Making money from blogging is kind of a big deal now. Many bloggers live full time through the income from their blog alone. Have a look at the top 10 money bloggers around the world(some of these bloggers make millions of dollars through blogging).
So, how can you get paid for blogging?
You have two options
- Get paid blogging in your own blog.
- Get paid blogging in other’s blogs (guest blogger).
Let’s have a detailed walkthrough of these 2 methods.
Get paid for blogging Method 1 – Start your own blog
WordPress is the best blogging platform out there. The first step of making money online from your blog is to start one. You need to start your own blog and bring traffic to it in order to get paid from your blog. The whole process is about writing high-quality blogposts and building relationships with your readers.
Select the right niche for your blog
First of all, you need to select your niche. I’d recommend you to start your blog in a niche in which you have great knowledge. If you are an expert in your niche, you can write top quality articles in your blog. When it comes to 2020, blog quality has great importance. Google(who can be your greatest traffic source) is really intelligent to differentiate between cheap and quality blog posts. Through high-quality and original blog posts you can create value to your readers. This is why it’s really important for you to pick a niche in which you have great interest. If you have a great interest in a niche, your blogposts will get better automatically.
Build traffic to your blog.
In those initial days of blogging, it was all about publishing good content. When it comes to 2020, things have changed a lot. You need to promote your blog posts in order to get good search engine rankings and thereby traffic You can do,
- Social Media Promotions
- Email campaign/outreach
- Forum Promotions
- Guest Blogging
- Blog networks
Now, how can you make money from your blog?
Here, I am going to list some methods through which you can make money from your own blog.
Different methods through which you can make money from your blog
There are a number of ways to make money from your blog, have a brief look at some of the popular methods. You can also check the advanced guide to make money online from your blog.
1. Google Adsense(Contextual advertising)
Google AdSense is the most favorite method of bloggers in order to make money from blogging. Google publishes advertisements in your blog and you’ll get paid when readers click on the ads. I’ve been using Adsense for 10 years. This is what I’ve learned from making money with Google Adsense.
- You need to have good traffic – I’d say you need to have at least 1000 unique visits a day in order to make some money with Google Adsense. If you have very little traffic (like 100 unique visits a day), it is really hard to make good money with Adsense.
- Pick a good niche – Adsense payout(click rate) varies on a niche basis. Some niche has a good cost per click, for example, you can make 10X revenue from a health blog than from a celebrity blog with the same traffic.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Through affiliate marketing, you can make commissions per sale. You’ll get paid if readers buy affiliate products (clicking your affiliate product links from your blog). For instance, if your blog is about photography, you readers will be interested in cameras too, you can recommend/sell cameras through your blog.
Some of the popular affiliates are,
- Amazon affiliates– You can sell amazon products and earn commissions through your blog. Amazon generally offers a 1 to 4 percent commission per sale.
- Commission Junction -CJ offers good commission rates overall.
- Hosting affiliates – Almost all the hostings have affiliate programs. Bluehost, Siteground, WpxHosting, Kinsta, Cloudways, etc are the most popular hosting affiliate programs. Hosting programs offer great commissions too. Bluehost affiliates offer $65 per sale, WPX hosting offers $100 per sale.
If your blog has a decent amount of traffic you can sell ads in your blog and get paid for it. Other companies, businesses are looking to promote their products and content. They’ll outreach you for sponsored content if your blog is established.
4. Selling products
Through posting quality blog posts, you can bring traffic to your blog. Once you achieve good traffic, you can sell some products(digital/physical) products in your niche and can get paid for it.
5. Writing ebooks(Selling premium contents)
Ebook is one of the hottest digital product which you can sell through your blog. You can write an ebook and sell it to your readers. You have to collect emails from your readers from the beginning itself. You can promote your ebooks on behalf of your readers. For this, you can use email marketing Softwares like convertkit, aweber, etc
Check – how to make money writing and selling your ebook.
Get paid for blogging Method 2 – Be a contributor to other blogs.
If you are following the first method(starting your own blog) , you need to have some patience. The blogging business is a long-run game, most probably, you won’t make any single penny till your blog gets established. It takes some time for a new blog to catch up and produce regular readers.
If you are looking for some quick money scheme through blogging, it’s better to write in other blogs and getting paid. You can get paid blogging in other blogs, in other words, being a guest blogger. As I said above, content is the success factor of any blog and many successful blogs out there are looking for good content providers. In most cases, you’ll be paid a flat fee for your blog posts.
How can you be a guest blogger ?
You can’t simply be a guest blogger in these blogs. Keep in mind that the people who pay you for guest blogging are reputed bloggers(people who make real money from their blog). These people know the value of good quality content and they won’t accept any cheap quality content.
How to find guest blogging opportunities
So how can you find these bloggers who pays you for blogging? Let us have a look at some of the possible methods to find paid blogging opportunities.
Ask google! You may search in google with the following query,
“Your Niche + Write for US”
“Your Niche + Guest Blog”
Replace “Your Niche” with the niche in which you are blogging(ex: Nutrition).
This will list the blogs which have created pages to welcome guest bloggers.
You can also do a google advanced search
allintitle: write for us paid
allintitle: write for us
Check the contact form of a blog
Just visit the contact form of a blog. Many bloggers make themselves clear whether they are looking for guest bloggers in their contact form.
Listverse offers flat 100$ for blogpost accepted.
Contact them directly
Even if you didn’t find any guest post related details in a blog, it won’t be a bad idea to send them a personal message in your interest to guest blog. Ask them whether they are interested in paying for guest posts. You need to draft a standard email to these bloggers describing briefly about the content you are planning to write in their blog. It will also be good if you could share some of your previous blogging experiences(blogposts).
You can use this email template to pitch a guest blog.
Hi (bloggers name),
I’m a long time reader of your blog. I should say that you are doing a great job with your blog(blogname.com).
I’d love to be a contributor to blogname.com
I’ve been brainstorming some topics that I think your readers would find interesting.
-Blog post idea #1
-Blog post idea #2
-Blog post idea #3
I did a search in your blog and didn’t find any article with a similar idea.
I have great experience in blogging and I assure to bring great quality to the blog post I write for you.
To give you an idea about the quality which I am providing, here are some links to some of my previous blog posts.
You can approach these bloggers and make a contact with them. If they like your article, they may ask you to contribute more to their blog. The more you contribute, the more your will be paid .
Some of the popular blogs that pay you for writing
Many blogs out there pay for writing for them. Have a look at some of the popular blog sites that pay you for blogging.
Rate Offered per blogpost: $50
Niche: Top 10 lists
Rate offered per blogpost: $100
Niche:Fashion, Lifestyle, coupon
Rate offered per blogpost: $100
Rate offered per blogpost: $75
Niche: Tutorials(Technical, Programming)
Rate offered per blogpost: $50
Rate offered per blogpost: $25
Rate offered per blogpost: $25-$50
Rate offered per blogpost: $100(approximate)
9. A List Apart
Niche: Web development
Rate offered per blogpost: $200
Niche: Mobile Applications
Rate offered per blogpost: $60
If you are looking for a serious sustainable revenue(or a blogging business) start your own blog. As I said, making money from your own blog is a long-run game. If you are looking for some quick money, go for the second method, you don’t need to wait, you’ll get paid for your work.
Keep in mind that quality is what that count these days, readers out there are looking for quality blog posts. By providing value to your readers, you can build your own brand, and thereby you can make a good deal of money through blogging.