Let’s be honest.
In general, if you’re a new blogger then you’ll need 6 months to make a few dollars a month, 12 months to make a part-time income, and 24 months to make a full-time income.
Before you start reading this post, please also check Why Does Blogging Make Money here. This post will help you to understand the basic methods of monetizing blogs.
Despite that monetizing your blog content is difficult, blogging is still a popular online business.
Why? Because blogging is one of the best online business under $100. It’s a low-cost business to start but can potentially generate unlimited passive income.
To create a profitable blog, you need to follow these steps:
- Pick what you want to sell on the blog
- Pick your blog name
- Get your WordPress hosting
- Design your blog with a free WordPress theme
- Set up your core website pages
- Write your first blog post
- Place display ads
- Start affiliate marketing
- Promote your blog post using social media
- Grow your email list
- Keep creating blog posts that your reader wants to read
DISCLOSURE: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I get a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you. Please read my full disclaimer here for more info.
#1 Pick what you want to sell on the blog
The blog itself does not make any money. The blog is just a platform (tool) to generate money.
For example, this site Happier Freelancing is difficult to make money. Can you guess why?
People who visit this site are looking for FREE information. In other words, visitors are not planning to buy anything in the first place. In that case, it’s hard to make money…
If you want to monetize your blog, you need to sell something! These are some popular blog niches that make money:
- Crafts like sewing and knitting
- Home Decor
Think: what are you googling in shopping or problem-solving?
#2 Pick your blog name
Use a domain checker to create your blog name.
A domain name is an address where Internet users can access your blog.
Your blog name and domain name doesn’t have to be the same. But most bloggers register domain name = blog name for marketing purposes. Every domain name is unique. Two blogs can have the same domain name. Make sure your ideal domain name is not taken by someone.
#3 Get your WordPress hosting
The most popular WordPress hosting for a beginner is Bluehost. It’s the #1 recommended host by WordPress and has more than enough features to do everything.
EasyWP is the easiest and most affordable Managed WordPress Hosting. Scala Hosting is a little unique, the world’s No.1 rated cloud & web hosting provider by Trustpilot. Scala Hosting WordPress plan includes Free SSL, Unlimited Emails, Free Domain, and it’s only $3.95 monthly.
#4 Design your blog with a free WordPress theme
You’ll get free WordPress themes once you’ve signup for WordPress hosting.
Most of the free templates are nice-looking designs, but if you want to use unique WordPress designs check Creative Market.
The price range of WordPress themes is between $2 to over $300.
#5 Set up your core website pages
No matter how big or small, all websites/blogs must follow the privacy rules and regulations to protect consumers.
Before you start a blog and writing posts, there are 3 legal pages you need to have on your blog:
- Disclosures or Disclaimers
- Terms and Conditions
The main purpose of these pages is to protect you from lawsuits.
These templates are really informative and educational resources to anyone.
#6 Write your first blog post
Once you’ve finished writing, it’s time to check your grammar before publishing it online. Online grammar checker tools are useful for those who want to write error-free blog posts, emails, reports, presentations, or even social media posts. You can also fire freelance proofreaders on Fiverr or Upwork!
#7 Place display ads
Display ads can be a steady income if you have large traffic.
Note: Display ads slower loading speed of your site, so some people wait until they generate large traffic and then place display ads.
These are some display ads companies:
- Google AdSense (I use this!)
#8 Start affiliate marketing
Use affiliate links in your blog posts!
Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s or company’s products/services. Almost every blogger use affiliate marketing to monetize their blogs.
#9 Promote your blog using social media
Promote! Promote! Promote!
Promoting your blog post is just as important as creating and posting content.
H-O-W-E-V-E-R, social media marketing is a little tricky. It’s not like just promoting your new blog posts. You need to understand which social media platforms are right for your blog/business. For instance, Pinterest and Instagram is the best platform to promote your content if you are a craft blogger.
Suggested reading: Affordable Social Media Marketing Tools
#10 Grow your email list
I know, a lot of people talking about the email lists. Email marketing is a direct line to your audience, so it’s more effective communication than social media.
I recommend ConvertKit or Mailchimp to grow your email list. These two are the most popular email marketing services for bloggers.
Tips: ConvertKit requires your own domain email address. I highly recommend Namecheap Private Email Hosting. It’s a secure, affordable, and domain-based email for your business. The cheapest plan is $9.50 per year that includes 1 free mailbox, 5GB for emails, and 2GB for files.
“Grow your email list” is a full-time job. Place the subscribe button on your blog is not going to grow your email list. You need to create a lead magnet. (another big project)
However, if you have good quality and valuable content on your site, you can use this existing content as a lead magnet to grow your email list. (so, you don’t have to create a lead magnet like PDFs, graphics, planners, etc.)
How? Try content locker! Content locker allows you to hide part of your content and make them available when users signup for your email list.
Content locker looks like this:
#11 Keep creating blog posts that your reader wants to read
OK, this is the hardest part!
90% of people quit blogging within a few months. Blogging is easy to start which means there are millions of competitors. Many bloggers lose their motivation after a few weeks because only 10% of people can make more than just a few dollars.
Again, the blog is not fast cash. Consistency is the key to success. If you are overwhelmed by blogging, take a break for a month, or change your office environment. Don’t give up. Try to maintain your motivation.
That’s it! The most important part is #1. What do you want to sell, to who? Happy Blogging!