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The Beginner’s Guide to Monetizing a New Blog

Is Blogging Still Profitable in 2021? Absolutely! Use this Beginner’s Guide to Monetizing a New Blog and start making money right away!

Anyone can start a blog! Hosts like Namecheap make it super easy to start a blog for only $2.88/month!

Can anyone make money with a blog?

Now that, is a different question.

The truth here, is that there are thousands of blogs launched every day, but not all of them will make money.

Some people are just having a hobby blog, but most people start blogs for the money.

If you want to blog for money, then you have to do it the right way!

You might be surprised, but you can make A LOT of money blogging!

Yup! You can make a 7-figure income just by blogging!

That said, you have to be willing to put in the time and effort it takes to build a profitable blogging business.

Blogging is a BUSINESS.

And just like any other business, a blog takes time to grow.

The awesome thing about blogging, is that it is the one business that has such a low start-up cost, but there are no limits to how much you can make!

Blogging might seem like an unconventional choice, but with the right mindset and dedication, you can succeed with your blog.

But first things first, if you haven’t already started a blog, head over to this post. It’ll tell you what you should be aware of when starting a new blog.

Setting up your blog the right way from the very start is imperative to making money from it!

If I had a dime for all the times I have been asked “how do bloggers make money?” I’d have about six bucks 🙂

There are so many ways you can make money with your blog.

Of course, you will not start out making much money at first, BUT, if you follow the guidelines below, you will start to see a profit from your blog before long.

The Beginner’s Guide to Monetizing a New Blog

How Do Beginner Blogs Make Money?

If you have been researching how to make money from blogging, then I am sure you have come across hundreds of blog income reports.

It is so easy to get lost in the sea of all the “How To Make $4000+ From Blogging” posts.

Maybe you are even lost in the sea of SEO, affiliate marketing, and the names of countless apps that other bloggers recommend.

Before I ever took the “blogging” plunge, I read hundreds of posts about how other people made money from blogging.

It was exhausting! And confusing.

Some posts were helpful, and others were a complete waste of time.

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If you’re a new blogger, reading about other big-money blogger’s success stories and money-making tactics can be discouraging.

Yes, they’re inspiring and motivational, but you can’t compare a new blog to an established blog. They already have higher domain authority, traffic, and followers.

So of COURSE, they’re making money!

What new bloggers need is an all-in-one guide on how to make profits with a “new” blog.

So I am writing it now!

If you’ve already started your blog then this guide is for you, if you’re still looking into starting a blog then you need to go here.

How Do New Bloggers Make Money?

Alright, so you’re a brand new blogger, or maybe you’ve been blogging a little while but you haven’t made any money.

Well you’re in the right place!

I’m going to guide you step-by-step on how to start making money from your blog!

Here Are The 4 Ways To Make Money On A New Blog:

1. Ads

2. Affiliate Marketing

3. Sponsorships

4. Products

Monetize With Ads

It’s no secret that bloggers make money with ad networks. You can make a lot of money with ads on your site.

However, to get to the best paying ad networks you need to have a substantial amount of traffic.

That said, new blogs don’t have a lot of traffic. But don’t lose sleep over it yet! I recommend that after you’ve written a few posts, apply for Adsense. It’s probably the easiest way to put ads on your new blog.

Monetize With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money from your blog.

I am sure you have seen links on other blogs (and this one) to products they recommend.

Those are affiliate links.

Those bloggers get paid every time someone clicks that link and makes a purchase.

When you recommend products that you use and trust, then your readers may be more inclined to try it out as well. Be honest and only recommend stuff that you actually use or have used.

This builds trust with your readers to value your opinion and you will have a higher chance of them buying more products you suggest in the future.

The 4 affiliate companies all new bloggers should sign up for is:



Flex Offers


Those affiliate marketers have thousands of companies for every niche. ShareASale and FlexOffers are both free to join.

Awin charges a $5 application fee that they return to you once you make a sale. But don’t let that $5 fee scare you away, Awin pays very well!

Sign up for all 4 of these right away because there is no limit to how much you can make with affiliate marketing!

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If you want to promote a brand or product and they’re not listed with any of the above affiliate networks, just google them.

Once you’ve found their website, look around their homepage for a link for affiliates and sign up.

If you can’t find a link, email them and ask how you can be an affiliate to promote their product.

Monetize With Sponsorships 

Many bloggers get paid well to do sponsored posts.

Basically, you write a dedicated post on your blog, or even social media account that promotes a company or product.

One little search on google for “blog sponsorships” can lead you to companies you can join to gain sponsorships.

If you would like to promote a brand then just reach out to them and pitch your promotion. You never know!

Don’t be scared, go for it!

Monetize With Products

Many bloggers make money by selling their own products. The most popular products that bloggers sell are digital products.

Digital products are so easy because there is no inventory or shipping to keep up with.

Two of the most popular digital products are eBooks and e-Courses.

Both are not as complicated as they sound. In fact, they are quite easy.

The great thing about eBooks is they are short and to the point!

They can easily be made by combining several posts you may have already written on your blog. After you have decided what to write you can use a program like Canva or PicMonkey to make a book cover.

If you want it to be a little fancier, you can pay someone $5 on Fiverr to design the cover and even a realistic mockup to display on your site.

The simple thing about e-Courses is they let you teach others what you already know.

EVERYONE has something they can teach!

With everything going digital, e-Learning is here to stay!

Online learning is in high demand, which is great news if you want to make a living by sharing your talents in an e-Course.

Another easy-to-make digital product that bloggers tend to sell is printables. Printables are super easy to make on a program like PicMonkeyCanva, or even MS Word.

Although, most bloggers give these away as a way to collect email subscribers. By selling them or using them to collect subscribers you will make money.

Having an email following is MONEY IN THE BANK because then you have a whole list of people you can reach out to at any time.

(If you haven’t set up your email yet, I use Mailmunch. They are FREE up until you get a lot of subscribers, and they are super easy to manage and help you make user-friendly, attractive opt-ins.)

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Some bloggers sell customized apparel and coffee mugs on their site.

They usually use their blog and Printify to fulfill those orders without ever keeping any inventory or having to ship the products themselves.

Blog Traffic=Money

So now you know how to set your blog up to make money, but you won’t make very much without traffic!

My secret weapon for getting the best keywords to write about is Semrush!

Your goal as a blogger is for your website to rank well on Google!

You will hear over and over again, that new blogs don’t get organic traffic from Google. But that’s just not true.

I just started another new site, and because I know SEO well, I have several posts on page 1 of Google on a site that is less than 3 months old.

As a new blogger, there’s something that you need to understand: You want to tackle the keywords that are less competitive first to gain some traction in search engines and then move towards the keywords that are more competitive.

Semrush shows you exactly which keywords people are looking for in search engines.

Is Blogging Still Profitable in 2020

Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking that blogging is dead. Can you still start a profitable blog in 2021?


Of course, if you haven’t even started blogging, then you’re on the ground floor.

That said, new bloggers have a true advantage. They can blog about something DIFFERENT.

You may already know that blogging about money, parenting, food, travel, or even blogging about blogging, can be very lucrative niches.

They’re also incredibly SATURATED.

If you’re starting to blog about any of those topics, you will probably run into some fierce competition. Let me tell you, these bloggers have been in for years, and they know what they’re doing.

It’s fine if that’s what you want to blog about, BUT if you could blog about something different, you might have a true advantage.

If you pick a different niche, then it gives you the advantage to get ahead quickly in the field. I know someone who just blogs about coffee, yep, just coffee. They own the field now, Google thinks they are the know-all for coffee, and now they’re a 7-figure blogger!

Every topic has an audience, you just have to find them.

Remember that you CAN make money blogging! Let effort, persistence, and being different be your competitive advantages.

Now, go start that money-making blog!


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