So you officially launched your blog now what? How do you actually make money with a new blog like what everyone says? Well, let’s discover 7 ways in which you can generate income with a new blog. The first step is usually finding an affiliate network or brands to work with directly.
But the problem that new bloggers often face is the restrictions from joining some affiliate networks and influencer agencies. Simply because they do not meet the follower numbers or blog sessions/visitors requirement.
So I completely understand the frustration that comes with trying to make money with a new blog but not all hope is lost. There are some networks that only require that you have a blog and some decent content in order to join.
However, you don’t have to be part of someone’s platform to make money and you’ll see that later on in this post. Here are the 7 ways you can make money with a new blog:
Affiliate marketing is the process of selling someone else’s product or service for a commission. It is the most common and perhaps the easiest way to earn passive income. You build trust with your followers and start recommending products to them. Whenever your audience makes a purchase through your affiliate link, you earn a commission on that sale.
Only promote products and services that you have used, properly researched or 100 percent believe in. Failing that, you are going to have a bad reputation and lose your audience’ trust. The best part of affiliate marketing is that you do not even need to have a blog in order to do affiliate marketing.
Your blog – since it’s your blog, you can post as many links you want but you should not spam your audience by placing affiliate links everywhere
Social media – post to Pinterest, Facebook, Facebook Groups, Instagram Bio, Instagram Stories, Youtube, etc
Online forums – such as Reddit, Medium, Quora, etc
Your mailing list – these are the people that trust you the most and are most likely to buy from you or something that you recommended to them
Before posting your affiliate links to the places mentioned above, check with your affiliate networks to see what is allowed. Also, ensure that you have permission to post on other people’s platform such as private Facebook Groups.
Another way to make money with a new blog is through sponsored posts. Sponsored posts are work that you create for a company in order to gain popularity, educate or raise awareness of their products and/or services. Usually sponsored posts work both ways in terms of having something to leverage with the brand.
That means having a large email list, a huge social media following or something unique that would make them want to work with you. You have to set yourself apart from the rest of the pack and offer them something that would make you stand out and want to work with you.
If you are a full-time blogger this is a great way to earn money, as you can work as a Virtual Assistant. A lot of businesses tend to outsource services like social media management. This gives them more time to work on other important tasks.
Virtual Assistance works are increasing in demand and you can earn from as little as $10 upwards per hour depending on the job. Some virtual assistance services include but are not limited to the following:
Social media management
Ghostwriting & freelance writing
Similar to affiliate marketing, you can sign up to ad networks like Google Ads or Media.net and earn money every time someone clicks on your ads. Even if they don’t click, you still make money based on impressions based on your overall blog traffic.
Personally, it takes a long time to make any kind of money on Google Ads so much that some people say its a waste of time. Also, the minimum payment is $100 and it could take an entire year to make that money as a new blogger.
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You can teach almost anything online such as your knowledge, skills, and expertise in any possible area. It is said that the e-learning and online course market continues to soar and is estimated to be worth $325 billion by 2025.
So just let that sink in for a moment and know that its never too early to start creating your own courses. To sell courses you would need an audience that is why it’s important to start building an email list from day one.
Selling digital products is one of the easiest ways to earn passive income and it does not require many resources to get started. Imagine you created a $5 eBook about affiliate marketing and self-published it on Amazon. Although $5 may not seem like a lot, that same eBook can generate income constantly and in years to come.
Everyone trusts and buys from Amazon so its definitely worth giving it a shot. A major benefit of creating an eBook is that they establish you as an authority. There are other digital products that you can create and sell like guidebooks, cookbooks, recipes, workbooks, blog planners, design templates, Instagram highlight covers, stock photos, etc.
Membership/Community sites are becoming very popular as more people are moving towards this model. If you are a blogger you can have a designated area of your blog solely for customers/community members. Where they pay a monthly subscription fee to gain access to new and exclusive content that no one else will have access to.
In order for this to work effectively, you may need to constantly create new products or offer new services. as often as possible to continue offering value.