If you want to learn how to make money blogging from the comforts of your home (or anywhere else in the world for that matter), then you’ve come to the right place!
My name is Gregory Ortiz, and I started making money online in May of 2014. Before this, I was a manager at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Yup, that’s my picture on the right and I was the person in charge of making sure towels were folded correctly! Back then I had 2 goals in mind;
- Stop working for someone else
- Stay home to spend more time with my 3-year-old son, Mason.
Fast forward to today, and I’ve been working from home since then, and have earned a very comfortable living (often making well over $100,000 per month). Since I know how much it’s changed my life and my family’s life I want to be able to help as many people as possible do the exact same.
In this post, I’m going to walk you through the steps I’ve used to make money online and resources that will help speed up the process as well. So grab your favorite mug, fill it with your favorite beverage and get ready. This will be a super informative post, but it will be a long one as well since the goal is to ensure the highest level of success as possible for you. I also cover many different aspects of the process so please read through this entire post since it definitely is long, but it is going to be your definitive “go-to” guide when you’re trying to make money blogging.
Now before I get into the steps I used, there’s one thing I want to stress before you begin this journey. It will not be easy. If it were easy to make money online, then everyone would be doing it. There is no guarantee you’ll succeed. However, if you work hard enough at it, it will completely change your life beyond what you can currently imagine. I personally know several thousand people who have had their lives changed and are working exclusively at home and for themselves.
Here are some related articles I’ve written on how to make money with a blog:
How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost –
How To Make Your First Website With No Coding –
Here’s How To Make Money Blogging From Home
Starting My First Site
Well the first thing you’ll need to blog, is your own site. Did you know that 99.9% of everyone who started out blogging had zero to little experience making websites? Most people aren’t aware of this and because of this the most common question I get asked from people looking to get into blogging is, “do I need to know how to code?” and my answer is…
There are 2 main options I primarily recommend. The first option takes some work to get it done, but it’s relatively low cost. And the second is my preferred option, which is to use a service that you can use to click and drag what you want, where you want, and make it look completely unique. Let’s dig into both options;
- This option is a relatively low cost (oftentimes free) option. You can get started for as little as $3.95 per month (this price is only applicable through my link here)
- I’ve written a post on how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost that will walk you through the process of getting started with WordPress. It covers registering your domain, hosting it, installing WordPress on it, and setting up WordPress as well as some excellent resources on where to get templates to make your site look amazing from the beginning.
- You have much more flexibility to do things with this version of wordpress instead of wordpress.com which severely limits you (and your growth).
- This is my personal favorite and preferred method of getting most of my sites and blogs started. I honestly wish I had known about it back in 2014 when I first started but hey, better late than never!
- I’ve written a super detailed post for my clickfunnels review and how to get some great getting started templates directly from me personally just for signing up with them!
- It integrates with WordPress! That’s right you can still use WordPress and leverage the amazing power of clickfunnels all together! Check out the post that I linked to above to see more.
Trust me, if you’re looking to take your blog game to the next level and actually make money from it, you’re going to want only to consider one of the two options listed above. I can’t even count how many successful bloggers there are that are making anywhere from a comfortable living to ridiculous amounts of cash that use solely one of those two (sometimes both) platforms. If you’re looking for proof of it, take a look at my previous income reports and see for yourself.
Also, one super important thing I forgot to mention earlier, is with these two platforms you have complete control. You don’t have to worry about putting your post on something like Weebly, or Blogger.com or something similar where you can get your account or blog suspended or deleted often times for no reason! With these two options, you have complete control and complete ownership of your blog, and that’s worth more than anything.
To recap the benefits of using either WordPress or Clickfunnels;
- Your website will be more professional than the bloggers who use cheap free themes on sites like Weebly, Blogger, etc.
- You have complete ownership and control over your blog and how you want to monetize it (this is key!)
- You own your blog and can’t have it suspended or deleted for no reason.
Do I Need A Lot Of Readers To Start My Blog?
The good news is you don’t. Everyone gets started from somewhere. When you think about it, even the great big Google.com itself at one point had zero visitors before someone on the development team visited it live. And even then it took them a bit to get going since Yahoo! was the big dog at the time. Now, look at how things have changed. Always keep this in the back of your mind when you’re blogging. No matter how many visitors you’re getting (or not getting) regardless of how long you’ve been doing it, keep pushing forward. If I had given up at the beginning, I’d still be helping people figure out what pot and pan set they should register for their bridal registry.
Here are some of my tips for increasing the number of visitors I get, that you can use to help jumpstart your own blog:
- Create posts often – You’d be amazed at not only how much easier it becomes to write posts the more consistent you are, but how much your fanbase will grow once they know they can keep coming back often for great content. Which brings us to my next tip.
- Create great content – Think about it, do you want to be on someone’s blog reading content that is just mediocre? Content that’s just ok? Of course not! You have better things to do with your time than to settle for “just enough,” and so do your readers. Keep that in mind, and always give it your all in your posts to provide the best posts possible.
- Stay active on Social Media – This is where your current reader base and future reader base spend most of their time. I spend a significant amount of time on Facebook, and especially Twitter growing the number of readers I have. Plus it’s a great way to get some new content ideas!
- Network, Network, Network! – I cannot stress enough how important it is to network. The saying “Your Network Is Your Net Worth” is absolutely true. I can tell you that from 100% personal experience that I wouldn’t be making even half of what I make if I hadn’t networked and continue to network with like-minded individuals in similar fields and networking with my customers. If you view other bloggers are your competition instead of a potential ally, you will fail. If you want to be successful, you need to network!
- Shareable content – If you’ve created great content as I mentioned earlier, how useful is it if other’s can’t share it? Ensure you make it as easy as possible for your content to be shared by others across all of their social media networks. Make this easy for them to find, and make it easy for them to share. If you think about it, you’re getting free advertising and more visitors for free.
- Learn SEO – This is my passion and how I’ve personally helped change thousands of lives by teaching others looking to learn seo by teaching them how to rank their websites and blogs to the top of Google. This is the best way to get a consistent stream of new visitors/customers/readers.
- Use interesting titles – If your titles aren’t something that catches people’s attention, then you’re only hurting yourself. And remember just because you chose a title for your article that doesn’t mean you need to be stuck with it. There have been many articles that I’ve changed the title multiple times until I found the “sweet spot” that got consistent traffic flowing to those articles.
- Have a recommendation page – For example, on my recommended products page you’ll notice each product that I recommend are first off, actually great products that I use, but second, the links include my affiliate code in them so I can earn an affiliate commission from them.
What Are The Ways To Make Money Blogging?
The beautiful thing about blogging is there are so many different ways to make money doing it! If you think about it, blogs are ranging in content anywhere from Ab workouts to Zoo reviews! Some blogs exist just because people have it as a hobby, and others do it professionally, while you have some other bloggers in the middle.
There are so many ways to monetize your blog that you’d be surprised. Let’s go over a few of my personal favorites as well as the most common ways other bloggers make money;
Note: I discuss each of these styles in detail further down
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling your own products
- Offering sponsorships
- Display advertising
Affiliate marketing is when you sell something and earn a commission off of it. It’s my absolute favorite way of making money online. I personally make over $40,000 per month from affiliate commissions alone. If you’re looking for information on this path then check out my ultimate guide to affiliate marketing where you’ll learn how I took a website from $0.00 to $3000.00 per month consistently in the first few months. If you’re a blogger looking to level up your income stream then you definitely should check it out.
There are hundreds of thousands of examples of it, but a quick example is I make a decent stream of affiliate income from my How To Start A WordPress Blog On Bluehost post. In that post, I’ve detailed and given a full guide on how to get your first site hosted and up and running on the WordPress platform. In it, I have links that take you to Bluehost that have my affiliate code embedded in the URL. So when someone purchases a hosting account with Bluehost, I make an affiliate commission from it.
Here are some tips for earning income via affiliate:
- Usually, when you’re writing about a product or service that you love, that product/service more often than not has an affiliate program in place. You can find this by typing in Google the product/service followed by “affiliate” (for example “Bluehost affiliate”).
- Have a page where you publish your recommendations. For example, on my recommended products page you’ll notice each product that I recommend are first off, actually great products that I use, but second, the links include my affiliate code in them so I can earn an affiliate commission from them.