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 now, I get well over 100,000 page views per month consistently and I earn over $10,000+ per month!

screenshot of blog earnings

Quick question: Are you on our email list? If you want the exact strategies I use to build my 6-figure blog, click here.

I did a video on how I would start a six-figure blog today from scratch that I think will really help you. Click here or below to watch.

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.  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.

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! 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, which we’ll talk about next.

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!

Affiliate Marketing is great BUT don’t think you’ll get paid right away. For most of the programs I’m with I don’t get paid until the next month. 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.

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

If you need help defining your niche or finding out if it’s profitable, watch this.

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 is one of the most important:

  • 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 similarly 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.

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 over 100,000 people per month coming to my website from Google (Organic Search).

It took time to start ranking on Google, so I suggest not to expect your articles to start ranking on Google for 6-months to a year IF you’re writing your articles in a specific way.

You want traffic from Google because it’s 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.

Let me show you a little exercise I go through when I’m writing an article. 

We’ll use this article for an 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). 

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 send to my email list.

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.

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.

  • 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? 

If you’re ready and you want to build a 6-Figure Blog, subscribe to my email list here and I’ll show you how. Click here to subscribe.

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

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.

If you’d like me to teach you how to build a six-figure blog, sign up for our email list here.


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72 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?

    Thanks,
    Matt

    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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