How to Make Money Blogging (From Anywhere in the World)

by | Nov 28, 2021

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could make money talking about stuff we loved all day every day, working our own hours from wherever we wanted in the world? What a dream that would be…

Wake up! You absolutely can and in this article, I am going to walk you through how to make money blogging from your kitchen table or a beach in Fiji! (I’m in Phuket, Thailand as I write this).

digital nomad life

And don’t be fooled into thinking blogging is only about writing. Whether you enjoy writing, talking, or performing, you can build a money-making blog in your PJ’s!

Blogging in 2021/2022

I’m in love with the make money blogging lifestyle business model!

A blog, website, vlog, call it what you like, is a place you can have fun, create content around topics you’re passionate about, and add massive value to your niche inviting your community, customers, and clients to learn more about what it is they want or need to know.

If you love writing you can create text based posts covering your niche topics;

 

mark manson blog example

markmanson.net

 

If you love talking, start a podcast and build a site around your podcast;

 

Amy Porterfield  - online marketing expert podcast

amyporterfield.com

 

If you love making videos, start a youtube channel and build a site around your videos;

 

MarieTV - Marie Forleo YouTube channel

marieforleo.com

 

I like to call my site my ‘home’. I may have content all over the web, but my blog is where people can come to read my best and biggest posts, download my free email course, learn more about me and how I can help them, and purchase my products and services, all in one place!

How to Make Money Blogging

Before I get into the nitty gritty of how you can get started building your money making blog, let’s have a look at all the ways you’ll be able to monetize it once you’ve grown an audience of adoring fans!

  • Selling Services
  • Online Courses
  • Membership Sites
  • Books and Ebooks
  • Advertising
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Physical Products
  • Become an Influencer

Selling Services

This is any service you can exchange for a fee.

Common services to sell are consulting, coaching, writing, and any other freelance service. When starting out, this is a great way to get yourself off the ground because it doesn’t require a large audience.

Here’s some great examples of blogs (websites) set up for this very purpose;

Elna Cain offers her writing and coaching services through her blog. She is a mommy blogger who wanted to start working from home to raise her children. Her blog is focused on teaching people how to start freelance writing.

Elna Cain blog - freelance writing expert & coach

Another great example is Adam Enfroy, he first monetized his blog through consulting for his clients. To get started, he wrote 5 pillar posts and then spent his time reaching out to popular blogs to guest post on. Just like Elna, this spread Adam’s awareness and increased his domain authority. During the 3rd month of his blog, he was able to start making $10,000/month.

Adam Enfroy - Blog Monetization Expert

Both of these bloggers started their business by offering a service. After they were successful in offering some form of service, they branched out and started monetizing their blog in different ways that I cover below.

Online Courses

Are you an expert on something in particular? SEO, Facebook Ads, Trigonometry, Space Travel, Origami?

You name it, someone wants to learn about it.

You only have to look at Udemy, Skillshare and Lynda to see how many courses there are on a multitude of varying topics.

The largest selection of online courses - Udemy

udemy.com

 

In fact, due to the recent pandemic, this is a fast-growing area. People want skills! People need skills! And they’re going to be looking online to develop them. So how can you help?

The Copywriting Course was created and is currently run by Neville Medhora. In this course, he teaches people how to write better and have higher converting copy (a great skill to have).

copywriting course

Other examples;
JustinGuitar.com - Guitar Lessons Online

JustinGuitar.com – Online Guitar Lessons

 

Plant Care - Online Classes by Skillshare

Skillshare.com – Online Plant Care Courses

 

Domestika - Creative Online Courses

Domestika.com – Creative Online Courses

 

Check out my step-by-step post on How to Create a 6 Fig Online Course here and start building your money making course today!

Membership Sites

A membership site is the next step up from an online course. You can start by taking what you created in your online course and turning it into a monthly subscription.

You will of course have to offer more value by way of a community, regularly updated content, and member benefits, but it’s a great business model and is in fact how I generated my first 6 figures online.

Examples of membership sites;

Digitalmarketer.com - 36 Marketing Playbooks

Digitalmarketer.com – 36 Marketing “Playbooks”

 

Youpreneur.com by Chris Ducker - Online Community for Entrepreneurs

Youpreneur.com by Chris Ducker – Online Community for Entrepreneurs

 

The Oasis by Jennifer Louden - Online Writers Community

The Oasis by Jennifer Louden – Online Writers Community

 

Books and Ebooks

Love writing? These days it’s easier than ever to publish a book online whether a ‘real book’ or an ebook.

What a fantastic way to get your message into the world, grow your profile, and impact as many people as possible!

There are a couple of ways you can approach this.

You can focus on writing and publishing books and build your site around your authorship;

Bestselling Books By Joanna Penn and J.F.Penn _ The Creative Penn

thecreativepenn.com

 

Or you can build a huge blog following, and write your books around your audience;

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F_ck - book by Mark Manson - Amazon

What I love about Mark’s story is that his blog started as ‘very bad dating advice’ (said in his own words) and it took him years before he found his true groove. He’s now gone on to become one of the best-selling authors of the last decade.

Such is the power of a blog!

Advertising

Advertising is one of the most easily understood and popular methods to make money blogging. You just sell space on your site for other companies to post their advertisements on.

The two main types of advertising options are:

  1. Selling space on your website
  2. Brand deals

Selling space on your website is a good revenue stream once you have a large amount of traffic. When you are first starting out, the payout from ads will be next to nothing. Not to mention, it will slightly degrade the user experience when readers are on your website.

Brand deals are when a company and blogger work directly together to spread the reach of a company’s image. A common method of this is when a blogger uses that company’s product throughout its content instead of its competitors.

The travel blogging couple, Lia and Jeremy make money blogging by writing about their travels and experiences in different parts of the world. This is quite a saturated market, but nevertheless a good place to make money.

Meet Lia & Jeremy - the authors of Practical Wanderlust

They have several revenue streams, such as:

  • Services
  • Courses
  • Advertising
  • Affiliate

But most of their income comes from advertising. They typically use Mediavine to sell space on their website. Another great ad service is Google Adsense.

The key to their successful ad revenue stream is the sheer volume of traffic they receive. With as many as 300k monthly visitors, they monetize tons of space on their site.

To get this amount of traffic, they focused their content around keywords that bring in traffic. They also guest post on larger travel sites frequently to increase their reach and the number of authoritative links back to their own site. Now they even allow other bloggers to guest post on their site, meaning they can cover even more keywords, increase their traffic and give their readers more variety of content!

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing has got a bad rap over the years. Mainly because, very unfortunately for the rest of us, this segment of online business is flooded with scammers and people just looking to make a fast buck.

Why? Because you don’t have to put the work into writing the book or making the course or manufacturing the product. Your job is to create great content, drive traffic to that content and then link out to other people who’ve done the hard work writing the book, making the course, or manufacturing the product.

The challenge however is that creating great content and driving traffic is equally hard work, so don’t be fooled thinking this is the easy way in. It isn’t.

Adam Enfroy for example not only sells consultancy, but he makes a chunk of his blog’s income from affiliate sales. His content consists of many guides and how-to articles for people to learn how to grow their own blog.

Blog posts like his highest paying affiliate programs help the readers tremendously and drive affiliate sales for the blog.

His main focus for driving traffic is SEO, and in particular guest posting and building relationships with other bloggers, which I can tell you from experience is hard graft!

Pat Flynn runs the blog smart passive income. This blog is full of content that discusses everything about building an online business.

Smart Passive Income blog - business resources

His main strategy revolves around honest reviews of products and services that help people grow an audience and generate an income.

He built his audience mainly via social media and networking, with some SEO thrown in for good measure.

Even though blogging is his main focus, he does run two different podcasts, hosts webinars, and sells books. Not only does he have a healthy income from affiliate sales, but monetizes his blog from plenty of other revenue sources like:

  • Courses
  • Books
  • Affiliates
  • Speaking events
  • Advertising on his podcast

Both Adam’s and Pat’s blogs are packed full of value and both have leveraged relationship building as a key part of their growth strategy.

Physical Products

Another way to make money blogging is to add physical products to the mix.

Ecommerce is such an exciting business model which you can start today with almost no money down!

The most common form of eCommerce is dropshipping, a bit like affiliate marketing I guess, your job is to drive the traffic to your site, but the product is manufactured and shipped by someone else.

However my favourite model is Print on Demand. Much like dropshipping I don’t have to purchase products upfront or manufacture myself, but unlike dropshipping I can have my brand and my designs all over the product, making it far more personal to me!

Here’s some great examples of websites that have added physical products as an alternative way to make money.

 

LadyBoss Store - BUNDLES Collection

ladyboss.com

 

Rachel Hollis - Books Shop

msrachelhollis.com

 

A Beautiful Mess Print Shop

abeautifulmess.com

 

Become an Influencer

Becoming an Influencer off the back of your blog encompasses all of the above!

As you grow your audience, you may decide to sell services, online courses, or a membership program, become a best-selling author, sell advertising or sponsorship, add affiliate links and some physical products!

Do it all. Why not?!

So Many Blogs With Different Business Models

Did you notice the common thing between all of the blogs that I used as examples? They all utilize multiple monetization tactics that create a diversified revenue stream.

Not only do they make more money from having more than one stream, but they’re also safer and more resistant to significant change.

Just like a nice stock portfolio, a blog’s income should be diversified. However, my best advice is to start with one and diversify as you grow.

How to Start Your Money Making Blog

So, should you get started with your idea to make money blogging?

Of course! There is no time like now. Anyone who tells you blogging is dead, probably didn’t work hard enough to get their blog off the ground, so provided you have the passion, determination, and commitment there is absolutely no reason you can’t build a successful blog that generates income while you sleep!

Here’s how;

Deciding Your Niche

First things first, you need to decide what you want to blog about.

It’s all good and well having a passion but the goal here is to make money blogging so you need to ensure your niche is in a buyers market.

This is a roadblock so many budding entrepreneurs can’t move beyond. Don’t spend weeks, months or years trying to think of the perfect niche.

  • What are you interested in?
  • What do you enjoy writing about or talking about?
  • What problem have you recently solved that you could help others with?
  • What do you love reading about/consuming?

Determining a niche is usually less about knowing what you’re interested in and more about the fear you face when thinking of competing in that niche.

Never fear strong competition. It means there’s a strong market. You just need to figure out how to be better or how to add a unique angle, which (by the way) you tend to work out as you go.

If you have never run a business before, selling yourself online can be intimidating, but don’t worry! No one else in this world has your perspective and experiences in life. So your offering is 1 of a kind =).

(If you feel afraid about promoting yourself online, I recorded this podcast to help you feel less like a narcissist.)

The most important thing is to ensure your niche can be profitable.

Assessing Market Demand

An easy way to assess if your niche might be profitable is to see if any brands are advertising for keywords that apply to your niche. In this image, it is safe to assume “weight loss” is a lucrative niche.

make money blogging - assess market demand

If brands are spending money to be seen by your target audience, your target audience are likely to be buyers.

Once you have a general idea that a niche is profitable, head over to google keyword planner. Start a new plan and type in your keyword to learn more about it. (this image is for the key term “weight loss”)

Do this for a few different keywords in your niche to really understand what is happening here.

Good to know: The higher the average CPC, the more profitable the audience is. The more impressions, the larger the audience.

This will help you assess market demand.

Assess the Competition

The amazing thing about the internet is that you do not have to be #1 in your niche to make money. The amount of money you make is based on the value of each customer and how many of them you can reach.

But, the less competition you have the more traffic you will receive.

So to measure the competition, fire up an SEO tool like Ahrefs (pricey, but you can get a free trial for $7) or Ubersuggest (a more cost effective tool and just as good for beginners).

Go to the keyword planner and type in one of your keywords.

This keyword has a lot of traffic but is also very competitive. If you are starting out, I probably wouldn’t recommend going for a keyword like weight loss.

If however you love talking about celebrity weight loss secrets you could find some gems within the weight loss niche, with great search volumes but far less competition.

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to traffic or demand as your own experience and resources are a huge factor but if you’re passionate about your niche and know you can do a great job don’t let competition put you off.

What If I’m Multi Passionate?

Ah yes, the multi-passionate entrepreneur.

If you look around this site you’ll see posts about building your lifestyle business, travel, and mindset. I am your typical multi-passionate entrepreneur.

Within the lifestyle business section, you’ll find posts on blogging, ecommerce, social media.

No matter how hard I try, I find it impossible to only focus on one subject.

But that, my friend, is the beauty of blogging. You can test & measure to find what works best. As long as your passions are connected and are subsets of a broader niche, there is no reason not to cast a wider net to see what resonates with your audience.

NB: Creating a blog around golf and dog health, just because you happen to be a dog-owning golfer is not testing subsets of a broader niche by the way!

You may eventually find yourself producing more content around one or two very specific subjects as that’s what your market has demanded, but that’s how you start to carve your mark and add a unique angle to your content, by listening to your audience.

Creating your content

Once you have settled on a niche, then it is time to start creating your blog posts.

I use the word creating as you might be writing posts or publishing podcasts or videos which involve substantially less writing.

The critical point here is to add value. If possible massive value – although don’t put too much pressure on yourself so you don’t act. Get it done then get it right!

To compete in your niche you’re going to have to stand out and to do that you need to be meeting your customer’s needs more so than others in a similar niche.

This may happen because your content is better or it might simply be that your particular market likes you more or understands and resonates with you. You’ll never know which until you get out there and start testing and measuring.

As an example, this post is not the best post ever written on making money blogging.

It might be over time as I experience more and add more to it. But at the time of publishing, there are longer, more detailed, more in-depth posts.

But you’re here, either because I got lucky and you happened across my post and you’re enjoying reading it. Or because you already know and like me and/or because you resonate with me and like my teaching style.

The point I’m making is that if you spend all your time focusing on being the best, you will likely burn out or give up from setting such high standards.

Being the best doesn’t always mean being the best writer or podcaster or videographer. It sure helps yes, but if you focus your efforts more on ensuring you’re consistently showing up, regularly posting, listening, and offering value, then over time you will carve out your niche and your audience.

Create a Content Schedule

Don’t get caught up here and spend months planning the ‘awesomest content calendar’ in the world which actually never sees the light of day.

First things first, start creating based on the needs of your audience (as determined mainly by keyword research).

As the awesome Amy Porterfield so articulately says;

Then decide on a consistent schedule you know you can stick to.

Can you post once a week, twice a week, once a month? What’s a schedule that you can realistically stick to?

Once you’ve decided, stick to it!

You are responsible for your own actions as an entrepreneur. You don’t have a boss or a supervisor telling you what to do and when to do it. The deadlines you set are self-imposed.

It’s down to you to stick to them or not.

All I can tell you is that sticking to them most likely leads to success. Not sticking to them….well, you know.

Publish your content everywhere

After publishing your post, podcast, or video, you need to ensure it gets maximum exposure.

If your blog is made up of podcasts or videos, the chances are you’ve already got iTunes & YouTube covered, but where else can you publish your post?

Everywhere! Medium.com, guest posting on popular blogs, Pinterest, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and the list keeps going.

I’ve never been concerned with the timing of posting (mainly because I’m always traveling and my audience is spread across the world.) Once your post is ready, waste no time and get it published, however in his post – The Science of Social Timing, Neil Patel gives a good argument for posting at opportune times so your posts get maximum exposure.

If your goal is to get maximum traffic, you are going to want to publish your post on Monday around 11 am.

If your goal is to get maximum comments, then you will want to publish your post on Saturday morning.

If your goal is to get the most links, then Monday and Thursday will be your best bet.

Read the post for more details, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Most of your time should be spent on promoting and sharing your posts on other platforms.

Promoting your content

Promoting Your Content on Social Media

One of the best ways to promote your content is on social media.

There are lots of tools to help you with this so you can schedule posts in advance or at opportune times.

I personally like Buffer, as you can schedule all of your content between all of your channels in one place. This way you can make sure to properly promote your content for maximum engagement.

They even have a calendar feature so you can see at a glance what your posting schedule looks like.

Buffer - posting schedule

One of the best ways to consistently create excellent social media posts and generate clicks to your website is to use snippets of content, which can also stand alone, from your blog posts.

This way you don’t have to create any additional content, you’re staying relevant to your niche and message and the content can either be consumed directly on the social platform helping to build your social media audience or drive traffic to your post.

This is from the post I wrote about how to start an eCommerce business. A great social share would be this:

Critical questions to ask yourself when sourcing a product for your ecommerce business…

Is it profitable?

Is there a need?

Will people buy it?

How much will it cost to ship?

Find out how to answer these questions here.

In a nutshell, some great ideas for snippet material are your content modules, bullet-point lists, or just interesting facts.

The key to social media is to engage with your audience. So be sure to start conversations and respond to comments.

Leveraging SEO to promote your content

SEO is a huge and complicated subject, so I will merely touch on it here and offer some of the most salient beginner points to consider when starting your money making blog.

Research your keywords

When we talked about choosing your niche I introduced you to Ubersuggest, which from a beginner’s perspective is probably the most cost-effective SEO tool on the market and full of useful features.

Once you know your niche you’ll need to find some keywords to start to rank for. Depending on how competitive your niche is, depends on how longtail your key phrases will be.

For example, if you went down the weight loss route. The only way to compete would be to start trying to rank for a keyphrase such as;

Weight loss for children under 15 who have thyroid problems and a yorkshire terrier.

Clearly, I’m being facetious, but it’s such a competitive market, you have about as much chance of ranking for the phrase ‘weight loss’ as I have flying to the moon. (Just waiting for some smart ass to prove me wrong now)

However, if your niche happens to be ‘Fly Fishing in Montana’ then you have a good chance of ranking for that main key phrase and anything related to it.

By ranking, I mean appearing on Page 1 of the google search results every time someone types in that specific or a related phrase.

This gets more complex, and you could spend hours trying to weed out high volume, low competition keywords, but to get started just focus on low competition.

SEO tools are not 100% accurate and as such should be used as a guide.

When using Ubersuggest, anything under SEO difficulty of 35 is a good start.

Study user intent to help you create a great post.

User intent is what google determines a user is looking for when they search a particular keyword or phrase.

For example, if you google ‘fly fishing in Montana’ all the page 1 results are ‘best rivers’ or ‘fly fishing guides’. This means that google’s algorithm has picked up that when people use this search term this is the content they’re looking for.

Therefore a post on ‘How to Fly Fish’ wouldn’t be the best post to write for the key phrase ‘fly fishing in Montana’. Some kind of guide or list of best places would work much better.

If you type in ‘how did adele lose weight’, all the results are predictably answering that exact question, however, there are also lots of images, so using great images in your post would work well for that keyphrase.

Never presume to know the user intent. Always use google search to see which post types rank well when assessing the kind of content to create for a specific keyword term.

On Page SEO

Google will regularly be crawling your content to see how relevant it is to various search terms.

To make sure the google bot can understand the main topic and relevancy of your post, there are a few things you’ll need to have in place before you publish;

  1. Is the keyword in your title?
  2. Is the keyword part of your URL?
  3. Have you used your keyword regularly through the post (without stuffing)
  4. Have you tagged any images in your post with relevant descriptions (alt tags)
  5. Have you written a short description for your metadata (a short description that shows under your title in the google search results)
  6. Are you linking to other relevant posts on your site?

In fact I would highly recommend installing the Yoast plugin. If you do this you’ll be well on your way to creating SEO ready posts.

Yoast will recommend how many times your keywords should appear, whether you have added ‘alt tags’ to your images (image descriptions), if your title is too long for the search page, and loads more.

There’s a lot more to SEO which I won’t try to cover here, but one of my favourite resources is Brian Dean and you can read his mammoth SEO guide here which will tell you all you need to know!

Growing Your Community

Building an Email List

An incredibly effective and fairly fast route to make money blogging is by building an email list. As soon as is feasibly possible you’ll want to start building your email list of people interested in your content.

The best way to get someone’s email address is to give them something of value in exchange. This is most commonly referred to as a lead magnet.

On my home page, I offer my 21 days free email course for my readers.

To receive the email course, each reader has to fill out their email address.

Now, not only will the reader receive my ebooks, but I’ll also send out regular updates of new content as and when it’s published, invites to Facebook lives or webinars, and notifications of new offers and products.

Don’t let anyone tell you email is irrelevant these days. Sure my 15 year old is oblivious to email preferring snapchat or IG messages, but we’ve got a few more years yet before it becomes defunct if ever!

Start building your email list from Day 1 if possible but don’t let it hold you up! Don’t sacrifice creating and publishing content for spending weeks creating the perfect list builder.

Check out my post on building your email list for a multitude of options for building your list with or without a lead magnet!

Building Your Authority on Social Media

We’ve talked about promoting your posts on social media, but posting isn’t enough. You’ll want to be building your profile and your brand which will increase your authority.

Increasing your authority has several benefits;

  1. Google recognizes shares, links, etc, as social signals which all help towards your SEO
  2. People start to see you as a thought leader which means your content gets shared more often
  3. You’ll strike up relationships with other influencers and start collaborations
  4. Your brand and blog will grow exponentially!

Please note that growing your profile and brand on social media will take time.

To get started I always recommend picking one channel at a time.

Find out where your customers are and start there.

So if the bulk of your target market hangs out on Instagram, grow your presence on Instagram. If your audience is on Facebook, start posting on Facebook and so on.

If you try to grow three or four channels at the same time you may get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing very well, although there are tools that can certainly help you spread your wings.

Before we get to that though, here are 6 steps to set you in the right direction.

Identify your audience.

You will never be all things to all people and that’s the fastest route to failure. Who is your ideal target market?

Don’t just think demographic either, ie, age, gender, location, etc. But truly who is your ideal customer. What do they believe in? What do they like? What do they do in their spare time? What do they watch, read, consume? Why are they ideal for you?

Get into their heads and you’ll find it so much easier to create content and speak to them in their language, tone of voice, etc. This makes it easier for you to resonate with them and for them to resonate with you!

Here’s my ideal customer avatar worksheet to help you with this process;

customer avatar

As I said above, once you know who your audience is, you’ll know which platform they’re primarily on and therefore which channel to target the most.

Consistently create social posts and share them

Being consistent is really going to help you here. The algorithms love it as do your audience.

When I first started online back in 2010 I built a huge social media audience, a large email list and had a 6 figure launch in just 8 months and my ‘secret’ was consistently posting super valuable information daily!

This is why I recommend starting with one platform. You can dedicate any social media time you have to building a huge audience on that one platform before diversifying across the social media channels. Which, by the way, is infinitely easier to do once you already have a large audience.

Make your images visually appealing

In this day and age, most of us have short attention spans. An image that captures attention is just what you need to increase the chance of your followers reading what you wrote.

DigitalMarketer _ Facebook -5 Questions Podcasting

Neil Patel - Instagram - Tips for Optimizing Blog Posts

Hubspot - Pinterest -Infographic - The Best Time to Post on Social Networks

Continuously create and maintain relationships with your followers & peers

An online business is all about relationships!

Engage with your audience. Respond to comments and DM’s. Follow their accounts, strike up conversations, encourage feedback and questions.

Also, don’t be afraid to start creating relationships with other established figures in your space. People are so approachable these days and the only difference between you and them is that they’ve already taken action and built their audience.

Always ask yourself, ‘what can I do to add value to that person’, whether a community member, a customer, or a peer.

If you’re consistently coming from a place of value you won’t go far wrong!

Piggyback on what is trending

Spend some time to see what your peers are doing on each platform and what’s working for them. How can you get inspiration/create something similar for your brand?

I have an inspiration board on Pinterest, and hundreds of saved videos, images & posts on FB & IG!

Test & Measure!

The only true way to know where you should be spending your time and resources is to monitor the results of what’s been working the best for you.

Post regularly and consistently and analyse your analytics!

  • Which posts get the most engagement?
  • Which posts drive the most traffic to your site?
  • Which emails attract the highest click through rates?
  • What are your top pages on google analytics?
  • Where’s your traffic coming from?

Don’t complicate this. It’s easy to connect google analytics to your website, here’s a great guide to show you how to do it.

All the social media sites have their own analytics giving you a great indication of what’s working where.

To start with you’re really only monitoring monthly users, but over time you’ll want to know where they’re coming from, which pages are working better than others, how long they’re staying on your site etc. Neil Patel has a great post on the 7 crucial metrics to measure the success of your site. Don’t get too caught up in these numbers from day one. Remember, get started, then improve as you go.

Building a community takes a lot of work, but your community will soon gain traction and become your biggest word of mouth marketing arm, plus if you get it right, friends, collaborators, customers and much more!

Setting long term consistent content goals

The key to making money blogging is to be consistent over the long term. It’s no good throwing up a few blog posts and hoping for magic to occur.

The best blogs, by best I mean most profitable, can be relied upon to be churning out new posts every week if not daily or even hourly for some of the bigger blogs.

I’m not suggesting you publish hourly or even daily but as I said in the section about your content calendar it’s imperative that you set a schedule you can stick to and then stick to it.

Your audience will learn to trust new content is always coming and google will love you for it.

You don’t need every post to an epic post either. My strategy is to write 2000 – 2500 words, publish the post, and then if it hits page 2 or 3 of google I go to town on improving it and lengthening it to include more keywords and useful information to push it up to page 1.

It’s also a good idea to roughly plan out the next 6 – 12 months of traffic and income goals by researching other blogs. It’s amazing how setting some measurable numbers focuses the mind!

Research blogs in your niche using sites like similarweb.com, alexa.com and ubersuggest.com to assess their traffic growth over time, and start to plot your numbers.

Setting goals and looking at the numbers each month gives you a target to go for and will undoubtedly keep you motivated to publish consistently.

How to Make Money Blogging FAQ’s

How do beginner bloggers make money?

There are numerous ways for a beginner blogger to make money blogging. But the best way when you are new to blogging is to sell a service of some kind. Adam Enfroy started his blog in January 2019 and was able to start making $10,000 per month within 3 months.

He did this by selling his services as a blogging consultant on keyword research and link building.

What skills do you have that you could use to offer a service before you start to monetize your blog in other ways?

Offering a service requires the least amount of setup time to be effective. You can leverage your already existing skill sets to provide value to people. The other monetization methods like affiliate marketing and advertising require tons of time to grow a big-enough audience to make a reasonable income.

Pro tip: When you are working with your audience on a 1 on 1 basis, you can learn how to really help them. This will give you insight into what your readers really want to learn from you.

What are the best blogging sites to make money?

The absolute best blogging site to make money on is WordPress. They offer a free version and a paid version. The free version works if you want to be a hobby blogger and have no desire to make money. But odds are if you’re reading this post you want your blog to be a business.

The paid version of WordPress, WordPress.org, allows you access to tons of plugins that allow you to customize your blog in plenty of ways.

Wix is another good blogging platform but has significantly fewer options for plugins and themes. They are known for their easy to use drag and drop software that makes it easier for beginners, however my preference is and always will be wordpress.

Can you actually make money from blogging?

Yes! In so many ways, as I’ve demonstrated above. If you’re told otherwise it will be from someone who wasn’t consistent or didn’t persevere.

How do bloggers get paid?

A blog is a business, and like all businesses, at some point, you will need to create a business entity. However, as I am not a qualified accountant and my readers are worldwide, I never advise on this subject. You’ll need to hire a specialist.

In the meantime however when you’re just starting out I recommend getting yourself a paypal account, a stripe account (for credit card payments) and a Transferwise account (for paying outsources / suppliers all over the world without astronomic banking fees).

If you’re the adventurous sort you may even consider adding a bitcoin payment platform to your site!

Where do I start blogging?

Get published!

Use google docs, a word doc, evernote, whatever you want, but literally don’t wait to start writing or recording or creating. Just open up a doc and start right now.

We have a tendency to over complicate things, but I urge you to not spend weeks designing the perfect theme or writing the perfect about page or creating the perfect list builder.

Create content and get it published. As soon as you possibly can.

Here is an interview I did with Jeff Walker of Product Launch Formula back in 2010. Listen to what he says;

How do free blogs make money?

Most blogs are free for users to enjoy. In fact, I don’t know many who charge to read their content other than news sites.

Everything we’ve talked about in this post is for you to start a free blog and monetize via all the ways I covered above.

Who is the highest paid blogger?

The highest-paid blogger in the world is Arianna Huffington. She launched her blog Huffpost in May 2005. With 11.3 million monthly visitors, her news aggregating blog brings in $500 million in revenue per year.

The HuffPost is a news and media site that constantly updates the readers about current events and hot topics.

This blog has gone as far as winning a Pulitzer Prize for its efforts in the media industry.

Why do most blogs fail?

Because the blogger gives up too early or doesn’t post enough content consistently enough. You have to be in it to win it!

Are blogs still worth it?

They sure are! They do require a ton of work to start ranking on google and bring in enough traffic to make a difference. But if your goal is to start an online lifestyle business, then blogging is definitely for you.

Is blogging better than Youtube?

That depends on your personality. If you love to write long-form content then blogging may be perfect for you.

If you are more excited to get in front of a camera and make video content, then by all means do that!

There is no one size fits all for content on the internet. There are plenty of successful bloggers and vloggers out there.

In fact, the best people do both! That way they can capture attention from the two biggest search platforms, google and youtube.

Do people read blogs anymore?

What are you doing right now?

According to Optinmonster each month, approximately 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages.

The blogging world has continuously become more saturated, but there will always be a nice lovely corner of the internet for you to engage with your niche. Also, the amount of people who read blogs has increased, along with the amount of time people spend reading blogs

What has replaced blogging?

Nothing has replaced blogging. Many things like vlogging, social media, texting, and zoom offer different forms of communication. But communication in long written form will never go away, although it will continuously evolve and change to meet the demand of the consumers.

Plenty of social media channels like Twitter and Facebook are basically blog feeds full of small posts created by all of the people you wish to follow.

Conclusion

I love the make money blogging business model. In fact I’m not sure there is a better lifestyle business model around today. Sure it takes some time and effort to get it off the ground, but once you’re up and running, have systems in place to publish regular content and build regular links, plus have an email funnel setup and a promotion strategy, not only is it fun and valuable, it becomes more passive over time.

I honestly wish I’d started blogging 10 years ago when I started my online adventure.

Don’t let anyone tell you blogging is dead. Blogging is simply another word for building an informational website for your brand. How to make money blogging is simply a phrase for generating income from your website!

Don’t delay, get started today! For a step by step more technical guide to start your money making blog, check out my post – How to Start a Blog and Make Money in 2021

Thanks for reading!

Jo 🙂

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