How we make $100,000/per month Blogging (Complete Guide for Making Money by blogging)
How to make money by blogging?
Blogging can change your life and can help you earn up to $100,000 per month. How is it possible? I am going to share with you 10 steps to make it true.
In the summary, the steps how to make $100,000 per month by blogging are:
- Start Your Blog the Right Way
- Make your Blog Attractive through Blog Design
- Create the Content People Need
- Get Traffic to Your Blog
- Build a Subscriber Fanclub
- Learn the 5 Different Ways to Make Money Blogging
- Start with Ads & Sponsored Posts
- Progress & Master Affiliate Marketing
- Create Your Own Products & Services (Physical & Digital)
- Scale & Optimize
STEP 1. Start Your Blog the Right Way
Just like a home needs a great foundation, so does your blog. We do this in three easy steps.
1. Choose the right blog niche.
The first question most people have in blogging is “What do I blog about?”.
Most people end up overthinking this process. The mistake most people make is when they start trying to find a soul search for their passion or go on some yoga, meditation, retreat, find enlightenment, and find their purpose, but the truth is, this is kind of the opposite of what you need to do because when finding your purpose or finding your passion, it happens through taking action and getting feedback from the action that you’re taking.
Another way to think about this is what topic or subject you bring up all the time with your friends and family. If you are interested in health and wellness, maybe you are a vegan or a personal trainer, and it is a part of your M.O., then think about starting a health and wellness blog.
So, start your blog about something that you either have experience in or something that you want to learn about.
2. Choose a domain name.
So the domain name is another word for URL, and the URL of Youtube is youtube.com. This is another place where most people spend a lot of time overthinking.
An example of a blog’s name for a health niche is avocadu.com. That name honestly is kind of weird. Most people don’t know how to spell “avocado”, spell it with the end “u”, it’s kind of easily forgettable. It’s four syllables, but that blog made over $15,000 per month and still makes to this day, almost automatically on autopilot.
So your name doesn’t matter. When it comes to business and blogging, you’d be surprised by how little names actually mean.
Samsung could be a local music store, AVIS could be a place where you bought drones on the Internet, and SpaceX could be a website dedicated solely to astronauts.
The thing that defines these businesses is not their names, it’s what they do. So don’t overthink, you don’t come up with some perfectly clever name to succeed as a blogger.
3. Right Hosting and Right Platform
Finally, you want to start your blog with the right hosting on the right platform, and by far the best place for you to get started is WordPress.
I know there are some other options out there like Wix and Squarespace, but the problem with those is that those websites are more geared to stand-alone-stagnant websites. So something like a personal portfolio or a resume.
They’re really not that great when it comes to getting continuous blog traffic coming in overtime to your blog and having continually updated posts. They’re just not optimized for that. What’s going to end up happening if you start with the Squarespace or Wix, you’re going to end up going back to WordPress anyway, so just start there.
I understand that WordPress has a higher learning curve for most people, but trust me when I say this, it is worth learning.
STEP 2. Make Your Blog Attractive through Blog Design
Let’s walk through some simple steps to make your blog clean and beautiful.
Choose a great blog theme. Choosing the right blog theme is like choosing the right or wrong car at a used-car dealership. If you choose the wrong car, you’re going to spend hours and headaches on the car breaking down, on maintenance, and on fixing everything. It’s going to be a constant hassle in your life versus if you choose the right car and you never have any problems with it, you’re going to feel great.
Right now, check free WordPress fast themes out there are:
Don’t forget to install the Elemental plug-in because it’s a great page builder, that’s a perfect drag and drop for a newbie wanting to get started and building their blog and making it look the way that you want to.
Another important part of blog design is optimizing it for mobile.
Over 60 to 70% of visitors on the Internet these days are visiting through their phones. So some things might look amazing on your desktop, it might look really good there, but it will look bad on a phone.
So always check your work and choose an easy-to-read font like Lato or Open Sans, or Roboto, because nobody gets time to read that cute but illegible font.
STEP 3. Create the Content People Need
It’s time to answer the $1,000,000 question of what should I write about? Well, this is actually a rather simple answer. If your goal is to make money, you need to create the content that other people are searching for on the Internet.
Every day, millions of people type in searches into Google, Pinterest, YouTube, when looking for videos and articles or blog posts, trying to solve their problems.
If you’re able to serve that content to them the best and get to the top of those search engines, well, it’s very easy to make money online. Okay, It’s not super easy, but it’s a lot easier than you think.
Here’s how you do this. Start doing keyword research.
See, there are all sorts of tools on the Internet to see how often people are typing in certain terms, so we can see that people look for “how to make money blogging” over 135,000 times per month, and that’s exactly why I’m writing this article.
Start with a tool like Keywords Everywhere, it’s a completely free Chrome extension that you can install and type in anywhere you type into a search bar. You will be able to see the volume of that search term being looked at.
Another great free tool that most people underuse is Pinterest. Type in your topic into the search bar and hit “enter”. After the page loads, if you look to the right, you’ll see all sorts of additional suggestions. These are keywords people are looking for as well.
Using this method will help you come up with endless topics that you can cover on your blog or website.
Now, this doesn’t mean you only have to post things that people are searching for. There’s room to create your own sort of unique content when making money blogging.
You just need to follow the 80/20 rule. 80% of the content that you create should be the things that people are searching for, and problems they are trying to solve, and 20% should be where you flex on them a little bit, tell them a little bit more about you and blog about the things that you want to write about.
STEP 4. Get Traffic to Your Blog
So after your first five posts are written, it’s time to move on to get traffic to your blog. There are lots of ways to get readers to your blog, there are:
Pinterest, Facebook, Google SEO, YouTube, Instagram, Guest Blogging, Email drops, Forums, Snapchat, and sure, a dozen more than I haven’t listed there.
The biggest tip that I can give you right off the bat is to start with one traffic source. I know there are a lot of entrepreneurs like Gary Vaynerchuk telling you that you need to be everywhere, and be on every social media, and be on every platform, but the truth is that’s kind of a one-man show.
What ends up happening with most people when they try to be everywhere, they usually end up just failing in everything. That’s why I advise that you master one or two of these things.
So the next question you should probably have is “How do I find the perfect traffic source for my blog?”.
There are tons of different factors to consider here, including competition, type of platform, demographics of your target market, and more.
So, to make this simple, here are my thoughts on the top five traffic sources.
Facebook has the most users of really any social platform, but it also comes with the highest competition, and Facebook has recently made algorithmic changes that don’t feature blog posts anymore. It is very few and far between that, you’ll read blogs. Much more the content is geared towards memes and video content and things that just aren’t blog posts.
Facebook groups, however, are still going very strong, and it is a great place to meet might like-minded bloggers, but it might not be the best source for driving traffic to your website that being said I wouldn’t write it out because those groups could be so valuable, especially to beginners starting off.
To find these groups you could just type in your search term into the Facebook search bar, and then click groups, and you’ll see dozens and dozens of groups on almost any topic. Again, it is not the best way to drive traffic to your blog, but a great way to interact with potential customers, peers, and people you look up to in your industry.
You’ll find that Instagram follows a similar trajectory as Facebook, where it has a high amount of users, but it also has a high amount of competition. The thing is, it is surely a visual platform. You can write captions in the description, but really if you’re not creating dope images, you’re not going to get anywhere on Instagram.
So the niches you want to be in to succeed on Instagram are going to be mainly visual, things like travel, health, and fashion work really well because they’re visually stimulating.
Unfortunately, and something to keep in mind, it’s kind of stupidly hard to get people off of Instagram onto your email list, or onto your blog posts or over to your products. People tend to stay inside the app, and Instagram is designed in that way.
That being said, for example, @makemoneyonline, like the college for people who want to make money goes to $10,000 per month and more, running a successful Instagram, so it can be done.
Google is similar to Facebook and Instagram that it has high competition but it comes with one big difference. The difference is that it’s a search platform so the people that type in “how to make money blogging”, for example, will continue to type that in a month, after month, after month, and you will get organic traffic coming in all the time.
This is very different from Instagram or Facebook where things are more viral in nature, and then they die off over time. So Facebook and Instagram you have this constant need to roll out this new crazy mind-blowing content, while on something like Google you can optimize your posts and continue to be shown over and over and over again, absorbing that organic traffic.
But obviously, because of this value, it’s very hard to get the top of the search. It can take a long time to do and just be prepared that if this is the route that you want to go on, you need to go in for the long haul. It will take you up to six months to get serious traffic to your blog.
YouTube is an entirely completely different animal than them all. It is the highest barrier to entry by far because most people do not want to get on camera, and I understand why. This barrier entry provides an easy way to connect with your audience, build a following, and drive them back to your blog, and make purchases with them.
Again comes with a high barrier entry because shooting videos is difficult and very time-consuming. So if you’re extraordinarily good looking and don’t mind being on camera, YouTube might be a great option for you.
Last but not least one of the favorite traffic sources for bloggers is Pinterest. Pinterest like YouTube and Google is also a search engine. So there’s that opportunity for organic traffic, but unlike Google, it doesn’t take as long to get results.
Because of its speed of results, and the fact that you can get organic traffic, Pinterest does end up being the number one traffic source for bloggers. If you’re in almost any niche, I would definitely give Pinterest a try.
All right, so you’ve built your blog. You’ve designed it. You started to get your first readers, your first visitors checking out the content that they want to see. Now is trying to turn those readers into raving fans.
STEP 5. Build a Subscriber Fanclub
You can think of inboxes like something that you are getting spams into, but the truth about blogging is that most people are never going to buy your products until they’ve built up a certain level of trust with you, and the best place to build that trust is through an email list.
I’ve tracked the data on ClickMeter, and I could see that my email list provides me much better purchase rates than just linking the products on the blog. So the email list is one of the most valuable assets you have as a blogger, and setting it up is not as hard as you think.
The basic formula is that:
- First, you create a lead magnet.
This is just a simple download for people to have, a checklist or a simple guide will work. You’ll want to create a small but helpful download for people so that you can give that to them in exchange for their email address.
- Then you need to add opt-ins to your blog with an email subscriber service like a ConvertKit.
There’s a very easy process to do it. This way when people are scrolling through your posts, they see the opportunity you put to get your download. They put in their email address and receive the download.
- Finally what you want to do is create an automated email sequence.
This is just an automated sequence of emails that you send after somebody gets your download. These are called often indoctrination campaigns. It’s more like a get-to-know-you thing where you’re kind of helping them out with whatever problem that they’re trying to solve. At the same time, sort of explaining a little bit more about you, about what you’re about, and why you created your blog. Again all is designed to build that trust and turn that subscriber into a true fan.
STEP 6. Learn the 5 Different Ways to Make Money Blogging
We’re gonna learn the different types of ways to make money and which steps you should start with at what phases of your blogging journey.
The first way to make money is through ads. There are a few different types. The first that you probably know are display ads. These are ads that you are scrolling through content, and then you’ll see an ad for something. Another term for this is pay-per-click (PPC) because when somebody clicks on it, you get paid.
The second type of ad is something called sponsored content. This is when somebody, like a big company, pays you to write a review or write something about their product.
The third type of that is a giveaway. This is very similar to sponsored content, but instead of the company paying you, they give you their product for free.
2. Affiliate Marketing
A second way that you can make money through your blog is through the affiliate market. Affiliate marketing is where you earn money promoting another person’s product or service.
So let’s say you write a post about your “Top five favorite books” on whatever topic your blog is about. What you can do is you can actually link those books in the blog post themselves and link them to Amazon. When somebody clicks and checks out that book and says, “Okay, that looks awesome. I am gonna buy it, liked the reviews, you know, 4.5 stars look good to me.”, when they buy that product, then you will get a small commission from Amazon, and that is kind of affiliate marketing.
Now, affiliate marketing is a huge category, and you can make a lot of money on it, and I’ll go over that in the next section, but just so you know, it’s when you sell other people’s products or services through links on your blog.
3. Sell Your Own Digital Products
There are a few different kinds of products.
These are electronic books like Kindle downloads. There are printables and workbooks, where people can purchase a printable that you’ve created and print them out and use it for themselves, something like a journal or workbook.
- Online courses from Udemy
Online teachings and training where you can teach people via video.
- Membership websites
People pay a certain amount to get access to regularly updated content, usually by yourself.
4. Sell Physical products
Now you’ll find physical products a lot easier to sell because they’re tangible good. When people buy that product, they get something tangible back. It’s much more satisfying usually than a digital product, but also there are margins to be had. You have to:
- create the product
- manufacture the product
- ship the product
That’s a lot more steps than selling something like a digital product.
Speaking engagements, digital services, dog walking, speaking engagements for dog walking, coaching, virtual assistance, freelance writing, and whatever service people or dogs or whoever needs, you can sell it through your blog.
It’s a great way to do this because you’re already building massive trust with your audience.
STEP 7. Start with Ads & Sponsored Posts
The first thing that we see bloggers doing when they first start their website is usually running around trying to throw up Google AdSense on their website to make a quick buck. The problem is that the reality of your ad earnings is probably going to fall pretty short of your expectations.
For example, your blog gets a lot of traffic, like over 300,000 views a month, and because you get that amount of traffic, you are able to partner with premium ad networks, so specialized, really awesome networks that can give you higher returns on the ads and the clicks that you do get.
So here’s a recommendation for newbies like yourself, ads are kind of a good place to start for newbies just because they can be motivational or give you a little inspiration at the beginning, but it is not the primary way you need to be monetized.
You should be focused on the bigger picture here. Try to wait until you’re getting a consistent amount of traffic so you can partner with premium ad networks like AdThrive, Mediavine, Media.net, PropellerAds, and more.
This will net you a lot more money than just throwing up Google AdSense and praying that somebody collects.
Sponsored posts as explained before are where people are paying you to write an article on your blog, usually kind of reviewing their product or service.
These articles often come in the form of product reviews and recommendations. Many bloggers make upwards of $10,000 a month doing sponsored posts, so it is a viable way to make money and make it pretty quickly.
Sponsored posts might be perfect for you if you
- love to write
- can find good opportunities that fit your niche
- want to build a relationship with other companies and brands in your niche
- want to diversify your blogging income
Sponsored posts might not be right for you if you:
- face a lot of time constraints
- look for passive income
STEP 8. Progress & Master Affiliate Marketing
There are risks associated with every form of monetization method when it comes to blogging, but affiliate marketing is unique as it will teach you not only how to sell, but it will also prepare you for creating your own future products.
Mastering affiliate marketing is usually a kind of one of the key steps to become a successful blogger. You’ll see that a lot of successful bloggers first start on affiliate marketing, start making money on affiliate marketing, learn how to make money, and then progress on to higher margins with their products and services.
Just like in the example above about writing a blog post on the top five books and your recommended niche, you can start up by doing this exact process with Amazon Associates. This is a very small, very easy way to start affiliate marketing. It progresses and gets much more advanced later on.
How you do this with Amazon Associates is easy, and the reason I tell you to start there is that everybody uses Amazon. It makes a very simple way to get your first few transactions and feeling good about blogging and its potential right off the get-go.
Getting signed up isn’t too hard, just go and type in “Amazon Associates” to Google, and you can join for free. Once you’re approved, you can recommend any Amazon product on your blog.
Knitting blog sells Amazon knitting kits, dog bog sells dog treats. This creates an awesome form of passive income for most bloggers.
Once you sold a few affiliate products on Amazon, it’s time to start leveling up your affiliate marketing and thinking about going to big affiliate networks and partnering with bigger products. So there are networks like ClickBank, ShareaSale, CJ Affiliate, Rakuten, and so many more.
These networks are going to give you a much higher price commission than something like Amazon, but keep in mind they’re going to be much more difficult to sell because they’re not checking out using Amazon’s platform. You have to learn how to build a lot of trust with your readers. That’s why you should start with email lists because that’s the best place to start selling higher-priced affiliate courses, products, and other things.
STEP 9. Create Your Own Products & Services (Physical & Digital)
Now you’ve got some money rolling in from affiliate marketing, starting to get down the sales process and learn about how to sell through your blog, and how to build trust with your readers, you’re building a fan base, building people who are interested in what you’re doing.
When one site started by promoting a yoga product through affiliate marketing, they were making about $5 per sale. So even when they were selling 10 products per day, they were only making about $1500 per month. It’s an amazing amount of money, but it is not a full-time income for a blogger.
But what if they try to make this product even better than the one that they already selling and sell to their audience? They know the site and trust them. When that blog came up with the idea of the Yoga fat loss Bible was born, they started making $37 per sale for that product instead of $5.
That is the power of creating your products and services. You control the margins. You control the prices to control the sales page. You control the entire system and the entire flow of selling your product, that’s why all the biggest bloggers, you know they sell their stuff.
This does not have to be digital products, either. This good physical product as well. The key here is to do something better than what is before you. So you don’t want to just go around and replace your affiliate links with your crappy products and not a good version of it.
Only replace products that you can truly replace and do it better. The goal here is to make a better experience for the audience. If you make a worse experience for them, the results are not going to be what you want.
As well as there’s always gonna be products that are better suited as an affiliate product versus you creating your own, there is something to keep in mind, something like hosting. So you are not going to create a hosting company, but you are going to partner with somebody like Hostinger which is a hosting company where you can sell hosting packages.
Also, as said before, you can sell your services. Whether you’re a public speaker, virtual assistant, or freelance writer, you can sell all of these products and services on your blog. Selling your products is the only true way to scale your blog, and this is how you take something from $1000 a month to $10,000 a month without actively constantly having to work and trade hours for dollars.
STEP 10. Scale & Optimize
At this stage, you’ve come a long way to start your blog. You designed it well, created awesome content, drove traffic to the blog, collected email subscribers. You’ve been monetizing in a variety of different ways. You’ve got your blog’s set up. You’ve made your courses or different products, found your audience, your voice.
Now your job is to just sell what you do. This is what makes blogging such a different thing than let’s say going and working for somebody.
Going and working for somebody, they’re going to pay you $50,000 a year to do customer service, but when you’re blogging and creating your own services, just a few tweaks here and there are getting a blog post to go viral. Creating some new content immediately raises your income.
This is kind of a two-part process. I want to show you how it works quickly.
Sales = Traffic x Conversion rate
For example, your conversion rate on your sales pages is 1%. So for every 1000 visitors on your sales page, you make 10 sales. Now, let’s say you add a few testimonials to your sales page and include a couple more and your email sales funnel. That bumps your conversion rate to 2% which means that you have just doubled your sales.
Now 1000 visitors are getting at 2% which is 20 sales. So you just doubled your income. That’s crazy.
Now, let’s say you start working on Google SEO as an additional traffic source and are able to can get an extra 1000 customers to your sales page that doubles your sales page again because 2000 visitors times, 2% equals 40 sales. You’ve just tripled your income.
That is the big difference between blogging and going out and making $50,000 a month working customer service. It is a giant leap because the amount of work you do ends up reflecting much better on the actual income that you make the final piece on how to make money blogging is to scale and to raise those conversion rates.
Here are the main ways that you can do this. You can add testimonials and improve your page speed, make changes to your sales page make changes to your sales funnel, and a few other marketing changes, but those are the main ones.
This part of making money by blogging is really fun because you can often see the changes right in front of your eyes.
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