5 Genius Tips For Making Money With Your Blog

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Turning your hobby into a business can feel tough. You’re essentially creating a business for yourself and trying to make a livelihood out of it, but this is the era of blogging and it’s never been easier to break into blogging and become the next big thing. The one thing you’ve got to remember is to plan everything! Especially if you’re balancing blogging with a full-time job or a jam-packed personal life.

Don’t worry, though, there are some resources that will make it so much easier to earn money from your hard work, and you might be able to make your blog your full-time thing!

1. Start with a plan

If you want to make a smart investment for your blog, you might want to look into The Ultimate Blog Plan. It’s not your average blogging book, it’s more about you. We’ve packed this book full of strategies and workbook exercises so you can stop reading about success and start working for it. It’s designed to be like a course you can follow in the comfort of your own home and will teach you how to make money from day one! Find out more here.

 

Available here

2. Figure out who you’re targeting and what they like

We go in-depth into all this in The Ultimate Blog Plan, but if you want to make money, you need to look at your audience and figure out who they are, where they come from and what they want/need. Make a list of everything you know about your readers and then make a second list of products and services you think would interest them. From there, you can tailor a post to mention certain products or start working on something you can offer your readers to fill a gap in the market!

3. Choose programs that fit your blog

If you’re signing up to an ad network or an affiliate program, make sure they fit with your blog. Make sure your ad programs use adverts that don’t look spammy, and be aware that where you place your ads matters, too (it will affect your SEO!). When it comes to choosing affiliate programs, look into whether you want CPC (cost per click) or CPM (cost per thousand), and see which products or brands they have listed.

Some affiliate programs require an application, while others are open to anyone, so do some research and look at reviews to see what works best for you (and your blog!).

4. Up your social media game

Yep, you’re gonna need to grow your audience. The more people you have on your website, the better. Not just for affiliate programs, but for collaborations with brands and businesses. So if you’re polishing up your media kit, you need to know how to reach a wider audience.

Don’t underestimate social media, Pinterest is one of our top referrals and we definitely underestimated it in the beginning. To grow your traffic you’ll need a social media plan (we include a free 12-month plan in the book too btw!). Start by listing all the sites you want to post on, then create content to go on those sites. Try not to post too much of the same thing, remember that people want to see behind-the-scenes posts too.

5. Don’t sell your soul

People buy from people, so if you recommend something to them, make sure it’s something you really believe in. One of the top tips we can give is staying true to yourself and trying not to overdo it. Focus on creating great content and putting it out there, and don’t lose your focus!

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photo: datura

 

Turning your hobby into a business can feel tough. You’re essentially creating a business for yourself and trying to make a livelihood out of it, but this is the era of blogging and it’s never been easier to break into blogging and become the next big thing. The one thing you’ve got to remember is to plan everything! Especially if you’re balancing blogging with a full-time job or a jam-packed personal life.

Don’t worry, though, there are some resources that will make it so much easier to earn money from your hard work, and you might be able to make your blog your full-time thing!

1. Start with a plan

If you want to make a smart investment for your blog, you might want to look into The Ultimate Blog Plan. It’s not your average blogging book, it’s more about you. We’ve packed this book full of strategies and workbook exercises so you can stop reading about success and start working for it. It’s designed to be like a course you can follow in the comfort of your own home and will teach you how to make money from day one! Find out more here.

 

Available here

 

2. Figure out who you’re targeting and what they like

We go in-depth into all this in The Ultimate Blog Plan, but if you want to make money, you need to look at your audience and figure out who they are, where they come from and what they want/need. Make a list of everything you know about your readers and then make a second list of products and services you think would interest them. From there, you can tailor a post to mention certain products or start working on something you can offer your readers to fill a gap in the market!

3. Choose programs that fit your blog

If you’re signing up to an ad network or an affiliate program, make sure they fit with your blog. Make sure your ad programs use adverts that don’t look spammy, and be aware that where you place your ads matters, too (it will affect your SEO!). When it comes to choosing affiliate programs, look into whether you want CPC (cost per click) or CPM (cost per thousand), and see which products or brands they have listed.

Some affiliate programs require an application, while others are open to anyone, so do some research and look at reviews to see what works best for you (and your blog!).

4. Up your social media game

Yep, you’re gonna need to grow your audience. The more people you have on your website, the better. Not just for affiliate programs, but for collaborations with brands and businesses. So if you’re polishing up your media kit, you need to know how to reach a wider audience.

Don’t underestimate social media, Pinterest is one of our top referrals and we definitely underestimated it in the beginning. To grow your traffic you’ll need a social media plan (we include a free 12-month plan in the book too btw!). Start by listing all the sites you want to post on, then create content to go on those sites. Try not to post too much of the same thing, remember that people want to see behind-the-scenes posts too.

5. Don’t sell your soul

People buy from people, so if you recommend something to them, make sure it’s something you really believe in. One of the top tips we can give is staying true to yourself and trying not to overdo it. Focus on creating great content and putting it out there, and don’t lose your focus!

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  • I Love Quiet Sundays

    I love tips 3, 4, and 5. For me the hardest thing is upping my social media game. I use tailwind but it is still a project for me to browse pinterest (especially on desktop) to schedule pins. And 5, yes yes! It’s so easy to get side tracked in the effort to make money.

    Great tips!

    Chris | http://www.ilovequietsundays.com

  • I love these tips !
    Thanks Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://jandrewspeaks.com

  • Social media is quite hard as there are so many fake accounts. Then, there’s the follow and unfollow games that people play.

    sheergloss

    • I noticed this too! It’s so frustrating. Posting just for followers gets so tiring. I think it all goes back to actually posting things that inspire you and hopefully the followers will come after.

      http://danielletknguyen.com

      • Runwright

        You’re right. You have to enjoy what you do otherwise if you do it solely for the follows, it gets frustrating.

      • fearlessnosi

        Totally agreed that follow and unfollow game is so tiresome and discouraging.

    • Yes I noticed the follow and unfollow game too. So annoying! Like people don’t care anymore what your about they just want you to follow them to get the “numbers”

  • Sweet Eve

    Thanks for sharing! I agree that the follow/unfollow is pretty frustrating. I hop around to different accounts so I don’t get too frustrated in any one space. After all, at the end of the day, this should be fun!

    grownwomanglowup.blogspot.com

  • Good tips! Will apply in practice!
    From my side I would also add-Networking with like minded people! Always help!

    http://Www.missathletique.com

  • daphne siy
  • Runwright

    Social media is quite the challenge. I get a lot of follow-then-unfollows. I hate that!
    http://runwright.net

  • These are all great and important tips for making money with your blog! Definitely considering purchasing the Blog Plan! Thank you!

    Lisa // FjordsandBeaches.com

  • Varia ツ

    Hi! i am Varia, i am an Indian beauty blogger and a writer. I do DIYs, tips, hair tutorials, makeup looks, GRWM and life hacks on my blog. mentioned below is the link to my world. Chain my menage and make this place a bit prettier.
    my blog url: https://ombredays.blogspot.in/

  • Mayra Pelosi

    Nice Tips! Thank you so much! And since you asked for it, here’s my blog address if you wish to have a look ;)

    http://www.letsparis.com.br

  • Lauren Sarazen

    I definitely want to buy your Ultimate Blog Plan! I’m still in the early stages of creating my blog, but I’m just not sure how to increase readership without spamming my friends on Facebook!

    https://lauren.paris

    • Hey Lauren! Great to hear it, yes a lot of people asked us that. Do you have all your friends + family on your blogging page or is it separate? A certain amount of spamming is kind of necessary to get your content out there but it’s all about moderation, and knowing what to post that brings value to your audience. :)

  • Vikki Sinclair

    This is great advice , I tend to write what I want and now I am looking at developing the blog further than just a hobby I love . My blog is TheVintageVik.com

  • Mandy Gragg

    Thank you for the great advice! Definitely checking out the book.

    http://thehautesweat.com

  • Liz Sier

    Thanks for the article – it has re-invigorated me, as I have not blogged for a while. It is so easy to get sidetracked with other preoccupations and disillusioned over not generating any income. I agree with staying true to your theme – I tried some affiliate links and they were just so spammy with the automatic ads. I look forward to using Pinterest and Instagram to promote my page. I already have a FB page for my website – aroundtheworldwithliz.com
    Mine is a travel blog which is still catching up with all my travels. I won’t be travelling much this year, so hopefully I can get up to date.

    • Hi Liz!

      Great blog! Don’t give up, we always say everyone has their own unique perspective to share with the world. Love the pic with the tiger btw! You can try writing a packing list, maybe essentials to travel with and including some affiliate links there. If you use wordpress.org you usually have more freedom with ads and can make them a bit chic and not very spammy. We’ve got loads more advice in the book if you fancy it, but I can tell you’re on the right track! x

  • My blog is in dire need of help! http://www.elainebiss.com

  • Anne Rita Taylor

    So far my blog is a hobby, a way to have my art and crafting out there since January 2016. One of my popular blogs was crafting while traveling so this week wrote about my search for art supplies in Paris and is popular too. I appreciate any suggestions… http://anneritataylor.blogspot.com

  • Margo Dewulf

    Love the advice! It’s great when people share these kinda tips to help others out. Thank you! X

    My blog: http://www.margosecret.com

  • I love these! Well said : ) x

    http://www.liliantahmasian.com

  • Lauren Outlaw Child

    Love this! Looking forward to the book! http://www.theoilyoutlaw.com

  • Jon Duckworth