How To Make Money Blogging In 2017

make money blogging

So you finally want to join the blogging community. Well by reading this article you’ll have taken the biggest step to starting a blog that can create an income for you and your family.

I have been blogging as my main source of income for the past 8 years. It has been a long hard slog but in the past few years I have managed to launch successful blog after successful blog which have meant that I can quit the 9-5 and spend more time with my family & building a lifestyle I am happy with.

Don’t get me wrong I have made many mistakes along the way but once I knew what I was doing it became a lot easier and more enjoyable. Many of my friends have emailed me or called me to find out more about “What Jamie Does”, but it can be a little hard to sink in at first as to how you can actually make a real income from running a successful blog(s). Therefore I have decided to create this guide for my friends, family, email subscribers and anyone else who wants to start doing “What Jamie Does”.

This guide to making a money making blog is completely free. I don’t want anything for it – just for you to take action and do it, so many of my friends would love to do it but give up too soon, often when their big breakthrough might only be a few weeks away.

The guide is quite long and there are lots of links to other pages on this blog and on other blogs too which will help you – so please make sure to bookmark this page.

I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did writing it.

 

How Much Can you Earn Blogging?

 

Whether you’re looking to supplement your income with a little extra to pay for a few nice treats or create a blog that will support your lifestyle then you can pretty much make as much money as you like from blogging if you are prepared to put in the hard work.

There are lots of great stories out there of successful bloggers who make money blogging:

For example over the past couple of years, husband and wife team, Bjork and Lindsay at PinchofYum.com, a food and recipe blog, have built up a huge following and some months they have made nearly $25k.

Another blogging couple, Yeison and Samantha, who run mytanfeet.com are making over $5k per month while they travel the world and share their photos and stories on their blog.

I’m not going to lie to you but it can take months even years before you might see a significant return on the time you invest in to starting a blog but that is why I have created this free guide so that you can be confident in taking the right steps to achieving your blogging goals.

So let’s continue…

 

How to Pick a Profitable Blog Niche

 

This is the most critical step. Seriously.

There is no point in starting a blog that you want to make money from without a plan. There are thousands, even hundreds of niches out there. Some are broad and huge; some are small and virtually unknown. Some niches are easier to make money in than others.

This is why your research is important.

A good place to start when you are picking a niche is to look at your own interests in Google.

For example I really launched a blog in the survivalist niche a couple of years ago which I sold for a great profit. The reason I created this blog was that I enjoy being outdoors, hiking and mountain biking etc. I also watch a lot of TV shows about people like Bear Grylls and Ray Mears.

I’m no expert but it’s something I like.

One area I never really got into with my survivalist blog and wanted to was Everyday Carry. Most people will have never heard of this concept but it really is an interesting sub-niche with in this niche. Everyday Carry is basically any items you can’t leave the house with.

For most of us this will be our wallet, phone & keys – and in the summer months hopefully some sunglasses :).

If you travel a lot for work you may have a laptop or tablet with you.

If you work on a construction site you may have a tool belt.

However for many people who are always prepared everyday carry is about having everything you might need in an emergency or for general use on you at all times. This will often include a light source (torch), a pocket knife, some small tools & rope it’s quite amazing how easy it is to carry all these things with you in your pockets, on your keys or in a small bag.

 

 

So let’s have a look to see if we could make some money here.

 

First I would go to Google and type in my interest.

everyday-carry-serp

As you can see from the results there are a variety of different websites here from blogs, to eCommerce, to forums. Google also shows there are over 14.7 million websites that mention “everyday carry”.

I can also see a sub-reddit here which has almost 75k subscribers.

Next let’s have a look at Google Trends to see if it is growing in popularity or declining.

As we can see here Google Trends thinks this topic is on the up.

everydaycarry-trend

Ok so what about traffic. How much would it cost us if we wanted to pay for people to come to our website by Google’s Advertisements and how many people are searching for this stuff.

Pop over to the Google Keyword Planner and type in your terms. Google will also suggest other related terms too.

Here we can see that Everyday Carry is searched 12k times per month and the cost per click (CPC) tells us that is would cost around $2.50 for someone to come to our site by clicking on a Google Ad.

There are lots of paid tools out there which can help you see how much sites are already paying for adverts and this really will help with your initial research.

everdaycarry-com-traffic

 

If you want to do this then you can sign up to a free 14 day trial of SEMRush and try this out yourself.

Here we will use SEMRush to see what keywords the website Everydaycarry.com is ranking in Google for.

So as we can see from this chart SEMRush thinks that it would cost Everydaycarry.com over $30k per month to get the traffic they are getting for “free” from Google’s organic results. By clicking on the different options we can then see which keywords have the highest search volumes.

Overall I would say this was a profitable niche with a growing audience and therefore something worth looking to building a blog around.

Of course this is just my own personal interest, you may be a keen amateur photographer, a budding cake decorator or want to write about travelling across Australia. So, carry out your research online by looking at different websites in Google and even on social media sites such as Facebook or Pinterest to see where the money making niches are, where the people are and if these niches are growing or shrinking. It will save a lot of heartache later down the line.

Are you still with me? That’s a lot to take in if you haven’t done this before.

 

So What Will You Need to Make Money Blogging

 

Now that you have done your research and worked out what niche you want to enter it is time to start bringing all of the different elements together for starting and monetizing a blog.

 

1. Get a Blog

 

If you’re planning to make money from blogging then it goes with out saying that you will need
to start a blog. :)

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Useful Resources:

  1. How to Start a Blog Guide
  2. The Best Blog Name Generators
  3. Bluehost Review
  4. Examples of Blogs

 

2. Create Great Content

 

So now that you have built your blog you are ready to create some blog posts for your readers.

The reason this section is called “Great Content” is because your content really does need to be of a high standard. Everyday millions of blog posts are published on the internet and with so much competition for our limited attention spans you really have to be creating blog posts people are going to want to read and perhaps even share on social media or on their own blogs.

Make sure your posts are:

  • Well formatted and look good with relevant images
  • Are in-depth and entertaining
  • Offer links to other posts to expand on points

I have created a guide to coming up with interesting blog post ideas which may help you here and this post covers some tips to writing great blog posts.

Useful Resources:

Free Stock Image Sites

 

3. Build Up Your Audience

 

I started my first ever blog by writing on a consistent schedule about myself, my hobbies and interests. People found me via Google, Facebook, social media and my readership gradually grew over time to where it is today.

Once I had built up an audience, making money from blogging became an afterthought.

When you have a large group of fans interested in what you have to say, the money will come. Trust me on that.

The hard part is finding and gathering your fans.

Promote your blog

No matter how great your articles are no one is going to know about them unless you take time to promote your blog.

SEO

I know enough about SEO to probably be wrong about a lot of it. I could probably write a series of articles on SEO tactics I have learned over the years but as I am not an expert I’ll point you in the right direction to some good articles on the subject.

P.S. SEO is not dead, it’s one of the best traffic sources for people who will buy your products/services or sign up to your email lists. SEO is a lot harder than it once was but don’t ignore it.

Social Media

From my experience, the social media sites that send the most traffic to blogs in general are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Reddit

The results will vary depending on your target audience.

If your blog is aimed around professional readers and business people you might have more potential traffic from LinkedIn and Google+. If your target reader is more visual it might make more sense to focus exclusively on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for promoting your blog.

WordPress also have a variety of plugins that make it easy to put social sharing buttons on your blog posts. Some people like to limit the number of plugins they use on their WordPress blog because it can slow the blog down and it can open your blog up to more attacks, butt a social sharing plugin is one that should have high priority if you do choose to use plugins.

 

THESE ARE THE TOP SOCIAL SHARING PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS:

  • http://wordpress.org/plugins/sharebar/
  • http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-socializer/
  • http://wordpress.org/plugins/scrolling-social-sharebar/
  • http://wordpress.org/plugins/digg-digg/
  • http://wordpress.org/plugins/flare/
  • http://wordpress.org/plugins/share-this/

 

Those are six popular sharing buttons. There are many more. Whichever you choose make sure you limit the number of icons that appear and also make sure the plugin doesn’t slow down your page speed dramatically. If it does you’ll lose readers.

Sharing your blog content on social media is an art. There is no right way to do it. People have success sharing blog content in their own unique ways. Some will share only their blog links on social media. Others will share a high percentage of unique content on social media.

As is with most things in life, sometimes the best approach is somewhere in the middle.

Paid Advertising

Paying for clicks and traffic on social media or in the search engines can be a great option to market your blog. A lot of the information about blog marketing covers the organic options. While some of these can turn your blog into a popular destination quickly the more likely scenario is that it will take time for you to build communities to promote your blog content.

With paid methods, you have the opportunity to pay for traffic and clicks right away. And if you do well in targeting your audience on the right channels you can easily build your audience with advertising to supplement your organic efforts.

Facebook – Depending on your niche you can expect to pay about $1 per click to your blog, but there are many variables that can influence how much you will pay. Depending on the nature of your business this can provide some excellent ROI in terms of initial sales, but the main focus of this ad campaign is to get people to your blog. Wow them with your content and get them to opt-in to your email list for more updates.

Twitter – has a variety of ad options like Facebook and other social networks. The best one for your blog marketing efforts is the Promoted Tweets option. You can expect about $0.50 to $0.75 estimated cost per engagement, which is Twitter’s way of telling you what your cost per click is.

Reddit – ads appear on the top of the various pages. They are obviously ads so users don’t feel tricked into clicking on them. When people choose to select an ad they usually know it. So there is little chance of upsetting customers this way.

LinkedIn – has traditional online advertising that appears in the sidebar, but the Sponsored Updates options is much more advantageous for content producers.

 

Build Your Email List

You will see lots of bloggers who proclaim that the money is in the list. In my early days I didn’t buy in to this ideology but now it’s one of the most important things I focus on.

Once you’ve developed your fan base, it is essential to retain them as you continue to build your personal brand.

In the case of my blog, about 99% of my early readers would come, read a single article, and then leave forever. So instead of missing out on a potential regular, I started gathering email addresses using a service called Aweber, but these days I prefer GetResponse.

In return for a reader’s email address, I would give away a free 7 day email course via email. About 85% of the time, that reader would stick around after the mini course to check out my new articles and updates.

In fact, I have readers on my blogs that have stuck with me for over 6 years!?!

The key to growing your mailing list is to keep your existing fans while at the same time as attracting new readers. This way, your audience will increase month on month.

If you are not sure about which list building software to use I have reviewed a variety of email marketing services for you.

Useful Resources:

 

Best Ways to Make Money from Your Blog

 

So now that we have covered the basics of building up your blog and it’s following lets have a look at some different ways you can begin to monetise your blog and start earning.

Related: Top online business ideas

 

 

Advertising

Adsense

Cost per click advertising (CPC) are ads that can be displayed on your website that you will be paid for every time someone clicks them.

If your blog brings in high traffic levels then displaying Google adverts can be a quick and easy way to make steady revenue. If your blog is good at keeping your users on the pages then these types of ads can work well for driving high conversions, especially with in-post ads.

The big advantage of using a Google Adsense is that it takes just minutes to set up and you don’t really need any coding knowledge to implement it within your blog.

If you are not allowed to run Adsense ads in your country or niche then check out these high paying Google Adsense alternatives such as Infolinks

 

CPM Ads

Similarly to CPC advertising, cost per mile (CPM) ads can bring in good steady income from your blog if you’re piling through large levels of traffic. They are very easy to set up and you really don’t need any knowledge of coding to do so – all you have to do is create an advertising account and add the code to your site; simple.

Typically, CPM brings in ridiculously low returns – some ads pay out around $0.10 per thousand impressions, so you will need a lot of traffic to make a decent income.

 

Direct Advertising

Of course instead of using a third-party to broker your advertising deals it might make more sense financially to work directly with businesses to promote their products. Generally you will need to build up a decent sized following before going down this route.

 

Sponsored Posts

A sponsored post is one way in which to make money from advertisers. With this type of arrangement you may be asked to publish a post that is provided by the advertiser or they may ask you to write a post that mentions them or their product – depending on your following you can expect to receive between $50 and $500 for a sponsored article.

There are some complicated rules for bloggers who publish sponsored posts and depending on your country they can differ. The main point is to make sure that you clearly declare when a blog post is an advertisement.

 

Banner Advertising

Rather than publishing banner ads on your website via Adsense or another 3rd party you can always work with advertisers to setup their banner ads directly. Generally banner ads are paid on a CPM model, which is basically a price per 1000 impressions of their banner on your website.

 

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a kind of performance-based marketing. With this form of marketing, business owners reward affiliates for each customer brought to the company through the affiliate’s independent advertising endeavors. There are four key players in affiliate marketing:

  • the merchant
  • the network
  • the publisher
  • the customer

As a result of its increasing complexity, the affiliate marketing world has evolved to include a subset of players which includes specialized third party vendors, affiliate management agencies, and super-affiliates.

Affiliate marketing works in conjunction with several other online advertising mechanisms. This is the case because affiliates will often use these platforms for marketing purposes. Some of the mechanisms include search engine optimization (SEO), e-mail marketing, paid search engine marketing (PPC-Pay Per Click), display advertising, and content marketing. At the same time, affiliates can also appropriate less traditional advertising methods. An example would be publishing reviews of services or products.

In many cases, affiliate marketing is confused with referral marketing. This is likely the case because both marketing methods involve the use of third parties who drive business to a retailer.

If you are planning to become an affiliate marketer then it might be a good idea to sign up to an affiliate network such as Shareasale or ClickBank in order to find offers to promote.

You can learn more about making money with affiliate marketing from these useful resources:

 

Blog Sponsorship

Companies will often look to sponsor influential blogs within their niche. This usually includes having the brand mentioned within the header/sidebar of your website or even having cross-branding across the whole blog.

The big disadvantage of this is that you really need to be fairly established within your niche for companies to want to make the decision of sponsoring you.

 

Services

 

Everyone has a skill that businesses need and offering your time and expertise is a great way to make an income from your blog. Services have the highest profit margins as you are effectively selling your time and not a physical product – however your income is limited to the number of hours you are available for work.

Consulting & Training – promoting your expertise to deliver training or consultancy services to businesses can be a highly profitable way to create an online income. In the past I have helped lots of businesses get started blogging by working with them to create editorial calendars and giving their marketing teams tips to promote their posts. Whether you’re an Excel guru, a marketing whiz or a customer services master you can build up your profile on your blog.

Pay per minute phone call consulting involves offering consulting services over the phone where the customer pays per minute.

Clarity.fm offer this and you can apply to be listed as an ‘expert’ within your niche on their site. In return, you’ll be able to run your consulting phone calls through them, and you even get a widget for your blog.

Writing – with so many businesses now running blogs their is a huge demand for competent writers and bloggers. By promoting your services on your blog rather than on a freelancing network such as Upwork you can demand a higher rate. You could also offer similar services such as proofreading and editing too.

Design – if you are good at illustration or design then there are lots of opportunities to offer your services to businesses or other bloggers. Whether that is creating infographics, logos or photo-editing you can use your blog to demonstrate your skills and pick up new clients.

 

Products

 

Of course selling your time for money is not the most scalable way to make money online. One of the ways in which to create a business that can scale to your needs is to sell products online.

Physical Products

Platforms such as Shopify, Woocommerce & Etsy have made it cheaper and easier than ever for anyone to create an online store and sell products online.

Selling physical products online can be hard to setup as you will need to deal with storage, shipping and even deal with things such as local taxes and distance selling laws. Of course a lot of this headache can be resolved by finding a company who will offer a white-label or drop shipping service leaving you to worry about getting traffic and updating the website.

Digital Products

If you don’t want the headaches of dealing with shipping goods and storing them then creating digital goods can be a great way to make money from selling products and taking advantage of scaling your business. Anything from productivity software, to knitting patterns, to recipes or even training courses can be delivered electronically.

Membership Sites

If you’ve got a really active community within your blog that are looking to learn more about what you’re writing about, then there could be an opportunity to create a paid membership area.

This would require members to pay a fee to see extra content on your site (usually learning resources or videos).

For example internet marketer Brian Dean runs a successful SEO membership site called SEOThatWorks.com. Which even though it costs nearly $2k to join he has had scores of happy members join.

eBooks & online Training Courses

As I mentioned earlier if you looking at offering consulting or training services then it might be worth packaging your materials together into an online course. By offering MP3 or video downloads your students can follow along at their own pace. This is a very popular blog monetisation strategy especially within the online marketing space.

There’s loads of up-sell opportunities from offering training courses and it can easily be scaled if it is mainly self-teaching materials. Not only this, but you can start gathering email addresses from your trainees and start marketing new courses to them.

Although there is high potential for revenue, it’s not always an option for blog owners that don’t have a lot of time/resources.

So how do you make money blogging?

What’s been your biggest struggle with making money from blogs?

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Jamie

My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.
88 Comments
  • Allen E
    Posted at 19:49h, 24 December Reply

    Wow… that is a lot of information. I don’t make money on my blog… rather, I post out of passion.
    There are still many struggles though… like actually trying to establish a bigger audience… what’s the point of writing quality content when no one is reading it? :-/

    My audience is mainly for the younger demographics, people who want to learn how to make money and be likely more successful later in life, :)

    • Bruce Goldwell
      Posted at 13:29h, 16 September Reply

      Allen… you can embed links within your blog articles which lead to further information about the topic you are writing about.. If you have an affiliate program, a book on Amazon or whatever you can then earn while still enjoying your passion of writing.

  • Sanjay
    Posted at 19:38h, 10 January Reply

    Nice guide for making money via blogging. Mostly people use adsense and affiliate networks but sponsored posts are good option too and as you said above declare them as a sponsored post so that everything goes well, i like that part that is good for users and search engines also like that you do advertising but mention it.

  • Nick
    Posted at 19:14h, 25 February Reply

    Nice explanations there. With fresh new blog to promote, how I could know which country to choose for ads. I would like to start campaign in make money online niche with Bing ads but what Country would be more interested?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 19:34h, 25 February Reply

      It all depends where the most people are that will be interested in your site / niche / product. I target ads in countries such as UK, USA, Canada and India, only because there are vast numbers of English speakers there with enough disposable income to want to buy through my sites.

  • Kate Smith
    Posted at 07:29h, 22 March Reply

    I make money on blogging via adsense and affiliate. I have a blog for almost a year now and still its earning and not being ban because I choose niche. I update the content everyday

  • Garnet Smith
    Posted at 10:52h, 30 March Reply

    Great article. I recently came back into blogging. I hadn’t realized how much I had learnt from my first attempt. Now with the new blog I started about a month ago, I am seeing an increase of traffic everyday which is quite surprising and very exciting. So I have been reading all over how to monetize a blog. Your article is excellent and in-depth. Thank you for sharing I will definitely be using some your advice. Blessings.

  • Brenda Smith
    Posted at 09:57h, 11 April Reply

    Indeed a great post about making money online.

    Nowadays people are getting very much creative and wants to make some extra money from home.

    The topic ” Make money from home ” is very much interesting and people get very much excited when they get to know about it. But people should understand, this isn’t that much easy as they are thinking.

    According to me, Making money through Blogging and affiliate marketing is the best ways among all others explained here.

    But to earn through blogging and affiliate marketing, You must need to work hard with lots of dedication.

    You must have to follow these important steps.

    1. You have to choose a profitable niche from which you can earn by promoting affiliate products.
    2. Build a blog on that niche and provide helpful content to others.
    3. Promote your content among potential readers
    4. Drive traffic to your site and make money through it.

    These are the basic steps you need to take to earn through blogging.

    BTW Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post with us. :D

  • Michael Bely
    Posted at 13:56h, 14 April Reply

    Hey Jamie, thanks for your post.

    I’d liketo add some information if you don’t mind about bloggers income.

    Big numbers look really motivating, however in regards per visitor or per page view, the numbers start to seem quite realistically.
    most bloggers make $0..01 per page view or $0.02 per visitor. Very succssful (efficient) bloggers make 10 times more than that (I’ve made a research about it – researchasahobby.com/how-much-money-can-earn-blogging-per-visitor/)..

    So, earning $5 K per month when travelling requires I guess $250-500 K visitors per month which is not little I must say.

    Anyway, it’s achievable and the point is to keep moving and learn how to be more efficient..

    • Kenzie Rodriguez
      Posted at 20:07h, 12 October Reply

      Michael’s numbers are solid. Another way that you can multiply the revenue per visitor or revenue per pageview is to work with multiple advertising partners in what pro-bloggers call an “ad stack”. If you are only using Adsense for display, you can start by adding just one more partner with a higher CPM.

      The top partner has the first shot to fill an ad – if they don’t – they “pass back” that ad request to Adsense (since Adsense is a 100% fill solution but tends to have lower CPMs than other ad networks).

      This is definitely getting to intermediate level display advertising but it’s worth trying out if you want to increase revenue from the traffic you already have.

      Happy blogging! :)

  • Fernando
    Posted at 18:03h, 18 April Reply

    Excellent post! Building the audience is the most difficult part, but its completely rewarding!!
    Well done!

  • moneycodeking
    Posted at 22:55h, 23 April Reply

    I just couldn’t agree about choosing right niche! Wrong niche = Total failure.

    You already mentioned great points about choosing right niche but I’d like to add a few more trick/techniques when it comes to choosing right niche.

    – Make sure it’s also hot on forums.

    – Make sure sites like adsense pay good for niche.

    – Make sure competition isn’t too much.

    People also often change niche every other day, for that make sure to browser popular sites and check what’s been host.

    Again great post man, another little top for people who’re thinking of paid advertising. Always make sure your ad is between posts or in article itself. Do not ever buy top or side ads, people are blind to them. Nobody clicks them.

    Thanks for the article :)

  • Toni Madigan
    Posted at 22:18h, 30 April Reply

    Hi guys, I’m also looking for ways to make money online as well. As I’ve been finding sites from videos or reviews online I’ve been collecting them in a list on my site I recently built to make it easier for others in my position. It’s organised by surveys, crowdsource tasks, freelance work and stuff like that.

    I’d really appreciate it if you can take a look :)

    If you’re interested in affiliate marketing as a way to make money check out the vid on my channel.

    http://www.newwages.com/getting-started.html

    Toni x

    • Jamie
      Posted at 06:24h, 01 May Reply

      Nice site Toni. Very useful. All the best with it.

  • Alexx
    Posted at 14:28h, 05 May Reply

    Detailed and informative post. I’m a poker-player, I play online on different sites like 777spinslot. I’ve thought about my blog, where I can share different secrets of poker, tricks and tips. But I don’t know where to begin. May be your post will help me

  • Hanuman
    Posted at 08:32h, 18 May Reply

    Love this article! Ideal for those who want to work on their own Niche Blog.
    After reading this post I set up my own blog , just need to start earning some cash from it now. :)

  • Ankur
    Posted at 09:46h, 18 May Reply

    Hello Jamie! This is a very good article, especially for beginners. Thank you so much for this post as it’s been a great source of inspiration to me.

    Just one question, how often should I post articles?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 17:34h, 18 May Reply

      Hi Ankur

      There’s no right or wrong answer to how often you should post articles on your site.
      My personal opinion is to post at least one really good, in depth post that can work on many different levels –
      – attract traffic from organic sources
      – evergreen content that will always be useful to your viewers
      – incorporate an affiliate offering to help make you money from your site.

  • Salmenn Arick A/L Ravee
    Posted at 16:06h, 26 May Reply

    Hello Jamie,

    I need some help, I see that you said that building a site that is based on a niche is much more profitable. I have one question, how about a site that isn’t based on a niche. I often blog about many things. Sometimes, they’re not related to each other at all. In terms of SEO, will it have any massive negative impact? Thanks in advance.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 20:32h, 30 May Reply

      In terms of SEO, I don’t think by blogging about a range of different things will effect this. I’ve seen plenty of sites that don’t fit into a particular niche, but attract 1000s of visits a month and make a decent amount on adsense and other affiliate offers.

  • Dhivya
    Posted at 06:20h, 02 June Reply

    Excellent article. I have some doubts in make money blogging. after reading this article i can get more information about blogging. Thanks for this article..

  • Merceline Onyango
    Posted at 14:28h, 06 June Reply

    I have a word press music blog that only gets lets than 10 visitors per day. Can you please advice me on which changes to make? It is http://www.mercelineonyango.com

  • Sam Cortes
    Posted at 00:56h, 14 June Reply

    I make money on blogging via adsense and affiliate schemes. I’ve had a blog for almost a year now and still its earning! It’s important to choose the right niche. I update the content everyday, which helps generate long tail keyword traffic from Google.

    Excellent post Jamie. Any more stuff like this in the pipeline?

  • Donna Merrill
    Posted at 23:52h, 16 June Reply

    Hi Jamie,

    This is an excellent guide for people looking to monetize their blogs.

    I coach bloggers and I never stop getting asked “how can I make money blogging?”… I will certainly refer my students and clients to this article.

    PS: my answer to this question is always… “the better question is… how can my blog help me build a profitable business?” Most of the profits from blogging are not made on your blog, but that’s okay. I don’t believe blogging about making money per se, but about branding yourself and positioning yourself within your niche market as an authority and leader. Once that is established, there are so many ways to move people into your money making enterprises. Email marketing, as you pointed out, is one of the best ways to do this. Sending people to your membership sites, services, info products and coaching programs are all great things to route people into as well.

    That said, there are multiple ways to actually earn money on your blog site itself, too, and this article is chock full of them.

    -Donna

    • Jamie
      Posted at 13:15h, 17 June Reply

      Thanks Donna for taking the time to write this excellent comment. I agree with you 100%. A blog can give you an income from offline sources and is a great way of diversifying into different areas, but again it also depends on the niche you find yourself in. I always say to people to not be too reliant on one source of traffic or one source of income, because they can vanish pretty quickly.

  • Passive Income
    Posted at 05:18h, 22 June Reply

    This is very informative. Surely, beginner bloggers will learn so much from this post. Thanks for sharing and keep posting more educational posts like this.

  • Anuradha Chawla
    Posted at 07:38h, 22 June Reply

    Making money blogging can take a lot of persistence, but it can pay off in the long-run if you’re starting out from scratch. Just remember that you don’t have to use all of these money-making avenues at once. Consider what other people in your industry are doing, and start from there.

  • Jejak Maya
    Posted at 01:18h, 27 June Reply

    Great post Jamie. I totally agreed with everything you wrote here and it’s so nice to hear these things from you. Thank you

  • Sami
    Posted at 10:23h, 28 June Reply

    Really Nice and Helpful Post Jamie, Thank You very Much

  • Josh Paiva
    Posted at 21:13h, 05 July Reply

    Really great post for 2016. Thanks a bunch will be checking back daily for more content like this

  • Adam Henshel
    Posted at 22:51h, 11 July Reply

    I have a lot of great ideas, but most of them are just thoughts and theories, and it seems that no one would want to read about, even pay for, ideas in which I am not a complete expert on. My greatest talent, perhaps, is being a prolific writer. Otherwise, I’m more of a Cliff Craven I know a lot about some things, and some about a lot of things. How does THIS make MONEY??

  • Thuly M
    Posted at 16:49h, 18 July Reply

    Thank u Jamie for these great tips. Im in Africa and planning to start a blog, do u think its possible to get international companies to advertise on my blog?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 12:01h, 19 July Reply

      Indeed you can. If you have decent traffic to your blog and it matches with their target audience, I don’t see why not.

  • Saheed Oladele
    Posted at 14:42h, 20 July Reply

    Hi Jamie,

    Which of them do you recommend for a newbie.

  • Mareta
    Posted at 01:21h, 03 August Reply

    Hi Jamie,
    Very nice post. One question: if want sell digital product or membership website, how find the idea? and which idea is the best?

    Thank You

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:17h, 03 August Reply

      The “best idea” for you and the “best idea” for me are two completely different things. I would go for a product that you feel comfortable promoting and one that you can promote effectively. For example, I promote hosting packages because I genuinely know a lot about hosting and web development, so it fits in nicely with my skill sets.

      • Mareta
        Posted at 02:30h, 06 August

        Yes You right Jamie. Thank you very much

  • Navdeep
    Posted at 16:01h, 06 August Reply

    Great post Jamie! There’s so many posts about how to make a money blog and your one is by far the best. One thing I want to comment on is initially all people who start a new blog don’t know where to start. They just sign up to different affiliate money making programs thinking that they will become rich quickly. You and me both know that this is not the case. What they don’t know and need to understand is that blogging needs hard work and dedication. To keep on going when after 6 months they are still earning zero. Only after that one can think to be successful online.

  • Dweepayan Das
    Posted at 08:39h, 31 August Reply

    Great article. I recently came into blogging. I hadn’t completed what quantity I had learnt from my initial try. currently, with the new diary, I started a few month alone, I’m seeing a rise in traffic on a daily basis that is kind of stunning and really exciting. therefore I even have been reading everywhere the way to legitimize a diary. Your article is superb and in-depth. Many thanks for sharing. I will be able to definitely take on some of your advice. Cheers Jamie!

  • Rabin
    Posted at 07:08h, 06 September Reply

    I must say, its a great article and enjoyed a lot. There’s so much good information which can be followed and actioned. I was in similar situation before trying to make money online, but couldn’t quite make it. So started slowly and work on the content and SEO. After 4 months I made $2. After this, I was able to make around $50 a month from the same blog. And recently I sold that blog. It happened with me so guys you can make it happen as well. But, please remember if you are looking for big money quick then it is not for you.

  • Bruce Goldwell
    Posted at 13:05h, 16 September Reply

    Jamie, Thanks you for this wonderful post. Blogging is the best making money business if someone treat it like a business. Your good content cannot make you money if you don’t know how to monetize your blog.
    The best way as you have mentioned on your post is to get your audience details, find a way to get their list and you will be able to make a steady income from them.
    Thanks for the post, i really appreciate your effort

  • selina clevin
    Posted at 21:59h, 25 October Reply

    One of the best posts I ever read! Thanks for sharing this knowledge.

  • Pete
    Posted at 22:28h, 25 October Reply

    Great article I’ve been a plumber for over 25 years and was thinking of starting a plumbing blog withe free help and advice do you think this blog could make money and would it be difficult to set up ?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 07:27h, 26 October Reply

      Damn right you can make money from a Plumbing blog! Some of those Adsense CPC keywords are very high! I know a few DIY sites that make over $100k a month, so keep at it!

  • Marsha Ingrao
    Posted at 06:48h, 25 November Reply

    Jaime, this is an excellent article. I’ve been blogging for fun for over four years, In the last year I’ve branched out and started a self-hosted blog about blogging for fun. I’m at the point think I have enough to offer on that subject and a few others. There are so many steps to get started, I think it overwhelms people, including those of us who are comfortable blogging. There are lots of courses available, but most of them that I’ve tried are pretty general. Do you recommend getting a coach?

  • Gustavo Woltmann
    Posted at 22:07h, 04 January Reply

    Jaime, great article that you have posted on how to make money with blogging. Lots of informative concepts which a lot of other blogs would have over complicated but you have made it so simple that I find it so easy to read and take notes. I like it how you have broken it down to steps to follow which is great for the first time blogger just getting started in what appears to be an Internet jungle.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:09h, 11 January Reply

      Thanks Gustavo. Glad it’s been of great help to you. You’re right, there’s a lot of shit out there that is misleading and ultimately want to take money from newbies in exchange for misinformation and crap services/products. All the best.

  • Lowongan kerja
    Posted at 12:46h, 22 January Reply

    Great article and nice blog I’ve been a plumber for over 7 years and was thinking of starting a plumbing blog withe free help and advice do you think this blog could make money and would it be difficult to set up ?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 13:52h, 22 January Reply

      That would be a very good idea and could easily make money through advertising or affiliate marketing as you could recommend tools and products.

  • Filjun Tejano
    Posted at 05:08h, 31 January Reply

    Great post indeed!

    What is the best traffic source you can advice FREE traffic or PAID traffic?

    Thanks!

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:10h, 31 January Reply

      For me, the best source of traffic is Google organic. If you rank for the right KWs then you’ll get some highly targeted and ready to buy traffic.

  • sabbir ahmed
    Posted at 12:06h, 07 February Reply

    please tell me how can i create article

    • Jamie
      Posted at 11:15h, 09 February Reply

      You need a WordPress.com blog or a self hosted WordPress.org blog.
      Then once you’re live, click on “New Post” and start writing your article. Add in a featured image and press publish. Easy!

  • Asad
    Posted at 21:03h, 07 February Reply

    Great information all in one place. I am new to blogging and having a blast. Deciding on a niche was a bitch. I am interested in so many things that I had to follow all of them until I found my groove. It’s a big problem not settling in one niche. At the moment I am in two niches and celebrating the focus.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 20:28h, 11 February Reply

    Hi Jamie, this is great. I am totally new to the idea of blogging for myself and your website is clear and jargon free. From everything I have read, it seems it’s about having a subject you are either very knowledgeable in or are passionate about and then sharing that information with other people who may find it useful through blog posts. Once the audience are there, then looking at ways to monetise through audience numbers, if I’ve got it right?

    I’m trying to get going for the minimum cost in the first instance. So, my question; is it possible to have more than one blog (or niche) attached to a single website? I have been advised it will cost around £250 for a basic WordPress site (once you have domain, hosting, theme etc). I have done a lot of work with small businesses as an advisor and specialise in marketing. I’m considering offering online courses and e guides. however, I would also like to blog about my hobbies of walking and motor homing. It’s just where to start!

    Again, fantastic site. I will recommend, once I get blogging :)

  • Filjun Tejano
    Posted at 15:37h, 13 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing such a great post! I am new to blogging and I keep on searching for website like this. One of the hardship I encountered is content for my blog I am not very good at writing so I am planning to hire someone who could provide a very good content. Do you have any recommendation where to hire for someone who could write an article for me?

    • Lisa R
      Posted at 14:18h, 16 February Reply

      Hi Filjun, I am a freelance writer, and may be able to help you. You can email me at fitlook@hotmail.com

  • sidhartha chaplot
    Posted at 09:54h, 14 February Reply

    This is great information, and all in one place!!!. I am new to blogging and I’m really having a blast, especially using your resources.
    Thank you for sharing such a great post!

  • Cute Online Money
    Posted at 08:54h, 20 February Reply

    This is excellent Jamie. I just used the tutorial to set this website up. I hope I did the right thing. My niche is making money online.
    I hope to monetize it by using the steps outlined.
    Really cool

    • Jamie
      Posted at 16:33h, 20 February Reply

      Looking good Kegesa. I wish you all the best with your new site!

  • Kara
    Posted at 02:56h, 21 February Reply

    I echo the sentiments posted before me… this was extremely helpful in the quest to begin my own blog for profit. It is well written, informative, and full of links to more material. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with all of us! Hopefully I can build a brand that is this helpful to others!

  • Dibakar Bala
    Posted at 19:10h, 05 March Reply

    Thank you for such a nicely crafted article. I just had one query, Isn’t it true that even in case of paid advertisement people would just visit, read and leave my website rather than visiting again and again over time. What is better, advertising to extract email ids or to build FanPage likes and community

  • Ranjeet
    Posted at 12:39h, 08 March Reply

    Hey! I really want to thank you for providing these tips for someone who is just starting out. Sometime its difficult to know where to start. With your post, it has given me a clear focus and motivation. Thanks so much Jamie

  • Kaminska Zakrzewska
    Posted at 05:15h, 09 March Reply

    Great information all in one place. I am new to blogging and having a blast. Deciding on a niche was a bitch. I am interested in so many things that I had to follow all of them until I found my groove. It’s a big problem not settling in one niche. At the moment I am in two niches and celebrating the focus.

  • Prince
    Posted at 02:28h, 15 March Reply

    Hi..!
    I have a tech blog. My query is that can I use Viglink along with the Adsense? Is there any chances of getting my adsense account blocked if I use both together?

    Thanks

  • Dinesh Ramakrishnan
    Posted at 12:19h, 26 March Reply

    Hi Jamie,

    I agree with all your points in this post. One more point I would like to add:

    * A newbie blogger should not compare their blog with most successful bloggers. Creating useful content and it’s presentation needs to attract the visitors. Therefore, readers will engage with the blog. By doing this, one can drive massive traffic to his/her website which in turn generates huge income.

    I really appreciate your tips which encourages other bloggers to work hard in blogosphere.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:11h, 27 March Reply

      Thanks Dinesh. Thanks for your input.

      Jamie

  • Chris
    Posted at 12:37h, 27 March Reply

    A very detailed and inspiring post…Thanks man…

  • Leila Dorari
    Posted at 15:11h, 29 March Reply

    Hi Jamie, some great post you have here on your site! I will be coming back to read it a few times because it’s packed with information… Btw I also know some bloggers who swear they gained the most of their profits by advertising through the email list, it’s such a powerful tool. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 11:17h, 30 March Reply

      Hi Leila

      You hear a lot about the importance of email lists, but in all honesty, they’re only as good as the content you’re directing them to. I would say concentrate on the content. Good email lists are a by-product of great content.

      Jamie

  • Zeeshan
    Posted at 11:15h, 06 April Reply

    Hello Jamie,
    Great information and all in one place too! Nowadays I see people are getting very creative in ways to make some extra money from home. I must say, you certainly help to solve this problem very beautifully. Nice guide for making money.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 15:13h, 06 April Reply

      Thanks Zeeshan. Your feedback is much appreciated. Glad you like my guide.

  • Sean
    Posted at 21:50h, 14 April Reply

    Hi Jamie, that was hell of a post right there! It took me a while to read it, great stuff, specially about those wordpress plugins. keep up the good work

  • The Funny Hippie
    Posted at 16:47h, 25 April Reply

    Hi Jamie, thank once again for another great and informative article!
    I had a blog a couple years ago in a pretty precise niche (female musicians), too precise maybe. I had like 20 readers! Now I’d like to try again with another topic but I’m afraid there’s way too much blogs about it already (hippie lifestyle including health, fashion, decor, beauty, printables, etc). I tried checking stats and keywords but I don’t understand any of the information I’m getting. I’d rather pay someone to do the research for me but I have no money. The other thing is that I’m not an expert in anything. The hippie lifestyle thing is the only topic I can think of that would generate more than two article ideas in my brain! Do you think there are solutions for someone in my situation ?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:05h, 27 April Reply

      The way I do it is I find all the big players in my niche and put their URL into SEMrush to see what they rank for and what content does best for them in terms of traffic and keyword rankings. This will then give me some ideas on content and how to enter that niche and try to gain some of that traffic.

  • Mark
    Posted at 07:44h, 28 April Reply

    Hi! I like your blog! thanks a lot for sharing your experience)
    I also wanted to ask you about seo tools. I’m a beginner and I can’t buy expensive subscriptions now, so I’m looking for alternatives
    Do you have any suggestions? something cheap, but effective. I found tool called SerpStat, Do you by any chance know anything about it?

    • Jamie
      Posted at 12:29h, 10 May Reply

      Hi Mark

      Have you tried tools.seobook.com/ ?

      I have used SerpStat, but it’s not free. Most SEO tools do have free versions of their services, but they are very very lite versions of the real thing. Hardly worth using.

      Jamie

  • The Funny Hippie
    Posted at 16:44h, 29 April Reply

    Ok that’s interesting, I could start there. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge !

  • Peter Larsen
    Posted at 11:29h, 01 May Reply

    Such a diverse set of ideas on how to make money while blogging. I’m in the process of starting another blog and with your tips, hopefully it’ll be a bigger success.

    Thanks Jamie

    • Jamie
      Posted at 08:46h, 02 May Reply

      Good luck with your new blog Peter. Keep in touch and let me know how you get on.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 06:17h, 03 May Reply

    Great article Jamie! I’ve only ever used affiliate links on my blog but recently I’ve been getting a lot of text-link offers. A typical email will ask a link to be put into one of my articles (relating to the content or website they want to link back to) and they offer anywhere between $50-$150 per link. Given the nature of your article, I just wanted to check your thoughts on such offers. Are they legitimate or should I have red flags go up as I’d hate to think they increase spam or worse yet affect google ranking or break basic rules of website T&Cs. Again, I’m not familiar in monetizing via such offers and googling about it didn’t give me much info. Thanking you in advance.

    • Jamie
      Posted at 09:42h, 03 May Reply

      Hi Sarah

      Edge on the side of caution. Although putting a link on your site to another site for money is not illegal, it is against Google’s guidelines, as the person wanting the link is trying to manipulate the SERPs for their own gain.

      There are better ways to monetize your site, as these people normally want you to link out to sites that aren’t really relevant to your audience or content on your site.

      • Sarah
        Posted at 12:39h, 03 May

        Thanks Jamie, I had the same concerns which is why I wanted to double check with someone with more expertise. One particular offer does indeed link back to a site in the same category/content as my own blog, however it all looks very stagnant and directionless (if that makes sense).
        I think I’ll stick with my affiliate links and implement some of your suggestions from your article. Thank you again!

  • Cj
    Posted at 12:54h, 05 May Reply

    Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for this blog post. It is really inspiring and thorough enough to get a good idea of how to make money blogging.

    Cj

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