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Can anybody learn how to make money blogging online? Sure, and quite a lot of people do make a few dollars this way.

However, if you want to know how to make a living blogging, then that’s quite a different matter altogether.

Very few bloggers do, because they either don’t know how or they’re are unwilling to do what’s required.

Want to know the secret to how to make money blogging online so you can do it for a living?  Keep reading…

The secret lies in being able to get your blog seen and read by enough people.  In my opinion you should aim to get your blog to be one of the top 5 – 10% on the Internet.

Okay, so I know this may be a tall order, but unless you aim high you won’t push yourself. It’s just the way we’re wired as humans. 😉 

What this means in day to day practical terms, is that you must know what to do to achieve your goal, and keep doing it until you’re successful.

It’s not for the flaky, lazy and impatient. But…  if you have a vision and you’re serious about making it happen, it can be one of the most rewarding and lucrative ways to live your life.

How do you do it?

Here are 12 ways  to help you get there:

 

1. Have a Burning Desire to blog

 

You must have raw, burning desire pumping through your veins!

You must want to be a blogger more than anything else in the world. I’m speaking about killer motivation and discipline to succeed, no matter what.

You must be able to see yourself as a successful, money earning blogger in the future, and believe you can do it. Others are doing it and so can you. Believe it!

You must want this so much that you’re prepared to go through the monotony and pain that is part of the journey to get there.

Sound like you? If not, don’t bother because you’ll never make it.

 

2. Define a Purpose around helping others

 

You must have a purpose that goes beyond dollars. Of course you want to make money, that’s what being in business is about, but this must be a secondary purpose. The money must come as a natural consequence of you achieving your primary purpose. 

What you need is something to drive your forward when the money has not yet started to appear.

Having a purpose is about being other people oriented; it’s about helping someone else do something that will make you beam and glow when they achieve it. Inner fulfillment is what you’re really after. 

Can you teach someone how to develop more confidence so they can transcend their perceived self limitations or show someone  who has always been overweight, how to shed weight and change their lives?

Now you have a purpose.

 

3. serve your purpose in a Viable niche

 

Choose popular and competitive niches where people are prepared to spend money, BUT you must approach the niche in an uber-targeted way.

Take the subject of dating or relationships. It’s a popular niche.   To be successful in this niche you’ll need to get far more specific.

A group of overly shy teenage guys who desperately want to know how to connect with girls so they can get more dates is an example of a targeted niche. 

It’s targeted because it addresses a specific audience who have something in common and who want to know how to do something

 

4. make Your blog people oriented, not sales orienteD

 

Genuine blogging is about communicating  with and helping people, first.

You cannot use blogging as a way to disguise ‘sales bashing’. If you do, people will see through this very quickly, believing that your primary purpose is to make a sale not help them solve a problem. 

Yes, you want to make money as a blogger, but how you get there is not sales first… it’s people first.

Begin by attracting your targeted audience then work on growing a relationship with them via your blog. Help them and maybe, if they like and trust you enough they might buy something you’re promoting later.

 

 

 

5. give yourself plenty of time 

 

Blogging is exciting because you literally create something out of nothing.

You start with the seed of an idea, and just like a plant seed, it must be planted, tended to and for the conditions to be right before it can start growing.

This takes time.The more time you have, the faster you’ll be able to develop your blog.

According to OrbitMedia, the average blog post takes 3 hours 16 minutes to write. Consider that when you start, you’ll need to write at least one blog post a day. Of course that’s not all you’ll need to do each day. Now you have an idea of the daily time investment you may have to make. 

You also need time for the process of growth and understanding to occur as a blogger. This takes as long as it takes and it can’t be rushed. People who know how to make money blogging online understand it’s no ‘get rich quick’ solution. 

 

6. You must have money to fund your blogging biz

 

You can blog as hobby without spending money but not if you want to make a living as a blogger. There’s a big difference between a hobby blog and one that’s designed to make maximum impact.

Fortunately the capital investment to get started and maintain your blogging business is really minimal compared with so many other business ventures, but it’s still a cost you must be prepared to service. 

Like any business, it will take time before you start making enough money to pay yourself and cover your expenses.

Either you must have savings to use or you must start blogging while you’re still employed, which is what most bloggers do. This can even be a part time job so that you have more time for building your blogging business. 

 

7. think and act like a business not a blogger

 

Not doing this, is one of the major reasons why those who want to know how to blog for money online don’t succeed. 

You can’t just be a blogger, you must learn how to be in business, how to be entrepreneurial, how to temper fluctuating human emotions with consistent business logic. You need business systems and discipline to implement them.

It starts with creating a tailored business plan designed with blogging in mind, but this is only the beginning. 

Your business plan must progress into a yearly, monthly, weekly and daily practical action plan. This must inform your every action towards the achievement of your goals.

 

8. get the best training you can afford

 

Blogging has been around for years and there’s plenty of free training available online. The question is how can you be sure it’s trusted and correct? How can you be sure it’s not outdated? How can you be sure it’s complete?

If you’re serious about knowing how to blog for a living, get the best training you can afford. Training that takes you step by step from the basics through to more advanced strategies. Training that shows you what’s working now.

Find reputable training that shows you not only how to blog but how to market what you have and how to be in business as  a blogger. 

 

 

 

9. use tools to make your job easier, saving you time

 

Most jobs require tools and blogging is no different. The less time you have to spend blogging, the more tools you’ll need.

Tools that automate time consuming tasks like research, social media marketing, and search engine optimization will be most useful. 

It pays to learn what others are using and recommending so you don’t waste time and money on ‘shiny objects’ that don’t work or are unnecessary.

I suggest using a business platform that gives you access to most of what you’ll need in one place. From experience I know this to be a smart move since it offers value, convenience and efficiency. 

 

10. get access to support for when you need it

 

Starting any major venture like a blogging business can feel daunting and lonely. Often friends, family and partners are not able to support you because they don’t understand what you’re doing. 

Surround yourself with others who are doing the same thing as you. They will understand your frustrations and cheer you up on those days when you find yourself seriously wondering whether it’s worth continuing. 

On another level, blogging requires a fair amount of technical expertise. As with all technology, it won’t always work. You’ll have questions and problems that need answers. Having access to reliable technical support will save you a lot of time and headaches.

11. create a blog that stands ouT

 

Not having a blog that stands out is another major reason why many bloggers don’t succeed.

Your blog MUST have a distinct personality of its own. This means you must create and develop a brand that distinguishes yours from all others.

This does not only mean choosing a font, colors and a logo. Your voice, values and unique perspective must shine through every piece of content you create as well as be conveyed by your design elements.

For many bloggers it takes time to develop this, but it’s the only way if you don’t want yours to fall into the ‘same as’ pile and disappear for good.

12. be persistent until you succeed

 

Getting your blog to be one of the top read websites online is no easy task. If it was, there would be a whole lot more success stories about and it would be even more crowded in the blogoshere. 

The road to success is more than likely going to be longer than you envisaged and much of the early journey is as monotonous as can be.

The question is whether you have what it takes to last the distance? It takes sheer persistence, never giving up and doing whatever’s required for as long as it takes.

If you can keep your vision alive and fight to make it happen then you will succeed.

 

 

Wrapping Up – How to make money blogging online

Often people ask me, “Can I make money blogging?”. The answer is yes, but only if you’re prepared to do what it takes to get there. 

Are you?

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30 Comments

  1. Tim Bennett

    Hi Mark,

    Excellent list of 12 ways to achieve blogging success.

    They were all excellent, but the one I think was the best was #7 – Think and act like a business not a blogger

    It is rare to see someone talk about this. Many people refer to blogging as a sideline or a hustle and it really is the wrong way to go about it.

    If you treat your blog as a sideline you will get sideline results.

    Treat it as an amateur and get amateur results.

    Treat is as a professional and get professional results.

    The only way to get great business results is to treat it as a great business.

    This takes time and money and whole lot of all the other points you mentioned.

    Great post and the layout of your site is really clean on the eye!

    Tim

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hey Tim,

      Awesome to have you visit and leave such a great comment.I like all of your additional points illustrating the importance of being business minded too.  Thank you.

      Learning how to make money blogging online includes adopting a business mindset – to be strategic, goal oriented and action driven. 

       It’s all about how you frame your attitude and approach and unless you think and act like a leader there’s little chance you’ll have what it takes to be innovative while taking well considered risks to get there.

      Appreciate your feedback about the site too. Cheers! 

      Reply
  2. MissChriss

    Excellent points leading up to why WA is the answer to anyone’s needs who may be pursuing a career in blogging.  You definitely didn’t sugar-coat anything, or leave anything out about how it isn’t easy or a quick process.  There is a lot more to it than JUST blogging that’s for sure!  But one thing is for certain…if it wasn’t for WA, I would not be where I am today on my online blogging journey 😉

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Thank you for adding to the comments here and for rooting for WA (Wealthy Affiliate). I agree completely. 

      Learning how to make money blogging online, takes time and there’s a lot to know and do, but when everything is laid out for you as it is with WA then there can be no excuses for failure other than not doing what you need to do until you’re successful. 

      Reply
  3. Cathy Cavarzan

    You have nailed it on the head what high energy, I got motivated to start blogging and writing before I was done reading your page. Besides a make money niche what would you say is in the top five of niches? I think number 12 is the hardest for a lot of people that I see be persistent until you succeed. Often bloggers stop digging right before they hit blogging gold. Persistence always pays off!

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Aw, Cathy what a nice thing to say. Thank you. 🙂 

      Well it’s just my opinion but I think the following niches are all up there – health (physical and mental), dating and relationships, weight  loss, pets, babies, personal finance. 

      Yes I agree… we tend to expect results too fast and often give up far too easily. That’s why I always say the easy part is finding out how to make money blogging online, but can you keep doing it until you’re successful? 

      Reply
  4. jessie palaypay

    You mentioned that to be a six figure earner in blogging, you need to be in the 5 to 10 percent. 

    While that is nice, I don’t imagine myself needing that much money to be able to live the lifestyle I want to live. My question is if it is doable for most people to reach that income level without being in the top 5 to 10 percent?

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hey Jessie, Totally agree. Not everybody wants to be a 6 figure earner and it’s not necessary either. 

      Let’s face it, bloggers who are earning wild incomes scaled their businesses to get there. They didn’t go from zero to being a top blog in one go. It’s a steady climb. When you reach a point of being satisfied with your income then it’s just a matter of maintaining it. 

      So no, I don’t think it’s necessary to be one of the top 5-10% blogs to earn a decent enough income, but in learning how to make money blogging online, the same principles apply in terms of getting your blog to be somewhere in the middle too. 

      My opinion is that if you can target an audience in a viable niche that is not currently being bombarded by other bloggers, the better chance you have of being successful. 

      Reply
  5. Mitchguy

    Who would have thought that writing about “stuff” could be turned into an income. So many are doing it, many others are trying to do it, and many are likely thinking about it.

    You make some interestingly contrasting statements:

    4. Make your blog people oriented, not sales oriented

    7. Think and act like a business not a blogger

    Both statements are accurate and highlight the delicate balance that is needed to make blogging work as a source of income.

    Would you agree that: You need to be business-like in your approach, but write your content as a help to people without expecting anything in return?

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hey hey… Yes the great thing is that there is so much opportunity to write about so much that there is more than enough space for us all to get in on the action. 

      I like how you picked up on the contrast between those two points. At first it may seem as if they contradict each other, but on the contrary, they compliment each other. Business is about helping people but as you point out there is delicate balance that needs to be achieved in one’s execution. 

      I love your last question and answer all in one. Bulls-eye!  🎯 That pretty much sums it up, learn how to make money blogging online by making helping people, your business. 

      Thanks for the awesome comment. 

      Reply
  6. Christopher

    Hi Mark:

    I started my website early this year and have been writing posts ever since. I think the one mistake I made was to concentrate on making money a little too much. What I’ve found is that content is king and you need a lot of great and useful information to rank high in the search engines in any niche. It’s only then that the money will come.

    One of the advantages I’ve had is a business background. As a matter of fact, my wife and I have a business that has supported us for quite a few years. So, I have been able to take that consciousness and apply it to my efforts as a blogger.

    You say that we should make our blog people oriented, not sales oriented. That’s so true because when people visit your site they must have a positive experience and learn something.

    Thank you your 12 ways that are so well explained!

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hello Christopher

      You are spot on with making content your priority. Whenever someone asks me what the most important thing is they should be doing when it comes to learning about how to make money blogging online, I always advise creating as much quality content as possible, especially when you are just starting out. It makes sense really… bloggers should blog first and foremost.  

      Your business background is a huge advantage Christopher. I had to learn that lesson the hard way but I now know it’s an essential ingredient for success.

      Thank you for adding to the conversation here for your valuable comment. 

      Reply
  7. Alice

    Just the post I needed to read, thank you for enumerating several ways on how to make money by blogging.

    I always wondered how people actually do this. I mean, how does writing about your passion or interest earn you some revenue? Ever since subscribing to a good internet provider, my desire to blog about my interest has intensified and so I started browsing some websites that offer great tips on how to do this. I did not originally intend to make money out of what I love talking about but I was elated to learn that I actually can. My first thought about this was, “Perhaps this is my chance to get out of the rat race and be my own boss.”

    Your tip number 7 really hit a nerve: “Think and act like a business not a blogger.” I believe this is something I need to work on if I want to make blogging online the main source of my income. You said I need to have a business plan or a system. The hurdle I am currently facing is how to balance my time between my job, my family and building my online business. Do you have any practical advice on how to plan my success without having to sacrifice my job, at least not for now? 

    Thank you and I look forward to your response.

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hi there Alice, Great to hear from you and I’m pleased this post about how to make money blogging online was useful. I appreciate the feedback. 

      Blogging really is about helping others about a topic you all share an interest in. The more you can connect with and genuinely help your readers, the easier it is to earn money at the same time. It definitely is a very viable way to earn a living doing what you love. 

      Great question about how to balance an already busy life. It’s a challenge most of us face too. I think it comes down to giving your online business a high enough priority, deciding how much time you can spend on it each day and then sticking with it no matter what. 

      Then I make sure that what I do with that time is THE ONE most important thing that can move me closer to my goal. The trick is making sure that you are using the time you have in the very best way, since it is so valuable and as you know, in short supply. It’s very easy to get side tracked into doing what you like rather than what you must be doing. 🙂  

      Wishing you every success with your journey! You can do it!  

      Reply
  8. Stefan

    Hi, I love the idea of blogging and your article here is very helpful.

    I didn’t think when blogging trying to help others would be a main focus. I thought it would be enough to share my experience in a certain field, you call it niche.

    I’d love to write about Thailand, the food, the country and the people. Do you think this would be an idea?

    I live in Thailand for ten years now as an expat and would have a lot of things to say.

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hello Stefan, great to have you visit and leave a comment. I’m pleased you found this article helpful. 

      It’s a great idea to blog about what you know about. I’m sure you have a wealth of knowledge to share from your experience living in Thailand. 

      I do think it’s a great idea. But think of it this way, by providing all the info that can, you will be helping people who want to know how to have the best and most authentic time when visiting Thailand. 

      Frame what you present by asking what would people visiting Thailand want to know about? What can you offer that other blogs and travel sites aren’t? 

      Obviously your unique perspective, sharing personal tips and recommendations will be of help to anybody wanting to experience the ‘real Thailand’ as opposed to just being presented with commercial tourist info. 

      Go to it Stefan and wishing you all the best with your idea. 

      Reply
  9. Pearl

    Oh wow.

    I love how your tips are organized and straight to the point.

    I related with one of your tips which said blogging is not a get rich fast business.

    Because I thought that I will start making money from the 1st moth so I could cover my costs, but here I am in my 3rd month with not a single sale made yet.

    So, I will be patient and work hard till I get my rewards. 

    Thanks for these great tips.

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Thanks Pearl. Yep I kinda like getting straight to the point when I can. Why ‘fart around’ when there’s no need? 😁  I think many bloggers expect to make sales straight away and while it’s not impossible, it’s definitely not common. I think your plan of hanging in there until (not if) you get your rewards is a sound plan of action. Wishing you all the best with your blogging journey. 

      Reply
  10. Babsie Wagner

    Wow, you really lay it all out in great detail, and it is surprising because I wasn’t expecting such a detailed plan to execute to be successful.  Not some get-rich-quick scheme, but a well-thought-out road map to becoming a successful blogger online.  

    I followed one of your links to the Wealthy Affiliate review.  That program seems to be what marketers need to grow their business and actually learn all the tricks of the trade, so to speak.  I believe in education,and the fact that you can join for free really makes it a no-brainer.  Thank you for a great site!

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hey Babsie! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. 

      Wealthy Affiliate is definitely what I recommend to bloggers at all levels of development. The business platform offers so much value when it comes to training and tools and the community of bloggers who you can interact with at any time of the day or night is a major benefit. 

      Best of all as you point out, one can join for free to see if it’s right for you. Rather exceptional I’d say. 🙂

      Reply
  11. Bex

    This post about how to make money blogging online has really inspired me as a new blogger online.  I have been working at making a go of a successful online business and this delineates very clearly the expectations and intentions one should put forth and have in mind when undertaking the task of making blogging a solid way in which to make an income. The bullet points and explanations you provide, have a clear and definite purpose to them and while going through the post, I am inspired and feel very happy that it resonates with my approach.  When you take on a new venture of starting a new business, and especially in a field of which you have no prior experience, having a reference such as this is so valuable.  I am bookmarking it for sure!  Thank you so much and I look forward to further posts!!

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Aw, thanks for your kind words Bex!  I’m pleased the post resonated with you. 

      Wishing you well with your blogging journey and I look forward to having you visit here again in future. 🙂 

      Reply
  12. Bushra

    I think learning how to make money blogging online is not a difficult task, anybody can do it but after that, you need to create helpful content, SEO, engagement and ranking to earn some money. If you have passion, motivation and you genuinely want to help people then you can learn things fast and can earn from your blog.

    Yes making money with a blog is possible but if you know how to do hard work and learn new skills. I really enjoyed reading your article, thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Thanks for the comment. Couldn’t agree more. 

      Passion and motivation as you say, along with genuinely wanting to help others is what will keep you on the road to achieving your blogging goals. 

      It’s not a quick process but if you enjoy what you’re doing and stay closely connected to your purpose for blogging then you can be successful. 

      Wishing you all the best. Thank you. 

      Reply
  13. Dave

    Mark,

    I just got off your website after signing up for your newsletter. By the  way I thought you website was awesome, very engaging and easy to navigate. I especially liked the consistent fonts and use of color. I had the feeling that I was engaged with a real person, who’s main goal was to help me not sell me and that’s an important point since its one that you raise in your post. Great post, thanks.  Dave

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hi Dave, 

      Thank you for your taking the time to leave a comment. I very much appreciate it. Thank you too for the additional comments about the site itself which I also value a great deal. 

      Anybody can learn how to make money blogging online. One of the best ways to do this is via affiliate marketing, however,for me blogging is a ‘people thing’. My aim is always to work towards connecting with people in an authentic way and if something I happen to offer my readers also makes me money at some point then that’s great too. 

      If not I don’t lose sleep over it.  I just keep working to connect with the right people and help wherever I can. 

      Reply
  14. Babsie Wagner

    This is a great article,about how to make money blogging online, because it’s not a lot of fluff and promises, but a true step-by-step guide to preparing and then implementing an online blogging business.  I really appreciate the detail you go into to give us the information on exactly how to make money blogging online.  Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Great to hear the post was useful Babsie. It’s not hard finding out what to do, a little harder putting it all into action but totally doable. Wishing you all the best with your own blogging.

      Reply
  15. Henry

    Hi Mark! I greatly appreciate your down to earth recommendations drawn by your own experience as a blogger and entrepreneur. When you say it is not for the flaky, lazy and impatient, I bet you have seen many wanting to become successful that aren’t willing to pay the price.

    It’s so nice to get to the end of your post and know you have been perfectly honest with us. Can we make money online? Yes, we can. Why doesn’t everybody succeed? Because it takes proper training and a firm determination. 

    Reply
    • Mark Baker

      Hi Henry, Perfectly captured in your comment there my friend. In my opinion, in learning how to make money blogging online, there are two big barriers to success in this game  – impatience and the inability to distinguish one’s business from others. 

      For most neither are easy to overcome but they can be if you resolve to keep going until you succeed. Appreciate you adding to the discussion here and wishing you all the best with your business endeavors. Mark

      Reply

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