Tips to Make Money With a Blog

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I’ve been writing this blog since 2007. For the first couple of years, I blogged because I enjoyed sharing insight rather than to make money. Over the last few years, it’s turned into a relatively decent business as a result of having advertisers. If it wasn’t for the advertising revenue, I would be doing other things to generate an income since time=money. In this post, I want to share information about how you can make money with a blog.

I am sure something like this has been shared many times before, but I wanted to offer some personal insight into how to earn money from a blog. Some of these tips seem pretty simple, but like almost everything else, they require work. Perhaps you can make money with a blog and earn a living doing something you love.

I don’t think I would start a blog today with the hopes of making a living from it, and perhaps that is the key to making money from blogging. However, if you are passionate about a topic, perhaps you can turn a hobby into a living by monetizing a blog.

Some tips to make money with a blog:

Step 1:

  • Choose a topic you are passionate and knowledgable about (expert level if possible)
  • Write articles about various topics related to the main topic of the blog
  • Don’t simply post news or press releases – actually write interesting articles
  • Get to know other people in that field and discuss the topic with them so they get to know you better
  • Do business with potential advertisers
  • Link to other sources in the field with your articles and comment on other blogs, sites, forums…etc so people get to know you.
  • If necessary, advertise your website on other websites to grow your readership
  • Build a measurable audience (get traffic)
  • Encourage feedback from readers and interact with audience when they comment
  • Use social media to grow your audience
  • Be honest and open with readers so they get to know you and respect your opinion on topics, whether they agree with you or not

Step 2:

  • See who is advertising in the field and get to know them personally if possible
  • Open up ad space on your site and offer competitive rates
  • Meet industry leaders who sell products or services in your field and offer your ad space (discount it if necessary)
  • Continue writing good content while interacting with people who have an interest in the topic

Step 3:

  • Sell all of your ad space, even if it means it’s discounted
  • Create a waiting list of advertisers
  • Increase prices to a point where there is value for advertisers and demand for space
  • Continue writing good content regularly

Finally, I wanted to offer some resources that may help you make money with a blog:

11 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats El! You’ve come a long way with your blog and it is the Best! Hard to believe it’s 6 years old already. Time flys so fast these days. Keep up the excellent work you do!

    • Well there are only a handful of truly great domain blogs and I do seriously think yours is the best one.

      Most consistently interesting and always informative, always a wide variety of topics, gets good comments to read, visually well designed, good colors, and easy to navigate / read, always solid fast server performance, and you even have great advertiser links.

      Plus it’s the first blog I like to read each day. 🙂

  2. I have been writing articles for various writing sites since 2009. Google Adsense should get mentioned as a website writer web sharing revenue. I see that Google Adsense was not mentioned of which a publication ID is required. Also the use of keywords and SEO was not mentioned as a way to monetize a blog. Recent research revealed that it would require a monthly readership of 500,000 to make a living from writing a blog so most writers have to keep their day jobs.

  3. I am newer to blogging and just started following. You have been extremely succesfully at making money at selling domain names. When you flip or sell a domain name what are buyers looking for when buying a domain name? Does it need to be an existing site with a lot of traffic?

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