.
Spreading yourself too thin as a blogger really limits how you can grow as a blogger. I decided to focus on Pinterest, and Twitter when I started my blog because I knew If I used Pinterest correctly It can bring your blog a good amount of traffic from people in your target audience. (you can click here to learn how I met my goal and got a lot of traffic from Pinterest).
I am now happy to say a year later that focusing on Pinterest more than any other social media site has been the right decision. Pinterest is the only reason I make money, and get traffic to my blog. If you are new to blogging, but really want to increase the money you make blogging there are a few things that I reccomend
Boardbooster: Boardbooster allows you to Loop pins, which deletes old pins and reposts them but it won't delete viral pins. This makes your page continue to be active even when you aren't activity pinning. Since starting to use Boardbooster I have increased my income by nearly 500%. I highly reccomend joining boardbooster even if you only use the entry level subscribtion. You can sign up for Boardbooster here.
Tailwind: Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler that is completely different than Boardbooster instead of re-pinning things you have already pinned with Tailwind you can find new things to pin by using group boards called Tribes, or searching within Tailwind. By using Tailwind Tribes I have increased the amount of views I get on Pinterest monthly from 40,000 to upward of 1,000,000 views a month. Tailwind is amazing and has totaly changed my life. If you want to find out more you can sign up for a free tailwind account here.
I also knew that Twitter was a great way to start branding myself, I could grow a large following on Twitter faster than other social media networks. This would help my blog more professional because I was connected to a large target audience. The more professional your blog looks the easier it will be to make money.
So start with one or two social media sites at a time. If you need help deciding which ones are right for you always assume Pinterest is number one, and then the second one should be what you think people would be most likely to click on a link to your blog from.
3. Start with One Affiliate Program.
I see posts being re-pined on Pinterest all the time with titles like, "50 Great Affiliate Marketing Programs" and "The top 20 affiliate programs" too many affiliate links take away from your content.
No one is going to want to keep coming back to a blog when every post just sounds like a sales pitch to get you to go somewhere else and buy something or sign up for a service.
Posting too many affiliate links is going to take away from your earnings because people will not take you seriously. They will easily be able to tell you are just trying to make money, and that you aren't actually offering any advice, or stories for your viewers to read.
To make good money with affiliate programs you need to focus on one or two and push them. You should create a whole post about the great things that product or service has to offer not just include a link to it in every post.
In my e-book I go into a ton of detail of how I started making a lot of money my first month blogging with just one affiliate.
Affiliate marketing is over half of my income, and i still stick to the basics that I talk about in my book. A few of the things I do to be successful blogging, and with affiliate marketing is:
- Only use a few affiliates.
- Be transparent with your readers.
- Use the affiliate because you honestly love them.
If you want to know more about my one affiliate, and how I have continued to make thousands of dollars with that single affiliate click here to get my ebook and to get 50% off enter the code: BIRTHYAY
before February 19th at 11:59 CST.
After that my e-book will be offline for a while so I can help the people who bought it build their websites.
4. Offer Services
So many bloggers are worth so much more than they know.
I see food bloggers all the time and wonder why they don't offer services bring in more money. A few of the examples I talk about in my e-book for food bloggers are: online video cooking lessons, personal recipe creation, 30 minute meal cooking classes online, (there are many more for all kinds of bloggers in the book).
Services I offer are one-on-one blog coaching which runs for about $100 (you can click here if you are interested)
Blog Auditing: where I go do a 4+ page report of someones blog and tell them exactly how they can make money with their type of blog, what they should be doing to get more traffic, what images they can post to create more shares. Social Media Auditing: Where I create a complete a 4+ page complete review of bloggers social media to tell them, when they should be posting, what content they should be sharing more, what content they should be sharing less, what social media they should focus on growing next, what they can do to wok less on their social media.
Everyone has knowledge that someone else doesn't have and wants. The options are endless. Fashion bloggers could offer services helping their readers organize their clothes for that season, or for an event, or personal online shopping. There are so many ways to make money blogging with services.
I brought up offering services to one of my clients and she said, "I don't have enough readers to offer services." She was wrong, one reader is enough to offer services. All you have to do is put some extra time in your schedule and set up a landing page. You have knowledge someone else wants.
Offering services is a great way to make money blogging.
5. Only have 1-3 Advertisements
Advertisements are a great way to earn extra money blogging. However ads really take away from a blog when they are all over the place. I have a few ad's on my page. One ad under every post and one in my side bar. These ads are enough to earn me a little extra income but they don't push readers away.
I recommend only having 1-3 advertisements on each page of your blog.
6. Don't Post Just To Post
I mentioned this earlier in the post, that some bloggers feel the need to have something new go up every single day. Don't do this. Posting every single day will not make you money blogging. The way you make money blogging is posting good content that is full of information and is actually giving something to your readers.
I only post 1 to 3 times a month depending. I have found sometimes the weeks I only post once I get the most traffic and make the most money blogging.
7. Stay Educated on Blogging
I see clients all the time who stopped seeing growth in social media, and blog traffic. I often ask them, "Do you keep on SEO information?" "Do you use Pinterest as a learning tool to get help from other bloggers?" and I often get the response of "no". The reason that people fail as bloggers is because they don't stay up to date on their affiliates, good ways to advertise, and how to optimize their social medias.
To make money blogging you need to stay educated on all things blogging.
My book 30 Days to Blog Success is a great resource for when you are trying to grow your small blog. It explains excatly how I turned my small blog (few hundred views) into a full time business in one month.
Plus until February 19th I am offering 50% off because this year is about to end, and I want to help as many people as I can earn some extra income in the new year! (buy the money maker package and get free blog coaching!)
Just click here & use code: BIRTHYAY at checkout. Offer ends: February 19th at 11:59 PM CST.
8. Build an Email List
As a blogger the only audience you own is your email list. Every person on that list is there because you did something right to make them stay. All the people on your email list want to hear what you have to say. To make money and especially a passive income as a blogger you need to build your email list so you have someone to offer a product or service to. A great way to build your email list is to put a call to action in every one of your social media bios and offer content upgrades to people who sign up.
A call to action in your social media bio could sound something like this, "Learn how I keep 3 growing toddlers going to be regularly every night (link to sign up to your email list here). Then you would set up an automation through your email service (I recommend MailerLite they are free and offer automation) to send them an email with your tips after they sign up.
9. Sell a Product
From almost the start of my blogging career I have offered things like printable blog schedules, and mini-guides that people could purchase. This is how I make a little more than half of my monthly income. Now I make a lot of my income selling products.
I have had great success with my e-book which is helpful to get a lot of people a way more information than this blog post, however my course is really what will make the difference. I have been having great success with my course because it has such a good track record.
I am not trying to sell you on this course, only help bloggers who are interested. If you want to learn more about the course click here.
My Booming Blogger Bosses course is doing amazing now a days and I had many new students join the course so far this month. I am starting to think that this is because of the amazing early reviews that the course is getting. The next course launches February 19th, but you have to enroll by February 19th. Right now I am offering a mystery deal for my birthday because my birthday is coming up and I want to spoil my readers and I know that the new year is a motivation for a lot of people. The code for the next few hours for the mystery deal is: MYSTERY its better than $50 off just so you know! offer is only for the next few hours and ends at 11:59PM CST.
“Because I took the B-B-B course, my page view average has been 12,115 but my affiliate marketing income has increased from an average of $167.48 per month to $2,100.63 per month. This is insane to me. I cannot believe that one person can help me so much in so little time. I am so thankful that I decided to take this course, I honestly believe that I will be able to quit my job in a month or two” – Riley, Blogger, BusyGaming
Here is more about the course if you are curious:
I am going to tell you absolutely everything you need to do to take your blog from $0 to six figures. You will be able to change your life and achieve all your blogging goals. I will teach you everything I know about:
- How I brand my blog to make people interested in my content.
- How I have made money with affiliate marketing even when I only got 300 views a month.
- How I make money with services without working a lot.
- How I diversify my income and have grown my passive income stream 500% in 2017.
- How to pick the right affiliates and promote them for your audience.
- How to increase the amount you are making with affiliates by doing less work.
- How to increase your traffic, and the trust your followers have with you.
- How to use Pinterest to make thousands a month.
Don't forget it is $50+ off with the code: MYSTERY
THE SALE ENDS TONIGHT AT 11:59 PM PST.
10. Start a blog if you want to blog!
I know that you may have seen this blog post on Pinterest and were like, "How in the world can she make that much money blogging?" I promise you it is not as hard or expensive as you think it may be.
You may be thinking, "I have nothing to write about" or "I would have no idea how to start blogging" or a plethora of other reasons why you "can't" start a blog. I promise you blogging can change your life as long as you do one thing: have a self hosted blog. I have a whole series about how you can start a profitable blog. I promise you that you can do it.
If you found me from Pinterest than you have already figured out more than half the battle, I spend 5% of my time actually working on my website and 95% of my time using Pinterest, yes I basically get paid to use Pinterest.
If you are motivated by this and want to start your own blog, like I said above I have a WHOLE SERIES about how to start a blog (literally every single step from an idea to monetization). It tells you how you can get a super cool deal of paying on $3.99 per month You can only get this 50%+ off price with my link. Plus they have offered to give my followers a FREE domain (your own .com) when you purchase at least a year of hosting!
I am telling you that you can make money blogging! I was a super busy college student with an almost full time job, and in my free time I started this blog using the same Bluehost hosting that I am helping you guys get now! You can make money blogging, as long as you create a self-hosted blog (which is what I teach you how to do in the series)
I literally made no money blogging until I became self hosted with WordPress, so if you want to do it you need to be self hosted. (don't worry it is far less intimidating than it sounds I will walk you through everything in my "How to Start a Profitable Blog Series")
11. Stay True To Yourself
I see so many bloggers post about everything under the sun even though they really want to be a fashion blogger, or they really want to be a mommy blogger. To make money blogging you need to stay true to yourself. Talking about something you don't care about to get people to click affiliate links, or get more traffic makes your blog seem more unprofessional and boring.
You are going to be more likely to have a good audience that sticks around if you stay true to yourself. Your audience is there for you not who you pretend to be.
FREEBIE: My short Monetization Workbook
if you stumbled onto this page because you want to blog, or want to switch to self hosted in hopes of making money and living your dreams I highly recommend it. Making money blogging is only as hard as you make it. I have never had a better job in my life.
If you need help starting a self hosted blog check out my easy 7 step guide to starting a blog here: How To Start A Blog
I hope that this post motivated you to follow your dreams or helped you in some way. If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them below and I will answer them ASAP!
*some of the links in this post may be affiliate, but all feelings are my own and I am not being paid to write this.