Make Money Blogging: The Definitive Guide [2019 Update]

Have you always wanted to make money blogging but didn’t know how and where to start.

Don’t worry! I’ll help you to start a blog that makes money from scratch.

How to Make Money Blogging

In order to make money from blogging you need to follow all the pro tips given below:

Make money blogging
Make Money Blogging

1. Select Profitable Niche

Do you know, most of the bloggers give up in middle either due to lack of profit or outcome from their blog.

If you have a real mindset for blogging then, you may already have googled for “How to find a perfect niche for your blog”.

Also, you may have seen the blogs appearing on top telling you to select a niche in which you are passionate in otherwise, success will not be in your favor.

If so, they are completely worse blogging teachers.

What if you are passionate about something which other people may not like. Will it be worth writing on that topic?

No, definitely not.

If people don’t like the things which you are passionate about then why should they come to read your blog? That doesn’t make any sense to them.

So, It’s impossible to make money only by following your passion, especially in the case of blogging.

If you really want to succeed then you had to write about what others are interested in instead of yours.

Just write about the things which other people love and you too love writing about it.

You do not have to be an expert for doing this job(To write about a certain topic). What you need is a bit more knowledge then your readers or viewers know. And that’s fine.

You may have a passion or interest in playing football, riding bikes, technology stuff, beauty related things, fitness, hairdressing, and many more. Select the one you have good knowledge of and start writing about from today.

How to find, how many people are interested in my niche?

Using Tools

Using free tools like Google Trends, Google AdWords & so on available in the online market you can see the interest of people over the various topic.

You can simply use the free tool called Google Trends which shows the number of searches for a related topic within your interest in a year.

For that simply go to google trends and search for the topic within your interest like as shown in this picture:

Google Trend
Google Trend

If you are satisfied with the number of searches and within the last 12 months the curve is seen growing, it is the perfect niche for your startup.

Google Trend

In case if you are interested in more than one topic, you can compare them using the compare tool and select one which has more search volume.

Social trends

You can search for the related topic on social media like Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn e.t.c and see how much people are interested in it. You can also join different social media groups and ask how much interest they have.


Forums like Quora can be used to find people’s interest. You can just post a question about your topic on Quora and see how people respond to that question. If you find more people answering your questions, which means that you can move forward & start your million dollar blog😉😉.

2. Pick Domain Name That Suits Your Brand

what is domain?

The domain name is both the name as well as address of your site followed by an extension on its ends (like .com, .org, .shop e.t.c)

It is an address because users can access your blog through your domain name. For example, is the domain name of Facebook which you use almost every time.

What name should I choose for my blog?

Mainly, your domain name should reflect Your name, Your Business name, Brand name or a topic you want to choose for your blog. It also needs to be short and sweet so that it may be easier to remember for readers. Also, your domain must be unique.

For example, my site is about blogging so that I selected a domain name according to its topic. Likewise, you can choose your own unique domain name if it is available and not already used by other people.

Please put your desired domain name below and check if it is available. Also, you will get the domain name for free if you buy Bluehost(best hosting provider) hosting from here:

Also, I request you to buy the .com domain extension for your blog which looks more professional. Don’t bother using .org, .tech, .shops, .online e.t.c. Also, don’t use any numbers in your domain name like which remove test of your name.

You can buy the domain names from the different registrar like Namecheap, Godaddy e.t.c at a reasonable price.

3. Establish your blog online

Establishing your blog online means to connect your site to a web host. There are thousands of web host provider who provides hosting services online.

But, only a few among all are best and provides the best hosting service to the clients. Therefore, you have to pay your full attention at the time of choosing a web host for your site because it is a key component which provides life to your blog.

Choosing the best web hosting will not only give life to your blog but also improves your site SEO and sells.

So, you have to choose the best one of all. As per my recommendation, I request you to choose Bluehost for your site because it is no.1 web host provider among all. And most of the biggest site use Bluehost because it gives excellent speed & 100% uptime.

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4. Customize it and give your taste

By following all the steps given above you will be able to establish your golden blog, So, now it’s time for you to add fragrance in it. And the design will do it for you.

I had found most of the people(including me) wasting their time on designing their site to make them attractive. But, that is a complete loss of time.

Design is not just what it looks like, the design is how it works. So, while designing your site outlook you had to keep following things on your mind:

  • Do not add more attractions, decoratives, slides & hover which slows down the site and affects on SEO.
  • Don’t use many colors. Instead, select only one or two colors which make your site look professional.
  • Use fast theme like Astra Pro, Oceanwp with Elementor page builder which looks great.
  • Once you complete customizing, test your site on all devices because sometimes your site looks disgusting on a different sized device.
  • If you have the money hire some experienced person from a site like Fiverr who do this job for you without wasting your time.

5. Create unique and useful content for your readers

Most of the people think that blogging means just writing an article and throwing it into google.

But, this is completely wrong. There should be a certain reason for creating your content. Your blog post should provide some value to your readers.

Blogging means sharing unique and useful ideas among people.

Until and unless you show your own creativity, you will not be able to attract visitors on your site. If no visitors coming to you then no earning and also no success.

So, creativity is the best key point considered while blogging.

6. Establish your blog as a brand

This is a point where most of the blogger makes mistakes. If you really want to want to succeed in blogging then you should focus on creating a brand.

So, to establish your blog as a brand you have to follow these steps given below:

Make a single target

If you are creating a new blog or a website, then you have to set a single target on what types of the blog post will you write about.

If you are interested in Technology, then just write about technology, Gadget e.t.c only. Do not try to cover whole things like health, personal finances all at one place.

I find many bloggers committing this mistake and killing their brand value. So, don’t do this.

But, what will happen if you write an article about tech, personal finance, beauty, health all mixed at the same blog?

This will gradually decrease your authority. And authority is the best thing which you need if you want to establish your brand.

But this doesn’t mean that multiniche site doesn’t work! There are many multiniche sites successfully running(  & are the best examples) & making tones of money. But, this needs hard work and strong manpower to manage such a huge site.

Provide free as well as quality services

Quality of a service you provide is also the another best thing which determines either your blog is a brand or not. Only writing a detailed post doesn’t determine how your blog is. Let me explain to you how.

Creating a brand means creating a strong relationship bond with peoples or readers. The same thing happens in business too. CocaCola is a brand because people love it much & it has been able to build a strong relationship with people/customers.

Therefore, If you really want to draw the intention of visitors towards your blog then, you had to provide them some offers & gifts for free. The free offers can be anything like E-Books, Paid course, Tools or any other thing which will help your audience directly or indirectly.

By doing this your audience will fall in love with you & starts to trust you.

Try to dominate your competitors

If you will be able to dominate all your competitors then your blog will automatically become a brand. And this will only be possible if you will be able to steal your competitor’s audiences.

And the one and the only way to do this is by providing quality products & services or content to the visitors in comparison to your competitors. Which will automatically drag their visitors towards you.

Interact with people

The other best way to build trust among your audience is by interacting with them. You can interact with your visitors by adding them to social media like Facebook, Instagram(Most used social media today), Twitter, Linkedin e.t.c. or just by replying to their comment on your post. This will helps to win trust among your audience.

If you will do this, people will not only like you instead they will start to love you. And, more the love more the trust and more trust means more money. Also, your blog will establish as a brand as it comes near to peoples heart.

7. Attract readers related to your niche

If somebody is passionate about something then writing an article on that topic will not be too hard for him/her.

Everyone can do this. But will he/she be able to get visitors on his/her blog? No, definitely not because attracting visitors or getting traffic to your blog is a bit more difficult than writing one.

This is the hardest step ever for each and every starter blogger to get traffic related to their niche.

So to get traffic to your blog or site, you first have to submit your blog to search engine like Google, Bing, Yahoo e.t.c. To do this, you can use a free tool from Google called Google webmasters tool or Search Console and Bing webmasters tool to submit on Bing and Yahoo.

Also doing SEO, sharing blog links to social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin is the best way to drag traffic to your blog post.

You can also run a paid advertisement on various ads networks like Google Adwords, Facebook advertisements, Bing Ads and many more.

Among these ads networks, Google Adwords is best among all because you can target specific keywords in it according to your niche. You can also target a country or a reason where you want to show your ads to the audience.

8. Build users engagement on your site

As your blog starts to get some visitors on it. Now, this is the right time to engage them because once they read a post they may not come back again and again.

So, you can engage them by giving them surveys to complete. Also, you can collect their emails address by using different email marketing tools which are available online.

For this, you can use tools like subscribers, Convert Kit, Hello Bar, Mailchimp e.t.c to collect them.

You can also engage them by telling them to comment down below and by doing conversations with them.

Otherwise, you can also tell them to join your social media groups like WhatsApp, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter e.t.c.

After collecting their email you can send them email notification once your new blog article gets published and they will get a continuous notification and keep visiting your blog.

9. Choosing Suitable Monetising Platforms For Your Blog

There are arguably thousands of blog monetization methods by which you can generate a substantial income online. But mainly, there are 10 core methods through which you can earn a huge profit.

1. Including affiliate links in your content

I’ll be honest here – this is the sole purpose of creating any site that I run.

And, Affiliate marketing today has become one of the most popular, commonly used & most beneficial monetization method with the highest share on revenue.

Here is how you can integrate affiliate link to your BlogPost and earn money through it:

  1. An advertiser has products or services which he wants to sell online. He will provide you a certain amount of commission for each sale you make if buyers come through your site or a landing page.
  2. He will provide you affiliate code along with the tracking link which keeps track of sales you made.
  3. You will paste that banner code or direct affiliate link to your blog properly so that more numbers of people will see and buy the product. After they make a purchase you will get some percentage of the total price of that product.

You can join various premium affiliates networks like Amazon Associates and Click Bank or can create private partnership some of the great players of your niche, businesses online.

2. Selling Private Ads Place On Your Blog

Earning money from your blog by Displaying AdSence Ads and Ads from other Ad networks like AdThrive & Mediavine e.t.c had become common these days.

Besides this, you also can create your own opportunity once you end up with enough traffic on your site. There are many companies & business online who want to display their advertisement directly on your site, means there will not be any middle man cutting off your revenue. Which means you can set your own ad rates.

You can also contact business yourself and deal with them to show ads on your site. These ads type may be banner, link ads, image ad or bottoms.

In this way, you can monetize your site by selling ad place on your site privately.

3. Monetize blog with CPC or CPM Ads

The most commonly followed trend by which bloggers to make money is by displaying Ads. There are two types of ads which are popular today:

  1. CPC/PPc Ads: Cost Per Click or Pay Per Click Ads are generally a banner and text links which you can display on the header, sidebar, footer, and middle of your content. You will make money once users click those ads.
  2. Pay Per Conversion(PPC): This is a new & modified form of Cost Per Click ads which provides you X10 more revenue then Cost Per Click Ad. But you will only make money in case if visitors buy the Products through those ad links(Means only if they converted into costumes).
  3. CPM Ads: CPM( Cost Per Impression) ads will provide you a certain amount of money after you cross certain ad impression” Generally Per 1000 Impression”.

Some of the most popular ad networks for displaying this type of ads to monetize your sites are Google AdSence, Mediavine, AdThrive & Media.Net e.t.c.

4. Selling Paid Courses Online

Selling your own paid courses is a thousand times better than serving other peoples Ads on your site. You can generate 10x more money by selling paid courses instead of displaying Google ads on your website or a blog.

What you have to do is, create audio or a visual course where you can explain about any topics you like or what your visitors are interested to learn about. Also, you can promote your course through paid advertising or social media advertising.

And the best part of it is that you can set the course price whatever you want because you are the owner. But I suggest you keep the price cheap & affordable at the beginning.

Note: I personally suggest you not to invest in creating paid courses until you get more than 10,000+ visitors per months traffic.

5. Paid Products/services Reviews

There are thousands of Companies & Brands who want to publish reviews about their newly launched product on different sites online.

There may be a chance that they will contact you for this, but only in case if you had a good amount of traffic coming to your site.

Otherwise, you can pinch those company yourself and can tell them that you want to give an honest review to their products or services. And if they agree will definitely provide you a good amount of revenue or that product for free.

In this way publishing paid reviews can be a good way for website monetization for bloggers like us.

6. Use Blog For Freelancing Service

After a long-time experience in blogging, you will definitely get expertise in website customization, content creation, copywriting and so on.

You can use those skills to help other business owner or blog starter who want to build their site online.

So, at this point, you can use your own blog as a platform or a portfolio to lunch your own freelancing services. Isn’t it the best idea?

I also provide freelance web designing service on & earn some extra money for my back pocket which you can see by clicking here which you can replicate the same.

7. Publish and sell eBooks

You have your own blog means you know something more about a related topic, right? Why don’t you use the knowledge & publish your own eBooks and sell them on your blog?

If you create the premium content for your users they will be more likely to buy it. Plus, you will make more money from it than by showing the ads.

Your ebooks most provide much value to readers so that they will share it with their friends which will help in increasing your sales.

You can also sell your eBooks on Amazon Kindle & similar sites where some writers make more than $2,00,000+ just by selling a single book.

8. Create Your Job Board

There are many people within your niche who want to get hired for their job. And you can take great advantage of it because this can be the perfect income stream for your blog.

ProBlogger Job Board is a perfect example of it. Here, Darren Rowse not only teaches how to be a better blogger but also provides jobs posting service for which he charges $70 for 30 days which you can see on the top right of this image:

In this way, you can not only earn your pocket money but also can establish a network of job poster and freelancer.

9. Sponsored Podcasts: Growing Blog Monetization Method

CEO of Google just announced that podcasts will now appear on Google search & will be given more priority than the written contents same as youtube video which appears on the top.

This means podcasts are the future & we can create a good opportunity of monetizing blog through this.

You can take an interview of some Company/Brand owners and can charge for it. Also, you can recommend some products through podcasts which listeners will buy.

Also, podcasts have a high conversion rate than a written blog. You can visit this article if you want to know more about monetizing your podcasts.

10. Selling Your Blog

I don’t think you would love to do this but, this is the best option for those who can’t give much time to their blog.

There is a site Empire Flippers where you can sell your blog online at a reasonable price.

The highest sold bog ever known was of 33 million dollars called Consumer Search

11. Events Monetization

Some of the bloggers make money through online summits, workshops, webinars, live events, conferences, and meetups. So what you can do on your own blog.

12. Promoting Offline Business 

You can also promote some Offline business in your community, country, or a locality through your blog and earn some money through them.

13. Services 

Some Pro Bloggers can make money by providing different services online or offline. Here are some of the examples of different services:

  • Freelancing
  • Coaching
  • Training
  • Consulting
  • Speaking
  • Design
  • Copywriting

14. Selling Products

Bloggers like you can sell yours or some other products through the means of your blogs and make some commissions.

Mainly, there are two types of products:

1. Physical Products: You can sell different physical products like eBooks, Courses, Software, Apps, Reports and Printables.

2. Physical Products: Physical products can be Books, Merchandise and some other teaching materials.

15.Others income streams

Others income sources can be generated by receiving some donations and funds through your readers whoever like to donate.

Some Other ways to monetize your blog:

  • Ambassadorship
  • Sponsored social content
  • Site wise sponsorship
  • Directories
  • Newsletter advertising
  • RSS advertising
  • Test links
  • Video Advertising

Final tips to make money blogging from my side

People don’t make money because they want to make money & Those people make money who love to help others.

So, leave your money-minded mentality from today and start helping people because success and money had nothing in common.

Use as many income streams which you can handle properly.

Content is king to success. So, think about content, not of site appearance.

Try to be unique because as long as you are unique, you will have your own value. If you try to copy, there will not be your value.

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