Hey Sara! Since publishing this post I am now on (I think) my 13th blog income report? Today I am probably 50/50 in terms of income – like 50% from freelancing and 50% from affiliate income, courses and my book and ads! For affiliate income, try to find products that you use personally and see if they have a program. I use the Shareasale platform (that’s like the middle man that links you to brands) as well as focus on what my readers tent to want, which are products that save them money or make them money. Then I seek out products that fit them best, like Ibotta, Ebates, etc. You could always poll your audience in a newsletter or blog post and ask THEM what they want. Then figure out what product you can help to solve their problem, educate them about the product or course, etc. while monetizing at the same time. That seems like a fair trade off!
Inspirational blog income report. I’ve been bugging for a year now and still have not earned anything off my blog. OK well maybe $3.00 off of Google ad sense. I need to study more on affiliate marketing. But great post it’s inspiring me to keep trying.
You suggest not posting on your blog until you have a decent amount of subscribers, you also mention how surveys are dangerous for finding what your audience needs – My question is: How do you decide what your audience needs a service for if you’ve yet to build an audience?
I am a graphic designer who works from home while managing two young kids…I found your blog and its very inspirational. I have been trying to figure out a way to share all of my little projects for my home, my struggles to make it as a stay at home “graphic designer” and fun projects with my kids. I know that I have to find a niche and I am still working on that. Thanks for sharing!
Your blog is great and every single post is packed with truly useful and up to date information and tips, but one thing I am finding, not just with BBT, but most “how to be a successful blogger” sites is that the focus is almost entirely geared towards people who want to be a “blogger” and not on how a company can use a blog to drive sales.
In 2017, I grew my email list by about 24,600 people. While both media exposure and organic traffic drove most of my new email list subscribers, I could have done a better job of offering more value for signing-up. I’ve been slacking on creating a welcome sequence which is one of the benefits of using Convertkit for email marketing, or a set of dedicated resources for subscribers. But I am working on both now. Realistically, I think I can get to 1,000 new subscribers per week if I can up my content game, post 3-5 times per week, and increase my writing for CNBC. Building my email list is one of my biggest goals for 2018.
I am lumping all this together because contractually I can’t disclose how much money I am being paid for some of these projects. But this bucket of blog income includes signing a contract for my book, speaking, private coaching, course sales, and freelance writing gigs. For 2018, I expect this number to grow since I am planning to speak more, release at least two more courses, and take on a few more coaching clients.
If you’re blogging in another language, I would recommend just focus on posting amazing content and then asking influencers to share it for you. You have much less competition, so it should be fairly effective.
Oh, wow! Just…wow! I knew the changes on this site would be phenomenal, but good grief, Jon! I’m nowhere close to where I should be, but this post will be my bookmarked ‘go-to’ when I need to remind myself of the most actionable process I should take as an ‘old newbie’. I know I need help, but this particular post is helping me to wrap my head around what I didn’t understand before. Thanks!
I’m impressed about the depth of insight you seem to command in this area. It is true there are lots of sites that means opposite of what they say or write but yours is different. Keep on doing a good job out there.
Instead of a job board, you could create an event calendar where you charge people to advertise their events. This also works well if you already have an established audience, because businesses will be willing to pay to reach your audience.
As long as you add the copyright to the bottom of your blog (like in the footer) you should be good to go for protecting your content on your site. With that being said, I know some businesses and bloggers do have tiny watermarks on their logos to protect them, so it’s up to you!
Solid numbers about blogging incomes are hard to come by. For example, in the US, the Bureau of Labor Statistics lump bloggers in the very broad category of “Writers and Authors” which has a median income of $61,240 per year. It’s not an accurate measure since there are vastly different occupations included in that category. Information from small surveys and anecdotal evidence can also be found online, but much of it is outdated or taken from tiny sample sizes.
I have been blogging as my main source of income for the past 8 years. It has been a long hard slog ( making money online is hard ) but in the past few years I have managed to launch successful blog after successful blog which have meant that I can quit the 9-5 and spend more time with my family & start building a lifestyle I am happy with.
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Jon, you just rock! I agree that you should be called “his Royal Awesomeness” :). This is the greatest post I ever read about blogging and monetizing a blog. I know some bloggers who are able to make a living 20-30k per year with their blogs but it took them years to build a following and thousands of posts too…
#16 – The Busy Budgeter – $12,484 in March of 2016 – This is another income report from Rosemarie. Her income is mostly split down the middle between affiliates and ad networks, with some income from sponsored posts.
The idea that you can start a blog today and make a full-time income within a few months is, for most, not realistic. There is simply too much too learn and too much to build (your site, your content library, your social media presence, your trustworthiness, relationships with readers, etc.). If you need money right away, building a blog may not be your best option.
Within the whole making-money-online realm, it really feels like the Wild West. It’s never been easier in history to make more money, so it’s a ton of fun to test and share new money-making strategies. It’s also never been easier to launch a business and build an audience and network to get your message out. But I’m still learning just like everyone else. That’s what makes it so fun. Making money online feels a lot like playing a potentially really profitable game. Here’s what I’ve learned: I think a lot of people have the formula completely backward since they focus wayyyyy too much on social media or tweaking every SEO dial without first creating quality authentic content. Here’s the formula that seems to be working best for me:
The top partner has the first shot to fill an ad – if they don’t – they “pass back” that ad request to Adsense (since Adsense is a 100% fill solution but tends to have lower CPMs than other ad networks).
The basic WordPress.com account is free, but it will have WordPress.com ads and branding. You can upgrade to their Personal plan for $2.99/month (billed yearly) to remove WordPress.com logo and advertising from your website, and get a custom domain (such as www.yoursite.com).
Great information all in one place. I am new to blogging and having a blast. Deciding on a niche was a bitch. I am interested in so many things that I had to follow all of them until I found my groove. It’s a big problem not settling in one niche. At the moment I am in two niches and celebrating the focus.
There is no point in starting a blog that you want to make money from without a plan. There are thousands, even hundreds of niches out there. Some are broad and huge; some are small and virtually unknown. Some niches are easier to make money in than others.
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.
Selling physical products online can be hard to setup as you will need to deal with storage, shipping and even deal with things such as local taxes and distance selling laws. Of course a lot of this headache can be resolved by finding a company who will offer a white-label or drop shipping service leaving you to worry about getting traffic and updating the website.
Sponsored Content: Most blogs start this way. A company basically contacts you via email (or you reach out to them) and ask you to write a review about their product or brand. They pay for this review and the link to their site (between $200 – $750 USD / article).
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.
It’s definitely important to diversify when it comes to affiliates – both the programs themselves as well as the products / companies you promote within each program. Most of them have some sort of minimum payout, so it can take a lot of little drops in the bucket before a payout.
That is awesome! Really happy to see this is motivating you. It motivates me as well. To think there are already people out there making a ton of money from blogging just shows it can be done. Just need to keep at it and try really hard!
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Great article. I recently came into blogging. I hadn’t completed what quantity I had learnt from my initial try. currently, with the new diary, I started a few month alone, I’m seeing a rise in traffic on a daily basis that is kind of stunning and really exciting. therefore I even have been reading everywhere the way to legitimize a diary. Your article is superb and in-depth. Many thanks for sharing. I will be able to definitely take on some of your advice. Cheers Jamie!
This is one of the best things I’ve read on the internet when it comes to the whole “make money online” space. Honest, transparent, but also motivating. Love what you’re doing and how you prioritize helping others. Glad you’re making a good buck to do all the work you do. Can’t wait to see what 2018 holds. -Rich
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Affiliate marketing works in conjunction with several other online advertising mechanisms. This is the case because affiliates will often use these platforms for marketing purposes. Some of the mechanisms include search engine optimization (SEO), e-mail marketing, paid search engine marketing (PPC-Pay Per Click), display advertising, and content marketing. At the same time, affiliates can also appropriate less traditional advertising methods. An example would be publishing reviews of services or products.
I’m new at an online website and want to simultaneously pour into a blog as well. Not necessarily looking for income at this point, just so much I want to share but I have no idea of where to start and how to connect with am audience or other bloggers for that matter! Any tips would be super helpful! Thanks and congratulations!
The way I do it is I find all the big players in my niche and put their URL into SEMrush to see what they rank for and what content does best for them in terms of traffic and keyword rankings. This will then give me some ideas on content and how to enter that niche and try to gain some of that traffic.
For example, in the United States, a blogger who publishes a sponsored post must comply with the FTC’s Endorsement Guides. This includes disclosing whenever a post is sponsored. You can do that by adding a sponsored post prefix to your post title in WordPress.
OK – the first four steps of starting a blog, creating content, finding readers and building engagement with those readers are important foundations that you really do need to get in place before you’ll be able to build long term income for your blog.
The key here is that your exclusive membership has to be more valuable than something your visitors can find for free somewhere else, so be sure you’re developing something of value and worth the price.
A very informative article , it helped me in clearing my doubts about online money making . Bloggers like you help hundreds of new and budding bloggers like me to understand things and move ahead . Thank you very much .
As I write this, I am getting ready to fly to New York to be interviewed on ABC Nightline which gets like 1.5 million viewers (freaking out a little bit). I also have two other TV interviews confirmed so far in just January. But in 2017, I made my first appearance on WGN News in Chicago and it was so much fun. I also learned (the hard way) that you should always wear makeup on TV simply to reduce the glare on your face from all the lights. Here’s my first time on TV for Millennial Money with my shiny forehead. It was a ton of fun though.
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.
I had never considered the value of giving webinars. I had attended plenty of webinars and purchased some products based on same. It hadn’t occurred to me the economic value of giving webinars prior to reading your post.
WordPress was built to be a blogging platform and will always be a blogging platform. It does it well and perfect for blog only sites. However, once you start incorporating other functionality into your site such as membership based concepts, e-commerce, basically more complex website structure and content, my choice would go to Joomla! hands down. I’ve got over 10 years of Joomla experience and 7 for WP, so it’s a bit easier for me to make that statement.
This post is amazing. I am a newbie and had no idea about how to proceed. This was an eye opener. I was investing too much in SEO, though I neither had good content nor links with the influences.I am really grateful that you brought out this topic.
Hey Sumalee! It doesn’t hurt to start early – just make sure you have some great content published first so readers who are coming from social media sites can see what you have to offer and will want to come back and read more 🙂 And if you want to monetize – go for it! It took me some time to build up – mostly because I had no clue what I was doing – so the earlier you can get started, the better!
Hi Alexander, thank you for the add! Your list looks wonderful and inspiring! I have a long long long way to go for sure. I think I am probably one of the laziest blogger since I don’t spend much time advertising or networking. I look forward to reading your tips and etc. Thank you!
I’ve found a few that you might not have seen yet, so I’d love to help you out any way I can. You can check out my Complete List of Bloggers Who Share Income Reports at http://onlineincomereport.com/complete-list/