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Hey Everyone, and welcome to another installment of my work anywhere series, focused on finding the best, most legitimate remote jobs that can provide the freedom you need in your lifestyle.
In this post, we’re going to discuss exactly how to make money blogging full-time. Many people think blogging is just a hobby, but in fact, there are people not only making a living but building extremely successful careers as bloggers! (You’ll meet one of them in a minute!).
I started this series discussing how I currently make money as I’m travelling the world, and I thought it would be fitting to now discuss how I personally want to make money from anywhere! That’s right, I’m saying it: I want to be a full-time blogger.
When I first started my blog, I knew you could earn great money from blogging (we’ll cover this in a minute!), but I didn’t really consider that fact for myself until a few months ago.
As my blog has grown, my passion for it has, too. I originally started this site to serve as a portfolio for my freelance career but I’ve now realised that nothing gives me greater enjoyment that writing content for The Wallet Moth and seeing all the wonderful comments from my readers on how I’ve helped them.
How to Make Money Blogging
When I tell people I want to become a full-time blogger, their reaction is always the same – how are you going to actually make money from that?
I used to think the same thing – until I stumbled across an income report from Michelle at Making Sense of Cents and my eyes were opened. There’s a collection of bloggers that share their income reports online for everyone to see exactly how to make money blogging like them. I’m torn on this trend – I find Michelle’s posts super inspiring as something to work towards, but I don’t know if I could ever publish my own income publicly! We’ll see.
I discovered Michelle’s blog in 2016, and found that over the past 6 years, she has grown it from a simple ‘hobby’ blog she did on the side, to a hugely successful one-woman empire that now makes over $100,000 every month per month. Yep.
How does she do it?
Michelle’s income breaks down into 4 main areas:
- Advertising revenue
- Sponsored posts
- Own product sales
- Affiliate marketing
It’s affiliate income that I’m going to focus on in this blog post, for one major reason:
The common consensus amongst bloggers is that affiliate marketing is the quickest way to generate income as a blogger, with the next best methods being selling your own products, sponsored posts and advertising revenue – but only once your blog is more established.
As an example, my blog currently receives about 20k views per month, and that generates about $20 of ad income. In comparison, I made $20 in a day by just 6 people signing up to one affiliate link on my site. It’s pretty clear that focusing on affiliate marketing by suggesting products that will genuinely be of use to your readers is the best way to make money blogging.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is great because it applies to almost every blogging niche, and many companies have a program you can sign up for. This means that you can earn money by recommending products that you already love and use!
Affiliate marketing is essentially a method of earning commission from companies for referring customers to them. You can refer a huge number of things, from physical objects such as books and clothing to courses (like the one I’m about to introduce you to!)
How to Make Money from Affiliate Marketing
I’d been a reader of Michelle’s blog long before I started my own site, so I’d known about her hugely successful course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, for several months before I decided to buy it. From Michelle’s income reports, you can see that she earns over half (that’s over $50,000) her income a month in affiliate sales.
I read countless glowing reviews showing how good the course was but the truth is, I didn’t think I needed it. $197 was a big investment for me. I signed up to some affiliate marketing sites and put some links to products I love on a bunch of my blog posts. What could anyone really teach me about this?
I was wrong though. No one was clicking my links, let alone buying anything I recommended. Not a thing. Affiliate marketing sounds like a simple game, but it’s really, really not.
I had all of these negative thoughts, doubting myself as anything more than an amateur blogger, so I decided to take the plunge and make my first big investment in my blog: Michelle’s course.
Within 2 days of finishing the course and implementing some of the top strategies she suggests in her course, I’d made my first AND second affiliate sales – no joke. Michelle’s course showed me what I was doing right, but more importantly, it highlighted areas I had completely neglected to address on my blog. Michelle shows you how to seamlessly include affiliate links without ruining the integrity of your voice as a blogger, and that’s absolutely key.
This course really works. I wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.
This is my second month properly applying affiliate marketing strategies to my blog and everything is growing: my income, my page views, and my engagement. This month, I’ve more than double last month’s income and actually spent less time on my blog altogether.
If like me, you’re interested in making money from your blog on the side or even growing it into a full-time income, you need this course. I can already tell it’s the best investment I’ve made for my blog yet, saving me months of confusion trying to figure things out on my own.
Head on over to Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing to enroll on the course now – if you’re struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to making money on your blog, you will not regret investing in this!
Other Blogging Resources:
Hosting on Bluehost
My site is currently hosted on Bluehost and run on WordPress. I’ve used Bluehost as my hosting provider for every blog I’ve ever started (there’s been a few of them!) and have never had any problems. Bluehost is great for a cost-effective hosting option that gets your site up and running in minutes. Check them out here for hosting packages for $3.95/month with a free domain included.
Pinning with BoardBooster
BoardBooster is the first service I started paying for my blog. I use the services scheduling tool to post my pins to the group boards I’m a part of, and credit the automation tool for saving me hours every week while still growing my traffic. Pinterest is now my number one referrer for traffic, and I couldn’t imagine seeing the same amount of traffic by pinning manually. BoardBooster also offers a 30-day free trial – after seeing the difference in my traffic in 30 days, I didn’t think twice about signing up.
Pinning with Tailwind
Just last month I signed up for Tailwind’s trial period, and I’ve been amazed out how quickly my traffic and followers on Pinterest have skyrocketed. I use this tool to schedule pins from others on Pinterest, which seems to be a key component to a good Pinterest strategy. I’d highly recommend signing up to the Tailwind free trial and seeing what it does for your blog – it’s also affiliated with Pinterest which makes many bloggers feel more confident that using an automation service won’t be penalised by the platform.