A question I have received almost every single day since I began live-streaming again is “how do you make money blogging?”
Honestly, I thought this was common knowledge.
But no and really, there are people who don’t know that you could leverage a blog to make some nice side or full-time income. And even if they have heard of it, they are not entirely sure how it happens.
So here I am today drawing the curtains on making money with your blog.
Fact : starting a blog has changed my life.
This fact is worthy of a blog post in of itself and I will write that post soon. It has significantly changed my financial life and I am about to share a bit of how I do that with you.
Now, let’s delve into it (Alternatively, you can watch the video below !)
4 Ways I Make Money As A Blogger
#1 – Freelancing
Freelancing is not a “passive” income stream but it is a GREAT ONE. Unfortunately, thanks to some marketing that shows the jet-setting life-style of people making “passive” income, when you talk about making money as a blogger, the minds of people immediately go to this way of earning.
However, freelancing really is an excellent way for you to leverage your blog when you don’t yet have a huge audience to sell something to. I have talked a lot about how I become a freelance social media manager about 10 months after I got serious with my blog and earned a nice 4-figure per month income doing so.
In recent times I have shifted my focus to freelance writing and content creation as I discovered this is where my true strength lies.
How do you leverage your blog to gain freelance gigs, Gee ?
When I first wanted to start freelancing, I would have no samples of my work to show people. I would almost beg to be hired. The moment I started my own blog and grew my social presence all that changed.
Now I send out a pitch and whereas before, 1 out of 10 people I pitched to would MAYBE respond, all of a sudden just because I had a blog, that number jumped to around 7 out of 10.
Having something to show your potential clients as proof of the kind of work you can do – whether it’s social media management, freelance writing, website management or being a virtual assistant – definitely increases your chances of getting hired.
The best proof I have discovered is building your own blog and social media presence.
You can use your blog to advertise your services as well.
Content marketing and in our case, blogging is touted as the best kind of marketing there is to date. You create free content, you promote it , people find your free content and are introduced to your paid products at which point you could convert some of those to buyers.
So true !
I have had people reach out to me personally after finding my content here on the blog or via YouTube and inquired about freelance services. Those people would not have located me if I was not blogging.
#2 – Affiliate Marketing
Truth be told : I found out about affiliate marketing about 6 years ago when I first started looking to start something online.
It was completely fascinating to me that I could simply recommend products I loved using special links, people would buy those products and as a way of appreciating me sending buyers their way, a company would pay me a commission.
I however was not very successful with affiliate marketing until I took Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Totally worth every penny.
Prior to November 2016, I was making less than $5 per month with affiliate marketing if I was “lucky”. Affiliate income is now a consistent and significant income stream for me each month.
I am still learning so much about earning more as an affiliate. If there is ONE resource I would recommend, I highly recommend Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing to help you get ahead with your affiliate income.
#3 – Courses
I’m a talker and a teacher at heart so creating courses is a natural thing for me. I started out selling courses on Udemy but have since moved on from there.
I currently host my longer courses on Teachable and use Gumroad as a way to sell my masterclasses. Yes this is certainly a major source of income for me as well.
How do you decide what to create a course on, Gee ?
Excellent question !
One worthy of a whole dissertation, but the whole thing boils down to listening to your audience.
People will tell you EXACTLY what they want if you listen carefully.
5 Ways To Listen :
- Take a note of the questions you consistently receive from e-mail subscribers
- Take a note of questions you see commonly asked in online communities such as Facebook groups or online forums in your niche
- Send an e-mail out to your list and survey them
- Comments people make on your blog
- Live-streaming is an excellent way to interact with your audience and get a feel for their needs and questions as well
Do this consistently and you will not have to guess when it comes to creating content for your courses.
#4 – Consulting
This income stream actually found me.
I started to get messages for help from blog readers and friends who actually offered to pay me to chat with them about their own online ventures. I was extremely happy to oblige and have come to respect this income stream very much.
Even though it is “consulting“, you don’t necessarily have to meet with people in a physical location. All I need for my consulting service is a pair of good headphones/microphone, an internet connection and a good web conferencing software – Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom and Demio are all great examples.
Plus, there are so many ways to customize a consult. For instance, you could give consulting clients who pay premium prices an “in” into your online courses for free or at discount.
As part of your consulting package, you could send an audio/video recording of your consulting session so they can refer to it as much as they want after your conversation.
You could provide them with e-mail and cell phone access.
The list goes on.
I’ve certainly come to love consulting because I get to talk about something I am absolutely passionate about , get paid for it AND help people get ahead with their own online creations. It’s a blessing to be able to do this !
Wrapping It Up
If there is one thing I have learned in the last 2 years of blogging seriously, it is that the possibilities of blogging and online income are truly endless. You could switch from one to focus on another and totally not miss a beat income-wise.
And of course, there are multiple ways to make money with a blog. For me however, these 4 streams have proved the most profitable which is why I chose to share them with you today.
Are you making money with your blog ? Or would you like to learn how ?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments !
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