Perhaps the #1 question Colby and I hear once people discover what we do is, “How can I make money blogging?” And, guess what, when we tell them what it takes, many never give it a second thought. First, let’s talk about what blogging IS.
What is a blog?
A blog is an online journal — or website — in which you will find posts about all sorts of things. Whereas some read just like a personal journal entry, others may be filled with more product or brand information. For the purpose of this page, and the concept of how to make money blogging, we are going to talk about the later kind. Once you have moved past the hobbyist and are now ready to earn an income as a professional blogger, then this is the resource for you.
Make Money Blogging
Bloggers who can successfully market themselves can draw a healthy income to help supplement or fully support the household finances. Personally, Colby and I have been supporting our family of 7 as full-time bloggers for over 3 years now. As a professional blogger, you must be willing to put in the time and be prepared to take your skill to another level. Blogging on a full-time basis is definitely not for everyone, but it can make you good money if you are the right person.
The best part about blogging is the ability to write content from the comfort of home. This is obviously an appealing proposition for stay-at-home parents and people looking to make some extra money on the side. You can operate a full-time or part-time blogging business based on your availability and needs.
To operate a blog from home, you will need a few basic tools:
- Computer (desktop or laptop)
- High Speed Internet connection
- Printer/copier/scanner (you can get an all-in-one printer)
- Software (accounting, time management, Microsoft Office, etc.) – Wave Apps is our absolute favorite accounting software and Colby swears by Grammarly for proofreading
- Web Host (self-hosted blogs give you complete control and ownership over your content) – WP Engine can help you run 1 to 150 sites
- Blog theme (a good design can literally make or break how successful you become) – personally I love the Genesis Framework and StudioPress themes, including Restored 316
Now you’re ready to sit down and begin to write something you are passionate about. Your passion and unique “voice” will help your blog gain loyal followers and recognition, as well as create your own personal brand. It will also make it easier for you to post and update your blog on a regular basis because you will be excited about the topics you can share. Once you get established, you will want to research your niche market and the monetization options available.
Here are a few simple ways to make money blogging:
Ad Programs – Through various ad programs, you can typically be set up and ready to earn in no time. Some programs require approval, but once you are approved, you can set up the code in your blog and earn a certain amount per click or impression. The amount varies based on the ad network and your individual pageviews. Do your research to find what works best for your readership.
Affiliate Programs – Most affiliate programs are free to sign up to. Once you sign up to a program you’ll receive a unique URL to insert into your blog pages for each product you recommend. Then you simply recommend the product to your readers and if they purchase the product through your affiliate link you receive a commission for the sale. Commission amounts vary and it depends on the type of products you promote. You can go to clickbank.com and shareasale.com to learn more about available affiliate programs. Additionally, Amazon.com is ideal for easily promoting products!
3rd Party Networks – Once the traffic starts to come in and your social media accounts grow, you can begin to look for 3rd party blog networks to join. There are several out there, you simply have to research ones that fit your market. Places to begin include Webfluential, IZEA, Linqia, and SocialPubli.
Sell Your Own Products – If you have your own product to sell, a blog can really cement your customer base. This is a great place to promote and sell your products. Whether you create printables, crafts, ebooks or recipes, put your skills to work and sell them to those in need of your services. Offer an affiliate program to encourage others to share your products for even more exposure.
As you can see, the ability to make money blogging is very possible and can be a fun way to create an income online. Whether you start your own blog or choose to write for others, there are many opportunities available for you to express yourself, help others and make money in the process. Blogging can truly be a fantastic work-at-home opportunity.