Learn How To Make Money Blogging in 2023 (Beginners Guide)
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Every blogger starts their career with the dream to learn how to make money blogging.
First, make sure you know how to start a blog with these 5 steps guide.
If you are looking to jump into it, then you must choose the platform you want to build your blog on wisely. Because you invest all your time, knowledge, skill and effort into setting it up and making it your own. And you want to ensure that it won’t just disappear from day to another.
For this, and many other reasons, which we explain in more depth in this article, we recommend the open source content management system (CMS) WordPress, which all our SeekaHost PBNs and ClickDo client websites and blogs are built on. You can see in this diagram how popular WordPress is all over the world:
Another reason why WordPress is especially great for beginners is that with the new Blog Hosting Control Panel via the SeekaHost App, it is easier than ever to launch a blog or website in 60 seconds, no joke! Watch this short tutorial where you see how quickly it is done:
Convinced? Then get on board today and start your free 30-day trial with SeekaHost!
Get Inspiration For Your Blog
Blogging is an art and it can be used as a platform to share valuable information, insights and inspiration. This is why many top bloggers become influencers and gather a huge following not just on their blog, but also on social media.
Hence, why it is vital to start a blog with the right idea and concept that the blogger is passionate about. Have a look at the topics some of the world’s most popular bloggers cover and how they design and and package their web content in some of our top blogger articles:
Can I Make Money Blogging?
There is not one easy way to make a blog, you must put time and effort into building and growing it effectively.
There are millions of blogs and many people have started their online careers and online businesses by starting a blog. You can see how bloggers have built websites that now generate millions in revenue in this guide:
Clearly there are many top bloggers earning incredible passive income with their web presence and all of them started with one website where they regularly posted content. Through an analysis using SEO tools or Analytics tools like Google Analytics, Ahrefs or SEMRush you can start researching what information people are looking for in your chosen niche. It is vital that you identify the most relevant questions and search terms to start off on the right path for your blog’s content. You need to ensure you are writing articles that will rank on search engines because nobody looks for what you cover in them.
That’s why SeekaHost and SeekaHost University collaborate to enable you to start your blog with the best web host while having access to expert courses that support you every step of the way from setting up your website to doing SEO and growing it to become profitable. Soon the new SeekaHost Blog Hosting Control Panel will give you direct access to our SeekaHost University courses and SEO tools so you’re all set to become the next best blogger. Find more information here:
If you want to learn more about how to start a blog and build a WordPress website, you can find plenty of guidance here:
How to Make Money Blogging?
First, you must start a blog as explained in the guide above or in the SeekaHost University online course “The Ultimate Blogging Course” and then get a domain name for the blog.
Build your blog on WordPress as that’s the best blogging platform.
This blog is also built on WordPress so we can easily publish our content and rank it easily with plugins like All-in-one-SEO to improve the on-page SEO.
Design the blog in a manner it can be monetized, which is explained in detail in the “Blog For Profits Course“.
Things to be Taken Care Of:
-> Don’t copy the articles or contents from anywhere. Make sure all your articles are unique! Otherwise search engines will penalise your site by dropping its ranks.
-> Make sure your articles are relevant to your audience and topics and your domain name. Avoid publishing irrelevant content that nobody searches for.
-> Don’t write just 100 or 200 word articles, because it won’t offer elaborate and clear concepts and answers. Also, it won’t have any satisfying content in it, which will keep your readers engaged and your bounce rate will increase, which affects your SEO negatively.
-> Elaborate your answers clearly with useful Images and Videos on your blog. Make sure your article is comprehensive with a range of different hyperlinks to further reading or research from high-authority sources.
You can find more aspects of writing the best blog posts ranking well on search engines in this guide:
11 Best ways to Make Money Blogging
Before getting into the steps mentioned below, you must have a your own blog that you manage yourself. Once it is set up and has some valuable content on it you can start with money blogging.
Most people are worried to create a blog because they feel it is too difficult and technical. But actually it is a simple process and you can get help from our experts to set up your own blog with SEEKAHOST and the new WordPress Blog Hosting Control Panel.
If you want to start your blog, then just go through the simple steps in
If you first want to find out more about what blogging is, check this blogging guide:
To learn about the benefits of the new SeekaHost Blog Hosting Panel, have a look at this video:
Now, you are ready to learn about the best ways to make your blog earn money for you:
#1 Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is one of the most efficient ways to make money online. If you recommend a product or service over online through the customized referral link, then you will get the referral commission if the purchase happens through your link.
If you are decided to start with affiliate marketing, then it is good to recommend the products or services related to your domains. Because it will be easy to promote the product or services relevant to your blog or articles. Also, affiliate marketing is available for every industry.
Adsense is another easy way to make money on your blog. There are various online service providers, who will pay you if you show some ads on your website. Google AdSense is one of the best ways to implement it and all you need is to place some scripts on your websites.
Also for WordPress websites, there are various plugins available over the web using which the space for each Advertisement will be allocated automatically. It is the pay per click process, where you will be paid for each click.
#3 Direct Ads
Instead of promoting by inserting codes or plugins or with other service providers, you can allow people to promote their business by placing an ad on your website. Here you can charge them based on your interest like Pay per click, pay per impression, regular monthly pay or others. So get connected with the right people, promote their business in the right way and earn the profits.
#4 Sponsored Blog Post
If your blog has a good number of visitors with better authority, then people would like to get a referral through your blog as well. Because through the sponsored blog post, someone will be promoting their business by posting on your blog. This will give them some benefits like authority, a good referral, and more conversions and will expose your brand to a wider audience. In return you should also try to get mentions or guest posts on high-authority blogs in your niche to increase your authority and ranks.
#5 Paid Reviews
Paid reviews are similar to the sponsored post. Mostly, the paid reviews will be written by the person who promotes his brand or service. Sometimes the blogger administrator will also take care of these things for better reach. Also, you can place the affiliate links through the reviews to get paid for conversions.
There you go, you should now have some ideas how you can utilize these methods on your blog or website to start generating an income. However, these methods mostly rely on your website getting at least over 1k monthly traffic so you will certainly have to study how you can attract more visitors via Google and other web platforms and boost your online presence across the web.
#6 Repurpose your Blog and develop an eBook
If you’ve written 50,000+ words on your blog, you’ve already written a book. Now, what remains?
- Collect material
- Organize and polish
- Style and format
- Monetize the book
Forget an eBook, you can’t hope to sell vintage wine if nobody trusts you. I assume you have authority, influence, and an audience. You’re only allowed to think of monetization after the hard work is done. Authority influence, and audience—that’s what publishers want from an author. You have that, and more. You have a book—ready, written.
The publisher won’t even have to wait for the book. That’s splendid if they see a market opportunity for your content today. Not convinced? Feel it; use a blog to eBook converter like https://www.bloxp.com/.
How will you identify blog posts of interest?
The key criteria are:
- Number of comments, social shares, upvotes for a post.
- Average monthly traffic for a post.
- Effort of updating the post for relevance and correctness today.
Pro tip: Grab a notebook, and write these headings on separate pages.
- Purpose of the book
- About the author (why are you the right person to be writing this book)
- How can a reader extract the maximum juice from the book?
- Table of contents
Warning: You can’t string together your blog’s popular posts, and pass them as a book. You’ll fool nobody.
Categorize your content. Prepare a structure. Map your posts to this structure. Remove rambling phrases from your content. Convert hyperlinks to citations and footnotes. Identify timestamped content (‘in today’s post, I’ll tell you…’). Once your book is ready, you then have a sellable product.
Your monetization options with your eBook include traditional publishing, using the book as a lead magnet, and selling it on your blog.
#7 Sell your service. Simple.
Don’t skip this. I know you’re not a service provider. Not yet.
You can be a service professional without buying half a dozen bow-ties. Your blog—with its respectable monthly traffic, newsletter subscribers, and regular visitors—is ample proof. Anybody who got answers on your blog is someone primed to purchase from you.
What can you sell?
In the very least, every blogger can sell blogging consultancy, that is, advising SMBs on how they can blog successfully. Help your neighbourhood restaurants write readable, unpretentious, credible food blogs. Forbid them from writing one more ‘top 5 healthy snack ideas post’. Instead, empower them to tell the breath-taking story of how your village’s only organic-bread baker is on first-name terms with your chef.
Interior décor bloggers can sell their design consultations and eco bloggers promote eco-friendly products.
Do you write about writing? Offer your editing skills as a service.
Bloggers aspire to establish a coaching practice. That’s for later. Begin small, begin with a realistic goal. Knowing stuff is one thing, asking someone to peek in their pockets in exchange for your knowledge—that’s something else.
Learn how to design and market service. Then live by the strangest secret of successful servicing—under promise and overdeliver.
Collect 3 testimonials, publish them on your landing page, and that should trigger the snowball effect.
#8 Sell an awesome Product at a fair Price
You have an audience. They have pockets. Their pockets have wallets, and those wallets are stuffed with $100 bills.
That’s the recipe for profit, almost. What’s missing is a meaningful, valuable, reliable product. Build it, offer it, and bake your money-cake.
How will I determine what I should sell?
1. Understand your audience.
Know your audience, and you’ll know what to sell. Is it mostly females? Females in the 25-35 age group? Married females? Have kids? Do they own their houses? You’ll never know the specifics. 80% accurate is good enough. Google Analytics data will tell you what your audience reads most.
2. Understand the two-pronged strategy that every blog-cum-eStore lives by: expand your audience and improve your conversion rate.
3. Sell like a person your audience can trust. Don’t start hawking. Instead, blend your product in your content. Go into crazy depths of:
- how you created your product,
- what problem did you want to solve, and
- why no other product can offer a better quality-price combination.
The technical part of enabling sales on your blog is easy.
- Use a plugin like WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart.
- Embed an e-store into your blog.
- Link to an external eCommerce store.
#9 Request a Donation
Perhaps you’re offended when you see a PayPal branded Donate button on a blog. Or you can never imagine yourself clicking that button.
So why expect someone else?
That’s because the word donation isn’t in play in its strictest sense.
3 reasons why.
- Your audience knows that you invest thought, time, and money in your blog.
- They know that you put out stellar content for them, for free.
- They know you, they like you, and they want to reciprocate.
Most people are good people; they don’t want favours. And your blog’s Donate button is an opportunity for them to feel like fair people. Some will pay $1 for each post they read and like, especially if they find it useful; some will pay even $100. You ask for donations to good causes related to topics you are blogging about and involve your donors by mentioning them on your blog for example or in your FB group.
One reason people don’t donate is that they feel you don’t actually expect them to donate. Weird? It’s true. So, write a message that proves to your reader that you’re talking to them, directly, face to face, if only via text.
Tell them your fundraising goal that serves the common good or your community. For instance, say this: I need $1,000 for the creation of my new personal blog, which will be about XYZ and all donors will get the opportunity to be featured on it. Build a system of social proof, where everyone can see who has donated already. This nudges the fence-sitters.
#10 Offer value-based Memberships
On a membership website members enjoy privileged access to content, products, and offers.
Your audience wants more content, more value, more you. Your membership blog monetizes this desire by adding a packaging of exclusivity to the standard product.
Here are a couple of options:
- Build a paywall: Most revered global news and media websites do this. The formula is—tell them about the paywall, give them limited free access, offer a discounted annual subscription.
- Nurture a community: Your blog is all about modern classical music album reviews. You know your 10,000 monthly visitors share a niche interest. These people would love to form a community. Your blog can be community centre where they muse, rant, debate, buy, and sell. Of course, you’ll charge a nominal fee for the membership privilege.
There’s more. You could blend the membership model with your e-course sales channel, or let members use digital products until their membership is active. Membership is the ‘willingness to pay for privilege’. You decide the privilege, and keep the fees low.
You can’t fool anyone; offer genuine value. I assume you’re passionate about your subject, so this won’t be a problem.
Limited access inflates the notional value of your content; that’s human nature, skim it for your benefit.
Adding membership feature to your blog is easy. MemberPress may work just fine for you.
#11 Sell your blog
Warning: You can’t start a blog with the intent to sell. You could, but I can guarantee you’ll bleed more than you blossom. Behave like a media company, not a blog. Nobody buys a blog. Blogs are personal.
Investors buy a blog because they have evidence of potential: a network of coveted contributors, a stable ad-revenue model, a growing loyal audience.
You’re likelier to find a buyer from within your network, not Craiglist or Flippa. But I don’t have a network. I hear you squeak. That’s right. It’s a long journey. Start small. Ritualize your work. Let compounding take over.
How to build a sellable blog and start a blogging business?
Be deliberate with your domain name, brand name, and branding. Don’t tie everything to your personal brand, because that makes the blog inseparable from your life, and hence difficult to sell.
Document everything; your expenses, revenues, audience demographics, traffic, etc. A blog that’s been managed as an asset, can then sell as an asset. Prepare for the grind. Don’t expect to be lucky. Do something new. Find a new style of content delivery. Choose a hyper-specific niche.
The Legal Dose:
During the sale, you’ll work with the buyer on two agreements.
Asset Purchase Agreement: The legal document that details the terms of sale and the transfer of intellectual property.
Contractual Service Agreement: Your blog is an exotic plant. When you sell it, you’re changing its soil. For it to survive and thrive, you’ll need to be around. You know what the buyer can’t: secret Java scripts, inside jokes, contact lists, loyal members. Your value as a webmaster is a separately sellable asset. The terms of its sale live in the contractual service agreement.
And if you are thinking of linking your blogging with some other ways to make money online then you should certainly have a read some of our most comprehensive guides below:
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