I don’t do gimmicks or get rich quick schemes. Just wanted to make that perfectly clear. If you think you can make money blogging with a WordPress blog overnight, then sorry I can’t help you.
As for how to make money with a WordPress blog in 48 hours, your chances are slim. Now it could be possible if you know what you’re doing, but the amount would be small. Tiny might be a better word and you probably won’t get your hands on the money until 6 weeks later.
So as I said. Not a get rich quick scheme.
That said, WordPress is still my favourite way to make money online.
The Right Mindset to Make Money with WordPress
FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m a full-time blogger and most of my income comes from my lifestyle blog, not from blogging about blogging. Yes really! It’s far easier to make money blogging about your pet topic. Mine happens to be running and if I’m not out running I’ll happily talk or write about it!
You don’t need to be a terrific writer or a technical genius to make money blogging with WordPress. But you do need to be willing to learn and make the most of your skills.
Hate writing, keep it to a minimum and use your blog as a conduit for your videos and podcasts.
Struggle with tech? You can produce a blog like this one without any coding skills. You just need to be able to follow instructions and apply some dogged determination to get the job done.
My start a blog guide will help:
Blogging isn’t for the fainthearted. If you’re going to be put off every time you hit a problem, maybe blogging isn’t for you.
The people making a full-time income from blogging have worked for it. They’ve worked hard. They didn’t just wake up one day with sand between their toes and a bank account full of money.
As my Gran used to say: “If it was that easy everyone would be rich”.
How much money can you make from WordPress?
I’d be really surprised if you could find an honest answer googling this question.
There are people making a ton of money from blogging on WordPress and there are some people making no money at all.
Which of these two types of bloggers will be making the most noise about their earnings? Yep, you’ve guessed it, those 6-figure plus earners – especially if they’re trying to get you to sign up for their expensive course.
Now I do know genuine 6-figure earners who are quietly making a fantastic income. Most of them are in niches where they have no need to boast about their income – parenting, crafting, food-related…These are all terrific niches for making money:
It takes time, persistence, and a willingness to learn and continually improve your blog to make this type of money. A lot of time writing content.
Just be wary of bloggers who inflate their income by buying traffic. Those adverts you continually see on Facebook… They’re 6-Figure bloggers who earn very little by the time they’ve paid for their advert campaigns.
It’s a legitimate way to make money but the margins are increasingly small. all fighting for traffic on a social media platform saturated with adverts. I often think the only people making money from Facebook ads are of course Facebook, and the people flogging the courses about how to make money with Facebook ads. But I could be wrong.
SEO for Bloggers
It just seems to make far more sense writing terrific posts and getting ranked on Google for lots of FREE organic traffic.
All you need to do this is learn a little SEO:
For most people, with enough time and some hard work, you can make a living out of blogging. You may add to your income with a blogging related services such as copy-writing, digital marketing…
It could be a good living. Will it be a 6-figure income with sun, sand, and sangria? That’s down to you and a sprinkling of luck. I’d rather you kept your feet on the ground. Keep it real and aim for $500-$1000 first.
How to Make Money with a Blog for Beginners
My start a blog guide will take you through all the basics of how to make money with a WordPress blog from hosting to tags, categories, plugins, and the techy stuff that makes your blog function correctly.
How to earn money with WordPress
- How to choose the right blog topic.
- Build your blog.
- Your essential guide to WordPress.
- Write your first blog post.
- Your blog design and theme.
- Choose your email service.
- Start making money.
If you don’t start your blog, you’ll never make any money!
How to Make Money Blogging with a WordPress Blog
To make money with a WordPress blog you have to go through all the start up and launch process, write your posts and discover how to attract traffic.
Good traffic is the essential ingredient to making money from your blog. It’s best to set your sights on an easy target when you first set up your blog.
Aim to make your first $100. Why? If you can make $100 you can make $1000. Your first $100 is often the hardest. It’s proof your blog idea actually works!
Start an Email List
It’s far easier to make money from a blog if you have the means to build relationships with your readers. The money is in the list.
By this I mean convincing people to sign up for your email list. It’s a way for reminding people to keep returning to your blog and reading your posts (and ultimately buying your recommended products).
It doesn’t mean spamming people. Oh no! You only want people to sign up for your list who are genuinely interested in your advice. Otherwise it’s a complete waste of time – for you and your readers.
That doesn’t mean everyone on your list is going to become a source of income, but they may become fans of your posts and share your words with their own followers. This will help to build your following of interested people.
Being helpful and growing your influence are the most important aims of your beginner blog. It’s a vital step before you dive in and start making money.
The Types of Blogs that Make Money
The joy of blogging is the sheer variety of different types of blogs. You can literally blog about anything. But do you need to stick to a set list of topics to make money?
My top 10 suggestions are:
- Personal Finance And Making Money
- Health And Fitness
- Diet And Nutrition
- Food And Healthy Eating
- DIY And Crafting
- Home Decor
- Beauty And Fashion
- Personal Development
You can read more about finding your blog topic in my post:
Your blog needs to fulfill a need.
If you’re a one-person blogger, I figure the types of blogs that make money are ones that fulfill a need. That may be getting your child to eat peas, losing a bit of weight, or making a patchwork quilt.
Basically someone has a need and your blog provides the solution. The more essential the need – getting a date when you’re a 40 year old virgin, advice that works to run a three hour marathon, the greater the value attached to your topic.
It needs to be a popular topic.
There’s another factor that comes into play – popularity.
No-one is going to pay much for a simple bread making recipe. Does this mean bread making is a lousy money-making blog topic? I doubt it. Pinterest has consistently high search traffic for bread making topics. It’s an incredibly popular topic.
When you have a very popular topic with a large audience, advertising can be the obvious way to make money. It becomes an easy passive income way to monetize your blog.
Plus you can also add an ebook with 100 different bread-making recipes or even a course on the perfect way to get your bread to rise.
There’s no paint by numbers answer to picking a blog topic.
I still stand by my view that a money making blog needs to fulfill a need, must be reasonably popular and should be something you want to write about. It helps if you’re knowledgeable too.
It’s also important to have a clear idea of how you can make money for your blog topic.
Your niche doesn’t have to be narrow. Some blogs do well with a range of topics. BUT there’s always some link between these topics.
Know who you’re writing for.
Successful bloggers have a clear idea of who they’re writing for. You don’t see young fashion and tips for teething babies on the same blog. Or a blog about exotic travel next to a piece about where to find the cheapest burger.
It sounds obvious really yet it’s so easy to get wrong.
Conclusion – Making Money with a WordPress Blog
If you’ve made it through this post and followed my Start A Blog guide you’re well on your way to making money from your blog – congratulations.
Takeaway tips are:
- Be persistent – it will take time to grow your blog and make money but it’s so worth it!
- Blog about a popular topic or related set of topics.
- Look for different ways to make money from your blog. The best blogs diversify their income streams.
- Don’t always believe those 6-Figure incomes you read about on FaceBook. There are bloggers earning terrific money from blogging but most of these bloggers are working below the radar and not shouting about their income. They’re quietly writing posts about cooking, crafting, parenting, and countless other popular topics.