Wondering if it’d be possible to make money blogging for beginners?
The answer? YES!
It’s something that’s on every blogger’s mind, especially when they’ve just begun.
You can make great money blogging, but it’s hard work.
Many beginner bloggers give up too soon because they expect the money to come in immediately.
You read multiple articles and watch videos online, they make it seem oh so easy to make money blogging for beginners.
But the reality differs.
You need to put in the work, create and publish consistent content and most importantly have patience to build a good online income.
That is all!
And let me tell if you are willing, it’s definitely doable!
You also get to hear the occasional, ‘It might be a little difficult to make money blogging for beginners as blogs take time to grow.’
Yes, blogs do take time to grow but you can still make a decent amount of money in a few months.
Many bloggers have quit their day jobs as soon as they began earning enough, just by blogging.
Here is what some of the regular bloggers have to say on how long it takes to make money blogging for beginners:
So there you go!
Now you know you can do it too.
The amount you first make might not be a huge sum, but even if its a $100, as a beginner? That’s not bad at all.
And it’s only going up from there as you keep publishing new quality content.
And of course, the results vary from person to person. But you will earn money none the less.
So, how do we actually get there? Let’s jump into it!
This is a detailed guide on how to make money blogging for beginners where you will learn:
How to earn from blogging
In order to make money blogging as a beginner, you need to understand the important aspects of blogging.
In your blogging journey, you will learn something new everyday.
It’s frustrating at times and you need to do a lot of research on various things.
But the added advantage of a decent income will make things worth it.
You are just going to have to be patient with the process.
How to start a blog
To make money blogging for beginners, you will first need your own website! Meaning you must own your domain.
So get your hosting plan if you haven’t already.
If you haven’t created your own website yet, I’d highly recommend you check out my article on how to make your own website for beginners.
It’s a detailed, step-by-step guide. All you need to do is execute 5 simple steps and viola! You will have a brand new website in just 15 minutes!
Now that you have your own website, let’s get to another important aspect of blogging that will make you money.
With blogging, you need an audience, people who will view your content. In blogging terms i.e. traffic.
If your website drives in a decent amount of traffic only then will you be able to make a decent amount of money.
Think of blogging as a business and your audience as customers.
The more customers you attract the more sales you make.
This is how bloggers become successful. By getting considerable amount of consistent traffic.
And that’s what everyone strives for.
Obviously, it doesn’t come easy. Only years of hard work and consistent quality content will get you there.
But the returns are a bliss!
Now, how do you get traffic to your blog?
Your articles must rank higher up on the google search pages.
And that depends on various factors such as your website’s on-page SEO, off-page SEO, technical SEO, your content quality, your page speed, your website’s responsiveness, the time it takes Google to rank your articles, and much more.
It’s a difficult thing to achieve. But it’s not impossible.
And just because you aren’t ranking on the first page, doesnt mean you get no traffic.
You do, just less, comparatively.
You will still show up on the search pages and can still manage to get around 500 to 1000 views per day in a few months, organically from Google!
And as a beginner, it’s enough for you to make money.
But in order to get consistent organic traffic, there are some important things you need to do.
How to increase organic traffic to your website:
- Optimize your site for on-page SEO, off-page SEO, and Technical SEO
- Make every page on your site mobile friendly (responsive)
- Index your website. Make sure all your URLs are crawlable.
- Make sure your website loads fast
- Be secure using HTTPS
- Have clear navigation and UX
- Produce long, consistent, quality content
- Work on link building
All of the things mentioned above help you bring in organic traffic, i.e. the traffic you get from Google.
Organic traffic gets you the most views and helps build an online presence.
Along with aiming to drive in organic traffic, let’s also work on getting traffic from other online sources.
How to get traffic to your website from online sources:
Besides working on SEO, here are some things you can do:
- Ask everyone you know to sign up to your blog. Friends, family coworkers, acquaintances, social media friends. Ask them to visit your blog and read through your content. Be an active visitor.
- Use every social media platform to promote your blog. Pinterest is the most beneficial for bloggers. Join the blogging groups and communities. Network and make new blogging friends.
- Check out blogging forums on Google
- You can also go for paid advertising on social media and promote your blog through ads.
- Guest blogging. Write for bigger sites that will allow you to link back to your website and give you more exposure.
- Make sure to write content that definitley helps your target audience.
Now, that you will be getting some traffic, you can start monetizing your blog.
How to make money blogging for beginners
There are multiple ways to monetize your blog. Here is a list:
- Displaying ads on your website
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling self-written Guides/Books
- Teaching by providing courses
This is one of the best ways to make money blogging for beginners.
Let me explain to you how this works. If you run ads on your website you get paid.
To be able to do that you need to sign up/ join an advertising network. You will have to apply for approval.
These networks are partnered with various business companies that need advertising space online that can be provided by you on your website.
Once you get approved and meet their requirements, they run suitable ads on your website that might be of interest to your audience.
Now, to understand how ad networks pay you, you need to know a couple of terms or metrics.
What are CPM and CPC?
CPM: Stands for ‘Cost Per Thousand Impressions.’ Meaning you get paid a certain amount for every 1000 impressions/views you get on every ad you display on your page.
CPC: Stands for ‘Cost Per Click.’ Meaning you get paid a fixed amount for the number of clicks you get on your ads.
Google Adsense is used pretty commonly among beginner bloggers, but you need to apply for approval here too.
As you are a beginner you might fall short.
With Google Adsense, the chances of you making a good amount are low, unless you have a decent amount of traffic coming your way.
But fortunately, there are a few advertising networks that allow you to run ads on your site even if you are brand new.
Some of these networks have a minimum amount of traffic requirement and some don’t but they all offer different rates.
As a beginner, you could go with the ones that don’t require you to meet their traffic expectations so you can get approved easily.
Websites that are new might not get a lot of traffic hence, using the CPC method of monetization won’t be beneficial as most people won’t click on your ads.
Comparatively, CPM is more profitable than CPC for beginners.
Go through the ad networks mentioned below and sign up for the ones you think would be the best fit for you.
CPM ad networks for bloggers:
This network has no traffic requirement.
CPM rate: $0.50-$1.
The payment will be done after you have earned $100.
It’s called the Minimum payout.
No minimum traffic requirement.
CPM rate: 5-15 USD
Traffic requirement: 50,000 monthly views
CPM rate: 1-20 USD
Traffic requirement: 50,000-80,000 monthly views
CPM rate: 0.44-3 USD
Traffic requirement: 5000 monthly views
CPM rate: 1 USD
Traffic requirements: 3000 monthly views
CPM rate: 0.50-3 USD
Traffic requirements: 500,000 monthly views
CPM Rate: 0.20-2 USD
Traffic requirements: 30,000 monthly views
CPM rate: $1
Traffic requirements: 500,000
CPM rate: 3-10 USD
Traffic requirements: 300,000 monthly views
CPM rate: 10-25 USD
With ad networks, you won’t always end up choosing the most profitable one.
You have to keep experimenting.
Because every site is different.
From the niche to their audience, views, and authority.
Each factor plays a role.
So to find a suitable ad network you need to experience a few to get to the one which makes you the most profit.
This is another method that’s one of the best to make money blogging for beginners.
All you need to do is promote a product or service on your website and encourage your audience to sign up or buy through your affiliate links.
If your viewers end up buying the product, you get a commission. Simple.
The first step would be to get affiliated with the companies/brands whose products you want to promote.
Join affiliated programs of companies that are related to your website’s niche.
For example, if your site is about pets, you can get affiliated with brands that sell pet food or pet grooming products.
To join an affiliate program,
Make sure the company offers an affiliate program by visiting their website.
Mainly, affiliate programs are mentioned on the bottom of the website’s homepage.
For eg. To become an amazon affiliate, you will have to go to the bottom of their home page.
Or you could just Google it and the affiliate page will show up.
Affiliate programs have rules and regulations, so make sure to give it a thorough read.
Affiliate programs or networks also need to approve your website.
Sign up and give them a couple days to get back to you.
Here are some affiliate programs for bloggers in the digital marketing niche:
- WPEngine Hosting
- Social Pilot
- Social oomph
- StudioPress Themes
- My Theme Shop
- Optin Monster
Another way of affiliate marketing is by joining affiliate networks.
A quick way of getting familiar with all the brands you can promote and become affiliated with. One the fastest proven ways to make money blogging for beginners.
Affiliate networks are basically groups of brands or companies that you could get affiliated with.
You will be provided with a list of brands all in one place.
After signing up to an affiliate network, you need to get approved by companies you want to work with.
Some major affiliate networks are:
Once you get approved by the company/brand, you will be directed to your own dashboard in your account which will consist of all your affiliate links and images that you can display on your website. Including your payment details and other options.
Now you are free to start promoting products by adding the affiliate links in your content.
Selling self-written Guides/Books/Products
If you are someone who possesses a good amount of knowledge, then you can certainly write your own books and guides covering various topics under your niche.
In my opinion, this method works but you need to put in extra efforts make all your products of good quality so that this business can keep running.
Put these books and guides up for sale on your website.
Promote them in your posts and create separate pages for promotion and sneak peeks.
The content quality matters the most. Make sure your information is legit and helpful.
When your viewers find your content helpful, you establish trust among your readers and they come back for information.
A solid but rather slow way to make money blogging for beginners.
Teaching by providing courses
Another way of making money from blogging is creating a course for your readers where you include videos, audios, pdfs, or ppts teaching people on a particular subject.
A full-blown course where the beginner receives all the knowledge they were looking for.
This method is incredibly time-consuming.
It could prove to be a little tough to make money blogging for beginners as there are already several teaching videos available online for free.
So you will have to make sure you offer something that others currently don’t.
But by creating videos you can post them on Youtube too and direct Youtube’s traffic to your blog. Now that would be an added benefit.
Another great way to make money blogging for beginners.
You can write an entire blog post on your website about a product/place you want to recommend.
In return get paid by the owners.
For example, if you are a travel blogger, many hotels can ask you to promote them through your blog so that they can reach a wider audience.
You can write a blog post about the hotel and what they offer and get paid by the hotel for the promotion.
Again in this case too, having a certain amount of traffic plays an integral part.
Reach out to brands/companies yourself, saying you’d want to promote their products on your website.
If your blog attracts a decent amount of their target audience, they would definitely work with you.
In conclusion, traffic means money.
By now you must believe that its possible to make money blogging for beginners.
The more your website grows the more authority you gain and the more money you can make.
The views and audience grow with time as well. Earning big bucks through blogging is possible, it just takes time to grow.
Patience is virtue! Rightly said.
Don’t give up too soon. Your first grand is right around the corner!