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How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners in 2021

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You've put in lots of hours into your blog and it should be able to make money blogging.

If you know your audience well, you will not need a lot of traffic to start making money. Today am going to show you some of the best ways to help you make money blogging.

But first, here are some of the questions that ‘we the people' of the online world (you included) have been asking for ages:

  • How long does it really take to make money blogging?
  • How much traffic do you need to start making money blogging
  • Do people make as much as they claim to?
  • Why am I not making a fraction of what other bloggers claim to make?
  • How do bloggers make money?

Well, if you think about it, these questions shouldn't even be asked at the first place. Why? Since there never can be a direct response, except for the last one (ways)

But yes, it's possible and there are several ways you can do that.

First, here are critical steps to getting there.

  1. Start a blog under a niche you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Use a good web host like Bluehost {Affiliate Link}
  2. Write great long-form content that provides value to your readers
  3. Learn and implement the basics of SEO on your blog pages and posts
  4. Promote every post you publish via Twitter, Facebook, Email list, Pinterest etc.
  5. Start building an email list. Design a great freebie you can give out in exchange
  6. Build loyalty by consistency, value provision, and reliability
  7. Start monetizing your blog and your email list.

Ways to Make Money Blogging

Most new bloggers start blogs so that they can make money with Google Adsense. Display Ads used to be the deal back then, but not anymore.

Think about it; unless you have 50,000 plus monthly views, you are not going to make any some really good money showing ads on your blog.

Secondly, you are sending off your visitors on a never-come-back journey.

To make money from your blog, you want to view every visitor as a potential subscriber, and eventually a buying customer.

1. Make Money Blogging With Affiliate Marketing

This is essentially a good place to start if you don't have your own products yet.

It involves marketing others' products and services in exchange for a commission. To succeed in affiliate marketing, you need to take some time to read everything there is in the field.

The golden tip though is to only, where possible, promote the products and services that you personally use or trust and think vouch for.

Some good services to promote are web hosting companies such as Hostgator and Bluehost and email marketing firms such as Mailerlite and ConvertKit

Some products to promote include eBooks under your niche, website templates, online courses and stock photos.

While those are general and suitable for any blogger, some products and services are niche specific.


  • Fashion products,
  • clothing,
  • Electronics
  • home decors,
  • furniture,
  • ornaments.

According to many experts, affiliate marketing is the best way to make money blogging. This is so because, while with paid per click adverts where you earn less than a dollar per click, with affiliate marketing you can earn very high commissions per successful purchase or referral.

Find companies offering the products and services in your niche and check if they have affiliate options for you.

There are also affiliate sites where you can sign up and find affiliate products to promote. They include:

2. Display Ads: Google Adsense and Media.net

Well, we can't really write off display ads, but you want to go easy on them so that you can still give your readers a great user-experience

Google AdSense is an advertising network that puts business related ads on your website.

Once approved, You will need to set up ads on your blog by placing ad blocks in places where you want Google to serve ads.

Perhaps this is one of the easiest ways to make money blogging. You get paid per click whenever your visitors click on your ads.

You can roughly make a dollar per 1000 impressions. Your click-through rate (CTR) determines how much you can earn per a thousand impressions. The cost per click is also dependent on the ‘quality' of your clicks, that is, where are your visitors coming from, and which niche is your website?

Therefore, the secret is the content. If you want to have a big pay-per-click, choose a good niche and always deliver quality work.

Have you ever applied for Google Adsense before? Here are things you need to know before you do.

Media.net is a great alternative to Google Adsense as it serves native ads that are non-distractive to your readers as they align well with your content. Once your blog is getting enougn traffic, you may want to go for better Display Ads networks such as Mediavine. Many established bloggers vouch by these networks

3.Create and Sell Your Own Digital Products.

Let’s say your blog offers “free” information to readers while demonstrating your good writing skills. With time, they become your loyal fans and are ever looking up for new posts in your blog.

This is your opportunity to make money from your blog because your readers value your high-quality content. You can turn your blog posts into e-books and present them to your audience sale alongside your free blog.

Regular blogging is the ideal training ground for creating e-books and one of the most popular forms of information products being sold by online entrepreneurs today.

Ensure the e-books build on your blog output by giving unique content. With time, poll your readers to see what topics they’d be interested in learning more about, and potentially what topics of e-books they’d be interested in purchasing.

There are several digital products you can sell online. Just be creative and open to new ideas.

How much you can potentially earn narrows down to your content quality.

This is the best way to make recurring steady products. A small cheap product going at $12 (e.g. an eBook) can easily earn you $1200 per month with only 100 sales.

You don't have to stick with cheap products though.

You can create valuable courses going for $197 plus and be guaranteed $197 per sale. If you can make 10 sales a month, then, we are talking close to two grands.

To nail it in this method, you need to have a thorough understanding of your readers and email subscribers. Then design a product specifically tailored for them.

You don't have to be limited to digital products, you can also offer physical products such as homemade products {home decos} , brand T-shirts, caps and coffee mugs.

4. Offer Services

Our main way of sustaining PennyMatters has been designing websites and setting up WordPress blogs.

Ask yourself what you really good at…

What makes you remarkable, both as a person and a niche blogger? How much would someone pay you to offer this service to them? How much are you willing to accept?

Skills such as

  • Content writing
  • Email marketing
  • digital marketing,
  • community management
  • WordPress and
  • Web design,
  • Photo editing
  • Graphics design,
  • Branding etc. are in demand. You can tap into what you are great at to make an impact and generate some income

5. Amazon associates.

Amazon is the biggest online retailer. As a blogger you can earn money from your website by marketing Amazon products. You earn commissions provided visitors click-through from your blog to Amazon and make a purchase.

You simply get a tracking link that is unique to you that links to any product sold on the site, so that if someone clicks on the link on your blog and is taken to Amazon and purchases the item, you are credited with the sale.

With Amazon affiliate program, you can include a product catalogue on your blog, write product reviews and link to the products you recommend on Amazon, among other ways to promote these products.

If you are a constant book reviewer, and you have a fan base, this can really be a good shot.

Want to learn about dominating Amazon and start making money from your blog with Amazon links?

Make money blogging with amazon affiliate program

Dale from Blogging Her way went from making $2.54 in a month from the Amazon affiliate program to making $1,000+ in a month. She shares the strategies in her new book: Amazon Affiliate Affluence

6. Sponsored Posts

Once you are established, brands would want to work with you in different ways, and one of them is sending you sponsored post offers.

You, however, need to trek carefully, lest you ruin your reputation.

A good sponsored post is one that provides additional value to your readers and promotes a product/service that definitely your readers would be interested in.

Typical rates depend on your audience size, but anything below $200 is not acceptable.

7.Offering Training, Tutorial And Workshops.

You could also use your blog to make money by selling live training, workshops and seminars just like consultancy services.

Having tutorials, training and workshops means the audience can learn from you and implement the strategies you are advocating. This is a very attractive offer to some people who can be willing to pay the price.

The price of the tickets plus selling follow-up from workshops and mastermind can earn you money from your blog.

Look out for what your audience really want to learn about, do your research well and come up with tutorials for them.

Too Many Options, what should you focus on?

Let's see, display ads needs your blog to have tones of traffic, creating your own products demands that you've really mastered your craft and takes time, offering services and tutorials is time consuming but worth it… so the winner is

Affiliate Marketing.

This is because there are thousands of established products that are quite resourceful to people reading your blog.

Instead of mentioning them for free, you have an option of including affiliate links and earning commissions.

An added advantage of promoting digital information products is that you don't have to worry about marketing materials and creating the products. The commissions are relatively higher, usually 30% and more. Most web hosting companies offer a flat $50 per referral, which is pretty much cool if you can average ten referrals per month.

Ana's Affiliate Bundle has everything you need to start affiliate marketing:

This bundle covers:

  • Affiliate marketing case studies: step by step guides on how she's built a $50,000 worth of income per month
  • A complete list of 500+ handpicked masterlist of affiliate programs for any niche
  • Step by step video tutorials
  • Making your first affiliate sale eBook

In a nutshell, you have to be aggressive and positive minded to make money blogging. Running your blog involves costs, and as your blog grows, it should be able to cover these costs and at least, pay your bills.

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24 thoughts on “How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners in 2021”

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    aakash chaudhary

    thank you for wonderfull post

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    Thanks for sharing all of this very useful tips! Hopefully one day I can get my blog to this level! Hope all is well! 🙂

    1. Mysson Victor

      All is well Dylan. Thanks for reading
      I am glad you found these tips helpful. Happy blogging

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    Hi Victor,
    For a blogging Adsense and Amazon affiliate are royal way to earn money. You missed one way to earn through blogging which is the Direct advertisement. Few times you wrote a blog with specific niche then you get a direct advertisement opportunity..
    Thank you for adding detailed explanation about Make Money through Blogging… 🙂

    1. Mysson Victor

      Hi Akshay. Thanks for your kind words. Sure, Direct advertisement is also a great way to earn from your blog. Thanks for bringing that up. Happy blogging

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    These are some great tips for new bloggers like myself!

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    i am developing the new site for blogging and then i will use adsense ads on it to earn the money. thanks for sharing the quality post.

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    Richard Ngetich

    A very educative post. I am sure someone will make some money with this.

    1. Mysson Victor

      Thanks for reading Richard. Yeah sure, these are some of the most legitimate ways to make money as a blogger.

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    hey Mysson Victor, this is awesome article thank you this

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    Thank you for the insight, in fact you share so vital information in this tech world.

    1. Mysson Victor

      Hey Patrick. Thanks so much for your comment. I am glad you finding my posts quite helpful. I am curious, do you have a blog?

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    Great post Victor. A real eye opener.

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    Following you brother hope i will also embrace the cold feet and get into blogging too. Thanks for the tips and i am following your footsteps on this.

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    Thanks for sharing tips for make money through blogging..
    I am blogger and am earning the good money through blogging..
    but you should have knowledge of promoting your blog online then you can become success in this field….

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