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How to Make Money Blogging

The Building Blocks of Monetization

In order to successfully begin making money from your blog, there are a few steps that need to be followed. The most successful bloggers have a plan in place and have accomplished each of the following 5 building blocks. Keep reading to find out more. There are multiple ways for someone to learn how to make money blogging. A few of those ways include: 
 Affiliate marketing  
 Selling your own products/services  
 Sponsorships 
 Ad Networks  
 Creating multiple streams of income  
 Throughout this post, you will learn the 5 building blocks to learn how to make money blogging.

Step 1: Switch to self-hosting

This goes without saying, but there are still bloggers who do not self-host. What does it mean to self-host? Simply put, self-hosting is the paid version of your blogging platform like WordPress. Your blog is set up on a server, you have a custom domain name, and you own all of the content on your blog.

However, the free versions have many disadvantages. Yes, you get to start a blog for free, but if you ever plan on selling your own products/services, or making money in any kind of capacity, you should switch to self-hosting.

Disadvantages of free hosting

  • Limited customization – Limited templates/themes, and access to plug-ins
  • No chance to monetize with ad programs like Google AdSense
  • No control over Ad display on your blog
  • It’s less professional
  • Less chance for SEO
  • You do not own the content on your blog

Step 2: Establish a blog plan

You will not make it very far without having a secure blog plan in place. One of the first steps to running a business is having a plan. If you are looking to run your blog like a business and you want to know how to make money blogging, then you need to have a set plan in place.
A blog plan is just as important as a social media plan because social media will not be your only means of traffic.
Having a blog plan consists of having: 
  • An ideal target audience
  • A  summary of what your blog is about/blog identity
  • A weekly, monthly, or quarterly content schedule
  • A strategy for growth/traffic
  • A system for tracking metrics (the success of your blog)
  • A plan for SEO

Step 2: Establish a blog plan
Step 3: Establish a social media plan

The #1 question people ask when it comes to social media is, “how do I get more followers?” However, that is not the only question that should be asked. Also, ask yourself these questions:
1. What does my feed look like? Is it cohesive, easy on the eyes, and engaging? 
2. What does my engagement look like? Am I responding to comments in a timely manner? Do I comment and like other peoples photos? Am I utilizing every feature the app has to offer? 
3. What am I promoting and how can I do it more effectively?
4. Am I posting at optimal times?

Step 4: Grow a community

Whether you are selling a physical product or a digital product, you have to have SOMEONE willing to trust you enough to give you their money.
There are many ways that you can grow a community and establish trust.
You can:
  • stay active & consistent on social media
  • boost your press so that you become an expert in your field
  • create a Facebook fan page or private group
  • host weekly or monthly Twitter Chats
  • post on Youtube
  • etc. etc. etc.

The options are endless. What is going to fit best with your audience, and what can you do to build that community? 

Step 5: Learn the basics of digital marketing

If you want to learn how to make money blogging, then you need to know the basics of marketing. Social and digital media marketing is what sets those who make a few hundred dollars from a product or service apart from those who are making thousands of dollars from a product or service.
If you do not know your audience, then you will not be able to effectively sell to them.
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Digital marketing includes social media marketing, content marketing, analytical marketing, email marketing, and more.
It involves knowing what your customers want before they even tell you.
You will know their demographics, their interests, their buying habits, and in some cases, where they live. You do not need to be a marketing guru, but you need to have good foundational knowledge, in order to sell your product/services. 

The takeaway

Keep in mind, the way you go about monetizing your blog will look different than the next person. If you follow these 5 building blocks to learn how to make money blogging, you will set yourself up on a path to success. However, that path will consist of determination, effort, and hard work. Those who are willing to put in the work, are sure to see results!

  1. Brit Strawbridge

    January 30th, 2018 at 6:27 am

    This is a great resource! I am currently looking to switch my hosting platform as I am struggling with my current one – I feel it’s not suited for bloggers 🙁 Thanks for these tips!

  2. Kiandra B.

    January 30th, 2018 at 7:18 am

    This was very helpful, especially with the changes Social Media sites are creating in regards to engagement. This convo never gets old, because as the blogging community grows, this question still prevails. Good read!

  3. Teri

    January 30th, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I’m doing this all wrong! Well, not totally. But, I’m not planning this blogging like I plan my business. Thank you for this. I’ll study it and implement it. Thanks again!!!!!

  4. Chantae B

    January 30th, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I needed this. I’m struggling as a new blogger. This is very helpful. Thx! #BLMGirl

  5. Teeara

    January 30th, 2018 at 9:49 am

    WOW! You just schooled me! Love this

  6. Crystal Lariece

    January 30th, 2018 at 11:23 am

    First, beautiful site and a wealth of information! Although I self-host my blog, I was unaware of some of the disadvantages you listed of free-blog sites. Good to know.

  7. Emily

    January 30th, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Incredible tips! These are all super helpful for new bloggers and anyone looking to make some money off their blogs! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Sandy

    January 30th, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    This was a great read particularly for me right now as I just recently launched my blog. Thank you I always enjoy reading your tips!

  9. Penny

    January 30th, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for your fresh perspective Brittany! I always enjoying hearing from fellow bloggers on the business.

  10. Justine

    January 30th, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Brittany, these tips were super helpful! I especially agree with finding your audience like in your last point. I have a character I created, like a typical reader — her name is Ash. Ash is a young mom with kids, drinks coffee in the morning and enjoys a beer with her husband at night, she works out but enjoys chicken wings and cheese fries on the reg. You can find her scrolling on her phone and laughing at memes at the park instead of helicoptering over her kids — if Ash doesn’t like what I post.. then I don’t post it!

  11. Brittany Bright

    January 31st, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Justine! You are right on the money! In my advertising and campaigns class, we had to do a full-out advertising campaign. When we began defining our target audience, we had to create an ideal customer for each audience! Switch wine for beer, & Ash is ME! Look, you just gained a customer!

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