Guide on ! (Updated for 2022) how to become a professional paid blogger
You may wonder…
How to start a successful blog?
How do popular beauty bloggers make money online?
How to get started if you want to become a successful professional blogger yourself and get paid consistently?
If that’s the case, then this article is for you.
I have 7+ years of experience in this area and today I wanted to share how to get started online from the ground up and how people make money with their blogs, YouTube channels and/or Instagram pages.
Not only that but at the end of the article you’ll find even more tips for beginners on how to make sure you succeed in the online world.
(Grab a coffee because this post is 3500+ words long!)
So, what is blogging all about and how to LEARN to make money online in 2022? Here’s what to expect today:
Making Money Online: It’s Real! (My Experience)
Blogging is a serious business these days and if you started exploring this option, I personally think it’s a great idea.
Especially since I myself experienced what it means to make passive income online.
Then it got even better…
Check out the following screenshots of my past earnings for some months in 2020.
April 2020 earnings from Program A:
Nov 2020 earnings from Program B:
Dec 2020 earnings from Program B:
There are a LOT of blogging opportunities on the internet:
if you’re good with video, you can become a video-blogger (vlogger)
if you prefer writing, you can go with traditional text-based websites/blogs
if you’re great with photography, you can choose photo-based platforms to blog on.
But understand this…
It’s absolutely CRUCIAL that you get PROPER guidance.
Just like any other profession, you need to learn the basics of blogging/content business/affiliate marketing and constantly improve in your sphere.
(I speak from personal experience.)
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Become Famous While Working From Home
Here’s the truth:
Bloggers have long become a significant socio-political phenomenon.
Mass media respects their opinion,
They are invited on television,
Their posts are discussed on serious analytical websites and in social networks,
To become a famous blogger, you don’t have to be a celebrity, have a literary talent or some kind of superpowers.
You don’t even have to leave your place if you don’t want to.
All that is required from you is to create a resource that is interesting and brings VALUE to people.
And guess what?
Bloggers make decent money with it.
(Sometimes they .) make a full time income online
Fun fact :
According to Forbes, the creator of the YouTube channel earned $ 15 million in 2016 alone. Felix Kjellberg PewDiePie
In the same year Time Magazine included him in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The number of his subscribers on YouTube now totals about 60 million people.
And all this thanks to his channel dedicated to video games!
And believe me, it’s not a “one-in-a-million” kind of situation.
The youngest YouTube star Ryan ToysReview who is 6 years old made $11,000,000 in 2017.
If a 6-year old can do it, then you can too!
It’s kinda difficult to say which niches are the riches. Technically any niche can be successful if you are creative but you can’t go wrong with the following topics:
business and investing,
make money opportunities (online or offline).
As a new blogger, you’ll have to niche down = make it less broad, but these are definitely the most profitable niches.
And there’s an unspoken rule of success:
The chosen niche/topic should at least be interesting to you, so you never run out of ideas.
3 Main Categories/Types Of Bloggers
You have 3 main options.
You can choose to:
have a text-based blog,
run a video channel, or,
manage a photo-blog.
It all depends on the preferences of a blogger and the characteristics of the audience for which one creates.
For example, the gamers, young people from 15 years and older, don’t need to read text when they can view it once as a video.
But it will be difficult for political observers to justify their point of view with pictures only.
Let’s talk about it in detail.
Category #1: Vloggers
Vloggers are those who blog in video format.
(YouTube channel is one common example.)
Here’s the truth:
To run a channel you don’t have be a professional videographer only.
You can certainly provide educational videos with a simple slideshow and a voiceover, or recording your computer screen with offscreen comments.
In recent years, the beauty channels have become extremely popular.
Basically, the vloggers would share everything that has to do with the beauty industry (within their niche).
Reviews about cosmetics and perfumes,
make-up and hair styling lessons,
skin care tips, etc.
While doing so, they openly or covertly advertise brands, post affiliate links or simply sell their own beauty products.
If doing videos is a passion of yours and you want to learn to crush it as a YouTuber, I strongly recommend Sean Cannell’s , which I personally bought and learned from. Video Ranking Academy
(In the future, I might publish a separate article on how to become a vlogger.)
Category #2: Bloggers
These people are the ones who work in a traditional text format.
That is, they write articles.
But they don’t just describe events and phenomena, but express their personal attitude towards them.
They also share a personal experience using a particular product.
In order to lead a popular text blog for a long time, you must be able to communicate your thoughts coherently, have an original point of view, and engage with readers on a regular basis.
Whenever you research a topic in Google, you’d see the most relevant (successful) blogs on the said topic.
(The subject matter of the articles is infinitely diverse, as are the methods by which the authors draw readers’ attention.)
Every popular blog is a potential platform for making money through advertising, affiliate links, sales.
Category #3: Photo-Bloggers
is the cornerstone of photo-blogs. Photography
The most popular example of a photo blog is the Instagram account.
On this social network, successful bloggers earn by advertising themselves, or advertising their own and other people’s brands/products.
Personally, I’ve made some money with Instagram a long time ago but never really focused on this platform.
The great thing about using Instagram to make money is that you don’t need a huge following.
Let me warn you though:
Even though it looks easy (taking pictures and uploading them), creating truly original and high-quality content takes time, work and certain skills.
How To Make Money On a Blog?
What do you need to do to have a successful blog?
The universal formula is this:
you need to create HIGH QUALITY content,
know how to attract your audience,
learn how to promote your site/page/channel, and,
monetize your platform the right way.
Profit is brought only by those projects that have a sufficient number of readers, viewers, and/or subscribers.
Below I am explaining the different ways bloggers make money online.
Advertising within a post
This is the case where you get paid by placing links within a post. The price for the link depends on the popularity of your blog.
Another example is when someone wants to maintain his website position online and reaches out to you with a ready-made article with a couple outgoing links to his website.
This was widely popular in the past.
However, I personally don’t do paid links on my sites for a number of reasons. I do however accept quality guest posts with a $20 admin fee to publish it.
A sponsored blog post
This is a case where advertisers reach out to you to publish a sponsored post on your blog.
An article can be written either by you or advertisers.
The popular brands, online stores and everyone else interested in promoting their services usually “order” the articles so they can expand their consumer market.
The rate for sponsored posts varies.
Sue from SuccessfulBlogging.com provides a great guideline on how much you should charge based on unique visitors you get per month and Google Page Rank:
Sponsored posts is a pretty common way famous bloggers make money with.
Banners are images with relevant affiliate links that you will often on many websites/blogs.
(Often in the sidebar.)
You sign up with any affiliate program and you promote their products with the banners.
Or advertisers come to your blog (if it is very popular) and they ask you to advertise their products, services, whatsoever.
You can become Amazon’s affiliate partner and promote Amazon’s products, books and/or “hot” deals of the day anywhere on your blog.
Today, banners are VERY common and it’s totally normal to have on your blog.
Direct advertising in the video
Sometimes when you watch a video you’ll hear “This video was brought to you by ___” and that’s a direct advertising/sponsored video.
Popular vloggers directly advertise products and services and get paid for it.
The rate depends on the number of subscribers to the channel or the status of the vlogger.
Affiliate marketing (my favourite!)
Affiliate programs are a good option for beginning bloggers (and my favourite way of making money online).
If you have thousands of unique visitors to your blog, then the affiliate programs will give you a stable profit on a daily basis.
Let’s say you decide to create a post about a blender within your juicing blog using your Amazon affiliate link.
In that post promoting blender, you would add your affiliate links and whenever someone buys a blender (or anything else within the 24 hours after a person followed your link), you get a commission from Amazon.
==> Here’s how and why Amazon affiliate marketing works.
The bottom line is that whenever the reader moves from your site to another site, buys something or subscribes to the newsletter, and you get a certain percentage for this.
How To Become A Blogger And Get Paid?
How to become a blogger and get paid?
Below I’ll mention the 5 simple steps and 5 tips for beginners.
Let me start off by saying that anyone can become a blogger. Your blog should have an original concept, preferrably unique design and quality content.
All the rest will follow.
Here are my step-by-step instructions to assist you.
Step 1: Choose a niche (subject) and format of the blog
based on your personal preferences, interests, knowledge and life experience. You choose the main theme (niche) of your blog
The closer you can relate to the chosen topic, the easier it will be for you to blog.
(It doesn’t have to be a trending thing.)
You can make interesting almost any topic, especially the one in which you have professional knowledge and hands-on experience.
Remember the following if you want your blog to bring you money:
apply the knowledge in action,
create QUALITY CONTENT,
use proper SEO strategies to rank well (in search engines),
promote it in social media,
put time and efforts into it and then you will see results.
Research the most popular blogs on the Internet and try to figure out what is it that helped its owners become popular.
You will understand that…
… the ability to work without regard for the momentary result played an important role in this matter.
I want to warn you that not every blog brings money to its creators.
There are thousands of abandoned sites halfway through, the authors of which were disappointed in the niche, in readers, in their lives, and did not extract a profit from their blog.
Usually this is the case when these people didn’t have any foundational knowledge or weren’t given the right direction in which they should move.
If you build your website right, then you’ll have a profitable online business, which will be generating residual income on a monthly basis.
(And that’s how you can become financially-free!)
It’s one thing to have knowledge, but you also have to constantly take action.
For Action Takers:
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This 10-lesson course is your first step to realizing your potential as a blogger.
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Step 2: Choose a platform for your blog
There are two main choices available here.
You create your own website (free or paid for) or you use one of the readily-available platforms:
The first option takes a bit more work but your own site has more possibilities.
Ready-made platforms are good in a sense that you don’t need to create an original design, choose a WordPress theme for your site and launch it.
If you choose to be a vlogger – then it’s even easier.
You register for free on YouTube, record your videos and then upload them on your channel.
Step 3: Design your blog
Designing a blog is required only if you own your own website (and it’s optional too).
The main point is to make your website user-friendly.
You also don’t want to look like everyone else, so choose the way you want to stand out, appearance-wise too.
But don’t worry…
You can always get back to your website design once you have done the primary work.
(That is, content creation and optimization to attract readers). SEO
Step 4: Create high-quality content
Here’s the thing:
A form without content is like a wallet without money.
What does this mean?
A blogger must help people with their content. The more often you update your blog, the better.
Nobody tells you to write 10 posts a day, but a daily update is a sign of good manners. 🙂
(And Google loves that!)
Google loves if you:
answer comments and questions,
make your blog as interactive as possible.
Not only is it gonna be interesting, but communicating with readers will help you better understand the audience.
Otherwise you’ll quickly get bored plus you won’t answering your audience’s needs.
The money is good but your main focus should be on giving VALUE to your readers/viewers.
And don’t be afraid to cut off those who are holding you down. There are always people who don’t like something.
Don’t try to please everyone and let ’em haters hate.
Step 5: Attract visitors and monetize your blog
Interesting content is great, but with the current competition on the Internet, the beginning blogger will have difficulty getting his posts ranked in the top page of Google.
(Even if he’s super talented.)
Don’t hesitate to use effective methods of “artificial” promotion.
What do I mean by this?
You can attract visitors by:
posting your blog posts on popular forums of your niche (in a non-spammy way),
guest posting on well-established blogs,
even using paid ways to attract the audience,
… there is a number of options available.
Monetization of your blog should be gradual. Having affiliate links on a 2-day old website won’t bring you the desired results.
Give your website . at least 6 months
That’s how long it takes Google to trust your website.
My 5 Useful Tips for a Beginner Blogger
At this point, I’d like to share some useful tips for beginners.
Read them, remember, and apply in practice!
Blogging Tip #1: Love your audience
If you create a blog in order just to increase self-esteem, and you don’t communicate with readers and are not interested in their opinion, your blog will quickly die.
Your readers need to be loved and respected, then they will reciprocate.
Blogging Tip #2: Share your knowledge
Blogs are created FOR people.
Learn this truth.
If your blog doesn’t benefit people, no SEO optimization will ever save it.
Search engines also need to be loved, but main focus should be on people.
Blogging Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
All the now successful bloggers made a lot of mistakes in the beginning of their online journey. Some even gave up on their first websites and pages to create new ones from scratch.
Making mistakes is part of the learning process.
With mistakes comes experience.
And with experience comes the ease, understanding of the needs of your audience and the long-awaited popularity (and revenue).
Blogging Tip #4: Build your email list
They say that “the money is in the list”.
Ideally, you’d want to build an email list right away. You can offer your readers a freebie in exchange for their email address.
But don’t be too intrusive or spammy!
Don’t bomb your readers with daily letters and messages.
Remind about yourself regularly enough, but delicately.
Blogging Tip #5: Be yourself
Tell about yourself in your blog.
Be yourself – even it’s a specific-niche blog.
You might not believe this, but in the world there are hundreds, and even thousands, of people who share your interests.
In fact, in 2022 sharing about yourself is an important part of ranking in Google.
(See the official Google guidelines, especially the E-A-T section.)
How Much Do Bloggers Earn? (3 Real Examples)
Here are the most popular questions that I often get:
Can you really make money blogging?
How much do you get paid for being a blogger?
How much do bloggers make?
Where can I write blogs and how do I get started?
These are all valid questions.
I’ll be honest:
The level of income depends on a number of factors.
I know people who make $500 extra cash per month, I know people who make $50,000 per month, and I know people who are millionaires.
Everyone has different goals, different niches, different skill set.
But I promised you real stories, so here they are.
One of my friends Vitaliy Gershfeld shared how much he made from one program in 2015 alone:
He made about $50,000 in 2015, which came from one program only.
Combine it with the commissions made from Amazon and other programs he’s partnered with?
In some U.S. states, even $50k/year this is considered to be a full-time income.
. Click here to read Vitaliy’s post in full
Another friend of mine, Dylan was able to make over $2k in 6 months.
He gave up on his first website that didn’t bring any money, changed his strategy, followed the training in my favourite online business community and now he’s making thousands of dollars every month through his Amazon niche website only.
When he started new website, in his first month he made $1, and in month 6, he already made $2360.
Read Dylan’s success story here.
I myself made $1500+/month when my Amazon niche website turned 1 years old.
You have every chance to earn as much money per month or even more. Really, the sky is the limit! The amount of money you make online depends on you.
The beauty of having a business on the Internet is that it allows you to create positive cash flow (passive income) with a website and eventually become financially-free.
Here’s the truth:
There is one thing that sets apart those people that earn more money from those people that earn none.
And that’s simply down to hard work (with proper guidance)!
Please understand that there is , avoids scams! NO such thing as getting rich quick
I mentioned it before but please understand that it is extremely important for you to have proper guidance when starting out online.
Becoming a Paid Blogger: My Final Thoughts
Politicians, actors, housewives, soccer players, businessmen, college students, teachers, travellers, writers, plumbers and gamers – all these people have blogs.
Many of them don’t just blog, sharing their news, thoughts, ideas and observations with readers and viewers, but they also make decent money with it.
If you want to join them, then you already know how.
(And not as a freelance writer but as a blogger on your own platform.)
Hopefully my post helped you understand how you can become a blogger and get paid over and over again. That’s the power of passive income.
The universal secret of a successful blog:
its high-quality content, and,
a smart approach to its monetization.
Even though building an online business with your own website is a PROCESS, it is absolutely possible to succeed with proper guidance.
The way I started my online journey was thanks to Wealthy Affiliate platform and it remains to be my #1 recommendation for beginners.
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I’d like to hear from YOU:
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Was there anything in this post that you need clarification on?
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