10 Make Money Blogging Tips That Every Bloggers Should Be Practicing
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10 Make Money Blogging Tips That Every Bloggers Should Be Practicing

​Make money blogging online is one of the most common reasons that encourages people to set up a blog and start their "blogging business". However, it is not as easy as it may seem to be, especially to make a full time living from blogging alone. In this post, let me offer you 10 of the most important make money blogging tips I've learnt over the years to help you build a more profitable blog.

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Top ​10 Make Money Blogging Tips


#1 Purchase Your Own Paid Domain Name

Most of us started off with a very limited budget so we always want to look for free tool and resources. However, if you are really serious about your blogging business, you should definitely invest in purchasing a paid domain name. This is the money that you shouldn't be saving.

I've seen a lot of bloggers running on a free subdomain website, be it wordpress.com, blogspot.com or wix.com and they are trying to make money. It is possible to make money with a free subdomain website but it just has a huge disadvantage against paid domain websites.

The reason is simple. Search engines trust a paid website more than a free website. You'll likely to get more attention and better rankings in search engines with your own paid website.

So, if you are serious about making money blogging, the first tip I have for you is to get your own paid domain if you've not done so yet.

Generally, the cost of a paid domain is less than USD$20 per year. It is definitely a very affordable investment. If you put in enough time and effort, you'll earn a lot more than the $20 in your first year to cover the cost.

#2 Create Your Own Conducive Environment For Blogging

Since blogging is a type of home business, most people work on their blog in a very relaxed environment. There tends to be more distractions in these kind of places. The direct disadvantage of this is lower productivity.

I recommend you to create a conducive environment for your blogging business so that you are more focused. What I mean by conducive is that you are comfortable but not too relaxed in that place so that you won't be distracted by other things when you're working on your business.

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You can go to a local library or coffee shop to do your work if you're the type of person. There are also many successful internet entrepreneurs who have set up their own "home office" as the conducive environment for them to work on their online business.

Below is a video tour by Pat Flynn in his own home office. I love it a lot. You may not have the ability to set up such a good place for now. It's just an inspiration for you.

The most important thing is that you are comfortable with the place you blog and you can concentrate at the same time without much distractions. If not, procrastination and inefficiency are the most critical factors that are hindering you from success.

As you can see in the video, Pat Flynn's initial home office was a small corner in his house when he just got started. The transformation to his current home office is both amazing and encouraging!

#3 Focus on a Targeted Niche

A lot of beginners start their blog as a personal hobby blog which they share their own stories and experience. Some people choose a very broad niche such as travel blog, food blog or lifestyle blog.

The problem with these niches is that they are not targeted enough to attract targeted visitors and potential customers.

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One common misconception for beginners is that they thought they can attract more traffic if their blog covers a very broad topic to include many different groups of people. The problem with broad niches is that they are very competitive so it's a lot harder to outrank blogs with higher authority and stand out from the crowd.

From the money making perspective, the recommended way for beginners is to start with a very targeted niche so that you can attract high quality traffic to make you money.

The way to do this is to dig down deeper into the current niche you may have and adjust your blogging approach from there.

For example, if you have a travel blog, a more targeted niche can be backpack travelling, business trip, Las Vegas travel guide, etc. Any specific type of travelling or destination can make your niche more targeted in this case.

The tip here is to think creatively and ask yourself which specific area can you provide the most value in.

#4 Do Proper ​Keyword Research & SEO

In order for you to rank well in search engines and get more traffic, you cannot just randomly publish blog post according to your feeling. Keyword Research and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) are two very crucial skills you need to learn and master as a blogger.

By practicing proper keyword research and SEO, it allows search engines to better understand your blog content and rank them well.

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You can check out my recommended keyword research tool here.

​#5 Quality & Relevant Products/Ads

The best way to make money from a blog is affiliate marketing, followed by Ads. The tip to succeed with these is to have quality and highly relevant products and advertisements to incorporate into your blog.

The most common places to find affiliate products are Amazon, ClickBank, ShareASale and Commission Junction. These are high authority and trustworthy affiliate networks for anyone to find affiliate products. But you should definitely do your own research on the individual product before you incorporate them into your blog.

There are also many private affiliate programs which can be very profitable as well. Just make sure you take some time to investigate before diving into any programs.​

A very common mistake for Ads is that some beginners tend to fill up a lot of their blog spaces with Ads. They thought this can increase click-through rates (CTR) but the reality is that it makes your blog very messy and spammy.

If you want to incorporate ads, put yourself into your reader's shoes and insert adequate Ads so that they are not distracting and annoying.

​Google AdSense is the most common place for website owners to get ads. There are also private ad companies which you can work with to sell your ad space on a contract basis.

#6 Forums & Facebook Groups Are Gold​

Don't underestimate the power of online forums and Facebook groups. They are places where you can get immediate traffic and sales if you do it correctly.

These forums and groups have highly relevant and targeted group of people in the first place. Many of them are looking for information you can provide. If you're able to help them with your blog, you can easily gain backlinks, drive traffic and make more sales on your blog.

As a blogger, you should search and bookmark relevant online forums and FB groups in your niche. 

For bloggers in the "make money online" or "online marketing" niche, Warrior Forum and Digital Point Forum are two awesome forums to participate in.

Whilst for people in all niches, search for relevant Facebook Groups. There are FB Groups in almost any niches. You just need to spend time for your research and engagement in the groups/forums.

A friend of mine can earn $2000 commission by just participating in forums to help and answer people's questions.

#7 Develop a Good Social Network​

Social media marketing is as important as SEO. It is a good way to not only build your brand or your authority in your niche, but it's also a good way to get targeted traffic to your blog.

Developing a good social network can allow you to make good e-friends online. There are a lot of benefits to this, such as:

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    Supporting one another's blog/website
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    Guest posting
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    Getting more backlinks
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    Extending your blog's reach to other people's audience
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    Create a mastermind group and help one another grow

So, what you need to do is to make sure you have your social media accounts set up properly first. Be active, helpful and social as much as possible. You'll slowly make more friends online and build up your authority in the niche.

#8 Start Building Your List Since Day 1

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Not literally Day 1 of your business but as soon as possible.

A lot of people are underestimating the power of email marketing despite you only have a couple of subscribers.

Although you may think it's not worth the time and cost to work on list building when you don't have much traffic and subscribers to entertain, there are still many benefits to collect an Email list at the beginning stage of your blogging journey. 

The most important benefit is that you can make a lot of errors and learn along the way. After all, email marketing is just another set of skill you need time to learn and master. Why not familiarize yourself as soon as possible so that you can better utilize and monetize the bigger list you will have in time to come?

Another thing to keep in mind is that subscribers are still subscribers, no matter how many you have. I'm sure you'll have "fake" subscribers at the start, like you subscribing to your own list or asking your friends and family to subscribe to it.

This is normal. Slowly, you'll have more and more organic subscribers and you should treat every subscriber like a real potential customer.

Let me quote Pat Flynn on this. He said that even if you only have 100 subscribers, they are still real people whom you have permission to get in touch with them through emails. Imagine you're in a room with 100 people sitting down and waiting to hear from you. I'm sure you'll be at your best possible condition to deliver whatever you want to deliver to them, right?

So to conclude, learn and build your list at the same time from a small scale and value every subscriber you have. Deliver the best content and help possible despite you may only have just one subscriber. That's how you set yourself to up to reach the big scale eventually.

#9 Treat Blogging as a Serious Business

A lot of people just want to have fun with blogging but they also want to earn some money at the same time.

Here comes the problem...​​​​

You'll only achieve things that your mind is determined and dedicated to. If you just treat blogging as a pure hobby then you definitely won't put in that much amount of time and effort to monetize it. It's a mindset thing.

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If you want to make serious money through blogging (which is totally possible), you have to treat blogging as a serious business. It can still be your hobby, just that you need to tell your mind what you really want to achieve and the amount of effort you're willing to put in.

"You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To" ~ Benjamin Franklin

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#10 Be Patient & Consistent

Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.

As cliche as it may sound, you need to be totally patient and consistent in your work in order to reap the huge reward in time to come.

As a blogger, you'll have to focus on publishing great content regularly, doing the right SEO techniques and build your authority by reaching out to famous and successful people in your niche.

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If you're consistently doing these things right, success is not very far from you.

Conclusion

To be frank with you, blogging is indeed a time-consuming and lonely thing to do especially when you have to spend hours in front of your own laptop.

However, it can be really rewarding if you are able to find the passion in it and establish goals with a good action plan to achieve it.

In the blogging world, success is only for people who don't quite & just keep hustling despite there's no instant result.

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I hope you find this list of 10 make money blogging tips useful and really take action! Let me know in the comments below if you have any make money blogging questions.

Don't Forget To Check Out My Top Recommended Way To Monetize Your Blog!

Jerry Huang
 

Jerry is a young aspiring Internet Entrepreneur who started his online business at the age of 18. He is currently an active Affiliate Marketer at Wealthy Affiliate, a community to help anyone start their own online business without prior experience. He is experienced in Affiliate Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing & Email Marketing. Read more about him at his profile here.

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Maurice Jackson - September 2, 2017

This top ten is definitely a must-do. In fact they are essential. And the information you provide about each is spot on. Although this top ten is necessary for monetizing, it is good to note that they are for bloggers whether monetizing or not.

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    Jerry Huang - September 3, 2017

    Yea you’re right Maurice. Thanks for the input 🙂

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Bruce - September 1, 2017

Great insights to running a successful blog. Putting together a conductive environment is essential for any business. It keeps you focused on the task at hand. You get what you put out in this business…you treat it like a hobby, you’ll get paid like a hobby! That is good advice on the email lists. I need to get going on that myself.

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    Jerry Huang - September 1, 2017

    Hey Bruce,
    Awesome! Agree with what you’ve said here!

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S - September 1, 2017

Those are 10 great make money blogging tips! I am having a hard time keeping up with the social media aspect. I have never been involved in before. Also, I have not started on email marketing (or getting a list). There are not enough hours in the day!

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    Jerry Huang - September 1, 2017

    I’m sure the problem of having not enough time is the same for anybody. This comes down to how you manage your time and how you plan your work.

    The good thing about TIME is that it is fair for everyone. You have the same amount of time in a day as those successful people. Having a detailed plan and strong self-discipline is the key to overcome this.

    I hope you find this advice helpful and let me know if you need any help 🙂

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Lance - September 1, 2017

This is a great article with a TON of great information here. I have just started down the path of making money with a blog so this is very helpful.
I do have a Facebook page but never really thought of searching for other groups or forums that share the same interest so thanks for pointing that out.
You have definitely given me a lot to work with here….again great job.

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    Jerry Huang - September 1, 2017

    Hey Lance,
    I underestimated the power of forums and Facebook group in the past. But once I get myself into it, I started to realize the various benefits I can get by engaging in these places. So, plan some time to slowly get involved in more of these places for your own good!

    Anyway, thanks for your compliments. Glad that this helps. I wish you all the best!

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Norman Richards - September 1, 2017

Hello and thanks for sharing these amazing tips that are so helpful and can really lead to online success.

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    Jerry Huang - September 1, 2017

    You’re welcome Norman!

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Lee - September 1, 2017

Hi Jerry,
Great article and lots to take in. I have heard a lot about the importance of building an email list and intend to do it. Is it difficult to start building an email list because I want to be focusing most of my efforts creating content. Also I hear AWeber is the tool to use for this, would you agree?

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    Jerry Huang - September 1, 2017

    Hi Lee,
    Everything is hard in the beginning because there are new things to be learnt. It is understandable if you say you want to solely focus on content first. If you have a really limited time and you don’t have much traffic yet, then just put email marketing aside first and come back to it when you have more time. If not, I would recommend you to just spend some time setting up your funnel first. Then you can still focus on content creation after that.

    I’ve personally tried three Email Service Provider (ESP) before, namely MailChimp, AWeber and ConvertKit. For beginners, I would recommend MailChimp because it has a free version to start with. AWeber is one of the most popular ones in the market but I love ConvertKit more than AWeber. ConvertKit has way more powerful functions in my opinion. It’s also a lot easier to use and customize things in ConvertKit.

    Hope this helps!

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David - September 1, 2017

Great article with lots of good information. I agree with everything from your 10 tips. The only thing I would add is to make sure you add quality content to your blog on a regular basis.

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    Jerry Huang - September 1, 2017

    Hi David,
    Yes, quality content on a regular basis is definitely important!

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Vic - September 1, 2017

In depth write-up on blogging. This post is really rich. It’s the A TO Z of making profit from blogging.

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    Jerry Huang - September 1, 2017

    Thank you Vic for your kind words!

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Mindful Mantra - August 31, 2017

Wow what a brilliant post. I am new to the whole process of money making blogging, and this really gives me a lot of information to work with! Can you recommend the best place to buy a domain from? I’m currently using WordPress, would I be able to change my current domain to a new one I’ve bought? Thanks in advance!

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    Jerry Huang - August 31, 2017

    If you mean you’re currently using the free WordPress.com subdomain, yes you can definitely change it to your own paid domain when you’re ready.

    I purchase all my domains and host them at Wealthy Affiliate. Another platform which I heard a lot of praises is BlueHost. You can check that out as well.

    Thanks for reading! Hope you are good with your website. Do approach me if you encounter any issues. I will try my best to help 🙂

    Jerry

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Howard - August 31, 2017

Jerry,

This is a great article and I found it very informative. I am new to affiliate marketing and have been putting my toe into the waters for about 6 months. Like most newbies, I am anxious to get my first sale but I still have to learn how to walk before I start running. #8 e-mail marketing was most interesting. Do I need an auto responder to start this?

Thanks,
Howard

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    Jerry Huang - August 31, 2017

    Hey Howard,

    For email marketing, you need an auto responder for that. More precisely, it’s called an Email Service Provider (ESP). Basically, it’s a tool to help you manage and grow your list. Auto responder is just one of the function of ESP.

    As a newbie, I would recommend you to start with MailChimp because it has a Free version for you to start with. The main limitation is that the Free version of MailChimp does not support automated Emails.

    Other than MailChimp, most ESP are paid and have some free trials. I’ve tried both MailChimp and AWeber, which is another very popular ESP. But now ConvertKit is my favorite because of its ease of usage and its powerful functions.

    For more useful affiliate marketing tools, please check out my Essential Tools for Affiliate Marketing page.

    Thank you Howard for reading and leaving a comment. Just a word of advice, don’t quite even though you may not be seeing the results yet. But you should also involve yourself fully into this business, your website and relevant training. Don’t just “test water”.

    Like I’ve said, your mindset and attitude is very important. If you just want to test water and try things out to see if it works, you’ll have a hard time. Also, be consistent in your work and learning!

    Wish you all the best 🙂

    Jerry

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