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How much money are bloggers making during this pandemic? – AsiaOne

Earlier, I’d written a post about why there’s no better time than now to start a blog. I’m sure there are a lot of sceptics wondering if blogging really is feasible and if you can really make money blogging with this terrible economic climate we’re facing.

You’re thinking, there are more people surfing the net, but no one would be spending advertising dollars on blogs. You’re thinking, everyone would be more prudent with regards to online shopping hence commission earnings are likely to drop too.

A Nielson study concludes that “despite challenging circumstances and disruption… high consumer confidence, growing middle classes and increasingly digitally savvy shoppers… Consumer shifts at this level include increased online shopping, a decline in-store visits.”

If you’re not convinced about blogging yet, I’ve brought on some veteran bloggers who’ve been running their personal blogs for a while now and still monetizing their blogs, even during this downturn!

They range from beauty and wellness to travel and finance. Below you can find the exact topics they cover, how much traffic they get and how much they’re earning even during the difficult months of February and March when most of our blog traffic plummeted.

The numbers provided below are provided in the months of February and March only. Actual traffic numbers are higher pre-Covid. Just imagine how much more these bloggers (and you) can potentially earn!

For those of you who currently own your own blogs and are feeling dismayed about blogging because of the reduced revenues, I get it.

I was unmotivated and feeling lost for a period of time too. It felt like everything I’d worked hard for is for nought, and it seemed really pointless to continue working on a travel blog when no one is searching or purchasing travel products right now.

Knowing that at the end of the tunnel, the economic climate is only going to bounce up higher and stronger was what kept me going.

I’ve been working triply hard (since being stuck at home with no distractions) optimizing my old posts, coming up with affiliate ones and seeking ways to challenge myself.

I’m putting out more free blogging resources on the blog to help fellow bloggers and I’ve recently launched my very first course on SEO. I’ve never felt so motivated for some time now!

I hope these examples below and their individual words of wisdom can give you a reference on your blogging potential and bolster you to keep going, or for those of you new to blogging – to start a new blog.

Dollars stated in USD.

Beauty

The Holistic Enchilada

Topics: Curly hair and clean beauty, sharing tips on embracing naturally wavy and curly hair and making the switch to cleaner, personal care products.

Average monthly traffic: 157,500

Demographic

Top 3 countries: USA, Canada, UK
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $4500 (S$6,200) 

Income streams: Ad network, affiliate marketing, digital course, consultations

Average time spent working on blog: 30 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Continue to put out good relevant content that your readers would normally expect but try adding in more relevant affiliate links and digital products. Despite lower traffic in March, my income doubled. I launched my course at the beginning of March and that’s the main reason my income increased.

Wow, I’m so impressed! This blog is testament to the fact that any topic of interest can gain interest, even if you think it only serves a small minority.

And you can even sell a course on a topic as niche as maintaining curly hair!

Fabulous and Fun Life

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAeJxIznaBO/

Topics: Australian beauty blog covering all things beauty related including a strong focus on beauty-related buying guides aimed to assist readers find the best beauty appliances and beauty products to suit their needs and wants.

Average monthly traffic: 7,500

Demographic

Top 3 countries: Australia
Age group: 25-55-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $900

Income streams: Affiliate marketing, Instagram posts, ad network

Average time spent working on blog: 7 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

I am lucky that my niche has not been affected as much as the travel niche. Readers who are now unable to visit beauty salons and hairdressers are searching for DIY beauty information they can implement at home themselves.

The time I do spend on my blog, I am trying to make as productive as possible, searching for competitive keywords I can rank for and writing new posts aimed to maximise affiliate sales for Christmas later this year.

I am also continuing to optimise posts that are performing better than my other ones during this time.

While we can’t control what is happening in the wider world we can continue to make small positive improvements to our blogs to help ensure that at the end of this pandemic we are all as strongly positioned as possible.

Craft 

Swoodson Says

https://www.instagram.com/p/CATl2QInjB-/

Topics: Sewing, hand embroidery, crafts

Average monthly traffic: 173,000

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US, UK, Canada
Age group: 25-55-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $4450

Income streams: Ad network, affiliate marketing, sponsored content, e-products (PDF sewing patterns)

Average time spent working on blog: 20 hours a week (she’s a stay-at-home mum and home schools her two young kids)

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

I think it’s a great time to reconnect with what you really love writing about. It can be tough to keep working when you’re stressed due to the pandemic; why not make sure it’s something you’re truly passionate about?

It’s easy to get caught up in sponsored opportunities or chasing trends but I’d guess your audience is always going to gravitate towards whatever you’re most genuinely engaged in.

On a more practical level, looking at what posts are doing well and if you can optimize them or build from them, maybe your readers are looking to different content than normal because of the circumstances, so do a self-audit!

Parenting

The London Mother

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBcy4R3ABwO/

Topics: An online magazine on all things London, lifestyle and parenting

Average monthly traffic: 42,000

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US, UK, Canada
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $4000

Income streams: Ad network, affiliate marketing, consultancy

Average time spent working on blog: 20-25 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Don’t give up! Think about what your audience wants. Be willing to pivot even if it’s on tasks/content you’re not passionate about.

Be mindful of any sponsored work you do – be sensitive to how this will appear to your audience.

More than ever, be useful. Can any of your existing content be tweaked to give it an at-home focus?

Collaborate with brands on giveaways, without charge if you can. Your audience will appreciate it and they are a great traffic driver.

Katherine Rosman

Topics: Early-stage parenting with an emphasis on postpartum care, breastfeeding and baby sleep issues.

Average monthly traffic: 38,500

Demographic

Top 3 countries: USA, UK, India
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Male/ Female

Average monthly income: $521

Income streams: Display ads, affiliate income

Average time spent working on blog: 15-20 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Creating an income from a blog is an endless rollercoaster. Traffic and income has taken a hit, and while that sucks we know that things will come back when the world stops hurting.

The key to long-term success is consistent effort regardless of external circumstances.

This is a time where others in the space might feel discouraged and let their emotions sap their motivation. You can take advantage of this by focusing on what you can control and continuing to execute your growth plans unfazed.

With so many people stuck at home, you will never find a better time to reach out to others in your niche and start building relationships. There will be opportunities for cross-promotion that can create lasting benefits way beyond the current crisis.

Lifestyle Queensland

Topics: Lifestyle and parenting blog, ranging from anything pregnancy, baby and toddler-related to personal interests.

Average monthly traffic: 7,300

Demographic

Top 3 countries: Australia
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Male/ Female

Average monthly income: $469

Income streams: Affiliate sales through her buying guides

Average time spent working on blog: 8 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Search is trending upward again with both traffic and income increasing nicely. I’ve been thinking a lot about why this might have happened and looking at my articles, it’s ones about home appliances and kids products like scooters or crafting supplies that are making a lot more sales than usual.

Obviously, people want things that can keep them or the kids entertained at home and, thankfully, I’m benefiting!

I am really concentrating on getting content ready and ranking for Christmas. I know that may sound crazy this early but I decided that, with the year getting off to a rocky start, I need to come out the end of it as strong as possible!

Travel 

WildJunket.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAqa88WJb5T/

Topics: Adventure travel, family travel and unusual destinations

Average monthly traffic: 140,000 pageviews

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US, UK, India
Age group: 25-40-year-olds
Gender: Female/ Male

Average monthly income: $2500

Income streams: Ad network, affiliate marketing

Average time spent working on blog: 30 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

I’m working on several projects to diversify my income stream. I’ve just launched my map store – it’s an online store selling custom city map posters and unique illustrated maps for kids.

I am also selling my photography in print i.e. followers can buy print wall art or canvasses with my best photos imprinted. Lastly, I’m also about to publish an ebook with a collection of my travel narratives that have been previously published in magazines.

My biggest tip is to think about what people are doing now during this period. Many are reading, watching videos, doing craftwork and home decor. So if you are thinking of creating products, try to aim to meet their needs.

Paulina On The Road

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_vFDT7Hhhl/

Topics: Outdoor and sustainable travel

Average monthly traffic: 125,000

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US, UK, Spain
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $2500

Income streams: Ad network, affiliate marketing

Average time spent working on blog: 30-40 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Try something new! I mostly wrote destination guides but now I discovered my love for other types of articles that provide value such as staycation quotes or guides to the outdoor adventure books that I enjoyed reading. I also connect a lot with other travel bloggers via Facebook group, this helps a lot since you realize that you are not alone in this.

MY RIG Adventures

Topics: Travelling Australia in a caravan, camper trailer or RV, with a heavy focus on road tripping full-time

Average monthly traffic: 17,500

Demographic

Top 3 countries: Australia, US, UK
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Male/ Female

Average monthly income: $620

Income streams: E-products (downloadable spreadsheets, packing checklist for travel planning), ad network, affiliate marketing

Average time spent working on blog: 40 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

It’s easy to get disheartened with the lower numbers, but it makes for the perfect time to focus on tasks that will lead to long-term gain. Things such as building backlinks and SEO will pay off down the track when the downturn is a thing of the past.

Dive Into Malaysia

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7ohCkpF3qz/

Topics: Planning a trip to Malaysia. It covers things to do in Malaysia, places to stay, how to travel to and around Malaysia and everything related to having a great trip in this country.

Average monthly traffic: 25,500

Demographic

Top 3 countries: Malaysia, Singapore, US
Age group: 25-54-year-olds
Gender: Male/ Female

Average monthly income: $400

Income streams: Affiliate marketing, ad network

Average time spent working on blog: 5 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

As a travel blogger, it’s tough and you need to learn to accept that things are going to be bad for a while but that this doesn’t mean that your blog won’t be fine in the long term.

Keep at it, keep being smart with how you spend your time and do what you can to get your blog in the best position to bounce back as quickly as possible when this is over.

Starting another blog in another niche can be a good way to diversify your income in case something happens like this again.

Insta Travel Style

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8nGv2PF5ER/

Topics: Travel, lifestyle and events

Average monthly traffic: 13,500

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US, India, Brazil
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Male/ Female

Average monthly income: $350

Income streams: Affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, ad network, freelance writing

Average time spent working on blog: 20 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Focus on content curation – Try to research and check trends.

This period is best to network with fellow bloggers and do link exchanges, guest posts and work on SEO.

Start a new blog; if you have ever thought of in the past.

Learn a new skill. It can be anything from graphic design, video editing, or Photoshop.

Travel Crusade

Topics: Travel, environment and wellness

Average monthly traffic: 1,532

Demographic

Top 3 countries: India, US, UK
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Female/ Male

Average monthly income: $200

Income streams: Sponsored posts, E-book sales

Average time spent working on blog: 20 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Relax, maintain good hygiene and avoid street food. Exercise and stay fit!

Places in Pixel

https://www.instagram.com/p/CBqFtMRl384/

Topics: Travel planning, Off-beat trips (especially treks) and travel photography

Average monthly traffic: 12,000

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US, India, UAE
Age group: 25-45-year-olds
Gender: Female/ Male

Average monthly income: $130

Income streams: Ad network, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts

Average time spent working on blog: 30-40 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Get creative and use the situation to your advantage! This was also the biggest tip I received while listening to some podcasts about earning during this pandemic.

For example, since ad-revenue is down, placing FB ads also became cheaper. Thus we thought of utilizing this time to build our email list by advertising on FB so as to reach more people.

Finance 

DollarSanity

Topics: Personal finance

Average monthly traffic: 50,000

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Female/ Male

Average monthly income: $2,000

Income streams: Affiliate marketing, ad network

Average time spent working on blog: 20-25 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Focus yourself on posts that can be interesting during these times. For instance, e-commerce-related content lost its traffic but “work from home” content skyrocketed, with new traffic coming mostly from Pinterest. Update them, republish and make new pins.

Survey Suzi

Topics: Personal finance, parenting and making money online

Average monthly traffic: 9,500

Demographic

Top 3 countries: US, India, UK
Age group: 25-44-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $700

Income streams: Affiliate marketing

Average time spent working on blog: 10 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Honestly, it’s to be kind to yourself. There is so much going on that it’s hard to concentrate on blogging sometimes and that’s okay. Concentrated on SEO traffic so that even if you don’t have much time to work on your blog right now, your site is still getting traffic on its own.

Food

Erhardts Eat

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-PuFgqFWaL/

Topics: Recipes perfect for the entire family, ranging from healthy vegetarian, not so healthy desserts and everything in-between!

Average monthly traffic: 60,000-70,000

Demographic

Top 3 countries: USA, Canada, Australia
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $1100

Income streams: Ad revenue, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing

Average time spent working on blog: 10-20 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

During this crazy time, I have found it helpful to make my bed, get dressed, workout and start my day how I always have. I find that this helps motivate me to get to work recipe testing, or working on my laptop instead of binge-watching Netflix all day.

It’s so easy to fall into a habit of sleeping in, or living in sweatpants when there is nowhere to go, so getting your morning started right can lead to a much more productive day!

Wellness

This Anxious Mum

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpnvnvnlw-z/

Topics: Mental health and self-improvement aimed at mothers

Average monthly traffic: 1,200

Demographic

Top 3 countries: USA, UK, Australia
Age group: 25-34-year-olds
Gender: Female

Average monthly income: $900

Income streams: Instagram sponsored posts

Average time spent working on blog: 30 hours a week

Biggest tip for hustling during this period

Plant seeds. This is a growing time, so focus on SEO, building links and creating content that will blossom in a few months’ time.

Did you read that right? 1200 monthly pageviews and she earns $900 for that? This goes to show that you don’t need huge traffic to monetise your blog!

Hopefully, the above blog examples give you some idea on how the different niches, demographics and traffic come into play when it comes to monetizing your blog.

Also, it’s evident that you don’t need to spend copious amounts of time to grow a profitable blog! As long as you’ve got your content strategy in place, you just need to work smart, not hard!

Mostly, the online world is your oyster and there’s nothing really stopping you. So start hustling now!

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The Easiest Way to Make Money from Blogging – Business 2 Community

In the last few months, I’ve run into many disillusioned bloggers who’ve been blogging for a while and are at their wit’s end because they can’t figure out how to level up. By leveling up, I mean making at least a nice side income and working towards a full-time income. Now we have the COVID-19 looming over us — making everything — even blogging, worse. Here is the easiest way to make money from blogging.

The uncertainty of how to make money stems from not being clear on your mission.

Almost always, the uncertainty of how to make money stems from not being clear on their mission, their skills, and what value they provide. Rather than getting laser-focused on these mission-critical-basics, it seems many bloggers put the cart before the horse.

What will your reader enjoy?

Bloggers spend a lot of time creating content and products they think readers will enjoy. Then they try to circle back to find readers and buyers — all with little success. Thinking in this manner may work if you’re an anomaly creating cutting-edge content, with products, or services that attract people on its own.

But, for many of us (including me), this is a backward approach that makes earning money feel very difficult and even impossible at times.

Your life can be much easier right now than struggling to get your readers to buy your latest ebook or course.

The Two Blogging Business Models

There are basically two business models in blogging.

  • There’s the volume model which takes a lot of effort and time to build. Coincidently, this is also the model that bloggers tend to gravitate towards because they see other seasoned bloggers doing it successfully.

The volume model is where you create a big and engaged following. The large following trusts and respects you, and is itching to buy whatever you sell (or recommend) every time you launch.

Bloggers who build this type of platform can make a very high income from very low priced products (think $10 to $100), ads, and affiliates because thousands of people check out their stuff.

The key here is having the appropriate following and investing a lot of time in the beginning. Many of these bloggers push out free and targeted content for years before fine-tuning their voice and reaching a level where the readers are hanging off of their every word.

No need to get frustrated and assume you’re doomed to be a failed blogger if this model isn’t working for you yet.

  • The second business model — having a smaller audience and offering higher-priced services — is where you can make easier money until you have the audience volume.

Sell Services — Even If You Don’t Want to Do It Long Term

So I get it. The online community for the last few years has been moving away from offering one-to-one services. Trading time for money is something no one wants to do anymore, but there is equity in providing a service to start off making money from your blog.

Freelancing

I decided to freelance at the beginning of my blogging journey because I wanted quick money. I made $25 the first month blogging and grew that income to $1,000 within just a few months. Then I incrementally increased rates and kept a consistent client roster to grow a full-time income.

I would have had to sell 100 units of a $10 product to earn this same type of initial income. There was absolutely no way with my small following that I would have been able to do that.

Services gave me the start I needed to realize earning money online is possible. Freelancing also has given me a ton of business experience, knowledge, and insight into my target audience that I wouldn’t have gotten any other way.

Here are some examples of services that niche bloggers can offer:

  • Bloggers who blog about interior design can provide design services.
  • Wedding bloggers can plan weddings remotely or provide consulting for wedding planners or vendors.
  • Vendors can advertise on your blog.
  • Clean eating bloggers can sell accountability and mentorship services.

Building

Always remember to keep building your own platform while selling services. The building is essential. You want to eventually make the transition into a combination of both business models, selling low priced at high volume, and selling high ticket items (speaking, coaching, consulting, etc.) to those who want to work with you one-on-one.

Final Word

It seems the consensus is that evergreen products are always the way to go. It all depends on where you’re at in your business. My recommendation for struggling bloggers is to concentrate on the service side of things to start earning quickly. Then you can make adjustments when you have more experience and build an audience who wants to buy your products or services.

Remember that with any business — you have write — you have to have written content in order to bring your product or services to your public.


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No Skills, No Problem: Here’s 7 Simple Ways to Earn Money Online – Business 2 Community

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The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a public health crisis, but it is also an economic one. In the three months since lockdown measures have been put in place, over 14 million Americans have lost their jobs and even more have had their hours reduced.

If you’re one of those people affected by the Pandemic and have either lost your job or seen hours reduced to the point where you are finding it hard to make ends meet, continue reading and find out how you can earn money from the safety of your home.

Earning online is not new but has been limited to skilled professionals such as coders, UI/UX designers, accountants, and similar jobs that require extensive training to perform. It is difficult, and as I’m saying this, I understand what an understatement this is, to earn online without any prior skills or training to build a steady stream of income through online sources.

But there is hope. As more companies opt to hire temporary workers and outsource small jobs, online hires are more common than before. I have compiled a list of such jobs that require no special skill sets and zero to little training to perform.

Here are 7 ways to earn money online

Become a Data Entry Operator

Data entry jobs are simple and easy for beginners to start a career in. As a data entry operator, you might be expected to do a number of tasks which might include typing a set of data into a spreadsheet, transcribing pdf or image files into Microsoft Word. The scope of work for data operators are endless.

Based on the relative ease of the job, data entry jobs start at a low rate of $3-$4 on Freelancing websites. However, as your experience and reputation grow, you will find better opportunities that can pay anywhere from $10 and more.

Work as a Customer Service Assistant

In 2020, two big trends are about to collide: E-commerce and Social Media. In a report named “Why Conversation Is the Future of Commerce” Facebook has revealed that over 35% of Americans have messaged a business regarding a purchase.

As E-commerce grows at an unprecedented rate, especially during this lockdown, buyers are eager to learn more about the businesses they deal with before making a purchase.

This means that there is more room for customer query managers who can answer questions timely and generate sales with excellent customer service.

Get hired as a virtual assistant

Are you personable, tech-savvy, and a great communicator?

Then get hired as a virtual assistant. You can try any number of websites that hire virtual assistants such as Virtalent,24/7 Virtual Assistant or Freelancer.

A virtual assistant’s job description could entail a wide range of jobs, including data entry, scheduling your client’s calendar, flight & hotel tickets, and any other task that your client needs help finishing.

The important thing here is to understand that you will be working closely with your client, and you need to ensure that you can work around his or her calendar. This does take out a lot of flexibility from your work schedule, but on the bright side, VAs earn a more stable paycheck.

Work as a translator

I know I promised to list jobs that require no additional skills, but if you’re one of the 20% of Americans who know a second language, then translation jobs are too good an opportunity for me to not include in this list.

Bilinguals can take advantage of the millions of working opportunities as English teachers for non-native speakers, transcribers, or even a stay-at-home call center operator.

Fill Up Online Surveys

Businesses, researchers, and government agencies use surveys to understand their customers and constituents better. This often requires acquiring real-time survey results very fast. That’s where survey sites come in.

You can register yourself as a survey taker and earn anywhere from$1-$3 per form from these websites. However, be warned taking online surveys might be a quick way to earn money; it will not make you rich. Treat this opportunity as more of a side hustle in addition to your current job or one of many side hustles you could be doing online.

Try Copy Trading

Trading currencies, stocks, and options can be scary and rightfully so. It takes a lot of training, reading up on the mechanics of free markets, and keeping up to date with the latest news to understand the ups and downs of the market.

But there is a way to trade safely without becoming a stock market savant — Copy Trading.

So what is Copy Trading?

The idea behind copy trading is simple. Instead of picking your own stocks and assets to place your investments in, use social trader tools to find expert traders whose trade you can copy. So if an expert you chose allocates 1% of his investment in an Apple stock, you’d also have 1% of your investment directed towards the same stock.

Get paid to test websites

Web designers often use focus groups to test the functionality of their websites. If you can follow simple instructions and navigate through a website, then website testing can be for you.

But before you begin, here is what to expect:

Web designers design websites for general people like you and me and want to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the website. Also, thanks to advanced testing tools, designers can also study your behavior to find out how they can maximize clicks (and sales) by changing certain elements with in the website. So it is only natural that companies and designers pay their target audience to test out their website.

Conclusion

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on everyone. But if there ever was a time to pull us by the proverbial bootstraps, this is it. I would implore everyone to apply their best skills at earning online. Ideally, try working on two to three online streams until one of them prove to be a steady source of income. In today’s remote economy, not only is it possible to get back your livelihood by earning online, it’s possible to earn more than you would in your regular job.


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5 Best Ways To Make Money Blogging – BBN Times

5 Best Ways To Make Money Blogging

Blogging is definitely gaining popularity. In fact, in 2020, the number of bloggers in the US is set to cross 31 million this year. 

That’s a lot, right?

While blogs are important for businesses to gain more visibility online, you can also ride solo to establish your blog. If you get your cards right, it can also be a great way to earn money. 

Want to know how to monetize your blog?

The first prerequisite is patience. 

Making money off blogging doesn’t happen overnight. You need to put in a ton of effort and time before you can think of it as your main source of income.

It’s a long road but, if you have the drive for it, you can make money blogging.

How to Make Money From Your Blog

In this article, let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways you can make money via blogging. The best part is that you can also use all of these strategies at once to earn more money.

1. Leverage Affiliate Marketing

Think of your blog as a platform to connect advertisers with their target audiences. On your blog, you can promote different services and products through your content. 

Also, add an affiliate link so that users can be redirected to the purchase page. Every time a user makes a purchase, you can earn some commission on it.

Just make sure you only pick products that are relevant to your site’s target audience. That way, the promotions seem organic.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn passive income. You need to put in the effort to create content. But you can reap the returns every time someone makes a purchase.

By 2022, Statista predicts that US companies will spend close to $8.2 billion on affiliate marketing. 

5 Best Ways To Make Money Blogging

Image via Statista

It’s clear that the affiliate marketing is set to see a huge boom in the coming years. So, it’s a good time to step into the affiliate marketing industry. 

To find affiliate links for your blog, join affiliate marketing programs run by popular companies like Bluehost, Amazon, Shopify, and others. 

Pro Tip: Many companies use advanced tools to manage their affiliate programs. It’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with these tools.

2. Sell Your Products 

If you have your own line of products, you can sell them on your blog. Alternatively, you can also leverage dropshipping. 

With this strategy, you don’t have to worry about stocking goods or even delivering them. You can simply transfer the details of each order to another retailer, manufacturer, or wholesaler. They ship the goods and you earn money for each order placed. 

If you don’t want to get involved with selling physical goods, you can always opt for digital products. Online courses, ebooks, white papers, downloadable music, and email templates are all examples of digital goods that you can sell on your blog. 

The best part is that it’s not difficult to create online resources like ebooks and courses. If you have already published in-depth content about a particular topic, you can simply combine it all together.

You can also provide these online resources for free. While they may not directly help you earn money from your blog, they can help you attract quality leads.

Keep in mind that you need to create digital products that highlight your expertise.

Alternatively, you can also offer membership to your blog. Those who pay the fees can get access to your blog’s premium content. 

This model is popular with big publishing houses, including The Washington Post and The New Yorker. If you have an engaged audience and good traffic, you can apply the same model to your blog as well.

3. Offer Advertising Space on Your Blog

Along with your content, your blog can also feature ads from other businesses. There are two ways in which you can earn money from this strategy — cost per click (CPC) and cost per mille (CPM).

For CPC, you can earn a certain amount each time a visitor on your site clicks on an ad. On the other hand, CPM has a fixed amount you earn for every 1000 impressions.

You can reach out to businesses directly to offer them ad space on your blog. Alternatively, you can use ad networks like Google AdSense, AdThrive, and others. These networks sell blog ad space on your behalf to advertisers and brands.

AdSense ensures that only ads that are relevant to your blog niche and the visitor’s preferences appear. For instance, on the travel blog, Nomadic Matt, you can see an ad on a walking tour in Krakow.

5 Best Ways To Make Money Blogging

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4. Write Sponsored Content

You can also collaborate with brands to write sponsored posts for them. You can introduce their product or write a “How-To” article for them. Not only can such content help them generate leads, but it can also boost their brand awareness and visibility.

In terms of revenue, such posts can bring you some serious money. However, landing a deal for sponsored content is not easy. You will need to show that you’ve got solid site traffic. This strategy is great for those who have an established blog.

5. Sell Your Services

Based on what your blog is about, you can offer freelance services to other businesses. 

For instance, if you have created a website on design, you can offer services like website design, infographic design, and others.

In such a case, your blog works as a lead magnet for you. At the same time, it gives your potential clients social proof that you’re an expert in your field. 

You can use LinkedIn Sales Navigator to identify these potential clients and draw them to your blog.

Conclusion

Blogging can be lucrative. From selling digital products and offering ad space to affiliate marketing, there are many ways to monetize your blog. 

However, keep in mind that monetizing your blog is a long-term game. You may need to put in long hours of work before you can start making money.

Do you have any questions about monetizing your blog? Please share them in the comments section below.

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Live | Biden takes lead in conservative-leaning Georgia – Euronews

The US’ three main networks ABC, CBS and NBC cut away from President Donald Trump’s speech on Thursday when he made baseless claims that the election was being stolen from him, AP reported.

“We have to interrupt here, because the president has made a number of false statements, including the notion that there has been fraudulent voting,” said NBC’s Lester Holt. “There has been no evidence of that.”

Trump’s claims came as vote margins tightened in several key states including Georgia and Pennsylvania. More vote tallies are expected throughout the day in the US.

CNN and Fox News reportedly played the entire speech of the US president.

Some Republicans have defended the president’s statement that only “legal votes” should be counted including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. 

Others, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said the states should continue counting votes.

“The courts will decide disputes. That’s the way we do it in this country. Having close, disputed elections is not unusual,” McConnell, a Republican Senator from Kentucky, said on election night.

The controversy is over late arriving mail-in ballots, but states determine their own election laws and many of these key states are allowed to accept ballots postmarked election day even if they arrive later.

The Trump campaign has already filed a flurry of lawsuits over absentee ballots, although there is no evidence of inconsistencies.

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Live | Trump gives statement making unproven claims of vote rigging, says he won ‘legal votes’ – Euronews

As the US winds down for the night, there are unlikely to be any further scheduled updates from counts in the key battleground states that are still in play. Here’s how things stand on Friday as morning breaks for us here in Europe.

Georgia:
Donald Trump’s substantial lead in the Peach State has all but evaporated. At the last count, there was just over 1,700 votes separating the candidates. Some 5,000 ballots from Clayton County, a heavily Democratic county south of Atlanta, were in the process of being counted with 16,000 in total from counties across the state still uncounted. Given overseas and military ballots are yet to arrive and voters have until 11 pm CET today (Friday) to check and fix irregularities in their ballots, it is still too close to call but the tide is with Biden at the moment.

Pennsylvania:
Another state, another lead decimated. Trump’s commanding lead in Pennsylvania has crumbled to around 26,000 votes with over 100,000 more ballots to be counted. So far, the latest batches of results from absentee ballots have heavily favoured Biden.

Nevada:
There is no end in sight for the vote count in Nevada with the next tranche of votes from Clark County (which includes Las Vegas, a Democratic-leaning city) not expected until 6pm CET. Biden is maintaining a lead of around 1 point or 11,000 votes.

Arizona:
Called early by the Associated Press for Biden, the vote count is narrowing in the Sunset State, diminishing Biden’s lead in what has long been a Republican state. The Democrat challenger is leading by 1.5 points with more results expected from the state’s biggest county, Maricopa County, at 6pm CET.

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How to make money from blogging (Tips from a professional blogger) – finder.com.au

My mates shoot me text messages after-hours. The extended family tends to strike at weekend gatherings over the sizzling BBQ. And my colleagues tend to ask after the second shout at Friday drinks.

“I’m after some extra cash. Is it actually possible to make a decent income from blogging?”

The answer is the same every time.

“My oath it is. The cashola of tomorrow belongs to the people who plan for it today. So the real question is… are you willing to start planning?”

If you answered yes, read on.

Who’s this guide for?

In our uber-cool world of fintech start-ups, #travel influencers and mummy-preneurs, it’s hard to know who’s in it for the status credits versus the financial ones. But if you are one of those tech-savvy people with a genuine interest in investing in your future, this is for you.

My guide to blogging is for level-headed, entrepreneurially minded people looking to start a new venture, side-hustle or avenue to escape the daily grind. It’s particularly well suited to those who like to share opinions and those who like the idea of taking control of their destiny.


Who am I?

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I’m Jake, hailing from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast and self-proclaimed luckiest guy on the planet.

I have an amazing wife, two beautiful children, an overly energetic dog, great mates and an awesome lifestyle. Living the dream!

I started my first blog in 2001, back when blogs were basically perceived as nerdy online diaries. My focus was designer T-shirts and the blog grew in popularity, receiving international coverage in books, magazines and popular websites… not to mention providing us with the funds to renovate our family home.

I get a real kick out of helping people. I recently launched my comprehensive guide It Pays To Blog to help budding Australian bloggers start the journey towards creating their very own income-generating blogs from scratch.


What’s the secret? How to start a blog and make money

As I touched on earlier, the secret doesn’t involve any wizardry or black magic. Starting a profitable blog simply requires planning. You know that old adage “give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. Well, making an income from blogging is no different.

Here are six simple steps I recommend in my book It Pays To Blog, the ultimate guide to making an income from blogging.

ideasStep 1: Choosing a topic for your blog

When it comes to Internet marketing, there is a phrase I learnt many years ago that has proven itself time and time again.

“The riches are in the niches”.

It’s so much easier to focus on a single, niche topic than try and be everything to everyone. The challenge here is choosing the right niche, one that will be profitable and sustainable for you. Getting this step right requires extensive keyword and competitor research into topics that you are passionate about (there are some great online tools available to help, including Google Trends, Google Keyword Planner and SEMrush) to discover the right niche for your blog.

An example of this concept in action is Laguna Beach Stays, a blog I launched in the era prior to Airbnb, Expedia and Booking.com. By focusing on the niche topic of “holidaying in Laguna Beach”, a topic that was frequently searched for and had limited significant competition at that time, I was able to create a valuable digital asset that generated ongoing income from Google Adwords and affiliate networks for accommodation. I eventually flipped this blog for a handsome profit.

Step 2: Deciding on your revenue model

Just like the physical world, there are plenty of different ways of making a buck in any given industry. In blogging these options include:

  • Image and text ads (there are manual and automated options for this)
  • Sponsored content (blog posts, emails)
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Selling your own digital or physical products
  • Training courses, memberships and more

The style content you publish on your blog will dictate your success with any of these revenue models, so it’s important to make this decision early in your journey.

My first blog, Tshirt Alert, made the majority of its income through manual advertising placements including paid reviews, display (banner) ads and text link ads. Manual advertising is still one of the most lucrative forms of advertising, as you can literally name your price! The challenge is creating an environment that is unique enough that advertisers can warrant the investment.

bloggingStep 3: Coming up with an awesome name

Having a memorable name for your blog is super important. I know this sounds logical to most people, but what I see being overlooked all too often is having the .com domain to match.

If you’re talking to someone at your local and they say “You should check out this awesome blog I’m into, it’s called The Freedom Chaser”… you’re not going to search for TheFreedomChaser.xyz when you get back home are you. No siree. You need the .com domain or you’ll be losing valuable traffic to someone else’s website.

Of course, there are occasional exceptions to this rule. For example, if you are focused only on an Australian audience then it can add to your credibility to choose a .com.au as your primary domain, but even then I’d be looking to secure the .com too, to allow for future expansion opportunities.

In short, it’s important to ensure a high-quality domain name is available to match your blog name. TIP: There are a handful of free brainstorming tools available online to assist you in finding the perfect name and domain for your blog.

Check out some web hosting tools that also give you the option of buying a domain name.

Step 4. Choosing the best tech for the job

When it comes to the technology that will power your blog, there’s a stack of tech companies out there vying for your attention. But please take heed: not all blogging platforms are created equally.

In my 20 years of experience, I’ve found that the most robust blogging platform is the self-hosted version of WordPress (there are more details about why, and how to set it up in my book). You’ll also want a reliable web host that doesn’t charge the earth for its services to give your blog a home, and to tweak some of the WordPress settings for optimal performance and exposure in search engines. With humans now sharing the attention span of a goldfish, site speed is critical and I’ve found that the Genesis framework combined with a StudioPress theme is your key to achieving this. It’s one of the oldest themes on the market and is still lightning fast. Search engine rankings also rely on speed and performance; your goal is to appease the Google PageSpeed gods.

By doing all of this, you’ll be setting your foundations for the best chance of success.

blogStep 5. Publishing awesome content

Now comes the fun part: creating content that is so engaging it will get the whole neighbourhood talking! I say this in jest, but there is actually a deeper truth to this statement, as the more your content is shared by others, the faster your authority will grow.

So, do you need an IQ equivalent of Einstein and the creative genius of Andy Warhol to create highly shareable content? Thankfully, no. You just need to know how to use the right planning, research techniques to uncover topical gems, and then adapt the right post structure for your topic and audiences. A few examples of popular post types include listicles, tutorials, reviews, infographics, case studies, quizzes and product comparisons.

I also encourage budding bloggers to begin with the end in mind. When it comes to creating content, what I mean by this is determine who you are writing for and how you are going to reach them with your content, before you even start it. By doing this, you’ll find it easier to write content with real purpose.

These are essentially all of the key components in my WISPR (Who, Ideate, Syndicate, Publish, Repeat) content planning framework.

Step 6. Learning from your victories… and your mistakes!

Being a blogger isn’t all about the free merch and launch party invitations. An income-generating blog is a business, and behind every business lies a treasure trove of data. If used effectively, this is data that can take your business to new heights.

For starters, you’ll need the tools in place to find out what works and do more of it, plus the ability to track mentions of your blog across the web. Free tools like Google Analytics and Google Alerts are a good starting point for this. It also pays to monitor the activity of your competitors by creating alerts and subscribing to their newsletters too.

Final word

Becoming a successful blogger can be hugely fulfilling. You can see why; in essence, you are creating a media outlet from scratch, crafting content that will eventually be consumed and discussed by thousands of people across the globe. There’s also the other benefits, like the supplementary income and the flexibility to work whenever and wherever you want to.

But it isn’t luck that will get you to this point, it’s about careful planning and dedication to the cause.

Blogging for profit is not for everyone… but if it sounds like your idea of a good time, I encourage you to take the plunge.

Read Jake’s e-book


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11 Ways to Make Money From Home – HouseBeautiful.com

For those seeking a useful way to spend their time during social distancing—or anyone simply interested in forging a deeper connection with their homes—HB has launched Home Love, a series of daily tips and ideas to make every minute indoors more productive (and gratifying!).

You know what they say: Chase that money! But what they don’t always tell you is that you can chase it from inside your home. No, I’m not talking about randomly finding a $20 bill inside one of your pants pockets. Below are some quick and easy ways to help you earn a little extra cash without leaving the house, no fancy credentials required. While you probably won’t be able to make a living off these tips and tricks, you’ll at least have some “fun money” to blow during your next Target run, right?

Do online surveys

If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands (and a lot of opinions) filling out online surveys might be your groove. There are several sites and apps that will pay you in cash or gift cards in exchange for your feedback. Some top survey sites to checkout include Survey Junkie, SwagBucks and Toluna. Love print magazines? I’ve personally used Rewards Survey, which offers participants free magazine subscriptions in exchange for their opinions.

I also have the Google Opinions Rewards app on my phone. Every time a new survey is available for me, I’ll get a notification and between one to 10 multiple choice questions. While payout is usually a few dimes or quarters, when you hit $2, you can transfer the money right to your PayPal account. Many online surveys will require you to accumulate up to $10 or $20 before transferring the cash over.

Sell or (rent) your clothes

Poshmark is one of the most popular online marketplaces to sell your old clothes. All you need to do is snap a few pictures of the pieces you’re trying to sell, fill in some details, set a price, and hope for a buyer. It’s like having your own little storefront of used clothes. The best part is, you don’t have to pay to ship the item to the buyer.

Now, if you’re not ready to part ways entirely with some items of clothing (particularly your high-end pieces) you can rent them instead of selling them. The StyleLend platform has to approve each item you submit for rental; its standards are high, but once you get an item approved, you’ll earn 80 percent of the price if someone decides to rent it.

Track your health and physical activity

If you’re trying to stick to a fitness routine and make some small but worthwhile financial gains, Achievement is a health and fitness app that rewards you in points for activities such as walking, meditating, logging in meals, and answering questions about yourself. Then, you can redeem those points for cash via PayPal (or donate it to charities!). All the info you contribute about yourself is used in medical research.

Scan your receipts to unlock savings

If a price goes down on an item you purchased recently, you’re almost always entitled to a refund of the difference—as long as the receipt is still valid. But it can be tedious to keep checking prices to see if they’ve dropped. Luckily, this app will do if for you: Paribus from Capital One monitors price changes on items you purchased so you don’t have to. All you have to do is scan your receipts to the app and if potential savings are detected, you’ll be notified. While the app cannot give you back the money, it can file a claim for you with the retailer. Paribus works with big name retailers like Amazon, Target, Home Depot, Walmart, Gap, Best Buy, and more.

Transcribe interviews or help translate

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If you’re fluent in a foreign language, you can get paid to translate. Rev is a closed captioning, subtitles, and transcription service. However, in order to provide these services to users around the clock, they need folks who are willing to help transcribe interviews and/or and translate content in foreign language. You can apply to join their freelance community where you can pick up jobs on your own schedule. You can also checkout TranscribeMe!, another translating platform, that guarantees its translators $15 to $22 pay per audio hour.

Test out new websites

User Testing is a platform where you can test new web and/or mobile sites from top brands like Facebook, Wayfair, CBS, and more. You’ll then be prompted to answer questions and provide quality feedback and recommendations to the brand. It helps brands gain insight on new projects, as well as rewarding you with a little extra cash.

Share your latest TV obsession with Nielsen

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Nielsen, a global marketing firm that analyzes media and user interactions, is always interested in what is currently in folks’ queue. You can join the Nielsen Digital Voice panel to offer up info on what you’re watching. Each month, you’ll be entered into a $10,000 sweepstakes. The more information you provide on what TV shows and movies you’ve been watching/streaming, the more entries you’ll get. You can also get invited to exclusive member surveys that guarantee pay. You can became a Nielsen Digital Voice here.

Participate in an online jury trial

Calling all Law & Order fans… or those who actually enjoy jury duty! Head to eJury for an online trial experience where you can participate in mock juries and focus groups. It’s a platform used to help attorneys gather the type of feedback typically associated with large focus group research, but at a low cost. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded a few bucks for each case you’re involved in.

Rent out your bike

If you’ve got some wheels that aren’t being used, rent them out. With Spinlister, you can make extra cash by sharing your bikes with travelers, racers, and enthusiasts. It’s like the Airbnb for bikes, as users decide what days and times they want to book their ride. You can also rent out surfboards, snowboards, or skis.

Sell your photos

If you’re a photographer and happen to have a collection of high-quality photos like “cat in the rain” or “leaves on the ground,” you can try selling your snaps as stock photos on Shutterstock. But if most of your photos are taken on your phone, there’s a marketplace for those, too. Foap is an app where professionals and amateurs alike can sell videos and photos straight from their phones. Think: photos from your last hike or an “artsy” coffee shop photo.

Earn cash back while you shop online

If you’re a frequent online shopper, having a Rakuten account is a must. Rakuten is an affiliate marketing business, which means that companies pay Rakuten to send shoppers their way. To reel you in, Rakuten offers exclusive deals to its members from over 2,500 of your favorite retailers. When you go shopping at a store through Rakuten, the store pays them a referral fee. Rakuten then gives you part of their payout. For example, Rakuten may advertise 5% cash back if you buy online from a store on a certain day. If you go directly to the store’s website, you won’t be able to take advantage of the deal. But when using your free Rakuten account, you can.

Sell your old books

Have any old college textbooks just collecting dust? BookScouter helps you sell your unwanted textbooks and used books at the best price available. All you have to do is enter the book’s ISBN number and BookScouter will search its database for the highest paying book buyback company for that particular title. Shipping is free and you’ll usually be paid the day the book is received by the buyer.

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Amazon Lawsuits Go After Fraudulent Affiliate Marketers – eSellerCafe

Amazon stopped multiple affiliate marketing fraud schemes across the United States to protect customers from bogus emails and phone calls.

Amazon filed three lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, and Texas to stop fraudulent affiliate marketing schemes.

The schemes identified in the lawsuits spammed email addresses with Amazon branded-emails to entice those receiving the emails to click on the links.

The traffic was then directed to other online marketers operating phony Amazon-branded surveys. Amazon shut down the schemes at issue in the lawsuits.

In Michigan, the defendants have agreed to a court order prohibiting them from using Amazon’s brand.

In a separate scheme, Amazon also stopped fake Amazon-branded email campaigns run by companies and individuals in Colorado and California.

The bad actors responsible for the emails, Ryan Becker, Jeff Skeldum, Marc Barnum, and Steve Vernikov, said they “acknowledge Amazon’s strong interest in protecting consumers from deceptive advertising and agree to refrain from using Amazon’s trademarks or brand in any internet marketing.”

These actions follow last year’s lawsuit against an Illinois-based affiliate marketer, First Impression Interactive, Inc., and its owners who were responsible for advertising fake work-from-home jobs with Amazon.

As a result of Amazon’s efforts, First Impression and its owners are now prohibited from using Amazon’s brand in any future marketing.

Amazon does not send unsolicited emails or texts. If customers encounter this activity, they can report it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/report-phishing.html

“Amazon has no tolerance for schemes fraudulently using our brand, and we are appalled at these bad actors’ attempts to deceive our customers. We are advocating for customers by holding these bad actors accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Amazon spokesperson

Amazon Court Cases Against Affiliate Marketers

  • Case: 20-cv-02338-AT, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Case: 20-cv-11422-BAF-APP, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Case: 20-cv-01920, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Case: 19-cv-00523-RSM, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

READ MORE: Amazon Reduces Affiliate Payout on Many Popular Categories Starting April 21

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