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How Bloggers Make Money [Having Done It]

how bloggers really make money

When I was starting out, I didn’t really understand how people will make money from a blog. Then, I had only a little knowledge about how to set up a blog, with some here-and-there tips on how driving traffic to a blog works.

Yet, I had so many unanswered questions hanging in my mind.

  • How do beginner blogs make money?
  • Can you really make money blogging?
  • How long does it take to make money blogging?
  • How much money can I make from blogging?

And bla bla bla, and bla bla bla  …

And I am sure you still have some of these questions unanswered.

By the end of this post, you will know how just every blog website you hear is making it big, makes it. Plus, I have bonus content for you at the end of this post.

That means you will know how actually bloggers make money from a blog.

Let’s take it this way:

(Make Money As A Beginner In Blogging)

The list of how bloggers make money blogging is an inexhaustive one.

There are plenty of ways beginner, intermediate and advanced bloggers generate revenue from merely writing about their different interests.

But before I go into this list, it is worth mentioning that blogging is not actually just about writing.

Successful bloggers know that blogging is a skill. A skill that is and should be learned.

In other words, to be successful as a beginner, intermediate or even an advanced blogger, you've got to LEARN THE ACT OF WRITING.

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1. Through Advertisements

On the monetizing phase of blogs, the placement of ads is a popular way of making money from a blog.

The revenue is calculated based clicks and number of visitors, that means that you will need more visitors to make more money with advertisement.

Popular Google AdSense and are just good Stepping Stones.

With a significant amount of traffic, you will make your first $250 in one month.

And that's not too big but a very good start.

2. Through Affiliate Sales

This is my recommendation for beginner bloggers

Some bloggers take 6months to build a blog and write out content. Then,

Start affiliate marketing. Selling other people's products for a commission.

And made up to $10,000 in one month.

3. Through Own Products

If you have a flair for writing, you can write your own ebook or launch the next successful e-course.

You can also create your own YouTube stardom for video tutorials.

A personal product takes the most time to create but makes the most money.

4. By Patience

You may be surprised. You will be thinking of what Patience is doing in a “How bloggers make money post. But these are the prerequisites, the fundamentals of being successful in the online world.

Every successful blogger today was patient enough to create-out content. Great and quality blog posts.

So you've got to know that there is no way to make money that is easy, so you really need patience.

You need the patience to wait when you create quality content, and then, so many months at the end of the traffic.

With patience will you learn the art of driving traffic to your website.

You need the patience to convince yourself that, after an outburst of traffic to your blog, there were no affiliate sales, no conversions. Nothing!

Patience is needed to set up a system that will really work for you.

5. By Acquiring Knowledge

It is not enough to start a blog because you hate your boss. Or just because you don't want to work for anybody. Everybody wants to be a boss.

That is great. Most times, it will always have to be more than wishes.

You will learn the how-to part of it. You will want to watch some YouTube videos, learn udemy courses, have a model & a method, and all that.

After all that, you will also want to be ready to learn from each failure. Yes, failure is bound to happen at one point or another in your journey.

If there is only one thing you want take-home- ‘bloggers make money from their wealth of knowledge and expertise.'

Not only just a mere wish to make money.

6. Seeing and Doing Blogging as A Business

Advanced and successful bloggers already know that blogging is a business.

You too should already know.

Every venture that makes money must be a business, not a hobby, not interest, but pure BusiNess.

So, feel free to do blogging as you will enthusiastically do your hobby. And, more especially, see it as a business.

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7. Value and Consistency

If you are not giving value, then why give it.

I mean there are so many other ways to make money other than blogging anyways.

It has to be of value and must, must readily be solving people's problems.

And because there are so many values out there, you need to give this value consistently.

Back to back value equals not only money but wealth.

Reasons New Bloggers Don't Make Money

Check this out.

If you have been blogging for some time now and made no money whatsoever, then this post is for you.

But wait.

What if you've made somewhat money but need to crack this hard nut of making a successful living off of your blog?

You need to read this too!

Because here's the deal, if your blog generates little or no revenue, and you give no thought about it; wait until you renew your web hosting and domain subscription for two to three more years, then you may be joining the league of failed bloggers.

And that's not you.

I'll personally hope and advise that it doesn't pan out that way.

So why do new bloggers fail to make money when they really should?

Well, there's a lot to it, but by the end of this post, we should be able to demystify this anomaly and tender a solution.

Off the bat, I will like to point out that it is probably not a problem with the method of monetization.

It could have something to do with the strategy though.

But generally, beginners do almost the same things pro bloggers do, in terms of monetization.

Generally, everybody monetizes with one or more of these different methods:

However, one thing is sure, pro bloggers have both a better formula, attitude, as well as the key to the La Casa de Papel (house of money).

And there's a big lesson to learn from them.

In this post, I'll consider myself a “pro blogger” as I take you through the process.


Hint: It's important to note that the outlined nuggets are based on personal experience and expertise, gut feeling, and research.

Without any further ado, these are…

The Reasons Beginner Bloggers Don't Make Money.

1. Novice Knowledge of Blog Monetization

We all may agree that experience will always only be on-the-job, but the knowledge has to be in place.

Fortunately, the sweetest spot of internet businesses is the internet itself.

There are an innumerable number of resources to learn from.

So no need to just keep doing what you have always done (that's not effective enough).

Instead, go out and read up on other people's blog posts and see what's trending, their content marketing style, and their USP.

Do Not duplicate intellectual properties, learning from what they do and the way they do it will do.

In a situation where required knowledge of the basic building blocks of a successful blog is not there, there is, additionally,

2. Lack Of Traction and Traffic

We knew this one was coming.

You might as well have seen it a few times. This time around, I have a solution.

Traction in simple terms could be seen as momentum (progress over time). And with traction comes increased traffic.

And traffic unsurprisingly is the magic wand for success in the online world.

Without the traffic and readership, you are unfortunately just a hobby blogger.

Hobby bloggers aren't doing bad at all, unless they didn't intend to be just hobby bloggers, then they are doing badly.

And unless you quickly figure things out now, you are likely going to join the league of beginner bloggers that have failed and given up.

So what do you do right now…

3. Focus

Robert Kiyosaki in one of his books gives the full meaning of FOCUS as….
F: Follow
O: One
C: Course
U: Until
S: Success.

It's very unlikely a blog can generate significant revenue when it's all over the place, addressing every topic that is out there.

Coupled with a beginner status with a long way to go, a focused mindset is simply a virtue.

Besides niching down, yourself as a blogger also needs to FOCUS.

Focus your energy, time, and other valuable resources on your blog and its development.

Don't take it literally.

It doesn't mean to pour all your time into blogging, especially if it's still a side hustle in the meantime, rather, invest the most possible time that justifies the kind of result you desire.

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Without it, getting things to work is much more complicated.

And. Don't…

4. Blog Only When You Feel Like

Why not put a plan in place, probably an editorial calendar?

The takeoff of businesses means a lot to their long-term growth.

If there's a more important time to invest time and resources into your blog, then it has to be the faceoff stages.

Doing things when we feel like has never helped anybody.

It's rather a lackadaisical attitude that has killed many dreams.

Do you want to be a blogger who makes money doing what you love?

Then pick up the bat and strick so hard, because no one else will do it for you. And I am even certain that it's not going to get easier either.

You got this!

And overall and most especially…

5. Lack of Promotion/Marketing

New blogs and beginner bloggers don't make money for lack of strategic marketing and promotion.

Give your blog the exposure that it needs.

In fact, should I tell you something?

Organic SEO is no longer enough!

A lot more goes into successful blogging than search engine optimization nowadays, especially for new blogs.

You need to consider social media marketing (SMM) too.

So while you churn out more content out there, also include paid promotion and marketing strategies in your blogging plan.

Many bloggers will not tell you this part, that's why I am.

I mean, what are friends for?


6. Blogging Is Not The Easiest Way To Make Money Online


The majority of bloggers were inspired for the wrong reasons.

If you'll give it what it takes, blogging will pay even faster than you may have thought, yet, it does not mean it's a get-rich-quick scheme.

– This is some serious business, and you've got to treat it as one.

So if you are in this business to make the quickest money ASAP, then it's a gamble. And like every gamble, you have a 50/50 chance of success.

I wish you good luck too.

There are outliers, and miracles do happen.

How Long To Start Making Money From Your Website

Before we get down to it, just know that promotion is key, and consistency is the only tunnel to achieving success in blogging.

So, on average, new blogs make money in 3 months.

Others do in 3 – 12 months.

The remaining do from 1year+.

A lot of bloggers never got to the level of making money on time and gave up.

For those set of bloggers, how long to start making money from your website is NEVER.

But why will somebody not get rewarded if the good book says, “for every labor, there's a reward”?

I recently covered that topic in a previous post, so do well to read it up.

Now let's analyze the different stages of a blog and know at what stage it typically does make the bulks.

1. Under Development

At this stage, a blogger is concerned about getting the foundations ready.

A blog will need a niche of focus, that is decided at this stage.

After the niche is selected, then the website hosting provider of choice is put into consideration.

Then the domain subscription is paid, and tadaa, you have yourself a website that is ready to go live.

2. Just Went Live

With the fundamentals down, a website is ready to launch on the world wide web.

For the first few weeks, a blogger deals with technical issues such as the choice of CMS, which I recommend WordPress, theme, etc.

Now the CMS is installed, and the theme is activated. Then attention is shifted to getting the first kickoff content, probably 10 – 30+.

By age, the blog could be around 2months plus at this stage, or even less.

Note that at this stage, money may or not have been made.

3. Content is Solved

With up to 30 blog posts, there's a decent number of posts to work with.

Then we scale it up to 100+ blog posts, and (in the future) – 1k and above.

So, if these few contents are of quality, then we can say that content is solved.

It's time to focus on something else.

By age, this could be between 3 – and 6 months of work.

At this stage, money is likely made, at least $100. But not without the remaining ingredients below.

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Since the money comes with the traffic, what could the traffic that generates the money be like in the different stages?

Let's see!

Traffic Stages To Start Making Money From Your Website

1. Tent-naire

** 10 – 99 daily visitors, 300+ monthly minimum accumulated visitors.

To be a tent-naire average daily traffic earner is not hard to achieve.

Your blog could be 2weeks old but there'll be no money made.

The exception here is affiliate marketers. They can pull off a decent weekly earning even with this level of traffic.

That is – if – they know the craft so well, which is unlikely for a beginner.

2. Hundred-naire

** 100 – 999 daily visitors, 3,000+ monthly minimum accumulated visitors.

On a few hundred per day average traffic, things start to get interesting a bit.

A few things are possible at this stage.

Advertisement revenue picks up, as well as the number of sales affiliate marketers could make.

The blog could be as young as 3months, to as old as 1 year at this stage.

As the traffic volume increases, the potentials continue to expand too.

3. Thousand-naire

** 1000 – 999,999 daily visitors, 30,000+ minimum monthly accumulated visitors.

You are a thousand-naire, now you can easily make upwards of $300 – $10,000 per month.

Your blog is one of the popular ones that show up on google frequently too.

If you have a good monetization strategy- which we'll discuss in a bit- then you can live off of your blog earnings.

That means, at this stage, you can become a full-time blogger that lives the life of your dreams.


4. Millionaire

** 1,000,000 – 999,999,999 daily visitors, 30,000,000 minimum monthly accumulated visitors.

This set of bloggers chills with the big boys.

A blogger that pulls this milestone is extraordinaire- those are just rare.

At this stage, as much as you can imagine could be achieved.

Your earnings per month should be upwards of $10,000 to $1m+.

Your salary is best calculated in net worth if you are on top of your monetization game.

So let's talk about it, other roadblocks that could hinder this beautiful ambition.

RoadBlocks For New Sites

Everything we've discussed here so far hangs on a few parameters.

1. Your blog niche matters a lot.

There are a lot of things to consider before choosing a niche, besides what you are passionate about and what you know a great deal about.

One of them is the size of the niche. If you monetize using display ad networks like Google AdSense, the volume of the niche hugely impacts how many clicks and impressions you could get on display ads per day.

That in turn affects your daily and monthly revenue. So the bigger the better.

Other research for affiliate marketers to make include how much could the target audience afford to spend versus how much they are likely willing to spend on a product.

2. Traffic quality is another big fish in the water.

All traffic is not the same.

For instance, traffic from the USA, Canada, UK, etc, can't be compared with traffic from countries like China, India, etc.

The former way a ton more. And because of this valuation, the payments are also much higher.

This is especially for display ads.

With that out of the way, we talk about your method of monetization.

Which one you utilize affects your income.


You made it this far.

Trust the journey, get your strategy right; with the right content quality and quantity, and a sprinkle of smart work, you should be on your way to your first few thousand dollars from blogging in the next three months.

As for the roadblocks, our blog is solely devoted to solving every bit of these potential roadblocks for you.

Each has a category dedicated to it on our platform. Do make sure to check out these other hyper-effective posts.

FAQ About ‘Making Money in Blogging'

Can you really make money blogging

Answer: Yes!

How long does it take to make money blogging

Answer: It can range from the next hour (after this post) – 182days.

How much money can I make from blogging

Answer: As much as you want.


Now you know just exactly how bloggers makes money.

So, go and get things started. It's possible and very lucrative to become a blogger even in the 2020s.

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CID is a Software Engineer cum Digital Marketer. He launched Afonne Digital in 2018, a platform that empowers creators, agencies, and businesses with tools, software reviews and informational resources to create, distribute, and monetize content.