How to Make Money Writing a Blog

You may want to uncover how to make money writing a blog for one of a few reasons.

Maybe you’re disgusted with your long-term money problems and feel sick to your stomach when it’s time to pay the bills each month.

Or you could be having some success with blogging but want to take it to the next level.

making money bloggingTerrors, anxieties, and worries you tend to feel about the topic of “money” will create a paralyzing state of blogging panic unless you honestly assess where you’re at right now, money-wise, with your blogging career.

Take a deep breath. Relax your body.

It’s time to ease your worries so you can build a profitable blog by learning how to monetize it effectively.

How to Make Money Writing a Blog

OK….on to the sweet stuff.

The Benefits

Building a full-time, pro-blogging career helps you:

  • Live your wildest dreams
  • Let go your financial problems for good
  • Travel the world
  • Build a life of independence and freedom
  • Free yourself from money worries so you can inspire legions of readers through your blog

If you’re sick of blogging for free and are hungry to boost your blogging profits follow these tips.

Step A: Do Inner Work to Clear Money Blocks

This step sucks. Then this step rocks.

Money doesn’t really care if you’re blogging or working a 9-5 job or building a digital media empire or whatever professional field you’ve chosen.

Money only cares about how you feel about money.

Unfortunately, most of you (and me) grew up learning really screwy, false beliefs about money.

You may feel:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Uncontrolled greed
  • Embarrassment
  • Shame
  • Intense pride
  • 15,000 other negative emotions

…around money, because family, friends and the public impressed ideas on your subconscious mind that you readily accepted as a kid who knew no better.

Look at your bank account now. Does it make you feel really uncomfortable? Do you feel terrible, or anxious, or angry? Or do you feel elated, excited and prideful about your income?

These strong, polarized energies need to go because associating emotionally charged feelings with money create a conditionally created, rollercoaster ride of emotions that will derail your blogging career.

Face, embrace and release these wild energies. Use techniques like meditation and EFT tapping to unearth the zany money beliefs and let the feelings go.

This is a highly unpleasant process at times but it sets the table for bigger profits down the road.

Note; 80% of bloggers never make more than $100 from their blogs during their careers because they totally ignore this step. Before you make money you need to let go of your resistance to money and your true feelings – as well as your current financial state – will let you know where you’re at.

Step B: Pick a Fun and Freeing Reason Why

This step feels uncomfortable at first. Maybe you gave little thought to following your fun when you decided to start blogging.

If you’re like most bloggers you predominantly just want to make money blogging.

But when the money doesn’t show up you just lost your motivator. In the beginning, no money will show up because you’re an infant in the blogging and monetizing games.

What can you talk about all day long? Blog about it. That’s your fun. That’s your passion. The fun is the reward. Meaning, you’ll detach more freely from money and traffic outcomes which cripple most bloggers.

1: Write, Write and Write Some More

Money responds well to value.

Skilled writers can charge top dollar for their products and services.

Skilled writers write 500 – 1000 words a day or more.

Writing regularly is the #1 practical skill to develop for aspiring professional bloggers.

If you want to make money through writing on your blog it makes sense to practice writing every single day.

Find a quiet room. Write for 10 or 20 minutes if pressed for time. Toss in a few hour-long sessions.

Hit your 500-word count even if it means waking early or going to bed late.

Practice writing to:

  • Increase your credibility
  • Establish trust
  • Charge higher freelance writing and blog coaching rates
  • Self-publish eBooks consistently

Writers who don’t practice writing will tend to charge $5 – $10 per 600-word blog post for their freelance writing rates.

Writers who practice writing every single day generally charge $50 – $100 or more per 600-word blog post.

Practice your primary skill. Charge higher rates. Churn out more premium products and eBooks.

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2: Publish Long Form, Resource-Style Content

Earn a living through your blog by establishing your authority with long-form, resource style blog posts.

Jon Morrow at Smart Blogger writes some of the more thorough, well-researched, comprehensive posts in the blogging niche.

He and his guest posters never scrimp.

Jon built himself a profitable blogging career because he doesn’t just publish blog posts. He publishes resources.

Read trusted resources in your niche. Convert your knowledge into long form, helpful, well-rounded blog posts to boost your cyber cred and to increase earnings through your blog.

Readers buy in if you’re all in.

3: Optimize Posts for SEO

Draw targeted, paying traffic to your blog.

Optimize your blog posts for SEO to drive hungry readers to your online real estate.

Use the Yoast plug-in for WordPress to get your SEO game in order.

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You may not get an “all clear” on every SEO factor but achieving a green final rank ensures you’ve properly optimized your post for search engines.

Optimizing your post for SEO simply allows you to speak to your target market.

A freelance writer can speak directly to freelance writing clients. Blog coaches can speak to new bloggers who need direction.

Targeting through SEO is a smart, passive way to make money through your blog writing.

4: Share the Blog Post Across Different Platforms

Share your blog post across different platforms to boost your blog traffic and income.

Readers consume content across a wide channel of mediums. Serve your audience by speaking to them on their platform of choice.

Share your blog posts on:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • G Plus
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook Groups
  • G Plus Communities
  • LinkedIn Groups
  • Biz Sugar
  • YouTube
  • Sound Cloud (podcast/show)
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Pinterest Boards

Promote each post freely across a broad range of online mediums. Expand your reach far and wide to maximize your earning potential.

5: Explore Monetizing Options

Monetize by aligning with your passions.

I enjoy writing so I wrote 126 bite-sized eBooks for my Amazon readers. I enjoy speaking so I created a blogging audio course on Selz.

Follow your fun. Monetize based on what you most enjoy being and doing.

If you’re passionate about writing simply write eBooks and convert these to audio books on Audible and convert to paperbacks on Create Space. Offer freelance writing services to fellow bloggers and website owners.

Do you like mugging for the camera? Consider creating a video course on Udemy.

If you genuinely enjoy helping people live their dreams start a coaching/consulting business relevant to your niche.

6: Pick 1 and Learn About That Income Stream

Now that you’ve brainstormed a few income stream ideas it’s time to pick 1.

Acquire as much knowledge about that income stream as possible. Follow pros to learn the in’s and out’s of monetizing through that channel.

Brent Jones runs an invaluable resource for building a successful freelancing career.

Aspiring freelance writers need to follow him.

Yaro Starak has established a first-rate coaching business for individuals who wish to live the laptop lifestyle. If you want to consult or coach individuals he’s one guy to follow.

Read, study, take notes and gather facts about your desired niche.

Don’t skip this study phase. Pay your online tuition. Go to school. Set the foundation for a successful monetizing campaign through your blog.

7: Dive in for 3-6 Months then Add Another Income Stream

Dive into monetizing your first income stream by learning and implementing.

After researching ways to make money blogging and picking 1 area of expertise you’ll need to get in the game after a week or two of research.

Spend 3-6 months building your first blogging income stream intelligently.

I chose freelance writing with Blogging From Paradise. I patiently built a client list, improved my writing and established a system for keeping track of client work flow, orders and hitting client deadlines.

It takes time and energy to patiently and profitably build one blogging income stream. Don’t rush through the process or the income will disappear right before your very eyes.

Or you may not make a dime if you try to specialize with 2 or 3 income channels before learning your first stream inside out.

Ditch the double major. Get your Ph.D. before moving on to other possibilities. Add a second income stream after the 3-6 month period.

Repeat the process. Then you can add third, fourth and fifth income channels over time.

Note; some income channels may require less time to learn and profit through.

Someone may approach you with a sponsored post or advertising opportunity. Do your homework, figure out if the opportunity matches your brand, style, and blogging tone and either accept or decline the pitch.

Sifting through sponsored posts or ad opportunities usually takes anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, if that.

If you do accept sponsored posts – meaning, quality posts that align fully with your blog and brand – make sure the client knows you make all links NoFollow. Never risk the possibility of ranking high on Google just for a few hundred bucks.

8: Don’t Give Up

I have made both $3000 a month through freelance writing alone (in addition to my many blogging income streams) and zilch per month through my blog.

Persistence made the difference.

Keep at it. No matter how frustrated you feel follow these proven tips. All bloggers struggle at some point during their online careers. The top earners and folks who live their dreams persisted through thick and thin.

Always revisit why you want to earn a living through blogging. Dwell on the freedom you will experience by building a professional blogging career for yourself. Imagine how it’d feel to ease your suffering, to dissolve your pain and to release your struggles for good.

Every full-time blogger was once a beginner.

Persist until you’ve made your dreams come true.

Do you use these tips to make money through running a blog? Are you struggling to make money with your blog? What tips can you add to this list?

50 thoughts on “How to Make Money Writing a Blog”

  1. Hi Ryan,

    As an ardent follower of your blog, I was thrilled to read your post. I agree with what you write about money; our feelings about money can really affect our abundance. It's something I'm still learning. Controlling negative thoughts about money is so important if we want to experience abundance.

    I'm a fairly new (serious) blogger but after having followed the first four points diligently, I'm steadily gaining traffic. I'm still looking into monetizing options, and I think writing books appeals to me the most right now. Also, I find the concept of audio books really interesting. Will give it a try.

    Thanks for the amazing post, Ryan. You've no idea how happy it made me!

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  2. "Ditch the double major. Get your Ph.D. before moving on to other possibilities." Brilliant. This is not said enough in "blogging world"—how important it is to focus on one area at a time. And 126 mini-eBooks? That's awesome! Thanks so much for this post; I needed to be reminded of this today. πŸ™‚

  3. Hi, Ryan.

    Your first advice about clearing money blocks really hit home to me. Sometimes when you're anxious or terrified of having a lot of money, no matter what you do, money will avoid you.

    Limiting beliefs have been built in my brain since I was small and I'm still working on clearing them. But, wow, 80% of bloggers who make only 100$ because of their limiting beliefs is a huge number. Didn't know that.

    All the other advises are spot on. My main methods for monetizing will be writing e-books and making online courses.

    Thank you for this great and valuable post!

  4. Managing and writing a blog is always a great method to make money. When you have a blog, even a free one, you can also make money from there by telling readers something useful, something good, or even telling readers your opinions.

    It depends on the niche, there is no general guide for everyone. From what I have learned while blogging for years, we always need to do research before starting to write an article, find right keyword and use a few relevant images (taken by you – from screenshots, or find it from

    Make the article to be attractive.
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  5. Ryan,

    Great post, man. Keep 'em coming. I have had several blogs in the past and years ago I made quite a bit of money from Google AdSense revenue.

    Unfortunately, I got burned out with the subject matter and killed my site. I never thought about getting clients from a blog or from my blogging efforts.

    Now that I'm an advertising copywriter, I've been using my blog as a portfolio to generate interest in my business.

    So far, despite my best efforts, most of my clients come from either direct mail or online sources besides my blog.

    Anyway, great post. Thanks so much!


  6. [ Smiles ] Long form content is usually filled with value (And people want to read posts that are worthwhile).

    Also, I love the part about never giving up.

    Great post, my friend!

  7. Hey, Ryan.

    How are you doing today? Hope you doing great.

    This's an awesome article as usually you did.

    It seems to me that it's a tip for newbie blogger, but still learn from it. As you knew, I wrote to bad, but working on improving my writing.

    Actually, I don't want to write long form content, but I have to. I plan to release at least an ebook about blogging as I've been a long years with it. Hope I can.

    Thanks for this article, it inspired me a lots.
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  8. Hi Ryan,

    I am big fan of your writing.

    I enjoyed writing this post because you have mentioned some tips that I was missing in my blogging.

    I agree Jon's post always be useful he doesn't usually writes but when does it becomes amazing.


    Umesh Singh

  9. Hi, Ryan, thanks for this great post. your post really give me some moral support and also motivates me to work more harder to get success with my blog. I really like the way you elaborate the things in easy and friendly way. Again Thanks for writing such a beautiful post.

  10. Hi! This post was really helpful to me. I'm a new blogger and I've been learning so much about blogging and monetization. Just one question: What does "NoFollow"? I've seen it mentioned on a different blog site and I don't know what it means.

  11. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for the great motivation to make money from blogging. I 100% agree with your viewpoints that the bloggers need to write every day. Proper planning and crafting SEO optimized posts would enhance their visibility.

    Yes, we should use Social Media to spread our content and establish a brand name. Also, we should be clear with the monetization plans and do experiments to understand which revenue method is suitable to implement.

    I always follow your tips; good to see you here. Great to know your earnings from Freelance writing, it is really good. Thanks for linking some helpful resources for us.

    Have a great weekend ahead!
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  12. I can't tell you how helpful this post was to me. I'm so overwhelmed with getting started, but I don't want to focus on anything else but my blog for 6 months before I start adding on. I love your perspective on this. Thank you so much!!!

  13. Hey there Ryan and Sue,

    Man – I'm speechless – this is an awesome post. I was like "yes, yes, and yes" to everything you shared here – especially step B.

    I know bloggers who quit only after six months because they weren't making the money they thought they would. Sadly, they were motivated by the money part and that almost always happens when money is the 'why'. πŸ™‚

    I have to admit when I started blogging I was so #7. I wanted to try everything under the sun to make money but I only got tired, hehe.

    If someone would have only shared what you did back then – I would probably be in better shape – financially speaking.

    The good thing is it's never too late to go back and tweak things. I need to look at my income streams and 86 the ones that aren't working for me. πŸ™‚

    Number 8 is my favorite. I love the advice you gave about revisiting why we want to earn a living blogging. It's always good to check on our 'why' every now and then.

    As always Ryan – you rock!

    Have a great week, you two!

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  14. Hi there Rayan,

    This a well written post and detailed, that's why I bookmarked it.

    I'll also follow you on your blog from now on.


  15. I love these tips! These tips are so inspiring. Because of your post, I am going to commit to the following game plan:

    1. Write 500 words a day in order to become a better writer

    2. Commit to one income stream for 3-6 months (Guest writing and freelance writing)

    3. Use my writing skills to start creating e-books

    Thanks so much! This was very helpful!

  16. Hey Ryan,

    Great tips here. The point about negative money mindsets can't be overstated. We create such weird feelings around money and it's so ironic that we want it so bad yet feat it so much.

    126 books? Crazy. I noticed they're priced at $1.99 mostly. Is there any rhyme or reason to that given that upping the price to $2.99 would increase commissions from 30% to 70%?

    Off to share!

  17. Patience, patience, patience is all that is required of anyone trying to make a living blogging. It can happen, but takes time.

    Thanks for this great post.

  18. Hey Ryan,

    Starting a blog can be a solid way to make long-term income just for doing some writing on stuff we actually like and care about. We are not going to make any money from our blog if people don’t read it. After all, our readers are the ones who are going to help in making money for us, whether they’re clicking on our ads or buying our products. We need to always put our readers first. Developing a successful blog has a lot to do with building relationships. That can include relationships with sponsors, affiliate partners, or simply other bloggers who will direct traffic to our blog.

    We have to be sure some of our time is spent on forums and other blogs to build these relationships and our blog. Our goal is to help people who are really serious about building a real online business because we can make a little or a lot of money. That all depends on us. Thanks for sharing these wonderful thought with us.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

  19. That is an awesome post. Writing is an art, an art to impress the reader with your words and when it comes to earn money through writing, you have to be a professional. Practice writing everyday really works. You get better each day.

    One more important thing is, Marketing. Content Marketing is really important. You have to reach to your potential readers/audience.

    I learned some good things. Really thankful for the words
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  20. Exploring more than one income stream is a valuable tip that would have helped me a great deal about two years ago. I was doing well with a small niche blog and I got too comfortable, putting all my efforts into that one blog alone. Wham. Along came a Google algo update that wiped out my site from search (very unfairly I might add) and my income came crashing down to Zero.

    Now, I am very careful about having at least three income streams coming in from my blogging efforts, even if one of the blogs brings in just $10 a day. Always very important to have some diversity of income when it comes to working for yourself.
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    • Good point, Mac, on diversification. You probably could have done ads to bring in more traffic, though. Not ideal, but better than relying totally on Google, right?

      Glad it is back working for you now with diversifying.

  21. Love this Post Ryan, because Blog don't just provide money it provides many other valuable things πŸ™‚

    Thanks for Sharing

  22. This is really a mind blowing piece of content. When it comes to learn about making money from blog. I must say you have filled out almost all topics inside this article. Thanks for this great resource.

  23. Howdy Ryan,

    Great & Excellent post and most important all above mentioned, shared here!

    This is really a great guide to making money with Blog.

    Have a wonderful day!

  24. Interesting post!

    I especially like this: "Writing regularly is the #1 practical skill to develop for aspiring professional bloggers." Blogging is like any other profession and you should work like a pro if you want to see some serious results.


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