How to Make Money by Blogging (Ultimate Guide for 2021)

Last Updated on August 1, 2021 by M.Sebastian: StartUpAm

To learn how to make money blogging in 2021, don't take advice from typical bloggers. They usually give you cookie-cutter advice by saying to ‘write about your passions', ‘stay consistent', or anything else that is vague and not applicable.

Once you have enough traffic on your blog, you can generate an income by using different methods like affiliate programs, Google AdSense, online courses, podcasting or selling digital products.

The best way for you to start making money off your blog as soon as possible is to stop doubting your abilities.

There's a lot of bad advice out there and too many people skimp on the basics. To make real progress, you need to start thinking like a CEO and create systems that will help you scale like an entrepreneur, not a hobbyist.

A lot of blogging advice is actually not helpful.

You've sold the idea that it's possible to make money online and have a job, all while an ( 95%) overwhelming amount of bloggers fail.

Many of these “experts” that started 10+ years ago are also making ridiculous assumptions based off their own personal experience.

So I started this blog in 2020 to share my experience as a new blogger and share what I learned in the startup world.

Find here the first thing I learned – you're a business owner, not just a blogger. To scale your blog quickly, you need to focus on creating systems, rather than writing.

I know that starting a blog can be really daunting, but I hope this list of things I wish I knew before I started my blog gives you some useful ideas.

This guide will cover the fundamentals of blogging, including SEO, keywords, content marketing, WordPress and affiliate marketing so that your blog can make more money.

Now let’s just start.

Contents for: How to Make Money by Blogging

How to Make Money by Blogging in 2021?

There are a lot of ways to in how to start a blog, but the first step needs to be buying domain and web hosting.

I recommend Bluehost because they’re recommended by WordPress and offer features that accommodate everything you might need as you grow your new blog.

How to make money as a blogger – we won’t waste your time with outdated income streams. This article will only talk about what you really need to know, like affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, online courses and advertising.

Instead of doing that, let’s focus on scaling your blog like a startup.

In order to do this, you need to choose your niche, scale the content and monetise it effectively. Last but not least, we will see how we can ensure the site continues to grow and make a passive income from it.

Let’s focus on scaling your new blog.

Choose Your Blog’s Niche.

“Based on Market Factors, Not Your Passions”

If you want to succeed as a blogger, it is important to understand that 95% of bloggers fail not because they are not passionate enough.

Push past the pain, they say. When you google “why bloggers fail”, the 1 result is a popular answer telling you that bloggers usually fail because they aren't dedicated enough.

I completely reject this notion.

 – I believe that any business can significantly increase their chances of success by assessing, in detail, the viability of the services they offer.

For example, I am passionate about a lot of things: race cars, airplanes, traveling and astronomy. But how many people are equally passionate about these subjects?

Is there really so much demand to justify my starting one more blog to discuss these things.

 – What if I wrote an endless amount of blog posts about one of those topics, making no money in the process?

New bloggers can sometimes dedicate themselves too much to a single topic and end up not being able to write blog posts coherently after a while.

Many bloggers say that blogging is “just a hobby” and for some of them, it's true. Hobby bloggers are typically new to the blog scene and don't know much about making money through their blogs.

In almost any creative field – from web-development to photography to copywriting and video editing – beginners and experts both exist.

Most bloggers that start out because they're passionate about a topic and decide to figure the rest of it out as they go. They are already destined to fail in one way or another.

Blog-Passion-Myth

There's a lot of bad advice out there on how to start blogging and it's up to you to evaluate it. This kind of advice is mostly for rankings on Google than adding anything valuable.

Bloggers don’t fail because of the passion they have for blogging. They usually fail because they can't make the transition from being the blog writer to running a business successfully.

So they’ve aimed to create blogs with a narrow target niche that appeals to a low-value audience.

A big mistake many new bloggers make is failing to adopt networking and connections into their strategic approach.

This is made worse by their targeting of an audience whose demand isn’t sufficient enough for them to generate large traffic volumes.

“I want you to succeed.”

Before starting your blog, it is important to define your niche based on business factors like: audience, budget potential and market demand rather than following your passions.

#1. Audience Budget Potential.

To offer a valuable product or service on your blog, you need to solve a problem that your readers are experiencing. This is self-explanatory as the blogger should know their target audience well, so that they know what problems they need to address.

But don’t think that simple list of 100 niches is the way to do it. You should try narrowing it down by hand up to a particular point.

Watercolors? K-Pop? Travelling? If you take your time, you’ll end up with much more balanced interests than simply relying on a list.

#What is the first most important factor when choosing your blog’s niche?

One of the most important factors when choosing your blog’s niche is to find a topic that you are passionate and knowledgeable about. It will be much easier for you to create content for this area, which will provide visitors with access to valuable information.

#How much your audience is willing to spend.

The amount that your audience is willing to spend on content varies depending on a few factors. Factors such as age, income, and general interest level are crucial in determining a good price point for your content.

It is that simple. Let’s break it down.

One way to attract visitors to your blog is through content. If you’re starting a blog about home design, the trending news, and how-to guides may be popular.

Some of our visitors could be interior designers, college students in the design major, or mothers staying at home that are always looking for the latest on home decor trends.

To monetize a niche you should create a new blog and move your readers through the sales funnel:

  • First of all, you need to create content that will appeal to your target audience.

  • Once you have built out a home design “freebie” you can use it as an incentive for people to sign up to your email list.

  • As a next step, you could use affiliate marketing to promote home decor brands. This will help you earn money while driving traffic and increasing brand awareness.

  • As a way of saying thank you for subscribing, we are offering a $200 online course to all of our subscribers. It will show them 10 Expert Interior Design Tips for the Perfect Home!

This seems like the logical approach and is generally what bloggers do. You can earn passive income in a few years after building up an audience.

But is it enough to attract a large audience and make money? The typical stay-at-home mom, college student, and professionals who earn an average salary?

Building a niche blog can be done rather quickly and will open up more money-making opportunities.

The trick is to change one word. For example, from ‘home design’ to ‘retail design’ is a simple way to increase your chances of boosting income 100x.

Here's why: By creating a B2B component to your blog, you are shifting your audience from individuals to businesses. This has the potential to increase your blog income by 100x.

This should be a no-brainer. If you're selling to large companies, you'll make more money because of these two reasons. First, they have more funds available. Second, they are spending less money out of their own pockets.

Marketing-Budgets-By-Industry

Source: imab2b.com

You can easily adjust the design of your blog to cater to both B2C (designer & decor) and B2B (architect) audiences. These niches are so close that you can even use a single content strategy, sales funnel, and launch for both!

Good news: the B2C “home design” niche doesn't just stop at a $200 course. The B2B “retail design” market thrives and continues to go strong.

After you build your professional brand, you become known as a B2B design expert. This influence allows your price to jump from a $10 affiliate commission or a $200 course – to a $2,000/month recurring consulting service.

Once you've strengthened your brand, you become known as a B2B design expert. This leads to an increase in price as clients recognise your true expertise.

You'll no longer be limited to $10 affiliate commissions or $200 courses – rather, larger clients will want your services and offer a hefty recurring monthly consulting fee.

Monthly-Recurring-Revenue-1

Source: Datapine.com

When thinking about starting a blog of your own, don't make the mistake of worrying about what you enjoy doing most and trying to get thousands of low value readers online.

Focus on finding which products or services are in high demand and try to find just a few quality clients.

As I hope you can now understand, this approach means that it's possible to make a decent passive income with your blog.

#2. Use your professional leverage to choose a blog's niche.

After identifying a lucrative audience to provide value to, the next step is to think about your potential strategic advantages over others.

Ask yourself:

  • What is your current level of professional experience?
  • Where are my connections in the industry?
  • Is it worth turning this experience into a profitable blog?
  • If I had an opportunity to do a guest post for any website, which one would you feel would be the most accommodating and would offer a beneficial partnership to get me started?

To build a successful blog, you'll need to build your influence.

To become an expert in your field and build authority, it's important to have the courage to get outside of your comfort zone and use everything you've got.

You will also be completing a significant amount of outreach in order to make connections with new prospects.

This is essential for anyone who would like to be the best in their industry, as it opens up a world of opportunities that simply would not exist without strong networking skills.

One way to do outreach is by building relationships with your blog's influencers. By creating a guest post for an authority site in the same industry, you can make a large impact on your niche.

These blog posts could provide you with high Domain Authority (DA) backlinks for SEO, which can be a good way to rise in Google's search results.

Broadband Search’s recent statistics show that Google processes almost 3.5 billion searches per day, which is about 40,000 per second.There’s plenty of room for other players to capture a share of the market.

It's hard when you are starting out to have any connections in the field or published content. You might think “Why would anyone want to feature me?” The answer is your background.

For example, a photographer might have a base of clients, peers from local MeetUp events, or even know influential photographers they met in the past.

If you can leverage these contacts in the future, you may be able to spread word about your blogging business and get business much quicker.

#3. Market Demand is a Necessity of Niche Success.

This is a no-brainer, but before you start on your content project, it's important to find out if people are actually searching for topics related to what you want to write about – and they are monetizable.

Two of the more popular monetizable keywords types are “best list blog posts” and “how-to guides.”

These two main types of keywords have the most affiliate marketing revenue potential.

These two main keywords are responsible for the most affiliate marketing revenue.

For example, for blogs posts such as the “best” list posts.

  • In the travel industry, I'd say this is “best travel backpack“ or “best travel insurance“
  • In finance, you might want to look into the “best Roth IRA“ or the “best savings accounts.“
  • Tech reviews could be about the “best PS5 exclusives“ or the “best VR headsets.“

Searching for the “best” anything has become the norm and people often do it using long-form guides written by some of your fellow bloggers.

Most of these guides come with affiliate programs for advertising, which means you can make money while doing what you love!

For example, “how-to” guides could include:

  • In marketing, how can I make a blog/website.
  • In lifestyle, how to decorate your living room.
  • In health, how to treat acne.

These how-to guides are top quality tutorials with high quality content. And you can easily include affiliate links in there without having to worry about it being seen as spam.

Once you have identified your personal strengths and passions, pick a niche to focus on, and come up with 10 keywords related to that niche.

Next, use a keyword research tool like UbersuggestSEMRush, Ahrefs, GrowthBar or Google Keyword Planner, and enter your keywords.

Below are some tips for you to keep in mind while doing keyword research.

If you are targeting with your top 5 keywords with search volumes of 5,000 or more, this demonstrates that users are interested in these topics.

This is an example of my target keyword from this blog post:

How-to-Make-Money-Blogging-Keyword

Work out how hard it will be to rank for the keyword by looking at its keyword difficulty score.

This score can be anywhere from 0-100 on a scale of how difficult it will be to rank for the keyword, so a higher number is going to mean it's more difficult and vice versa.

If your keywords have a difficulty score of 80 or higher, it may be too difficult for you to rank for that keyword.

The best keywords to go after have over 2,000 monthly search volume with a 50 or less difficulty score. This will allow you to gain traffic when you least expect it.

Checking out the competition can be accomplished by using an SEO tool, like Ubersuggest to see the data from SERPs.

Specifically, look for information about Domain Rating (DR) and the SERP position history of page 1 results.

If the top 10 results all have a DR over 70, you will not be able to rank your new blog with a DR of 0 on page one and thus will get little traffic.

If you see a site with a DR under 50 ranked on page one, it's likely that you can easily surpass them in the search rankings if you keep posting compelling content.

If that SERP has not moved for the last 6 months, there are many chances possible.

One being that positions 1 – 5 have not changed over time and are locked into those spots. Competition is fierce in these cases and it may be difficult to have success.

To recap, when researching your website's market demand, try to research topics that have keywords with:

  • Over 2,000 searche volume / monthly.
  • A keyword SEO difficulty score under 50.
  • One of the first sites that appears on Google has a DR under 50 SEO difficulty score.
  • A SERP history that has been updated recently.

In summary, it is highly recommended to focus as much as possible on keyword research in order to be able to write a blog that targets only one keyword. It's also crucial to choose your niche based both on the audience's budget potential and market demand.

Find a target audience and understand their challenges on a more personal level. Make sure you’re providing B2B services to them and will be able to be rewarded for those efforts.

Utilize your network, previous work experience, and every other asset you have to your advantage. After all, passion doesn’t lead to money; instead, money leads to passion.

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Scale Your Blog Content Creation.

“Stop Writing so Much”

  • What if I told you that the first 3 months of your blog doesn’t have to do with the success or failure of the blog and you won't be writing for it during that time?
  • What if the secret to making money blogging isn't blogging?
  • What if everything you've been taught about growing a blog has limited your growth?

As a blogger, it's easy to get caught up in the idea that you're just building a business. But you need to remember that as an owner, there are a wide variety of tasks you need to be taking care of.

From days 0 to 90, the most important thing you should do is read. I’ve already given a lot of outdated advice before so I won’t say the same here.

I refuse to share my thoughts on how to write about your passions, or when and where you should be writing. I also won't mention any tips for how to keep going with a consistent schedule.

Instead of scaling your blog like a traditional company and investing time on an area that will take you years to establish credibility in, we’re going to scale your blog with a startup mentality. This will allow you to build up that credibility much faster.

One way to ensure your content is targeted and personalized is to get help. Rather than writing every single first draft yourself, you can use a site like Fiverr and find an experienced writer.

There are many blog post writers who can take care of everything for you. You can focus on editing, publishing, and link building for your articles.

Overall, there are five main components to this process:

  1. Outreach
  2. Guest Post
  3. Outsource
  4. Backlinks
  5. Repeat indefinitely

If you’re a blogger that only wants to focus on writing and such aspects, stop reading here. But if you’re interested in how to grow your blog like a CEO (and not just as a hobby blogger), let’s move on.

#1. Relationships Are Your Foundation.

Creating high-quality content for other bloggers and influencers in your niche is a good way to start generating relationships. The key is to always value them and provide something worth their time.

It’s easy to forget your goal when building relationships, but it needs to be a two-way street. Commit yourself to giving more than you receive and you should be rewarded with the strong relationships you deserve.

Think about: what value are you giving?

  • Could you help provide some content as your expertise matches their audience’s interests?
  • They have a blog that needs new content to fill their editorial calendar?
  • Would you be able to put links in some other guest posts you're writing to help them rank?
  • If there is a topic that you are qualified to speak on but isn’t exist on their blog?

Understand the value of your pitch and how to help out. Use this information to create a structured email outreach strategy.

Start by creating a list of websites.

Once you have a true sense of your expertise, it’s time to start to build out your blog outreach list. This should be a simple spreadsheet with five columns: website, name, email address, status etc.

To populate a list of target blogs, take note of the monthly visitors and DA rating for each blog. Aim to target websites with a DA rating of 50+.

Keep in mind that the more the DA, the stronger your partnership potential and SEO impact will be.

To save a lot of time researching guest posting, check out the post with top blogs and websites accepting articles with Domain Authority scores.

Once you have chosen from a list of blogs based on the criteria I mentioned beforehand, it's time to find the right person to contact.

You could start by using Linkedin.

To filter your search results, use the company page of the website you're interested in.

From there, look for people by typing in keywords like “content manager,” “SEO Manager,” or “editor.” If you know that person's name, you can also try typing it in to see if they're a member of your network

When looking for LinkedIn connections, start with 2nd degree connections. If you don't know anyone, try to find an intersection point with mutual acquaintances/colleagues.

Make sure to keep your connection message short and sweet too. Your message may get buried if it's too long or comes off as spammy.

Once you reach out to someone on LinkedIn, use an email tool like Hunter.io to search for their contact information.

Even if you can’t find the contact’s email address, Hunter.io displays a handy template of your email structure, such as  [email protected] . Add this information to  your spreadsheet.

#2. Start Blogging Relationships.

( Pitch Guest Posts at the Same Time).

Good relationships with bloggers are pretty important. If you have a list of potential contacts, it may be time to reach out to them using LinkedIn.

Once you've contacted 50-100 people, it makes sense to do some email outreach.

You can grow your guest blogging strategy by creating an email template and then sending it to other bloggers with the intention of inviting them to post for you.

Here's an example of the template that I've been using:

Hi ,I am Sebastian, I'm the writer and content manager of this blog. I love your blog, (TargetBlog), and am interested in being a guest writer for you.

I was curious if:
1) You may want to consider using guest posting as a link building tactic. I write (X-X) guest posts per month and would be happy to link back to your site in my content.
2) Do you allow guest posts on your blog?

I would be very happy to contribute to your blog. I am not sure what you want though, so I will pitch some topics below that I think the audience might enjoy.

These are some samples of my work that you can refer to as well.
(Sample 1 URL)
(Sample 2 URL)
(Sample 3 URL)

I hope you are interested. Please let me know if so, and I'll look forward to hearing back from you soon!

Thanks, M.Sebastian

The benefits of using a template when emailing for guest posts are multifaceted.

They can save you time, help you scale your outreach process by having the email pitch, and take the time to build a relationship with the blogger.

Once a publisher you're reaching out to responds and indicates they are interested in your guest post idea, come up with a good topic for it.

Guest blogging is an effective way to get your brand in front of a new audience, which can help you increase your visibility and customer acquisition.

Guest blogging encompasses four main points:

  1. The topic of your post doesn’t seem to exist on their site. Before you start working on a post, type “site:blog.com topic” into Google to check if there are already posts about it.
  2. Your topic and SEO keywords are bringing you organic traffic. Check keywords in Ubersuggest, see which ones drive the most organic traffic to your site and look for gaps in their content. You can fix them with a blog post!
  3. This is a topic you're well-versed in! You should be able to produce a high-quality article on this subject. The guest blog will also help you increase visibility in your niche.
  4. The topic interest for the audience. It's worth checking their editorial guidelines, and taking a look at their blog posts to match the style.

Once your guest post is accepted, you can move on to implementing your guest blogging strategy.

#3. The Importance of Guest Blogging.

Guest posting for high-DA sites can still help with a new blog's SEO, given 65% of marketers say link building is the toughest tactic to master. It can also be the most rewarding.

That’s why I recommend launching a blog with 5 “pillar posts” – long-form, SEO-optimized articles created for inbound links. Add statistics, infographics and case studies to make the linking process easier.

Even though my blog is getting older, I still try to put in one guest post for every post I write. Focusing more on the business & relationship aspects of blogging and less on the writing is a good mindset to have when you are first starting out.

The quality of your guest posts' headlines, paragraphs and links is important. Make sure they're in order when you post your content for readers to follow.

Follow the guest post guidelines closely and make sure your grammar is up to scratch with one of the best grammar checker tools before you share anything else.

#4. How to Monetize your Blog the Right Way.

It's possible to make money from blogging at many different levels, with many different strategies.

Some popular ones are affiliate marketing, running some ads, doing paid endorsements (either on your homepage or via individual posts), running a course or coaching service and offering sponsored posts.

Some of these monetization strategies require more traffic than others. That's why making a plan for your future revenue-driving strategy is super important. You need to know where in your blog lifecycle certain types of monetization are needed.

Plan Your Future Blog Monetization Timeline.

For instance, if you created a new travel blog recently, it wouldn’t make sense to populate it with ads straightaway. It only makes sense for strategies like this to work when you have a lots of decent monthly visitors.

Same goes for affiliate marketing – starters should ease in and not start dropping posts with links right away. Rather, you should focus on creating a valued platform and then promote your posts.

Only after a few thousand visitors will you see any significant return from this sort of strategy.

It can take a while to earn enough money from affiliate marketing, courses, ad revenue, and digital products to enable you to quit your day job. So for those looking to start making money from their blog quickly then a blog coaching course would be a good place to start.

It can take a while to earn enough money from affiliate marketing, courses, ad revenue, and digital products to enable you to quit your day job. So for those looking to start making money from their blog quickly then a blog coaching course would be a good place to start.

The good news is that you can start making money right away and for a long time to come. Maximize your revenue by figuring out what you’ll offer as a blog at each stage of its growth.

There are #4 distinct areas of focus:

  • 1-90 days: High-end consulting (0-1,000 monthly site visitors)
  • 90-180 days: Affiliate marketing (1,000-2,500 monthly site visitors)
  • 180-365 days: Your first online course (5,000+ monthly site visitors)
  • 365 days and beyond: Course memberships (10,000+ monthly site visitors)

You may be tempted not to start with consulting & instead worry about building traffic to your blog. But before you put any more energy into blogging, it's important to think about where your brand will go in the future.

In the long run, blog writing can be incredibly rewarding. Putting in the work now will give you high-end clients from day one and take your blogging business to the next level.

This blog post will highlight the first 90 days and give you tips for success in your high-end sales funnel from start to finish.

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#5. Master Your Blog’s Sales Funnel.

Your sales funnel will have #5 key components that lead users down the path to your high-end consulting package.

As you get more traffic, consider leveraging other business models like courses, affiliate products, sponsored posts and digital downloads.

This is undoubtedly the best way to make money from a new blog, but it can be challenging for some people as you'll need to put an expensive offer out there from the beginning.

It can be difficult to balance your revenue as you increase traffic.

Blogs that are new or have low traffic need to be priced higher than blogs with high traffic: Low Traffic x High Price = High Traffic x Low Price.

Here are the #5 steps to getting prospects down your sales funnel:

  1. A user comes across your interesting, high-quality blog content on your website, which is related to your high-end offer.
  2. They opted-in for your email list so they could receive a free 1-page purchase offer.
  3. Optional: You can enhance the offer with a more affordable, yet very attractive gift to build trust.
  4. Your automated welcome email sequence tells a story and gets them down a path to set an appointment with you.
  5. Finally, your ideal B2B customers have finally set a meeting with you and are now paying for your high-level consulting offer.

As the editor of a brand new blog, you can start by writing five articles and creating a one-page “freebie.”

With an email platform for your articles and an opt-in page for your subscribers, you're well on your way to growing a website that delivers high-quality content to its readers.

“It sounds like you want to carry a blog as if it were a full-time job.”

“I see you're still with me! Let me try to explain it like this: You're running a business, not just doing blogging.”

Take a look at all those outdated local business sites out there- they are so 1990s! Car mechanics, financial services, real estate sites- none of them have updated their look in decades.

They might only get a few hundred visits/month, but their site enables them to serve a niche market & turn a profit because they offer high-end services.

You should start your blog by making sure to fill a need in the market. You can also make sure it is something new that people are not already aware of.

Your early focus with this blog isn’t about posting a bunch of low-quality posts. Instead, put effort into creating five pillar posts, a consulting page and making your sales process more refined. This will attract new readers & save you time in the future.

#6. Master Your High-End Consulting Offer.

One important step in choosing a blogging niche is your sales funnel.

You need one that ends with you converting a decent passive income + per month and signing up your blog as a consultant to businesses. You should be driving traffic to this page from day one of starting the blog.

This page should be in your top-level navigation and include keyword research around the high-end terms that your clients type into Google.

In order to represent yourself professionally on your website or social media page, it is important to display a picture of you and provide contact information.

Your about me page should link to your consulting page to make it easy for visitors to subscribe. Your home or start here page and blog posts should also link back to your consulting page so that people who visit find it easier to hire you.

And when you contribute guest articles you should include a link to this article in your biography.

#7. Use The Magic Email Formula.

Successfully building your sales funnel means using email marketing software with on-site email opt-in tools to generate the most email subscribers.

What’s the magic email formula? OptinMonster + ConvertKit.

ConvertKit is the best email marketing tool for bloggers.

It’s great for a few main reasons:

  • You can customize your website's experience by sending customized emails based on actions they take. This is a great way to personalize your funnel and increase opt-ins. It's no coincidence that 59% of customers trust content that has been personalized to meet their needs.
  • After that, you can set up drip campaigns and link sequences. An example of these types of emails is when you need to send a form expiration reminder notification to your users.
  • It is the perfect tool for bloggers because they can send clear-cut, professional looking emails without annoying advertising banners like on MailChimp and other platforms.
ConvertKit-Automation

Keep your text messages simple, as this is the best way to get an influx of customers for your blog. Fancy design or logos won’t be a necessity. Try to keep it minimal with images.

Here's an idea! If you're trying to close a $2,000 deal in sales, what kind of email would you send?

It would be a good old-fashioned text-based email about a healthy relationship, not some impersonal marketing email with images.

In tandem with the email platform, OptinMonster is one of the best options out there for generating more email subscribers. It’s a WordPress plugin that you can easily integrate with your blog (and ConvertKit) to get more subscribers.

You can create different types of opt-ins with OptinMonster, including exit-intent pop-ups, sidebar opt-ins or even forms within your blog posts.

OptinMonster Opt-In builder

By having these email opt-in subscription on your blog, you are maximizing the number of potential visitors entering your e-mail funnel and converting them into customers.

How Much Money Can You Make Blogging?

There are many success stories of bloggers making over 7-figures per year, but there are also other bloggers who don't make any income.

Many bloggers will tell you that one goal is to earn $2,000/month in recurring affiliate income within one year.

So let's dive straight into the topic.

You have chosen a blog niche, outsourced content creation and planned your blog monetization timeline. Now's the time to understand how much you can (potentially) earn blogging for a living.

Before you tackle this plan, you will need:

  • Start with an WordPress blog – make sure to get started with Bluehost or SiteGround.
  • Five pillar blog posts you want to promote to your audience.
  • All of the essential pages complete. There's About Page, Start Here Page, Contact Page, Consulting Page, Resources Page as well as Email Opt-In Page.
  • Setting up email marketing software is made easy with opt-ins placed on your sidebar, in blog posts, and when a reader is exiting the site.
  • An email sales funnel with an introductory email series – using OptinMonster and ConvertKit.
  • A content marketing writer or freelancer who is ready to help out with your ideas and content pipeline, guest post pipeline, blogging pipeline, or whatever you choose.

Once you have this and start your blog, it is the right time to think about monetization. You will notice that a plan for making money blogging usually consists of 100% outreach

After publishing your original content, sales funnel, and blog posts you should use techniques such as building relationships and getting backlinks to maximize their impact.

The main outreach targets are influencers, your professional network, and high end clients. For bloggers you should target blogging communities not just individual bloggers

It's time for you to grow your blog like a startup. Instead of banking on short-term gains with little payoff, think about scaling your blog for the long haul and how you can make money blogging.

#Week 1

Goals: Develop Contact List with Influencers, Submit 5 Guest Post Topics, Acquire Connections at 2nd Tier Professional Level, Join Blogging Platform Communities.

Tactics:

  • Influencer Relationships:
    • Create a list of 100 high DA sites you want to partner with.
    • Find email addresses and contact information of proper contacts in your network.
    • Begin LinkedIn outreach with template and then make it your own.
    • Begin email outreach with template, and personalized.
    • Get five guest post topics approved and published on a blog of your choice.
    • A content team should start writing and it's a good idea to add your target influencer's links when you can.
  • Professional Network:
    • Get a list of 2nd tier contacts in your niche from your network and start building relationships with them.
    • Reach out to them and let them know about your new blog. It could be that they need content. Try to brainstorm ways you can help them.
    • High-End B2B Client Personas
    • Build a list of 50 well-established & affluent customer personas that would be interested in your high-end consulting services.
  • Join Blogging Communities:
    • I would recommend joining communities on blogging platforms, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as a local meet-up to start.

#Weeks 2-3

Goals: Get your first #2 guest posts published, get approved to contribute #5 more guest posts, outsource outreach to high-end B2B client personas.

Tactics:

  • Influencer Relationships
    • Get your first #2 guest posts published under your name.
    • Continue outreach and get accepted to contribute #5 more guest posts.
    • Outreach to target influencers you linked to in your #2 published blog posts.
  • Professional Network
    • Meet with some second-tier contacts you were introed to, and see how you can provide value.
  • High-End B2B Client Personas
    • Reach out to 50 of your B2B leads you've identified as ideal customer personas to ask them about their business and pain points.
  • Blogging Communities
    • Network and introduce yourself in your niche- see where you might be able to provide value.

#Week 4

Goals: Outreach to high-end B2B client personas, get two more guest posts published, begin link network.

Tactics:

  • Influencer Relationships
    • Get two more guest posts published (4 published, 6 in progress)
    • Share posts on social media and with network
    • Outreach to influencers that you linked to in guest posts
    • Leverage current influencer relationships to create link building network
  • High-End B2B Client Personas
    • Follow up with your list and offer to set up a meeting
    • Meet with and practice four sales meetings with your high-end B2B client personas

To recap, think of blogging as a way to earn revenue through providing quality content and look at it in this way:

To make $10,000 per month in recurring revenue from your blog, you need to – reach a monthly sales volume of at least 200 affiliate marketing (products at $50 sale /month), you will need to be generating at least 25,000-50,000+ visitors per month.

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How to Make Money with Blogging: FAQ.

#Can you make a living blogging?

Yes, you can be a successful blogger and make money with blogging. A lot of bloggers don't make enough to live off this but the vast majority will usually still find it worth their time.

#How do beginner bloggers make money?

New bloggers starting out have to be realistic about how much they can earn and should offer consulting/coaching during the early days of blogging, in order to make upto a higher income for their services.

If traffic volume levels are low at the start of a new campaign, it only makes sense to try and convert them into your paying customers with a premium offer.

After you've made some steady consulting income and your traffic levels have increased, it's possible to start monetizing your blog by advertising products through affiliate links, selling digital products or placing ads.

#How much money do bloggers make?

Depending on the type of blogger, their income ranges from nothing to millions.

According to ProBlogger, people who blog, earn a monthly income that can break down as follows:

  • 1. 38% of bloggers make less than $10.
  • 2. 10% earn between $10 and $99.
  • 3. 17% earn between $100 and $499.
  • 4. 7% of bloggers earn between $500 and $999.
  • 5. 9% of bloggers earn between $1,000 and $9,999.
  • 6. 4% of bloggers earn $10,000 or higher.

#Do bloggers pay taxes?

Legally, bloggers have to pay taxes for their income. There are different types of income and correspondingly there are different tax liabilities.

For example, if you sell products on your blog, you don't have to charge sales tax to customers if they live outside your sales tax nexus. Most ecommerce platforms take care of that calculation for you.

If your blog monetizes using affiliate programs, you're considered an independent contractor and are treated as a 1099 independent contractor. .

Regardless of whether your startup is structured as a sole proprietorship, corporation or LLC, you need accounting software in order to keep track of your books at tax time.

#Do I need an LLC for my blog?

The short answer is no, you don’t need an LLC to run a blog. You can start out as a sole proprietor and include your income with your personal taxes. However, once you start making a sizeable income, there are tax advantages to creating an LLC or S Corp.

#Who is the richest blogger?

Arianna Huffington is currently the richest blogger in the world, owning her own publishing company. Her site reaches over a hundred million followers every month, with an estimated worth of over $2 million per month.

As another great example of wealthy blogs, Michael Arrington has been a very successful blogger who's created TechCrunch. This successful blog has brought in $800,000 every month.

How to Make Money with Blogging: Conclusion

You can multiply your blog’s revenue potential by selecting a niche that aligns with hot market trends and your business' B2B needs.

By scaling your content strategy, doing regular SEO site audits and outsourcing aspects of your writing process, you'll be able to get 200x the amount of backlinks that you normally would in a single day.

Your blog's Domain Authority will also improve drastically as time goes on.

A high-end monetization strategy can better turn your blog into a money-making machine. If you keep to it, you can start making money within 90-180 days and not five years.

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