A platform is a software or service you are using to run your blog. In your case, you are already using self-hosted WordPress.org blog. If you want to get more traffic to your blog, then a good place to start would be our WordPress SEO Guide for beginners.
Once established, your travel blog itself may earn $3,000 – $5,000 / month, but if you’ve broadened your horizons and started working on other income streams like freelance writing, content creation, social media management and consulting services, you can double or triple this figure.
We were early movers on this trend. Matt and I recorded 44 videos and launched a money course in June, but the course was so popular that we closed registration less than 60 days after launching to rebuild for Version 2.0. It was amazing to get so many students from around the world to go through the course and provide feedback. Note to self: Don’t launch a course when you are traveling to Europe the next week (that added a lot of unnecessary stress)! While we both made quite a bit of money in the process, the learning was even more valuable. New courses for 2018 are already in development.
Sounds easy doesn’t it! On some levels the process is simple – but you need to know up front that there’s a lot to each step and below I’m going to give you some pointers on each including some further reading.
Also many people are fooled that getting their blog to 1st position on page one will drive HUGE traffic to their blogs, the truth is this is not the case. To enjoy big traffic from Google you need to be on page one for MANY keywords not just one.
BTW, I am going to try a new revenue stream. Since I’m an expert in the information technology field (it’s the truth), currently I am writing a book to be published online. I am focusing 100% on the ages of 18 – 30 for this book as I know how to reach theme with what my book is about. About 2 months or little less It will be available in online book companies as my first book and if all goes well, I can write more books as I have so many topics to cover. Still I will run my niched wordpress blog that is not in the Computer field.
I like your blog. Im not making much money from my blog yet but what has been working for me so far are putting adsense ads on the top and bottom of posts and also using affiliate advertising (blue host, flex Offers).
Jon, it’s so disheartening to read this list. Not for my sake, but for the sake of all the hobby bloggers I know who keep asking me why their blogs aren’t getting the traffic, attention, or sales they were hoping for, and how in the world can I be building my email list before I even start blogging? Am I STUPID or something?!
#12 – Believe in a Budget – $5041 in March of 2016 – Look how far Kristin has come in such a short time! Almost exactly a year prior, she made $60 in a month on her blog (listed above). Much of this income is now coming from freelancing that she is doing (Pinterest management, image services, and an eCourse), which she considers to be tied to her blog.
Success in every facet of life is based on who you know and not what you know 🙂 The secret is to start connecting with more people, if you build your network wide enough you’ll meet someone who can help you, no matter what it is that you are trying to achieve. Some meet these influential people more quickly by complete luck of the draw, others need to keep plugging along longer. The system works either way, and whether or not it works better for others is irrelevant, all systems in life work better for some than others.
Thank you so very much for all the helpful advice! I’m getting ready to start my own blog and I’m a little intimated! I’m hoping to start posting and getting my domain and all that jazz within the next few months! I enjoy your posts and all the helpful tips!!!
Way to go Kristin, your story is so inspiring. I have not started blogging yet, but have started to research the in’s and out’s of it. I have a very busy life with 2 kiddos and a full time job. I want to start a blog about my hobby, but not sure how great of a writer I am, and much time I need to commit!
We recommend using the free Amazon Product in a Post Plugin to easily add Amazon products to your blog posts or pages. Or, you could use the premium WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates plugin to create an Amazon Affiliate store using WooCommerce.
Another option to make money is to sell memberships to exclusive corners of your website. For instance, a career blog might charge $10 per month for users to gain access to their job board. A startup business blog might sell memberships to their forums where people can get personalized advice about their business.
Michelle currently makes around $120,000 per month from affiliate marketing alone, so she knows what the hell she’s talking about. You also get access to her private Facebook group where you will be able to draw on the experience of others in the affiliate marketing community.
As I have been inspired by you I’ve created a list with my favourite bloggers and I included you and your blog in it. I hope you don’t mind. The link is here http://passiveincomewise.com/favourite-bloggers/
Affiliate marketing is a little bit different, but easier to explain. Basically, you can sign up to be an “affiliate” with different companies — meaning that when you share about that company on your website, and someone goes to that company’s site and buys things, you will earn a commission. There are thousands of affiliate programs out there. Seriously, tons. If you’re curious, sites will usually have a link at the very bottom of their webpage that says “affiliates,” which explains how to sign up for their program. However, there are “affiliate networks,” like Share-A-Sale, where you can easily browse through and search for your favorite brands and apply for their programs. Usually, you’d sign up to be an affiliate if you like the brand already. It’s kind of like, if you’re going to talk about a product on your blog, you might as well earn a commission for marketing that company’s product to your audience. I find affiliate marketing to be easier if your blog has a clear niche or focus. I imagine fashion bloggers could earn decent commissions because they have the chance to link their clothing using affiliate links. My blog? Not as much. But I still use them from time to time if there’s a product I want to share. Bottom line, if you like something, why not become an affiliate? Here are a few popular affiliate networks:
If you’re interested in getting started with affiliate marketing, you can start by thinking about the products you already use that your readers may be interested in as well. Then you can see if they have an affiliate program that you can sign up for.
Don’t be fooled by the pictures of expensive cars, mansions, or working from beach. Every single one of those are scams, and you will waste your time and money paying for any courses or training that you buy from those guys.
Whether you’re looking to supplement your income with a little extra to pay for a few nice treats or create a blog that will support your lifestyle then you can pretty much make as much money as you like from blogging if you are prepared to put in the hard work.
Thank you for sharing this income report. I am excited for you, and am hopeful I will be posting a first income report soon too. I appreciate the breakdown of how you received your $56.83 (are you going to frame your first dollar? :-)).
Time and time again, I have to repeat many (if not all!) these points to them; some learn, some don’t. But the ones who learn will definitely see better results and probably become one of those bloggers who gets paid to do what they love!
There are some complicated rules for bloggers who publish sponsored posts and depending on your country they can differ. The main point is to make sure that you clearly declare when a blog post is an advertisement.
My hurdle that you make seem so easy comes for this one line: “Write content that gets lots of traffic”. I know that I write good content, but content that gets lots of traffic … well. In that one line you have made the most difficult part of getting started seem like a “no brainer”.
There are many ways to experiment with growing your blog’s audience that I’ve written in previous blog posts and talked about in podcasts (I’ll share some further reading and listening below) but it is important to enter into all these strategies remembering that you should not just be looking for ‘traffic’ but ‘readers’.
I read your entries about asset portfolio too, great work btw! Are you currently loving your turnkey purchases? Have been looking into turnkey purchases with intention to put long term tenants there, but since I live in UK now, it’s a little pain in the butt to fly back to the state. So my question is, did you literally just fly there once and see the place, then just hire someone to do it all? Any problems so far?
Thank you so much for adding me and for compiling these! I love reading income reports. I can’t wait to look at everyone’s numbers. If I remember next month I’ll link to this from my income report and share with everyone 🙂
I LOVE this post and have shared it as far and wide as I can. I must admit, having recently started writing for the HuffPost, I’ve felt guilty for hardly posting anything on my own blog (just don’t have the time to do both) so your post has made me feel much better for prioritising the guest posting.
This principle applies to just about anything: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Abe Lincoln, Einstein, Edison, and just about any other successful person I can think of worked their ass off for a large part of their lives before they saw any success.
For example over the past couple of years, husband and wife team, Bjork and Lindsay at PinchofYum.com, a food and recipe blog, have built up a huge following and some months they have made nearly $25k.
you changed your domain name and you are doing well but i did the same but things are bad (no traffic, back links, mass email not working). I have just read your advice on domain change in one of your posts but now what should i do.
Here at Smart Blogger, our products cost $9,997, $1,997, and $997, $497, $197, and $47.  We started on the expensive side first, and we gradually worked our way down. It’s been much, much more profitable this way.
Bloggers are making money and here is the list to prove it.  It is amazing!  In the short time I have been blogging I have become fascinated with reading income reports of other bloggers making money with their blogs.  It’s truly mind blowing how much money can be made from blogging.   And it’s even more amazing how there are so many bloggers out there willing to share their monthly blog income reports with the world.  There are some big time earners out there and it’s really motivating seeing how they are doing it!  It’s also really cool to see how the smaller blogs stack up with the big ones.   Use this list to compare and gauge what size blogs and kinds of blogs are making money and how much of it!
Sidebar ads are just that — ads you see on the side of a site. Though, they can also appear elsewhere, like at the top or bottom of a page. Basically, you earn money when someone buys a little piece of web space on your blog. I have a some on the right side of my page — see ’em? Sponsorships, as they’re often called, can also include other things — like a tweet about your sponsor’s site to your Twitter followers, for example. I use Passionfruit Ads to handle my sponsorships and have never used anything else. There’s a small, yearly fee to use their service, but I personally think it’s well worth it. I’ve been running sponsors on my blog for almost a year now and have really enjoyed the experience, as it’s not only made me an increasing amount of income, but also connects me to tons of other bloggers each month.
Advertising is easy to start making it a popular income stream for many bloggers. However, it’s not nearly as lucrative as it once was and it requires a lot of traffic to be truly profitable. Therefore, it’s not a top recommendation of mine.
I really enjoyed your post! I just recently decided to enter the blogging world, and it is always so great to hear about others’ success! I, too, am an introvert and find it hard to sometimes share my content. This definitely gave me the motivation I needed, Thanks 🙂
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Thanks for reaching out. Congrats on the awesome first month. Do you have a link that will show all your income reports? Like a category link or something? If so, send me that. It prevents me from having to update individual links each month.
I am a JAGAHB fan and I wanted to express how much I enjoy reading and following your blog. Your blog is so inspirational to us new bloggers. I wish I had found you back in 2013 when you started, but better late than never. 🙂 Your income reports are what drew me to your site and I’ve been impressed every since. I’d never come across or even seen any blog that offered their income information. Most just leave us to guess and wonder if it’s really possible to progress financially. This was a FANTASTIC way to build trust with your future audiences. God Bless, Angela
Jon, thanks for this awesome post. My question is, what do you think of blogs who ask for donations or claim to sustain themselves by them? (Also books and products). But what do you think about the donation itself and if you´re pro-donation, when is a good time to start asking for it in a blog? Thanks a lot for your time. Hope some day I can meet you Im from and live in Mexico
You deducted $5 for Google as a blog expense. But didn’t you mention in your article that you also pay for your domain and a wordpress website? Do you still pay for those, and if so, how much per month? I was wanting to start blogging, but the whole decision on going with a free site or paying for one still has me in limbo. Also, do you have a domain or website you recommend? Thanks.
Of course this is just my own personal interest, you may be a keen amateur photographer, a budding cake decorator or want to write about travelling across Australia. So, carry out your research online by looking at different websites in Google and even on social media sites such as Facebook or Pinterest to see where the money making niches are, where the people are and if these niches are growing or shrinking. It will save a lot of heartache later down the line.
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Facebook – Depending on your niche you can expect to pay about $1 per click to your blog, but there are many variables that can influence how much you will pay. Depending on the nature of your business this can provide some excellent ROI in terms of initial sales, but the main focus of this ad campaign is to get people to your blog. Wow them with your content and get them to opt-in to your email list for more updates.
#21 – Smart Passive Income – $166,123 in April of 2016 – Pat Flynn is pretty much the king on online income reports and has some of the most impressive blogging income numbers you’ll find on the web. He lists in detail his income and expenses. The vast majority of that income is from his affiliate relationships. He also earns from niche sites, book sales, and other smaller sources.
Michael’s numbers are solid. Another way that you can multiply the revenue per visitor or revenue per pageview is to work with multiple advertising partners in what pro-bloggers call an “ad stack”. If you are only using Adsense for display, you can start by adding just one more partner with a higher CPM.
I agree about foregoing ads and instead selling your own products in those ad spaces. This might however not be applicable to bloggers who are still new and running the ropes, and to blogs that are still in their growth phase.
This concept can also be applied to services in all types of industries. For instance, if you offered electronic repair services as opposed to physical products, you could still use the same blogging concept to increase brand awareness and convert more clients.
Below are the 10 goals I set for the blog in 2017, what I was able to accomplish in 2017, and my goals for 2018. These also include a detailed breakout of the $401,681 in blog income I made from the Millennial Money website.
As always, a fantastic post Jon. Have just shared on G+ with the comment that you are simply the best at what you do. I love your style, and the practical advice is invaluable. I was particularly interested in your downplay of using twitter, FB etc to hope to grow your blog, but what you said makes total sense. As someone who is building an author’s platform prior to publication, I’d been hesitant to sell products, but no more. Thanks so much for your inspiration.
Direct Income – when I started making money from my blogs it was through ‘direct’ income streams. I put AdSense ads on my blog and promoted some products on Amazon as an affiliate and the more readers I had the more income began to trickle in (it really was a trickle at first). In time as my traffic grew this income grew and I was also able to experiment with other direct forms of income such as selling advertising directly to advertisers.