Make Money Blogging: From 0 to $1,000+ per month Quick Guide For 2021
You have heard people say a lot time how they make money blogging? Initially I thought having a blog to manage was just the same thing as having a Myspace account. You still remember Myspace, right? Though one can actually make money blogging from any part of the world.
Once it hits your lips, it’s so good, I miss and blogging And yet, despite the ignorance that I have about what blogging is and how it worked, I was still determined to start and get the best financial planner blog going not even minding the numerous challenges I’ll be facing along the line.
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And after I started my blog, olamublog.com, I started to linkup with other bloggers both online and offline and these were individuals, these were of men and women that were doing it on the side while they were still working their full-time gigs and I learned you could actually make money from your blog.
And you have to remember, I’m still trying to figure out how the internet worked at this point. So I am pretty skeptical that you could actually make money from a blog, make money online.
Like, they all feel like some sort of scam. You will have the options of choosing from several of our completely unwarranted rip-offs, including internet speeds up to 200 times slower than the normal speed, internet charges and other bills attached to blogging.
And then something even amazing happened. One of those bloggers that I connected with, we ended up talking on the phone and he’s actually a very good friend to this day, though he’s a sport blogger but he’s down to earth, trust me. And in that phone discussion, he was very open, very candid, and he revealed how much he was making from his blog.
And this is a phone call, this is one of those memories in your life that you’ll never forget, that I will never forget because he revealed how much he was making with screenshots as proves and I was like wow!
Now, for many people, making around $1,000 to $50,000 is a good annual wage. I mean, to make 40 grand a year, I mean it’s not a lot, but from something that is on the internet.
You could make that much money from a blog. So at this time, I’m already writing and I’m publishing and I’m editing and I am still cranking out content, but after this phone conversation, that that’s where I started to do even more research on how to monetize a blog, you are part of this journey if already you’re following this article.
So today in this article what I wanted to share with you, is what will actually give you the headup and what ways to follow and make money from your blog. It could also help you make your first $1,000 a month from your blog. Let’s find out what these are right now.
Search Engine Optimization
Like, this is something that I was very, very interested to understand.
So, the first big takeaway that I learned and you also need to know is that S.E.O matters.
And if you don’t know was S.E.O is, feel free to Google it, but all it stands for is search engine optimization.
If you’re not familiar with what S.E.O is and how it works, just think about going to Google and typing something in the search engine. So for example, if you wanna type in the cutest kit ever, you might find something like this.
Who’s the cutest kit? Who’s the cutest kitten?
And there are a lot of marketing experts right now that would argue that S.E.O doesn’t matter in this day and age because of all different social media platforms that exist ’cause you got Facebook, you got Instagram, you got Snapchat, TikTok, all of the above mentioned.
SEO does matter and even though in the beginning I didn’t really understand how Seo worked or even how to implement it effectively, I did know its behind visibility on google, and ranking on google first page is equal to more money from google and other ads network and affiliate or CPA platforms.
Now obviously, ranking for the cutest kitten ever wasn’t going to get me any new clients, so what I wanted to rank for was my name, olamublogs and some other pages also. I finally achieved my goal of being discovered on Google, but then it hit me.
If somebody was wanting to Find how to train a cat and they didn’t know my site, they’re not gonna be typing in olamublog. So that began a process of attempting to rank for that keyword, which I finally did.
You’ll actually find me on more than one page. I think it’s worth mentioning, especially if you ware a new blogger and you don’t think you have what it takes to rank for anything, I was in this forum with other personal bloggers and I was sharing how my goal was to rank for some of the keywords I use in my article.
Well, I was then contacted directly by this S.E.O expert. You notice the air quotes, right? And this S.E.O expert was so kind to pass on his wisdom, letting me know that I would never rank for this keyword because it was just too competitive because of numerous sites with higher authority, so it was just too competitive.
Did I mention that I love when somebody tells me that I can’t do something? Like, come on and bring it. – Bring ’em all on! – As I previously shared, not only do I rank for that keyword, and I still rank for that keyword, but I was actually able to rank for that keyword in less than 90 days.
Thank you SEO expert. – Suck on it. Suck it long and suck it hard, the expert deserves some thanks for pushing me beyond the edge because I hate been told I can’t do it while I can.
After I was ranking for these hard keywords, I started to ask myself, what other keywords or phrases would potential clients go to Google to search for?
I tried started another in thr finance noche though on blogspot platform, and I started writing articles about 401K rollovers, how much to save for your kids’ college education, how to invest for $1,000, $10,000, $100,000, and of course the obvious, why In and out Burger is the greatest burger ever.
And that was my content strategy going forward, thinking about those keywords that perspective clients would search for, or I would go and answer questions that existing clients already have.
So it was never an issue or running out of content ideas. The issue was not having enough time to write enough blog posts for all the content ideas that I had. So the second thing that I learned and you’ll learn too, and this one is a hard one to accept, but no one cares.
Nobody cares that you started a blog.
Nobody cares that you started a blog. They don’t care, absolutely nobody cares that you wrote a brand new blog post that took you two weeks to write. What’d you say? I just wanna know what you said.
I don’t care, by the way, if it takes you two weeks to write a blog post, then you might think about doing something else. I shared this in a previous tweet where I make the case that starting a blog is better and more worthwhile than getting your MBA, but just because you build it doesn’t mean that they will come.
If you build it, he will come, I mean visitors with definitely come if you keep writing for the audience and not yourself alone. I remember getting so excited after I would get done hitting publish on this blog post that I put so much time and energy in ’cause it was so clever and so well-written only to find out that nobody read it.
So I figured out to get people to care, to get people to take notice of what I was doing on my site, I had to start guest writing for other blogs. I was reaching out to these other personal finance bloggers that I connected in in forums and online and started writing articles, started writing blog posts for their audiences and that’s when I finally started to have new eyeballs, new readers coming to my blog and checking out what was going on.
And that’s when I started to rank for even more keywords, more search terms in Google. And then I started to get even more traffic and when you have traffic, when you have new eyeballs, new readers coming to your site, that is when you can start making money for real.
From the start, once again, I didn’t even know how to do proper SEO, so I definitely didn’t know how to make money blogging. Now, the easiest thing to do for most new bloggers is adding Google AdSense to your site.
If you’re not familiar with Google AdSense, I promise you, you have seen Google ads any time you do a search. When you are searching for those cute adorable puppies. Who’s the cutest puppies? – At the top of your search, you’re going to see advertisements.
Those are companies that are paying to be placed whenever you are typing something into Google, the reason that many new bloggers start off with Google AdSense because it’s so easy. Once you sign up for your free account, you log in, you copy the code that Google provides and you paste that into your website or blog.
And based on the content of your site, Google will scan your site, see what you’re writing about, what you’re blogging about and then they will assign the proper advertisers to be placed on your site.
You don’t even have to find the advertisers. Google will scan your website, they will scan the text to see what are you writing about, what are you blogging about and then they will match up the advertisers that want to get in front of your audience.
Below is a case study of a blogger who also started from scratch and now doing well, you too can. Read below
Now the thing with Google AdSense, since it is so easy to use, don’t expect to make a lot of money overnight. It’s going to take time. It took several months where I was finally making $10 to $20, $40 a month.
I finally was issued my first check and it was a whopping $152.91. And while yes, that $152 was money in the bank, it definitely didn’t break the bank, but over time as I kept writing, kept publishing new content, that Google AdSense revenue started to grow and it went from $152 on up to a couple hundred dollars and then $500 and $1,000.
Then eventually, I was able to make almost $5,000 in one month. And after Google AdSense, I learned more about affiliate marketing and I began promoting affiliates that I used, that I trusted and I felt comfortable recommending to my audience.
One of the first affiliates that I partnered with was with Scottrade. Now, Scottrade does not exist today, but at the time, they were one of the premier online investment firms. In the beginning, I wasn’t comfortable recommending Scottrade just because I didn’t have any experience with them.
Yes, they had outstanding reviews and excellent customer service, but if I’m going to recommend something to somebody else, I want to have some experience with them.
So the next logical step was to open an account with Scottrade to see with my own eyes how it worked, how was their customer service, what was it like to open an account with them and invest for the first time.
And that’s when it got fun because I got a phone call from the closest Scottrade location. It was their branch manager and I was explaining to them how I was actually a finance blogger, but I had a financial planning blog and wanted to write about Scottrade and I don’t think they really understood what was going on, but I got to see firsthand what was it like to be a Scottrade client.
And that was the same process that I did with other affiliates. I would open accounts with them to see what was it like. So I opened accounts with LendingClub, TradeKing, Fundrise, Prosper, there were so many different companies that I experienced firsthand so that I could write from my personal experience what was it like.
So when we added affiliates to the already existing Google AdSense revenue that was still bringing in money, we went from making that $5,000 a month to now we’re making $10,000, $20,000, started making that $40,000 a month that my friend was making on his site.
She also noted in the online video i watch that It’s important to mention one of the main reasons why my blog was making so much with Google AdSense and why we were able to make that $10,000 to $20,000 and more with affiliate marketing is because of the niche that my site is in, which is finance and you all know how lucrative finance niche is.
Being in the personal finance space where we’re talking about investing and savings accounts, you’ve got your Wall Street firms, you’ve got your big banks and these companies are willing to pay a lot of money in advertising dollars.
So does that mean that you have to write about money to make money blogging? And the answer is you don’t, all niches works but it’s dependent on your pushing power.
If you want to write about cute stinking puppies, like I did, then you go ahead and do that, but just know if you do that, you’re not going to make as much money as another site in the personal finance or investing niche.
crystal ball method
The other big lesson that I learned, and this was a strategy that really, really helped catapult my blog into the crazy traffic numbers that I was getting. For a relatively new blog, I went from zero views in a month to getting over 10,000 unique visitors to my site.
And once again, I didn’t know what I was doing SEO-wise, so the fact that I was able to do that is pretty outstanding and one of the main ways I did that, I refer to as the crystal ball method.
What do you see?
Hold my hand. I see something now. Yes I do.
Now I wish I could say that this was a strategy that I executed with concise precision, but the truth is I just got kind of lucky, you also be lucky.
Here is a case study of Jeff Rose and the crystal ball method. Read below
Since I was a finance blogger and in the financial services industry, going back in 2010, I knew that there was an event getting ready to happen that was going to be a big deal.
See, prior to 2010, you couldn’t execute what is called a Roth IRA conversion if you made too much money, but in 2010, the IRS was going to do away with this income restriction so that anybody and everybody, didn’t matter how much you made, you could execute the Roth IRA conversion.
And I had a suspicion because I had my secret crystal ball underneath my desk. No, I didn’t.
But I thought, you know what, this is something that people are going to want to know about come 2010. So I actually wrote the article talking about the Roth IRA conversion in the beginning of 2009, so by the time January of 2010 came along, when you went to Google and typed in Roth IRA conversion, you didn’t find Fidelity, you didn’t find Vanguard, you didn’t find Investopedia at the top of the search engines.
Oh no. You found Jeff Rose of Good Financial Cents. Can I get a holla or what? Now I remember logging into my Google analytics account and seeing all the traffic that was coming in. And guess what else came in? Bigger AdSense checks.
The only way that you can really execute this strategy and do it well is that you have to be immersed in whatever niche or topic that you are blogging about.
These opportunities don’t come around a lot, but if you can take advantage and be one of the first to publish on this topic, then you, yes you, can even outrank some of the biggest competitors in your space.
Other examples of the crystal ball method, especially in my space, in the investing space, is publishing any content that has to do with a big IPO that is coming up. For example, I remember writing about the Facebook IPO and the Twitter IPO.
Any big IPO, if you can publish any information on that a few months before it actually happens and then you go back and update that content as more news, more information comes out, then you also have a chance to take advantage of that crystal ball method.
Think Yourself As The Authority.
All right, the last big takeaway, and this may be hard for many of you, especially if you suffer from Imposter Syndrome. You’re not an imposter. You just have Imposter Syndrome. It happens all the time.
But whenever you are producing content, you have to think of yourself as the authority or as the expert. You have to realize in the online space that being an expert doesn’t mean that you went to school, that you got an MBA, that you have a certification in whatever you are writing about.
Being an expert just means that you are one or two steps ahead of somebody else that is looking for information on whatever topic that you are blogging about.
Another way to become an authority or the authority on your site is offering different types of media that people can download or consume your content.
I Jeff Rose mentioned earlier and I quote whenever we added affiliates and started incorporating affiliate marketing into the site how we saw our monthly revenues increase exponentially. What I didn’t mention was one of the main reasons we were able to be so effective with that is that we just didn’t offer blog content on different affiliates.
So going back to that Scottrade example. Yes, we had a blog post that talked about the pros and cons of investing and opening an account with Scottrade.
What they did care about was offering different types of content, YouTube videos, which conveniently enough is also owned by Google. Because I know several personal finance bloggers that have sold their sites for millions of dollars, or those that still own their sites are making several hundred thousand dollars a month and the only reason is because whatever topic that they are writing about, any topic that they are covering, they have become the expert, the authority because they have wrote and addressed every single question, every single concern that somebody may have.
And that really is the missing link of going from making a couple thousand dollars a month to making a ton of money. But the cool thing is that you don’t have to become the expert overnight. It can take time and that’s what I love about blogging.