FREE Guide To Make Money Blogging in 2022

Earning money while blogging is a dream come true for many bloggers. Yet many people never really achieve this reality. Either because they give up too early, or the quality of content is disappointingly lacklustre.

Back when you first start blogging you might be wondering if you'll ever make any money.

When you earn your first few dollars, let me tell you it's an amazing experience.

Once you start earning even a little you know the only direction you can go is up, and with this post this is journey I will take you on.

You won't see six digits overnight, but with a steady growth and the ambition to succeed you're sure to make it there.

It will take time and a lot of effort but once you make it, you'll never want to go back to a regular job.

Setting Up A Blog

If you haven't already got a blog, you're going to need one. So how do you actually set one up?

The answer is easier than you might think.

Finding Your Niche

Finding your niche is really quite simple. Whatever reason you have for blogging you should always blog about something you're passionate about, and something you're knowledgeable on.

It can be quite hard to establish your niche, what you are all about. Sometimes it can take a bit of time to figure out your place on the internet, and that's okay, no one is perfect you're not going to know straight away.

It's important that you find yourself because this will influence how your audience interacts with your brand, and how other businesses interact with you.

So How Do You Do It

One of the most popular tools for creating a blog is WordPress, you may have heard of them in the past. Almost all blogs are created using WordPress and there's a reason why this is.

What you're going to need first is hosting, I recommend SiteGround, they offer excellent reliability at a low cost.

For a complete guide, check out out how to a blog guide.

Once over at SiteGround you'll want to head over to the WordPress Hosting page and choose the StartUp plan. This offers the best bang for the buck and offers all the functionality you'll need.

Now that you've chosen a plan you'll want to proceed through the installation and payment screens to create your site.

Note that it can take up to 24 hours for your site to be ready.

Once everything is set up you'll want to head over to your new WordPress blog at [your_domain]/wp-admin or by using the SiteGround control Panel.

Once you've accessed your WordPress installation you'll need to start thinking about your theme, what you're going to blog about, and monetisation (To be discussed in this article).

Creating a blog is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I highly encourage anyone who's considering it to start doing it.

Building a Successful Blog

Building a successful blog is hard. It takes time, and effort. Many people fail along the way. But it doesn't have to be this way.

What you're going to want to focus on is establishing yourself as a credible source of information within your niche. This is not an easy thing to do.

There are lots of things you need to think about when trying to establish yourself. These include Googles' Ranking Factors.

One of the most important things you need to do is build your Domain Authority (DA), this comprises of multiple factors that improve your rankings on search engines. The higher your domain authority the more successful your blog. Some factors you will want to take into account are the number of backlinks you have, how well your site performs, and the quality of content you have.

Promoting Your Blog

There's going to come a time where you will need to promote your blog. Some people absolutely hate promoting their blog, others absolutely love it.

Marketing your blog is arguably even more important than your actual blog posts, because without marketing it's unlikely you'll see gains.

So How Do You Promote Your Blog?

There are in fact lots of different ways you can promote your blog, some are paid, others unpaid.

First off you need to be using social media to your advantage, sharing posts, creating a community that people can interact with you on.

Second joining online communities dedicated to your niche. Whether that be on Reddit, or industry-specific forums. It's here that you'll be able to interact with like-minded people.

Third, once you've done tried this there's always the option of creating ads to drive people to your site. I'd recommend Facebook ads, but Google ads work too.

Ads can get a bad wrap but they can be extremely useful at brining people into your site.

How To Start Making Money

Here comes the fun part, the part you've probably waited a long time for. The making money part.

Lets look at the ways you can start making money with your blog.

1. Affiliates

Affiliate marketing involves earning a commission on products or services from another retailer. It's probably one of the most common marketing methods that sites use these days and can result in a significant amount of revenue.

It's usually pretty easy to join an affiliate programme and can be found pretty much everywhere.

How Does It Work?

It's actually surprisingly simple. Typically once you've signed up with a merchant you'll receive a link that bring users to your merchant which allows them to track who clicks the link and also helps the merchant attribute any sale back to you.

Let's say I'm a reader on my blog.

I might notice a SiteGround logo banner on the top of the page. I might be thinking well I want to set up a blog too so I'll click on that.

I decide to buy some hosting at the low cost of $3.95 a month.

The person who referred me to SiteGround will now get a commission of the sale as a thanks for referring people to them.

One good thing is that these tracking links typically work for some time after they're clicked. This will depend on the affiliate site but can range from 24 hrs to several weeks.

So How Much Money Can You Really Make?

Like most ways of making money it depends.

The top blogs can make well over a million per year in affiliate revenue alone.

Although you're unlikely to earn that much I think most of you would agree just 1% would be more than enough.

$10,000 a year in affiliate revenue is a realistic expectation of what you can achieve with just a bit of perseverance.

Please note that it can take years to get to the stage where you're making serious affiliate revenue.

For the first few months it's more than likely that you're not going to be earning anything from affiliates, but it's definitely a matter of playing the long game.

Any success you're looking to achieve will take a lot of time and hard work but one thing is for certain and that it's totally worth it.

What Companies Can You Get Affiliate Links For?

You can get affiliate links from pretty much anywhere if you know where to look.

One of the most popular ways is Amazon Affiliates. Here you can embed products into your website and receive a cut of those products sold.

Other good places to try are hosting websites. They offer lucrative rewards for referrals to their platform. Companies like SiteGround, Bluehost, HostGator, among others offer very reasonable commission rates. It goes particularly well with "How To Create A Blog" type posts.

There is massive potential online for affiliates other than the ones I mentioned. Some other places to get affiliates:

  • VPN companies - Surf Shark for example.

  • Website Hosting / Builders - SiteGround, Bluehost, Wix, Shopify, Squarespace.

  • Travel - TripAdvisor, Expedia,

  • Gaming - Twitch, G2Deal, Astro Gaming.

For a complete list check this article out.

2. Advertising

Advertising is another good way to go, it might not be as suitable for some blogs as most ad networks do have minimum visitor requirements but there are still options available for everyone.

There are a few reasons why placing ads on your site might be for you and a few reasons why you might not want to do it.

The reasons why you might want to use advertising is that you're probably a smaller site and not generating much income, advertising can be a good way of earning something without having to invest loads of time.

But at the same time advertising doesn't generate a whole lot if you haven't got many readers and you probably want to make a decent amount. Similarly is can be hard to place ads where they can generate revenue.

Types of Advertising

There are probably more types of advertising than you would think. When you think of ads, you probably think of AdSense, but there are actually lots of different ads you can place on your site.

  1. Pay Per Click (PPC) - These are your traditional Google AdSense banner ads you see on websites. Does exactly what it says on the tin, you get paid for every time someone clicks an ad.

  2. Cost Per Thousand (CPM) - These are similar except you get paid per thousand views of someone's ad. Typically these generate very little.

  3. Direct Advertising - This would be an example of contacting advertisers yourself or letting them contact you to see if they want to advertise on your site. They often end up paying more and you don't have to waste money to Google.

  4. Paid Reviews - If you're in the business of reviewing products, doing paid reviews might be something for you.

Requirements For Advertising

To be attractive to advertisers you will want to make sure you do certain things so as to not discourage them from working with you. These are:

  • Traffic - Most advertisers want you to have a certain amount of traffic to your site before joining.

  • Quality Content - Advertisers will expect a certain quality of content, they will also not want to have a negative association with something. So for example porn.

  • Audience - Advertisers will want to make sure their ad will appeal to you audience. So if you're going the route of looking for advertisers then you'll need to make sure they would be interesting to your niche.

  • Design - They will want your website to look good. They will expect that your website be easy to navigate.

Where to Get Ads

There are different places to find ads or ad network depending on the type of advertising you're looking for.

3. Creating an Online Course

Once you've become an established blog, once you've started getting a decent amount of traffic to your blog, it can be a good time to start thinking about other ways to make money, and in my opinion an online course is an excellent way to make extra money.

This is an especially good option if you are knowledgeable on a subject.

If this is something you want to try creating a short course before a long course.

Ideally your first course should focus on something you're most knowledgeable on.

Your first course is likely not going to be as good as you would like, you're still learning new things, and are almost certain to make mistakes along the way. But don't let that stop you.

Creating a course is very rewarding and gives you an extra source of revenue for your site.

One very good reason you should create an online course is the fact that once you've created it, you won't need to put much effort into continuing it.

How Do You Create a Course?

First what you'll need to do is determine if your course idea is actually something people will buy.

So how do you do that?

Simply ask your audience what they want to see from a course, this could be a survey, or you can ask your fans on social media. This is important as you'll need to pick something people actually want not necessarily what you think they want.

Once you have your blog topic nailed down you need to actually create the course.

Before actually heading over to a website you'll want to create a quick plan, this includes any chapters, what you want to cover and in how much depth.

Once you have your plan, how do you actually create it?

There are actually quite a few ways you can do this. The first most obvious way to do it is to use something like Udemy. These are great as they have an audience that can be captured as well as your existing audience. The only downside is that you'll likely have to pay a cut of what you earn to the company itself.

If you have a WordPress site, another good way you can create a course is using a plugin. There are lots of different options for you here, some are free, others are premium, but they're all good options. My recommendations are Marsteriyo, Tutor LMS, or LearnPress.

If you are on Wix, they offer functionality to do this natively. Simply head over to you site dashboard, Wix apps, and search for Wix Online Programs.

4. Sell Products / Merch

This might not be the first thing you think of for a blog because it doesn't seem like something that can really work. But trust me when it's done right it can definitely work.

I don't sell physical products on this site, but I do have experience in the ecommerce space and am very familiar with the current market.

This isn't something that's going to work for all blogs because not all blogs have something they can really sell. If your blog is similar to mine for example you probably won't find something to sell very easily.

But for other blogs it definitely can, travel blogs for example have excellent money making potential because at least part of your market is likely to go on holiday. Same with health, health and beauty is a niche with lots of products and things people will actually buy if they appear on your site.

How To Set Up A Store

Setting up a store is easier than you'd think and there are a few options available to you.

If you're a Wix user you already have this functionality included (With the eCommerce plan). Simply head over to your dashboard and start adding products from there.

If you're a WordPress user it's going to need a bit of work but isn't at all difficult. Head over to your WordPress plugins page and search for WooCommerce. WooCommerce is perhaps the best option if you're looking to create a store on WordPress. Simply head through the installation steps and you're good to go.

If you're really looking to push the online store idea and you're thinking about hosting it on another domain, then what's going to be best for you is Shopify. The downside with this is that you will need to fork out quite a bit of money to get it working.

5. Sell Your Services

Do you have a particular skill that you think you can market? This aligns very closely with an online course. Except in this case clients want to use your expertise.

This could take the form of many different things. Online consulting, freelance work (web design etc), writing articles, SEO manager, coaching. There are lots of different ways you could use your skills.

If you're well placed within your niche it can make it easy to charge a premium for your services.

If done right you could be netting a lot of money.

The only downside is that you actually have to put work into it, it's not just passive like some of the other options.

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