Welcome to Day 4!
We are getting to the juicy part, and surely, most of you have been waiting for this moment for a while now. There are different ways to make money with your blog, and we are going to explore them together now.
Important: If you are eager to start your blog right away, all you need to do is head to this fast-track article on my blog How to Start a WordPress Blog Tutorial. With this step-by-step tutorial, you can have your first blog up and running in the next 30 minutes. You can get a blog hosting for as low as $2.95 through my bluehost link and start your new adventure. Getting a hosting provider is a mandatory step if you want your business to take off. Regardless of the kind of business you want to create or the kind of blog you want to start, getting a hosting will instantaneously give you that authority necessary to prosper.
Let’s have a look at the most common ways to earn income from blogging.
How exactly do you monetize a blog?
This is a very common question (that I was asking myself not too long ago). I will try to answer this the best I can: any way you can.
Let me give you a couple of examples:
- If you are doing affiliate marketing, you get commission from whatever company you are promoting the product for on your blog (always select very good and relevant products only). If someone buys or signs up through your link, you get a referral commission.
- If you have banners on your site from a specific company, that company will pay you every time someone clicks on the banner or every time the banner is displayed.
- If you are “renting” a space on your blog for guest bloggers looking for more exposure, you get paid by them when you agree to post their content on your site.
There are dozens of options to monetize. These are just a handful to illustrate my point.
Now there is a question you might be asking yourself right now, which is 10 times more important than what I just explained: will this work for me as a beginner?
Can complete newbies earn money with a blog?
Look, man. There are seven billion people on this planet, and if you ask me, there is enough business for everybody. So, yes! Newbies can get a piece of the pie, without any problem.
I know people who started blogging very recently and are making a good living, mainly because they found a niche they were passionate and knew a lot about and they found their voice. It’s just as simple as that. The key afterward is consistency.
How long will it take before you can live comfortably from your blog?
The answer is very simple: Results vary from one person to the other. There are so many different variables that it’s impossible to predict if and when you are going to earn a living from a blog. You don’t have control over the way your audience or the market is going to react (nobody does).
However, you can control one thing: your efforts.
In other words, it might take you months or maybe years before you start earning enough from your blog. In some very rare cases, people started making money after two to three months, while others still haven’t made a dime online.
It’s important to understand that you need to play the long game when it comes to blogs. You are probably not going to make a fortune overnight. Nothing is guaranteed.
It will all depend on you, your efforts, your persistence, your creativity, and your consistency.
What ways can a person start making money from blogging?
Here are some of the most common ways to monetize your blog:
- Affiliate marketing (we will touch base on this tomorrow)
- Blog sponsors
- Display ads (banners)
- Guest blogging
- Staff writing
What about blog sponsors?
Blog sponsorship can take many forms:
- Ads posted somewhere on your site
- A paid blog post
- A sponsored review
- A link in the sidebar of your blog
How do you land a blog sponsorship?
You can look for advertisers or people looking for this kind of deals yourself. There are networks specialized in this that you can use:
Izea.com is one of them: https://izea.com/
Find Your Influence is a very good resource too: https://findyourinfluence.com/.
What is display advertising?
Display advertising consists of placing a banner inside your blog. The placement of this banner may vary and includes
- the image header,
- the sidebar,
- below your blog posts,
- halfway in your blog posts, or
- any other location of your blog.
The most common model for display advertising is CPM, or cost per thousand. Basically, they will pay you X dollars for every 1,000 times their ad is shown.
Display advertising is a very easy way to monetize your blog because it takes seconds to put in place and “set and forget.” After that, every visitor will help you make a little bit more every day.
I have to insist on the “a little bit more” though. You are probably not going to get rich with this alone. However, the more traffic you have, the more you make. When you are just starting out, it won’t amount to much, but as you grow and start building a massive following, these numbers will grow.
If you are interested in display advertising, here are the networks you should look at:
- net (The very best alternative to AdSense)
- Amazon Affiliate
What is AdSense?
AdSense is the biggest of them all because it’s owned by Google. Google made it incredibly easy to start using AdSense, even as a complete beginner, and you can actually start placing ads on your site from day 1.
The only thing you need to do is to pick the size and placement of the widget on your blog, and Google will take care of the rest for you. They are going to pick the right ads to display on your blog based on the content and relevance.
Then they will pay you on a pay-per-click (PPC) model and per-impression model (CPM).
Can you really earn a good living by selling e-books?
Here is the deal. The word on the street today is that it’s impossible to make money with an e-book anymore. Well, think again!
Many people are making an absolute fortune by selling e-books on their site. Basically, if you are an expert in a particular field and you have a solution to people’s problems, then you should definitely explore this option.
I know people who are making more than $20,000 a month selling e-books on their blog. Not just one or two, guys! I know many people who make more than $10,000 with their books alone.
If you think that you are not a writer and that there is no way on earth you could write a book, no need to worry. I have the perfect solution for you.
I am working on a course that explain you everything you need to know to get a book written for you by talented writers (without breaking the bank). Everything can be done for you, and you won’t have to lift a finger or writing a single word. It’s a thing of beauty
This process is designed to be 100% outsourced, and I had many books created using this method in several different markets (I am not necessarily passionate about but still see it as a potential).
It will include
- finding the topic (100% outsourced),
- creating a catchy title for your book (100% outsourced),
- creating a powerful tagline (100% outsourced),
- getting a cover created for you (100% outsourced),
- finding the most pressing problems your audience faces (100% outsourced),
- creating and structuring the chapters (100% outsourced), and
- finding an expert writer to write your book (all ready-to-use templates provided).
If you are interested in this training, please let me know and I will release it. If I have enough people asking for it, I will make sure to create it fast.
Again, you won’t have to be an expert in the field anymore. Using this step-by-step blueprint, you will be able to find talented writers to create amazing e-books for you and then earn thousands every month from them.
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Can you make money-creating content for others?
The same way you can hire someone to write content for you, you can also write content for others. This process is called staff writing.
The best way to start is to have a blog up already. Think about it: how on earth are they going to know how well you write if your stuff is not out there?
This is the reason why I told you several times in my reviews that the most important piece of the puzzle is to have a hosting provider to host your website.
Your blog puts your name out there and opens up opportunities for brands, advertisers, sponsors, partners, and buyers to find you.
So if you want to start now, please head to this article on my blog where I describe step-by-step how you can have your WordPress blog up in the next 30 minutes and start attracting opportunities: How to Start a WordPress Blog Tutorial.
The worst enemy of results is inaction, guys. Let me put it like this:
If you try, you are not 100% guaranteed to succeed. But you have good changes if you are well prepared.
If you never try, you are 100% guaranteed to have 0 results!
Which one sounds more appealing to you? To me, frankly, I would go with option 1: I’ll take my chances to make it big.
Anyway, if you want to get started today for as little as $2.95, then head over to this article on my blog where I exactly show you how I build my own blogs in less than 30 minutes: How to Start a WordPress Blog Tutorial
How much can you charge for staff writing?
Just like in any market or discipline, prices vary, depending on your level and status. However, I can give you some pointers on where to start.
You can typically start at $25 per article if you are a beginner. Then the more experience you gain, the higher prices you can charge. One piece of advice though: treat each post you write as the most important post of your life.
The reason is simple: if people like your stuff and they get great results from it, they will come back to you. Trust me, when you are blogging, there is nothing better than recurring revenue because you don’t have to deploy additional efforts to look for sales, contracts, partnerships, and so on.
Just to give you an idea of how much you can charge down the road once you get more experience, I was and still am a guest writer for organizations, such as E-consultancy or Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), and other specialized companies.
I was able to charge over $2,000 per article because I had my blogs and my name out. Some people actually referred me to other companies because they were very happy with my work, and that allowed me to secure highly profitable deals without even looking.
The sooner you start being visible, the better, so you should start today. Oh, one last thing, you might be thinking that you have to start from scratch on your blog, right?
Hell no! You probably have stuff that you have written a while back that’s timeless. For example, if you are blogging about family, there is a pretty good chance that family values have stayed the same and that your post will still be up-to-date. Then just use it!
Look for timeless posts you wrote throughout the years and add them to your blog. Easy peasy, man! Of course, if you wrote something about the Walkman revolution, you will probably have to update your stuff.
All right, guys, that was it for today. Tomorrow we will explore how to start generating passive income with your blog.
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