Can You Still Make Money Blogging In 2019?
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With blogging comes awesome perks like being your own boss and working from home. But is there any real money in blogging? And can you still make money blogging in 2019?
When I started blogging I was skeptical, to say the least. I mean, who pays bloggers? And what do you write about in order to get paid? To me, a blog was something you did as a hobby - not as a career.
While it's true there are plenty of personal blogs out there, there are also bloggers making insane amounts of money.
I was curious and went all-in as a full-time blogger four years ago. After a rough first year (didn't make a dime!) I managed to build a six figure blogging business from scratch.
PERKS OF BECOMING A BLOGGER
Because of blogging, I've been able to do some pretty amazing things:
HOW MUCH DO BLOGGERS REALLY MAKE?
How much money you make blogging depends entirely on a few different factors:
Here's what these bloggers are making per month:
What we can learn from this mix of bloggers:
WHY BLOGGING ISN'T DEAD
Many people believe blogging is dead. What with YouTube, podcasts and social media all the rage.
But blogging is not dead. Far from it. There has never been a better time to start a blog than right now.
Why? It all comes down to trust.
In the end, what is a blog anyway? It's a place to find useful content from a source you trust.
That's where the money comes in. Being a blogger allows you to build a loyal tribe of followers who trust you. They will eat up your content - and ultimately buy from you.
This is why blogging is not going anywhere.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN A NEW BLOG MAKE?
There's no limit to the amount of money you can make as a blogger. However, don't think it's a get rich quick scheme either.
It takes a while to make money blogging. Even longer to earn enough to make a living out of it.
But what I love about blogging is that hard work pays off. The amount of money you earn is a direct relation to the amount of work you put in.
If you do the right things (in the right order), you will make money blogging - your first month!
Here is an estimate on how much money a new blog can make:
HOW TO ACCELERATE YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL
You can blog for years and years and never make any money. To make money blogging, you need to know the following:
Nobody knows how to do everything.
What separates the pro bloggers from the hobby bloggers is a willingness to invest in their knowledge.
It wasn't until I learned how to create a blogging business that I begin to make money. It was a mindset shift that changed everything.
I created several blogging courses to help new bloggers navigate the process. You can check out the courses here.
HOW BLOGS MAKE MONEY
Blogging itself doesn't pay you a thing.
What you are actually building is a business.
Your blog is just the mechanism you use to get traffic to your business.
Bloggers make money from different methods:
HOW BLOGS GET TRAFFIC
When I started blogging, I wrote A TON of blog posts and got ZERO traffic.
I made several mistakes:
As a result, my first year of blogging was a total bust.
Things started to change when I implemented the following changes
Pinterest was the game-changer for me.
See, Pinterest isn't actually a social network. It is in fact a search engine - just like Google. It's where people go to be inspired and learn how to do new things.
Pinterest for bloggers is a match made in heaven. Imagine, a huge site whose only goal is to send you traffic!
Once I started using Pinterest to promote my blog, my blog traffic exploded.
It wasn't until I started using Tailwind that I began to see a huge spike in traffic. With Tailwind you can pin on a schedule so you can pin consistently and at peak hours.
WHY YOU NEED AN EMAIL LIST
It's difficult to make money directly selling in a blog post. After all, a reader doesn't yet know who you are. What you need to do is build trust. And trust takes time to build.
In comes the email list.
With an email list, you can grow your base of followers and have a direct line of communication with them.
Here's a sample breakdown of what you can earn by sending one email to your list.
Now imagine if you developed an additional product, grew your list even bigger, increased your open rate, your click through rate and your conversion rate.
Now we're talking making serious money with your blog/email list! And they said blogging was dead.
HOW TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL BLOGGER
Step 3: Start writing! Here is my guide on how to create the perfect blog post.
Step 4: Start an email list. See how to start an email list here.
Step 5: Get traffic to your blog posts. I get my traffic from Pinterest and Google search.
Step 6: Monetize your blog. Start with ads and low-cost affiliate products first.
If you're serious about not only starting a. blog, but creating a real business that makes money, I recommend you enroll in my Launch Your Blog course here.
If you learned something from this article or if it has inspired you to make money blogging, I'd love it if you saved it on Pinterest!