Lately, I have been getting inboxes people asking about ways to make money online blogging. Blogging is a stress-free and exciting way to earn money online if done right.
Are you passionate about a specific topic? Then you can start blogging around your passion area.
Today am going to share with you all the possible ways you can monetize your blog and start making money doing what you love.
A huge disclaimer before you get started: Most people start to join the blogging scene thinking this is some scheme they can join today and start making a 6-figure income in 30 days. Far from it. If you are trying to get some money fast to get your landlord off your back or to pay for some fancy holiday then this blog is not for you.
This is for people who have made a commitment to build a business they love and put in the work consistently over a period of time to be able to achieve results. So, don’t quit your job just yet to go full time as a blogger if you don’t have a safety net.
Think your blog is great and optimized to make money online? Great. Then let’s jump into the ways you can use to make money online blogging.
Oh, and I need to state that you should start list building from day one. I have a helpful resource on how to go from 0-1000 subscribers in 30 days.
Monetize your blog content:
Most people think the only way to make money online through a blog is by setting up Google Adsense so you get paid. Whenever someone clicks on those ads on your blog. Far from it. There are a lot of ways you can make money through your blog content. Namely:
This is the simplest way to start earning money from your blog. Also, you will not make much money with AdSense so Ideally, you do not want to rely on it so much of you will get super frustrated. The set-up is pretty straight forward all you need is add a script you get from google to your blog and voila! The ads start appearing alongside your content.
Every time someone clicks on the ads on your website you will earn some money. Some people enlist their friends to go clicking ads on their sites. DO NOT do that. Google. will figure that out and ban you for life.
You do also have the option of approaching clients for business and placing their banners directly on your website. This is way more lucrative than AdSense but it takes work to get the traffic that you can use to sell the service to prospective clients.
This is a great how to make money online for beginners’ example, as long as you have the traffic coming in you will get money.
I did a helpful post on how to get traffic to your website. Check it out
Just like watching TV or Youtube videos, ads spoil the experience for readers so some content creators opt to not set up AdSense on their sites, so their readers enjoy a better experience on the blogs.
Secondly, ad blockers are growing in popularity which is affecting revenues from AdSense. In such cases, there is a great alternative to doing sponsored posts on your blog. In this case, a company will pay you to talk about their product on your blog.
This too does take some off-line work of pitching your stats out to prospective clients and win the business before developing the promotional content. So, have that in mind and create time for it.
Ever been reading a blog then along the way the blogger offers you discounts through a link or points you to a link to purchase from? That’s what affiliate marketing is all about. Those links have special tracking so that whenever someone buys through those links the site owner earns a commission.
This a great way to make money online and turn your blog into a business. Some bloggers earn up to 6-figures a month from affiliate commissions alone.
I do strongly recommend that whenever you get into the affiliate marketing space, only recommend stuff you already use to your readers.
You can use the services below to start making money online:
Get public speaking gigs
If you choose your niche wisely and stick to it while consistently building a brand around it then over time you become an influencer. People will start seeking your opinion on that subject matter.
You can turn this around and start accepting speaking jobs within your niche or approach organizers to jumpstart your speaking career. This is a great way to earn extra money speaking about your area of expertise at events.
This a long-term game. Don’t expect to start receiving speaking gigs immediately.
This is similar to sponsored posts. You can seek out customers or be approached to use a product then write about your experience with the product service.
Let’s say that you blog about skincare and a company is coming back with a new skincare line. They will send you free stuff to use for like two weeks then you review the product on how you experienced it and give a conclusion. Of course, the client pays you to do this. Not bad getting free stuff plus getting paid.
Sell digital products
This is my favourite way to make money online. The invest is very minimal and the revenue potential is huge. All you have to do is identify a pain point in your niche. Figure a solution to that pain point and package it into a sequence that easy to follow and implement. Then sell this to your audience.
There are three main ways to make money online selling digital products namely:
These are the easiest to produce and sell online. Package your solution in the form of a pdf document and sell them online. You can use design tools like Canva to create beautiful well-designed pdf packages and sell them online on your WordPress website.
Sell online courses
Online courses take a little bit of effort to develop the lessons and record them out. It’s also important to structure the course well so it’s easy to implement. Due to the nature of work involved the price point for online courses is usually higher.
In that regard, you will need to do some serious marketing to sell your online courses. If you want to get into online courses then start building your e-mail list now. It’s crucial and you will need it.
Although you can use tools like Clickfunnels and teachable to host your course material. I highly recommend you build an info business empire you own rather than renting to host your course on these other platforms. So, I advise bloggers to use thrive apprentice with WordPress.
It will save you a lot of administrative headaches but you also own your business 100%.
While at it you can host paid webinars which just like courses is a great way to make money while teaching people online. Webinars are live with an awesome advantage of Q&A at the end.
Sell services Online
I recently got asked a question on how to make money online without paying anything. I did recommend selling services as one of those ways to make money with google. You leverage the power of the internet and your blog to sell services to clients.
Below are a few examples of literally how to make money online for free with your blog:
Offer Freelance Services
Let’s say you are in the personal fitness space and this is the niche you create content about. People will start approaching you to offer them personalized workout sessions. This can become a service you offer on your site so your audience knows you are accepting clients and start offering your services.
This goes to any niche you are working on. You can always leverage your expertise to offer solutions to your audience.
Start your own consulting Business
As you outgrow freelance work you may opt to slide into consultancy work. Where you don’t actually do the work yourself but offer your advice on how your clients can do the work better. You have literally moved up to where you offer strategy instead of doing the actual work yourself.
In the personal fitness example, you could just advise them on meal plans and kind of workouts to do and not go with them to the gym to do the actual workouts. Or show up cooking stuff in their kitchen
Become a coach
If you have become great at what you do and have developed a system to guide people get the same results then it’s a great idea to become a coach.
You sit with people privately or online and teach them how to solve their problems. There are all kinds of coaches out there and coaching is another great way to make money online blogging.
11.Create a membership area
This is a great way to give your audience access to you and your most valuable content. You create an area in on your blog with restricted content that only paid members can access for a monthly fee.
You can have weekly Q&A, a few live tutorials during the week etc. Anything to give as much value as possible to your beloved audience who are paying for access.
Stu Mclaren offers great advice on setting up membership areas. Check his stuff out.
Sell physical products Online
Another awesome way to make money online blogging is to sell physical products off your site. You can start an e-commerce store on your site and start selling socks if that’s what you do or start a dropshipping business right off your site or an affiliate shop.
The opportunities to sell products off your site is a great way to start earning money with your blog and turn it into a full-time business.
Take advantage of tools like WooCommerce to create an online store you can start selling on immediately to make money online.
12.Learn high demand WordPress skills and offer it
WordPress itself as a content management system has many opportunities within you can leverage on to make money online.
As you use it day in day out you will start being proficient in using WordPress and turn that to fill gaps you feel exist in the space to make money.
Below are examples of ways you can make money online by learning high demand WordPress skills.
13.Develop WordPress plugins
Plugins make life easier every day for bloggers as it expands the features you can have on your blog. If you have knowledge in PHP then you can create plugins you will that could extend the functionalities and features of your blogs and put it up for sales.
If well packaged with a free version then users pay for upgrades, this can be a great way to make money in the long term and make your online business highly profitable.
14. Sell WordPress themes
Every day bloggers are trying to make their blogs beautiful and user-friendly. So if you are great with web-design you can start creating theme templates and selling them to other bloggers who are trying to advance how their blogs look.
I personally use thrive themes and that comes with lots of templates. But for those not using builders like these, the best option is always to get a great theme, buy it and install on your WordPress website.
So, if your skills are up to scratch then this is an awesome way to make money online doing what you love.
Check out Theme Forest to see what kind of WordPress themes you can develop and sell
15. Sell graphics on your WordPress site
Let’s say you are great at graphic design and have noticed that a lot of people struggle to develop great Pinterest pins. You could create amazing templates using your graphic design skills and sell them to fellow bloggers.
You will be helping them make a greater impression on Pinterest but also an avenue for you to make money online doing what you love.
Most creators sell their stuff through the creative market. Check it out and get started.
All you need to do is have a unique skill and match it to demand of gap in the blogosphere and you are in business.
If your content is great and people keep coming for it then you can opt to accept donations from your readers. Wikipedia has the donations model where occasionally they do campaigns to ask for donations so they can keep offering top-notch services.
A great way to make money online if your content is top-notch.
It’s very important to note that you do not have to choose one way to monetize your blog and stick to it. Do multiple ways at any given time to increase your revenues exponentially. You can as many as 10 revenue streams running on your blog at any given time.
My best advice is to never rely on less than two. You will be selling yourself short and leaving a lot of money on the table.