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First, I thank you all for answering my call and for sharing your invaluable experiences with the rest of the blogging community. Most especially, for helping my good friend who wants to know when he will start making money from blogging before starting a blog.
I thank you all and appreciate your awesome responses and visit.
Since we have let him into some of what we consider the harsh truth about blogging for money, I believe it is also important that I talked about how to make money with a blog for beginners.
As a matter of fact, how you can make a living relying on your blogging career – full-time?
From one of the responses, I got in the comment box – a particular one. I realize how important the topic of whether people are actually making money online from blogging or not is.
It is very important that I share personal experiences with you on how to make money with a blog for beginners. I was there too, some years ago. Everyone has a beginning.
To answer whether bloggers really make money or not. Here is a list of top earners in the industry breakdown by income Diary. And another monthly income is broken down by Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income.
I believe those two articles should settle whether bloggers do make BIG money from blogging or not. With that out of the way…
How to Make Money With a Blog
Blogs, left alone won’t make you money.
It is the activities you as a blogger run on it that have the potential of making you money. So if your belief is that starting a blog is the sole ticket to making money online, you had better dump that idea into the trash box now.
You can’t make a dime from blogging just by having your blog up and running on the internet.
Take note of the word “Potential“ above. I purposely used that keyword above because nothing you do on your blog is 100% guaranteed that you must earn money from the task.
Having 10,000 email subscribers does not guarantee a cent when you blast out an affiliate offer. Or self-product lunch if the source of your email subscribers list is not targeted to what you’re offering.
Having hundreds of blogs doesn’t guarantee you’re going to be making money online, it all depends on your content and marketing strategies.
Driving “half a million” real human website traffic to your AdSense blog in a single day does not in any way guarantee you’re going to make $10,000 from the visit.
I’m not joking here – ask fake Steve Job.
The foundation for making money from your blogging activities solely depends on one very important fundamental principle:
“Find a group of people with similar pressing needs, create products or services that solve that problem, find the means to market the solution to them in an easy to deliver format.”
We can break that process into two channels:
Quality Services and Effective Marketing channels
The first part of making significant income online is to find something of great value to offer people. This is a group of people you have researched through different mediums. Plus you’ve confirmed from proven data they’re highly interested in what you’re about to offer.
To make this post a quick read, I’ll assume you already have something of great value to offer your audience. So, let’s go ahead to the second part of how to make money with a blog for beginners.
How to Build a Blog Business
You will build a blog business by attracting massive attention to your valuable offer through effective communication channels.
You make the bulk of your money from driving massive targeted traffic through the quality of services you offer the public. This is easier said than done in all honesty, but it is never an impossible task.
The more relevant attention you gather towards your quality products or services, the more your chances of making a significant income from blogging.
Gone are the days of “build it they will come”.
In this age of the crowded marketing world, you have to go out looking for your audience where they reside. Take your product along and tell them all about it. How it will benefit your audience and what’s in it for them.
No one cares about your product; they care about the benefits. How it is going to help them move from point “A” to point “B”. If your product/services do not give any benefits, no matter how good it is, people won’t buy.
So how do you gain the attention needed to sell your valuable products?
Offer Freebies and Free Trial Period
In my experience, offering a free version of your products or services works best to gain attention. People are known to love free stuff; this makes it a good marketing tactic to drag thousands of targeted individuals to your offer.
Once you succeed in bringing these people to view what you have for them, the next big thing to do is make sure you collect their email addresses.
But let’s don’t rush ahead of ourselves, let’s see how you can gain massive blog exposure so more and more people see your valuable product.
1. Organize a Contest/Giveaway
One very blogger I have seen in recent times that is very successful with this strategy is Enstine Muki. He has used cash giveaways to the best commenter on his blog to build a good significant following for his blog.
Before organizing the contest, know exactly what you want to achieve with it. Is it more email subscribers, exposure, brand awareness, word of mouth, giving back to the community, etc.?
Whatever just make sure you plan ahead.
Though many of these contestants may not be part of your blog after the contest is over. But organizing contests still remains one of the best ways of exposing your blog to many when done right.
Collecting email addresses, in my opinion, should top the priority list when organizing a contest. Most people won’t return to your blog afterward. You need a way of getting back to them.
2. Be The Solution
Kingsley knows that traffic is the number one problem most online content marketers are facing. So he set out to help solve that problem by building a content syndication site that exposes your valuable post to a larger audience.
He created kingged.com – a blog post syndication site that enables content marketers of all sizes to expose their quality content to as many people as possible.
No one could doubt how massive kingged has been so successful in gaining qualified traction towards the blog from all corners of the internet.
3. Buy Cheap Traffic
Buying cheap qualified traffic could mean scaling up and moving faster than expected.
There are lots of places to get started with buying qualified cheap traffic. You can buy cheap traffic services at Fiverr at a very cheaper rate done for you. Another good place for marketers of all sizes to buy cheap traffic too is SEOClerk.
However, caution has to be taken when dealing with sellers in such places. It is very possible to pay for BOT traffic, China views, or junk traffic that does nothing to improve the quality of your blog.
Do your research before buying traffic from any seller. Other customer reviews may help in making an informed decision.
Look at how many orders the seller has processed in the last couple of days, months, or years. And how many orders are in line waiting? If people are placing orders after orders, there is strong evidence that the gig is of high quality.
Bidvertiser is one place to get you rolling with a cheap PPC ad campaign too.
You can bid on some popular keywords for as little under $.50 cents. And the better part of becoming an advertiser with a bidvertiser is that you get an instant $20 in free advertising clicks when you open an advertiser account with them.
4. Offer Quality Content for Free
Nothing comes close to this if done right on a consistent basis. Every day people are demanding more and more information on what matters most to them. You can take advantage of this and give them high-value info that solves their problem for free.
As more people discover your priceless expertise in the field, your blog becomes a center of attraction.
Making money with a blog for beginners won’t be easy in the beginning. You have to give away a lot without expecting anything in return
As you continue doing this, over time, people will start noticing your generosity and will be more willing to associate with you. This might lead to business deals, more brand exposure, guest post opportunity, etc.
5. Social Media Marketing
We can’t just go on without mentioning this one.
Social media has become part of our life, an indispensable marketing tool for attracting a massive targeted audience.
The more you learn how to use these places to your advantage, the more it works for you. However, it is easy to get tempted to try to be everywhere. This approach won’t cut it, stick with one or two social media places, and master it.
6. Publish to Other Websites
One of the most under-utilized ways of gaining targeted traction to your website is giving away your best work to another website to publish on their blog.
I lag behind on this one, not too many articles outside there on other blogs.
Many successful bloggers have built their careers from consistent guest posting on related popular blogs. And in return drive targeted traffic back to their sites for long-term value.
Make sure to always have a short description of yourself and your work at the close end of your submitted post – in the Bio. This will ensure people who love your work can reach you via the link in the bio.
Note: Each of these strategies will take longer than others to yield the expected results and will vary from person to person. There are countless ways to gain massive attraction and due to the time and space available here, I can’t start talking about them for now.
You can get started with these six strategies mentioned above. As you get along fine with them, proceed to something bigger with more firepower results.
Selling The Attention to Make Money Online
First, it is important I mention this…
there are no right or wrong ways of making money with a blog on the internet as long as what you’re doing to make such money is legal and does not infringe upon the right of others – Go ahead and do it!
Show me 10 bloggers that make $$$ from blogging, and I will show you 10 bloggers that are making money from blogging in 10 different ways.
Each of the strategies discussed below will work out differently from blogger to blogger, type of blog topics, and different blog monetization methods.
Here are 5 ways to sell the attention you’ve gathered for big money
1. Selling Your Own Product
If you’re successful, you have built credibility, trust, authority, and a large following for your blog. Most importantly, an established audience through email list building, and selling your own information product should be one of the most lucrative ways you should be making money from blogging.
It is easier to make $100,000 per year from selling your own information product, because:
- You own the product and can sell it at any price you wish.
- You get other bloggers to market it for you – run your own affiliate program.
- The product will keep selling for many years to come.
- You print money on demand – blast your email list.
- The bulk of the money is yours to keep.
- It elevates you to expert status – which helps boost people’s confidence in buying from you, etc.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Many internet marketers have found life worth living from selling other people’s services/products for a small/big commission paycheck.
If you understand what it takes to be a successful super affiliate marketer like Ewen Chia, Zac Johnson, John Chow, Pat Flynn, etc., you can make a successful online business career from affiliate marketing.
It is one of the most recommended and reliable online business models.
All you have to do is find affiliates’ products/services that are high in demand. Create quality informational content around relevant topics to educate your audience. Promotes this content to drive target traffic to the merchant website.
Once the deal or sale is made, you get paid a share of the profit. Dead Simple!
3. Selling Advertising
Big news sites such as TechCrunch make the bulk of their money from display advertising.
Selling advertising on your blog could come in different formats like running PPC/PPM ad campaigns from third-party agents like Google AdSense, Bidvertiser, Chitika, etc.
Running your own in-house advertising program, you take out the middlemen like Google. This one could be more lucrative if your blog receives millions of page views monthly.
It could be a real money-making ATM machine if your blog commands very high traction.
This one is massive, believe me.
I have come across sites making as many as six figures every single month from selling ad space directly to advertisers on their blogs. Massive traffic is all you need to make this happen.
4. Product/Service Review
Another great way to make a significant income from your blogging activities is to offer a review of relevant products to your readers.
It is a good way to make consistent money from your marketing effort. But caution has to be taken in accepting products or services to review on your blog.
Don’t accept whatever is thrown at your doorstep just because the money is good. Think about your audience first, the main reason they have visited your blog is the first thing you should consider.
What subject bring them down to your blog?
The products you review on your blog should align with the primary interest of your blog readers. It is not a good business practice to accept to review an Android app on a blogging tips blog.
They’re not related, except that the blog writes about everything under the sun or an Android app is a productivity tool for bloggers.
5. Membership Sites
A membership site is another way to guarantee yourself a consistent recurring monthly income.
However, this is not for all levels of internet marketers. There are lots of technicalities involved in setting up professional membership sites.
Lots of work around here, no guesswork, or else you risk the chance of ruining your own online reputation. Not many people who write about how to build a successful membership site have actually created one not alone owned a successful one before.
But if you have the nerves and can connect the dots together, membership sites can easily bring you consistent six figures in income every month – Guarantee!
Before I wrap up on how to make money with a blog for beginners. I’ll like to make it known to anyone willing to make a full-time living off his blogging career that nothing stops you from achieving great success with your blog except YOU!
You’re the only one who can decide whether your blog will provide you with financial security or not. And all these depend on your determination, courage, persistence, focus, self-discipline, motivation, and strong will to never say I QUIT!
And a bit part of it is that thing they called “luck “.