On this post, I will cover how can you make money with a blog in 2019, what type of blogs suits you best and different ways to monetize them.
What is a Blog in the First Place?
A blog can be either a dedicated website or part of it, the main differences between a blog and a website are:
- A blog keeps a chronological listing of all blog posts
- They have a commenting system that encourages readers to participate in the discussion and leave back comments.
- Blog posts are archived by date, category, author, tags, and sub-categories.
- Blogs also allow RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for posts and/or comments for feed-readers like Awasu Personal Edition, Omea Reader, Feedly, etc.
The main differences between a website and a blog are:
- A website has a homepage where you can navigate through internal links to the rest of the site
- A blog can be a part of a website.
Can You Still Make Money With a Blog in 2019?
We live an era where literally anyone can make money online, and blogging is undoubtedly one of the best ways to do it.
There are several ways to make money with blogging, all you have to do is choose the one that suits you the best.
How to Make Money as a Blog Writer?
If you an introvert type of fella and you don’t want to expose yourself, you can work as a freelance blog writer, writing content for other people.
There are marketplaces such as Fiver, Iwriter or Upwork where you can start writing and selling your content right away.
How do You Make Money From a Travel Blog?
Do you like to travel? Are you an extrovert type of person that don’t mind to share your photos and videos with others? Then a travel blog can be a good option for you.
Have you ever imagine traveling the world writing down, photographing and filming your experiences as you visit different cities, countries even continents?
By visiting and writing about local attractions, restaurants, hotels, and random events you encounter you will have infinite content to share with your audience.
One of the reasons this is an excellent niche is because nowadays people research before going on a trip. The reason why? To get feedback on places worth visiting, eat, sleep price averages and much more.
This type of blog works great with high social media engagement, mostly on Instagram and youtube where you can share your videos and photos, build an audience and boost your blog visitors.
Can You Make Money From a Food Blog?
The “how to ….” is one of the most searched queries on Google, people search for everything, including cooking.
How to make chocolate cookies?, How to make chicken soup?
If you are into cooking, then this is the right type of blog for you, and the possibilities are infinite.
Nowadays people worry more about keeping a healthier lifestyle, and stop eating junk food is part of that.
The problem with quotidian people is that they don’t have a clue about how to cook… so they end up asking google 😉
But a food blog doesn’t have to be about recipes you can create a lot of content under this topic. For example, a restaurant review, you can write about the benefits of consuming organic food, first steps into veganism, is nano-food the future? The sky (your imagination) is the limit.
Ways to Monetize Your Blog
One of the common questions I get from people is, how fast can you make money from a blog? Usually, I reply with another question.
How many hours per day will you dedicate to it? How many days a week? How many weeks a month? Do you have any knowledge about SEO? Will you be following some training or will you be doing things your way?
It all matters, but if you ask me, people make money after the first week, but the average John Doe takes about 3 to 6 months to build an income stream.
Like everything else in life blogging, to be profitable requires work, dedication, perseverance and most of all needs you to take action.
The two most common ways to make money with a blog is affiliate marketing and ads. At a given time most likely you will be running both. If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, check my post is affiliate marketing a business for you.
Taking the examples above a way to monetize your travel blog using affiliate marketing would be:
Create a post about your visit to Paris, start writing about how great your long-distance flight was, no turbulence at all, and the flight attendants were super attentive, even the food was good.
You can now along the text naturally place an affiliate link so people can buy tickets form that company and you earn a commission.
This is just an example, in Paris and other big cities, you can promote and earn commissions from your blog with almost everything.
If someone makes a reservation or booking through your blog for a bus, train, hotels, restaurants, boat cruises, museums, monuments or any other attraction you earn a commission.
How cool is that?!
Another great way to monetize your blog, but this only works after you have a considerate amount of traffic, is AdWords or any similar program. Basically what this does is show relevant ads to your visitors.
You can earn a small amount of money just by impressions (which is the number of times those ads are seen by visitors) or you can earn a bit more if your visitor clicks the add, and even more if the clicked ad result in a conversion.
PRO TIP: Do not spam your blog with ads because it ruins user experience and will probably raise your bounce rate.
If you found this post because you are browsing the internet searching for ways to make money online, please do me a favor, don’t fall for anyone claiming that you can make $1000’s “overnight” if you ask me, it’s a scam!
You can have 100% sure on one thing. No one makes money online from one day to the other, that’s pure BS.
How can you make money with a blog? Simple, take a long way home, take action, create content and push yourself, build a passive income stream and live the internet or digital nomad lifestyle.