You’ve reached this page for a reason, you’re here to make money off your blog! Congratulations, you've made your first step. When you first start blogging, the last thing you expect to do is to make money. But when the aha moment comes and the light bulb goes off in your head, you are ready. You search the internet for hours seeing income reports from people and it makes you think “What the hell am I doing wrong?”. Nothing, these people started out just like you, googling how to make money online. As someone who left their job to start blogging full time, it’s not easy. The beginning parts are the hardest but once you set up a decent foundation, income will be flowing in before you know it.
Before you figure out how to make money, you want to fix your branding. It should be clear and obvious who you are, what you stand for and what your mission is. Currently, your website might be a bit jumbled and your purpose unclear. That’s definitely not what you want. You want your goal and mission to be uniform and concise. Read this post on how rejection helped me understand my branding mistakes. You also want to make sure that a post on your blog is worth someone paying for. I suggest you taking a free branding course with Maya Elious.
Once you have signed up for the free branding course with Maya Elious. I suggest you sign up for Sverve, Influenster and Tapinfluence and Izea. These are three really good websites in which companies will pay you for sponsored posts, tweets, pins and reviews. You can read my post about Sverve on how to monetize in less than 10 minutes a day. It’s a good way to start making small amounts of cash from tweets/sweepstakes before you can really promote the hell out of your website. In January 2016, I made $10 within 2 weeks on Izea in sponsored tweets.
** EDIT SVERVE IS NOW ACTIVATE AND I NO LONGER SUPPORT THE PLATFORM.
Another website I highly recommend is Writers in Charge. Writers in Charge curates a whole list of people/websites who will pay you to blog. Please take note that your blog will get exposure whether or not you are chosen for a guest post. I have applied for 3 opportunities and although I was denied, I still got my website out there as the people I emailed for opportunities on my site for more writing samples. I was also offered a freelance position from one of the people who read one of my blogs through me applying for one of the positions I was denied for. Although the article I wrote for one site wasn’t a great fit for that particular site, they had one in mind that it would be great on.
You also want to check out ByRegina when you're ready to make the next step of producing crazy useful content. Or if you need an income inspiration boost.
The fourth thing I recommend you do is spending at least an hour for a week two researching PR companies and sending them your blog stats and media kit. (You can view my mini kit on Canva here) You can craft a generic pitch for all of them and send them out. You can find a list of PR companies at PR Couture. You can also do a regular google search by area e.g. PR company LA, PR company NY Etc. PR people are always so busy so you might have to email them 3 or 4 times before you get a response. That’s okay!
Next, start writing reviews on products you already own. Most bloggers give excuses as to why they can’t start doing reviews. Don’t be one of those people! I can’t stand procrastinators(even though sometimes I’m guilty of it myself). The truth is you don’t need a PR company to do a review. There are products in your household that you use every day. You would be surprised how many products people search for that there are little or no reviews on.
Once you build a solid portfolio of reviews, you will probably start receiving emails for reviews. I recommend all bloggers start for free and then as you build your repetoire you can start charging small amounts such as $15-$20. (and once you have a good portfolio use this measure) I usually do 2-3 reviews a month which is clearly not enough to keep my household afloat so I have to diversify my income.
Affiliate programs are a great way to make passive income. In short you can post a blog, links on your social media or put ads on your website to garner clicks. Whenever anyone buys or signs up you receive commission.
I’ll show you how easy it is. I am an affiliate of The Brain Store, and One Kings Lane. These links are double tiered meaning if any of you sign up to become an affiliate I get paid from that but I also get paid if anyone buys. You can also do the same thing once you sign up (feel free to use the links above to sign up) you can post your affiliate link and have your blogging friends sign up and make some cash.
Here are some sites that give you free clothing in exchange for blog posts/ videos.
For more information on my first month of affiliate marketing, click here. And to see how I made $40 in 40 hours click here.
If you have any questions, email me firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the blog!