How to make money blogging is a common yet burning question which I come across time and again. Indeed, blogging is the prime medium of making money online and I want to prevent you from getting diverted from this fact. And I will do this by heading a few steps back and wiping off a similar question from your brain i.e. “How to make money online”. Believe me, this question has caused havoc in the lives of many people till now. Whenever you type any search query about making money online in Google, just look at the results you get.
At first place, you will see some pathetic ads at the top saying “Play rummy and get fast payouts”. Such type of websites may ask you to pay for signing up and you will get your money wasted at the end. There are numerous other examples but I don’t want to waste our time in covering them up. But I seriously have issues with Google on this because they aren’t penalizing such scam portals. Maybe because they are concerned only with making money.
You will also see other results like “30 ways to make money online” or “18 ways to earn money online without investment”. Seriously? 30 ways? It looks hysterical to me, isn’t it?
Why I’m criticizing these type of articles? Not because I want to prove my content superior then these, but because I don’t find many of these type of articles practical. Another thing is that all money making methods listed in these articles are not legitimate. Apart from this, you yourself know that all of such methods are not applicable to you and these are enough to get you confused.
So, I think now it is the good time to accentuate over our concerned question i.e.
How to make money blogging? Now we are talking!
It is true that blogging is an effective medium of making money online and it is a source of wealth for many people. There are even rags to riches stories available on the web. Almost every thought leader of today started out as a blogger. Take examples of Neil Patel, Marie Forleo, Harsh Aggarwal and many more.
So if your objective is to make money blogging then you have two options. One is blogging for others and another one is starting your own blog. Let’s discuss these in detail.
Option #1: Blogging for others
Make money blogging is not only about creating your own blog and start implementing monetization techniques. As a beginner, you can learn new skills and augment your ability of writing. simply by writing blogs for others. You might be presuming that I’m about to tell you for creating an account on a freelancing network and start begging for work. Seriously no, a big NO NO NO. because I myself have been through a hard time in working on these freelancing portals with no success. Which is why, I have come up with something different and effective ways by which you can start writing for other and generate income.
1. Find Companies on LinkedIn
LinkedIn helps you find companies which are seeking writers and bloggers. But first you have to do is optimize your LinkedIn profile so as to make it appealing for the recruiters and breakthrough the competition in the industry. Secondly, frequently login to your LinkedIn account and search for freelance blogging jobs. I prefer installing the LinkedIn app on your smartphone to make the process easy.
2. Write on Witty Pen
WittyPen is a Content Creation platform that provides opportunities to the freelance writers to work on projects across the industries and gain more experience in writing. To enroll as a writer at WittyPen, you have to go through an evaluation process and share a few fresh samples as well. Once enrolled, you get access to the projects at WittyPen via platform.
3. Write on Nerdy Turtlez
Nerdy Turtlez is a similar platform like WittyPen. Here again, you have to register an account and complete a test to get qualified for the writing work. Just visit the Nerdy Turtlez homepage and register for the account.
Option #2: Start your own blog
So now that you are acknowledged about earning by blogging for others. Now it’s time to know about starting your own blog and earn thereof. Well, it sounds really desirable to turn your blog into a money making machine. Taking a look through of today’s competition, it has become even more tougher to create your thought leadership position online. But think about the possibilities. You are required to choose one particular niche of your interest and consistently write about it. But what are the requirements? Let’s discuss them in detail.
Requirement #1: Setup your blog
I recommend creating a blog using WordPress. Simply because it is the best CMS in the world and it is the present and the future of website development. You can get the blog setup by an agency or by yourself. If you want to build your blog yourself then you first you have to learn WordPress. I have already written an informative article on 5 best resources to learn WordPress free of cost. It features the best yet free resources to learn WordPress.
And if you need any help in the process of building your blog on WordPress, then you can consult me.
Requirement #2: Traffic
Alright, let us assume you have got your WordPress blog setup. What now? visitors? Hell Yes! But how to get that? The answer is simple: start writing and start marketing your content. That is the reason why I tell people to change their focus from Blog Monetization to Traffic Generation. At this point, I recommend you to go through my very recent article on 5 Avenues to Promote your business online through Digital Marketing. It includes solid content marketing tips which will certainly help you in generating traffic for your blog.
I hope, you are now clear with the basic requirements of generating money from your blog. Let us now discuss the methods of monetizing your blog.
1. Google Adsense
It is the easiest way to generate income from your blog. You must be wondering that Google Adsense isn’t enough to make anybody wealthy. Indeed, it is true but it is recommended to generate passive income as it is easy to implement and doesn’t require re-work. You just have to create ads and place them on your blog/website. It is a one time activity and after that, all you have to do is login to your Adsense account to see your earnings.
2. Influencer Marketing
Now we are talking about the real thing which makes wealthy bloggers wealthy. Influencer marketing is the practice of gaining users’ attention and traffic with the help of the thought leaders of your domain. It inculcates two major forms of Digital Marketing. One is Content Marketing and the other one is Social Media Marketing. Here, all you have to do is:
a. Write articles that features the thought leaders of your domain.
b. Share the articles on Social Media accounts specifically Twitter and include the Twitter handles of the thought leaders.
c. Repeat the above two steps until the thought leaders get eyes on your content. They will more likely to share your content and retweet your tweets. This will ultimately help you build your thought leadership position online and get traffic.
3. Affiliate Marketing
It is a again a common way of blog monetization. It is effective if done correct. What you have to do is signup for the affiliate programs of the products and services related to your blog niche and write articles about them. Include the affiliate links in your blog posts and whenever the users purchase any product or service through your affiliate links, you will earn the commissions.
I have been asked this question ‘How to Make Money Blogging’ from many people on Quora. Thus, I thought offocusing on this subject and decided to compile the list of effective ways which I’m implementing myself to monetize my blog. Whenever I search for ways to make money blogging, I end up redirecting to article showcasing numerous ways which are way too much for a person to grasp and practically work upon. Being frustrated with this fact I had also write an article on 7 Secrets Successful Bloggers don’t tell. I suggest you to read it as well after reading this.
Hope this article will serve as a helpful guide and includes a plethora of information to answer one of the most common question among the young nerds ‘How to make money blogging?’. If you know about more methods to make money with blogging then don’t forget to share them in the comments below 🙂