A profitable blog that earns $30,000 per month is a huge undertaking that involves the integration of numerous critical factors. To create such a blog, you will need all of these characteristics.
1. Choose the right host and theme.
A lot goes into making money on a blog, starting the day you purchase your site. I’ve created a comprehensive guide on how to start a blog for you.
Make careful to brainstorm how you want the appearance of your blog to be before you commit to a theme for it. You have a good chance of stumbling into a paid theme that is compatible with the tone and purpose of your blog.
You have taken the initial steps towards making money with your blog by putting together a solid game plan for the content of your blog, finding a wonderful host for your site, and selecting an outstanding theme.
2. Build a network of blogger friends.
Most people imagine “networking” as something you do at a cocktail party with strangers. You nervously guzzle beer after beer as you stand in the corner before plunging into a new conversation. Similar networking occurs online, but there is no need to dress up. You don’t have to feel like a big freak for reaching out, either, since it’s online.
When I first started blogging, I discovered how to participate in a well-liked community where other money bloggers congregated. I expanded my network, picked up some important lessons, and opened up fresh prospects for success by getting in touch with other bloggers.
I’ll always remember what Ryan from CashMoneyLife.com advised: When you first start writing, it’s essential to take advice from an expert. Only attempt to complete this work after your own.
If you need help determining where to begin, consider leaving comments on the blogs you enjoy reading and starting discussions on social media. You’ll develop friendships with other bloggers over time that could be profitable, bringing me to my next point.
3. Post as a guest on other blogs.
Building relationships with bloggers and attracting new visitors to your website are facilitated by guest posting. You may not only spread the word about yourself, but you can also create useful backlinks to your website.
How do backlinks work? It occurs when bloggers permit you to include a few links in the article you write for them to relevant posts on your blog. The better, the more backlinks you have.
In addition to making it easier for people to find your website, this can help your articles rank higher in search engines like Google. Once your blog is up and going, it’s a good idea to offer to write guest posts for other websites.
Ask some of your favorite bloggers on social media or via email if you need clarification on who to contact about guest posting. It can be difficult to put oneself out there, but remember that the worst someone can say is “no.”
4. Examine your competitors.
Since so many resources are available on the internet, it’s impossible to create a blog post on a subject that hasn’t been covered. Every niche also has a variety of top blogs that attract the most visitors and provide the most earnings.
Discover why the most successful blogs in your niche continually outperform the rest if you want your blog to be successful. What exactly do they do well? What actions do they take that no one else does to increase traffic? What sort of subjects do they cover?
Look at the most read blog entries on reputable websites and consider how you could personalize the subject.
Remember that you should strive to surpass others rather than copy them. You can utilize tools like SEMRush and your research to learn which keywords the most popular websites aim for.
5. Gain knowledge about keyword research.
I started learning about keyword research as I started writing as a guest on other blogs. I discovered I could focus my efforts more effectively by selecting keywords with high search volume rather than blogging about arbitrary financial issues.
The important thing is to aim for article ideas that help me rank in the search engines. As you can see, more than writing amazing content is required. What good is it if no one reads it? Make sure your articles can be found in future searches. If not, all you’re doing is wasting time.
Early on, developing a plan to rank for “financial planner Illinois” was my best achievement. I wanted anybody who googled “financial planner” in Illinois to find me. But here’s a funny thing. I asked how to rank for that keyword in a forum I belonged to, and I got the following response:
“Jeff, I saw your forum post and wanted to let you know that ranking for those terms is quite difficult. You will only be able to compete with some of the larger investment firms in the Chicago area since you are a one-person operation with only one website. I apologize for the bad news.
Don’t pay attention to doubters like this one. I must state that this individual was completely mistaken. My desire to rank for this term was so intense that I kept looking into other tactics till I discovered the solution.
Eventually, my investigation brought me to a friend who advised me to design a unique landing page for my company. I decided on Jeff Rose, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Illinois, for the page’s title and added “Certified” and “IL” to make it easier for Google to find the page. It worked, which is cool.
Learning the fundamentals of keyword research when you first begin is important. I started by using only Google Keyword Planner. Additionally, I would enter phrases into Google to see what search suggestions appeared, concentrating on the long-tail variation of the keyword.
For instance, I might enter “Roth IRA” to see what else appeared. To prevent your cookies from affecting your search results when you apply this method, be sure to do your searches in an incognito window. Make sure your keyword appears in each blog post’s URL; the title and text should always be your priority. For extra advice, read this on-page SEO guidance from BACKLINKO.
6. Use Google to monetize your blog
When I started my site, I still needed to learn I could make money from online advertising. I had no idea. I started by utilizing Google AdSense.
AdSense by Google
Google AdSense is a “flexible, hassle-free way to earn money online,” according to Google. You will be compensated for placing relevant Google adverts on your blog. Ads can also be made specifically for your website, and you can monitor their effectiveness. Most importantly, it’s free.
You will have access to a code you can copy and paste into your blog once you have designed your advertising (color, size, and type of ads displayed).
Updates to Google’s Algorithm
For those unfamiliar with the online world, it would appear that Google controls almost everything. Along with web search, they also offer Google Chrome, Google Maps, Google Domains, YouTube, Books, News, Google Play, Google Earth, Google Finance, and many other services.
Now and then, Google will publish “algorithm changes” that modify search results.
The top result for women’s dress shoes on a search engine can be Nordstrom. If Google discovered that Nordstrom was engaging in illicit activity to elevate their website to the top spot, Google would expel them from the front page, a process known as blocklisting. Any internet firm that depends on search could be severely hampered, if not driven out of business entirely, by this.
7. Make a landing page
I was instructed to create a unique landing page for my blog that focused on the URL’s keywords. Here is what I decided.
It was really simple to create the landing page because I used the Thesis theme. I gave some information about myself and my services and a video. But now, I had to get people to visit my landing page.
How? naturally, by guest posting! You can check my related post at SmartPassiveIncome.com to see a list of all the guest blogs I created for this landing page.
After a while, I began to receive traffic to the landing page, and one of those visitors eventually became my greatest client, paying my firm over $25,000 annually. I won the lottery. They weren’t the only client I got from the blog, though. Several dozen people have become clients as a result of finding my blog.
I’ve also had many individuals come to me through referrals from other clients, CPAs, and lawyers, and they always direct them to my blog first so they can get to know me. Remember that I earned this money indirectly through my blog. Next, I want to explain how I directly profited from blog advertisements.
8. Create your primary website pages.
Even if all you want is a place to write, your website needs more than simply a “blog” page to be successful. In addition to a page for your blog, your core pages should include an about page, a contact page, and a page for disclosures.
You would need these pages to learn more about yourself. It’s essential to provide your website with the information people desire if you want them to locate it and learn more about you.
If you wish to look at my “about me” page, you can do so here. I have all the details in plain sight for anyone who wants to know more about me.
Remember that you can explain yourself on your “about” and “contact” pages. It can be highly effective to describe yourself in your own words because it allows others to get to know you on a deeper level.
Isn’t that the key point here?
9. Open up accounts on social media
Think again if you can successfully blog without caring about social media. Social networking is often one of the best strategies to increase blog traffic and grow your readership.
Create social media accounts for your website as one of your first blogging tasks.
Also, remember that you shouldn’t use your regular social network accounts for your website. You must open new accounts that are only used for your business endeavor.
Install social media buttons on your blog as soon as your social media accounts are active. Readers can follow you on social media with just one click if they do it this way. Read this post to learn how to add social media buttons to your WordPress sidebar or footer.
10. Launch a blog for profit
I’ve earned money as a blogger in a variety of ways. In addition to earning money from ads, my website also makes money through sponsored content, affiliate marketing, and other sources. Although it can be challenging to get every monetization strategy right from the outset, you should begin with these fundamental techniques:
I currently use different advertising networks. Additionally, I receive affiliate commissions from websites like CapitalOne360.com, Betterment.com, and Ally.com (affiliate links). Additionally, I receive payment for banner advertisements on my website. I receive many leads from individuals looking to purchase term life insurance.
The best thing about affiliate marketing is the wide range of businesses that will pay you to promote their products.
Everything from paid survey websites to AirBnB has affiliate ties with me. There should be an affiliate arrangement that can work for you, regardless of your niche. I receive payment each time someone clicks via my page and establishes a brokerage account, as in my lengthy article on The Best Places to Open a Roth IRA.
Try a network like ShopHerMedia.com if you’re just getting started and need help being approved for affiliates. They only have a few affiliate offers, but once you’re in the network, they’ll approve you for all of them.
I occasionally have sponsored posts that pay between $1,000 and $2,000. I receive offers from content advertisers frequently. It’s incredible. You must include a disclaimer if you publish a sponsored article on your website.
Because sponsored postings have the potential to influence some people’s opinions or cause them to make statements they otherwise wouldn’t, you should always disclose this to readers. The issue is I only post something that I support.
Never would I suggest something to someone I wouldn’t genuinely do for myself. While sponsored pieces are advantageous financially, I must first provide my approval before they appear on my website.
As I mentioned, Google Adsense allows you to make money from advertisements on your website. Media.net and AdThrive are two additional excellent choices for advertising on your website. This ad revenue may fluctuate depending on how much traffic and user engagement your website receives. Once your blog is running, you can test different ad companies to see which works best for you.
Although monetization is crucial, you should focus only a little on it initially. The two most crucial first stages are getting your blog up and running and then adding content as you can. Once your website has at least twenty fantastic blog posts, the following stage can be taken.
11. Create amazing posts!
At first, having any content online is a tremendous accomplishment, but ultimately you’ll want something better. Writing one or two epic blogs per month should eventually be your top goal.
An epic blog article is longer and more in-depth than anything else you have written. Longer content is more informative for your viewers and has more SEO value.
12. Post profitable content online
When you’re prepared, you should develop a plan for your first blog article that will earn you money. It could be a personal case study comparing several goods or services, an affiliate review of a product you use and enjoy, or something different.
You can make money as long as you’re marketing or outlining a good or service you can sell.
One of those massive blog entries I was referring to might be your money-making post. One of my most-read articles on how to make money is 100 Ways to Make $100 Fast. This post originally only had a few affiliates, but I expanded it to include more ways to earn money as time passed.
Make sure to perform some simple keyword research to maximize your efforts as you aim to land your first lucrative post. It’s easy to develop a blog article that can bring in $1,000 or more monthly with the correct product and keyword strategy!
13. Launch a podcasting service
I founded the Good Financial Cents Podcasts. Because they enable access to information almost at any moment, podcasts are incredible. You name it: they might be driving, exercising, or going on a hike.
I address a variety of financial subjects in my podcast, including how to safeguard your retirement money and indicators that your financial advisor needs to be fired. However, some podcasts are purely amusing. For instance, I’ve heard people think I resemble The Rock (Dwayne Johnson, in case you didn’t know).
I recorded a podcast about the life lessons I took away from The Rock. Fun times! How to intimidate your critics was another entertaining tip. I understand how a likable guy like myself could have detractors. It took place. However, did I end there? Not!
14. Employ reputable photos
I concentrated on using high-quality pictures that deserved to be on Pinterest boards. As a result of the importance of images in determining whether a reader will click, I paid close attention to detail when creating my photographs. There are several excellent stock photography websites available.
All of my pictures come from DepositPhotos.com. They have a ridiculously affordable annual agreement with AppSumo. For 100 high-resolution pictures, it costs about $29. That is a fantastic offer. Some websites provide free images, but you should read the permissions first. I just stick with premium photographs because many of these free sites don’t have the quality I want (or the licensing terms I want).
However, you may want to know how we alter our photos. That is a good query. I will email my wife the photographs once I’ve finished locating the ideal ones for the website. To edit, we made use of free tools from Canva.com. Today, we use free iPhone apps like Phonto and WordSwag.
iPhones? Indeed, iPhones. Using these tools to make photographs is a lot of fun. Wherever we are at the time, we can do it whenever we have free time.
15. Use syndicated material to earn money blogging.
A fantastic way to have your voice heard is via syndicating information, which is exactly what I did. To syndicate is to broadcast information to many different locations concurrently. This implies that it is published on many websites multiple times after writing anything once. It’s a big deal. I began searching for websites that provided syndication and soon discovered a couple.
I started contributing to a handful of these websites, which increased the likelihood that more would do the same, and they did. Once, Pat Flynn mentioned being “everywhere.” Even though online syndication won’t get you everywhere, it helps!
Thanks to syndication, I got some of my blog post contributions published on Time.com, Money.com, USAToday.com, ABC.com, and many others. I also started writing for larger websites like Forbes.com and Investopedia.com, which were also written for MarketWatch.com and USNews.com.
16. Begin collecting emails
Your email list is one of your most important resources as a blogger. You want to accomplish this correctly since those who sign up to receive email updates about your site are your readers. Early on, you must include a pop-up or email capture button on your website. Waiting too long to start email capture makes things worse for you!
Initially, you’ll update your email list regarding your website, but eventually, you’ll go on to marketing your affiliates. Your email list can also create sales funnels that push readers toward the brands you support.
Your email list is practically money in the bank regarding blogging. For this reason, you should start email capture as soon as possible.
ConvertKit is my preferred email provider. You may segment your email list with ConvertKit so that you aren’t consistently delivering the same email to all your readers. This option can be a game-changer because your website undoubtedly focuses on multiple topics.
It would be best if you eventually began integrating sales funnels into your approach. You’ll send certain readers a series of emails along a sales funnel to entice them to make a purchase or an affiliate transaction.
17. Make a Lead Magnet
A lead magnet is a gift you give readers in return for their email addresses. Early on, I should have put this into practice. I put off making a lead magnet for my website for too long, largely because I was overthinking it and striving for perfection.
But when I finally released The Money Dominating Toolkit as my first lead magnet, the number of emails I collected quickly increased by more than a factor of two. Your lead magnet doesn’t need to be elaborate; it can be a straightforward email course, a one-page PDF with advice, a checklist that concentrates on your specialty, a printable resource, or a checklist of general ideas.
18. Examine your best work
Keep a close check on your success once you’ve published a few epic blog pieces and affiliate reviews on your website. You can ensure that your greatest content is correct and has the highest chance of moving up the search engine results pages by examining and upgrading it.
Some of my most popular and successful blog pieces have undergone at least five revisions. You must always maintain your best content’s accuracy and freshness to earn a living blogging. Maintaining a list of your most successful posts will allow you to refresh them at least twice a year.
19. Examine your list
What is superior to being awesome? Every year is getting better. The easiest method to advance as a blogger is to solicit feedback from your audience on how you’re doing and what you may be doing better.
Doing a brief survey for your subscriber list can give you access to insightful comments that you can utilize to enhance your website and, ultimately, your revenue. A strategy I adopted from Derek Halpern of Social Triggers is to inquire about the main issue that the respondent is facing.
I inquire about their money struggles because I write a financial blog. For our Marriage More blog, we enquire about the types of marital problems our readers face. If you run a fashion blog, you may inquire about your readers’ biggest clothing annoyances. If you’re interested in fitness, you’d want to know the reader’s major issues with their diet and workout routine.
You could incorporate those inquiries into a brief survey that you can construct with Google Forms for free if you want to gather more specific data. As long as you get the knowledge, it doesn’t matter how you get it.
Remember that you can generate money because of your readers. The best method to increase your income while helping others is to identify their problems and produce solutions through goods, tools, and content.
20. Make a yearly commitment.
It’s simple to daydream about creating a blog while you’re asleep on the weekends. Sadly, daydreaming is insufficient. Whatever side business you want to start, you need to do more than dream about it; you need to get started.
I always advise folks to commit to blogging for an entire year before they even begin. Remember that your first year of employment may bring in almost nothing and that your mother will likely be your largest (and only) supporter for a while. Beginning slowly is not just acceptable, and it’s typical.
Regardless of how impatient you are, developing a popular blog with the following you need to make money takes time.
When I first launched this website, I gave it my all-out commitment. Folks, I went all in. I was motivated to be successful because I believed blogging was a business’s future.
You must make a minimum one-year commitment if you want to succeed. Without that dedication, you’re doomed to failure before you’ve even given yourself a chance.
Start earning money from your blog today
Following each recommendation on this list and committing to blogging for a full year will enable you to make $1,000 or more monthly. It can take longer than you anticipate, and it won’t be simple, for goodness’ sake.
But you have my support. And what about that? I have been blogging for a long time and have never seen someone give their all for an entire year and fail. I completely understand if you need help figuring out where to begin. To help you develop a successful blog, I’ve produced a free course that walks you through each step of the process.
Select Profitable Niche
Finding a lucrative niche: The first step in starting a successful blog is to identify a profitable niche with a sizable enough readership to support your financial objectives. It could entail looking at market gaps or industry trends or pinpointing a particular target market.
Developing a Powerful Community and Brand
Building a great brand: After you’ve determined your niche, creating a powerful brand that appeals to your target the market is critical. It entails creating a distinctive voice, aesthetic, and excellent material that positions you as an authority in your field.
There are various essential components to blogging for brand development, including:
Creating a distinct voice and visual aesthetic: Your blog should have a voice and aesthetic different from other blogs in your niche. It might refer to your writing style and vocabulary as well as the look and feel of your blog.
Creating useful material: Your blog should offer helpful content that speaks to the interests and demands of your target audience. Building trust with your readers and becoming recognized as an authority in your field will result from this.
Building a community: A key component of creating a powerful brand is a group of devoted readers interested in your content and brand. Social media, comments, email lists, and other methods of audience participation can all be used for this.
Produce high-quality content consistently, and be genuine in your interactions with your audience. It promotes reader trust and loyalty, which are necessary for creating a powerful brand.
Authentic brand representation: Use your blog to showcase your company’s goals, principles, and personality. Your readers are more inclined to identify with your brand if you are sincere and genuine.
SEO Optimization: Optimizing your blog’s visibility and establishing a solid brand requires SEO optimization. It involves utilizing keywords, meta tags, and other strategies to raise the rating of your blog on search engines.
Collaboration is key to growing your audience and developing a powerful brand. It includes working with other bloggers, influencers, and companies in your area.
In conclusion, cultivating a distinctive voice and aesthetic style, producing worthwhile material, fostering community, consistency, authenticity, SEO optimization, and collaboration are all essential to growing a great brand through blogging. By concentrating on these factors, you can position yourself as an authority in your niche and develop a devoted following that supports your brand.
Growing Your Audience
Increasing the following: While establishing a strong brand is crucial, and you must also develop a loyal readership that will help you monetize your blog through advertising, affiliate marketing, and other means. Search engine optimization, social media marketing, and content marketing can all be used to accomplish this.
Several crucial components are involved in expanding your blog’s readership:
Material Marketing: Building an audience for your blog starts with producing valuable and exciting content. You can draw in new readers and keep current ones interested by continuously providing top-notch content that speaks to the needs and interests of your target audience.
Search engine optimization (SEO): Increasing the visibility and traffic to your blog requires optimizing it for search engines. It involves utilizing keywords, meta tags, and other strategies to raise the rating of your blog on search engines.
Social media marketing (SMM): One of the most important aspects of expanding your blog’s readership is to making use of social media platforms to engage with your audience. It entails disseminating your information, interacting with your fans, and utilizing social media advertisements to get in front of more people.
Email marketing: Building an email list of devoted followers is an efficient strategy to expand your blog’s readership through email marketing. Email marketing can be used to advertise your site and monetization plans and offer subscribers regular updates and unique material.
Guest posting: Guest posting on other well-known blogs in your niche can help you reach a wider audience and draw in new readers to your blog.
Networking: Creating connections with other bloggers, industry leaders and companies in your niche can help you reach a wider the audience for your blog.
Leverage influencer marketing: Promoting your blog in conjunction with influencers in your field can help you reach a larger audience.
Creating useful material, optimizing it for search engines, utilizing social media and email marketing, employing guest blogging, networking, and using influencer marketing are all steps in building your blog’s audience. You may improve your blog’s visibility, boost traffic, and Cultivate a following by concentrating on these factors.
Monetizing Your Blog
Your blog can be made money in several ways, including through advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored content, and the sale of goods and services. Finding a monetization approach that works best for your site and readership are essential, as is being open and honest with your readers about how you want to make money.
Finding ways to monetize your blog includes using several strategies to generate income. Several popular ways to monetize include:
One of the most popular ways to monetize your blog is by selling advertising space on it. You can charge for space for banner advertisements, sponsored blog pieces, or native ads that fit in with your content.
Affiliate marketing: Affiliate marketing is the practice of advertising the goods or services of other individuals in exchange for a cut of any purchases generated by your unique affiliate link. If you have a sizable and active following, this could be a terrific method to monetize your site.
Sponsored posts involve collaborating with companies to produce content that advertises their goods or services. It may be an excellent approach to monetize your blog if you have a sizable audience and a solid reputation in your niche.
Selling Products or Services
Selling goods or services: You can monetize your blog by offering goods or services relevant to your niche if you have a particular talent or expertise. Ebooks, classes, webinars, and consulting services may fall under this category.
Membership program: If you have a loyal following, you may set up a membership program to provide your readers special access to content or benefits in exchange for a monthly or yearly subscription.
Donations: If you have a devoted readership, you can monetize your site through reader donations. Through websites like Patreon or Ko-fi, you can do this.
Finding the monetization approach that works best for you and your audience is crucial because not all monetization tactics will be appropriate for every blog. To keep their trust, it’s always a good the idea of being open and honest with your readers about any monetization strategies you employ.
In conclusion, there are several ways to monetize your blog, including advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, the sale of goods or services, a membership program, and donations. Finding the approach that benefits both you and your audience and being open about how you want to monetize is crucial.
Monitoring and evaluating your development You must monitor your success and modify your technique as necessary to hit your target of $30,000 every month. Track your traffic, conversions, and money with analytics tools, and adjust your content, marketing, and monetization tactics as needed.
Being persistent and patient is necessary to create a good blog. Being persistent in expanding your audience, providing high-quality content, and testing out various revenue methods is crucial.
In conclusion, to earn $30,000 per month from blogging, you must identify a lucrative niche, establish a solid brand, expand your readership, monetize your site, track and evaluate your success, and be persistent and patient. Although it’s not an easy process, it can be completed with the appropriate strategy and perseverance.