Now that you’ve started a blog and designed it, Sooner or later you will be thinking of ways to make money from your blog so we have decided to write on “How to Make money blogging for beginners: 10 legitimate ways to make money from your blog” .
This post is not necessarily meant for beginner bloggers alone, as a professional blogger you can still learn from this but some conditions will never let me change that title to what it ought to be (You should understand better 😉)
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It is of no news again that blogging is a profitable business to make money from home if you dedicate your money, time and effort but If you have seen anyone telling you that making money from a blog as a blogger will be very easy, don’t let me be the first blogger to break this bad news to you that it is not going to be fast and easy like they told to you.
Should I start a blog because I want to make money from it and not for the passion for blogging
…………… Many bloggers created a blog with the aim of blogging for money but later on they realized that it was not easy like they thought it would be….
If you don’t have the passion for blogging, you can still set up a blog as an online business by investing in it, you can hire writers that will write quality contents for you.
Believe me you will earn much from it if you choose a profitable niche You can hire writers from fiverr. They will write outstanding and well optimized articles for your. You can even hire those that will handle the graphics part for you on your.
How much is blogger Salary per post?
This is a funny question so to speak! but I will try not to answer it in a funny way.
Bloggers don’t get paid per post, you only get paid per post when you go deep into affiliate marketing which I will explain into details as you read on.
You can also get paid per post when you start getting “sponsored posts”
How much does a blogger earn?
Depends on your blog and your marketing tactics.
Some bloggers earn millions of dollars per month with just a single blog.
Linda Ikeji earn millions of naira per month
Peter cashmore earns million of dollars permonth
An average blogger can earn thousands of dollars too
Do bloggers really get paid with the number of pageviews they get?
I once witnessed a scene where two aspiring bloggers were arguing over how Nigerian bloggers make money from their blogs.
One of them was trying to tell the other that all bloggers are rich and they make their money from the number of visits they get i.e. if they have 1000 pageviews they will make $1000 — the other guy was surprised and can’t wait to start his own blog and start making money blogging.
I moved closer to them as a blogger to clear their doubt but it was a pity I couldn’t convince them because they thought I was selfish and I did not want more people into blogging industry.
Am very sure by now Reality must have dawned on them if they took the step by creating the blog because of the passion for money not blogging.
You can make money from pageviews but not the way you think it is, 1000 pageviews can’t fetch you more than $5, am not saying you will make $5 with 1000 pageviews immediately 1000 pageviews start diaplaying on your site analitics without setting up anything, you need to sign up with some adnetworks we will mention as time goes on.
Did I just scare you away from blogging with the Illustration I just made? NO I did not! No business without its own Cons and same thing applies to blogging; you have to work hard as a blogger and be patient enough for your time to come, you won’t regret blogging if you work hard.
Believe me or not, successful bloggers like Neil Patel, Linda Ikeji, Pete Cashmore all had a time when the money they make from their blogs can’t pay their bills. Just see how wealthy they are now! They did not start by making millions in a month; they started exactly the way you are starting..
Also, all these eBooks on how to make $1000 from a blog, don’t take them for granted please as they are very essential. What many don’t know about buying eBooks is that the publisher will surely want to impress you so that you can give him or her a five-star rating and most Importantly – for you not to regret buying the ebook, he will tell you everything he knows about the ebook topic.
I always advice bloggers to set a target when they want to start monetizing their blog “You can set a target that you want to start making more than $100 this month”, if you work towards it you will surely make.
How much money can you make blogging?
The sky is no longer the limit, there are no limits to the amount of money you can make from your blog, I have seen bloggers making millions every month from affiliate marketing only.
How much does a beginner blogger make?
It all depends on your hard work and consistency, I have seen beginner bloggers making up to $300 per month on their blog that is not even up to a year old so what is stopping you from making more ?
Requirements for making more than $5000 per month from your blog
Let us take a look at the requirements your blog must have before it can be considered ready for making enough money that can pay your bills from your blog.
- Your blog must be 6months old : According to my research on why companies don’t place direct adverts or buy Ad space on new blogs, they said blogs that are less than 6 months old cannot be trusted and are considered new even ADSENSE don’t approve blogs less than 6 months in some countries
- You must have a custom domain name like yourname.com or yourname.com.ng: Most companies don’t trust blogs with a sub-domain name like yourname.blogspot.com, their belief is that those blogs without a custom domain name were just created for fun and testing and they are not professional.
They said they can’t be trusted which is true and that is why we recommend that you should buy a domain name.
The largest AD-NETWORK adsense won’t approve blogs with subdomain too so make your blog look professional by getting one
- You must have a reasonable amount of traffic: You can’t really make much from a blog generating less than 5000 page views per month, I noticed that 80% of blogs generating more than 5000 page views ( Google analytics!) make nothing less than $50 per month
- Clean design and layout : The way you dress is the way you will be addressed so dress the way you want to be addressed, this adage is also applicable to a blog design, your blog design will depict the type of people that will advertise on your blog, If your blog design is quack then Quack people will contact you for advert placement with nothing to pay.
You don’t expect Nike to place advert on a quack blog, do you?
- Numerous Email subscribers: This is not really necessary but as an affiliate marketer or a blog that accept sponsored posts you need this! It will boost your sale by 50%. You can’t even register without this for some email subscribers
- You need Thirstyaffiliate link cloaker to twist your affiliate links:
Thirsty Affiliate plugin will help you cloak or twist your affiliate links by changing the name, for example an affiliate link like affiliate.com/ref?aff=1234 can be cloaked to something like yourblog.com/recommend/affiate which will both open thesame landing page. For example, this is a cloaked link
To get this Plugin, click here
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NOTE: Am not saying that without these requirements you cannot make money from your blog, you can but you will be restricted to some money-making platforms like adsense, direct adverts etc. on your blog.
How many blog posts must you have before you can make money on your blog?
The answer to this question is not straight forward because there is no exact number of posts you must have before making money blogging but according to my research you must have at least 20-50 blog posts before you can be considered by some ad-networks — no company will advertise on a blog with two 5 contents, that should solve it!
As a beginner blogger, you need to at least 20 post s before you can start making money from your blog.
The more you post, the higher your chances of making more money from your blog.
Take the last paragraph very serious please!
Without wasting much of our time, let’s start with the list on how to make money from your blog as a beginner.
How to Make money blogging for beginners 2019 (All for free)
These are the ways you can make money from your blog without paying a dime to get started:
#1. Affiliate marketing
What is affiliate marketing blogging and how does it work?
Affiliate marketing is the process of making money blogging by earning a commission when you promote other people’s product on your blog and a purchase is made for the product through your affiliate links.
Am quite sure affiliate marketing is not new to you as must have seen or done something like that before; Your friends must have sent you a link on whatsapp with the url mostly ending with aff?123 (something in that order) that you should buy or use a product but you don’t know the process is affiliate marketing, hope you know they earn money with the links they sent to you?
Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money blogging as a beginner because you don’t need to meet any criteria before you get started, after you have registered for an affiliate program as it is the easiest way to get paid for blogging, you will be given a link to which you will make money when anybody take an action with the link like buying a product through that link, the commission depends on the price the company want to pay and it varies from company-to-company.
Here is how affiliate marketing works if you still don’t get it:
1) You will go to the affiliate section of companies that sell products or sell other things like digital products etc.
2) You will register and a unique referral link usually inform of a code will be given to you that will track products a product purchase using that link given to you
3) You will place the affiliate code on your blog inform of a banner which must have been given to you by the company; if you are not given you can create your own banner for it. To make more money, you can a review on the product or which will fetch you more money.
3)When any purchase is made, you will earn a percentage of what the person bought.
Nowadays everything is easier, there are some third party that connect you as an affiliate marketer to advertisers that will pay you commission when a purchase is made.
You can join –
#2. Sponsored posts
Sponsored post is another strategy of making money from your blog but the only obstacle to this is that you must have gained a reasonable amount of audience before you will get sponsored posts on your blog.
What are sponsored posts?
Sponsored posts are articles that a blogger is paid to publish on his or her blog by companies, brands, other blogs in which they pay you in return after you publish the article when a reasonable agreement is reached.
One outstanding asset about this money-making strategy is that readers don’t need to take any action on the post before you get paid, you will be paid after publishing the sponsored post no matter what happen later on.
The only issue many bloggers face with sponsored posts is that you can’t remove them on your blog for years based on the agreement.
For you to get sponsored posts on your blog, you must work on your traffic and popularity – so doing companies will locate you to write sponsored posts about them, you can decide to write the article by yourself at an extra fee or they write it themself.
Your next question should be how much should I charge for a sponsored post?
It depends on various factors like pageviews, number of comments you get in a week, your blog age, Alexa rank, Domain authority, Page authority etc.
If you are not sure exactly how much you want to charge, you can decide to play along by asking your clients how much they want to pay and negotiate on the price.
Cons about sponsored posts is that there is no plugin that can do this for you exactly the way you want it, you will have to combine several wordpress plugins together before you can achieve this or inform your clients to send it through a mail which is stressful and unprofessional.
#3. Google Adsense
What is Google Adsense?
Google Adsense is an Ad-network program run by Google that allow Website owners(bloggers etc) known as publishers to serve automatic adverts in form of texts, images, videos placed by advertisers on their websites and earn commission when any action is taken on those adverts.
They also pay for impressions on those adverts.
Google adsense is just like a middle-man that connect publishers and Advertisers together, they charge advertisers some amount and place adverts on several websites(their publishers) paying them when their visitors take actions on these adverts (not necessarily taking actions, when they load their websites too they earn something)
Google adsense is the best and the most popular way to make money from your blog, according to research 26% 0f blogs use adsense and 40% of blogs are still applying for adsense after getting disapproved several times. 10% once used adsense and decided to option out while 8% got banned by Adsense.
Many bloggers think Getting Adsense approval is very hard because adsense do test blogging abilities like writing original contents etc. but the approval is damn simple.
I got adsense approval for several blogs including this blog, my last blog, and my clients blog all within 3 months (most of them are before a month)
You can also get adsense approval, just read this 3000 words+ tutorial:
#4. You can try Adsense alternatives like Other adnetworks
If you don’t get adsense approval, there are adsense alternatives I recommend that you choose that will really pay you a lot (even more than adsense like media)
Checkout these (ad networks) adsense alternatives on your
#5. Selling advert space (buysellads and adclerks affiliate)
You can also accept direct adverts or sell advert spaces on your blog. This is the best and easiest way for any blogger to make money blogging because here advertisers reach you directly to place adverts on your blog, you can decide to sell the ad space at any price of your choice with no middle-man involved here.
This type of advertisement is done on blogs with lot of audience so If you have little audience the chances of getting direct adverts is slim.
An adage says “Nothing good comes easy”, This money-making strategy is a get rich quick scheme but before you can even get an advertiser to sell an advert space to you will have reached a certain blogging level!
No one will reach out to a blog getting low traffic to buy an ad space from them except if luck happen, companies target blogs that get a minimum of 200,000 pageviews per month to place adverts not blogs getting 400page views in a month.
In short words only few blogs make money by selling advert spaces so you will have to work on your traffic before you can even think of this monetizing method
Your next question will be “How do I get advertisers to pay for direct adverts on my blog?”
As a beginner, You can:
Reach out to them yourself
Brand your blog
YOU can reach out to buy sellads or bidvertisers to Sell your ad space
If you need a plugin to handle this for you effectively without any stress, It will rotate adverts if you get more than one advert, it will even charge them before they can submit their details and banner. Try getting Oiopublisher
#6. Selling digital products
Digital products are downloadable online products like ebook, music, softwares , themes and plugins, images etc.
You can make money from your blog by selling these products to your readers.
Your next question should be how can I create digital download store?
It is very if you blog on wordpress but if you blog on blogger platform I don’t think there is any other way to do this than to create a page and tell followers to reach out to you to get the eBooks.
You can read these guides on setting up eBook download on your wordpress blog
Before you start selling digital products, you must ensure that they are well composed and original, they should solve readers difficulties and they should be cheap.
Without these characteristics, readers won’t come back for more.
#7. You can also market and sell your offline products with your blog or boost your business sale
If you have sell products offline, you can promote it on your blog by recommending it for your readers.
For example, you sell mobile phones offline, when reviewing phone specification you can recommend your company your readers by putting your address and where they can get the products including your location.
It will be very easy if your business have a landing page online. This will boost your sale
#8. Set up a hire me/us page
You can set up a hire me page on your blog, on this page you will list your offers like webdesign, Logo design, SEO expert, Ghost writer, Guest speaker etc.
You can include your email for contact or set up a form builder or generator plugin on your blog where readers can easily analyze what they want you to do.
On this page you can also include your fiverr or upwork page.
#9. Sell membership
S2member.com plugin will do this for you without wasting your time
#10. Online Coaching
You can set up an online coaching system in which you post books and videos that will be restricted to subscribed users only.
These videos will be sent to subscribed users when you upload them, if you have an idea on things like Photoshop training, how to create mobile games etc you can make lengthy and self-explanatory downloadable materials and sell them to your subscribers .
Some ideas, if you have a health blog, you can start an online course on how to reduce your weight in 1 week.
If you run a tech blog, you can sell a course on tech stuffs.
If you write about animals, you could sell a course on how to rear poultry birds without loosing any.
Bonus: You can also take advantage of your email list to boost sales on your blog, you can send various products to them but make sure they are benefiting your subscribers and seek their consent before taking this action.