How to make money blogging? Although you come across numerous articles and youtube videos on this topic, you are still not sure how to do that.
And that’s because you are not so clear with the ideas that these people keep saying around.
You may have tried to dig into blogging and expect all the riches to flow into your bank account and frustrated after nothing happened. Ultimately you lose up your mind and decided not to do that again.
If you have been through all these situations then it’s well and good.
Because you have actually attempted and failed. And failures teach you more than success.
Before I get deep into this process, let me know about me,
I have broken this website more than 1000 times, by tweaking code, changing URLs, messing up everything. But I dare not failed to start it once again from scratch.
If you don’t have that persistence to succeed, probably the rest of the guide is of no use for you. You can close this page.
And for the rest, who want to learn the truth about making money from blogs, just go ahead. You have got flood of information waiting for you.
Table of Contents
- Do people really make money from Blogging?
- What do you need to know before starting a Blog?
- How to setup WordPress?
- How to promote your Blog?
- Affiliate Marketing
- How can I choose High Paying Affiliate Programs?
- Wrapping up:
Do people really make money from Blogging?
Yes, of course. People have made a lot of money from Blogging. Probably a decade ago, one who knows how to do this would have easily become a multimillionaire.
Because, by now they would have all become authority bloggers. They would written blog posts in a particular niche for years gaining experience and knowledge.
Just like in any other profession,
“You gain experience, you become an expert”
What do you need to know before starting a Blog?
A lot of people got to know how to earn money from blogs and they started exploiting. As a result, we see more and more of low quality blogs surfacing the internet.
They have noticed that most of the high earning bloggers are from only a single niche. And that was more evident for all them, to create hundreds of blog post on that niche, build spam blog networks and making the niche more and more competetive.
Take a look at this search keyword for “How to create a blog“.
There are 10.55 billion search results on the same topic.
And those 10.55 billion search results includes mine too. The niche that I am writing on is the most competetive and most lucrative niche.
If you are going to start a blog on this same topic, you should definitely forget about making a lot of money.
Word of Caution: If you are still adement in creating a blog in this Internet Marketng niche, let me tell you the brutual fact. You will waste 3-4 years of your blogging career in just writing the basic content to earn a decent income.
Whereas if you write in other low competitive niches, it is just 3-4 weeks, before you start to earn a decent income from blogging.
So, it is up to you to decide – 3 to 4 years or 3-4 weeks
Take a wise decision!
I would say, Blogging is a passive income method. What does a passive income mean? Passive income methods usually refer to the ones, where you put less or no effort, but still, it gives you a regular income. There are many high earning bloggers all over the world, who get paid in millions, just by writing for a few hours. You can also become one among them. All that you need to do is create a blog and craft content that people love.
Note: All these bloggers have spent years establishing authority for themselves. They did not become a millionaire overnight.
How to create a blog?
You can start a blog within 1 hour (maximum time). But, a successful blog doesn’t come just with creating a blog alone. You need to write regularly with passion. And yes, you need to understand, you will succeed in Blogging, only if people love your content.
There are different platforms available to create a blog including Blogger, WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Quora, Wix, Weebly, etc. If you wish to get some hands-on experience with blogs, give Weebly a try. It is a free website builder and beginner friendly. It is the simplest of all these platforms with a drag and drop builder.
But, creating a successful blog, cannot come free. Many say Blogging is free to get started. But, remember free blogs come with a lot of restrictions too. Even I started OnlineRockersHub as a free blog at Blogger. Over a period of time, I had to spend some money on it to build it.
So, the point is that, if you want to start a blog that makes money, you must also put some money into it.
How to choose a profitable niche?
The success of your blog is mainly dependent on the niche you choose. All the successful bloggers which I mentioned above took a broad niche (niche means topic) and have written more than 1000 articles on that topic. Writing 1000 articles is not a joke, it will take years.
Now, taking a broad niche, you can’t outrank them, because of the authority they have all developed over a period of 10 years. What you can do to become a successful blogger now is to take a narrow niche and write in-depth articles in it. To help you understand more about broad and narrow niches.
- Laptops for students
- Refurbished laptops for students
The niche “Laptops” is vast. You cannot cover up all the laptops, like there thousands of them. But, as you come down, I have narrowed the niche. The niche “Refurbished laptops for students” is very narrow and highly targeted. And the number of laptops you want to cover up your blog is also limited. Becoming an authority on “Laptops” niche is difficult, but the later one is possible. That is where you need to focus on.
Choose one among these 1999 profitable niches, where you wish to start. But, keep in mind, choose a narrow niche as much as possible.
How to Buy a domain name?
Now, that you have decided the niche where you want to create your blog, you need a domain name. Domain name is the name of your website. For example, OnlineRockershub.com (the URL of this website), is a domain name.
You need to choose your domain name wisely. If your domain name is longer, your readers will find it difficult to type it. So, keep it shorter as much as possible. Make use of these tools to search for your domain name. Many common domain names will be taken already. So, you need to be patient in searching for a suitable name.
Once, you have chosen the right domain name, it is time to register it. The best place to register your domain name is GoDaddy. You can register a domain name for just $2.99 (or ₹149) for the first year when you buy for 2 years. The renewal price is usually higher than the price you register.
The best trick to save money on renewal is to register for a long period.
5 simple steps to register your domain name at GoDaddy:
Step 1: Visit GoDaddy and choose “Domain Name Search“.
Step 2: Search for the domain name you want. If your domain name is not available, go with other names.
Step 3: Add the domain name to your cart. The pricing shown here is for the first year with 2 year registration.
Step 4: Choose the additional services you want and continue to your cart. Privacy protection will hide your public identity associated with the domain name. It will show as if the domain name is registered under some other company.
Step 5: Create an account and complete the checkout.
How to buy Web Hosting?
Now that, you have registered a domain name, the next thing you need is a web hosting. Your website needs a server to store all the files and to retrieve it whenever a visitor lands on your domain URL. There are different types of web hosting depending upon the purpose it is being used.
For starting a blog, many bloggers suggest you go with shared hosting. But shared hosting has its own downfall because you don’t have the control over the server. Because, if the hosting provider decides to restart the server, all the websites using this shared hosting will have downtime. So, I would recommend you to go with Cloud Hosting.
I am using Cloudways Cloud Hosting, and happy with his performance. The pricing starts at $10 per month, but worth the price you pay. Because you get full control over the server.
How to buy Cloud Hosting at Cloudways?
Again, to purchase web hosting, just follow these 5 simple steps.
Step 1: Visit Cloudways and choose “Start Free“. Yes, their hosting is free for the first 3 days for you to try.
Step 2: Complete the registration form. Use “PAYUOC” promo code to avail a 20% discount on the first year.
Step 3: Choose the hosting for your server and give a name for your server and project. And, click “Launch Now”
Step 4: Wait for a few minutes and your server has been created.
Step 5: Once, you are satisfied with the performance you can click “Upgrade My Account” and complete the checkout process.
Note: Cloudways has a pay as you go policy. So, you will pay for the hosting you used only at the end of each month. You can scale your server (Increase or Decrease RAM), whenever you wish (especially when your traffic is at peak).
How to setup WordPress?
Now, you have got your domain name and hosting. All you want to do next is to connect them and get your WordPress ready. Let’s do this in another 5 simple steps.
Step 1: Login to your Cloudways account and move to the applications page. Your WordPress application will be listed here.
Step 2: Open the application and you will find your WordPress website details. Your WordPress site is not connected to your domain name yet.
Step 3: Go to Domain Management and enter your domain name at “Primary Domain“. If you want to use www. in front on your website address, enter here and then click “Save changes“.
Step 4: Go to your GoDaddy account and open DNS management for your domain. You are going to create an A record with your server IP address as shown in the image below. (IP address can be found in the WordPress application page. Refer above images).
Click the Add button in GoDaddy DNS to create an A record and create a similar one as shown below. Save the changes you have made. The DNS propagation can take up to 24 hours to process. But, usually, it happens within a few hours.
Step 5: Now go back to your WordPress application page in Cloudways. The Admin panel gives you the URL, where you can log in to your WordPress website, with the username and password provided.
So, that brings you to the newly created WordPress website. Update your WordPress software to the latest version. Delete the default posts, pages and comments created. Because we don’t need all these.
Next, to optimize the performance of your WordPress website, you need WordPress Plugins and WordPress Themes.
WordPress Plugins and Themes
WordPress Themes will give a layout to your website. You can always use one of the free WordPress themes available. But, if you want to make your website design unique and need more customized features, you need to go with premium WordPress themes. You can always buy premium WordPress Themes at ThemeForest.
WordPress Plugins add more functionalities to your website. There are thousands of free and premium plugins available. But, you should not use all these plugins, as it will affect your Website speed. Keep the plugins installed limited. Some of the important plugins you need are:
- Yoast SEO: This one single plugin can deal with the entire SEO of your website. Installing Yoast SEO plugin will help you create XML sitemaps for Google Search Console
- Redirection: If you wish to change the permalink of any post or page, redirect the old link to new link.
- Broken Links Checker: This plugin will identify if you have linked to any dead links and inform you.
- Simple Custom CSS and JS: This plugin will be helpful in adding custom CSS, JS and HTML codes to your website and keep it organized
- ThirstyAffiliates: Your affiliate links should always be cloaked for safety.
- Akismet: This plugin will help your website fight against spam comments
- Jetpack: The All-in-one plugin that will assist you with social media sharing, image CDN, related posts, etc.
This is just a small list. Install only those plugins essential for your website and delete the remaining.
Instead of purchasing themes and plugins separately, you can always purchase memberships. This will help you cut down the cost for premium products. If you are considering to purchase memberships, I will suggest you go with Elegant Themes Membership or Thrive Themes Membership.
Learning SEO and creating quality content:
After installing the necessary WordPress Plugins and Theme, your only focus should be on crafting quality content. Your content should focus only on two things:
- In-detailed and crisp content written for the audience
- Optimize your website and content for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
No matter how high quality your content is, if it is not optimized for Search Engines (SEO), you cannot expect traffic for your website. SEO has two main parts, On-page SEO and Off-Page SEO.
On-page SEO deals with Page Title, Headings, Content, Meta Description, Keyword Optimization, etc. While Off-Page SEO deals with Domain Authority and backlinks. Learning On-Page SEO and implementing it on your website is easy. Whereas building backlinks (Off-Page SEO) is not a joke. It is the most complicated part and you need to work around for it.
Considering the difficulties with SEO, many SEO Tools have been developed over a period of time. One good tool, SEMRush is sufficient to completely to deal with the SEO of your website. Start with SEMRush for free. I have been using it to monitor my website health. Remember SEO is a learning curve. Once you master it, you can make the best out of any website.
How to promote your Blog?
Once, you have started writing quality articles and optimized it for SEO, you need to promote your blog. Though Search Engine is your primary source of traffic, you need to consider other traffic sources too. After Search Engines, the next platform with most users is Social Media.
With more than 50+ social media sites available on the Internet, you don’t need to promote your blog on every platform. Pick 2-4 platforms and make the best promotion out of it. Consider Facebook and Twitter mandatory. Creating Instant articles for your website is an added advantage on Facebook. And you can always use Twitter to connect with Big Influencers.
Apart from that, you have Pinterest and Instagram. I would recommend every website to develop a Pinterest Strategy. You need to create images optimized for Pinterest in each and every article of yours. Getting more repins will give your article a social boost.
Tailwind is an app that will help you with creating pins and repin them automatically. Many influencers run their website only depending upon Pinterest and Tailwind and the results they have shown till today is amazing. So, start using Tailwind app for free and optimize your content for Pinterest.
After Social Media, the next big source for traffic is your Email List. To build your email list, you can use plugins like OptinMonster. Building your email list in 2019 is still profitable. Because these subscribers are like-minded people and are interested in your content.
Every time, you publish a new post, you can send them a newsletter. For sending your emails, you will need an Email marketing service like SendInBlue. Even the free plan of SendInBlue allows you to send 600 emails every day. Read my SendinBlue review for tutorials.
Here comes the most important part. Now that you have started to receive traffic to your blog, you need to monetize it. There are multiple ways to monetize your blog.
To monetize your website, you need to use Advertising Platforms like Google Adsense. However, getting approval for Google Adsense is difficult because they accept only quality publishers. (Bloggers are the publishers here).
Not to lose hope if you don’t get approval for Google Adsense because there are always Google Adsense alternatives that can still earn you the same amount.
Writing Sponsored articles:
Once, you have started to write some quality content, you will always see advertisers reaching out your website for a review on their product/service. As a compliment for this review, you will be paid depending upon your website traffic and authority. I make hundreds of dollars every month by writing sponsored articles.
Apart from displaying advertisements and writing sponsored articles on your website, there is one more way to earn money out of your blog. It is Affiliate Marketing, which is going to be our next topic for discussion.
I focus on making money through Sponsored Posts on my website. And here are some payments that I received from popular merchants.
I received this payment for my Formidable Forms review. I got this opportunity as I am one of their affiliates.
Here is the one for my WPForms Review. Again I am an affiliate of WPForms.
With that said, let’s move on to Affiliate Marketing.
We have been influenced by affiliate marketing in our daily lives. It is just that we are not aware of it. How many times, have you purchased a product in Amazon, by clicking a link from a review site. All these links are affiliate links and the review site will earn a commission for your purchase. In this context, the review site will be labeled as an affiliate.
Affiliate Marketing is simply referring a customer to an eCommerce store to purchase a product. And for each successful product purchase the affiliate refers, he will earn a commission.
To get started with Affiliate Marketing, it is not compulsory for you to own a blog, but many affiliate networks expect the affiliate to own a blog/Youtube channel. I have found affiliate marketing as a promising money making method over many others.
How can I choose High Paying Affiliate Programs?
Before going into the discussion of choosing high paying affiliate programs, we need to understand the concept of CPA (Cost Per Action) and Recurring Affiliate Programs. I will classify Affiliate Marketing into two types:
CPA Affiliate Marketing: With CPA affiliate programs, you will earn commissions for the prescribed action. It can be either be a sign up for one of their products or a purchase.
Recurring Affiliate Marketing: They are mostly available for membership sites. In addition to the commission you receive when your referral purchases membership, you will also receive a commission every time your referral renews his membership. So, it is more like earning commissions for a lifetime just by referring a single customer.
Before choosing the Affiliate Program to promote, you need to find answers for these 5 questions
- Will you use that product/service, if you need to?
- Why should your reader use that product/service?
- How much commission do they pay you for a single sale?
- What is the cookie period?
- When will the commissions be paid?
If you can get answers for these 5 affiliate marketing questions and find it satisfactory, then you are good to go. However, it is always wise to choose Recurring Affiliate Programs over CPA affiliate programs.
What are the best Affiliate Networks?
Now you have understood the concept of affiliate marketing and learned to choose high paying affiliate programs. Signing up for each individual affiliate program and managing them is a difficult task. Also, reaching the threshold payout for each affiliate program will take time. So, it is wise to join Affiliate Networks.
ShareASale: This is one Affiliate Network that I loved after joining. They have so many in-built features with an easy to use UI. But, getting approval for ShareASale is a little difficult just like the Adsense. Since they have joined with so many top advertisers, you must focus on getting their approval.
Impact: Impact is another affiliate network with many top advertisers. After far as I noticed, the affiliate programs available in ShareASale and Impact are different. And, comparatively, it is easier to get approval in Impact.
Amazon Associates: If you are going to endorse Amazon Products, then you need to join Amazon Associates (official Amazon Affiliate Program). They pay a good commission. You can receive commissions through NEFT or using Payoneer. Commissions will be usually paid after 60 days.
I have tried Affiliate marketing for over a year and made some payouts. This is one of my payments at ShareASale. The minimum payout threshold at ShareASale is $50.
And this is another payout of mine for Hostgator Affiliate Program through Impact. For receiving wire payment through Impact, there is a fixed processing fee. So, it is wise to set your payment threshold high.
And here, is one more payment proof of mine, from Amazon Associates. I have just sold three products in Amazon, and this is the commission for it.
I made a single sale for Thrive Themes Affiliate Program and received a whopping commission of $79.8 for that. The sale was for $228 and they have paid 30% commission for it.
From these Payment proofs, you could have clearly understood that Affiliate Marketing is the best passive income methods. Just by creating a blog in a low competitive niche and endorsing products, you can make money while you sleep.
With the above discussed Money making methods and payment proofs, you would have got an idea that making money online is not a difficult task. All you have to do is to put your hard work and smart work in the right direction. To sum up:
If you want to earn quick money without any investment, then Paid Surveys is the right option for you. But, if you want to generate a passive income, then create a blog and carry on with Advertising or Affiliate Marketing.
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