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“Blogs can’t make money.”
HAHAHA yes they most certainly can!
If you have ever expressed the desire to start a blog to anyone, they probably said this to you. In short: blogging is absolutely profitable.
Note: if you’re looking for a “get rich quick” thing, blogging is not it.
Unless you are a popular celebrity, it is going to take lots of time and effort to start earning a consistently steady income. Having a large following on social media isn’t a guarantee though. You are still going to have to work to get your blog off and running.
Here are some ideas for you to get started
making money from your blog:
Don’t let the name faze you. Simply put, affiliate marketing is promoting a product and getting paid for it.
A company gives you a custom link to share and you earn some type of compensation when someone clicks the link and makes a purchase.
Compensation could be in the form of:
- Points For Rewards
- Cash (a percentage of the sale)
- Exclusive Discounts
- Free Products
Some ideas for places your affiliate links can be used:
- Product Review Blog Posts
- Social Media Feeds & Bio
- Resource Pages
- Hyperlinked by Keyword (the BlogLinkMagic plugin)
When done right, affiliate marketing could be your most profitable side hustle. The more traffic you receive on all platforms and the more authority you have in your niche, the more companies will reach out with offers for you to promote their products.
Tip 1: Do your research about companies before you agree to anything. Make sure the person reaching out to you actually works for them.
Tip 2: Don’t have a “promote all the things” mentality. This will hurt your credibility. Check out my Insta post HERE for the secret to profitable affiliate marketing.
Tip 3: Write reviews about products you already use and love, then check the company websites to see if they have an affiliate program.
Create & Sell Your Own Products
Not interested in selling other people’s products?
Just create your own 🙂
What can you sell?
- To name a few
Start your own store on Zazzle if you don’t want to have to worry about inventory or shipping costs.
If you’re good at the tech side of things, consider selling how-to videos or tutorials. If you’re REALLY technologically-inclined, you could create apps for other bloggers and small businesses.
The sky is the limit!
This one can be tough to break into and make good money with at first, but is a good form of passive income.
You’re going to need steady traffic. Each company will have their own metrics to decide just how much traffic they require before they will work with you.
Simply put: advertisers will place an ad with a link on your site. Some may have specific verbiage or photos they want you to use. Others might let you do what you want.
NOTE: as I’ve said before, make sure you read all of the terms before you agree to work with anyone.
Sponsored blog posts
Simply put: Sponsored Blog Posts are articles that a company asks you to write for them. Just like anything else, some may have specific things or features about their product that they want you to mention. Others might give you carte blanche to post whatever you wish.
Companies are either looking to create brand awareness or bring traffic to a specific product. They might send you free products to use or give you their own stock images.
Here are two examples:
- A company asks you to promote their cleaning products. Your post could be about your fave day or time of day to clean.
- A company asks you to review a reusable water bottle. Your post could be about all the places you take the bottle and/or how cold/hot it keeps your drinks all day.
—->If you think you might be interested in getting Sponsored Posts for your blog and have questions, check out Lidiya’s course “The Blog Sponsorship Course“. Lidiya has made over $100k with Sponsored Posts, so she is definitely the lady you want to learn from.
Offer a service
Sometimes you need a freelance job or two to hold you over until your blog takes off. If you are skilled in any of the following areas:
- Web Design
- Graphic design
- Social Media
- Secretarial Work
People need your help!
You could be:
- Creating websites
- Creating graphics
- Writing Blog Posts
- Virtual Assisting
- Social Media Management
Make sure your skillset is listed on your blog and in your social media bio(s). Have a blog post that you can link to when you are speaking on that subject. Call it “How I Can Help You” or something like that.
Example: If you are skilled in Canva and you are talking about graphic design, link back to your skill post.
Blogging can absolutely be profitable and might just replace that job you loathe.. buuuut it does take time to get decent traffic.
Maybe don’t quit your day job just yet 🙂