If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make money blogging, this article is a great place to start. But don’t just take my word for it.
Let me prove to you why you should follow this simple success map for becoming a top-earning blogger, and let me teach you how to avoid being one of the 81% of bloggers that never even make $100 in this profession.
To help you understand why my “Make Money Blogging Proven Success Map” is so powerful, I need to explain one simple concept…
Years ago, my mentor taught me that “success leaves clues.”
The Lesson…So rather than go out there and try to do something all on your own for the first time (e.g. start a blog and try to make money), a better strategy would be to find someone that has achieved the result you desire, and duplicate what they did.
So now that you know the fastest way to make money blogging is to follow a proven, duplicatable system from someone that has achieved the results you want…
Let me share with you my story about how I achieved Financial Freedom after only 12 months of blogging, and then I’ll lay out my “Make Money Blogging Proven Success Map” for you to follow.
How I got Started Blogging
Ever since junior high, I always remember being decent at writing. Furthermore, writing was something I enjoyed doing. When I was in high school I thought it would be cool to be a writer, but I never pursued that career.
Well, not until 15 years later anyways.
Here’s what happened…
From the age of 23-32 I was a drug addict (crazy right?). The last 18 months of my addiction I was hooked on opiate drugs. After I quit opiates, I went on to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor at an Opiate Treatment Program.
In less than two years, I left that career (low pay/high stress) to help my dad market and sell one of his herbal healthcare products. Five months after leaving the counseling profession, I started to really miss helping people recover from opiate addiction.
I didn’t want to be a counselor making $15 an hour anymore, but I felt this burning desire to somehow make a difference.
Then one day I decided that I would would write a book on opiate addiction recovery!
Although I was very excited, I didn’t know where to begin. After doing some online research, I ended up taking a weekend Writers’ Workshop with Dr. Wayne Dyer, who was one of my favorite authors.
Here’s the most important lesson I leaned in the workshop…To be a successful author, it wasn’t enough to write a good book.
I needed a “following.”
That is to say, I needed a large group of raving fans that would purchase my book after I released it. And what was the best way to gain this “following?”
You guessed it…Blogging.
My Success Making Money Blogging
I didn’t know the first thing about blogging, and worse still, I was basically computer illiterate. I could go on Facebook and browse the internet, but that was about the extent of my skills.
I decided that I needed to read a book on blogging, so that’s exactly what I did.
I read a book on blogging–then another book on blogging–and then I completed an online training course on how to become a successful blogger.
The most important lesson I learned from these resources was this…I could actually MAKE MONEY BLOGGING!!!
I was so darn excited after learning about all of the different ways to make money blogging. I decided that I was going to make a living as a blogger, and nobody could convince me otherwise.
I was passionate, determined, persistent, and most importantly, I had absolute faith that I would indeed be successful. I mean, have you ever “just known” something was going to happen with all of your heart and soul?
That’s exactly how I felt about myself making money blogging.
I constantly visualized and thought of myself as already being a top-earning blogger, making money from home and helping people from all over the world recover from opiate addiction.
I took massive action implementing the strategies and tactics I learned from the books and videos, and within 12 months, I was financially free!
As I write these words, it has now been a little over two years since I started my first blog.
I’m making six figures working part time from home (mostly passive income!) and my income-generating website OpiateAddictionSupport.com has about 90,000 monthly visitors. I’ve fine-tuned my blogging process so much that I’ve developed a unique “Make Money Blogging Proven Success Map.”
Making money blogging is no easy task, but if you’re passionate, determined, coachable, and have the right niche, the following step-by-step plan can lead you to financial freedom and a quality of life few people attain.
Step 1. Find the Right Niche
Before I get into the many ways you can make money blogging, the first step is to create your niche. This is VERY IMPORTANT. Most bloggers fail to make money because they didn’t spend time doing niche development, research, and competition analysis.
I absolutely love the definition of niche marketing from BusinessDictionary.com, so I’m going to quote it directly:
niche marketing – Concentrating all marketing efforts on a small but specific and well defined segment of the population. Niches do not ‘exist’ but are ‘created’ by identifying needs, wants, and requirements that are being addressed poorly or not at all by other firms, and developing and delivering goods or services to satisfy them.”
Examples of blog niches could be:
- How to have a healthy relationship with someone that has Borderline Personality Disorder
- How to find the perfect Asian wife
- How to build and fly your own remote control airplanes
- How to treat acne using holistic, natural remedies
- How to go from being an alcoholic to a responsible drinker
People typically visit blogs for one of two reasons:
Either they are trying to solve a problem they or someone they know has, or they are passionate about something. So basically, they’re trying to get out of pain, or they’re trying to gain pleasure.
And I’ll tell you straight up…
People will spend more time on blogs–and they will be more likely to spend money–if doing so will help them solve their problems (get out of pain).
The Ideal Niche To Make Money Blogging
I believe the most ideal niche for you to make money blogging in would be something that fits into my “Blogging Fulfillment Equation.” I’m horrible at math, but this equation is simple enough.
Here’s the premise:
The Perfect Blog Niche = Expert + Passion + Need
In long form, the Perfect Blog Niche would be something you’re an Expert in (or could easily become an expert in), something you’re Passionate about (and could write about for years), and finally, something people Need…and ideally will pay you for it.
I want to strongly emphasize that you don’t need to currently be an expert on your topic to make money blogging about it. You can simply dedicate yourself to becoming an expert on it…one article at a time. The most important factor in the equation is that there is a strong NEED for this information you’ll be publishing online.
Let me explain:
You could be an expert at the mating behaviors of porcupines, and you could be DARN PASSIONATE about it, but I’m just not convinced there is a big enough need online that this blog could be profitable.
Nonetheless, aren’t porcupines adorable when they mate? 😉
Importance of Keyword Research to Make Money Blogging
After you’ve brainstormed a few ideas on things to blog about, you’ll need to do keyword research to find out if there are people online who are actively searching for your topic. This is a key ingredient to the “Make Money Blogging Proven Success Map.”
If you truly desire to make money blogging, keyword research is a skill you’ll need to master.
Keywords are common phrases people type into Google and other search engines.
Here is some of the best blogging advice you will ever get:
Set up a Google Adwords account (it’s free), learn how to use a tool within the program (called Keyword Planner) to search for keywords, focus on finding long-tail keyword phrases, and focus on keyword phrases with specific outcomes.
The first few months of my blogging career, I wrote articles based on two-word keyword phrases. A two-word keyword phrase example is “anxiety attacks.”
A long-tail keyword phrase (with a specific outcome) would be “how to get rid of anxiety attacks.”
An even longer-tail phrase (with a more-specific outcome) would be “how to get rid of anxiety attacks naturally.”
If there are an abundance of long-tail keyword phrases (3-7 words) in your niche that have a grand total of at least 20,000 average monthly searches, this might be a profitable niche.
Unfortunately, keyword research is not the only factor when deciding whether or not to choose a specific niche.
You could have a niche where there are plenty of people online searching for information, however, there might also be 100 other bloggers that are already writing amazing and informative articles on the topic.
Thus, the niche could be saturated with competition, which would make it harder to make money blogging in that particular niche.
My advice to you:
Dedicate yourself to learning the “Science of Keyword Research” and the “Art of Competition Analysis.” Master these two skills and you’ll be on your way to making a fortune.
Step 2. Start a Blog
After you’ve come up with your niche, the next step to take before you can make money blogging is to set up a website. The website is where you’ll publish your blog posts.
There are three main steps to setting up a website:
- Purchase a domain name
- Purchase a hosting service
- Install WordPress
- Create a Google Analytics account
- Install plugins
I like to purchase all of my domain names from Godaddy.com. A domain name is “YourWebsiteName.com.” For instance, my domain name for this website is MoreWealthAndHealth.com. Simple enough…right?
Web hosting is a little more complicated.
But again, I love the definition from BusinessDictionary.com, so I’ll quote it directly:
web hosting – Hosting arrangement in which a web host (often an internet service provider) maintains clients’ websites on its computers and provides related services. These services may include leasing of hard disk space, maintenance of hardware and software, provision of backup and security, content integrity, credit card processing, email boxes, and high speed internet connection.”
Right now I’m using WP Engine and I absolutely love the speed and the customer support. After you have a domain name and hosting, it’s time to install WordPress. This is my preferred blogging platform.
The next step to setting up your blog using my “Make Money Blogging Proven Success Map” is to upload a premium WordPress theme. WordPress comes with a lot of free themes, but I think most of them look amateur.
You want your blog to look professional.
Luckily, for around $100 you can purchase a professional theme that can be uploaded in seconds, making your blog look amazing. I really like the themes available on StudioPress.com.
In fact, this website has the Parallax Pro theme from StudioPress. These themes can even be customized. You can adjust the setup, the colors, and many other features.
OK, so now we’re cooking with gas. What comes next?
You’ll need to set up a Google Analytics account. Google Analytics is a free program that will link to your website and track visitors. Being able to see the traffic on your website grow is of paramount importance.
Without Google Analytics, you’ll have no idea how much traffic you’re getting, and that’s no fun.
Finally, after you’ve completed the action-steps above, you’ll want to upload some free WordPress plugins. A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website (your blog).
There are a superabundance of plugins, and you can do some research to see which ones you want.
The two main plugins you’ll need to follow my “Make Money Blogging Proven Success Map” are Yoast SEO and Google Analytics by Monster Insights.
Yoast SEO makes it very easy to create blog posts with superb Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Google Analytics by Monster Insights makes it simple to link your website to your Google Analytics accounts.
Step 3. Create Content
Now that we’ve got some of the technical stuff out of the way, it’s time to teach you how to make money blogging by creating content. However, you don’t want to simply write articles, you want to write articles with a specific strategy and outcome.
Remember the Keyword Tool I wrote about in Step 1? You’re going to use that to find keyword phrases that you will make into articles. That’s the first step.
Pick a keyword phrase and use the plugin called Yoast SEO to make sure you have excellent on-page optimization for that article.
The second step is to write an awesome article.
If you write a blog post that blows people away, you’ll have something called “link-bait.”
Link-bait is a term bloggers and internet marketers use when referring to an amazing and informative article. This type of extraordinary content compels other bloggers and websites to link to that article.
The more websites that link to your article, the better your off-page optimization will be. Each link from another website is basically a “vote” for your article.
The more votes an article has, the more Google will recognize that article as being high-quality, and it will have a much higher chance of getting a top spot in the Google search engine placement.
The final step in your content-creation plan is often overlooked, however, it’s absolutely essential if you want to make a living as a blogger.
Along with having good SEO, and being an above-average article, you must also write your blog posts in a way that compels readers to take action.
Your goal is to write in such a way that readers feel a strong pull to sign up for your email list, and to buy the products and/or services you recommend.
If you have tens of thousands of people reading your blog every month, but they aren’t signing up for your email list or buying things you recommend, you’re not going to make money.
If you can’t make money, you can’t quit your day job.
If you can’t quit your day job, you won’t have as much time to blog.
If you don’t have as much time to blog, you won’t create as much content.
And if you don’t create enough content, you won’t get as much traffic, which typically leads to less income potential.
It’s a vicious cycle, so do yourself a favor and master the art of creating content that compels readers to sign up for you email list and buy things you recommend…and start practicing this skill from your very first blog post.
Step 4. Monetize Your Blog
I put this as Step 4, but really, you want to monetize your blog as soon as possible. What do I mean when I say “monetize?” Basically, this just means you set your blog up with different ways to generate income for you.
To provide an example, here is how my income-generating blog is monetized:
- Amazon Affiliate Program
- Other Affiliate Marketing Programs
- Google Adsense
- Online Courses
I essentially have five streams of income on my blog.
Affiliate marketing is when you put a link to an online product or service in your blog post, and when someone purchases the product or service using your custom-tracking link, you receive a commission for that sale.
Google Adsense is a program where you place Google Ads on your blog, and when people click on those Ads, you make money, regardless of whether or not the person buys anything on the page the ad leads them to after they click on it.
Other advertisements are when companies pay you a fee to have you place their banner ads on your blog.
My favorite stream of income on a monetized blog is from online courses.
This is a digital product.
You can make an online course using text and/or video, and you can also add PDF downloads, images, audio, and other cool stuff. This is a product you make one time, and you get paid each time someone purchases it for the rest of your life.
All of the monetizing tactics I’ve discussed thus far generate passive income. The Coaching/Consulting I do is my only form of linear income. Between all of these streams of income, I make a nice living, and I work part-time from home.
Here are a some other ways to monetize your blog:
- Physical Products
- Sponsored Blog Posts
- Monthly Membership Groups
Step 5. Improve Your Skills
Now that you know how to make money blogging, you’re well on your way to living a life less-ordinary. If you do this the right way, you can work part-time from home, and make more money than the average person makes working a full-time job.
The final step is to focus on improving your skills.
I wasn’t very good at blogging when I first started. I was decent, but it took a few months to hit my groove. And to this day, over two years later, I’m still learning more and continuing to improve.
My final piece of advice for you is to be patient. You don’t just start making money blogging right at the beginning.
It takes time.
In fact, it can take several months before Google even starts to rank your articles. Be patient.
Publish optimized content on a regular basis (at least one article a week) and you’ll be well on your way to making money blogging.