Welcome to Day 4!
Making money is always a popular topic. There are quite a few ways to make money blogging, and I’m going to talk about them today.
Before going any farther, I want to address one concern I’ve had people ask – is it okay to make money (and to want to make money) from a faith blog? My opinion is, yes. It is absolutely okay to earn an income through your faith blog. In fact, I would recommend from the beginning setting everything up so that you can make money. You will be able to pay for your hosting and other fees. You might even make enough for extra pocket money and more for giving. Plus, you could build it and end up making a part or even a full time income. Many faith bloggers do this very thing. I am one of them! Just don’t let money be your driving force behind sharing your faith.
Below are some more common questions about making money blogging.
Can I make money since I’m a new blogger?
Yes, as a new blogger you can absolutely make money. Just because other bloggers have been writing longer than you doesn’t mean there isn’t room for you, too. You have your own niche and your own perspective. There’s lots of room for you to make money.
One thing I need to mention is that as a new blogger you may not have a large audience yet and because of that, you might not make much at first. I remember when I first began I would look at my display advertising income for the day which was about 5 cents. Yes, cents! Ha Ha! I would call my sister and we would laugh and just say, well, I guess I won’t retire yet. But that 5 cents grew over time and with consistent work. And yours will, too.
How long will it to start making money blogging?
Everyone and every blog is different, so there’s not a definite answer here. For me, I gradually got past that 5 cents little bits at a time. Eventually, I made dollars and then tens of dollars. As I look back at my own income statistics, it took me about 8 months to make $300 a month which finally made me feel like I had a part-time job with my blog. Since then, my income has grown. I plan to continue to work towards growth financially so that I can live more freely and spend more time doing what I love – writing about my faith.
All bloggers are different, though. I know some who made thousands a month within their first year and some who still don’t make a couple hundred after many years. It’s all how you focus your time and intentions.
Blogging definitely isn’t a get rich quick job. If you want to build income, be prepared to put the time in. Learn as much as you can, and never be afraid to implement new things.
Where does blog income come from?
Blogging income comes from a variety of places. I will share a few here:
- Display ads – this was the first way I monetized my blog. I used Google AdSense to start. When you use display ads, you get paid from Google or from any of the other companies displaying their ads. There are other companies you can use, too, such as Monumetric, Mediavine, and AdThrive. Some of these companies have a minimum pageview requirement. With Google Adsense, though, you don’t have to have a certain number of pageviews. Once you’re approved for their program, you create the ad and insert it into your blog. The other companies I mentioned here do have required pageviews, but they also have people who manage the ads for you so that you don’t have to.
- Product sales – the 2nd way I monetized was through product sales. This has been my most profitable. I sell my own products of devotional books, retreat resources, and affirmation card sets. I know lots of bloggers who sell ebooks, printables, and other products. The products you sell can be digital or they can be an actual physical product you ship to a customer.
- Affiliate Marketing – I use affiliate marketing, too. This is where you sign up through a company or with a business and create links to products. When a reader clicks on your link and then buys something, you get a commission. It doesn’t cost the buyer anything extra, and it’s a great way to earn some extra money. I was excited that bloggers in Missouri (where I live) finally are allowed to be Amazon affiliates. If you are in a state where you can be an Amazon affiliate, I recommend signing up.
- Direct advertising – this is when someone pays you to place an advertisement directly on your blog. Just like with a newspaper or magazine, you can sell the space to other companies. Direct advertising can make you even more money than display advertising per ad.
- Sponsored posts – these are when a company pays you to write a post about them or a specific product they offer. I haven’t written sponsored posts yet, but I plan to look into writing them this year.
There are other ways to get paid blogging, but these are the most common and are the ones I’m familiar with.
Payment is usually made through PayPal, but you could also receive a check.
What products could I sell as a faith blogger?
Faith bloggers can sell a variety of products. As I mentioned above, I sell books of devotions, printable affirmation cards, retreat resource ebooks, and a variety of other things. You could sell bible studies you create, graphics and themes for different studies or small group gatherings, or anything else. You are only limited by what you can think up.
I hope that I’ve given you some good information on how you can make money with your faith blog. Think about how you might want to monetize your blog. If you’re interested in selling products, what ideas can you come up with that you would enjoy selling?
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