7 easy steps to make money off a blog [For Beginners]

make money off a blog

Hi guys it’s Fenil here from wpbuzzlab.com/. In this article I’m going to show you how I made over $165,000 dollars online blogging, using the Piggyback Method. The Piggyback Method has 7 Simple Steps, and you can use it to make money up to 6-figures off a blog, passively.

Let’s get started with a step by step procedure and start making money off a blog.

So if you want to learn how to make money online blogging, then be sure to read the article until the end to learn how I did it.

7 steps to make money off a blog

1. Choose the Right Niche

find your niche

So let’s look at the million-dollar question: what should you blog about?

Because most people get stuck here, and while you can literally blog about anything, the big mistake people make is:

  1. They choose a topic they are interested in, which is a good start because you need to enjoy making the content.
  2. They choose a niche that’s not very profitable.

So what I do is I actually flip this around:

  1. I search for a profitable niche first.
  2. And then I choose from those which one I am interested in.

So by doing that you are in a great position to make money online.

So the top 5 money-makers can be categorized as:

  • Health & Beauty
  • Happiness
  • Wealth
  • Love & Relationships
  • Time

People will pay a lot of money to improve these 5 key areas.

So when you are researching potentially profitable blog niches, keep this list in mind. The most profitable niches will fall within one of these categories.

I’ve personally had a lot of success in the health and beauty niche, and there are literally thousands of products you can promote within this category.

And you can see right here, I made over $166,000 dollars from just 3 beauty products, so it really is a great niche.

making money from blogging

So choosing a profitable Niche really is key, and it’s one of the reasons why I was able to make over $165,000 dollars blogging here, And actually that $165,000 dollars is just in 1 account, my ShareASale account, I have multiple accounts like this, so I’ve actually made a lot more than that.

2. Choose a Catchy Domain Name

choose a catchy domain name

So your domain name is basically just your blog name, so for example YouTube’s domain name is YouTube.com, my domain name is wpbuzzlab.com/, etc.

I’ve got a free video guide below here on how to come up with an awesome domain name.

So take a look at that, and once you’ve got some ideas for your domain name, you can buy your preferred blog domain and hosting service here (Hostgator), and the hosting is basically where we store our blog so it can be seen online.

And this is the only cost we have for our blog. So by grabbing our domain and hosting, we are in full control of our blog and have no limitations whatsoever, whereas if you build a blog on another platform you are limited to what you can do on your blog and you won’t be able to apply the Piggyback method.

3. Start Your Blog on the Right Platform

Start Your Blog on the Right Platform to make more money

So now we’ve purchased our domain and hosting, we’re going to create our blog on the right foundation for success.

So hands down the best software to build your blog on are WordPress, and you may have heard of WordPress, or you may have even used it, but we’re going to be using Self-Hosted WordPress which is completely different and is a game-changer.

It’s basically an Unlimited version of WordPress where you can literally do anything and everything you want, and you’ll see exactly what I mean later on in the article.

Self-hosted WordPress has become so popular that it powers over 30% of the entire websites and blogs online, and it’s used by huge multi-million dollar organizations and celebrities, including Forbes, CNN, Walt Disney, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and more.

Plus, it’s super quick and easy to use, and we can literally get our blog setup in under 5 minutes and without writing a single line of code, so it’s 100% beginner-friendly!

And I’m going to show you right here how to get our WordPress blog installed in under 60 Seconds!

So let’s do that right now.

And now you’re on the WordPress dashboard where we make all of the changes to our blog. So now that we’ve got our Blog installed, we now need to create some content for it.

But let’s first look at how to do Keyword Research so we know what topics we need to cover on our blog in order to make money.

4. Finding The Right Keywords can help you to make more money off a blog.

Finding The Right Keywords can help you to make more money off a blog.

Finding the right keywords to target with our blog posts is an essential step, as it allows us to know what products to feature in our blog posts.

So what we do is we actually target people that are already interested in these products, and are just a few steps away from buying them. And after they land on our blog post and have all the information they need, they’re usually ready to make the purchase and we simply link to the product and we get a commission from the sale, it’s that simple.

Let’s look at how to find the right Keywords so we can actually make money from our blog.

So to do this you need the Google Keyword Planner Tool, and I show you how to quickly get if for free right here, step by step.

Every day people are going to Google and searching, trying to find the answers to their questions or problems, and the Google Keyword Planner Tool will allow us to see exactly what people are searching, and how often.

That way we know what topics to cover on our blog posts. So go ahead and sign in to the Google Keyword Planner Tool.

After you log in, click on Discover new keywords. Then enter words relevant to your blog.

For example, if you’re a tech review blog, then you might want to put words like- iPhone 11, Samsung Galaxy, Nokia 9, etc. and then click ‘GET RESULTS’.

Google keyword planner for blog

And you can see all the suggested keywords which are related to what you’ve entered. So first off you want to choose the USA, it doesn’t matter what country you are in, always choose the USA so we get the right search volume data.

So there are a couple of things to look out for here.

  1. You want to find keywords that have at least 1,000 searches a month so that we can get enough people to find our blog post in the first place.
  2. We want to find targeted Keywords, not generic ones. So basically you don’t want to find generic keywords like ‘Food Blender Review’, you want to find targeted keywords like ‘Kenwood Blend X Fresh Review’, because someone that is searching for ‘Food Blender Review’ may be interested in buying a blender, but they still have no idea which one they want yet, whereas someone searching ‘Kenwood Blend X Fresh review’ knows exactly the blender they want and are just one step away from buying it.

So if we do a blog post targeting that Keyword, and someone lands on our blog post and then clicks the link over to the store, chances are they’ll be ready to buy it.

Essentially what we are doing is we’re ‘piggybacking’ off of the existing demand for these products, and then helping potential customers along the sales process.

So go ahead and find some keywords for your blog posts that help you make money off a blog.

5. Getting Setup & Creating Our Blog Posts!

Now you may have heard of the expression ‘Never Judge a Book By Its Cover’, but let’s face it, in the real world we all make first impressions based on how something looks, and your blog is no different.

So you want your blog looking professional and clean to keep your readers on the page, knowing that your blog looks like a resource they can trust. And I have a bunch of free professional template layouts that you can import into your blog within a couple of clicks.

So after you import the templates all you need to do is paste in your own content and you’re good to go!

It’s quick and easy! Plus, if you are feeling creative you can customize things any way you like within a few clicks, as it uses an awesome drag and drop builder which makes everything simple.

So I’ve got some short videos here showing you how to get all of the basics set up like your logo, navigation menu, pages, etc. So those videos will walk you through all of that, step by step.

And after you follow the steps in these short videos, you’ll have your blog set up and looking awesome, just like this. And you’ll be ready to create your first blog posts.

So now our blog post is created, we’re ready to do SEO on it so that it can show up in the search engines and start making us money.

6. Getting FREE Traffic to our blog with SEO

Getting FREE Traffic to our blog with SEO

There are many ways to get traffic to your blog, but in this article, I’m going to focus on SEO.

The great thing about SEO is once your blog starts showing up for certain terms people are searching in Google, it will continue to receive this traffic every single day and completely FREE, so you continue to get traffic and sales without doing any extra work.

And I’ve literally got blogs I haven’t touched in over 4 years and they still continue to get traffic and make me sales every single day. And this is very different from other platforms like Facebook and Instagram where you need to keep creating new content continuously to get new traffic, or paid Ads for example where your traffic stops as soon as you stop paying for Ads.

That is why SEO is such a valuable source of traffic for your blog, but it does require a bit more patience as it can take a few months before you start getting traffic to your blog purely from SEO.

So the first thing you want to do is to head on over to our blog post and optimize it for the Search Engines.

So we want to make sure our keyword is in the title, first paragraph, last paragraph and sub-title.

This will tell Google that this page is highly focussed around that search term and they’ll start to show it higher up over other blogs when people are searching for that term and similar terms.

Next, you want to set up your Meta Title and Description for the search engines, and basically that’s just how your blog post will show up in Google when people are searching, so we can customize that and make it SEO friendly.

7. How To Make Money off a Blog

How To Make Money off a Blog

There are a number of ways to make money from a blog, but for this article, we are going to focus on Affiliate Marketing, which is basically just referral marketing.

It’s pretty simple, you link to a product from your blog and when someone buys it you get a commission for the sale. So let’s say you created a blog post about how to do yoga from home, then what you can do is you can link to say a Yoga Mat on Amazon from within your blog post, and if someone reading your blog clicks over to Amazon and buys it, then you get a commission.

Now there are many places you can link to, but Amazon is a great place to get started because Amazon pretty much sells everything, so no matter what your blog post is about it’s very likely Amazon will be selling something related to it.

And because everyone knows and buys from Amazon already, it’s much easier to make a sale and get a commission. Plus, Amazon pays you commissions on the entire shopping cart, so if someone clicks over from your blog to a Yoga Mat on Amazon you linked to, but they don’t buy the Yoga mat but instead, they buy something else while on Amazon, then you still get a commission for the sale.

So the first thing you need to do is signup for an Amazon Associates account, which is basically just Amazon’s referral program, and here is the video with step by step guide on how to do it.

So once you’ve signed up following the steps here, what you need to do is head on over to Amazon Associates USA, and you can find it by searching that in Google.

Now it doesn’t matter what country you’re in, you can sign up to an Amazon Associates USA account even if you don’t live in the USA. And I’ve never lived in the USA and I’ve had an Amazon Associates USA account for a number of years now.

So click this link (Amazon Associates) and click ‘Login’ and sign in to your Amazon account as you normally would.

Now there are other ways to get your links, but the way I like to do it is after I log in, I then type Amazon.com in the web address bar.

Amazon associates to make money off a blog

And as you can see we are now on the regular Amazon.com, but we have this extra bar at the top with ‘Get Link’ So what you want to do is use the search bar to search for the product you want to link to, so I’m going to search ‘Yoga Mat’ So scroll down and what you want to do is find one with a minimum 4 stars overall customer ratings, and has at least 20 customer reviews, but obviously the more the better.

So let’s say you wanted to link to that one from your blog, then just click on that. And now we’re on the ‘Add To Cart’ page, so at the top left click on ‘Get Link’, ‘Text’. And then copy the ‘Short Link’.

Now we’ve got everything we need, we just need to add this code to our blog post. So let’s do that right now.

Then head back to our blog post, and add the amazon product URL to the product title and on the image.

Anyways Amazon is a great way to monetize your blog posts, and I’ve made almost $290,000 dollars on Amazon, so it works great if you know what you’re doing.

Hence that completes this article on how to make money blogging online. I hope you guys liked the video, and if you did smash that share button below.

FAQs on how to make money off a blog

⭐ How long does it take to start earning money from a blog?

In case you’re a beginner, allot 6 months to make money (a couple of dollars a month), a year to make part-time salary and two years to make full-time pay. Your outcomes may change obviously, however subsequent to being productive in the blogging field for 15+ years, these are sensible averages.

⭐ Where do I start blogging?

People regularly wonder where to begin a blog, however, a few blogging stages permit you to make a blog for nothing. You should simply pick the one you like, register an account and begin blogging. For instance, you can begin a free blog on WordPress.com, Blogger, or Tumblr in a matter of a couple of moments.

⭐ How long does it take to make $500 per month blogging?

Overall, I would state with reliable effort, you could start making $500 every month blogging in 8 to 12+ months of beginning your blog. The extraordinary thing is, you can make substantially more than that.

⭐ How much does it cost to start a blog?

Sure it’s less expensive than most marketing systems, however, it still costs a great deal of cash to do it right. On the off chance that you simply need to make an individual blog, you can do as such for nothing through WordPress.com. What’s more, in the event that you need to have a blog on your own server with your own space name, you can do as such for under $50 per year.

Fenil Kalal is a talented web content writer that specialises in health and fitness, fishing, travel, cryptography, and gardening. His skills and expertise in the field are the result of years of research and study. His passion in science, along with a bachelor's degree in information technology, gives him an edge and adds value to his work. Because he is fascinated by science and technology, writing high-quality content has become a virtue for him.

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