Can you make money blogging?
Can you make money blogging? I get this question a lot. And the answer is: YES and if you aren’t making money blogging, then you need to make some adjustments (because why are you doing it?). In this blog post, I want to walk through some different options for you because no matter who you are or what your talents and gifts are, you have the ability to make money from your blog.
Affiliates are when you talk about another business or product and if your audience buys that product, you get paid for referring your friends there. This is a great way to make money because you can incorporate products that you are already using into your business and make money doing it.
For example, it is very natural for me to talk about the email marketing that I use because I do use it all day every day. It is the secret to putting my business on auto pilot and also allows me to customize my website at any time. My tool of choice is Ontraport. (And yes that is an affiliate link.) If you click on that and sign up for the free trial and eventually decide to become an Ontraport user, then I get a percentage of how much you pay them.
Some people get funny about affiliates. I don’t. Ontraport could pay Facebook or some other big business (and I’m sure they do) to spread the word about them. OR they could pay their customers to naturally talk and teach about them when talking to their audience. I think we all win with affiliates when we use them naturally. Don’t push products that you don’t use. It isn’t classy and it isn’t nice.
Creating online courses allows you to serve your audience and establish your expertise. Online courses are great because once you create them you are done. The initial cost and time investment is on the front end. Once they are created, you can bring in money from them and you can spend your time promoting and building your audience.
I love online courses because it gives me so much freedom. Instead of teaching the same thing over and over again to my students and my Maskcara artist team, I created my courses once and they get to be used over and over again. You can see my courses here.
Physical products is selling actual items that you sell and ship to your customer. Nothing beats holding something in your hands and touching and seeing it.
The hard part about physical products is that they can be costly to create and you have to deal with inventory. When I was making and selling my custom girls dresses, my house was filled to the brim with fabric (which I actually loved at the time, but couldn’t do it now).
Downloadable products can be anything from music to audio trainings to ebooks. Whatever you could teach could be sent to your audience as a digital download.
This is just like the courses in that you put your time in upfront and then you can spend your time promoting and building
Printables are a great way to get started because they are digital but can be printed off by your customer so it turns into a physical product. Some examples of printables are: Planner pages
- Party invites
- Pieces of art
- Greetings cards
- Kids’ activities
- Gift tags
- Adult colouring sheets
Join an MLM. I know, I know. But having an MLM as a side hustle and then treating it like an affiliate can give another financial layer to your blog. MLM’s are changing. You no longer have to go door-to-door or party-to-party.
I have built my Maskcara business all online (really, no parties and no awkward conversations). An MLM is a great way to add financial diversity. You can check out how we run our MLM over here and if you join our team you get my business training for free, just sayin’.
Subscription is when you send information or resources to your customers on a regular basis. Your audience could pay anywhere from a couple dollars to a couple hundred dollars per month for your subscription.
An example of a great subscription are meal plans. Six Sisters has a great meal planning subscription for just a few dollars a month, you get a meal plan with recipes and a shopping list.
This is good income because once you get a subscriber you are most likely to keep them and then you can create one piece of content every month and it can be used by your subscribers. Your cost and time to produce the content doesn’t change as your subscribers go up. This is a great way to scale your business and use your blog to convert viewers into customers.
These are just seven of the ways that you can make money blogging. This is why I think blogging is so great. The possibilities to monetize are endless and really can be customized to you and your gifts and talents.
So get out there and start making money.
Not sure how to start a blog? Here’s my free step-by-step training.
Want to go deeper into the blogging world, my blogging course is for you.
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