How To Start A Blog (Profitable Blog) In 2021 [Complete Guide]

How To Start A Profitable Blog And Make Money Online As A Beginner
Summary: If you're not sure how to start a profitable blog, it's imperative that you understand the basics. Here are some of my favourite tips for beginners.

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If you’re not a blogger and you don’t know how to start a blog for beginners (which is understandable), I am going to start by explaining some of the basics to start a blog and at the same time, starting a profitable blog from scratch. 

Blogging can even be a profitable business in itself when done right. You start by deciding what niche or niches you want to blog about. By niche, I mean a topic or subject that you can write articles about on your blog. For example; dog training, photography tips, surviving divorce and so on. Each niche has its own target audience which you have to know very well in order to start a profitable blogging business. You start by doing keyword research which is something that I am going to cover in another article.

If you start by blogging about a certain niche or niche’s, then you have to start thinking about how you are going to monetize your blog a.k.a. start a blog and make a profitable blog at the same time. How will you make money from the money you start making? There are a lot of different ways that blogs make money but I am only going to share with you the three most proven ways to make money from your blog:

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Getting started with advertising banners

What is advertising banners on blogs?

Basic advertising banners are the ones that just link to some other website. The banner can be something like “This post brought to you by XYZ Network”. You start by picking your topics and write articles about them, but before you hit publish you start placing a few ads on each article page.

After a while, you start making money by displaying ads. With WordPress, you start by installing the AdSense plugin on your blog and then start placing these ads at different places in each of your articles.

How does one make money with advertising banners on blogs?

When you start a blog with the main purpose to make money, then ads are one of the most profitable ways to start your own business.

The way it works is that you start by writing articles about certain topics or niches which in turn have their own visitors. When these visitors land on one of your articles they see an ad banner placed in the sidebar for example. They start reading your article but they get interrupted by an ad banner that is placed at the top of the page.

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How do you start making money with ads?

You start by registering a blog and start placing banners on your articles to start monetizing them. This way, each time someone reads one of your articles on your blog and clicks on an ad banner, you start making a small commission from the sale. It might not be a big amount every month but it is something that will start adding up at the end of each month.

How much money can I start making with advertising banners?

This varies depending on how popular your blog becomes and how interesting your content is. You start by asking people to start following you on social media and start making friends this way which will start sending in more visitors that land on your blog by clicking one of the ad banners.

You can start getting thousands of visitors a month with the right marketing, but it is a long process if you are just starting out your own business.

How much money do I start making from advertising banners?

The amount you start making in advertising depends on how many visitors a day start landing on your blog by clicking one of the ad banners that are placed at the top and bottom of each page. Sometimes you start making just $1 per day and sometimes it is as high as $100 per day. What is for sure, is that you start making money and every penny counts when you start your own blog business.

How do you manage advertising banners on a blog?

When you start making money with blogging through placing ads, then make the process as easy as possible by managing everything from your WordPress dashboard. You start by installing some plugins that will start showing you how certain people start moving around your blog. This way, when you start making money with ads on your blog you start learning more about who is reading which of your articles.

How can I start my own profitable blog with advertising banners?

The first step is to start writing great quality content about some topics that have their own visitors. The second step is to start placing advertising banners on your blog posts to start getting traffic from the people who start landing on your site and start clicking one of the ad banners.

If you are using Google Adsense, it is important to understand that the ad banners shown are dynamic ads — thus, the type of ads displayed is based on the content that is on that specific page. This is why you start promoting your articles on social media the moment they are published and start getting traffic this way.

Getting started with an affiliate marketing blog

Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing Blog

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is something that I am going to cover as well but this is a little more complex than advertisements. Affiliate marketing is basically when you start writing articles about products or services and start getting a commission for each sale that is made. Most of the time this type of advertising and marketing is done online but it could be done offline as well.

How does one make money with affiliate marketing?

The process starts by finding products or services that start making people start buying whatever you start promoting. You start placing your affiliate links in your blog articles and start sending all the traffic that comes to your site to specific companies.

How does one manage affiliate marketing (earnings and promotional materials)?

You start managing affiliate marketing from a dashboard for each company or service. The idea is to start promoting the products on your blog (e.g., a review of a new product or service) and start recommending them at this point. You start doing both, the reviews and the affiliates links that start sending potential customers to where they can make their purchase online directly from their own account with no middleman involved.

How does one start affiliate marketing?

The first step is to start writing reviews on products that start selling in the marketplace. The second step is to start placing your own affiliate links inside these blog posts and start promoting them. You start starting your business from scratch but you can start making money sooner than if you start advertising something like Google Adsense.

There are many 3rd party affiliate marketing platforms that you can choose from. My personal favourite is ShareASale. Click here to learn more (and join for free).

How much money can I start making with affiliate marketing?

This depends on how many visitors start landing on your blog and start reading these reviews. The more traffic you start getting, the higher the chances are for you to convert the visitors into customers and indirectly, increasing the commission altogether.

Is affiliate marketing hard for bloggers?

Affiliate marketing is not hard. You start following the basic steps that I am going to cover in this article and start making affiliate commissions on the sales your visitors start making if they start clicking through one of your links. The important thing to remember when you start with blogging is that everything evolves with time, so you will start learning how to do your affiliate marketing and start making money from it over time as well.

How to get your affiliate marketing content out to the public?

If you are just starting out, social media is a powerful way to help you get some traffic rolling into your blog. You start doing this by having something interesting to share with people so they start sharing it with their friends and family members. It starts here and you start building a community on your website.

It is important to start doing this from the moment you start building your blog. You start sharing different things with people and start getting some traction with each new article that you start writing. The best part about affiliate marketing is that it starts making money directly from day one, however, it takes time to start converting these visitors into customers.

How do I start an affiliate marketing blog?

To start an affiliate marketing blog, you start getting niche ideas that start making sense to the people visiting your website. You start writing down all of these different ideas and start picking one as a start for a new article. The most important factor when it comes to blogging is picking the right topic or niche market for your blog.

What is search engine optimization?

To start with search engine optimization, you start following simple techniques that start working when it comes to writing your content. The idea is to start developing good sentence structure and start using the best word variations possible for each article you start posting online.

The greatest part about affiliate marketing is that there is always someone willing to start buying a specific product or start buying the latest product that starts selling in the marketplace. If you start writing about these affiliate products, start following the basic SEO techniques (consider words related heavily to buyer’s intent such as “buy”, “price”, “discount”, “comparison” and “review”) and start promoting your articles where people start reading them such as on social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, then one day you will start making money from it.

What is keyword research?

Keyword research is a start to the start. You start writing about things that sell and start getting some traffic to your articles in target markets. These start generating visitors for your affiliate marketing blog posts and start making money with it as well. The key here is finding out what people start searching when they want to buy something online and start writing about these affiliate products.

Keyword research often comes in two forms:

Primary keywords start making up the core foundation of your blog content. It starts with these primary keywords and starts getting some traffic in the early stages of your blogging career. You start learning which long-tail keywords start generating influxes of traffic when you start writing about specific topics or products that start selling well online.

How to make more money with affiliate marketing?

The way you start making more money with affiliate marketing is to start taking the time to come up with new content ideas for your blog. You start writing about these products and start promoting them to targeted audiences on social media.

It is important to start coming up with multiple niche ideas for different types of blogs related to your original blogging career. This strategy starts working because start building a reputation for yourself as a well-known blogger in your target market.

The trick in making more money in affiliate marketing is to (first) have some decent sales. Once you have a healthy track record of sales, reach out to the affiliate manager of the company and offer a collaboration. In the current trying times, every company is hungry for sales and you can earn yourself a nice payout if you are able to deliver more sales!

Here are some perks you can consider in the collaboration proposal:

Getting started with sponsored posts

Getting Started With Sponsored Posts And Make Money

What is a sponsored post?

How does it felt like having someone to pay you for every blog post you publish on your blog? I bet it sounds good.

That’s exactly what I have been doing since 2004!

To start, you start writing a post that starts getting some views. Then you start contacting companies who might be interested in having their products featured on your blog. You start working out the terms of the deal and start promoting it with ads or paid social media posts etc.

When it comes to sponsored posts, you start making money from them as you start getting traffic to them.

If you start promoting a post about a product that starts selling well, start reaching out to the marketing manager of the company and offer your services as a blogger that can help promote their products in exchange for some commissions. That’s how I have been making a living online for over a decade now.

How do you find businesses that are looking for sponsored posts?

There are several easy ways you can find some sponsored opportunities. You can start looking at posts on blogs (such as your competitors’ ones) that start getting a lot of traffic to them. 

Look for terms such as “sponsored post” or keywords related to sponsored posts in the text and start reading comments from readers on these products. If you start finding an opportunity there, start reaching out to the company with your contact details (I recommend you to do cold email outreach using a Gmail account or an alternative email to keep your domain reputation intact).

Looking for some other alternatives to find sponsored posts opportunities for your blog?

I recommend registering your blog with these 3rd party platforms. It is important to understand that you are required to fulfil certain criteria before you are able to be accepted into their database. Usually, the terms should be as follow:

When it comes to sponsored posts platforms, my favourites are Authority Builders and SerpTrust.

How much money can I make from sponsored blog posts?

In my experience, you can start making some decent money IF your blog has been doing well. The more traffic you start getting to your site the more opportunities start opening up for you as a blogger.

Start building a relationship with one or two companies in your niche and start reaching out to them whenever there is a new product launch in the market.

Personally, I make around $4k to $7k each month from sponsored posts alone. But of course, there is no guarantee or whatsoever. I have my peers who make 10x more than I do with sponsored posts too!

Common questions about starting a profitable blog for beginners

That's a good question but there is no universal rule for this. Usually, you start off with the basic things such as building an aesthetically pleasing website and start getting some traffic to it. Then you start joining online communities and start interacting with other bloggers in your niche (just so that they can start visiting your blog). Further down the road, you focus on building income streams through your blog and learn different ways to monetize them.

If you are new to blogging, I recommend you start by using Bluehost and installing WordPress on your hosting account.

You start publishing relevant posts on products in your niche and start getting some traffic. Then you start promoting sponsored posts to the companies who might want to pay you for those blog posts!

If you are wondering why I recommend Bluehost, the answer is simple. It is cheap (like $2.99 per month) and it comes with reliable hosting and free domain name — excellent for starters.

The best way to start making money from your blog is to start by promoting different posts with companies who want to start getting some traffic on their site. That's the only way you can start making a living blogging.

Start reaching out to companies and start building up an income stream. You start promoting sponsored posts using different techniques like AdSense, affiliate marketing or sponsored posts.

You start reaching out to different companies and start building up an income stream through your blog! You start promoting sponsored posts on their products, you start selling ads and other various methods of monetizing your blog.

You start contacting different companies in your niche and start creating actual business conversations with them before offering a "sponsored post opportunity" on your blog.

No, not at all!

You start off with the basic things like building a blog, start building traffic and start making some money through it!

First of all, you will start by publishing relevant content on your niche. Then you start promoting sponsored posts by contacting different companies in your product category. You start selling ads or affiliate products to start making a living blogging.

The amount you start making from advertising, affiliate marketing and sponsored posts vary, depending on the niche you are in. There are some niches that bring in more income than others. Sometimes you start earning more through AdSense than through affiliate marketing. It all depends on your niche.

You can earn money by adding advertising banners to your blog, promote affiliate products and even offer sponsored posts.

If you are looking for a quick way to earn money from your blog, you should start with affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is easy to start and you can be making some income from it fairly quickly. From there, you can start building up a sustainable income stream that pays you month after month.

You start interacting with other bloggers in your niche, start building a relationship with them and start linking back to their blogs. Further down the road, you start promoting your own content on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest which get you targeted visitors that make it to your website. You start building an email list where you start communicating with people who might want to buy products on your blog or start reading more content!

You start writing great content which is relevant to the consumers in your niche and start sharing it with people who are interested in reading that type of information.

You start promoting your content using social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest which get you targeted visitors that make it to your website. You start building an email list where you start communicating with people who might want to buy products on your blog or start reading more content!

First of all, start with a broad niche like for example "fitness", start publishing great content relevant to that industry and start promoting it. That's the best way you can start making money from your blog!

No, not really. You need to start publishing great content and start getting traffic before start making some money from your blog!

I recommend Bluehost for hosting a blog (if you are a complete beginner). It's affordable, easy to use along with additional features like a free domain name when you purchase a 12-month package on their website. You can start using this link to start hosting your blog.

Start building relationships with other bloggers so they will share your content on their website or start promoting it over social media channels. Start building an email list so you can start communicating with the people who are interested in reading articles on your niche! The best way to start getting traffic to your blog is to start promoting it over social media channels and start connecting with other people in your niche!

Start working on building an email list so you can start communicating with the people who are interested in reading articles on your niche. Start reaching out and connecting with different bloggers who can start sharing your content! Start sharing great information which is relevant to the consumers in your niche. Further down start promoting products from different companies on your blog and start earning money as an affiliate!

You start writing great content which is relevant to the consumers in your niche and start sharing it with people who are interested in reading that type of information.

It depends on the amount of effort you are willing to put into it. If you start doing guest posts for other websites and start promoting your content using social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest then start seeing traction within a month!

Generally, start with a niche that you love and publish one or more blog posts each week. You should see traffic growing slowly (upwards trend) within three months and the same goes for your earnings.

Summary: How to start a profitable blog for beginners?

There are many ways to start a profitable blog. Here are some simple steps as a recap, before we end this article!

  1. Start blogging about a broad topic you love and start sharing your content with people who are interested in reading information on that niche.
  2. Guest post for other websites and start promoting your content using social media channels like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to start seeing traction.
  3. Build relationships with other bloggers so they will start sharing your content on their website or start promoting it over social media channels. Also start building an email list where you start communicating with the people who are interested in reading articles on your niche!
  4. Work on building a blog that provides valuable information to start getting traffic in and start making money from your blog. Do not start thinking of how to make money from your blog until you start having some traffic!
  5. Start sharing great information which is relevant to the consumers in your niche and start promoting products from different companies on your blog and start earning money as an affiliate!
  6. Work on building a blog that provides valuable information to start getting traffic in and start making money from your blog. Do not start thinking of how to make money from your blog until you start having some traffic!
  7. Start working on building an email list so you start communicating with the people who are interested in reading articles on your niche. Reaching out and connecting with different bloggers who start sharing your content which can start bringing in some traffic to your blog.
  8. Start sharing great information which is relevant to the consumers in your niche and start promoting products from different companies on your blog and start earning money as an affiliate!
  9. Start building relationships with other bloggers so they will start sharing your content on their website or start promoting it over social media channels. Also start building an email list where you start communicating with the people who are interested in reading articles on your niche!

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