Whenever someone is first introduced to the world of blogging, invariably the first question is “How do bloggers get paid?“
They want to know how writing articles and posting them on a webpage can turn into cash. It is a fair question for sure. After all, if you are not familiar with the concept at all, then you wonder if it is a legitimate way to earn an online income.
Before I dive into the types of income streams that bloggers can create, it can be extremely beneficial to think through the goals, passions and struggles of your ideal audience. Once you understand the audience you want to serve, you’ll have a better idea which of the following income streams work best.
How Do Bloggers Get Paid?
The 2 Types of Blogging Income
1. Low Maintenance Passive Income – This is really the most ideal type of income because it can provide you and your family with freedom. This is most often recurring passive income streams that you can enjoy. This type of money happens without your personal involvement. It is scale-able.
Meaning that you can earn money without exchanging time for money in the moment. Some examples would include Google Adsense (or any paid for clicks campaign), membership sites, selling advertisement space, affiliate marketing sales, and even ebook sales.
If you can get paid for something while you are sleeping and it does not require you to exchange future time for money, then you have a low maintenance passive income stream.
The individual transactions are smaller but they happen more often and don’t require your time. Every morning when I wake up I can log into my Google Adsense account and see that I made money while I was sleeping.
2. Personal Involvement High Income – The idea with this strategy is that if something involves your personal time, it should cost more. After all, your time should be valuable to you, right?
If you offer personal consulting for your niche you should charge what your personal time is worth to you. It also matters the type of reach that you are able to get as well.
For example, you do not have to charge as much for a webinar with 100 participants as you might with a personal consultation. You would charge even more for live speaking events as well.
The ideal strategy would be to set up low maintenance passive income streams that meet your household budget so that you can spend your time in higher income events that require personal involvement. To be honest each has their benefits.
Passive income streams allow you to enjoy the freedom to use your time how you choose. Personal involvement income ideas allow you to interact with others and make a difference in other people.
By Team Localwise
When I was a kid I used to “write books.” I would illustrate a storyboard first, then I would narrate the story to my parents as they wrote the words next to my illustrations. I thought for sure that I would be an author when I grew up, and that never really changed until I reached my junior year of high school.
While I chose not to be an author, I still enjoy writing and deciding that it might be fun to start a blog.
Like all good hobbies, blogging can be even more fun if you’re earning a little money. If you also enjoy writing and getting paid (and who doesn’t love getting paid?), read on to learn how you can make money by blogging!
Option 1: Start your own blog
1. Put AdSense on it
The first thing you’ll want to do when deciding to monetize your blog is set up a passive stream of income. One of the easiest ways to do this is by signing up for Google AdSense. If you’re using Google’s Blogger as your blogging platform, it’s relatively easy. However, if you use WordPress, Squarespace or some other platform, AdSense will give you a piece of code that you can place anywhere you want on your site.
The best part about AdSense is that Google takes care of finding ads that are related to your blog’s content as well as the financial stuff. Simply log into your AdSense account to withdraw your earnings!
2. Use referral programs
While this won’t necessarily earn you money directly, it can score you discounts on products that you are already buying or using! Many popular apps such as Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and Airbnb have referral programs, and referral programs are becoming increasing popular on shopping sites as well.
Some referral programs will give you a code to give to friends while others give you a personal referral link.
Most referral programs offer something to both you and the person you refer, so you should advertise the benefit to your readers and encourage them to use your code or follow your link.
3. Use affiliate links
Affiliate links are a little different than referral programs because instead of earning credit towards a specific website or app, you can earn money directly. If you’re just starting out, affiliate links might not be for you, but if you already have an established following, it might be a good idea to look into an affiliate program.
Amazon has a very popular and easy to use program that can earn you up to 10% of items purchased from your readers. If you’re a fashion blogger, RewardStyle is a great way to earn commission on sales driven by your blog, but you do have to apply to be a part of it. More robust affiliate programs include CJ, ShareASale, and Rakuten Affiliate Network. With these, you can search for brands or websites specific to your blog’s focus.
You should do some research into which affiliate program is right for your blog since each offers slightly different features.
4. Find brand sponsors
Lots of bloggers earn money by partnering with brands and becoming brand representatives. Big bloggers get paid big bucks to promote products, but if you’re still small, it’s best to start a relationship with a brand by accepting free or discounted merchandise.
Reach out to smaller brands that you already like by sending an email expressing your interest in writing about them. Mention that you would like to start out with a sample of their product to review for your readers.
If all goes well and they see significant traffic generated by your post, they might want to pay you to partner with them in the future as your blog grows!
5. Become an ‘influencer’ and get paid to speak at events
Once you make a name for yourself, you can start to really make a mark in the blogging community you’re a part of. Whether you write about fashion, beauty, parenthood, coupons, technology, or even something as specific as underwater basket weaving, there are bound to be events within your blogging community.
Successful bloggers can get paid to speak at events, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and find events that you could lend your talents to!
6. Sell exclusive content
If you’ve garnered a following and want to start selling specific content, you might want to consider starting a membership program. This would give members a little extra something beyond your blog.
This strategy makes a lot of sense in certain blogging circles such as fitness and health (selling monthly fitness and diet plans) or personal blogs (take a note from the Kardashians for once: each of them has an exclusive app and website that charges a monthly membership fee). However, this can be applied to any blogging niche as long as your exclusive content is exciting and enticing enough for people to subscribe to!
Option 2: Write for someone else
1. Writing and blogging freelance websites
If you enjoy writing, why not do it for other people? There are plenty of websites specific to writing or blogging freelance positions. BloggingPro has a great blogging job board where you can find freelance, contract, or part-time job listings.
Freelance writing jobs and blogger jobs are also great writing job boards. Both of these websites allow you to search jobs by keyword, location, and job type. Websites like these are great options to find jobs that fit your interests and schedule.
2. Look for jobs on Localwise
Local businesses need bloggers too! Check your favorite local job board, Localwise, to find local writing gigs. Businesses might be looking for part-time, freelance, or even full-time writers, so see what’s out there in your area!
3. Set up a profile on a freelance marketplace
It’s super easy to set up a profile on a freelance marketplace like Upwork or Fiverr. You’ll be able to showcase your professional skills, experience, and education and start applying for projects. Plus, if you have other skills besides writing, Upwork and Fiverr are also networks for designers, web developers, translators, marketers, accountants, and more!
4. Join Creative Circle
Creative Circle is another great option for freelance writers. Creative Circle works a little differently from Upwork and Fiverr. Just send them your info and they’ll help connect you with someone looking for your skills.
5. Write for Constant Content
Constant Content is similar to Upwork, Fiverr and Creative Circle, except with this website you submit your content first. Simply write unique content, upload it, and your writing can be sold to multiple clients.
Once you’ve contributed a certain amount, you earn the ability to get exclusive projects. The client sets the price, and you’ll earn 65% while Constant Content takes a 35% cut. This is a great way to add to a writing portfolio!
6. Post to HubPages
With HubPages you can write about any topic you’re passionate or knowledgeable about. They’ll place ads related to your writing on your article’s page, and you’ll share in the advertising revenues!
Once your article generates the minimum of $100 through AdSense or $50 through the HubPages Ad Program, you can withdraw your earnings.
What Does a Teenage Blogger Do?
As a blogger, you’ll spend a large amount of your time writing about something that you’re passionate about. It could be video games, fashion, sports, animals, your life, or really any other subject that you like. While bloggers don’t make money quickly, over time they will get more traffic to their website and once they have a lot of traffic, they can easily make significant amounts of money.
How Much Does a Teenage Blogger Get Paid?
Pay as a blogger can differ greatly. Once you start, and really for the first 3-6 months, you can expect to make very little money. However, as time goes on and your website grows, you can use platforms like Google Adsense to place ads on your website which will pay you every time that someone clicks on an ad. Bloggers can make as low as $0 per month, or $100,000+ depending on how many times the website is visited. It really depends on how much work you put in and how consistently you do it.
How Can I Get Started as a Teenage Blogger?
1. Make sure that you speak to your parent(s) before trying to become a teen blogger. They absolutely must know about your plans and will likely be able to help you in your efforts.
2. When starting as a blogger you have two choices. First, let a web developer create a website for you (which can be expensive) or second, just do it yourself. We recommend you do it yourself and have a tutorial to make the process very easy.
3. To begin, you’ll need to create your own blog on WordPress to practice on. For this, you’ll need a hosting account and we recommend that you use Siteground. To begin, click here to open Siteground and then click the video below watch a tutorial video of the sign-up process and how to install WordPress. If you need to figure out your domain name, you can use this tool.
4. Now that you have a blog, you’ll need to get the proper training necessary to become a good blogger. You can do this in a number of ways, but we recommend that you join Lynda.com. They offer a free 10-day trial and you should get your parent’s permission before you start.
5. Once you’ve joined Lynda.com, we recommend you to search the course ” Creating Better Blog Content by Virginia O’Connor” to get started. In it, you’ll learn a lot about how to blog effectively and connect with your readers.
6. Once you’ve trained yourself and are comfortable with creating blog posts, it’s time to get writing. Begin by writing your first post and share it on social media. (Helpful Hint: If you need an image for your blog post, you can use Pixabay.com. DO NOT pull images directly off of Google, that can get you in legal trouble.)
7. Now that you’ve written your first blog post, you need to make sure that you are tracking how many people visit it from your social media. The best way to do that is to use Google Analytics and here is a video explaining how to install it.
8. Once you’ve begun to get some traffic, it’s best to join an email marketing platform. This way, you can get people to sign up to your email list and then bring them back to your website with emails on a regular basis. We recommend that you join Aweber for this. To begin, click here to open up Aweber and then click here to watch a good tutorial video on how to set it up.
9. Congratulations! You’re officially a blogger and now you should publish new content regularly to get readers to come back to your website often. Over time, your content will begin to get ranked in Google and when people search for something related to your topic, you’ll eventually pop up as a search result and get free traffic. Once you have over 1,000 people in traffic monthly, consider adding Google Adsense to your website or use Affiliate Marketing to make more money.
- Siteground Hosting: This platform is where you can choose a URL and host your website. (Video Tutorial)
- Namemesh: This will help you choose a URL for your website.
- Lynda.com : This platform will teach you the skills you need to become a teen blogger.
Search for the course “Creating Better Blog Content by Virginia O’Connor”