How to Make Money from Blogging on WordPress: 5 Simple Ways
You can make money from blogging on WordPress and here’s how.
WordPress blogs are popular for many reasons. First of all, WordPress is the most convenient platform for blogging. There’s no doubt about it. It enables you to start a blog within minutes and start sharing your thoughts and observations on anything.
However, WordPress also enables you to earn a good deal of money through your online project. Successful blogs can make millions of dollars on a monthly basis. No kidding!
Most bloggers, however, are struggling to make any earnings. That’s why so many beginners decide to give up on blogging; thinking there’s no money-making potential in that activity. Well, you shouldn’t have such a negative approach. There is money in blogging. You just need to do it the right way.
I’ll suggest 5 simple methods that, in my opinion, will bring you money from blogging.
1. Use Google AdSense
You saw this coming, didn’t you? Google AdSense is the most straightforward way of turning your blog into a source of finances. It’s the most popular and the most effective ad network that WordPress users can rely on.
How does AdSense bring you money? When you create an account on AdSense, the tool will start displaying ads on your site. You’ll be earning money from page views (you have to attract tons with a single blog post), as well as from clicks. Whenever a visitor of your site clicks the ad and visits the website of the advertiser, you’ll earn some dollars.
Everyone has the same question: “How much can you earn with AdSense, anyway?” Gregory Rudick, a digital marketer from Essay On Time, has the answer: “It all depends on the traffic you attract, as well as on the number of people willing to click the ads. Many people create WordPress blogs solely with the intention to make money via AdSense. That doesn’t work. Creating a blog that features ads won’t be enough. If you’re wondering how much money your blog will make with this method, you should ask yourself: how good is the blog?”
There are few things you can do in order to earn money via AdSense:
- Write impressive content, which will attract a huge number of visitors to your website. Promote it well via social media.
- Position the ads closer to the content, so people will easily see them.
- Don’t put ads all over the site. Limit yourself to one or two ads per page.
2. Become an Amazon Associate
Affiliate marketing is another straightforward way of earning money via blogging. All you need to do is become part of the Amazon.com Associates program and start including links to products sold on Amazon in your posts. There are over a million products to choose from, so you can easily find some that fit into your blog’s niche. When people follow those links and purchase the products, you’ll be getting a percentage of the full price.
There are three things to keep in mind if you want to make money through affiliate links:
- Choose the products you’re going to promote and try them. Then, write reviews or mention them as recommendations in a post with a broader theme. If, for example, you’re writing a blog on healthy living, you can pick your top juicers in one post, and recommend the best protein powders in another.
- Still, you have to focus on the quality. Why should people trust you? If you turn your blog into an authoritative resource, only then you’ll start making money through these links.
- Your recommendations have to be honest. Elaborate on them. Try these products and provide your own images. Don’t recommend things just for the sake of featuring links.
3. Feature Sponsored Posts
When you make an arrangement for featuring a sponsored post on your blog, you’ll be getting money from the advertiser. How much? It depends on the agreement you make with the advertiser. Clearly, that agreement depends on your influence as a blogger. You may be getting $50 for a sponsored post, but you may also get hundreds of dollars for it if you’re influential enough.
Let’s take the same example with a blog on healthy living. If a brand that produces juicers contacts you and offers an opportunity for collaboration, they will ask you to promote its products at your WordPress site. You may also be the one who initiates the collaboration. Depending on the agreement you make, you’ll be publishing one or several sponsored posts. And you’ll be getting money from this activity.
Needless to say, it takes a really popular blog for this method to work. Brands are willing to pay for sponsored posts only when they can benefit from such an investment. So invest time and effort in making your WordPress site popular. Then, you can start making agreements of this type.
4. Sell Something
Selling products is a certain way of making money. You may do that by selling your products on Amazon and sharing links through your blog, but you may also turn your WordPress site into an online store.
You may sell physical products related to your niche. Keep in mind that this will require storage, packing, and shipping. You’ll also deal with lost shipments. If you decide to sell your products via Amazon and only promote them through your site, it may be easier for you to handle things at the beginning.
There’s another thing you can sell: eBooks. When you have tons of knowledge and inspiration on a certain topic, a blog post won’t be enough to encompass it all. An eBook, on the other hand, offers more space for you to elaborate on the topic. With Amazon, it’s easy to publish your eBook. If you don’t want that, you can simply upload it directly to your website, and enable people to download it after they pay the price.
How much money will you make? Naturally, it depends on the number of eBooks you sell. That depends on the quality of your content, but on the promotion as well.
5. Offer Online Training and Consulting Services
Again; this is something you can do only after you make the blog influential. When people start trusting and following your advice, you can start offering in-depth training sessions. Needless to say, you’ll be putting a price tag on that experience.
If, for example, you manage to develop a crazy successful marketing blog, you may start offering different types of training for marketers at all levels. You’ll cover all aspects of online marketing, and you’ll guide people towards success. If you become a guru in your niche, people will be ready to pay for consulting and training services.
As we can see, making money with a WordPress blog is quite possible. The question is: are you ready to commit yourself enough to the blog, so it will start earning you some money? If you work hard enough, the results will come. Try the five methods listed above and tell us what you think.
Steven Wesley is an education blogger and tech enthusiast. He is interested in public relations, business, digital marketing as well as educational, technological, and political issues. Besides, Steve believes in the mighty power of the pen to change the modern world. Meet him on Twitter and Facebook.