How do you make money blogging?

People don’t realize you can make A LOT of money blogging.  If you’re new to blogging you probably want to know where all this money is coming from and how do you make money blogging.  The #1 question I get from people is , “How do you make money blogging?“.

I had a lot of questions about this when I began and wondered if it was even worth it.  I didn’t want to work my butt off and after all was done make $5 and hour and did a lot of research on ways to make money to determine if it was worth my time. Was it possible to make enough money blogging so I didn’t have to go out and get a job?  My answer is, “YES”!  I made $112.03 my first month of blogging and by my third month, I was up to $1500!!

Did you wonder how all those bloggers are making money? Here are four easy strategies that bloggers implement to make money.

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How do you make money blogging?

Ads

  • The easiest way to make money is on ads that are on your blog.  You can start making money from day one .  It may not be a lot, but it’s a start.  I was very excited to see $.05!  The more people that view your blog, the more money you’ll make.  Google Adsense is a great place to start.  Many ad networks have a minimum page view requirement, but Google Adsense doesn’t, so any size blogger can create an account and start placing ads on their site.  Once your page grows, you can sign up with other ad companies and make more money.

Sponsored Posts

  • This is where I make the majority of my money.  I work with several companies that are middle men.  When I see a product I use or think I can incorporate into my blog,  I apply.  Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don’t.  Two companies that I really like are Influence Central and Izea.  I login and see what’s available and go from there.  I get an email if I’m accepted.  My first sponsored post was for $20.  I got a sponsored post this week for $400!  You can ask for more money as your blog grows.

Your own products and courses

  • This is the one I need to work on. 🙂  Many bloggers know what their most popular posts are and then expand on it.  They write an ebook or create an email course that readers can purchase.  If your most popular course is on children and whining, why not create an email course for 7 days to encourage moms and teach different ways to get young ones to stop whining.

Affiliates  

  • This is a great passive way to earn money.  There are many affiliate programs out there to choose from and most bloggers are affiliates to many companies and brands.   You could be writing a fun recipe and need to use your mixer.  The way an affiliate works is that you would link to your mixer, using your special referral code and get a small commission if anyone clicks and/or buys that product.  Once you add that link to your blog post it’s always there and can make money for you forever!

Blogging Resources that you’ll love- How do you make money blogging?

How do you make money blogging?  Well…learn, learn, learn.  After fumbling through setting up a website and learning what to do I’ve added my favorite resources below.  It’s not everything I read, but these are my favorites and the most bang for the MY bucks!  They were straight forward and to the point.  I know when I started my blog,  I didn’t want to put a lot of money into it.  My goal was just to make money back so I didn’t look like a fool when it didn’t work out.  I wasn’t real confident, was I?  These are definitely worth the money and wish I had read all of them sooner!

You’ll want to read Blogging on the Side.  This was a book I used constantly to get me going and keep me motivated.  It is packed full of GREAT information.

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Another book I found really helpful, that I just purchased this year, is the Blog Traffic E-Book by Lena Gott. It contained useful information that I had never heard before and now I’m implementing many of the strategies I learned. I wish I had know a lot of the information when I had started blogging.  Many people think you just write a blog post and that’s it.  Well, she gives you lots of advice on the behind the scenes and what you need to do that no one ever sees that will get your blog seen.

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I mentioned above that many bloggers make money by creating their own products.  Here’s a great how-to guide for creating an ebook.  Lena breaks out all the important information in an easy to read format.  LOVE her! 

The last is called Bloggers Tell All.  It’s kind of a unique situation where you pay to be apart of the Facebook group of 8 VERY successful bloggers.  They share information and answer questions that you want to know.   You definitely need to click over and read about what people are saying about this.

You CAN make money blogging.  It’s not easy money and it requires a lot of time and learning, but it can be done.  After I decided to start my blog,   I was googling everything and searching YouTube on how to do things. You have to treat it as a job.  If you can only work 2 hours a day, then that’s what you can do.

 

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