If you’re a new blogger and want to know how bloggers make money online, this post is for you.
This isn’t the typical blog income report you read as I’m writing this from my personal background in blogging.
When I started my blog, it was with the intention that this was going to be a side hustle income and eventually I can quit my corporate job and be a travel and lifestyle blogger and influencer. I had this vision of I’m going to share my writing, photos and videos of my travel and lifestyle experiences and ultimately live the dream lifestyle of being an online entrepreneur. I know it was possible because if you go on Google, Pinterest and Instagram, people were sharing that it is possible to be a blogger and influencer and make money online and they were showing others how to do it either by a paid or free information. Who wouldn’t want to travel and write or take photos and videos and earn an income from it?
I am part of the millenial generation and that wasn’t the normal thing to do. Our parents showed us that we need to go to school, graduate, go to college, get a good job and then live your own life. In this new generation Z, its definitely not the way to live anymore because of how technology evolved in the last 20 years.
When I started my blog, I had a goal of 2-3 years to become a travel influencer since I was reaching a new decade in my life. What I didnt know was it was going to be a lot of work and patience. I really neglected my blog because I worked full time and when I got home, I had to take care of my 2 small children as well as cook for my family. I was already on the computer for 8+ hours a day so to be able to jump on my laptop for another 2-3 hours seems exhausting and I dont get the focus I need because of the kids.
When I finally left the corporate world, I told myself I will start putting more attention to this blog, of course there were other things that distracted me, moving houses, adapting new environments, supporting the spouse’s local business, build this blog and also my digital marketing business.
It was really in August when I decided, I need to get my priorities straight, which was what are the two main things I want to accomplish with this blog and how was I going to do it.
First of all, I have to be blogging and sharing it consistently and I wasnt doing enough of that.
At the same time, I needed to learn some technical skills like SEO and WordPress plugins what I need and why I need them. I had to learn and take action at the same time which is a big challenge.
I went back to basics: I need to start blogging again and then share it after I hit publish. My blog is mainly travel because I love it. but I wanted to add lifestyle as well because I can share about anything and one of them is living the laptop lifestyle and blogging is one way.
Here I am sharing this report to you, that I know will be valuable content as you start or go through your blogging journey.
I’ve read several bloggers website who was fortunate in sharing their income report online and here’s the 5 ways they make money with their blog.
1. Display Ads – This is the #1 way bloggers make money from. You can sign up with Google Adsense or Media Vine.
2. Affiliate Marketing – selling other companies products. There are many networks online but the ones that I like is Shareasale and Clickbank.
3. Sell own products physical or digital – such as online courses, templates, stock photos
4. Sell own services – such as graphic and web design, social media marketing, virtual assistant
5. Sponsored Posts – collaboration with other brand and bloggers/influencers