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Wait! You mean I can actually make money blogging?! HOW?!
YES! You sure can make money blogging. It is definitely not an easy thing to do and requires a lot of hard work. Blogging is not a get rich scheme overnight. Earning money is slow coming. But once you have established your brand and online presence revenue will start accumulating.
The sky is the limit with blogging. You can blog as a hobby or a side-hustle. You can also turn blogging into a full-time career! That is right…FULL-TIME as in making enough money to pay your bills and more!
When people ask me what I do, I tell them that I am a self-employed Web Developer and Blogger. I often get the weird look when people hear blogging. It never fails they always say “you actually make money from blogging? How does that work?”
There are seriously countless ways to make money as a blogger. But the true answer I always want to give is “by hustling my ass off!” There is no one way to make money from blogging. Money comes in from all different sources as a blogger. But you have to put in a lot of work to maintain revenue in all areas.
How to actually make money blogging
You know those annoying advertisements that you always see in articles that you read? You may have never realized before you were interested in blogging but those articles are someone’s blog most likely. Those are actually there for a purpose. Bloggers can make money from placing page-level advertisements on their website.
In order to get advertisements on your blog, it has to be self-hosted. If you are unsure what that means you can check out more details here. If you are not already self-hosted, I recommend you get signed up now with Bluehost! You do not want to miss out on great opportunities such as using advertisements to make money.
How does it work?
You will apply to Ad Networks. Once you are approved you will get a code to post on your website and ads will automatically display throughout your blog. When you have people visit your site and then click on an ad you will earn a small revenue from it. My favorite Ad network is Google Adsense. It is a win for both Google and you! You both get to help one another make money. It’s awesome!
2. Affiliate Marketing
So you know how articles that you read have clickable links throughout the entire article? Those links are also there for a purpose. They are called affiliate links. They are another awesome way to earn money. There tons of affiliate programs to sign up for!
How does it work?
So you apply to affiliate programs to your favorites such as Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Wal-mart, etc. The list is endless. After you are accepted into the program you get access to product links and banners to post on your website. Each link is connected to your affiliate account. Therefore, you make a small commission of each sale. This does not cost the purchaser anything extra!
This is a great way to make money! Even if the purchaser does not purchase the product that you referred them to, it does not matter. As long as they make a purchase or multiple purchases of anything following your affiliate link, you will make a profit from it! Awesome, right?!
This is when a blogger gets paid to write a post promoting a companies products or services. There is nothing wrong with choosing to write sponsored posts. But if this is something that you are interested in, I would advise you to be selective in your choices.
Make sure that you are not just in it for the money. Ultimately, you are writing a post about a product, service, or company that your readers are going to take advice from. You do not want to direct them to something that is bad. It will make you lose trust from your readers. You should choose to promote things that you have personally tried and believe in.
4. Selling products of your own
This is an excellent way to establish your brand and make your own income. You can make and sell anything that would be beneficial to your readers. For example, an e-book, e-course, printables, products, etc.
If you are a blogger that focuses on helping other’s explode their blog traffic and sales. Making an e-book or e-course on how to explode your blog traffic, would catch a lot of reader’s attention. They would most likely want to purchase the product that you are offering when they see you are a walking testimony.
How do you get paid?
Every program pays at different time frames. Some pay when you reach a minimum threshold such as $50-100. Some pay once a month, and others pay per sale. It varies from program to program.
You can receive your form of payment through direct deposit into your bank account, certified check in the mail, PayPal, etc. Again, payment forms vary depending on the program. When you are accepted into the programs, you will choose your payment preferences.
How much do bloggers make?
The sky is the limit when it comes to blogging. You are ultimately in charge of how much you make. There are countless avenues to bring in revenue. It just requires a lot of hard work, time, and dedication. I have seen bloggers make over 100k in just 1 month! Insane money!
You can make a lot of money but do not get me wrong… blogging is not a get rich scheme overnight. It takes time to build your following base and content. It also costs money to run a blog. Some bloggers spend more than others. There is a lot that accumulates to making a blog run.
But if you put in the time, dedication, and hard work, it will pay off!
How do I get started?!
So do I have you convinced to start blogging?! It is absolutely rewarding! I never knew how awesome having a blog could be. I thought that blogs were just for people who loved to write and wanted to share their stories. I was totally wrong! There is a world of opportunity in blogging and soo much more than just sharing stories.
If you have been considering starting to blog, DO IT! You will not regret it!
If you are unsure where to start, I have created a step by step guide to get you started today! I do not want you to miss out on the reward of blogging.
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