How to Make Money Blogging CONSISTENTLY

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How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners

Whether you have a blog or you’re thinking about starting a blog, you’ll want to know…How can I Make Money Blogging.

You’re in the right place and I hope you’re sitting down because this article is JAM PACKED with information you probably won’t find anywhere else.

I know there are skeptics out there that ask, Can you really make money blogging? The answer is a resounding YES!

It took some time, but I have found the right formula to make money blogging and make it CONSISTENTLY without selling an ebook or course. Most people don’t have the patience to blog because it requires a lot of work and it can take a while before you make any money. 

I started my blog at the end of January 2018 with zero traffic and only made $5,000 the ENTIRE YEAR.

Fast forward to January 2019, I get well over 100,000 page views per month consistently and I earn over $5,000+ per month (Since April 2019).

screenshot of blog earnings

My goal by the end of this year is to be earning $10,000+ per month. I can’t believe I’m even saying that!!! $10,000 per MONTH!

Update: I’m reaching that now and more, I put this video together to show you exactly how to earn $10,000+/mo. with a new blog.

And my goals for next year are even greater.  

If you’re on Instagram be sure to follow me here. I’ve been asked to share how I do it all with 3 kids and I’m happy to share my tips and tricks with you all!

There is a formula I’m following that came from my experience in learning what works and what doesn’t. This will help you avoid pitfalls and can save you time and money. That’s what I’m going to share with you today to help you get started.

I take blogging seriously. This is a business and it allows me to stay home with my kids and contribute to the family income.

Let’s get started by defining the different ways you can make money blogging and THEN we’ll get to the part that’s going to change the game for you.

This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.

Here’s How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners

1. Advertising

Many people monetize their websites through display ads, you’ll probably see them throughout this article.  When you are just starting out most people join the ad network Google Adsense because there are no traffic requirements.

There is no magic number of articles you’ll need to write to get accepted to Google Adsense but you do have to have enough quality content to make your site a valuable addition to the web before they will approve your site. Once you feel you have that, then you can apply.

Pro-tip: If you sign up for Google Adsense and you have a WordPress site you’ll want to download the insert header and footer plug-in to claim your website. It took me forever to learn this.

I will leave applying to Google Adsense up to you, I only made $147 for the 3 months I was with them. Technically I still have $41 in my account and unfortunately, it will stay there because in order to get paid out it has to be $100 or more.

I switched to another Ad network called Mediavine which pays 5-10X more than Google Adsense my 4th-month blogging! You’ll need a minimum of 25,000 sessions within the last 30 days to apply. Update: They recently changed their requirements to 50,000 sessions within the last 30 days before you can apply.

This will take some time to accomplish, that’s why I really like to push Affiliate Marketing because for many programs it doesn’t matter how much traffic you have to start earning and I earn WAYYY more through Affiliate Marketing than ads.

I had a great traffic day the other day (19.4K page views) and made $400 in just one day from ads. It was a nice way to end the month with almost $5,000 in JUST Ad sales. This was a great month but it doesn’t happen all the time, so make sure you really focus on affiliate marketing discussed next (I’m really trying to stress this because of the importance of it).

screenshot of blog earnings

I have only written 60 articles (I’ve been doing this for 15 months with two little ones so it’s hard to push out a lot of content) but that proves it’s not about quantity (how many articles you can push out) but the quality of articles you write.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing (my favorite) is when you refer someone to a product or service online using a unique link and if they make a purchase through your link, you earn a commission.

You know how you recommend different products or places to friends? Well, now you can get paid for it!

Here’s an example of how I use affiliate marketing. You know the pop-up that came across your screen (or it should have if you’re on your desktop) that said follow me on Pinterest?  It should have looked like this,
screenshot of pinterest
Well, that pop-up is run by Milotree, and it has helped me gain over 6,000 Pinterest followers in a short amount of time.I seriously can’t believe how fast my following has grown on Pinterest due to Milotree, so I signed up for their affiliate program, I was given a special referral link, and I wrote an article about quickly growing social media followers here.

I used my affiliate link every time I mentioned Milotree in that article so it would track if the reader took my advice, clicked on the link and made a purchase.

From that post so far 44 people have purchased Milotree through my link and I’ve made $880.

screenshot of milotree earnings

That’s how Affiliate Marketing is supposed to work. Promoting a product or service that you’ve actually used or heard great things about and encourage others to try it as well.

Affiliate Marketing is great BUT don’t think you’ll get paid right away. For this particular program, I won’t get paid until two successful payments from the referral which is in two months.

I’m a part of many other affiliate programs, but this is just one I wanted to highlight. I go more in-depth about Affiliate Marketing here and did a more in-depth video on how I use it here

3. Sponsorships

Once you start building an audience, companies will pay you to promote their brand or service. Sometimes they’ll reach out to you but you can also reach out to them with a proposal of exposure you can get them for a fee.

I had a company approach me to help promote their work from home opportunity. I checked it out and it was relevant to my audience so I accepted and charged a $250 one time fee. They accepted my price and I wrote the article in about 2 hours on my way home from a family vacation. I sent it for their approval and posted it. You can see that article on making money doing laundry from home here.

Other sponsorship opportunities could be an Instagram post depending on your following, Facebook post, tweet, or email blast. Wherever you have an engaged audience you can make money with sponsorships.

For any other sponsored posts I do I charge $1,000 because my value has increased because of the volume of traffic I get and engaged audience.

4. Services

I’ve had pretty good traffic to my blog in a short amount of time so I found a job on Upwork to help another blogger increase his traffic for $250 for a month. I should have charged WAYYY more BUT this was a great learning experience AND case study to show others how I helped this person grow traffic from nothing to XX, XXX monthly views.

You learn so much from starting a blog; you can become a Virtual Assistant to help other bloggers, Social Media Manager, Proofreader, Editor, or Freelance Writer. You need a platform to show your capabilities, and that’s how you can make money blogging from home through services. Your blog is a way to show the work you’ve done and can do.

If you want to start a blog, check out my step-by-step guide on blog starting here.

5. Digital Products

Many many bloggers make a lot of their money from digital products in the form of ebooks or courses. They use their blog as a platform to promote their products and do very well. It makes so much sense if you have a product to sell to have a blog support it.

Now that you have an understanding of how to monetize your blog, let’s talk about the next most important thing. How to get traffic to your website so you can make money BUT first you have to decide on something.

What’s Your Niche? Here are some of the Types of Blogs that Make Money

Scrivs from Obstacle says the 7 types of blogs that make the most money and gain the most traffic are:

  • How to Make Money
  • Personal Finance
  • Health and Fitness
  • Food
  • Beauty and Fashion
  • Lifestyle
  • Personal Development

I have a list of 18 profitable niche ideas here that you can also choose from. You can certainly make money in other niches, but these are just the most popular. You want to get as specific as you can.

For example, the MAIN reason people will come to my site is to find work from home opportunities for moms. I, of course, write about other things, but that’s the main reason someone would come to my site. Think about the MAIN reason someone would come to your site.

You want to be the go-to resource. Have you ever heard the riches are in the niches? It’s soooo true.

Once you know what niche you’re in then comes the next step…

Create Useful Content

Now that you’ve picked your niche, you need to find out what to write about. Remember, this is a business if you want to make money blogging you need to be intentional about what you write.

Don’t think you know what people want to read, do your research so you’ll know.

No matter what niche you’re in, people have questions, and your job is to give the BEST possible answer to those questions. 

But how do you find out what questions or topics people are interested in?

Use your competition for a guide, everyone has competitors and you’ll need to know who they are. Jeff Bullus said it best, “Competitive analysis is perhaps the strongest indicator of what works. By observing what resonates with the audience of competing businesses, you can better predict what your audience will appreciate.”

Join their mailing lists, stay in the know of what they’re doing.

I’ve found my competitors by doing Google and Pinterest searches on articles I want to write about. I see what bloggers come up in the search results, I record their sites and study them. I use them as a guide for what articles I can write about and see what Affiliate Programs they use (You can see how they use affiliate programs to make money here).

There are a number of ways to get topic ideas from your competition but here are the 3 tools I use:

  • Ahrefs – You can see how I use it here
  • Pinterest – I check the repin rate of pins to see if a topic is highly shared. I discuss how to use Pinterest for business here.
  • Keyword Research – I could and really should write a whole article about this but due to my limited time, I’m going to jam it all in this article.

If you’re more visual like me, I did a video to literally show you how I do this here

I go more in-depth in the video, but here is a snippet of how I do it.

If you’re not using Google Chrome, please download it. Then once you have Google Chrome download Keywords Everywhere. (Starting Oct 2019 you’ll have to pay for this, only $10 but WELL worth it) Keyword Surfer is a great alternative if you don’t want to pay. I haven’t personally used it, but I’ve heard great things and it works similar to the Keywords Everywhere tool. 

Once you sign up they will send you an API key, copy and paste that code in the Keywords EveryWhere icon at the top right of your screen under Settings

screenshot of Keywords Everywhere interface

Once you do that then the magic happens. Now, go to Google Chrome and type in anything in the search bar, you will now see something like this,

screenshot of google search bar

I literally typed the word “anything” in lol and you can see that 135,000 people search for that word per month. I don’t pay attention to CPC or Competition, I only care about the monthly search volume of a keyword.

Isn’t this awesome? You can now see how often people search for different queries.

But I don’t care about the keyword “anything” because I can’t write about this. People go to Google because they have a problem and typically write questions in the search bar.

As content creators, our job is to solve those problems within our niche and give the BEST possible answer.

So when trying to find topic ideas I use 3 words or more. You won’t find many questions in two words or less. These are known as Long tail keywords and their more targeted keywords or queries.

Before we go any further let me explain something. The monthly search volume is only based on statistical data from searches in the past, it’s not totally accurate. I use this tool to just give me a sense of how often a long-tail keyword is searched for each month.

If I want to write about something and I find that no one searches for it, I probably won’t write about it unless I know it could do well on Pinterest or be helpful to my readers.

Pinterest is a whole other animal that I discuss in detail here.

Google’s job is to find users the best possible answer to their query, so I consider myself working for Google because I want my article to be the first article that shows up for the long-tail keyword I’m targeting.

Yes, there are other search engines out there, but I really care about the one that gets 1.17 BILLION daily users looking for answers to questions I’m hoping to solve in the Personal Finance niche.

I now have a number of articles ranking #1 on Google for my targeted long-tail keywords. This is how I consistently get traffic to my website because people are consistently using Google.

So when I’m out with my kids or doing whatever, people are continuously coming to my site, reading my articles and I’m making money from the ads on my articles and if anyone makes a purchase using one of my affiliate links. 

There’s nothing I enjoy more than doing the dishes or whatever and seeing an email pop-up that says “Congratulations you’ve made an affiliate sale.”

Right now I get 63,340 people per month coming to my website from Google (Organic Search).

Please note, I just learned how to do all of this keyword research and search engine optimization at the end of July 2018 and it takes time for articles to rank on Google once you do proper keyword research and get backlinks (I’ll talk about this shortly). I have a number of other articles creeping up to the first page of Google so my traffic from Google is increasing every day.

screenshot of keyword research

You’ll also see that I get 76,032 from Social which is really all from Pinterest and that’s good BUT it’s not always consistent.

One day Pinterest had a glitch and marked thousands of legitimate accounts as spam (including mine) and that’s when I knew it was time to diversify my traffic and look for something that was more consistent. My account was disabled for what seemed to be the longest day in the world.

I’ll probably always use Pinterest because I get traffic to my articles pretty fast and it actually helps me rank on Google faster. I definitely recommend using both platforms to get traffic to your website. 

If you take a look back at the chart above you’ll also notice the time users spent reading my articles on Social are drastically different than when they find me on Google (Organic).

It’s because people were actively looking for my articles on Google using keywords to find them, meaning they were more interested in what I had to say rather someone clicking on my article by chance on Pinterest.

Google is more targeted traffic which is better for conversions. I even make more in my ad revenue because users spend more time on my articles from Google.

Update: Just a few short months after I wrote this article my Organic (Google) traffic superseded my Social (Pinterest) traffic. Here’s a screenshot of my visitors from the last 30 days.

screenshot of blog visits

I FINALLY figured out how to rank on the first page of Google AND in the number 1 spot all because of a coaching session I took with Debbie Gardner.

I met Debbie Gardner in a Facebook group who changed the game for me in a 2 hour SEO coaching session in July 2018. It was the best $75 I ever spent. She gets over 500,000 monthly users visiting her website from Google, so she knows what she’s doing. She no longer does the coaching sessions, but she wrote two ebooks with everything she taught me.

If you really want to get your articles seen on Google check out her two ebooks, Easy On-Page SEO (for beginners) $47, and Easy Backlinks for SEO $67. You need both. I even bought them after my coaching session. She is seriously undercharging for these books and it has changed the game for me. You get $20 off if you purchase the SEO book bundle here.

Let me show you a little exercise I go through when I’m writing an article. I’ve learned a lot of this from Debbie, but I won’t give all her tips away.  

We’ll use this article for example…

When I first wanted to write this article I wanted it to be about how to get traffic to your website. I searched for that question (long-tail keywords) in Google, and the Keywords Everywhere tool told me only 1,900 people search for this question per month (estimated).

screenshot of google search bar

I was hoping more people searched for that question so I kept searching for different questions that had a higher search volume. After playing around I landed on this one,

screenshot of google search bar

I much rather spend my time writing an epic article on How to Make Money Blogging with a chance of 27,100 people reading it per month than 1,900.

So I changed my focus on this article, even though I’m still talking about how to get traffic to your website right now. I’m very intentional about what I write.

With two kids and only mornings and nap time to write, I have to focus on what will get me the best bang for my buck.

I took a look at the top 10 articles that are ranking for this long-tail keyword on Google, and I’ve got some big competition.

I use KWfinder to find out how competitive a keyword is (I LOVE this tool, try out the 10-day free trial for KWfinder),

screenshot of KWfinder

You see the Long-tail keywords “how to make money blogging” in orange at 38? Well, that means that the competition for this long-tail keyword is kind of hard, meaning it will be tough to rank on the first page of Google. It’s 38 out of 100, 1 is easy 100 is hard.

The first page of Google is the only place you want to be for your targeted keyword and in the first or second position. I mean, who really goes to the second page of Google and most people don’t go past the first two articles that show up.

I love KWfinder because it gives me ideas for other articles to write that are easier to rank for like, “How to make money with a blog for beginners.” Moz is also a good tool I use to see how competitive a keyword is. 

I know the keyword “How to Make Money Blogging” will be difficult BUT since I know what I’m doing, I already talk about blogging on my blog (relevant niche) and I’m providing A LOT of value to my reader, Google will probably rank this in due time. Especially if I can get some bloggers/website owners to link this article to one of their articles.

You see, bloggers like to recommend good content to their readers. So when you write, try and make it the most comprehensive and helpful article that exists on the internet for that topic and bloggers may naturally link to your article to help their readers.

Feel free to include this article on your site if you find it helpful  :-).

Please note, I normally go after long-tail keywords with high search volume and low keyword difficulty because it’s easier to rank for a fairly new blog like mine.

Ok, so now that I have chosen the Long-tail keyword “How to Make Money Blogging” I’m going to start writing my article (this article). Darren from Problogger wrote an excellent article on his Step-by-Step Process on How to Write a Blog Post. I really think you should read this.

After that, I use the techniques from Debbie’s On page SEO book to make sure my article is written in a way that Google will pick it up using my targeted keywords.

And keep this Free 38-Item checklist on hand for when you write your articles to make sure you didn’t miss any steps.

Once I’m done with that, I have my mom review my articles. I love my mom, I’m really not a great writer so she always does a read over and makes edits to make me look good. If you can, it’s always good to have a second pair of eyes read your article before publishing.

I also use Grammarly to check for grammar mistakes, even though they are wrong sometimes.

Once the article is published, I make pins to promote on Pinterest and send to my email list. I work on getting backlinks using the techniques Debbie taught me and I move on to write another article. Rinse and repeat.

I recently did a video showing EXACTLY how I was able to get this other article I wrote to rank #1 on Google. So I highly recommend checking it out if you want to know how I write my articles to rank on Google.

It’s really important for new bloggers to know that there are more factors to ranking on Google than just writing great optimized articles such as;

  • Domain longevity – Google needs to be able to trust your website before they start ranking your articles and just like any other relationship, trust takes time.
  • Backlinks – Here’s how Moz explains it, In essence, backlinks to your website are a signal to search engines that others vouch for your content. If many sites link to the same webpage or website, search engines can infer that content is worth linking to, and therefore also worth surfacing on a search engine results page. So, earning these backlinks can have a positive effect on a site’s ranking position or search visibility.

This is the beauty of Debbie’s ebook on getting backlinks because you don’t have to reach out to bloggers to link to your article. It’s brilliant.

I’m also in many Facebook groups where bloggers reach out to other bloggers to contribute to their articles, I jump at the chance to do this if they are in my niche so I can get a backlink. Debbie talks about those groups in her backlink book as well.

Guest posting to get backlinks is now frowned upon in Google’s eyes, so don’t waste your time doing any of those if the only goal was to get a backlink.

  • Domain Authority – Each site has a domain authority ranked from 1-100, this goes along with the trust factor and backlinks. As more time goes on and the more backlinks you receive from higher Domain Authority websites your Domain Authority will increase. You can download the Moz toolbar to see your Domain Authority and check others as well. An example of a website with a high domain authority would be Forbes
  • Mobile-friendly pages – Your site MUST be mobile-friendly, and that’s all I have to say to that.

Do you see how much is involved? Do you see why most people don’t succeed? It’s a heck of a lot of work, but it’s OH so worth it.

So, are you ready? Do you have what it takes to make money blogging? Please know that there are sooooo many bloggers that do not use this route to make money and you don’t have to either. This is just what I do and I think it’s a great way to make a passive income.

If you haven’t started a blog, check out my step-by-step guide on how to start a blog and see how I only paid $84 for my theme and host.

It’s important to write your articles for Google now, so as time goes on and you gain more traction and Domain Authority your articles will start to rank.

This is my Formula:

  • Find high volume Long-tail keywords within my niche
  • Write in a way that Google will pick up my articles using keywords aka on-page SEO
  • Work to get Backlinks 
  • Find ways to monetize my articles with affiliate links
  • Promote on Pinterest to get them to rank on Google faster

You don’t have to do like I do searching for high volume long-tail keywords, the more articles you write following the steps above will start to accumulate and get you a nice consistent flow of traffic each month.

Final Tips

I’ve been asked by many people to start a YouTube channel to help them along the way with their blog and I finally did it! Make sure you subscribe here to my Youtube channel and hit the bell for notifications so you’ll get alerted on my series called Blog Tip Tuesday!

I’m all about helping people. I don’t have a course or ebook to sell. I’m just trying to help out because there is enough room for all of us.

I recommend joining the Facebook Groups Blogging Like We Mean it and BTOP Ultimate Blogging Group.

The guys over at BTOP just made $190,000 in one MONTH! They use a very similar approach as I do, but they just removed all their ads from their articles and only make money from affiliate sales.

They made $0 the first 18 months of blogging, and now they are making more money in a month than most people make in 2 years. That’s why it’s so important not to give up. The Facebook Group is a great supportive blogging group, and these guys are so helpful for FREE!

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68 thoughts on “How to Make Money Blogging”

  1. This is an awesome, detailed guide for people to get started! (And thank you for the kind words at the end).

    It’s a long game, and patience is a must, but it blows my mind just how far you can come in a relatively “short” while in the grand scheme of things if you just keep at it (and keep learning/being flexible).

    Congrats on your success too!

    – Ben

  2. Wow!! What a brilliant article!! Filled with SO much useful, inspiring information!! THANK YOU and Congratulations!! I am filled with enthusiasm to see it through to the end!!
    Happy Blogging and Mummying!!
    xx Clare

  3. Hi Max, I really enjoyed reading your article on this and had some questions on getting started.

    Is it possible to schedule ba Q&A session with you sometime?


    1. To be honest with the kids, email is the best but I’d like for you to ask your questions here to help others with the same question(s)

  4. Thank you so much for this wonderful information! Maybe I overlooked it in one of your articles (I’ve been reading them all morning haha), but would you say that a .com is more frequently trafficked than say. a .life, .net, etc?

      1. Thanks! Do you use WordPress to create and post your content then it appears through SiteGround? Are your blogposts entered on WordPress and then because it’s installed on SiteGround, it appears there? I’m confused about the role SiteGround plays. Why not use WordPress for hosting as well? (I’m really new to this, obviously)

        1. I use the WordPress platform to create my blog posts but it’s hosted on SiteGround. I believe you can host your site on WordPress but just from talking to other bloggers and doing it myself I think performance is better if you have a separate host and it’s a lot cheaper. My friend told me she started a blog and hosted it on WordPress and I can’t believe how much she paid.

    1. No problem. I try and post an article once a week but sometimes if I need a break I’ll do one every two weeks.

  5. Wow I’m amazed at the amount of info in this post and the step by step guide. I want to do this but the amount of work involved is scaring me a little! Haha

    1. Lol it is a lot of work but that’s only in the beginning. I honestly barely do any work now, I just reap the benefits from all my hard work in the beginning. It is the best passive income. I’m amazed at all the crappy articles out there on Google, I feel like Google is begging for better content and that’s where you and I come in. I hope you do consider it if it’s something you really want to do.

      1. Hi Max!
        Thank you so much for this article, it’s jam packed with lots of useful information. I started my blog earlier this year but my traveling and working schedule has been crazy. Now that I quit my full time job, I’m ready to take it to the next level and have a money making blog. I can’t wait to implement your tips!

  6. Single momma here looking to quit the 9-5 life as my kids’ schedule gets more hectic, the flexibility is crucial! I absolutely love writing and have been told by many to write a book about my life but Lord knows how long that will take. So a friend suggested blogging and telling my story in bits, with various stuff in between (I have a ton of ideas). My biggest concern of course is the income, thank you so much for your insight and tips! My question is, how often do you get paid and what recommendations would you have for someone like me who only has the 1 income? Is it something I could do full time and support my kids and I (of course meaning if and when it takes off)?

    1. I get paid once a month from my ad revenue and affiliate income varies from the programs I’m with. Some of them are once a month when I make a commission, and some are every two months. I would definitely do this on the side until you can make it a full time income. It took me a full year before I started making money that mattered. Everyone is different but I see that it takes most people about a year of hard work to start seeing a nice return. The best part about this is that it’s not even considered full-time. I work VERY part-time on my blog and only when I want too, all the income is passive thanks to my Google traffic. I do work once a week on making pins if that.

  7. Hello Max,

    I want to thank you for sharing all of your personal experience learning about how to blog and make real money doing it. I am impressed with your commitment and what you have been able to accomplish having young kids. I have been doing websites and seo on the internet for a while and honestly you’re article is the one of the best I have ever read. I have always had the desire to make money with blogging but have never actually committed to it fully. That has now changed. You’re experiences have ignited that desire within me to finally make a great income from blogging. I work 2 jobs and my wife stays home with our 3 year old and 1 year old. We are both in the process of starting our blogs and following your formula. We have our domain names purchased and will soon get hosting through Site Ground. We have our niches chosen, and will be researching keywords for articles soon. Thank you again!

    1. Yayyyy so exciting! I’m glad you enjoyed this article and I wish you much success with you blog. If you have any questions along the way just let me know. Blogging has brought me so much freedom and financial success. It’s not easy but sooo worth it. As long as you know it’s a long game and can stick with it you’ll do great

      1. Thank you for your encouragement! We really are focused on following your model for success. We are in it for the long haul and are excited to see the benefits. We will definitely contact you with questions along the way. Thank you again!

  8. Hi Max,
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge so candidly! It definitely helps me to understand, but it’s also motivating! I think it important to understand it’s a long game and not get impatient. I did what you said to do and downloaded chrome and began to search long tail keywords but I am not hitting on anything significant. I run a lifestyle blog that caters to the county in which I live. How would you suggest I go about finding out what’s important to the people in my county? Would you suggest I write about things that are more general than to try to cater to my fellow residents? Any advice would be highly appreciated and thanks in advance!

    1. Thank you so much. If you want to write for your local county have you tried searches for “What to do in Dayton County”, “What to do in Dayton County with Kids”, “Best places to eat in Dayton County”, etc. I’m using “Dayton” as an example but think about what people would search for locally in your County and try to write about that. Also take a look at the related keywords for help as well.

  9. I absolutely LOVED this post! I tried my hand at blogging a few years ago, and while I enjoyed it, I was too overwhelmed by all the things that I didn’t know and eventually I gave up on it. After reading this post, I think I’m ready to try again. There is SO MUCH information in this post alone, I don’t see how I could not try again!

    I do have a few questions from more of a hardware standpoint, though, so I hope you don’t mind if I ask them. Here goes: I have an HP laptop and an iPad Mini 2. Does it matter which one is use for blogging? Would a laptop be better in the beginning and then maybe switch to the tablet later? (I prefer my tablet because the laptop is so laggy.) If a laptop is better, do you have any recommendations? I don’t know much about how to pick out a quality laptop for a good price, so if you have ANY information, my ears are WIDE OPEN.

    I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. As a single mom I know how finite time can be, and I look forward to your suggestions.

  10. Hi!!! I haven’t gotten through everything yet but I’ve spent more time on this site than instagram and FB combined for the last 4 days haha! Please forgive me if this information is stated somewhere I haven’t gotten to yet.. I am a teacher, a mom of. 16m old and another one coming in 3 months! I was wondering if you started blogging while still working. If it was financially an option for me, I would stop working and start a blog BUT it’s not. How realistic is it to keep working as a teacher and start a successful blog?

    1. Hi Gianna, Yes I started my blog when I was still working a full-time job. I also had to take care of home after work, being a wife, mother to a busy toddler, and pregnant with my baby girl was tough needless to say…but when you’re desperate, you find a way. Your story sounds very similar to mine. I took an extended maternity leave (3 months using FMLA) when my daughter was born to see if this blogging thing could really work before I quit my job. Quitting my job was going to be a huge financial impact on our family. During my maternity leave I still had not made a lot of money blogging, I probably made only $1,000 total…BUT I had finally understood how to make money blogging and after my maternity leave was over in July I went and gave my two weeks notice. I knew what I needed to do to make money blogging but it would just take some time. We had enough money saved to carry us a couple months, we definitely took a gamble. God was definitely on our side. After a year of hard work and finally understanding what to do my traffic started to really increase and so did my income due to ranking higher in the search results on Google. It’s VERY realistic to keep working as a teacher and start a blog, it’s actually what I recommend to everyone. Do this as a side job first, because you will not make money for quite some time. In the beginning, it’s all about investing your time and reaping the benefits later. I worked early mornings and late nights. If you want this to happen you will do what it takes to make it happen. Yes, you’ll be sleepy many days but its soooo worth it. I work MAYBE 10 hours a week now on my blog and I never imagined I’d be making this much money a month. It takes a lot of work, that’s why so many people don’t stick with it, BUT IF YOU DO…man, the rewards are great…and most importantly I get to be there for my kids!!!

      1. Thank you so much for replying to my question! your words are so motivating and I can’t wait to come to you in a year or so and say you’ve changed my and my kids’ lives!
        I’ve been soaking in all the information and making sense of it. I used the Keywords Everywhere tip and am finding that my niche is VERY rarely searched , if at all. I’ve tried different wording but there still is not much that comes up. I want to write about something I am knowledgeable and passionate about but I also want/need to make a profit eventually. Would you suggest I choose a different niche that I’m not as passionate about but gets a lot of searches?

        My first choice would be to write a blog about working with and empowering children/people with disabilities. But there is just not much traffic in that field. I do also love baking and bake cakes on the side but that seems like a saturated field which also requires the time to actually do the baking on a consistent basis and then post about it. All suggestions are very appreciated 🙂

        1. Hi Gianna, very good point and that is why research is SO important. If no one is searching for what you’re writing about you may want to pick a different niche. Nothing to me is oversaturated if you have good content. There are so many people out there that have been writing about “how to make money” or “how to blog” for YEARS but that did not stop me and I’m only a year and a half into this ranking much higher than the more seasoned bloggers. I think passion is important to a certain extent, so just continue to look for different things you wouldn’t mind writing about when choosing a niche/topic. You do not need to be an expert. I am not an expert on how to make money from home, so I asked others and wrote about it. It’s like you’re a journalist providing helpful information. You have to be resourceful.

  11. you are really amazing max.. i just loveeeeeeeeeeee you and your content. most of your posts are actually bookmarked on my browser. just love going through them over and over again. cant go through my day without passing here
    i am a single mum with a 5 months old. am actually 100 percent responsible for all his financial needs and i also have to spend time with him home. not working so no source of income. we are actually struggling to survive .. but i made up my mind to start a women blog. hope u can help me through it!!!!!

    i wish to ask;
    – what was ya first post on your blog like and about?????????????
    – what are some of the things i can do to make my first 4 digits within 3 months
    – and how many times a week do u put content on ya blog [consistency]

    1. Awww thank you, that really means a lot! First off, congratulations on the baby! I didn’t launch my blog until I had 10+ articles written, I wanted my blog to look established before others saw it. I didn’t want my readers to think they were on a brand new website. My main focus was to show moms how to work from home with kids, so I gathered the work from home mom success stories first and then put them all together in my stay at home mom jobs list. Blogging is NOT a get rich quick scheme, I HIGHLY doubt you will make 4 digits quickly. It took me over a year to make money that mattered, so I highly suggest to treat blogging as a side job (not your primary income) until you can make it that. I try and put out an article every week, but realistically it’s been every two weeks and sometimes more than that. Consistency is good but sometimes life gets in the way, because I focused on creating good quality articles, in the beginning, I have definitely slowed down pumping out so many articles and just focus on writing well-written articles with a focus on SEO.

  12. Hey there max! your post is simply amaze balls! I myself have planned to start a blog in a few days and as a student , I am ready to invest my time in it and quite happy with making 3 digits or even 2 digits from my blog (anything to lessen the debt) and your blog have been a great help. I just wanted to know :
    1. what was your first blog about?
    2. How often do you work on your blog? You said you usually make about 6-12+ pins on a single blog , how spaced are they?

    1. Thank you Fardin, I’m copying and pasting my comment from above regarding your first question –> I didn’t launch my blog until I had 10+ articles written, I wanted my blog to look established before others saw it. I didn’t want my readers to think they were on a brand new website. My main focus was to show moms how to work from home with kids, so I gathered the work from home mom success stories first and then put them all together in my stay at home mom jobs list and wrote an article about saving money, retirement and then I launched it. Those were my first articles. I work on my blog during naptime which is from 12-2 (sometimes) during the weekdays only. I’ve gotten really good and quick making pins now and can make about 10-15 during naptime. I only work on creating pins on Wednesdays now so I usually do a pin for my articles that get the most traffic once a week or every two weeks. I hope that helps, if you have any other questions feel free to ask. Let me know if any of this did not make sense.

  13. Hi Max,

    Thanks for sharing this detailed informative guide.

    I think it’s a complete make money blogging guide and a helpful article for every beginner blogger.

    Keep sharing.

    Again thanks!

  14. Thank you for this wonderful information. Your article is very helpful.

    I have a business blog and have implemented your blog monetization strategies. Hopefully it will work for me.

    Thanks for sharing this with me. I appreciate.

  15. I really enjoyed reading this blog post. Yours is the first monetization formula I’ve read that didn’t include an ebook or course! I’ve had a blog for a while now and I’m excited to take it to the next level, by God’s grace. Thank you very much for sharing.

  16. How do I know how many sessions do I have? I am using site ground based on your recommendation. I can see unique visitors and pageview, is that the same thing? thanks 🙂 you’re awesome!

  17. Hello Max,
    Firstly, thank you very much for the great content that you provide freely without selling a course or ebook.
    Secondly, I wanted to know if It’s possible to join affiliate programs even though my blog (will be) written in french/arabic?
    Finally, could you please clarify how to “launch” the blog after installing wordpress and siteground?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Sometimes the affiliate partner will want to look over your site before approving you as a partner it’s up to each individual partner to decided whether they’d like to work with you or not because of the different language, so I can’t just say yes or no. If you are interested in some I would just send them a note and ask. You can check out my step by step guide on starting a blog in regards to your second question here https://triedandtruemomjobs.com/how-to-start-a-wordpress-blog-under-100/ if you have any further questions let me know.

  18. Hello,

    I have been feeling doubtful about my blogging, but your article has really changed my perspective and learning patience most of all! I’m going to get more serious and I feel more driven after reading your article to keep to it and see it through. I have a wordpress account but do you need to be signed up with the business or e-commerce plans to do the Ads or affiliate programs?

    1. No, you should be able to add ads and affiliate links to your articles as is. I’m glad you found this article helpful, there is so much information out there about blogging it’s mind blowing.

      1. For Advertising, you say: “You’ll need a minimum of 25,000 sessions within the last 30 days to apply. ”

        What does sessions mean exactly?

        Is it best to start off with Google Adsense for now then?

        1. Here’s the official definition of a session: A session is defined as a group of interactions one user takes within a given time frame on your website. Google Analytics defaults that time frame to 30 minutes. Meaning whatever a user does on your website (e.g. browses pages, downloads resources, purchases products) before they leave equals one session. In short, the Sessions metrics is a unified way to report “Visits” and “Active Users.”

          So basically you’ll need 25,000 people to visit your site within the last 30 days. I started with Google Adsense because I wanted to make money but it was only $100 something dollars, so I just say decide for yourself. The pay is very low with Google adsense compared to ad networks like Mediavine. I know my friend just waited to join Mediavine without dealing with Google Adsense, and you’ll also need to take down all of your Google adsense ads before you get officially approved with Mediavine.

  19. Thank you so much for posting this for all of us to learn from. You are practically “giving away the store” for us wanna be bloggers. I’ve been kicking around a blog idea for about a year now and I’m finally in the beginning stages. I’m such a newbie at this and all the terminology is so new and fresh, but exciting to me. My new blogging business is called “Cheapskatemama”. Your site has really embraced the whole package of how to blog and I’ll use all of your advice. Thanks again for letting me follow you!

  20. Thank you so much for writing this post! I started my blog 9/1/19 after losing my job when I was due to return after maternity leave. It’s so important to me to be able to stay home with my baby as long as I can afford it. To be honest, I never expected to be able to stay home with my baby as an option. I used to make the bulk of our income. It’s been stressful as we’ve approached the end of my savings. I’ve done my due diligence on monetizing my blog. I’ve even taken a course which was amazing. But I have struggled to get traffic to my site. Probably, in part, because I don’t share it with friends and family.
    This post was refreshing and helped me keep my motivation alive.

    1. Awesome. Make sure you’re using Pinterest as it is the quickest way to get traffic. Google traffic is great but it takes time.

  21. Hello, this article was very useful for me! I followed all your steps on how to start a blog. Now I have 5 posts and I am trying to do all the things you listed in this article. It definitely seems like a lot and I feel a little overwhelmed. I am trying to figure out the difference between “keywords everywhere” and “ahrefs”. I have my posts written and now I am wanting to play around with titles.

    At the moment I have my posts on private since I have not settled on the titles yet.

    1. Awesome!!! So I use ahrefs to see what keywords my competitors are ranking for, search volume, and keyword difficulty to determine if I want to write an article about that and I add it to my content calendar. Since I only have 7-days to use ahref for the $7 cost I use keywords everywhere to find the search volume of long-tail keywords. Make sure you make your titles enticing so people will click on your article and make sure the “keyword” you’re targeting is in the article. For example, the keyword of this article is “how to make money blogging” I added consistently to give it more of a “click appeal”. I could have done a better job but that’s all I had at the time and still have :-). It helps to look at your competition (the others ranking on Google for the same keyword) to see how they titled their articles. Make sure you’re also using Yoast.

      1. Thank you so much for the useful information! I have been using your pinterest as a model for how to do mine successfully.

        Also, I was wondering what ad network you would recommend for a new blogger? I know you mentioned google adsense, but is there any other?

        Lastly, do you think it’s necessary to pay to promote my pins on pinterest?

        1. Monumetric https://www.monumetric.com/ is another one but you need at least 10,000 sessions to join them in the last 30 days. I can only vouch for Google adsense and Mediavine. You definitely don’t need to pay to promote pins on Pinterest to do well. I don’t pay for any advertising to get traffic to my site, why pay when you can get it for free? Just continue to make great CLICKABLE pins and pin them to relevant boards. Let me know if you have any other questions, happy to help.

  22. Awesome blog and your how to start a blog tutorial is spot on a good read.

    I have been blogging for years it takes work as you know but it is well worth it in the end when you build yourself a thriving online business one day.

    Just putting in my 2 cents nice blog.

  23. Thank you so much for all this great information!! I just found you on YouTube and I knew I needed to come checkout your blog and I’m happy I spend a few minutes reading this amazing article. I started a blog a few weeks ago. I’m an independent nail technician and I want to do something related to nails or the beauty industry in general. I’ll start my research with all the info you just provided. Thank you again!

  24. Hi Whitney!
    I fell across your articles of course doing a google search for independent contractor jobs. And was so excited to see this article!!
    I have been praying and asking God to give me ideas to stay home and make a living and I know this is not a coincidence. Anyway, thank you so much for really genuinely wanting to help people! You have given me hope and I can’t wait to start 🙂 Thank you!! Tina

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