Let’s clear up a few obvious points. If you want to make money from blogging, you really have one of 2 options:
- Start a blog and control your destiny
- Blog professionally as a content writer
That’s the first choice you need to make.
At Blogired, we support both choices, but we also prefer ownership and control over our destiny. So the focus of this article is on starting a blog - and how to make money blogging in 2019 as a consequence (intended or by luck).
If you haven’t started a blog already, head over to our Guide to Start a Blog in 2019 or our quick reference on How to Start a Blog in 2019. Follow the steps to get your blog up and running - it will take you less than 30 minutes - and head back to this article.
Next - and this is probably the most important piece of advice we can (and want to) give you - don’t compromise your values in the pursuit of monetizing your blog. It’s not worth it - and your audience will see through it. Be transparent about what you’re doing and offering. As an example, Blogired is funded by affiliate links to blog hosts, WordPress themes and a few very important related product and services. We disclose that throughout Blogired. However, either on this site or other sites that the Blogired Team are involved with (now or in the past), we’ve actually used these service providers. We have first hand knowledge of the experience. So, when you decide to monetize your blog, first ask yourself whether you’d actually consider purchasing or using the product / service yourself. If you have doubts, then just don’t do it.
Then, remember that it’s 2019. Please, ignore all the 1990s / early 2000s tacky advice about writing a DIY book for people to download. “Everybody” has one. We’ve moved beyond that.
With that said, here are the best ways to monetize your blog and make money blogging in 2019:
- Google AdSense - we don’t use them anymore, but we certainly have in the past.
- Promoting your offline business - that would mean this your blog is a business blog that promotes your business. Excellent.
- Providing services such as freelancing, coaching, training, design and copywriting - in which case your blog is a portfolio to showcase your talent. Also, excellent. You’re adding value!
- Products, but remember our caution about eBooks and the like. Perhaps you’re selling merchandise. A physical thing is great - and people know what they’re purchasing. Just make sure you get your logistics right so that your customers actually get their purchase.
- Premium content - if you offer something that others don’t, then this is a good approach. People will pay for value added offerings - we do!
- Affiliate networks - but make sure they are aligned to the purpose of your blog.
- General advertising.