So far in this course, you have learned how to create a blog on WordPress, then about how to choose easy keywords and write great high-quality content around them. Now you will learn how to make money blogging.
I have also created an article about how to create a blog for cheap starting at only $ 2.95 per month for blog hosting. In addition, you will receive a FREE domain and SSL ( allows your site to be https, what is strongly recommended to have). Check this offer out by following this Bluehost link.
Some people ask if they can make money blogging with a free blog. The truth is that to look professional and have a serious blog you need to go for a self-hosted WordPress blog.
The most common ways to earn money online are:
- Affiliate marketing
- Display Ads
- Sponsored posts
- Selling your services or a Course
You can start earning money in a short time. The online world is full of opportunities and every day more people perform searches for stuff they are interested in.
With affiliate marketing, you promote through your link someone’s else product or service and you get a commission each time a person who clicks on that link makes a purchase of that product. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to increase your earnings. There are so many affiliate networks you can join for all type of products and services. For example, for car renting, hotel booking, books, software, etc.
Popular affiliate networks are:
Display Ads are normally in a website sidebar or inline with the article content. These ads are dynamic, they can change each time you reload the page, and the ads displayed depends on your country, your interests, and the page content.
Google Adsense is one of the best ads networks and anyone with a fresh site can integrate in a simple way these ads into their blog. Each time a visitor on your web site clicks on an advertisement you get paid. Google can also pay you based on the number of ad impressions. How much a CPC is ( cost per click) depends on the niche/industry. For example, the dental industry can pay $ 15 per click for certain keywords. Also on luxury travel and digital marketing can be similar. You can easily see the CPC of a keyword on the Google keyword planner, KWfinder or Long Tail Pro.
Other popular ads networks are media.net, mediavine.net.
A sponsored post is a promoted post, sponsored as an advertisement by a particular company, in order to bring popularity to them. Nowadays is common to see people who are called influencers. It doesn’t surprise they get paid $ 500 for a photo on Instagram . Well, in this case, this depends on the number of followers you have. For a blog it can depend on the amount of traffic you have. Companies can contact you and pay you to make a review of their services/products.
Selling your services or a course
You can offer your knowledge as a service by doing consulting. People will pay you in order to guide them and help them to achieve their goals. You can also create your course on platforms like teachable.com and sell it for a normally high price ( between $ 97 and $ 597 are the most common prices to see, depending on the expertise and niche).
How can you get paid?
You can get paid in several ways. Of course, this depends on the platform or services you are using. Google Adsense can pay you with a check, transfer wire or western union. Usually, affiliate programs can pay you by transfer wire, check or PayPal. Do you live in another country different to US or UK and don’t know how to get paid? Don’t worry, always there is a solution. My best recommendation and what I use is payoneer.com. With Payoneer you can create a virtual account based in the USA and then transfer that money to your local account. The same you can do with PayPal. When you receive money in your PayPal account you can only transfer that money to US bank accounts. In this case, you can transfer your money to your Payoneer virtual account. Take into account that PayPal, Payoneer and bank transfer take usually around 2 % commission.
How long does it take to earn money?
This question is very hard to answer because it depends on many factors. There are people who start making $ 1k a month in 3 or 4 months while others achieve this number in longer period. I don’t recommend you to start with paid advertisement when you start ( Facebook Ads or Google Adwords PPC) because it requires another skills that need time and practice. When starting with your blog you want to minimize errors, giving little steps while learning at the same time. At the beginning, you want to drive traffic to your site through SEO ( from google searches), social media or blog/forum commenting.