How to Start Blogging | Make Money Blogging for Beginners

How to Start Blogging | Make Money Blogging for Beginners

How to Start Blogging | Make Money Blogging for Beginners, Money-Earn with blogging


Do you wonder how you'll make money by blogging?  Many bloggers actually made money with their blogs. Most of them were "normal" people, who often also started making money by accident with their blog.

I then also started a blog ( reading tip: create your own free blog in 10 minutes ) and I also earned some money. But I soon noticed that it wasn't that easy in Flanders to get an income from a blog.

Today I view a blog completely differently. A blog is not "just a blog", a blog is really a "business", and that is how you should approach it.

I did not write this article from the point of view of "purely bloggers", but also for the self-employed and companies who regularly publish blog articles on their blog

How Do Bloggers Earn Money?

There are alternatives and many ways to earn money with a blog. In this article, I will show you 14 ways to make money with a blog. It is up to you to find out which way is best for you and what works for you.

I hope that after reading this article you will realize that you can also use a blog perfectly to promote your company, products or services. In this way, a blog does not provide a "direct" income, such as through advertisements, but an indirect income. Your blog will then generate new visitors who will eventually become customers.

How much money can you earn from blogging?

How much money you can earn with a blog depends on many factors. If your blog is a reference in your profession, you can certainly earn a nice amount thanks to your blog.

If your blog is more personal and there are advertisements here and there, then you will be happy with a few $ per month.

A common mistake is that someone starts blogging about a little bit of everything. The chance that you will earn money on the basis of such a blog is really very small. If, on the other hand, you delineate your topic and become the reference about that topic, then the chances are much more real than you will eventually earn money through your blog (but then the road is long!).

I myself have a number of customers who have grown their business through a blog. They do not see themselves as bloggers, but thanks to their blog they do attract enough new customers. In my opinion, that is the most feasible way to generate a good income through a blog in Flanders. Unless of course, you start blogging in English, the cards are different.

How can you make money blogging?

In this article, I discuss the following 14 ways to make money with blogging:

  1. Google AdSense
  2. Affiliate Marketing
  3. Develop an Online Course
  4. Create a Paying Newsletter
  5. Publish a Newsletter (free or not)
  6. Organize Free Webinars
  7. Publish Sponsored Articles
  8. Write Articles for other Websites
  9. Promote the Products / Services that you Sell
  10. Organize a Workshop
  11. Coach Your Followers
  12. This way you can Earn Money with Instagram
  13. This way You can Earn Money with Vlogging
  14. Join an Influencer Program

1) Google AdSense

Advertisements are the simplest way to make money with blogging, but the chance that you will get rich from this is almost nil. Google AdSense is easy to implement on your blog, making it a popular option.

Unless you have a lot of visitors, I don't recommend this. Finally, advertisements often have a negative influence on the user experience. If you then only earn a few $ per month in advertisements, this is really not worth it.

However, if you have a blog that attracts thousands of visitors every month, it will be a different story. In that case, it can be interesting to get started with Google AdSense. Again, it won't make you rich, but it can provide an additional source of income.

2) Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing promotes a product or service on your blog. When your visitor goes via your blog to the website that sells the service or product and actually makes a purchase, you get a commission.

The amount of commission in affiliate marketing depends on various factors. This may be a small percentage, but a commission of $ 100 (or even more) is certainly no exception!

How do you tackle this in concrete terms? The best way is to write/create valuable content. For example tutorials or reviews  Or maybe you are (a starting) influencer and you have a good number of followers on Instagram...

Do you have a blog and do you want to get an idea of the possibilities? Then take a look at Trade Tracker. Trade Tracker is one of the better Affiliate marketing providers. I myself am also a member of it. You can register for free and you will find that they have interesting affiliate programs in every category. Whether you have a travel blog or a fashion blog (or something else), you will probably find an affiliate program that suits you.

3) Develop an Online Course

Successful bloggers often also develop an online course. That can be about the topic they blog about, but sometimes also blogging or online marketing, about how they have dealt with things and have become successful.

Such an online course can take various forms. This way you can also give access to a protected part of your website, where deeper or more elaborate content is offered. These days, this is often combined with video. Thanks to a video you can approach a 1-on-1 experience.

Online courses are also regularly supplemented with coaching via, for example, a Skype call. I personally find that very interesting. This way you combine a theoretical course with customized advice and feedback during the Skype call. This gives real added value.

The advantage of such an online course is that it is easily scalable; you make that 1x and then you can resell it unlimited times. But make no mistake, creating an online course, especially when working with video, requires a lot of work. If you use WordPress, you can relatively easily expand your blog with such an e-learning platform. There are different plugins for that.

4) Create a Paying Newsletter

There are also successful bloggers who have a paying newsletter. They then send a newsletter with exclusive tutorials or tips at specific times. This is often the case with bloggers who give tips about shares. This includes some very successful bloggers where readers are willing to pay for interesting information sent via newsletters.

5) Publish an E-Book (free or not)

E-books are also a very popular source of income for bloggers, both paying and non-paying.

Paying E-Books

The most obvious form of e-books is paying e-books. For bloggers, this is also a relatively easy way to make money (provided you have a steady audience).

Often we start from the most popular posts that have already been written on the blog. These are then changed or supplemented with (a lot of) extra information and tips...

Free E-Books

Perhaps you are now wondering how you can make money from a free e-book? Well, that is certainly possible, even if it is in an indirect way.
For many bloggers, collecting email addresses is very important. When they then publish a new blog post, they also immediately send out a newsletter to people who are already interested in the type of content they publish.

If you as a blogger earn money through advertisements or affiliate marketing, email marketing is a tool that should not be underestimated. But even if you want to sell products or services (in the long term), such an email list is very important.

There is, however, a small "but". Namely, your visitors will not just leave their email address so that you can chase them with emails (even if they find your content interesting). That's why it's a good idea to give something in its place. A free e-book is a great idea! Collect your 10 most popular blog posts, turn them into an e-book, and you have a free "gift" to give away when someone signs up for your newsletter.

6) Organize Free Webinars

Free webinars are also an indirect form of income. With a free webinar, you first of all provide interesting information and create a trust for your visitors: your visitor will get to know you and will be more inclined to become a customer of you. This is particularly interesting if you also offer services or products in addition to your blog.

Even though webinars are easy to set up these days, you also have to take into account some technical aspects :

  • Good Quality of Camera
  • Good Quality of Microphone

Often you start with the webcam and microphone that are standard on your computer. Even though the quality is ok for a normal Skype call, they are often too short for professional use.
That is why it is interesting to invest in a better webcam (if necessary) and especially a better microphone.
Free webinars are often used by software developers. It is an ideal way to remotely give an information session to potential customers worldwide.
But you don't necessarily have to be a big company to organize a free webinar. As a "small self-employed person," you can also perfectly organize a free webinar. The goal is the same; present your products and services and "create" trust for your potential customers .

7) Publish Sponsored Articles

As your blog becomes more popular, you will also receive requests for sponsored articles. If you have a small blog, you will receive questions from companies that would like a link to their website, often in addition to an article that you have written.

If your blog is gaining certain popularity, companies will also be willing to pay for a link to their website. The correct amount depends on many factors, but the more specific the topic you blog about and the more readers you have, the higher the amounts become.

It is important here that you "connect" your visitors to your blog; that is possible via social media or a free newsletter. As soon as you publish a new blog article, you can also let us know via your social media channels and via your newsletter.

8) Write Articles for Other Websites

Here too I will make a distinction between writing free articles (= guest blogging) and paid assignments.

Write free articles = guest blogging

With guest blogging, you are going to write an article for another blog, usually an authority within a certain topic. It is not intended that you earn money directly with it. The goal is rather to attract a new audience, readers who click through to your blog by reading your article. As a blogger (or as a company) that is important because you depend on the number of readers you have each month.

Paid assignments

It is possible that your writing style and expertise catch the eye of other companies. Or perhaps you have built a certain name or authority around a certain subject, which causes companies to pay you to write for them. There are no fixed amounts for this, it all depends on your expertise and your familiarity. The amounts for this may be relatively low at the beginning, but as you build up expertise and experience, you may demand higher amounts.

9) Promote the Products / Services that you Sell

If your blog is part of your company website, you can also use your blog to promote your products and services. Do not think of ordinary advertising, but of informative or inspiring blog articles.

Inspire your visitors. Some companies use their blog to inspire potential customers.
Another commonly used technique is that you publish blog articles and give away a little bit of valuable information. If your readers want customized advice, they must contact you. For example, a bookkeeper who publishes an article with general tax tips for entrepreneurs, where you can contact us for tailor-made advice.

10) Organize a Workshop

Another option to make money with blogging is to organize workshops.

Suppose you have a popular blog about photography, then it can be interesting to offer workshops to your readers. Your readers are already following you because they find your blog articles interesting. Be sure that some are also willing to pay money for an interesting workshop. An advantage is that they already know you, you already have a (trust) relationship with them, so you no longer have to convince them of your knowledge and skills.

Preparing a workshop takes some time, but the advantage is that you can give the same workshop a number of times. An additional advantage is that different people can register for the same workshop.

11) Coach your Followers

This way of making money with blogging is similar to the above, but with the difference that you are going to coach your followers individually. Certainly, if you have a certain authority in your domain, your readers will be open to it and sometimes even ask behind it. Coaching someone individually does, of course, take some time, but the amounts that are requested for this are usually a lot higher.


12) This is How You Can Earn Money with Instagram

Nowadays  Instagram is also a popular channel for making money. That is not really by blogging, but by posting beautiful, inspiring photos. This is especially popular with fashion and travel bloggers. Here too, the more followers you have, the larger the amounts you can ask for sponsored posts.

But don't let money be your first motive here, because then you will give up quickly. It takes a lot of time before you build up a good number of real (!) Followers.
It is more important that you start with your passion. Also stick to 1 topic, which is easier for followers to follow you for a specific topic.

If you are a blogger, Instagram can be an interesting channel to find new followers or to keep your followers informed of new blog posts. Your most recent Instagram posts are easy to integrate on your website, which also has several advantages.

If you want to know more about this, be sure to read this article explaining how you can make money with Instagram.

13) This is How You Can Earn Money with Vlogging

With vlogging, you don't write blogs but you create video blogs and preferably post them on YouTube. Because YouTube shows advertisements with videos, it is possible that you earn money by publishing videos/vlogs. Here, the more your video is viewed, the more you can earn with it. But don't make any illusions yet, with a few hundred views per month you won't earn anything.

The most popular vloggers are currently very focused on entertainment. As a company, it is very difficult to get enough views to earn anything from it. Yet there are also possibilities here!

You can start your own YouTube channel and place tutorials or "how-to" videos on it because that kind of videos is still very popular on YouTube. Not that you will earn anything from advertising revenue, but this way you can attract new visitors to your blog or website.

You can also place YouTube videos on your website very easily. In some cases, this will lead to higher rankings in Google! Video is also an ideal way to create more confidence with your visitors; this way they really see or hear you busy.

14) Join an Influencer Program

If you have a lot of followers, via whatever channel, then you are interesting for companies. It is much more interesting for companies to have their products promoted by influencers, who are much closer to their followers, then simply through traditional (impersonal) advertising.

This is relatively new, but the number of influencer programs is evolving rapidly. More traditional marketing agencies are also rolling out influencer programs, precisely because the ROI is very interesting for companies.

Extra Tips to Make Money with Blogging

Make your blog personal.

Stick to 1 topic and make sure that you become the reference.

It takes a while before you start seeing results from your blog, which is why many bloggers give up at an early stage. Count on a minimum of 6 months ...

Make sure you bet on different ways to make money in the beginning. As you become more popular, you will notice what works best for you.

Content is king, publish content that your target audience really wants to read

Do not be a copycat of another blog, it is important that you are unique and the reference in your domain

The blog initially not for the money! If that is your main goal, in the beginning, you will never last