How to Make Money from Blogging Online

How to Make Money from Blogging Online

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Have you realised the potential from blogging and want to also realise how you can start to make money too?

Blogging has become a common route for people to earn money online and with the right help and support it can be also mean you can real money and leave the day job behind too.

Over 4 billion people have access to high-speed internet and they are always looking for help and guidance on a number of different topics.  This is where your opportunity from blogging lies, so let’s get into How to Make Money from Blogging Online by starting with “What Exactly is a Blog?”

What Exactly is a Blog?

The simple premise is – a blog is described as a regularly updated website or post written in an informal or conversational style.  It is a way of communicating with others information or opinions/reviews on a given subject.How to Make Money from Blogging Online

That is the technical term, but the reason why people love reading blogs is it is written so anyone can understand it.  You are sharing a story, you are sharing your thoughts but also helping people understand something they are searching for the answer.

They don’t always have to focus on written articles too, if you are really comfortable in front of the camera, you could always start a Vlog, which is a video blog.  You see them on YouTube all the time.

What Can I Start a Blog About?

This is the best part, you can write about something you are really interested in.  There are some that state you have to target a specific niche if you want to earn any money.  But I believe any niche is viable.

What will stand up to the test of time?  A blog on a niche that is supposed to be good for making money, but you haven’t got the first clue about and have no real passion to write about…

Or a blog that is in a field that you already know a lot about and love – meaning you can write naturally for weeks and months to come – where you can engage into the community that is also interested in this niche too and is likely to invest into products you suggest and they take you up on it as you prove to be an Authority in this niche???

I know which one I would choose, all day long.

It isn’t just about picking a niche, based on metrics.  It is about picking something you can build an Authority Blog in.

That is the key to making money from Blogging.  People need to believe and trust in you to make any decisions that lead to them buying something.  If they just feel like you are there to make money – it will be game over, regardless of the niche you have chosen.

So, my key advice for picking a niche is simple:

  1. You know what you are talking about in this niche or are willing to learn what you are talking about in it.
  2. You have experience in and around this niche, ideally.
  3. It is something that you will not get bored of, easily.

There is no point starting a niche in something that you haven’t got the first clue about.  Take gaming laptops, this is a massive growth market at the moment, and easily could be a great niche to target.  But if you have no idea about GPU’s or why the frame rate matters to a gamer – you have no business starting a blog about it.

Pick something you love, you will be writing a lot of content about it before you start making money with it.

What Do I Need to Know Before I Start Blogging?

What Do I Need to Know Before I Start Blogging?

Before I describe the ways to make money from blogging, I want to ensure you understand the time and effort that will be required to make this work.  Many people walk away from blogging because it didn’t make them any money.  But when you break it down, it was because their expectations were way off of the mark.  Do not expect this to make you any money within the first 2 months.  It might even be the 6-month mark.  To realise the money-making potential from blogging, you need to sign up for the long-term.  I didn’t make any money for 6 months, but if I had given up in month 5, I would not be where I am today.

Your website/blog needs to be noticed on the search engines, and also get to page one of the search engines to make any real money.

This will take time and effort, but if you keep that in mind and work hard at it, you will find that you can make some real big numbers with Blogging.

You will also need to focus on helping the readers and not selling to them.  People will always be asking why.  If you just tell someone to buy a product because it is awesome.  People are going to think; this person is just interested in selling a product.

But, if you help them understand why you think this product is awesome, and it helped you because…

Think about why people are searching the internet.  Before they buy a product, they want to know what other people’s experiences have been.  How is the product used? What benefits will this product have?

You might identify problems in your niche that do not identify to a product, this is great as it builds up your authority.

Constantly look for the questions that are being asked and answer them.  They will start to trust you, and that is what is needed to promote products.

Becoming an Authority is the way to make money blogging online.

How Do I Make Money from Blogging Online?

There are three ways I want to share with you on how to make money from blogging online.

  1. Advertising – Once your site becomes established and you are receiving high levels of traffic, you can utilise services such as Google’s AdSense.  By having ads on your website, you can earn money when people click on the adverts. Be mindful, you will need a high level of traffic to even make this worth it.  There are other platforms, like MediaVine, but you need to be hitting high levels of traffic before they accept you.
  2. Offering Your Services – If you are not ready to start your own website, you could start offering your services via freelancing sites like Fiverr.  You get hired by other website owners to write for them.  Although you will tend to find that you will not always be writing about stuff you want to write about
  3. Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate Marketing is an awesome way of earning money from blogging and is the way I have been earning money for the last couple of years.  It isn’t a new concept, you just might not have heard of it – but Amazon started using it and still is.  You earn commission for introducing a buyer to a product.

Affiliate Marketing is a tried and tested premise to earning money from blogging, and many retailers sign up for it.

How Does Affiliate Marketing Work?

Related Post: How Affiliate Marketing Really Works

By using this model, companies do not need to pay huge amounts for advertising.  People often research products before buying them online.  Where do they go??? People’s blogs about their experiences with these products.  They read your review and decide to buy it, they follow your link to the retailer and buy it.  You have just earned commission!

By building up your authority in your website, with quality content you can start to introduce Affiliate Marketing, then as the traffic starts to hit your website you will start to earn commissions, then you can introduce ads and earn additional revenue.

That is the opportunity with blogging. So how do you get started.

How Do I Get Started with My Own Blog?

There are a few things that you need to get started on the right path.  First off, you need to know this will take time an effort.  It will take longer than you thought, and you will need to work hard to make it work.

You also need to be willing to learn everything there is to know about an online business.

This path is so rewarding, and when it starts to pay you will feel such a great feeling, but it is not for everyone.

Then to get started you only need to read what I can offer you

What I Can Offer to Those Willing to Invest the Time & Effort

I wouldn’t be where I was today, if I didn’t get the help and support, I can offer you today.  Before I signed up, I didn’t know a thing about websites, affiliate marketing, online business, nothing.  All I had was a niche idea.

With the help and guidance of Wealthy Affiliate, Gem and I now have 2 successful online businesses.

There are 3 things you need to get started and this is what Wealthy Affiliate offers:

  1. Education – A Step-by-Step guide on how to get started with a blog using Affiliate Marketing
  2. Websites – WordPress is so easy to use and is used in over 50% of current websites, you will learn everything there is to know inside Wealthy Affiliate
  3. Expert Help & Support – You will join a community of Internet Entrepreneurs all there to help you – You will also get me as a personal coach.  Whenever you get stuck or need advice, I will be there to help you.

You can get started with Wealthy Affiliate for free, with a free starter membership account.  If you would like to read my full review, check it out here.

I said earlier, that it is important to explain why you are recommending something, so here goes.

I have reviewed a lot of training platforms out there around online business, affiliate marketing, etc.  and I have never comeWealthy Affiliate Starter Membership across such a supportive platform ever.  You get direct access to the owners of the platform, Kyle & Carson.  They get involved every day. They work hard to ensure their training stays current, their websites are second to none.  They truly believe in the ‘Pay-it-forward’ mantra and focus on that key element I described earlier – Help the Reader.

If you truly want to start making money from blogging online, you will find no better companion that Wealthy Affiliate, and if you follow my lead – I will always be there to help you too.

Blogging is such a natural way of expressing yourself and being able to do it full-time and earning passive income from affiliate marketing, means you can spend more time doing what you love.  Good Luck to you, whatever you decide!!


If you have any questions around blogging, affiliate marketing or anything else to do with online business, please leave them in the comments below and I will come back to you ASAP.
Have you any experience with Wealthy Affiliate, I would love to hear your opinions about the platform, just leave them in the comments below.

16 thoughts on “How to Make Money from Blogging Online”

  1. I have always wondered if it is actually possible to make money online because nowadays the internet is so full of scams and false advertising that one never really knows exactly who to trust and which sites to sign up with.

    What I can testify of is that Wealthy Affiliate is 100% legit. Sure there is a monthly membership fee, but the value you get from the training and various other resources really makes it worth while.

    After joining with WA myself, I have started to make money online and with every passing month, my income continues to grow. I would really recommend that anyone looking for an online income, start by signing up to WA. I wish I found them sooner!

    • Hey Marchelle,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  It is a common misconception that everything is a scam online.  But sometimes it is just the fact that we do not understand the premise or we do not give it the time to succeed.

      Blogging, Affiliate Marketing, Online Business – They are all genuine ways of earning money online – and with the right support, it can also be an enjoyable process too.  Training, that anyone can understand.  Tools, that make it easier. Support coming from everywhere.

      That is what it takes to get you started – you just need to invest the time and effort and the rest will fall into place.  Wealthy Affiliate is a great partner to have in any online business.

      thanks again Marchelle.

      John

  2. Where do I start?

    The number of ways on how to make money with blogging is limitless. You can do affiliate marketing, sell your products, CPA marketing, ads, and services to name a few.

    The remarkable part of having your blog is that you do not need to pay for traffic and that it is a form of passive income if done correctly. I am familiar with Wealthy Affiliate, and it is an excellent platform that is good for people that are just getting started.

    • Hey Viljoen,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  There are endless possiblities and yes, you could even go into the paid side.  Once you are more established, they are loads of ways of scaling up your business.

      High-Quality Content with the right keyword research will lead to a passive income stream, and the guys at Wealthy Affiliate is the reason why many of us are seeing success.

      Thanks

      John

  3. Great post and good info.

    It is really incredible how much money a blog can make you, no?

    If you are willing to invest time in it and gain an audience, soon you find yourself “digging” in money.

    The fact is that many people give up, without knowing they were close to that.

    Now, thanks for explaining it and how people can do it.

    This has to inspire, and thanks for sharing it!

    • Hey Emmanuel,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.

      You are right, many people walk away without realising they were just about to turn the corner on it.

      I could have walked away after 5 months at it, but that would have been a huge mistake.  In life, 5 months is a long time.  In business, that is just 5 minutes.

      Blogging is an awesome way of earning, you just need to believe that you will succeed.

      thanks

      John

  4. That is a great post.

    People need posts like this to get the knowledge of what is going on nowadays where the internet became the key of making money.

    Blogging is one of the ways of making online money and as you mentioned in this post it is a way of communicating with others information or opinions/reviews on a given subject.

    When people are interested on what we communicate to them, they can be source of money by becoming customers which is the result of the blogging.

    I am interested in Affiliate marketing even if it requires much time to earn money, but it helps me to get new skills through training and any time i put in practice the training i get, i make money from skills I have got.

    Thank you for sharing with us this instructive post.

    • Hey Julienne,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.

      I personally think, people naturally assume you can earn money from the internet, but when they are confronted by so many scams or programs full of promise but no substance – it puts people off even trying.  

      What we need to ensure is, that when people are looking for opportunities – they only find genuine ones.  Ones that let them go at their own pace, only investing when they are ready.  Programs like Wealthy Affiliate.

      I have reviewed products, where they expect you to hand over a ton of money and then invest 15 hours a day to get what they promised you in the brief.

      That isn’t for everyone.  If you are not that great at the computer, you would back away.  Whereas a training led platform designed for newbies, with no initial cost can allow them to explore at their own pace.  Make their own decision – if it isn’t for them, you haven’t spent any money.  But you will have learned something too.

      Affiliate Marketing is a great way of earning money – but you do need to invest time and effort and get support from a great team.

      All the best

      John

  5. Months back, I also didn’t know much about making money with blogging until I came across the platform you’re recommending. If I had come across this information during those times, it would have saved me from scammers and time wasting investments. I’m glad to know more from your site and wealthy affiliate. Thank you. 

    • Hey, 

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  There are plenty of scams out there, but a scam is what led me to finding Wealthy Affiliate.  I wanted to focus on ensuring there were resources that prevented people getting hooked with these ‘make money scams’ and find genuine ways of earning money online.

      Wealthy Affiliate was the key to me being able to help others, and by launching this site, I can hopefully stop people falling into scams too.

      Thanks

      John

  6. Hi John and Gemma, I am a blogger for the last 4 years, and I know from experience that it takes a while before you earn some significant money with blogging. You need to create an audience first. But when you have that audience, things will turn very quickly into better times. And you are so right, to say that you need a community to back you up. People that motivate you and help you along the way. When you are alone out there, you are likely to give up after a couple of months, just before the mark of seeing the results.

    Loes

    • Hey Loes,

      thanks for checking out our post.  You are so right, building up the audience is key to turning your blog into a revenue stream.  But many people are unsure of the ways to do this.  It is quite simple really, just write high-quality content with some great keyword research.  

      I don’t think I would have been able to carry on though if I was all on my own.  Being able to share your experiences with others who might be thinking the same, and feeling “it isn’t just me” is something I found very motivating to push through.  I wouldn’t quit where others may have, I will see this through….

      Being able to bounce of others, is one of the major things I love about Wealthy Affiliate.

      thanks again

      John & Gem

  7. Hi, I would really like to start my own blog. I don’t know where to start though.

    Is there a place where I could find a niche that is very popular? I think to get a lot of people looking at my bog I should write about something many people are interested in?

    You write about blogging and internet marketing in general, is this a good niche to start with? I think many people are interested in this ideas.

    • Hey Stefan,

      thanks for checking out my post and leaving some comments.  Picking a niche is one of the first big decisions you will make, and is something that need to be of interest to you, so you remain focused and enjoy what you are doing.

      If you are looking for a product niche, Amazon can be a great place to start.  It is the world’s biggest marketplace and offers an affiliate program too.  By choosing a category you are interested in, you can narrow down as much as you can to begin with a niche in that category.  But is also shows that once you are established in that niche, what you could expand into.

      Related Post: How to Make Money with the Amazon Associates Program

      The key thing to picking a niche is you need some knowledge around it and being willing to invest a lot of time learning about it.  If you are in that place with blogging and internet marketing, then yes it is a good niche to pick.  But know that the make money market is highly competitive.  You might want to consider learning more before targeting it, unless you have a great partner and training such as Wealthy Affiliate to help you learn what you need to succeed in that market.

      Related Post: What is the Best Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners?

      thanks

      John

  8. Very good post and great info.

    I make money by a blog, by the terms of affiliate marketing.

    I write an article, let us say a review, I share it, get an audience, and in return I got a revenue.

    There are of course other ways to do it, but for me it is the best.

    Thanks for sharing it!

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