In this post, I’ll show you how to make money with a WordPress blog. Once you learn these strategies, the whole process is pretty straight-forward.
It’s every bloggers’ dream to make money from their blog. Consistent, let you do what you want to do in your life money.
Whether you want the freedom that comes with full-time blogging, or simply earn extra from your hobby, the best platform is always WordPress.org. Powering over a quarter of the internet, it’s no wonder that WordPress.org is on every influential blogger’s top recommended tools.
However, going from creating a good-looking blog with great content to monetizing it.. can be a bit confusing, to say the least.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be.
From how I made my first sale with a WordPress Blog
… to how my friends, Lynne Huysamen made a decent living from her blog.
… and Edy Chandra made 5 figures in less than a year.
We’ll tackle how to make money from a blog through 6 simple lessons from the basics to
Lesson 1. Ways to monetize your blog, yes, it’s possible
For starters, it’s easy to assume that there isn’t much you can do with a blog.
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Much like owning a house, you can either rent it, build a business on it, or sell it. Of course, whether your house is in the middle of a big city or on a remote countryside will vastly determine its’ value.
In blogging, it all comes down to traffic. As long as you have targeted traffic, you’ll profit. And here are the most popular ways to make money from your WordPress blog:
- Affiliate marketing: You can promote other’s products or services in exchange for a commission. For digital products, affiliates typically earn a 50% commission and sometimes even more.
- Product sales: Sell your own products (eBooks, webinars, apps etc.).
- Advertising: If you have decent traffic, you can sell ad space or sign up for Google AdSense.
- Market your own services: You can also leverage your blog to build a personal brand, and then use it to land consulting or freelance jobs.
Just keep in mind I am not making buckets of money from just one place! I am getting dribbles in from all over that add up. – Lynne Huysamen
That said, the same doesn’t apply for starters, which brings us to our second lesson.
Lesson 2. Focus is key
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. – Bruce Lee
Imagine building your brand on social media while learning SEO to rank for targeted keywords on Google.
Yes, you’ll be spreading yourself too thin.
It’s great to diversify your monetization methods, however most bloggers still start and maintain a healthy main income stream. For Patt Flynn it’s affiliate marketing, for Jon Morrow it’s selling his own product and service, for The Huffington Post it’s advertising.
To be a successful blogger, you need to get strategic. Determine:
- Your goals – Whether you want to sell ad spaces, your own or affiliate products. The way you monetize your WordPress blog will vastly determine your end goal.
- Who your audience will be – Who are you writing for?
- Write helpful content – What kind of problem are you solving for them?
- Start a writing calendar – To be a great blogger, you need to be consistent.
Alright, but how do we figure all that out? What’s the most effective method to monetize for starters anyway?
Below I’ll share with you a way that’s, surprisingly not mentioned neither on ProBlogger nor SmartBlogger, or even by Rand Fishkin. It’s the easiest method since you don’t need to build an audience, or long-term trust to start earning a decent income.
(It’s the same way Edy Chandra used to earn almost $100 in his first 4 months of blogging.)
Lesson 3. Start with affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is the smartest strategy. – Jon Morrow
Pat Flynn, one of the most successful affiliate marketer said it best, “the beauty of affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to invest the time and effort to create a product to sell.”
Affiliate marketing is a good way to start for several reasons:
- It’s faster. Unlike selling ad space, affiliate marketing doesn’t require a huge amount of traffic to earn a decent income.
- It’s easy to start and maintain. You don’t need to invest big dollars on creating your own products, and most affiliate programs are easy to sign up for.
- It’s a good way to build an audience. By starting with promoting others products or services, you will be able to build up a driven crowd who are ready to buy from you once you launch your own products.
Okay, this is great and all. But how do you get people on your blog, and buy from your referral link.?
Are you going to attract random traffic and pray that they are in a shopping mood?
The short answer is no, that would be a waste of time. The key to affiliate marketing is to only attract the folks who are willing to buy and are already looking for what you sell.
This brings us to lesson 4.
Lesson 4. Most effective way to make money with a WordPress blog
Here’s the thing, most bloggers would advise you to go the long haul of creating useful content and building readerships or building email lists then convert your readers to sales.
While every blogger needs an audience, there is yet another strategy to attract targeted traffic that’s willing to buy from you almost immediately, the ones that you don’t need to go the extra mile to convert.
So what’s the secret?
Rank on search engines for profitable and long-tail keywords.
For starters, long-tail keywords is a fancy way to refer to phrases that people type into search engines (like Google or Bing) that are 3 words or more. “How to be funny in class” is a long-tail keyword, for example.
As you may have guessed, over 70% of searches performed by search engines are for long-tails. That’s 2.45 billion searches per day!
Ranking for long-tail keywords is much easier since the vast majority of them are low in competition (meaning not that many other websites are targeting these keywords.
Not all long-tail keywords are promising though, we need to focus on the search intent.
To put it simply, let’s say someone is searching for a specific headphone’s review like the “Bose QuietComfort 20i review”, are they looking to buy something?
Yes, no one searches for a specific and long product name like that unless they are gathering information before making a purchase decision. In the online marketing world, we call this the customer purchase life-cycle.
Todd has a great post on how to find the best keywords for your website and rank for it. It’s a must read if you are interested in long-tail keyword research.
Now that you know the most efficient way to make money from your blog, you’re probably asking “where do I start?”
Great question. 😀
In the next lesson, I’ll show you the resource that helped Todd, me and many others start our online businesses.
Lesson 5. Learn from the best, and don’t be afraid to invest
People who invest in their success tend to succeed more than those who don’t. – Jeff Goins
A huge mistake I see new WordPress bloggers make is to search for quick fixes.
By “quick fixes”, I mean get rich quick schemes and if it’s fee, that’s even better.
Well, you wouldn’t want to learn martial arts by yourself or from a bad teacher, would you?
The same goes with blogging. When I asked my admirer David from Raptitude.com for his ultimate advice to new bloggers, his answer was dead-on:
Take a blogging course of some kind, one you have to pay for.
A decent course will save you hundreds of hours and will give you an edge on everyone who’s afraid to spring for quality instruction. Best money I ever spent. – David Cain
Personally, I owe a lot of my achievement to Wealthy Affiliate, an awesome affiliate marketing course and community.
If not thanks to the on-going support and guidance from the founders and community,
I wouldn’t be able to go as far as monetizing my WordPress blog, or had the chance to talk to the top dogs in the blogging industry like Neil Patel, Mike Stelzner and Larry Kim…
… Or get featured on authoritative sites like The Huffington Post, The Daily Egg and ProBlogger.
Some Other Opinions..
I’ve also asked some of my friends at Wealthy Affiliate about how the course helped them make money online. Here’s Barry from FreedToSoar.com:
What helped me most at Wealthy Affiliate was the ability to talk to successful affiliate marketers whenever I wanted to.
I was hanging out with people that had the same goal as I did, make money online. If you want to be broke, hang out with broke people.
I wanted to make money and I wanted to make it my way. All the training you need is at Wealthy Affiliate but it takes more than just training to succeed.
You have to know why you want to make money online. What’s the prize at the end of the road? If that prize is larger than what it takes to get there, you will succeed.
The training at Wealthy Affiliate is first rate. The cost is very reasonable also. The bottom line though is all about you.
- How badly do you want it?
- How hard are you willing to work for it?
When the confusion, frustration and boredom sets in what are you going to do? Wealthy Affiliate has the ability to teach you but… Do you have the ability to stay with it until you succeed? I think you do.
Look at what Jack from BareNakedScam.com has to say about Wealthy Affiliate..
Honestly, given the high cost of living in Singapore, I would’ve not been able to support my family if it wasn’t for Wealthy Affiliate.
My wife just gave birth to my little boy and little do you know that my little boy has burned a big hole in my pocket (not that I’m complaining, and don’t get me wrong, I love my son very much).
Without the help of Wealthy Affiliate, I would have borrowed money to fund my child’s birth. You see, it is really hard to save money in Singapore.
Most importantly, Wealthy Affiliate has given me a set of skills that allows me to make money online at my own terms. Even if I am starting from zero today, I could build my company from the ground up.
Like Anh and thousands of Wealthy Affiliate members, we all have gotten help from Wealthy Affiliate, and we became successful, and it just proves one thing, the knowledge imparted to us as WA members truly works.
People who fail in this business are those who gave up easily. Persistence is the key to success.
Wealthy Affiliate has changed my life, and I hope it can change yours!
If you are a serious blogger, I strongly recommend you join Wealthy Affiliate, there is a free membership and you can upgrade to premium for only $19 the first month.
Lesson 6. Try, try and try again!
Our last lesson is self-explanatory.
It’s easy to get pumped after cracking the code behind monetizing your blog, and think “hey, I can make a fortune in a month!”.
However, not all of us see the same results. Click Here to see what results to expect in terms of time and income needed to make money online).
While some took 4 – 5 months to earn a decent income, it took others, like myself a year to make a couple of dollars, and Jon Morrow 5 years (and 4 blogs) of earning nothing until he founded SmartBlogger.com and now makes a hundred thousand per month!
The harsh truth is that 81% of bloggers never make $100 from blogging.
I’ve just laid down for you one of the best ways to make money from your blog, however it’s much easier said than done. Blogging requires a huge amount of patience and dedication.
If you want to succeed, accept failures and run the marathon.
Try, try and try again.
You don’t need to be a genius to make money from your WordPress blog. However like everything worth having in life, you’ll need to dedicate your time and energy to it.
Learn from the best, be patient and keep moving forward.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment. I’ll try my best to reply!
The above article was written by the Anh Nguyen from BloggingThing.com, got any other ideas on how to make money with a WordPress Blog, let us know.
Now you know how to make money with a WordPress Blog, the next step is to take action and make it happen.