Blogging is a challenging industry where only a few will succeed in making money online

5 Facts About Make Money Blogging You Must Know

I recently read an article published on Yahoo Finance that blogging is definitely not dead. From the way I see it, most people people think blogging is dead simply because they might not be able to make money blogging or even generating enough traffic to keep the website running. So yes, let me tell you a few very important principles you should know before you can actually earn your first dollar blogging.

*Disclaimer: You can find the link to Yahoo Finance here.

The term ‘˜make money blogging’ is indeed a very famous word in search engines. It doesn’t matter if you are full time or a part time blogger, all of us want to make money through blogging.

Let’s start by by asking ourselves the reason we create a blog. Those reasons can varies from making money online, blogging as a hobby and even expressing feelings towards the world. I love blogging because I love to share my ideas and experience with the world. It might cost me a few hundred a year just for blogging, but I really enjoy it.

Another important disclaimer: You can easily start a free blog without needing to spend a single penny (referring to what I just last said).

Before we sway too far off from our main goal today, here are some things you can definitely do to get the money rolling into your blog.

What are the best way to make money blogging?
One thing for sure is that money is hard to earn

1. Blogging on things you really know

You will learn:

  1. How to blog properly
  2. How to blog a blogpost that attracts readers

I know this goes against the principles of many bloggers but it is true. If you want to blog, always make sure the content is genuine and rightful. I know many bloggers who thought they could make fast money online simply by blogging hot topics.

Well, I used to be one of them previously and does that works? Yes, it does!

Huh??!!

Blogging hot topics will give you moderate traffic and probably generating some money online. However, if you are planning to become a serious blogger, then this is definitely not the way to go and let me tell you why!

Hot topics or trends as what Google call it, is always short term basis. You may earn enough to last for the season (maybe), but you might be out of business for the rest of the year. Let’s face it my fellow bloggers. Hot topics are not meant to stay (and will never stay). Imagine it as a gossip instead. Blogging these might bring you just that far but it won’t be doing much good for you. Trust me on this!

Instead, start blogging on things that you actually know and have interest in. For example, I love blogging and websites, thus creating this website as a portal for bloggers around the world to get a nice inside scoop of blogging and to find good blogging tips, SEO techniques and even WordPress guides.

2. Making fast money through affiliate programs

You will learn:

  1. How to make money being an affiliate
  2. Simple techniques to sell or promote a product online

This is really something that makes me pissed off big time. I see so many websites promoting a product which they hardly use! Furthermore, these sites are basically ‘˜copy and spinning’ articles around just to make it unique.

One concept that I will always live by is that when you sell an affiliate product, make sure you know about it and give genuine review on it. Isn’t that obvious that in order to have a good review, you need to try the product first?

Yes you get my point. Personally, I have been writing several reviews in the past and trust me that they are tough to construct if you have no hands on experience in it.

One of the best tips I can offer to bloggers who wish to make some money by selling affiliate products is that you need to decide yourself if that product is worth your time selling. Some products offers a huge commission but it has zero quality for that while others might have a lesser commission base but has better quality.

If you want read more, you can check out what Darren Rowse wrote on ProBlogger Secrets to Six Figure Income.

3. Blogging is never about making money online

You will learn:

  1. How to blog better

This is one phrase I always use in nearly every blog, articles or website I write. Blogging is never about making money online. If you think that blogging is a get rich quick business, you are wrong. Sorry mate!

For bloggers who started out fresh, you got to focus to put up one hell of a show (good content), attract readers and then focus in generating money through blogging, not the opposite.

Many people (and even bloggers) who think that blogging is dead simply because there are tons of websites and blogs out there to compete. Good Lord they are wrong.

Competitions and competitors doesn’t make it impossible but both of these only make blogging more challenging. What I love best about of these is the fact that they makes me better in my blogs and yes, it can really sharpen my blogging skills at the same time.

4. Improve blog traffic with great content

You will learn:

  1. How to improve blog traffic
  2. The effect of quality contents

I am not sure if you are aware on this but the only way to gain more money is through having a good amount of traffic to your blog. For me, I always believe that more traffic means more income.

Readers only want to read good article and not some lame stories. So, gaining a good amount of traffic especially repeated visitors will actually improve the chances of you making money through blogging. I wouldn’t want to go in too deep on that but always remember that you can generate money not only through advertisement clicks but as well as total number of impressions received.

Content writing or content blogging is important to create good traffic to your site. You have to remember that traffic is not created overnight but it takes time and lots of effort. Of course, the first step is to provide good content to your readers.

You do not need to write a thousand words article like I do in most blog articles but always make sure that each article is packed with quality information. Readers like you and me will only return back to the blog if they have good articles that worth reading.

Here’s a few example of websites offering quality contents:

5. Increase your blog earning with the RIGHT banner

You will learn:

  1. How to monetize your blog
  2. How to further improve your ad revenue and convertion

I know people make tons of money with Adsense and some doesn’t. In fact, it is not the number of banners visible to your visitors that count. Instead, it is all about using the RIGHT banner at the right place which counts!

One of the biggest mistake most bloggers do when it comes to monetize their blogs is placing too many ad banners. If you are one of them, remove those banners right now!

Yes now!

Google had realized banner’s hotspot few years back and many are still using it. As time passes by, everything changes and so does the click rates and banner location. I am not saying that we should not use Google guide in banner placement but we should improvise from it.

From time to time (and thanks to having many websites), I am lucky enough to test the different types of click rates I could have. The biggest and most obvious differences is the layout colour, size of fonts and yes, placements of each banners.

Basically, larger banners like those 250 x 250, 3300 x 250 and 336 x 280 has better click rates when placed in the starting and ending of an article page. In other words, placing on the first and last paragraph is definitely a good choice if you want to generate some earnings from Adsense. Furthermore, these large banners usually fetch a very high cost per click (CPC) rate.

Place of advertisement banners can affect the outcome of earning money through blogging
The right advertisement location will boost click rates 

Another good banner which many people fail to use them is the link units. These link units provided me pretty good click rate. Yes, maybe the cost per click (CPC) is rather low for most bloggers, having at least one of this advertisement units on your blog will definitely increase the chances of your earnings.

In order to make money blogging, I often see most bloggers placed more than 6 types of banners on a page. For the sake of God, please…I beg you…please don’t do it to your poor blog.

C’mon guys! People visit your blog to gain experience and gather information. They are not here to click on your banners! I get it and I really do. We all bloggers (including me) would love to see at least some earnings on your Google Adsense. What you can do is place them wisely.

Personally, I would recommend not more than three banners visible on one page itself. At times, it is alright to be greedy and place slightly more than three banners on high traffic pages thought. You might get lucky but do not over do it if you do not want to kill your blog traffic.

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27 thoughts on “5 Facts About Make Money Blogging You Must Know”

  1. Hi Reginald,

    All excellent points and ones I can absolutely relate to, but #3 is my favorite. Making money should be a by product of blogging. Sure we want to make money but you can’t do that unless you have an interest or even a passion first. You have to offer something first before you can expect something in return. Throwing up a blog or a website that sells stuff isn’t enough to generate income.

    BTW, you’ve added some great info on Adsense banners. Also isn’t it against Google Adsense terms to have more than 3 Google ads on a page?

    Liz 🙂

    • Hi Liz,

      Glad to see you here! As for your question, I know many bloggers who have 3 Adsense and a few more banners such as Chitika. Also, if my memory is correct, Google allows 3 banners and 3 ad links on one page. I remember I read it somewhere in the T&C years ago. 🙂

      Nonetheless, not really a huge point now since I’m focus in content than just money! Let the money flow by itself.

      Hope you had a great time here and thank you!

      Reginald

  2. Hi Reginald,

    What an interesting discussion, anyone can start a blog and put some Adsense banners and some affiliate links in an effort to make someone, and maybe he can generate some money. But in order to make a real money there is really a lot more to it and it starts by build your blog as a brand, as an authoritative source of information in specific niche then only you can think about the best way to monetize your blog.

    • Hi Qasim.

      Good point and reminds me of my past. Last time I build many websites and could easily rank well (while earning like few bucks a day). Those add up pretty fast but it won’t go more than $5 per day.

      Big sites make money because they know what their readers want. They build their reputation, authority and most important voices which readers will trust. This makes big money (if done properly) especially with affiliate sales.

      Thanks for sharing this mate.

      Reginald

  3. Good list here. As always, content is the most important part of your blogging strategy and there is no substitute for high quality content. Thanks for sharing!

  4. these are awesome facts about Blogging
    blogging is all about original content and traffic
    without these two we can’t expect any revenue online
    thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Anis,

      Thanks for commenting!

      I know sometimes we could be ‘off course’ a little but focusing too much on revenue. But, we have to remember that it is hard to make money blogging if you are just starting up 🙂

      Challenging but not impossible.

      Reginald

  5. Hi Reginald,

    Great post! I would also like to add that we shouldn’t ever look at ourselves(fellow bloggers) as competition because I feel that’s not what we are. We are here to help each other, grow, and teach one another.

    Cause at the end of the day, we all have the same goals and its damn hard doing it all yourself. That’s the reason we have guest posts, so we can help each other! I think that who ever finds other bloggers competition needs to get that out their head. Even if I find a blog that’s better than mines, even they are there to give advice to whom ever might need it, even if its me. I think that’s how all bloggers need to look at it.

    By looking at it this way, it makes blogging not only a more pleasant experience but it also makes it a lot easier to make money. If we where in it by ourselves, how many of us would actually be making money this way? Not many that’s for sure.

    Thank you for your awesome post.

    • Hey Bernard,

      We all can make money blogging but this usually happens only after you earn some good traffic. No good traffic means no luck there 🙂

      Most importantly, blogging is all about the fun and passion.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Reginald

      • Hey reginald I’m fine and i love that line”long time no see” from naruto.
        Stuck with a problem in my blog and now its solved. Hey i think there is a problem with your newsletter when i clicked in the reply email link i got from you it sent me straight to reginaldchan.net
        Just take care of it.

        And Regi what do you think of Clcikbank?

        • Hi Sumanth,

          Thanks for commenting. Oh really? Let me check on it right now. That’s pretty weird. Blogging Avenue is my secondary site and it’s ‘off’ at the moment. Hmm!

          Clickbank is good due to high affiliate rates. Here’s the problem. Not all products do well there. If you want to want to make money through it, not a problem but you must know how to target the right products 🙂 <-- Does this answers your question? Drop me a line if you need to know more on this. On the road so ... will fix the email thingy in the next 20 minutes or so. Thanks!

  6. i want to make money through blogging, i also build average traffic at y blog but at what stage should i monetize my blog means after how many days should i monetize.

    • Rahul,

      You can monetize your blog anytime. It doesn’t really matter when to start. You can start monetizing but ended up with no earning at all which is a waste of time. The trick is to know how are your readers and why are they reading your blog.

      Once you know the above, you will know what they would probably like. With that, you can easily ‘sell’ them products or affiliate stuffs. Nowadays, you can’t really make money with Adsense. You make far more money using affiliate program BUT you need to know what you are selling to build the best chance for yourself.

      Here’s an example. I write about hosting review and what happens if I place banners for handphones? Obviously, they won’t click it. get the point? 😉

        • Hi Rahul,

          I will be writing on that (in detail) soon so stay tune. You can also subscribe to my newsletter to get notified when it is published.

          Basically, you need to have good ad placement, target audience and most importantly, the right size as well.

  7. Wow that slideshare widget is cool!

    Really great post. The trend now, even more than ever before, is GREAT CONTENT! But you still need to learn how to convert content into traffic and traffic into money.

    Something I’m not too good at yet:(

    • Hi Dan,

      Glad you liked it. Like what you say, the only way is to grow your traffic. With good traffic, you increases the chance of getting some money out of your blogs.

      But again, blogging isn’t everything about money. You should enjoy the process 🙂

  8. Agree with your points Regi 🙂

    Blogging on fascinating topics is much better than blogging on hot topics. Am a tech lover, so I chose a tech blog to share my knowledge. I love to read and use different types of gadgets too.

    Still, I am not doing Affiliate marketing. Coz, I don’t wanna promote the products/services which am unaware.

    Yeah, blogging is a not a just way to earn money online. Definitely it need some qualities and there is no doubt that the great content bring huge traffic.

    I learned a bit here, thanks for sharing the useful post Regi 🙂

    • Hi Nirmala,

      Thanks for commenting. Me too! I don’t promote a product I don’t use 🙂

      I used to be a tech lover but technology is real hard to keep up. And with a day job, it is hard for me to balance things up.

      Glad you find this useful and appreciate it!

      Have a great week ahead.

  9. Hi Reginald
    This can be called a reference post for those who start a blog just to make money. Making money can be ultimate goal of a blogger but not the only goal. When you make money with your blog actually you cash the value of your blog which you created with your hard and continuous labor.
    It is very right without knowing a product if you sell it you may be a blacksmith who tries to sell gold. So first get complete knowledge of the product with preferably practical experience of using it then claim how beneficial it will be for the users.
    Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful post which itself a money for those who seriously want to do money blogging.

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