Can you make a living blogging in 2022 and beyond? There are plenty of gurus selling courses that say you can, but is that reality? Let’s look at how to make money blogging and if it’s still a valid path.
Steps To Make Money Blogging
Blogging is one of those “passive” income sources that takes a lot of effort upfront in order to earn money.
You can work on a website for months and months without getting traffic or earning any money. In fact, it’s a lot easier to start earning money on social media with a Tiktok account or YouTube channel.
Blogging is a slower way to earn money but it can also produce massive amounts of cash flow.
Here are the steps to get started and earn money with a blog.
- Choose a profitable niche topic
- Create your blog
- Write pillar blog posts and pages
- Launch your blog to the public
- Set up an email list and collect emails
- Continue to add content optimized for search
- Promote your blog on social media
- Monetize your blog with the methods listed below
Writing out a list of steps like this way over simplifies the amount of work each step will take. However, once you’ve done one step you are closer and closer to earning money!
Ways To Monetize A Blog
There are many ways to monetize a blog or niche website.
Here are a few monetization methods:
- ad revenue
- sponsored posts
- advertising placements
- specialized brand deals
- affiliate marketing
- promote related services
- sell digital products
- sell physical products
- create a paid community
- collect tips and donations
- monetize related media like YouTube
These are all different ways you can monetize a website. You’ve already created the content – you should find ways to get paid for it!
My Experience Making Money With A Blog
I’ve started and quit multiple blogs over a decade online. I’ve usually begun one when I was passionate about a topic then quit when the financial rewards never came.
I’ve had several blogs make $200-$500 a month and once made around $2,000 per month, but I’ve never fully supported myself from a blog.
Is it possible?
I know multiple bloggers who live off their online income. Most of them are actually recipe bloggers who’ve built up a vault of recipes on their site and now earn $50,000 – $250,000 per year from their blogs.
While I’ve never personally succeeded in living off just blog income, I did succeed in building a full time YouTube business that has earned multiple six figures with ad revenue, affiliate marketing, and related digital products.
Earning money online is possible but it takes a lot of work, time, and specific knowledge to the platform you are using.
Mary is the founder of Pennies Not Perfection where she shares her journey to build wealth through online income. She quit her day job in 2021 after she paid off her debt and doubled her 9-5 salary.
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