Do bloggers get paid, and if so how? I have been asked that so many times over the last few years since I started my first blog and it still surprises people to learn that yes, bloggers do get paid.
There are a number of ways in which they get paid, in fact, and I will go through a few of the most popular ways here…
Note –This post includes adverts and affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through any of these links I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps me support the running of this website and continue to publish helpful content. I use whatever I promote for my own business, which is why I’m happily an affiliate! Thank you for your support!
Did you read that paragraph above? It talks about affiliate links and that if you make a purchase one of them that I will get paid a commission at no extra cost to you.
This one of the most common ways for bloggers to get paid, and it makes sense too. You see most bloggers spend their lives recommending tools, services, books, products and pretty much anything and everything else that they use that they feel offers excellent value.
It’s a bit like when you go to a restaurant and have a wonderful meal. You would want to let your friends and family know about it wouldn’t you? You like to share good things with others. Bloggers are no different.
For example, I spend my days looking for systems and tools that are easy to use and, wherever possible, free so that I can share them with my business clients and blogging friends. If I find something I think would add value for someone or that would save them loads of time, I want to share it with them so that their business or blog can grow more quickly and they become successful faster.
Now imagine that the restaurant owner paid you for each recommendation that you made. In other words, every time a friend or family member visited the restaurant and paid for food and drink, the restaurant owner paid you a percentage of their meal price as a thank you.
This is exactly how affiliate marketing works. For each tool, course, service or product that I recommend, the owner of that company will pay me a commission when someone makes a purchase through one of my links.
A link is a unique URL or website address that I am given to send customers to their offer. This ensures that the company owner knows that it was me who sent them. Easy isn’t it?
So you see, if I buy a course, get lots of value from it and think it is something that my clients or friends could also get value from I will send them a link to it. If they click the link and buy the course, I get a commission as a thank you for the referral.
If this is something you would like to have a go at, why not download my free 7 day email course “Blogging for Beginners” that will show you exactly how to go about it. I give step by step tuition and video tutorials so it’s really easy to get started. Grab your copy here now!
Another way that bloggers get paid is by accepting adverts on their sites. You will see some examples of these on this page. The adverts are placed automatically by Google and are relevant to what the website is about.
In my case, the adverts on my pages tend to be about blogging, online stuff, things that older people might be interested in and digital products. This is because this is what my blog is about. If you were a food blogger you might have adverts for food processors, recipe books, restaurants etc.
The adverts are quick and easy to set up. You just need to have a few posts on your blog so that Google can get an idea of what your site’s about and you must have a few visitors each month so that you have people who might be interested in the ads.
The advertisers pay Google to place these adverts on your site and as a thank you for having them, when someone clicks on an advert you get paid a small commission. This is very small though so you need a lot of traffic to your site to get paid a decent amount with this strategy. But, as every blogger will tell you, every little helps.
You are able to decide which pages the adverts get shown on as this can be a distraction from your content. I would not suggest putting these adverts on your main content pages for example, you want your own content to be the centre of attention and not someone else’s.
This is the best way for bloggers to get paid. It means they get to keep all of the profits rather than just making a commission from a sale of someone else’s.
If you have products on Amazon, Etsy or Ebay, you can link directly to them from your blog. This is a great way to draw attention to your products as you can get your blog listed by Google and have your blog post show up on page one for the keyword you have used. For example, I sell swimming goggles for long and extended eyelashes. Here’s my listing on Google…
and when you click on it, it takes you to my blog post where it tells you all about the product and then when you click on an image you go straight to the listing on Amazon…
You can also sell digital products straight from your blog. If you create a course, an ebook or other downloadable product you can advertise and promote it on your blog in the same way you can for a physical product, such as the swimming goggles.
I have, for example created an online course for beginner bloggers which can be bought straight from this blog post. It covers all you need to know about setting your blog up correctly and making sure you are operating legally. If you are new to blogging and need to learn how to take your blog to the next level it might be just what you’re looking for – and yes, it does teach you how to set your blog up as a business so that you can get paid. You can even get a 10% discount if you use this link. Get instant access to the Blogging for Beginners course here.
There are literally hundreds of things that you can create to give away as freebies to entice new customers, or to sell to increase your income.
They include, but are not limited to:
The trick is to provide whatever your customer is looking for as a solution to their problem. This will take some time and research but it’s not difficult once you know how.
You bet your blog we do. And what’s more, it’s the closest thing to a passive income that you are ever likely to find.
Imagine not having to go to work tomorrow for a boss you don’t like doing a job you don’t care about. Imagine being able to work from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Wouldn’t that be great?
I am in Scotland as I write this. I’ve been here for a few days as I’m a big rugby fan and wanted to see Scotland play Argentina in the Autumn internationals. I have made a few days of it because I can. I have no boss to answer to who would expect me to be at work on Monday morning.
Wouldn’t that be great? No more Monday mornings? I also love Fridays, I’m usually somewhere by the coast on a Friday afternoon, or out with my friend having lunch, or shopping, or pretty much doing anything I feel like doing, because I can.
You see, as a blogger, once I have set up all my systems and processes, I can pretty much leave my blog to do the work for me.
It attracts viewers (your reading this now and proving my point), it makes offers to you such as the free email course I offered you, or the blogging basics for beginners course I mentioned.
Should you decide to take me up on either of those offers, you will be sent a welcome email, your joining instructions, your course material and some follow up emails in a few days to see how you’re getting on – and all this is done automatically. I’m here, in Scotland, having fun…
Don’t you think that would be a great way to earn a living?
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you’d blog about, or that you know nothing about setting up a website or have no clue how you would go about creating content or things to sell. All that’s covered in my 7 day email course. By the end of the week you would have a blog and a way of earning this amazing passive income. Interested? Go on, what have you got to lose? Grab your copy here and get started today.
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