My beginner’s guide on how to become a blogger and get paid for it! (2020)
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 paid blogger yourself?
If that’s the case, then this article is for you.
I have over 3 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!)
According to Forbes, the creator of the YouTube channel PewDiePie Felix Kjellberg earned $ 15 million in 2016 alone.
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.
(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
Photography is the cornerstone of photo-blogs.
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 thedifferent ways bloggers make money online.
1. 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.
2. 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.
4. 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.
5. Affiliate marketing
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.
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.