It’s 2021 and you’ve decided you want to make money from blogging, but you don’t know how. You’ve tried your hardest to reach out to brands but none of them have got back to you (this happens to all of us) and you’re about to give up. Then you see this post on your reader and its like a light at the end of the tunnel!
If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I try to share as much information and guidance as I can when it comes to blogging. Now I’m no expert, but I have made my own fair share of blogging mistakes to at least steer you in the right direction instead of the wrong. I know how difficult it can be to make money from blogging. I know first hand.
But I think sometimes we often over complicate things and make it harder than it has to be. And we love to take shortcuts to get the results we want. Well my friend, there are no shortcuts here. Only hard work and dedication will get you to where you want to be. So for todays post, I want to outline some things you can do and show you how to make money blogging.
Now before we get started, I think it’s important to mention here that by doing these things money wont just magically start appearing in your bank account. You are to have already created and started to build an established audience. Don’t spend alot of time and energy trying to sell and make money if your reader numbers are low. Build your audience first, then start thinking about money.
SELL RELEVANT PRODUCTS OR SERVICES
So, you’ve built up your audience base. You have an idea what kind of services they would want, but what now? Well you tap into the consumer knowledge that you have. If you already know what kind of services and products your readers would like, don’t waste any time and go and start creating it.
The key thing you must remember when wanting to sell things to your readers is that it needs to be something that they want. You can put as much time and effort into a product as you want, but if it’s not what your audience wants, they won’t buy it. You should listen to your audience, even ask them outright if you need to. Only create something you know people will benefit from having.
MONETISE YOUR BLOG
I remember when I upgraded my free plan to the premium plan and how delighted I was at the thought of having ads on my site. WordAds were the first ads I ever added to my blog, and what a let down they were! I served thousands and thousands of ads and made pennies from it. It really was disappointing to see how little you could make from them unless you get thousands and thousands of views.
After I upgraded my plan to business I was then able to turn on Google Adsense, which is life changing! I am making probably more than triple of what I was on WordAds. I would say though, that traffic volume plays a part in gaining money from ads. You are basically relying on strangers to be enticed and click on the ads on your blog, if they don’t then you don’t get paid. So having a steady amount of traffic coming through your blog is essential.
CREATE MEMBERS ONLY CONTENT
This isn’t something I have tapped into yet but something I have seen other bloggers too. You can create paid for content which is only available if you (yes you guessed it) pay for it! The only downside of this is that the content really needs to be something special to convince people they need to spend their hard earned cash on content they could just google for free. So make sure its something that stands out and is different from the crowd.
SELL ONLINE COURSES
If you are particularly good at something or are a subject matter expert, then maybe look into selling online courses. Let’s say you’re particularly good at writing blog posts or email pitches to brands. You could sell a bundle number of classes to your readers and help them to become better at doing brand pitches.
I’ve seen other bloggers do this and make a pretty good amount of money from it. But again, it needs to be something that hasn’t already been done before, which is not easy! The market is already over saturated in many areas so you’ll have to get your thinking caps on for this one.
WORK WITH BRANDS
One of the most common way that bloggers make money is from working with brands. Whether is paid for or in exchange for products, blogs are the perfect place for brands to showcase their businesses. Get Blogged is a great website to use. Its a place you can register to and apply for work. Brands will go to Get Blogged and tell them what they’re looking for, and Get Blogged will post work and you can apply for it. Sometimes when you apply you aren’t always successful but its worth a try!
You can also email brands directly to ask if they want to work with you. Shoot your shot!
Do you want to make money blogging?
Have you made money blogging? If you have, how have you done it? What are some money blogging tips you can share with us?
I want to make a note here to remind you to not worry if you don’t make money from blogging straight away. It can take years for bloggers to start to see income from their blogs. Be patient, work hard and you will see results.
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