Learning how to start a blog and make money doesn't happen overnight, but with patience to build traffic and a loyal audience, you will be on your way to monetize your efforts.
The good news is that if you invest enough time and effort, you can blog full-time and earn enough income to replace your 9-5 job.
Here are some helpful tips on how to become a successful blogger. Many will be practical and easy, others will be challenging.
But, if you’re serious about having a successful blogging career, keep reading.
Choose a Niche
Before you start writing a blog, list topics where you feel you’re an expert.
To get an idea of what interests you, identify three-six blogs you enjoy reading and narrow it down to a blog that resonates with you the most.
Another way is to use Google Trends and pick out the subjects that you want to read.
Last, you can focus on the area you are an expert on or have enough experience or exposure to write extensively about it.
There is no shortcut in building traffic that will attract readers to follow your blog.
You must choose a niche you feel you can write extensively on. Don’t get caught up with finding the “perfect” niche because it doesn’t exist.
Instead, if you’re having trouble finding your top niche, narrow it down to three niches.
I’ll show you how you can test these niches quickly without spending any money.
Improve Your Writing Skills
Write on Medium.
This social publishing platform is open to various topics that give you different perspectives, ideas for the content you'll include in your blog.
I love Medium because it’s free, and it allows you to start blogging within the next 10 minutes.
Make it your goal to publish 2-5 articles within the next 30 days.
If you know the niche you want to blog about, do some research on Medium by typing relevant keywords within your niche on the search bar.
For example, if you like talking about money, you’d enter money, personal finance, budgeting, saving money, etc., in Medium’s search bar.
Skim 5-10 articles and note which ones have the most claps–these are the topics you’ll want to include in your blog.
After publishing a few articles, note which ones give you the most claps, aim to get at least 50 claps on one of your articles as this is a sign your article is resonating with your target audience.
Keep in mind that other bloggers are doing the same, so avoid writing generic content.
How can you avoid this?
One way is by writing content based on your personal experience. For example, if you paid off 10K of credit card debt within one year, share how you achieved this.
You can also write content based on your expertise. For example, if you work as a web designer, share some tips on what type of web design generates the most leads.
Here’s a breakdown on how to get started with Medium:
- Create a Medium account
- Write your title and begin telling your story.
- Proofread your article and publish it live to once you're ready.
Types of Blogs that Make Money
Here are a few popular blog niches that have the potential to have hundreds of loyal followers and be monetized to replace your current income.
A Finance blog focuses on topics like saving money, investing, and paying off debt. Additionally, you can cover practical frugality and educate readers on how to earn money.
A fashion blog has a spectrum of subtopics that needs a theme for the chosen topic. You can blog on the latest trends that appeared in fashion week for clothing for men, women, and children.
An accessory blog can focus on shoes, bags, belts, hats, and scarves from different designers according to the season. Additionally, you can cover pieces of jewelry, both faux and genuine gems.
Health and Fitness Blog
A health and fitness blog will focus on the overall health of a person. The blog includes healthy living with choices on food, exercise, and training.
Some blogs carry the subject of weight loss, diet, and a program to get to the ideal weight.
Others will carry sports like running, biking, yoga, Pilates, Zumba as part of keeping fit and healthy.
A lifestyle blog talks about the different lifestyles concerning being environmentally friendly or supporting sustainable consumerism.
You can cover how to keep a youthful appearance through new scientific technologies and treatments or different outdoor alternatives to vacations.
A food blog is another topic that covers so many subtopics such as recipes, meal preparation, wine appreciation, and the latest kitchen accessories to help you come up with the perfect meal.
Here you can talk about being vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian. You can touch on keto, paleo, gluten-free diets, and the meal plan to stick to the diet for a week or longer.
Some blogs have suggested recipes for the instapot or convection ovens.
Business and Marketing Blog
A business and marketing blog focuses on social media and affiliate marketing for different products from different online stores.
You can focus on content covering side hustles like copywriting, freelance writing, graphic artist, editing, etc.
A travel blog can be about your journey to different destinations as a group or alone. With this type of blog, you can give tips on managing road trips with children and the best areas to visit for kid-friendly zones.
Other travel blog sub-niches include moving to another country, hole-in-the-wall discoveries, tourist destinations, etc.
How to Start a Blog
By this point, you should be familiar with blogging and have posted a few articles on Medium.
Why is this important?
The reality is you’re competing against thousands of other bloggers in your niche.
You’ll have to stand out somehow with your content.
You won’t necessarily need to become a professional writer, but you will need to find your writing voice. Your writing voice is the voice that will resonate with your readers and set you apart from other bloggers.
Below are the steps you’ll need to take to build a successful blog.
1. Choose a Relevant Domain Name
Your domain name should be a short and relevant keyword-rich name that describes your intended topic, niche, or industry.
Name the Benefit
A domain that states the benefit explains what the reader will get from the blog. It gives a direct answer to your niche market whether or not this blog applies to them, for example, Iwillteachyoutoberich.
Name the Audience
Naming your domain after your target audience is like a megaphone to your audience. This name should be short and easy-to-remember such as ProBlogger.
Name the Topic
Naming your domain on the topic you want to focus on should have a specific, clear, and concise language to your niche market. An example is ArtofManliness.
Using your name is personal and original. The probability of registering this domain name is higher, and there is a better level of trust with the audience.
However, selling items will be difficult because the name is identified with you, not the brand. A name blog would follow this format of firstandlastname.com.
Name Your Pursuit
A blog that names a pursuit states the mission of the blog and what you will do in connection to the reader’s worldview.
An example is ManVsDebt.com.
Use a Generator and Thesaurus to Brainstorm Ideas:
Brainstorming domain names nowadays isn’t easy.
Most single and double word domains are taken and aren’t worth thousands of dollars when you’re starting fresh.
I recommend using a name generator and thesaurus to help you brainstorm great domain name options.
Here are some helpful name generator sites:
Once you have 5-10 domain options, plug them into Namecheap to see if they’re available.
Pro tip: Focus on domain names with 3-4 words to have a higher chance at finding a great domain name.
2. Choose Your Ideal Web Host
As a new blogger, I recommend using Bluehost as your web host. Bluehost has an excellent customer support and offers a free domain for the first year.
Setup Domain with Bluehost
Bluehost will guarantee data protection and automatic security updates. Shared hosting costs a discounted $2.95 per month for 36 months.
Bluehost’s three-year plan is an excellent option if you intend to stick to blogging long-term.
However, you can choose to pay $8.99 per month for the entire year.
Bluehost will make it easy to start immediately with your chosen domain name and blog design.
Bluehost will install the latest version of WordPress with free updates to keep your account secure.
Using Bluehost Marketplace, you install WordPress Bluerock by doing the following:
- Go to the Bluehost Control Panel.
- Click the tab from the side navigation menu to the left that says My Sites.
- Choose Create Site.
- Click the Start Building button under the WordPress option.
- Fill in the Admin Information.
Once WordPress is installed, you can test your domain by entering this format of domainname.com/wp-admin in your browser’s search bar.
Choose a WordPress Theme
You can choose your WordPress Theme by going into the dashboard to go to the main menu.
Free theme options: OceanWP, Astra. Paid options: Avada and Studiopress.
How to Generate Relevant Topic Ideas Content is king, and you’ll need to hone in on how you can create the best content for your audience.
But, before you write any content, you need to have ideas on what topics to write.
Start by making a list of 10-20 blogger influencers in your niche. Look at the topics they cover in their blog and note their writing style.
To research your competitors, type “top niche blog” in Google and compile a list of relevant blogs. For example, if your niche is travel, you’d type “top travel blogs.”
Here are a few key things to look for when researching your competitors:
- Content word length (i.e., 1000 words, 2000 words, etc.)
- Which posts are getting the most comments
- What topics do they cover the most
Your goal here is to understand the popular topics in your niche and why they get the most engagement.
Build Your Content Plan
A big mistake most bloggers make when starting is believing they have to get creative with the topics they’ll cover.
If you’re brainstorming topic ideas in your head, you’re blogging the wrong way.
Instead, write content on topics you know are popular.
BuzzSumo is a paid service, but you’ll only need to use the 30 days free trial to create your content strategy for the next 12 months. This tool helps you organize popular content based on Facebook and Pinterest shares.
Additionally, you’re able to see who’s shared a given post. Knowing who shared someone else’s article is helpful when you write a similar article.
Your goal with using BuzzSumo will be to search relevant terms in your niche to find what topics are getting the most shares.
Here’s a breakdown of how to do this:
- Click BuzzSumo’s content tab and choose “web.”
- Type all your top competitors to see the list that contains the most popular posts and most shares.
- Copy the title and URL link from each of your competitor’s top posts and the total number of shares until the second page.
Create a Google Sheet or Excel spreadsheet where 12-36 different topics are listed that you would want to discuss based on the top posts from your competitors.
On your Google spreadsheet, add a column for the Blog title, Blog post URL, Total Shares, and Popular social platform as shown below.
Doing this is almost a sure formula for traffic.
Here’s a more in-depth guide for using Buzzsumo.
Write Content Your Audience Will Love
Keep in mind that your goal is to write valuable content that comes from an expert’s angle.
This means your content should be longer and cover topics more in-depth to show you're an expert in your niche.
Longer content doesn’t mean only writing more words for the sake of doing so.
Instead, cover topics more in-depth.
For example, if you’re writing an article on making pizza, cover the type of dough to use and why, where to buy the best dough, and the perfect temperature to cook pizza.
Additionally, add descriptive words, better visual pictures, and an organized blog structure.
As a new blogger, a realistic goal would be to write 12-24 quality articles during the next 12 months. Breaking this down would equal two articles per month.
The first year is all about familiarizing yourself with the writing process and how to market your content.
Write on Your Blog Consistently
In everything you do, practice makes perfect.
This rule also applies to writing and is why I recommend you first start blogging in the Medium platform, where you can tap into an existing audience and get quicker feedback on your article.
Ten years ago, you could have gotten away with writing short 500 word articles and had a decent amount of traffic to your blog.
The reality is that those days are gone, and you now need to write better content that’s often longer in keyword length.
Aim to write posts that are 1500-2500 words long at least once per month. It’s better to have one quality post than five low-quality posts.
Remember when writing a blog post that your keywords should be correctly optimized and well-structured.
For example, your headline should make readers want to read your post and your introduction should hook readers to continue reading the remainder of your article.
Here’s a simple checklist on what all your posts should have:
- A short and catchy headline.
- Hook your reader with a short introduction that’s clear on what your article will teach them.
- Give practical and straightforward advice that's relatable to your audience
- Proofread your post for grammatical errors
Additionally, check out this guide covering how to write quality content.
How to Skyrocket Traffic Back to Your Blog
Attracting traffic to your newly made blog is a challenge but can be done with these tips:
Spend Enough Time Marketing Your Content
You can write an epic 5,000-word article and get zero traffic. Remember, you are just one blogger in a pool of thousands of other bloggers trying to get the same attention from your audience.
If you spend 10-15 hours researching and writing an article, spend the same amount of time sharing your content on social media and other marketing channels.
Choose One Social Media Platform
Before you stalk popular social media accounts, you need to choose just one platform to bring you the highest traffic.
Marketing on multiple social media accounts is time-consuming.
The reality is you’ll net little results since you won’t be focused enough to understand how one social media platform works. Save yourself the headache of having to blindly share your content on multiple social media accounts and see little traffic back to your blog.
Here’s how you can research the best social media platform for your blog:
- Type 10 competitor’s URLs in the search bar on SimilarWeb
- Note which social media platform is bringing the most traffic to your competitor’s blog.
- Input the most popular social media platform for each of your ten competitors in a separate spreadsheet.
- Analyze your results and choose the social media platform used the most by your ten competitors.
For example, if Facebook is what most of your competitors are using, you should use the same social media for your blog.
As your blog starts growing you can expand to other social media platforms.
Use Your Time Wisely
Between writing and marketing your content, you do not want to waste your time or effort doing tasks that will net little to no results.
Many new bloggers think the way to build traffic is to follow what the others are doing, but that does not always apply to your blog.
Here are some old tactics that you should avoid:
- Commenting on popular blogs to share your URL.
- Submit your website to directories.
- Spend more than $100 on your blog’s design when first starting.
Get to Know the Influencers in Your Niche
Share content from key influencers in your niche on your social media. A key influencer is someone who’s earned a loyal following from their audience. They’ll naturally receive engagement from their audience, and they’re usually mentioned by other bloggers frequently.
You’ll eventually get an influencer’s attention by sharing and genuinely engaging with their content.
Do not overdo this and start sharing content for 1-3 influencers a few times per week.
If you choose the right niche, you’ll naturally be engaged with what other people in your space are doing and will want to share their content.
Your goal for doing this is to build a relationship with a few key influencers.
Follow Influencers on Social Media
Start following the 10-20 social media influencers on your top social media platform.
As you start monitoring influencers in your niche consistently, you’ll notice that some of them will launch a new course, an event, or an upcoming book.
When these types of events occur, you should offer them value.
Here’s a breakdown on how to do just that value to their latest launch by:
- Offer to feature them in your podcast or blog for their upcoming book.
- Using your blog to offer a review on the course they recently launched.
- Write free quality content for their blog after you’ve studied what type of content their audience loves the most.
Top Social Media Platforms
Facebook excluded non-sponsored page content from the main newsfeed and required businesses to buy Facebook traffic with social advertising.
You can get free traffic using the following tips:
- Leverage Facebook analytics to know what content your audience loves the most and continue posting similar content.
- Add links on your Facebook page back to your site.
- Use interactive content and live video.
Learn more about Facebook strategies here.
Instagram has grown these past few years to billions of active monthly users.
Here are some tips on how to get Instagram traffic:
- Add a link in your bio using the third-party tools that create a landing page with multiple links.
- Add links to your IGTV video description with a CTA to open the video and click the link.
- When reaching out to other influencers or relevant content creators, slide your blog’s URL in DM (direct messages.)
Learn more about Instagram strategies here.
Twitter has 321 million active users and is a significant player in the marketing platforms for online businesses.
Here are some tips to make Twitter bring traffic back to your blog:
- Retweeting key influencer’s messages consistently.
- Engagement on Tweets relating to hashtags in your niche consistently.
- Know when your peak hours when users and your audience is engaging the most.
Learn more Twitter strategies here.
Pinterest is known as the bookmarking site that has the potential for an avalanche of traffic to blogs.
Here are some strategies that will help you get more traffic:
- Create 3-10 pins for each of your blog posts.
- Review Pinterest’s analytics page to understand which pins are driving the most traffic to your blog.
- Optimize your pins with niche keywords in your pin’s title and description.
Learn more Pinterest strategies here.
Paid Facebook or Instagram Ads
Understand that sales, leads, and traffic have different results from a Facebook or Instagram ad.
First, decide what goal you want to achieve with ads and the budget you’ll be able to allocate.
If you run ads simply because everyone is doing it, you’ll lose money quickly. Even if you only spend a small amount of money, still take the time to set a goal for your ads.
For example, you can test a lead magnet’s effectiveness at capturing new subscribers or how long people stay on your blog. Then get specific on how many subscribers or time users should spend on your blog.
When running Facebook or Instagram ads, you’ll want to test them for at least 3-4 days.
Here are some tips:
- Use Facebook insights to understand the audience you’ll target in your ads.
- Leverage previous ad data to retarget your audience.
- Choose the right objective before creating your ad because Facebook optimizes your ad based on your key objective.
Learn more about Facebook ad strategies here.
Learn more about Instagram ad strategies here.
Examples of Blogs that Make Money
The following blogs have a large following and are successfully earning a sustainable income blogging in their niche.
Financial Samurai publishes unique and in-depth content on wealth management that deals with investments, retirement planning, career strategies, and real estate.
Sam gives a first-hand perspective with his blog linked to digital products and affiliate marketing.
Monetization method: digital products and affiliate marketing.
Content style: thorough and informative.
Why this blog is successful: Sam has been consistent with publishing unique and thorough content on wealth management and real estate topics that go beyond the basics.
Blog: Financial Samurai
The College Investor
When visiting The College Investor blog, you will see many topics peppered with rich visuals.
On top of this, the conversational approach dispels any intimidation for personal finances.
Monetization method: affiliate marketing and physical products.
Content style: conversational and beginner-friendly.
Why this blog is successful: Robert targets college students and helps make personal finance less scary.
Blog: The College Investor
Think Save Retire
The Think Save Retire blog explains the different financial terms and abstract concepts of investing and personal finance.
Monetization method: ads and affiliate marketing.
Content style: conversational and personal.
Why this blog is successful: Steve has been consistent with putting new content in his blog these past years and has built relationships with key influencers in the personal finance niche.
Blog: Think Save Retire
The Nerd Fitness blog is a team of 45 supportive nerds with a worldwide community of followers that give health and fitness advice.
Monetization method: coaching, courses, and membership.
Content style: conversational.
Why this blog is successful: It has a unique spin to an existing niche, targeting a specific audience.
Blog: Nerd Fitness
Naomi writes about her marriage, motherhood, family, and friendships in her blog. Her conversational approach of ignoring the distractions by living with purpose and building a life you love relates to her many audiences.
Monetization method: books, sponsored posts, and affiliate marketing.
Content style: conversational.
Why this blog is successful: Naomi shares her adventures with her audience and has established credibility over the past years.
Neil Patel is a New York Times Bestselling author and one of Wall Street Journal’s top web influencers.
His blog is a thorough self-guide on blogging and SEO-related information that encourages readers to monetize their efforts.
Monetization method: SAS, consulting, and affiliate marketing.
Content style: conversational and thorough.
Why this blog is successful: Neil’s been consistently showcasing his marketing expertise and has become one of the top marketing experts today.
Blog: Neil Patel
How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners
Before thinking about making money from your blog, view it as a long-term investment.
All the writing you create during the first few months has the potential to pay off in the years to come.
Like any business, there’s no guarantee of success.
It takes a minimum of 6 months or longer to monetize your efforts. Knowing you need to wait it out puts you in the proper perspective.
Do not bother comparing yourself with other bloggers and lose focus on your blog’s direction. Those who build a blog and quit their job during the first year are in the minority.
The reality is most people don’t want to hear that building a blog is hard as hell. Although creating a blog is easy, monetizing your blog is probably one of the most challenging businesses to start today since there’s a lot of competition.
However, the good news is that you’ll eventually figure things out if you’re consistent with growing your blog.
Do not give in to impatience and continue adding quality content. Soon all the hard work will pay off, and you’ll see substantial earnings to replace your 9-5 job potentially.
Still, want to be a successful blogger?
If yes, good.
Once you start getting more traffic to your blog and you have a consistent writing schedule, you’ll have the option to monetize your blog.
Below the most effective ways to monetize your blog:
Although it takes time for you to monetize your blog, this doesn’t mean you can’t get paid in the meantime.
By leveraging the skills, you’ve learned on your blogging journey.
You can leverage many skills such as social media management and other blog management skills.
However, a core aspect of your blog involves writing engaging content.
If you’ve prioritized creating quality content from the early stages of your blog, you can offer to create quality articles for other businesses.
To ensure you have a steady stream of clients, you need to market yourself consistently.
Once you have 5-10 articles on your blog, you’ll have a decent portfolio to showcase to your clients.
Here are tips for finding clients for your freelance writing.
- Use social media like LinkedIn or Twitter to find businesses in your niche that could benefit from your writing.
- Apply to freelance writing jobs on job boards like Problogger, BloggingPro, Freelance Writing, and All Freelance Writing.
- Once you land clients and manage to build a good relationship with them, ask if they know other businesses that can benefit from your services.
Learn more freelance writing strategies.
Affiliate marketing involves offering someone else’s product or service.
Whenever your audience clicks one of the referral links and buys the service or product, you earn a commission.
The affiliate marketing system involves the following four parties.
- The merchant is the company, creator, brand, retailer, or vendor that creates the product.
- The affiliate or the publisher can be a single individual or an entire company that produces multiple affiliate products to attract customers and earn commissions from sales.
- The consumer or customer makes the purchase or sale and allows the affiliate to earn commissions.
- The network acts as an intermediary and a database of products that the affiliate can choose to promote.
So how would you integrate affiliate marketing in your blog?
- You can review products in your target niche market using your blog.
- As you get more experienced, you can use joint venture webinars to connect to your audience and directly offer affiliate products.
- With pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, you send paid traffic to your blog.
Top Affiliate Networks
Flexoffers is a marketing network that uses various marketing options, data delivery, and NET 7 payment solutions.
As a publisher or affiliate marketer, you can choose from 12,000 products and services. The affiliate programs include content feeds, text links, FlexRev-Share, which is a 50/50 referral program.
CJ Affiliate has one of the earliest affiliate programs with 14 offices worldwide. The company helps affiliate marketers deliver the latest solutions and strategies to monetize the efforts of the affiliate.
ShareAsale, owned by the Awin Group, has been driving sales for the awarded affiliate marketers using the zanox and Affiliate Window operations.
It has 15 offices worldwide and has over 200k publishers or affiliate marketers.
Amazon Associates is one of the most extensive affiliate programs that help content creators, bloggers, and publishers earn through their audience.
They have made it easy to link the products and programs and direct the readers to the affiliate’s recommendations.
Learn more affiliate marketing strategies.
Through email marketing, you can build a connection with your audience by sharing updates and your latest content.
To grow your email list, you’ll need to offer a quality free guide or resource that answers one of your audience’s pain points.
Most users who land in your blog won’t know who you are and will think twice before giving away their email addresses.
However, if you offer something valuable in exchange, more people will likely give you their email addresses.
Once you have a few hundred subscribers, you have the potential to monetize your email list by offering your audience affiliate products using email.
Traffic is dependent on many factors you can’t control.
A perk of building an email list is that as long as you keep offering value to your audience, they’ll stick around. No Google or social media updates will affect the size of your list.
Learn more about email marketing strategies.
As a blogger, you can talk about a product, brand, or service you like, share it with your audience, and get paid for it.
Here are a few tips to get a sponsored article:
- Create a detailed profile on your website that describes your writing specialty.
- Reach out to known brands and offer to feature them in your blog.
- Review competitors in your niche and note what they’re charging based on their blog stats (i.e., traffic, email subscribers, and engagement.)
Create your media kit and include your bio, your statistics, demographics, and other information worth sharing on a PDF page.
That is how you sell yourself, making it a point to create an exciting portfolio that the company can understand in one glance.
Biggest Blogger Challenges
Starting a blog is no walk in the park and has its many challenges. However, if you are ready to face the hurdles, you have the potential to earn a substantial income from blogging.
Here are some challenges to look out for:
By now, hopefully, you understand that you won’t make easy money from your blog.
However, this shouldn’t discourage you, as you now know that you’re building an asset.
One of the biggest reasons most bloggers quit is because they expect too much with little effort.
Think of it this way; you wouldn’t expect to make thousands of dollars per month after starting a new brick-and-mortar barbershop business, so why think blogging is different?
If you treat your blog as a business from the beginning, you’ll have better results.
As you’re working on monetizing your blog, leverage your writing skills to write for other businesses. Freelance writing is how you’ll earn some income while you’re building your blog.
One of the most frustrating hurdles a blogger goes through is low traffic.
Imagine spending hours writing the perfect post only to hear crickets.
But, the reality is this happens to all new bloggers.
Do not throw in the towel yet, as there are many ways to get traffic back to your blog.
As mentioned earlier, stick with your top social media platform and dominate it. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of things and leverage them to bring traffic back to your blog.
Additionally, optimize your blog and articles for SEO.
Organic search engine traffic takes a while to come, but this is one of the best types of free traffic your blog can get in the long run.
Not Niching Down
Starting your blog with all the topics under the sun is confusing for your readers and does not show authority.
Establishing yourself as an expert blogger on a specific topic makes you more valuable than a blogger who covers a wide range of topics.
Instead of focusing on personal finance, become an expert with cryptocurrency.
By niching down, you’ll cover a topic more in-depth than someone else. And if other blogs are doing the same, you can offer your perspective on your niche that no one else can copy.
Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers
When you compare yourself with successful bloggers, you waste your time and attention on something that will not help you.
Most successful bloggers you see today have spent over five years writing content for their blog and growing their audience.
Instead, think of ways to help yourself by reading articles that will improve your SEO skills or content marketing. Read books on marketing, business, and psychology.
Connect with like-minded bloggers who have gone through the same challenges to get inspired.
Build a support system that you can run to during challenging times to remind you to keep your eyes focused on the end game.
Focus on making consistent progress, and don’t compare yourself to others.
Start Your Blog Today and Reach Financial Freedom
If you’ve read this far, you’re serious about building a successful blog.
Whether it’s to secure financial freedom or be your boss, you have the opportunity to build your ideal future with blogging.
Blogging is easy to start but challenging to monetize.
It takes consistency, patience, and grit to build a profitable blog. There will be a lot of bumps along the way, but I promise it’s worth the effort.
If you’re new to blogging, consider writing on Medium first. However, if you’ve written blog articles before, build a WordPress blog with Bluehost.
If blogging has been on your mind for some time now, don’t overthink this and take action today!
Do Bloggers Make Money?
The success of a blogger depends on the effort you put into your blog.
When your blog gains traffic, you earn through CPP, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts.
Read the story of John Lee Dumas of EOFire, who even shares his website’s success.
During the first few months as a blogger, expect little traffic and no revenue.
However, if you consistently post quality content and market it correctly, your blog will eventually gain traction.
How Can I Make $1000 A Month Blogging?
Earning $1000 a month blogging can be done in many ways. Since advertising and affiliate marketing are the most popular, the examples below will cover this.
On average, Google Adsense pays $1-$15 per 1000 visitors. You’d need about 145,000 monthly visitors to your blog to earn $1,000 per month.
MediaVine will pay about double the amount of Adsense but has a minimum requirement of 25,000 pageviews a month.
Another alternative is AdThrive which pays the highest amount. A big downside is that it also has the highest traffic requirement of 100,000 pageviews a month.
Learn more about ad networks.
How to Start a Blog with No Money
You can start your blog using the free Medium platform and build your audience. As you keep adding content and gain traffic, you can earn money through media partners.
However, if you’re looking to build a completely free blog, it’s recommended that you save up at least $100.
You’d need to pay for hosting and potentially a paid WordPress theme.
While you can get away with using a free WordPress theme, you’ll have other miscellaneous costs, such as using keyword research tools and logo creation.
Starting a blog is like starting a business, so expect to create a budget to invest in your business throughout the year.