Last Update 20th September, 2016.
You know everyone thinks we’re fools, right?
I mean seriously? Make money by blogging? That’s just silly.
Most people would laugh at you and I for trying to say this is even possible.
To most of the world, blogging is a joke, it’s fine as a little side hobby but not as a serious career.
Sooner or later you’ll wake up and smell the coffee to realise you can’t help people by blogging and you most certainly can’t make money by blogging.
Try telling your family or friends or coworkers you want figure out how to make money by blogging and you’ll see them crinkle their noses as they politely ask, “Does anybody really make money from that?”
Yes, they want you to have dreams. Yes, they want you to chase them. Yes, they want you to succeed.
But they also want you to be, and here comes that word, “realistic.”
If you really want to improve your life, you should get an advanced degree, write a book, or even start your own business, not hang all your hopes and dreams on some stupid little blog. There’s no money in it.
Or is there?
I’m hesitant to say this, but…
Since 2014 I have created several websites and blogged within vastly different niches.
For two years now I have earned $6,000 a month (and growing) from one small niche blog alone.
And I’m just getting started!
I’m not telling you this to brag.
I want to tell you in the clearest way I know that it is perfectly possible, and actually very simple, to make money online by blogging. And that’s the purpose of this post.
The problem is, a Google search for how to monetise your blog brings up people who are giving you terrible advice.
Self-proclaimed experts will advise you to sign up to Adsense and sell advertising space on your sites. They’ll say things like “Create your own e-book!”
Take a look around, do you see any banner ads on this site? Any Adsense space?
No? How about e-books for sale?
None of those either, huh? In fact, you might be hard-pressed to find anything for sale at all.
There’s a reason why.
Since I started my make money blogging journey in 2014, I had the accidental luck of stumbling across some one of the most experienced, helpful and successful bloggers on the planet.
I learned a better way. You see, over the past two years I have had the opportunity to gleam and learn from dozens of already successful entrepeneurs from the Wealthy Affiliate online business community.
They teach success.
You can learn too by the way, it’s completely free to create a starter account and get instant access to full training from finding a proftable niche for your blog, learning how to create and build a successful blog, from generating serious traffic and specific audiences to knowing how to monetise it.
There’s live chat, keyword search tools, free domains, questions and answers, website hosting… I could go on. Basically everything you need to know about how to make money by blogging is here.
“It’s where I learned how to make money by blogging and when I stopped working for free.”
I’ve experienced some success in blogging when so many others try and fail for this reason – I learned from the best, and I never stop learning.
Every day, I research, help answer questions from newbie bloggers looking to grow their online income. I read books, talk to experts and get help and feedback for my site.
It’s paid off. The day I transitioned from blogging out into the abyss from my solitary little office and joined an active and growing community of people just like you and me, all determined to see one another succeed, was the day that changed the direction my life.
Of course I didn’t realise it back then.
Like you, I just happened to stumble across a random blog post like this one and thought “Well if it’s free, I suppose I’ll give it a try.”
I’m so glad I did try. I’m never leaving.
If you’re ready to get started, just like I did create a starter account here and click on lesson one of the online entrepreneur certification course.
If you take to heart the things that you’re taught and take action on the daily assignments, you’ll see your blog start making good money.
Because here’s the thing:
You’re Not a Fool. You Can Make Money Blogging.
If I can do it, there’s no reason you can’t too! You really can make money by blogging. So let’s not waste any more time.
Here’s my non nonsense step by step guide on how to start making money by blogging. You’ve worked for free long enough.
If you have a passion for writing, for helping people, for giving useful, high value content to your readers month after month then you deserve to start getting paid.
You’re Not Just A Blogger
Within your niche, you’re an expert, a teacher, a mentor, maybe even an entrepreneur. Your blog is simply a launchpad for helping reach people with an important message that people need to hear.
There are a lot of resources on how to start a blog and get it online but there is much less on how to go from a volunteer blogger with zero readers to someone who actually makes money, and yes, even a full-time income by blogging.
As you’ll come to find from this post, learning how to make money by blogging is not as serious and complicated as most make it out to be. You just have to do certain things in a certain way.
Do not worry; whatever level you are in; the following four steps, taken from the Wealthy Affiliate free Getting Started Training, will help you to see how the process of making money by blogging works.
So let’s get to it.
Here’s the simple four step process of how to make money blogging. Take action on this today, take time to invest in your own development and you’ll reap the rewards for years to come.
1. Choose a Blog Topic
If you’ve already got a blog up and running, you’re already ahead of the game. If not, your first step is deciding what you want to write about.
You want your blog to be about something that interests you. So think about what you’re knowledgeable about, what gets you fired up? What topic do your friends consider you an expert on? What can you write a lot about?
We all have a hobby or something that gets us excited and motivated when we think about it. There are millions of different ideas that you could potentially tap into to make blog about and make money.
Here are just a few potential niches for your blog:
Let’s say for example I was an avid runner interested in “running shoes”. That could be the start of my idea for my blog. There are 2.8 billion people online and whatever topic you choose, you can blog about it and make money with your blog!
This can be absolutely anything that interests you and we even have pre-selected topics and training on how to narrow down your topic within Wealthy Affiliate. The goal is to have FUN with what you are doing. When you choose a passion, success is much more likely to follow.
2. Start a Blog
Starting your first blog is super simple with Wealthy Affiliate. It literally takes less than 3 minutes to build a beautiful, professional looking, revenue ready website.
Your blog is your own piece of online real estate, your store front if you like – and you’ll be open for business 24/7. This is going to be the foundation of your online business and what will ultimately lead to a money making blog.
Choose a design that appeals to you and pick a template.
In my example of building a blog based around running. I will be able to blog about and review different types of running shoes, specialist running equipment. This will be the foundation for my business and where I will be able to write about, review, and discuss everything related to my topic.
3. Get Rankings and Visitors To Your Blog
Your focus before you try to make money with any blog or website is on getting actual people to visit and read your blog. Without readers you have no business so this is a critical stage.
More readers of your blog = more money made from blogging. Simple!
Within the first few lessons at Wealthy Affiliate you are going to be learning all about the most current traffic techniques and how you can get an ABUNDANCE of relevant customers to your website through rankings in all the search engines… like Google, Bing & Yahoo.
In the case of my “running shoes” website, I am going to focus on getting people that are interested in this particular topic to my website. This is very easy to do and it’s what you’ll learn at WA.
4. Earn Revenue
Once you have an audience (traffic), you can promote products and services through special programs called “affiliate programs” which are free to join.
These allow you to promote pretty much anything you can imagine without having to own or create the product yourself.
No storage. No shipping.
You send the traffic to the company website, they pay you a commission of up to 75% if your visitors buy something.
There are MILLIONS of products/services that you can promote as an affiliate.
For example, at time of writing, there are over 142,308 different types of “running shoes” on Amazon alone, and you can earn commissions for promoting any one of them.
Once you understand how the “initial” process works and how to get traffic, there are MANY more ways in which you can make money from your website. Again, Wealthy Affiliate will teach you all about the proper techniques to build, and scale your business.
This is the way I make money blogging and maybe you can too!
Absolutely everything you need to start, create, and grow a successful business online is included at Wealthy Affiliate. They cater to all levels of experience, someone with zero knowledge to someone with years of success online, we can help.
Wealthy Affiliate is the most active, engaging and helpful community of over 580,000+ members, and growing! We want YOU to be one of our next success stories and know you will absolutely love Wealthy Affiliate.
And best of all, it is completely FREE to get your business rolling. This includes access to our famous “Getting Started” training course, TWO beautiful websites with hosting, live help and support, and access to 10,000’s of community discussions.
Sound like something you are interested in being part of?
Now, we come to the reason for this post.
Why on earth would someone like me, already a successful blogger with several money sites in castly different niches work for hours to write a post like this? I’m already over the 2,000 word mark for goodness sake!
Simple: It’s my responsibility.
If people are ever going to respect blogging as a legitimate business model, those of us who are successful have to speak up and share what we’ve learned. No man is an island to himself – and the only way we can advance our field is to collectively share what we’ve learned.
And it is a field.
There are thousands of people around the world who make money by blogging.
The problem is, for a long time there was no central community of like-minded bloggers and online entrepreneurs where we could train and learn, ask questions and get answers and learn from one another.
With Wealthy Affiliate this has now changed. So, if you haven’t already, prove everyone wrong and get the training, community and tools you need to start making money by blogging today.
It’s free to create a starter account. It’s exactly what I did 2 years ago and I’m never leaving.
In the meantime, could you do me a favor?
Share this post.
Not just so it’ll get me traffic, but so other people can see that you really can earn a legitimate income from blogging.
Maybe reading this will even help them do it.
After all, isn’t that what we’re here to do? Help people?
In the end, that’s what I love most about blogging: every article we publish, every course we create, every coaching call we do can change somebody’s life.
Maybe not always in a big way, but we touch thousands upon thousands of people, and we make their lives just a little bit better.
We inform them, we inspire them, we give them the roadmap for achieving their dreams.
And the best part?
We get paid for it. It’s our job.
I just wish more people knew it was a viable career. Let’s change that, shall we?
To your online success!