If you run any form of a blog, either as part of your business website or a stand-alone blog you have probably asked yourself “How Can I Make Money From My Blog?”
The good news is there are lots of ways you can make money from your blog, in fact, many successful blogs have multiple income streams attached to them.
It will be important to decide what kind of blog it is you are running first, what are your goals for it and how do you hope to achieve these goals.
And while I could answer the questions “how can I make money from my blog” with generic answers like “write about what excites you” or “when it comes to your blog content, passion is key”, that’s generic nonsense that will not help you grow a successful blog in any way whatsoever.
You will also want to make sure you write a blog post that is really high quality and helps answer the searchers’ questions.
What I want to do is help you identify tangible ways that you can make an income from your blog, so it adds another revenue stream to your business.
Getting traffic and as many website views from the Search engines will be key to this, so of course, there will be an SEO for blogging element to this post touching on the key SEO fundamentals, however, we will mainly be focusing on the different ways you can monetize your blog.
How To Make Money From A Blog
However, once it does you will see the results coming quick and fast. The key is to treat your blog like a business and not a hobby, or side gig.
Blogging doesn’t have to take years or even months to bring results. The key will be consistency and the quality of the content you are creating and of course, knowing how you are going to drive traffic to it will be vital.
Utilising Various Traffic Methods
The blogs with the best results tend to be the ones that focus on multiple ways to drive traffic. Using a mix of SEO, Pinterest, social media will drive the most traffic to your website and bring you max
The key thing will be to identify what sources of traffic you want to focus on and then get a plan in place from there.
If you want to improve your rankings then ensuring your blog is set up for SEO will be key to driving organic traffic from the search results
Choosing a keyword for each blog, ensuring it has internal links and external links will be really important. Using the keyword throughout the copy and ensuring the content is of high quality will be really important if you want it to rank.
Remember to use H1-H3 headers in your copy, small easy to read paragraphs and optimise all your images.
Having your keyword in the title and URL will also help boost your copy. It won’t hurt to have an SEO friendly domain name either.
Then you will want to create an ongoing SEO strategy to ensure that your visibility in the search results continues to grow.
Pinterest is another really good platform for driving traffic, and contrary to what a lot of people believe, Pinterest is more of a search engine than a social media platform.
Pinterest is great at driving highly converting traffic to blogs, in fact, Pinterest is the second biggest source of the traffic to my website after Google.
According to Hootsuite, 82% of people use Pinterest on their mobile devices, therefore it’s important to make sure your website pages are mobile-friendly if you are hoping to drive traffic to your website from Pinterest. Though this is something you should ensure for all forms of traffic and for customer user experience.
Diversify Your Income Streams
Now that we have covered the different traffic sources for your blog, we now want to tackle the main question “How Can I Make Money From My Blog?”
It’s important that you know how you want to monetize your blog post before you really get going. I would also recommend having various different income streams on there, so you aren’t reliant on just one.
Selling Digital Products
You can make money from your blog by selling downloadables on your site, something that is easy to download, affordable and fits with what your website visitor might be looking for.
It could be planners, cheat sheets. Guides, stickers or art prints. As long as it’s something that is high quality, that will help your customers and is set at the right price point, then you could be making sales around the clock.
As well as printables you could write an E-book for your niche and sell it on your website, either as a stand-alone offer or as part of a sales funnel.
Another great way to make money from your blog is to create your own course that you can sell on your website.
Courses are a great way to make a passive income from your website. Creating a course for your niche and selling it on your site will initially take a little work to create it and get it up and running but it will be worth it for the Passive income it can generate for you.
Affiliate Income is without a doubt one of the most popular ways to earn money from your blog.
Depending on your niche there are so many different ways to earn affiliate income.
You could become an Amazon affiliate and earn commission on the products that you review on your blog.
You can be an affiliate for other people’s courses in your industry, you can sign up as an affiliate for tools and services relevant to your niche.
These are only a few of the ways your blog can make you money through affiliate income. This income source can take time to build up and each affiliate programme will have its own rules, payout methods etc so do your research and choose the options that best work for you.
Run Ads On Your Website
When it comes to income sources from your website, this one can sometimes leave people feeling divided.
Some people hate to see Ads on websites and therefore wouldn’t consider it on theirs while others love this as an income stream.
I think it all depends on your niche, how you feel about ads on websites and who your target audience is.
However, if you do decide to go ahead with ads on your website there are various options available to you including Google Adsense.
Growing Your Email List
This method of making money from your blog is one step removed, as you aren’t making money directly from the blog but from the email list, it can help you grow.
For example, on my website, I have an SEO checklist for people to download free of charge, in order to help me grow my email list and then I can email them when I have offers or courses to promote and it makes me money that way.
Without my website helping me grow my email list I wouldn’t be able to do this. Therefore, I always recommend one of the first things people do when setting up a blog is to create a lead magnet.
Choose Your Keywords Wisely
The keywords you chose to target with your blogs will determine whether it is a success or failure in terms of making you money.
Choosing the wrong keywords can sink your blog before it’s even begun. Therefore, you have to make sure you choose the best keywords for each post.
There are tools that can help you do that like, Keywords everywhere, SEMrush, Ubersuggest, Ahrefs.
You can even look at google suggestions, answer the public and even Reddit threads for inspiration.
You want to choose a keyword that isn’t too difficult to rank for and has decent search volume, one of the most important metrics will be the user intent behind the keyword as well.
You can also look at your competitors to see what they are ranking for and decide if you can take inspiration from that.
Hopefully, that helps answer your question “How Can I Make Money From My Blog”
Have you started a blog yet? What income streams are you going to tackle first? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to give this post a share if you found it useful!