How to Make Money With a Blog
Here’s a few questions I’ve heard often since I’ve started blogging:
“How do you like it?”
“How often do you blog?”
“What do you blog about?”
“How do you do it?”
“Can you help me start one?”
“I heard you can make money from blogging – is this true? How? How much have you made?”
The last one is one that always comes up. I think there’s a misconception that if you start a blog you can make a bunch of money right away and it’s just THAT easy.
Welp hate to break it to ya but it’s not.
I’m a little (ok maybe a lot) obsessive about things, and I’ve asked and researched the same exact questions above before I got started. And honestly, the making money part did intrigue me as well. I would see some bloggers making anywhere between $1,000 – $130,000 A MONTH by blogging!
When you see those numbers an immediate reaction is “Wow, that’s amazing. Blogging is easy I could do this too!”
Yes you can do it too, but it’s always hard to forget the results-may-vary and the “It takes A LOT of hard work and time.”
But, some are naive. I certainly was.
I mean, how awesome would it be to make THAT much a month?
Well, there’s just a few things to remember when you’re thinking how to make money with a blog:
1. You need to love it.
Seriously. Have you met anyone extremely successful that doesn’t enjoy what they’re doing? I’m a strong believer that success comes with passion, and without passion, you wont be putting in quality work. Think about something you really absolutely love doing; does it become second nature? Did it take you a while to learn how to do it? It’s the same with blogging if making money is your end-game. If you’re passionate about it, if you truly love it, then your work will have great quality, and with great quality is success.
2. You need to put in work.
Blogging to make money is a business in itself. You never realize how much is involved until you really start diving in and see that it’s totally a whole new world (please sing that like Aladdin). I know I’ve gone to a few of my favorite blogs and I would think “This looks so easy! I could totally do this.”
Well, Elaine, no and yes. No it’s not easy, and yes you could totally do this (if you’re up for the challenge).
Especially in the beginning, there is so many things you need to do to even get started, it becomes overwhelming because you finally do find out that there’s more than writing to start up your blog.
(If you’re looking to start your own blog, I suggest you start here with my step-by-step instructions: The Ultimate Guide to Starting your Blog from Scratch)
3. You need to be patient.
Unfortunately there are no overnight success when it comes to blogging (or a lot of things for that matter). It takes a LONG time to build your audience and your content. Those successful bloggers? They’ve been at it for years before they became this successful – but sometimes we only want to see the success and ignore the grind that they put in. Be patient with your blog. Nurture it. Make it your own. Let it grow.
It’s easy to become discouraged when you’ve been blogging for a while and it seems like your page views are low and you’re only making pennies. Trust me – I’ve been there.
4. You need to think outside the box.
What ways can you make money blogging? What do you have to offer your readers that others don’t?
This is where you need to be creative and see what works with YOUR audience. Do you want to do affiliate marketing (promoting someones product and getting commission from this)? Can you teach a course? Do you have something to sell?
There really are endless possibilities with this and you just have to find what works for you and your readers.
One thing I’ve read and learned is that most things have about a 2-5% conversion. This means, 2-5% of your readers WILL buy something, WILL click on that link, WILL interact with whatever you’re trying to have them interact with.
Elaine, how much have you made blogging? (you asked?)
Since I’ve started last May, just a very modest $1,500. This is from 8 months, a mix of ads, affiliate marketing, and my own product. It’s not much but it’s slowly getting there. I’ve found that the more articles I’ve written when I’m passionate about what I’m writing about – the more successful they have been. And really, for a successful blog, you need a lot of quality articles for your blog to bring more readers in. (Remember that conversion?)
Good luck on your blogging journey! Please reach out if you have any questions or need a bit of help!