Making Money From Your Blog – Is it Possible?
So you’ve heard that starting a blog and making money from it is easy but now you’ve actually done the work and you are not sure how to proceed or how to actually make money from your blog. Maybe you’ve hit a bit of a speed bump and you are not sure what to do next. We discuss some blogging basics.
Making a living from your blog is going to take some work, a lot of trial and error and it certainly isn’t a get rich quick scheme. The great news is that once you’ve set your blogging business up and you are earning money from it, it could pay you for years to come provided you maintain it. With a good plan and some hard work, you can achieve your financial goal and succeed with a niche blog. Let’s see how you can make this possible and what things you need to keep in mind.
Blogging Basics – Affiliate Links
Blogging basics include affiliate links. Once your niche blog is set up with great content you should really consider adding affiliate links to your site. Affiliate marketing is a great way to monetize your site. Here is a quick rundown on how it works.
- An advertiser has a service or product they want to sell and they agree to pay a commission for each sale if the buyer visits your site and buys their product or service.
- The advertiser gives you a unique link that tracks your affiliate code. This code tells the advertiser if a buyer comes from your blog.
- You write and publish an article on your blog and add your affiliate link to your site. You can do this by linking keywords or adding banners to your post. If a reader comes to your site, clicks on the affiliate link and buys the product or service you will be paid a commission.
Monetize with CPC or CPM Ads
There are two types of ads that are popular
- CPM Ads: “cost per 1000 impressions” pay out a fixed amount based on how many people view your advert.
- CPC/PPC Ads: “cost per click” are usually banners that you place on your side and every time someone clicks your banner you will earn a small amount.
The most popular network by far is Google Adsense. It’s easy to set up your account with Google Adsense. You simply place a piece of code into your blog and Google Adsense does the rest. They place adverts and banners on your site when people click on these banners or adverts you earn a small commission.
Blogging Basics – Sell Private Ads
With a niche site that receives a lot of traffic, you should really consider setting aside some banner space and sell private ad space. If you are running your site on WordPress you will find many free or paid plugins that can assist you with this. Set up a media tool kit page so that potential buyers can easily reach out to you.
Selling Memberships – Next Level Up
If you’ve mastered blogging basics then selling memberships might be the next step for you. If you have access to up to date information that is valuable to your readers like a job board or anything relevant to your niche you might consider setting up a membership area and charging your clients a monthly fee to receive an up to date report each month.
Join a Blogging Community
If you are struggling to find a niche or getting traction on your blog then maybe it’s time to join a community that offers training and support. If you are in contact with people who are passionate about their blogging business they will motivate and cheer you on.
Choose a community that offers the following:
- Moral support
- Tech support
- Good advice
I personally recommend Wealthy Affiliate, they offer a combination of training, software and WordPress hosting all in one package. It really is a one-stop-shop for people wanting to get into affiliate marketing. The community is amazing and always willing to help.
Here is what I like about Wealthy Affiliate
- All in one solution – website hosting comes with affiliate training
- It comes with a free 7-day trial.
- New webinars are released every month
- An active community willing to help new ones.
- Tech support
What’s Inside the Dashboard?
It’s almost like a forum where you can ask questions and the community will give you honest feedback on what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes you hit a brick wall and don’t know how to fix a small tech problem on your WordPress site but the community is very happy to help.
There are people from all levels and experiences on this platform so if you are a beginner you can be assured that there are experienced long-time bloggers there to help you. There are also classrooms runs by veteran users centered around a particular topic.
The Certification Courses
Under the training section, you will find an Affiliate Bootcamp and an Online Entrepreneur Certification. It basically takes you from Zero to Hero. After each lesson, there is a task that you need to complete and you can tick it off thus allowing you to follow your progress. Each lesson also comes with a video explaining exactly how it works and what you need to do.
Each task is designed to give you a basic knowledge and understanding of how to successfully run your online business.
Wealthy Affiliate really is a crash course on everything you need to know on blogging basics.
Web hosting solution – Site Rubix
I really love this feature! included in your yearly membership you get a free hosting solution for unlimited website with Site Rubix. You can easily log into your WordPress site and manage your site from the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard.
You can either register a free domain name or a domain name you own. It’s great for newbies to build and test their site for free before buying a domain name.
Blogging Basics – Do Keyword Research
As a blogger or website owner you probably already know how important it is to find low competition keywords that are often searched on search engines. This gives you the edge and allows search engines to rank you at the top. There are many expensive tools out there and it’s important to do your homework before spending your hard-earned cash on one of these.
One I’m currently using is called Jaaxy and it’s fantastic at analyzing and finding high ranking, low competition, long-tail keywords few are using. Jaaxy is a leader when it comes to keyword research and it’s one of the lesser-known tools. This gives you the opportunity to target those niche keywords that your competition doesn’t even know exist.
Affiliate Marketing Training – Should you pay for a course?
If you are struggling to make money from your affiliate links and don’t know what you are doing wrong and you cannot find the answers you are looking for then maybe it’s time to consider enrolling in a course to fast track your success.
There are many affiliate training courses out there and trying to find a course that is right for you can be a difficult task.
One I can recommend is John Crestani’s Super Affiliate System. He gives you a step-by-step roadmap to building a successful business. It’s an intensive 6-week training course with actionable tasks to get you to reach your goals as quickly as possible. Crestani’s course focuses on finding high commission affiliate programs and promoting them using various advertising methods. To successfully complete his course I would recommend having a budget available to run ads on Facebook, Google ads, etc. Unlike Wealthy Affiliate, John Crestani does not teach you how to get organic traffic since it takes a long time. His approach is more direct and you will reach your goal quicker. You can learn about his methods by signing up for his free Webinar The 12 Minute Affiliate System. They offer great training along with a plug and go system. They are cheaper because they offer upsells and therefore you have more control over what you want and what you don’t.
These are our blogging basics tips. Creating a successful online business using a blog is possible, however, it’s important to learn as much as you can about affiliate marketing, SEO, keyword ranking and setting up a website to make your path successful. Be prepared for some hard work and roadblocks but if you approach it like a business you should succeed.
All the best!