If you really want to improve your life, you should get an advanced degree, write a book, or even start your own business, not hang all your hopes and dreams on some stupid little blog. Nobody can make money blogging.
Well, I’ll tell you. Not because I want to brag (well, maybe a little), but because most of the advice out there about monetizing your blog is complete crap.
For instance, do you see any ads on this site?
No? How about e-books for sale?
None of those either, huh?
There’s a reason why.
How I Learned to Make Money Blogging
Over the past ten years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the smartest bloggers on the planet. I worked with Brian Clark as he built Copyblogger to a multimillion dollar brand. Neil Patel and Hiten Shah also hired me to help them launch the KISSmetrics blog, eventually creating a multimillion dollar SaaS company.
Combined, I wouldn’t be surprised if both blogs have earned more than $50 million. In comparison, the $100,000 per month I’ve managed to generate is a pittance.
Want to know how much money you could be making from your blog? Find out with our free Blog Profit Calculator.
How to Make Money Blogging – Step-By-Step
Here’s exactly how to make money from your blog:
Set up your blog
Write content that gets lots of traffic
Convert visitors into email subscribers
Send those subscribers content that builds trust
Sell products or services your audience wants
That’s it. Five steps.
It’s freaking hard to do. The process is simple on the surface, but each step is enormously complicated and requires extraordinary skill.
Especially the last one.
For instance, do you want to sell your own products or services? If so, which ones?
Here are just a few of the options:
Make money blogging by selling these types of things
Or… what if you don’t have any products and services to sell? What should you do then?
Well, you can also make money blogging by selling someone else’s products and services.
The most conventional (and least profitable) method is selling advertising, where you allow companies to promote their products and services to your audience in exchange for a fee. You can also form partnerships with other companies, promoting their products and services as an “affiliate” and earning a commission each time one of your readers purchases.
Which model should you choose? What should you do?
It’s up to you to decide, but before making your decision, there’s one crucial lesson you need to understand:
How blogs make money
For every entrepreneur who makes millions, there are dozens who invest years of their life into companies that ultimately fail, sometimes bankrupting them in the process. It’s a high risk/high reward lifestyle, and it requires more skill, smarts, and good old-fashioned work than most people can fathom