Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to make money blogging in 2019

It’s a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.

The number of websites existing online reached 1 billion a few years ago. Most experts stopped counting from then on.

A large percentage of these sites are blogs, and new ones are getting published every minute.

And yet, so many people are wondering how to make money blogging and aren’t sure where to begin.

There’s too much information on the topic of setting up your own blog and monetizing it, that most people are overwhelmed and just put off creating a site of their own for later.

But you don’t need to do this. Later might become never, and by not being a blogger you’re missing out on a ton of opportunities.

Making money blogging, gaining taffic and building an audience take time. But what matters is that you build a blog today and start learning the process step by step.

So many people have asked me things about starting a blog such as:

  • How do I start a blog?
  • What’s the best platform to use?
  • How do I choose hosting and make the site live?
  • How much does it cost to have my own website in just a few minutes?
  • Can anyone make money from their blog?
  • What does it take to become a full-time blogger?
  • Do I need any special knowing before setting it up?
  • What are the best ways to make money blogging?
  • What exactly is affiliate marketing?
  • How do I build traffic?
  • How do I make my blog look professional, like the ones I’m already following?
  • How can I earn passive income through my blog?

And more.

I’m sure you’ve asked yourself similar questions. Well, starting a blog is easy, what comes next though takes time and trial and error.

But you’ll never regret hitting publish, it just takes a bit of courage to do it.

That’s why I created this free guide on starting a blog for you.

It’s not only the knowledge you need to create your own blog and pick up a domain name for it, set up hosting and install WordPress in a few easy steps, begin using your dashboard and the help of some free tools and services, write and publish content the right way, set goals and build your personal brand around your website, have a newsletter that your readers can sign up for and start building your audience, promote your blog and also monetize your platform in different ways.

All that is necessary for you to starting a blog in 2018, and skipping one step will mean you’ll be left behind.

Once you go through this guide, you’ll have enough knowledge to be a real blogger and begin your quest to making money from this business venture and turn it into your full-time career after some time.

All that is possible with the fantastic platforms we have the chance to use these days.

If you haven’t built a blog yet, 2018 is the time for you to do it.

Let’s get to action.

Easiest Way to Start a Blog in 2019 and Make Money Blogging

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Here’s what you’ll learn in this guide on starting a blog (you can skip to any part you’d like):

Step 1: Set Up Your Blog

Step 2: Customize Your Blog

Step 3: Monetize Your Blog: How to Make Money Blogging

Step 1: Set Up Your Blog

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate, which means I’ll earn a small commission in case you decide to buy a product or sign up for a service through them. This adds no cost to you, but helps keep this site sustainable.

In order to set up a site, you need a few elements. That’s a domain name, a hosting provider, and a content management system (so that you don’t need to use any code to have a functioning and beautiful site).

In this quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to get the 3 right and do it using some of the best platforms out there.

Best Place to Start a Blog

The easiest way to start a blog is by using wordpress.org and creating a self-hosted site that you’ll have almost full control over.

That’s the open-source content management system Let’s Reach Success is built on, together with more than 15,886,000 other websites.

How the site looks like depends on the theme you’ll choose, which is also highly customizable, and what people can do with it (comment, buy stuff, share, contact you through the site, watch videos, become a member, etc.) depends on the widgets and plugins you’ll add, which are basically the features that are already coded for you, and which you just need to install and start using.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

The only thing that confuses some people, in the beginning, is that there are two versions of WordPress – wordpress.com and wordpress.org.

What’s the difference and which one should you choose when starting a blog to make profits?

The main differences are that with the former you can only write and publish content, your domain ends in wordpress.com, you don’t really own the platform, can’t monetize it, and are limited in terms of features (there aren’t any plugins, only widgets).

With the WP.org, though, you can finally say you have something you control on the Internet. And the possibilities there are endless.

But even if you don’t want to make something big out of your site, and just want it to present your brand, look professional, or else, it’s still worth going for the org version.

My experience looks like this: I was using WP.com for maybe 1.5-2 years, before I wanted to be able to do more with it. That’s because I didn’t really know what the platform offered and I didn’t really believe in what I was doing.

But I’m a writer before anything else, and did build some traffic initially. That’s when I started feeling comfortable with the digital world and found out how someone can create big things on the Internet, and learned a lot about online marketing.

Then, I got a domain name (from WordPress.com, although it’s as easy to get it from your hosting provider), chose a hosting company (WPX Hosting), and installed WordPress.org on it.

Turns out, I made the right choices and that’s still the easiest way to start a blog in 2018. Most of the bloggers I was already a fan of, and most of the popular sites out there, were doing the same.

So let me save you the hassle of going through a ton of tutorials on starting a blog, and just show you the steps you need to take to make your site live.

Choosing a Domain Name

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In the digital world, they say that the riches are in the niches.

There are 2 ways you can go about this: you can either choose a broad subject (like personal development) and niche down once you find your voice and have some readers. Or you can start blogging about something specific, which you have enough knowledge about, and see where that takes you.

Make sure you know something about the topic you’ll cover, but also be interested in it, care about the problem you’ll solve with your content, and make sure there are others out there wanting to read about it.

You can dominate even a crowded niche if you’re serious about it, publish content frequently, include your unique voice, establish yourself as an authority in the field, and hang around long enough to be noticed and get traffic.

Once you find your niche, choose a domain name connected to it. That’s how your site is called, in my case it’s letsreachsuccess.com

Getting Web Hosting for Your Site

When it comes to choosing a hosting company, the options are many. Some are popular, others are new. Some are cheaper, others offer more options and plans.

Something you can’t go wrong with, though, is WPX Hosting.

Wondering why you need a hosting provider and to pay for this service?

Well, it’s the surest way to know your site will be up and running every morning when you wake up, and that its data will be stored in a secure server, being handled by the specialists of the hosting company of your choice.

It’s about safety and performance and these should be a priority when starting a blog to earn money.

Why WPX Hosting?

Read my detailed WPX Hosting review here.

Installing WordPress and Making it Live

Step 1: Sign up and get your domain name.

Head over to WPX Hosting and click ‘Start Now’ to see their pricing packages.

1. Choose your plan.

wpx hosting review by lidiya k at letsreachsuccess.com - pricing of wpx

Choose the business plan if you’re just starting out. It costs $24.99/month when you pay monthly (that’s my only recurring business expense and I’m happy with it knowing how many benefits I’ve reaped thanks to having a good web host). Or you can pay yearly and save $5 each month.

Now, choose whether you’ll host your website in the US or UK. This depends more on where your audience is rather than where you’re based.

I, for instance, am based in Europe but my readers are from the US, Canada, Australia, India, etc. So I chose to host my website in the US.

Once you click the button, you’ll be taken to the next step. It’s then time to pick the second element of your new profitable blog – its name.

2. Choose a domain name.

Here’s what you’ll see on the next page you’re taken to:

Choose your domain name with wpx hosting

You should have thought about it already. If not, take your time now.

A .com domain costs $10.99 with WPX Hosting for one year, so that’s the first expense you’ll have with your new business venture.

Click ‘I Need a New Domain + Hosting’, write the name of your blog, and confirm. (The extension is already set on .com as it’s the most popular option.)

Below, you’ll see whether it’s available. It could be taken if it includes general words. New websites are created every second so you’ll need to be more creative.

Once you choose something that sounds just right for the profitable blog you’re about to set up, click ‘Order Now’. On the next page, you can directly click ‘Continue’.

3. Choose your billing cycle.

The next page you’ll be taken to is where you’ll choose your billing cycle.

Note: You should sign up for at least 12 months to get the other benefits WPX Hosting offers. But also to make sure you give your site a year to rank in Google and become a trusted platform. It’s not worth paying for just a month or a few.

What’s more, that’s the only way to ensure your domain name is yours and yours only.

wpx hosting how to choose your billing cycle

Congrats! You now have a domain name and a hosting provider.

To take the next step on the way to starting a blog, let’s install the actual site on them and create your own digital empire.

Step 2: Install WordPress with WPX Hosting

Time to install WordPress so you can start creating pages, publish content, share it with the world, gain traffic with your blog, and start earning money from it.

Log into WPX Hosting and go to ‘Dashboard’.

wpx hosting log into your dashboard

Click ‘WordPress Hosting’ and press what’s below ‘Product/Service’. That would be your new domain name.

wpx hosting product

Next, go to ‘Website/SSL’. Click the ‘Add New Website’ button.

how to add new website to wpx hosting

Click ‘Install WP’.

You’ll see a message prompting you to ‘Install WordPress on website’. Go ahead and click that, fill in your details.

It’s now installed and you can head to yourdomainname.com/wp-admin to log in with your new credentials.

Congrats! You’re the owner of a WordPress site on WPX hosting now.

And your online journey is about to officially begin.

Step 2: Customize Your Blog

Log into Your New Blog and Use The Dashboard

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So, you log into WordPress and see a dashboard. Now what?

If you’ve never used a content management system like that, or even seen a dashboard, no worries.

Starting a blog was the key step. Using your WordPress dashboard is pretty easy and soon you’ll do all the possible things on WordPress effortlessly.

From now on, and what would possibly become your hobby and main free time activity over the next few weeks, you’ll be creating content and adding widgets and plugins to your site to let it do all the amazing things that it can.

In your dashboard, you’ll be seeing general stuff such as your blog traffic (not official data from Google Analytics, though, more on that later), all your posts and pages, comments, and other general info.

On top of the screen is where you can quickly add a page, post, media or else by clicking ‘New’.

Sometimes, after installing a caching plugin for instance, you’ll see other items added there. You might be able to delete unnecessary data from your site, or take other actions from that place.

What’s important is on the left side of the screen.

Below you’ll see how you’ll be able to install the so-called plugins. Then you’ll see them added to the dashboard too.

Now you have Jetpack already. WordPress are closely related to them and this is installed for you.

They offer you plenty of options, so don’t hesitate to go to Jetpack, and click Settings now.

You can activate some interesting features such as speeding up images, adding custom content types (testimonials and portfolios), add a like button to your posts, add sharing buttons (although I’ll show you how to do that better by installing a plugin, so wait till you read it first).

With Jetpack you can also generate an xml sitemap for your site (which is important for optimization, more on that later), verify your site with major search engines (will show you a more pro way to do that in a minute), block suspicious-looking sign in activity, and more.

Just a few clicks, and you now have more features on your site activated.

There’s more in the sidebar for you. There you can access all your posts, pages, media, comments, feedback and users.

The Appearance tab is where the customization happens mostly, in terms of design. We’ll use it in a minute.

You’ll also find interesting things under Settings.

For example, by clicking Settings and then going to Permalinks, you’re able to choose the url structure for anything you publish.

You’ll also find interesting things under Settings. For example, by clicking Settings and then going to Permalinks, you’re able to choose the url structure for anything you publish. wordpress tutorial start blogging

I suggest you go there now and click Post name. This will make every link that’s created for new pages and posts on your site easier to remember and better looking. No need to add extra stuff in it, such as dates or else, as Google wants to know what the text is about. You can state that by leaving only the most important words (the keywords) of your blog title in the url.

What we’re talking about is the part of any link to your site that comes after your domain and .com (or whatever you’ve chosen).

Choose a Theme

choose your first wordpress theme, bluehost tutorial

That can happen by clicking Appearance, then Themes, on the sidebar on the left. Now click ‘Add New’ on the page.

Although you’re already given one of the default ones, there’s a huge number of free ones out there that will answer your needs better.

A theme is basically the layout of your site, the design that’s already coded for you and which you simply install and activate.

The WordPress theme directory offers thousands of choices for free.

All look extremely good, and none of that was possible decades ago when everyone needed to use html and css to create a basic page and design templates for their websites.

Now, however, it’s all a matter of clicking a button and giving your site a whole new look.

You could make it look like a magazine, news blog, a portfolio site, or just use a one-page template to present your business.

While getting a free theme is alright in the beginning, when you’re still getting to know everything that goes together with owning a WordPress website, a premium one is what you’ll get your hands on eventually.

The main reason is simple. Cleaner code is guaranteed, and that’s yet another factor Google uses when deciding if a site should be ranked high and if a domain deserves to be given more authority.

If you want to check out some premium themes, ThemeForest are killing it.

If you’re wondering what theme I’m using for this site and want something similar, it’s this one.

Install The Most Important Plugins

After going through the steps on starting a blog above, your WordPress site is now up and running, visible in search engines, and you can even start writing some posts on it.

But to make the most of what the open-source platform offers,you’ll need to install some plugins.

  • Wordfence – #1 security plugin for your WordPress site;
  • AddToAny – add social media buttons anywhere in your pages;
  • WPtouch Mobile – make your site mobile-friendly;
  • Cache plugin – I’m currently using WP Super Cache. The other best choice is W3 Total Cache;
  • WP-Optimize – clean up your database;
  • Yoast SEO – without a doubt, the #1 SEO WordPress plugin.
  • MonsterInsights – best Google Anlytics plugin for WordPress;
  • Smush Image Optimization and Compression – resize all your images at once, and then automatically any new one you upload;
  • Pretty Link – make your links shorter, and track clicks;
  • Sumo – a set of free tools to grow your email list, boost conversions and traffic, encourage social shares, and more;
  • Post Adverts – what I’m using to insert ads in the content.

Keep Your Site Under Control with The Right Tools

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Identify the key metrics and use tools to get detailed reports.

There are enough free resources to help you get an idea of what’s working and what isn’t when starting a blog.

Google Analytics will tell you who exactly is visiting your blog, how long they are staying there, what keywords they typed in before finding your site, and at what stage of the buying process they abandon the shopping cart and change their mind.

It’s also important to do the same with Google Webmasters Tools and connect these two.

This is what Google uses to connect with site owners and let them know about potential errors in their pages or non-indexed content.

There you can also choose the preferred domain. If you don’t do that, your site will basically have 2 possible destinations and traffic will be split (to both letsreachsuccess.com and www.letsreachsuccess.com, for instance).

When I got https, these were 4 options for me. When setting one, though, all others get redirected to it and you can be sure that however your url is typed in search engines, people will land on the same place.

Then, there’s Google AdWords – Google’s main source of revenue that allows you to promote your site/product with ads. I have it, but only use one of its free tools – Google Keyword Planner – when deciding on the primary keyword to create a piece of content around and also wanna check all related keyword phrases.

If you want to put ads on your platform, then you’ll sign up and wait for approval from Google AdSense.

Other tools to help you monitor your website when starting a blog

The Google Mobile-Friendly Test

Pingdom Speed Test – Test your site’s speed and see what can be improved.

Alexa – Check your rankings, together with some basic demographics and keywords info.

Test your site with all browsers

Domain health report

Such monitoring should become a habit of yours. Run such tests every 2 weeks or once a month, see exactly what data the reports give you, and do your own research on any issue your find. Then, take action.

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What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Get Started with It

If you’re just starting out with online business, or just looking to make some money on the side using only your laptop, the one sure way to do it is through affiliate marketing.

By finding the right affiliate network for your niche (considering you’ve found out a good and profitable one, which you’ll enjoy creating content around and promoting products for), you can have a solid addition to your monthly income.

Let’s talk about the very basics of this type of marketing, together with the channel you should choose to become an affiliate for.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

There are many categories for making profit online. Based on what you’re ready to build yourself, though, these would be the following 2 digital opportunities:

  • creating your own product, promoting and selling it;
  • promoting other brands and people’s products and earning a commission when a purchase is made through your special affiliate link (or after a number of visitors’ clicks, in some cases).

There are many things you can be bad at in the online world. No money, no experience or connections is rarely a problem.

But sales and advertising is something you’ll probably be doing at any stage of your journey. Be it to promote yourself when finding clients to do freelance work for, promoting your own books on Amazon through social media, bringing traffic to your platforms, or tempting people with offers and making them click on links that bring them to a third-party platform you’re working with.

Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest types of advertising on the Internet, and something that is so profitable, but still undervalued.

It means promoting somebody else’s products or services, and getting rewarded when orders are made from people you brought.

It’s a sweet passive income stream to add to your online business earnings, or something to start with if you’re looking for fast money.

Many bloggers and online influencers skip over affiliate marketing. They either think it’s too hard, that it’s a waste of time, that they will turn followers away, or that their followers just won’t be interested.

However, if you’re not earning money through affiliate marketing, you are leaving money on the table.

Although the basic concept is easy (link to other people’s products and services and earn a commission each time you make a sale), it’s actually all about creating systems, building trust, writing a ton of content and doing a lot of work. So I decided to purchase an online course from one of the best in the niche – Michelle from Making Sense of Cents.

She built a 7-figure blog without millions of visitors or selling her soul. She’s now earning $50K/month solely through affiliate marketing so she shows what she’s doing. And she has created a course about it sharing her best tips.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course that shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s also the first online course I ever purchased and totally worth the investment.

In it, she covers:

  • What affiliate marketing is and how it works
  • Why affiliate marketing is great
  • The exact steps she’s taken to earn over $300,000 from a single blog post
  • How to pick the right affiliate products to promote
  • How to increase conversions
  • How to build trust and not lose followers
  • Required disclosures that you need to know about
  • The one major tool you need for affiliate marketing
  • Different strategies to use to promote your affiliate products
  • How to use Pinterest to succeed at affiliate marketing.

If you too want to start a blog to make money and want to monetize through affiliate marketing, check out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. (this is my affiliate link as that’s a course I’ve taken myself and which I believe in).

Is it possible to earn $50,000/month from affiliate marketing?

Yes, and that’s one of the main reasons why I purchased that exact online course on the topic. Because that’s exactly what Michelle has been earning for years now.

Her full income is over $100K/month from blogging, but often half of it comes from affiliate marketing.

I was leaving money on the table by not adding affiliate links to my older blog posts. And that’s just one of the many things I opened my eyes for (and began doing) after taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

It will be a long journey for me but I’ve already started writing practical content for affiliate purposes, and am constantly updating old posts on Let’s Reach Success. I’ve mentioned great products in my guides back in the days, I just never went back to add an affiliate link.

This is something anyone can do, whether you’re a beginner just starting a website, or someone who’s been around for a year or a few.

Whatever you niche is, you can monetize your blog with affiliate marketing and start earning. Add to that your newsletter and followers on social media. There are so many opportunities to genuinely promote your affiliate products or articles where you write about them.

Once you hit your first $1,000 from affiliate marketing, you can make it a monthly thing. Once that’s a stable income, you can grow from there by bringing more traffic to your site, writing quality and optimized content, and joining new affiliate networks.

It takes trial and error and what works for one blogger might not work for another. But the basics of affiliate marketing are the same for everyone and we all need to learn them.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is the way to go if you want to earn $50K per month from your blog. If you want to learn more about the course, check it out here.

How to Make Money with Ads

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Placing ads on your blog is the next way to earn passive income from your website.

There are a few ways you can do this.

Sign up with Google AdSense.

This method used to be pretty popular back in the days, but now bloggers realized the earnings aren’t worth the effort. If ads on your site aren’t going to make you enough money on a monthly basis, it’s better to keep the clean and minimalist design and remove them.

If you’re interested in checking out if Google AdSense would be a good way to monetize your traffic, you can start with it here.

Contact brands and businesses and work without an ad network.

You might simply sell advertising space on your website in the form of a banner.

Even if your audience isn’t big yet, advertisers will be interested in placing a banner in the sidebar, header or in-content and reach these people if they are their target audience.

You can have a fixed monthly price for placement, or you can get paid a certain amount depending on how many visitors clicked the ad (which means engagement is a more important metric than number of visitors).

This also involves some commitment as you won’t be able to remove the ad whenever you feel like.

Sign up with a professional ad network.

That’s the option I went for, as you will see below.

The tricky thing here is that you already need to have some serious traffic on a monthly basis. But that’s okay. You can research the ad network you’d like to sign up with and apply immediately once you reach their targets in terms of monthly views and visitors on your website.

The benefits of such networks include earning more even with fewer clicks, knowing your ads are handled by specialists who personalize them after experimenting for a month or so on your platform and then give your visitors what they are most likely to engage with and click. It also means there’s always someone you can email or call who will assist you with any tech or design element related to displaying the ads on your site.

As for how much money you can earn with them, that depends on your traffic again.

Bloggers starting out but who have some initial traffic (a few thousands views per month), can earn $10-$20 per month. While those who hit 20,000, can earn $50 or even $100 depending on the engagement level of their audience.

Of course, bloggers whose websites receive hundreds of thousands of views can make thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars passively.

Some notable ad networks for bloggers include:

My Experience with Ads

I stayed away from displaying ads on Let’s Reach Success for years. However, I believe we should all test different blog monetization methods in order to find what works best for our audience, skills, content, etc.

So I decided to sign up with Mediavine – a reputable publishing network that’s collaborating with some pretty big names in different industries.

In terms of traffic, other publishing networks usually require a website to hit 100,000 monthly views. With Mediavine, however, it could be 30,000, which means I could apply.

I did that and my application was approved. After which people from the company started reaching out with welcome emails and next steps.

This is a serious collaboration as it requires me to keep the ads for at least 3 months in order to test them and see the full potential of the site in terms of making revenue through ads.

They also have some detailed guides on what a blogger should do before the guys from Mediavine place ads on the new website.

That might mean removing some plugins, changing the settings of others, displaying your content in a way that’s easier for the reader and for ads to appear, etc.

They usually require sites to have a sidebar, but they made an exception as I still want the focus to be on the content of the page. That means the ads on Let’s Reach Success are in-content and show up after a certain number of paragraphs.

They aren’t pushy, are customized well and are from trusted partners. I saw them myself, and as someone who’s always had a minimalist-looking blog, I liked how they look. 

My results for the first 3 months look like this:

I chose Mediavine for many reasons and am happy with the results. It was just an experiment for me but I’m definitely staying with them. The very first reason is that they are one of the best ad networks and allow bloggers with 30K views per month, like me. Also, some other big names in the blogging world that I’ve been following for some time are partnering with them. So I decided to give it a shot and see if it’s possible to increase ad revenue with them. The people working there are helpful and truly invested in finding out the potential of my blog to make passive income through ads. They also easily added a pop-up to my site that asks people if they accept cookies, which makes me GDPR-compliant. The RPR - page revenue per thousand impressions - is fantastic as compared to other networks. Here are my very first earnings with Mediavine:

Earning from Sponsored Posts on Your Blog

When you visit a blog to read something, you rarely actually know how the owner is making money.

Could be a product they sell, or a whole online store. Could be affiliate marketing – referring you to other people’s products or services with the goal of making a commission after you buy.

Ads are an obvious way, of course, but no one likes seeing these anymore.

But there’s also one less-known online income stream that those who don’t own a site often haven’t even thought of. That’s sponsored posts.

What is a Sponsored Post?

A sponsored post is any piece of content you publish on behalf of someone who paid for it. You could write it yourself, or get it done by the client’s team. Whatever the case, it’s all about the link(s) in it.

What’s in it for the other party?

They get the chance to introduce their business to your audience, which you’ve worked so hard to build.

They also get link juice. You give them a dofollow link, and let the article stay on your site indefinitely, and they choose the anchor text so that it can also give their site some SEO boost, considering yours is more popular (but that’s usually the case as otherwise they wouldn’t approach you in the first place).

A sponsored post also gives them exposure. Usually, companies have a budget for a whole marketing campaign. Or invest monthly in boosting their main pages on the site. So they reach out to other site owners with the hope of getting a link on their site that’s included naturally in a sponsored post.

What do you get from sponsored posts?

More content, and you get paid for it.

Such articles or other types of content are a good addition to your overall strategy, as you mix things up, readers don’t even find out you got paid for it, but it’s also the most natural way of advertising. At least for me.

I’m a big fan of creating useful content. And if you allow other people to include a link to their website every now and then and charge for that, while posting a ton of free content the rest of the time, you’re all set.

It’s a win-win situation as everyone’s getting what they need.

How Can You Know You’re Reading Sponsored Content?

If you’re just a reader visiting different sites, you may never know. And you don’t need to. You’re there for the information. And if you see a link that’s relevant, it makes sense to click on it and be taken to another platform offering you something that will help you achieve the result you’re looking for.

But disclosure is important. I label anything that’s not written by me as a ‘guest post’ here on LRS.

Big sites such as Huffington Post and the like, on the other hand, expose the sponsor in a few ways at once. There’s their logo, links to it before the content, and maybe a whole popup letting you know they created the content to promote something.

Check out this post to see how I got started with sponsored posts.

Recently, I published my first sponsored post for $250. This is a good example of how our clients can help us grow as bloggers and how people are often underpricing their products and services.


So, if you already have a site that’s got some popularity, and cover a certain niche, you can join marketplaces like the 2 I mentioned and see if sponsored content opportunities come your way.

Another thing you can do if you want to get started with sponsored posts is to put up a page for advertisers stating you’re welcoming such offers.

Last but not least, which requires a lot of research and thought, you can carefully create a profile of the ideal sponsors and think where you can find them.

If you’re in the travel niche and have built an audience of people visiting South East Asia, for instance, that’s what type of companies you should find and reach out to.

Even if they haven’t thought of it, they might gladly pay for a post where you mention their services and thus refer more people to their business.

You never know where such opportunities can come from.

Whatever you do though, keep growing your site and making it more professional and optimized, and eventually you might be making a living with sponsored posts.

Read also: How to Become a Millionaire from Nothing

Monetize Your Blog by Selling Products

4 Amazing Black Friday Deals for Bloggers

Why invest the time to create your own product and sell it? Here are a few reasons:

  • You have full control over it.
  • It’s passive income – you build it now and make money for years to come.
  • It improves your reputation in the blogging world (not everyone has their own products).
  • It’s something you can refer to from any piece of content you create.

For most blogs, the 2 best things seem to be an eBook and an online course.

Especially with courses, there’s a lot of potential to make money as other people are eager to learn how to do what you’re about to teach them. And a great way to promote your course is Pinterest.

Check out these guides to start making money from your own products:

How to Decide What Product to Build First, Validate Your Idea and Get to Work

How to Write and Publish Your First Book in Less Than 30 Days


Hope you enjoyed this guide on how to make money blogging!

Achieve Financial Freedom Through Blogging

You’re now familiar with the foundation of starting and growing a blog.

But there’s more to that… much more, actually.

It took me 5 years to start earning $50,000 blogging and that means I wasted a lot of time on things that weren’t working. However, that allowed me to test all there is to making money blogging and then share it with other aspiring bloggers looking to change their life and turn a hobby into a career.

Blogging can help you not just earn a few thousand dollars a month, but also quit your regular job, move to another country or simply travel when you feel like, manage your time and use it the way you want, and much more.

That’s why I dedicated the last few months to creating an epic online course called Financial Freedom Through Blogging.

There are over 80 lessons organized in 8 modules, covering all you need to know to start your own blog, make money from it, and avoid the mistakes and not waste years of your life trying to figure out how things work.

Please note that the course isn’t officially launched yet, but is open for enrollment. After the release by the end of the year, the price will be $197. The current pre-sale price is $97.

Check out Financial Freedom Through Blogging here

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