Are you a new blogger? Are you wondering how do bloggers make money?
Don’t know where to start? You’re in the right place where you’ll discover a few of the proven ways to make money from blogging as a beginner.
Let me tell you one thing honestly about making money from blogging: it’s NOT easy. Yes, just like any other business that makes profits, blogging also requires time and efforts. Unfortunately, most beginners don’t understand it and always treat as blogging as a get rich quick scheme and they fail miserably.
If you’re someone who’s serious about making money blogging, stop treating your blog as a blog. Instead, treat it as a REAL business. That’s when you start investing money and time in making it profitable.
Without much ado, let’s talk about how YOU as a beginner can make money blogging.
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How Can a Beginner Make Money From a Blog?
#1. The more traffic your site receives, the more revenue you’ll make
Attract more visitors from Google through keyword research.
Search engine traffic is the KEY to building a successful blog that makes money. Without website traffic, you can’t generate sales. Without sales, your blog will fail to make any profits.
If you’re getting a decent amount of traffic from the search engines, you can use a ton of monetization strategies to make profits from your blog, you can use:
- Affiliate marketing
- Writing product reviews
- Building an email list and so on
So start with SEO. Learn the basics of SEO such as keyword research to attract more visitors from search engines like Google. That being said, here are few simple yet effective tips for you to find highly profitable keywords to increase your search traffic and sales.
Find a list of seed keywords
Your keyword research starts with finding a list of seed keywords that you can use within your content. Once you have a list of seed keywords, you can easily find relevant keywords around them to use within your content.
Here are how seed keywords look like;
- Apple (you can find relevant keywords like iPhone, MacBook Air, iPad etc)
- Microsoft (you can talk about MS office, MS Word, Microsoft operating system etc)
- Men’s cologne (you can talk about David off, Park Avenue and so on)
So how can you find seed keywords?
The simple tip is to find out your target audience and figure out their wants and needs. That way, you can come up with a ton of potential seed keywords you can later use to expand.
Find related keywords to your seed keywords
Once you’re done with the above step, you need to expand your seed keywords list by finding relevant keywords that you can use within your content to drive more search engine traffic to your sites.
Here’s an excellent illustration of Moz that you can use while doing keyword research.
So how to find relevant keywords for your seed keywords list?
Here are few simple yet highly effective tips you can use to find relevant keywords for your website.
Start using the LSI Graph
LSI Graph is one of the widely used free keyword research tools for finding LSI (also relevant) keywords in any industry. Just enter your seed keywords to create a list of all the relevant keywords you can use to increase your website’s organic traffic.
And if LSI Graph is not enough for you, make use of other keyword research tools (free or paid – your choice) too. This way you will always have a list of potential keywords to include in your content.
Google automatically shows you relevant keywords as you type. That’s a great place to find a ton of highly relevant keywords around your seed keywords.
Also, you can use “Searches related to” feature from Google that you normally find at the bottom of the search engine results page. It looks something like this:
As you can see from the above screenshot, you’ll notice that Google is showing a ton of relevant keywords for the example keyword “SEO tools”. You can use all those keyword variations which are relevant to your blog post or topic.
#2. Start selling affiliate products
Hands down, affiliate marketing is one of the most proven and effective ways to earn passive income online. There are successful affiliate marketers like Pat Flynn who earns over 100,000 dollars through affiliate product selling every single month. Yes, you heard it right.
If you’re looking for passive income sources to monetize your blog or website, selling affiliate products that are highly relevant to your blog audience is the best way.
That being said, making money from affiliate marketing is NOT at all easy and the majority of the people who jump into affiliate marketing never make even one sale. If you want to make money from affiliate marketing as a beginner, follow these tips.
Choose your niche first
Since you’re promoting affiliate products, it’s always better to define your niche first. That way you can target the right audience and customers to increase your affiliate sales.
Instead of targeting a big market, it’s a smart idea to narrow down your blog topics and stick to 2 to 3 topics so you can serve your audience better and promote highly relevant affiliate products to earn more commission.
Let me tell you one thing: people don’t buy from strangers online. If you know this simple rule, you’ll never sell anything to strangers online.
Building trust and strong rapport are so important to boost your website conversions and sales. So how can you build trust? One of the simplest ways to build rapport with your website audience is to build an email list and educate your email subscribers about the products you promote.
Choose your products wisely
Don’t pick too many products when you’re starting out. Don’t promote products that you don’t use as well. The #1 rule of successful affiliate marketing is: promote only those products that you personally use and satisfied with.
That way you can write genuine product reviews along with the pros and cons so that your audience can easily find out whether the products you are promoting are beneficial for them or not.
Last but not least: always be patient. Affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes a lot of time, trial and errors to understand how online selling works. Until then, keep hustling and always be learning from other marketers online.
As a simple rule of thumb, don’t expect anything in the first 6 to 8 months of your affiliate marketing journey. You’ll succeed in affiliate marketing if you’re creating great content and promoting relevant products that your target audience wants.
#3. The fastest way to make money blogging is: offer services
Adding a “Services I offer” page on your website is one of the simplest ways to make money from day 1. Make sure you’re not attracting freebie seekers to your services page and try to collect as many leads (AKA email subscribers) as possible.
When you’re starting out, build a great portfolio to showcase your work so you can attract more people to try your services. Try to get testimonials from other bloggers in your niche so you can easily increase your website conversions.
Here are some of the potential ideas you can try to offer as blog services to make money even if you’re starting as a new blogger.
- Graphic design (logos, website design etc)
- SEO (offering SEO services such as keyword research, link analysis, competitor research etc)
- Content writing (there’s HUGE growth for freelance writers)
- Coaching (if you’re already an expert in your industry, coaching works like a charm)
How Much Money Can You Make Blogging?
Here are 3 important things that every beginner bloggers should know before starting a blog or website to make money from it. Get them right and you’ll be on your way to building a highly profitable blog in the long run.
#1. Create a monetization strategy
It sounds really interesting to start a blog and make money from it but in reality, making money from a new blog is hard especially when you’ve zero online reputation. That’s the reason why you need to create a solid monetization strategy.
Find out what ways you’re going to use to make money from your blog. Are you looking to monetize through affiliate marketing, selling your own products or services? Or do you have any different plans? Carefully analyze your competitor websites to see what works best for you.
#2. Networking is the key
You can’t succeed alone in building a successful blog online. That’s why networking is essential. You need to connect with other bloggers and build a strong rapport with them if you are a successful blogger.
Make sure to use social media sites wisely to connect with other bloggers in your industry by tweeting their stuff, commenting on their posts, linking out to their blog frequently, etc.
#3. Never depend upon one income or traffic source
Never put all your eggs in one basket. Likewise, it’s not a good idea to put all your efforts on one income source or traffic source. Majority of the people depend heavily on Google search traffic. So if you’re just starting out, start focusing on other platforms such as social media, blogging forums, guest posting, etc. to diversify your traffic sources.
Also, diversify your income sources. Instead of focusing just one income source, try to monetize your blog in various ways such as product reviews, affiliate products, blog services, etc, to find the best performing sources for your website.
Conclusion – Making Money As a New Blogger
Starting a blog is easy but you need to work extra hard to make it profitable. If you focus on helping others with your content by attracting more visitors to your site, you’ll find plenty of ways to monetize your blog even if it’s brand new.
So what are your thoughts on making money as a beginner blogger? Share your thoughts in the comments, I would like to discuss with you!
Nirmala is a professional blogger who provides actionable content on her blog wpglossy.com. She writes regularly about blogging, link building and keyword research for the budding bloggers. Apart from blogging & writing, she loves to do Yoga to narrow down her focus. She believes that the helping attitude let her lead a successful life. You may connect with her on Facebook.