As a freelance writer with a money-making blog, perhaps one of the most common questions I get from friends, family members, and (heck) even strangers is how does a blog make money?
And I don’t blame them. When I was first starting out as a blogger, I had no idea how it worked.
I mean, it’s all well and good setting up a blog, but where do you go from there? Where does the money actually come from? And how on earth do you blog for a living full-time?
Sure enough, monetising your blog and building it up as a business until it provides you with a full-time income is not easy. However, it is possible.
It takes hard work, determination and a passion for blogging to be able to succeed.
Intrigued and want to know more? No worries – I’ve got you covered. Here’s how to make money with a blog for beginners.
Join Affiliate Programs
How to make money with a blog for beginners 101: join affiliate networks.
Whether you decide to stick to one core program or join multiple to maximise your earning potential, this is an extremely popular method of generating monthly blogging income. And the great news? You can pretty much get this going straight away. (Wahoo!)
Never heard of affiliate programs? No problem. Affiliate marketing is where you promote a product on your blog using a customised link. As a result, when a reader clicks on this link and makes a purchase, you’ll get a commission of the sale.
Sounds good, right?
List of Popular Affiliate Programs
You can find a list of some of the most popular affiliate programs below:
- Amazon: Easy to join and use, you can use Amazon Associates to choose from and advertise over one million different products for a 10% commission. And a bonus? Even if your reader doesn’t buy a specific product but purchases from Amazon, you’ll still receive the commission.
- ShareASale: Offering pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead, and pay-per-click programs, ShareASale has teamed up with a lot of merchants appropriate for bloggers, like Tailwind and FreshBooks.
- RewardStyle: Fairly exclusive and renowned for only accepting top influencers, this is the ideal program for fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers who want access to 4,500+ retail partners in their niches.
- CJ Affiliate by Conversant: One of the largest affiliate networks around, CJ Affiliate has partnered with brands all around the globe in a multitude of industries.
- Skimlinks: Skimlinks is one of the most straightforward affiliate networks to use. Once you sign up for an account, they automatically convert the existing links you have on your blog into affiliate links.
Personally, I’m currently part of the RewardStyle network for my fashion blog, and I also use Amazon Associates for non-fashion related posts.
That said, in addition to joining affiliate programs, you can become an affiliate for specific services you’ve bought and used in the past.
For instance, I’m an affiliate for the Bluchic website themes because they have dreamy designs that are practical as well as beautiful (and I currently use the ChicServe theme!) I’m also an affiliate for self-hosted website platform SiteGround. Why? Well, they’re just the best in terms of fast loading times, user-friendliness and all-around excellent customer service.
Above all, just make sure that you only promote products and services that you love and believe in. Otherwise, you’ll lose credibility and risk being unable to build trust with your readers. And building trust is essential for maintaining a relationship with your readers and allowing these relationships to flourish. Fact.
Host Ads on Your Blog
Another method you can use immediately when it comes to how to make money with a blog for beginners? Advertising.
Google Adsense works by matching text and display ads to your blog in line with your content and visitors. This program allows even the smallest bloggers with a low amount of traffic to start advertising through their banner and sidebar ads. You can earn money every time a visitor sees the ad and interacts with it.
Having said that, blog ads rely on a good amount of traffic to be a viable income stream.If you’re only experiencing minimal page-views, then it’s unlikely you’ll make anything substantial until your blog grows.Click To Tweet
Are you at the point where you have more than 25,000 sessions (30,000 page-views) a month? Great – you qualify to become a Mediavine advertiser, which is where the money is with regards to blog advertising.
Work with Brands on Sponsored Posts
One of the most profitable ways of how to make money with a blog for beginners is via sponsored posts.
Sponsored posts involve collaborating with brands and getting paid to talk about their products or services. You may even be sent some products to try for free, which is known as gifting. Either way, it’s all about working with a brand to showcase what they’ve got to offer to your blog’s target audience.
You may just be asked to produce a sponsored blog post. On the other hand, you may also be required to post on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and/or Pinterest. This would be so that the brand in question can receive further exposure across all your channels.
Sure, the requirements may differ from brand to brand, but do you know what stays consistent? The principle. If you have a lot of traffic and social media followers, you can make a full-time income solely on this method alone.
Offer a Service
In terms of how to make money with a blog for beginners when you’re just starting out and you have, like, zero traffic (we’ve all been there), then why not consider offering a service?Offering a service, like freelance blogging, social media management or virtual assistance, is a great way of making viable income as you build your blog and audience.Click To Tweet
Plus, if you have a particular skill that’s in demand or helps you to stand out from the competition, then you might as well use it!
For example, when I first started monetising my blog, I became a freelance writer and blogger on the side. I then managed to develop this into a full-time income within the first six months.
Want to do the same? Check out the below resources:
- Become a Blog Writer (and Blog for a Living!)
- How to Find a Profitable Freelance Blogging Niche (+ Expert Advice)
- How to Find Freelance Writing Gigs
- 5 Elements That Attract Clients to Your Freelance Writer Website
- How to Transition From Part-Time to Full-Time Freelance Writing
Since then, I’ve carried on down the freelance writing and blogging route because I love working with new clients across a variety of publications. But you might want to scale your service-based business back once your blog biz starts bloomin’.
Either way, just do whatever works for you, pal!
Create Digital Products
Finally, another way of how to make money with a blog for beginners is through digital products.
Once you’ve grown and nurtured your audience, you can start selling resources that will help your readers solve a particular problem.
Whether this is through an eBook or online course, there’s no denying that information is power in the digital age and you can make a good amount of cash purely by teaching or mentoring others.
How do I do that, you ask? Well, Teachable is the perfect platform to create an online course. Alternatively, Canva or PicMonkey helps you to create functional yet visually attractive printable PDFs for free.
(If you need help with your personal blogging journey through my auditing/mentoring program, please click here to find out more details. I’m here for you, blogging buddy!)
Either way, I find that there’s nothing better in life than helping others, so why not give one of these options a try?
How to Make Money with a Blog (for Beginners)
Even though figuring out how to make money with a blog for beginners can seem challenging at first, it’s worth all the time and effort.
After all, you can inevitably end up making a hefty full-time income as well as doing something you love for a living. And that what I call a win-win situation.
Plus, if I can do it, you can do it too – right? What are you waiting for?
What are your top tips in terms of how to make money with a blog for beginners? Let me know in the comments!