With the revolution of blogging technologies in the market, a new door is opened for people to make money from home via blogging. This guide covers almost every important aspect of monetizing your blogs. It also answers major question in your mind “how to make money with a blog for beginners “.
Blogging is a good way to make money while sitting in your home or office or even relaxing on the beach. I personally know several bloggers, who are making passive income from blogging.
If you are reading this article, then you might be purely interested in exploring a new way to earn money from home. So I will not let you away from the top secret ways of making money blogging.
Table of Contents
- Starting a Blog Optimized for Earning
- Setting up Necessary Plugins & Themes
- Basic Search Engine Optimization
- Ways to Make Money with a Blog for Newbies
- Scaling Your Earning
- Final Words
1. Starting a Blog Optimized for Earning
There are several thousand blogs started daily by passionate internet users. Therefore, lot of blogs lack the basic configurations which optimizes a blog for making money online with blogging.
If you are here, then there are lot of chances, that you have read many guides to start a blog which earns you passive income. However, I will reveal the secrets to optimize your blog which earns good for you.
Choose a Niche Which Has Maximum Earning Potential
I will always recommend you to start a niche blog instead of a generic blog. Niche blogs make good amount of money VS generic blogs.
If you have passion about camping and you have handful of knowledge on the specific niche, you should select camping niche. Furthermore, you can narrow it down to a more specific niche topic like camping gear.
A more specific or narrow niche tend to make you more money easily than the generic or broad niche.
Pick a Domain Name for Your Blog
Picking a domain name for your blog is a basic but critical part for you to have a good start. If you want to make money blogging, you need to pick domain names which are relevant to a specific niche.
If you want to start a blog about camping niche, you should always search and find a domain which includes camping keyword in your domain. Although google and other major search engines have stopped to give specific importance to domain names which includes your keyword, these domains are always better to use since they are self explanatory domains and users can assume your content topics before hitting your blog.
I have written a detailed guide on getting started with domain and web hosting to start a blog.
Install WordPress as Your Blogging Software
As all of you know that WordPress is the best blogging software on the earth. I assume you already know “How to install WordPress”. I won’t cover that topic here, since I have already written a detailed guide on this topic and you can read it here.
2. Setting up Necessary Plugins & Themes
This is the 2nd part of a good WordPress setup. WordPress themes and plugins are good to make your blog, look good as well as add additional functionalities to your WordPress blog.
WordPress Theme for Your Blog
I would personally recommend you to use Premium WordPress themes instead of the free ones available online. These premium themes are optimized for several basic things. Some of their unique features are listed here.
- Search engine optimized themes
- Premium design
- Lot of additional functionality
- Most of them has drag & drop feature
- Optimized for PageSpeed
Necessary WordPress Plugins
If you still want to learn about WordPress theme installation, I have published a detailed guide on this topic as well. You can refer to the following link.
WordPress Plugins are great way to add new functions in your WP blog. I have will recommend the following WordPress plugins for you to install on your blog.
1. Contact Form 7 adds a contact form to your WP blog. This form allows users of your blog to contact you via web interface while not disclosing your email address to spammers.
2. Sassy Social Share adds social network sharing icons to your blog so that users can share your content across their social media network.
3. WP Super Charge optimizes your WordPress for speed with a single click. Nowadays a slow site would not rank in search engines and users will abandon exploring your website if this is slow. WP Super Charge makes your website load faster in user’s browser.
4. Yoast SEO plugin let’s you configure many SEO related things to rank your blog in search engines.
If you do not know about “How to install and configure WP plugins”, you can refer to the following article.
3. Basic Search Engine Optimization
Search engine optimization is no doubt, is a good method to get massive free traffic from the internet. Therefore it takes really long time and much efforts to bring huge number of targeted visitors from the search engines.
However, I will surely recommend you to go for SEO since it will give you lot of free traffic and that is ongoing. I have written SEO things in details in a separate blog post, so you can refer to that post here.
4. Ways to Make Money with a Blog for Newbies
If you have good skills to blog and write awesome blog posts in your niche, you have the right opportunities to make money blogging. Bloggers earn huge money from blogging about their passion. If you have explored more about your passion, its right time to start earning money from your blogging skills.
Bloggers can monetize their blogs using one of the several methods available in the market. They can even use multiple methods to generate passive income from each blog post, they publish.
I personally use 5 different methods to monetize my blogs. Therefore, to your choice, I am listing more methods to make money as well as my favorite methods.
1. Affiliate Marketing Method
Using this method, you need to signup across different affiliate marketing networks like ClickBank or ShareaSale. There are many other affiliate networks available in the market but I personally prefer ClickBank to monetize my blog posts.
If you want to start making money using affiliate marketing method, you need to signup on your favorite affiliate network and follow the following steps to earn good amount of money.
- Find a good product to promote on your blog.
- Write a good review about that product and publish on your blog.
- Put banner ads for that affiliate product on sidebar of your blog.
Sometime people build a blog on a single or two affiliate products. It’s all up to you to select multiple products or write reviews on different products and get more chances to make money from different affiliate products.
2. Ad Networks
Ad networks allow you to make money allowing ad networks to put ads to your blog. Google Adsense is a good example of ad networks. There are other ad networks available in the market too, therefore I would always prefer Google Adsense.
If you want to start making money using Google Adsense, all you need to do is the following steps.
- Sign up for Google Adsense.
- Create ad which suite ad space on your blog.
- Generate ad code and install on your blog.
When you install Google Adsense code into your blog, google will start detecting topics related to your blog posts and will deliver relevant ads automatically.
Google Adsense mainly allow you to make money whenever your blog readers click on the ad shown on your blog or it will allow you to make money for all ad impressions.
The first method is called CPC method. In this method, Google will pay you for each click on ads available on your blog. Secondly, Google will pay you for per thousand ad impressions shown on your blog.
3. In-line Ads
Some ad networks allow you to install a script on your blog and they will automatically link some keywords inside your blog post to the advertiser’s websites. Whenever your blog readers will hover over that linked keyphrase inside your blog post and click the link, you are paid for that click.
Infolinks.com is a good example of in-line ad networks. All you have to do is the following steps to start earning money using InfoLinks.
- Sign up for InfoLinks.
- Create ad script for your blog.
- Install that script on your blog. You are done!
InfoLinks will automatically determine which key phrase to link to advertiser’s website. It will automatically optimize links for better click-through-ratio. So you can make better earning.
4. Sell Sponsored Posts on Your Blog
Several people are googling internet to find opportunities to publish sponsored posts on someone’s blog. Selling sponsored posts can make you handsome money.
You can find prospects in your niche and offer them sponsored posts. You can charge them for each sponsored post published onto your blog. I know several bloggers who publish a sponsored post for the price ranging from $50 to $1500. It depends on the authority of your blog or the influence of your blog in your niche.
If you want to make money using sponsored posts, you need to take few steps as listed below.
- Join Facebook groups where you can offer people sponsored posts. A good example of facebook group for this purpose is here.
- Install WP Guest Blogging Elite on your WordPress blog. This plugin will create a user login area at the front-end of your blog. So people can sign up/login and send blog posts to your blog. This plugin also links PayPal to the system, so people can pay for sponsored posts and publish posts on your blog.
- Create a page on your blog with the title “Sponsored Posts”. You can write detailed method to accept sponsored on your blogs. This page will allow users to communicate with you and buy sponsored blog post.
5. Rent Ad Space & Make Money
You can also rent out ad space available on your blog and make money from the advertisers who will put their ad on your blog. Finding advertisers is a headache for newbies. I will recommend you use BuySellAds.
This website allows you to put a script generated in your login area on BuySellAds and put that script to appropriate available ad spaces on your blog. BuySellAds will allow advertisers in their system to buy ad credits and show their ad on your blog automatically. Later, you are get paid by BuySellAds.
6. Build Email List and Make Money
Email lists are good sources to generate money from your previous visitors. You can put a subscription box on your blog which lets users subscribe for your newsletter.
There are lot of email marketing service providers like MailChimp, Mailerlite etc. You can chose your own to start building a list of your blog subscribers.
7. Make Money with Amazon Affiliate Marketing
You can also make passive income from amazon affiliate marketing. I know several bloggers who are earning from $2000/month to $30,000/month. It all depends on how many contents you have about amazon affiliate products and how much quality product reviews you write.
All you have to do to make money using amazon affiliate marketing is listed below. So you can head straight to the steps and start earning huge money while sending buyers to amazon affiliate links.
- Sign up for Amazon Affiliate Account.
- Pick a good affiliate niche.
- Create affiliate link to that product.
- Write a good review on your blog about that product while thinking of high quality and SEO practices in mind.
- Put a link to an image on your affiliate product review.
- That’s it.
You can keep posting reviews to amazon affiliate products on your blog. Each time pick a different product and write a good review. Your earning will be sky rocketing in few months.
8. Sell Products on Your Blog
You can sell products on your blog too. WooCommerce is a great WordPress plugin to quickly create an ecommerce section on your blog. You can find products in local market and sell on your blog.
If your blog has good amount of traffic, this method can work really good for you. You can write product reviews about your own products and link back to your product page in your ecommerce section. That will yield huge sales.
9. Make Money Selling Services
Several bloggers on the internet sell their specific services to their blog readers too. For example, if you are a SEO expert, you can sell your SEO services on your blog as well.
There are many other services which can be sold on a blog, like Web design, Logo Design, T-Shirt Design, Visiting Card Design, Social Marketing, PPC marketing and many more.
10. Making Money with Membership Blog
If you are a trainer or tutor, you can also make money selling memberships on your blog. You can create a private member’s area for premium lectures or tutorials.
Creating a membership area is not so much difficult. Also I have written a blog post about “How to Create a Membership Site with WordPress“. Using the above method, you can do it yourself and create a membership site with WordPress. This way you can sell membership and earn via recurring weekly/monthly or annually fee charged to your membership website.
11. Earn Money Writing Sponsored Reviews
If you are an influential blogger in your niche, several people may contact you to write a sponsored review on your blog. You can setup your prices and negotiate with them.
Writing sponsored reviews can make you huge money alone. Therefore This needs more effort before you start making money selling paid reviews. It happens when you have a huge influence in your industry and different companies can ask you to write a review for them.
For Example, if you blog about Photography and have a significant influence in this niche. You might have huge number of followers or readers of your blog. If you write a review for a specific Tripod or Camera Lens. That product can hit huge sales. This is why, companies can ask you to review their products.
5. Scaling Blogging Business to Make More Money
While you hit success in blogging career, you can scale it up to make huge income from blogging. People started from small blogs and put huge efforts on them to make their blogs an authority in the industry. SmashingMagazine is one of the example.
You can also put more efforts to make your blog an icon in your niche. Hence, huge authority is always equal to huge exposure hence, you can generate good money from a huge blog.
You can also adopt an other method to scale your blogging business. Finally if your first blog started earning good amount of money, you can start an other blog in different niche.
I have also seen people using this method to multiply their income from blogging. So its all up to you, which method you chose to scale up your blogging business.
6. Final Words
Blogging is a good way to make money online. If you have a passion, you can write about that niche to make money. The efforts will start from setting up a blog professionally with good configurations and end with writing good blog posts/reviews.
Search Engine Optimization is a good method to generate traffic to your blog. If your blog is getting huge traffic, you have opportunity to monetize your blog in several different ways.