How do you Make Money Blogging?

How do you Make Money Blogging?

Question: How do you Make Money Blogging?

Answer: It’s easy, post regular content based on things people are searching for (such as this phrase, How do you Make Money Blogging) and monetize your blog via one of more of the various methods I’m going to cover below!  (Stay tuned for that, you DON’T want to miss this!)

You, for example probably searched Google for something regarding making money blogging – and here you are on my website!

Now, just to be 100% clear – I’m going to bypass the BASIC basic stuff such as getting web hosting, setting up wordpress, selecting a theme etc and assume you already know that stuff.

Anyways, as I said above – the FIRST thing you need to do when actively trying to make money blogging is post content people actually and ACTIVELY search for online, which is actually what I’m ALSO doing with this very blog post – titled “How do you make money blogging”, LOL.

Take a look at the monthly search volume:

How do you Make Money Blogging?

To get the above data, I started with the Google Keyword Planner.

All you need is a free Gmail or Google account – and you can access it for free.

When you first OPEN the Google Keyword Planner – you’ll be given a few options to choose from.  ALWAYS click on the top one, “search for a new keyword and ad group ideas” and it will get you where you need to be!

Google Keyword Planner

NEXT UP – enter a few keywords you want to do research one (just 1 or 2, don’t worry about more – Google will give them to you) and click on “get ideas”

Click on the “Keyword Ideas” tab (NOT the ‘Ad Group Ideas’ tab which is selected by default.

Click on the Keyword Ideas Tab

After THIS – you should see quite a few keywords RELATED to the keyword(s) you put in on the previous screen!

Take a look at them, note their monthly search volume, and don’t be afraid to target the LOWER searched ones as they’ll likely be easier for you to rank and get quick traffic with!

How to do Keyword Research

 

As I said above – you want to target longer tailed keywords (like the one’s above) with lower search volume.

The reason for this IS – they’ll USUALLY be less competitive, and not be targeted highly by other bloggers in your niche.

Those search #’s might not seem high to you, but think of it this way, if you spend 15-30 minutes to do one blog post per DAY – and each keyword you’re targeting has just 50 searches per month – that’s the potential of 1,500 visitors for EACH keywords to your blog each month!  (And 50 is lowballing it)

This goes for ANY blog you’re building, whether it be for the make money online niche, dating, get a girlfriend, get your ex back – etc.

(If you want to know for SURE if a keyword will be easy to rank or not, plug it into the FREE Version of Traffic Travis)

Anyways, try to find something people are searching for a solution for, or a question that people are asking Google.

I decided to target the MIDDLE keyword, “how do you make money blogging” as it’s VERY long tail – and the search volume is below 1k, which GENERALLY (but not always) indicates a less competitive phrase that would be fairly easy to rank in Google with some easy on page optimization.

Important: in the Google Keyword Tool Do NOT pay attention to the “competition” tab on the right side – that refers to PPC competition for PAID advertising on Google and does NOT have anything to do with what we’re doing here!

I did a Video on Keyword Research on YOUTUBE last year on this very topic that you might want to watch.  It’s about 30 minutes long, but I promise you’ll learn a TON

Anyways, the above Video will probably give you ALOT more than I possibly could in this blog post, so I sincerely hope you gave it a watch!

Resources Mentioned in the Video:

http://www.traffictravis.com – Traffic Travis Free
http://www.iwriter.com/ – Iwriter is (in my opinion) the easiest way to outsource your content. I DO recommend 500 words and 4 star writers (if you do 3 star writers you’ll most likely get crap)

I’d suggest launching your blog/website with at LEAST 5 articles targeting various long tailed phrases.

If I were doing a blog on dating tips for men, I might do the following posts (for example):

  1. How do I get a girlfriend?
  2. How to get Girlfriend back
  3. Get a girlfriend online
  4. Why Can’t I get a girlfriend
  5. Tips to get a girlfriend

Once you have the 5 posts up, try to add at least one post per DAY based on a long tailed keyword you find using the Google Keyword Tool.

Make sure you link INTERNALLY between relevant words in the blog posts, as that will help your site rank better over all as well.

Now keep in mind, these keywords – these are all QUESTIONS, they’re things people search for in GOOGLE.  Do a little BASIC SEO work on each post, and you’ll probably see page 1 rankings after a few weeks for some of your keywords:

  • Add your keyword into the FRONT of the title
  • Add your keyword in your H1 Tag,
  • Add your keyword in your Image Alt tag,
  • Add your keyword in one H2 or H3 tag as well.

I suggest making each post at LEAST 500 words to start off with – though longer is always better.  If you’re NOT the best of writers, you can always outsource your content to iwriter – I used it ALL the time and am generally happy with the results.

Anyways, shit – I was originally just going to bang out a quick 300 word article on this – and I’m already up to almost 1,000 words LOL.

Alright, moving on – PLEASE keep in mind i’m giving a 30,000 foot view here.  This is NOT meant to be a step-by-step guide, but more guidelines you can take, use and perfect on your own.  I promise though, if you DO go through the steps i’m showing you – and take the time to learn on your own – there is no reason you CAN’T have success blogging online and make a nice profit doing so!

Anyways, next up – the money!

Now that you’ve got your blog up, and your articles – HOW the hell do you monetize it?

Well, there are MANY ways you can monitize your blog – SOME of which (but not all) I use on JeffLenney.com

Income Streams:

Google Adsense

I DON’T use Google adsense on THIS blog, but I do use it on many others with great success.

You’ll find you get the BEST results with Adsense if you place your ads:

  • Above your blog posts
  • Sidebar Banners
  • Sidebar Video Ads

These are going to be the BEST adsense placements without annoying your readers with ad overload. 🙂

You should EXPERIMENT on your own sites to see if you get more clicks with Text Ads, or Banner/Image Ads.

What about Ad Size? Which is the best?

According to Google Support, “The sizes we’ve found to be the most effective are the 336×280 large rectangle, the 300×250 medium rectangle, the 728×90 leaderboard, the 300×600 half page, and on mobile the 320×100 large mobile banner. Keep in mind that while these ad sizes typically perform well, you should use the size that best complements your pages”

Best Adsense Ad Sizes

GENERALLY speaking, Larger Ad Units Generate higher CTR (Click through rates), so keep that in mind when doing your ad placements!

Best Performing Google Adsense Ad Sizes

I’m running out of time on this post, and I want to keep it UNDER 2,000 words – so If you want to learn MORE about making money with Google Adsense, check out Make Money With Google.

Affiliate Programs

Did you know there are TONS of product owners out there that will pay YOU a commission for making sales of their product?

For example, I’m promoting Google Sniper 3 which pays about 50% commission on each sale!  So each $50 sale I make for them earns ME $25 (or more).

There are MANY affiliate programs out there to choose from, some of MY favorite (and the easiest to get started with) are:

The EASIEST of these is probably clickbank.

To get started, create a free account – then browse to the MARKETPLACE to see available products to promote

The Clickbank Marketplace

From THERE, you can either:

  1. Search by Keyword (ie: how to get pregnant, get a girlfriend, make money online)
  2. Browse by CATEGORY (on the left), probably the easiest of the two options.

Assuming you choose to browse by category, it’s quite easy to get started.  Simple click on the ARROW next to the category you wish to get started in, and you can view the various sub categories of products available.

Clickbank Marketplace Categories

From there, you can browse various products available for you to promote and get more information on them.  Honestly, the EASIEST thing for you to is play around with the CB marketplace to get a feel for it that way.

Examples of Products to Promote on Clickbank

You can read MORE about how to use the clickbank marketplace on clickbank itself here.

There is also a video HERE, this video is from 2011 – but it still explains things nicely

If all this CONFUSES you, and seems a bit overwhelming and you still have no idea where to start; I recommend checking out Blogging with John Chow for some great blogging tips and tricks!

Seriously, John Chow is an ICON in this industry – and if you don’t learn something from his blog, you might not be cut out for this. LOL

Building an Email List

Ahhh yeah, building an email list is MY bread and butter and how I make most of MY money online personally.

To sum it up VERY quickly, I want to quote my friend and mentor Anik Singal (creator of Publish Academy, and the FREE book The Circle of Profit):

In email marketing, you build a relationship with a list of subscribers by regularly sending them your email newsletter.

Revenue comes from promoting offers in those newsletters to the subscribers on your list.

Simple, but powerful stuff.   You’ll notice that I have an opt in form on the bottom of each post, plus various links to sign up for my email list around this blog right?  Well, I’m not going to go into TOO much detail on this, as I’m trying (unsuccessfully, lol) to keep this post shorter – but if you want an EXCELLENT overview of this, check out my two posts on this blog: List Building for Newbies, and Email Marketing Best Practices for affiliate marketers.

I also HIGHLY Recommend Mobile Optin, by Anthony Morrison as it will help you take your mobile traffic to the next level!

Read what I posted above – I guarantee you’ll come out learning quite a few new things!

Anyways, there are obviously QUITE a few powerful ways to legitimately make money blogging.  My purpose here is to NOT give you a step by step, as that would take weeks – but rather give you a general OVERVIEW of how it works, and hopefully some inspiration as well to get you started!

Any Next Steps?

YESthere’s an AMAZING new keyword tool called Keyword Supremacy you NEED to check out!

Other than that – If you have ANY questions about blogging OR what I’ve covered above PLEASE let me know via the comments section below.

I read and respond to EACH comment, and would love to hear your thoughts!

Talk to ya soon!
Jeff Lenney

Jeff Lenney
 

My Name is Jeff Lenney. I'm an Affiliate Marketer, and Search Engine Optimization Expert.

  • Hi Jeff,

    A powerful post mate. Lots of information. Appreciate it all. There are plenty of lessons and ideas to move forward. Time to stop buying the shiny objects. I’m afraid I had the SOS. Hopefully I’m past that now.

    Regards

    Donald MacLeod

    • Hi,

      I’ve watched the video on keyword search. It was something I didn’t do. tried it a couple of times but too much for me….lol, I will start doing keyword research from now. I have also had Traffic Travis for years, Learnt a lot this morning. Thanks.

      Regards

      Donald

      • Jeff Lenney says:

        Awesome Donald – glad to help man! Let me know if you start getting better results when doing this this way 🙂

        Jeff

    • Jeff Lenney says:

      Hey thanks again Don! Yeah SOS – Shiny Object Syndrome is definitely a problem LOL – Find one thing that WORKS and stick with it until it does 🙂

      Jeff

  • markandeya says:

    Hey Jeff, do you keep up with your site maintenance or do you outsource that as well?

    • Jeff Lenney says:

      Not fully sure what you mean?

      I do 99% of the work on my site myself… 🙂

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