Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to make money by blogging in 2021.
First off, you know everyone thinks we’re fools, right? They'll say things like,
“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 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 glean and learn from dozens of already successful entrepreneurs 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 profitable 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 no-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?
Every one of us has hobbies, sports or something we know a lot about. You could create a successful website around almost any topic you can think of and be successful.
Gardening, playing the piano, long-distance running, scrapbooking, bodybuilding, learning Japanese…. the list goes on and on. There are literally 1000s of potential topics you create a website around.
Here are just a few potential niches for your blog:
Every day there are billions of internet users searching for information on a whole array of topics!
What I love about Wealthy Affiliate is you can take any passion, any special interest you have and create an online blog around it.
As all bloggers will tell you, when you're writing about topics that you like, it won't seem like work at all and the words and blog posts will just flow out of you.
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 storefront if you like – and you'll be open for business 24/7 with the potential to reach a truly international audience.
All you have to do is choose a name and domain for your blog, choose a template and click ‘Build!”. The Site Rubix website builder will do the rest.
Let's say for example I'm interested in running and I want to start a blog about that…
My blog is the platform I'll be able to use to blog about the health benefits of running, why I love it so much, how to train for a marathon, review different types of running shoes and earphones and so on… basically I can write about, review and discuss anything related to the topic of running.
3. Get Rankings and Visitors To Your Blog
The truth is your website will never make any money if you don't have people visiting it. Makes sense right?
In this vital 3rd step Wealthy Affiliate will show you powerful traffic generating techniques from all the major search engines and social media sites.
More readers of your blog = more money made from blogging. Simple!
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 Wealthy Affiliate.
4. Make money with your blog
Once you've got your blog set up and a nice steady stream of daily traffic coming to it, it's time to learn how to monetise your blog by making relevant and helpful recommendations to your readers and getting paid every time they buy something.
Pretty much all the major companies and brands have affiliate programs that are 100% free to join. They'll give you a unique link you can use on your site to direct traffic to them.
This is known as affiliate marketing and it's by far my favourite way to make money online because you can recommend almost anything and make a commission.
The company you're directing your readers will deal with all the payments and shipping and send you a commission at the end of the month.
Some companies like Amazon pay will pay you a 6% while others can pay up to 75% depending on the product.
For example, right now there's 142,308 different types of “running shoes” on Amazon. Not to mention Fitbits, running earphones, clothing etc. You basically send people to Amazon and when they buy something you get a %.
That's not bad, right?
I hope you're starting to see the potential in this and why this is my favourite way to make money online! 🙂
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?
Okay, let's get back to why I'm writing this post in the first place.
Why the heck am I, a successful blogger with several money-making sites spending my time writing this? I'm already over the 2,000-word mark for goodness sake!
Simple: I believe blogging is all about sharing ideas and experiences and help one another.
And if people are ever going to take blogging seriously as a career option then those of us who have already ‘broken through' need to share it with others.
There are thousands of people around the world who make money by blogging, but are thousands more struggling to make it happen.
This is why we need a central community like-minded bloggers and online entrepreneurs where we could train and learn, ask questions and get answers and learn from one another.
This is where Wealthy Affiliate comes in. 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 3 years ago and it's just about the best decision I ever made.
In the meantime, could you do me a favour?
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 too. Isn't that what blogging is all about – helping people?
Always remember every blog post we write, every time we hit publish could be life-changing for any one of the 4 billion internet users.
Whether it's in a big life-changing way or in a small way, we get to encourage people, inspire and motivate and if this post has given you a spark of an idea then my work here is done. Take that idea and run with it!
When you think about it, making money blogging is completely awesome! We get to help people, communicate with the world, share our experiences and get paid at the same time!
There should be more people doing this!
So let's spread the word – let's tell people blogging is a viable career and wherever your passion lie, you can be successful at this!
Do you have a question before you start your make money by blogging training? Leave a comment below and I’ll respond ASAP!
Simon Crowe is the founder of The Make Money Online Blog and is on a mission to help as many people as possible kiss their bosses goodbye.
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