While I do love blogging as a concept and as a "hobby" - I have to admit;
I only started blogging because I wanted to make money.
Every single word I've ever written online was with the intent that it will go on and make me money sometime in the near future.
While I don't think I need to convince you that blogging (when done right) can definitely earn some life-changing money - many just can't seem to do it.
I've been in that position; and I know how frustrating it is to see bloggers sharing "$30,000 p/month income reports" leaving you feeling lost and hopeless.
Well - I have news for you; if you can't make money blogging; you are simply not doing things right.
As I said; making money was/is my only goal and while I do enjoy helping people and providing information that can help you progress; I’m only typing this post because I know it will make me money.
One of my favourite quotes is “you don’t know what you don’t” and I’ll even add that;
The reason you can’t make money online is because of what you know and what you don’t know.
In January of 2018, I finally made the switch and went full-time online.
I now run my main website (this one) + a handful of niche websites that produce recurring income for me without ever having to work.
This is what I want to teach you how to do today.
First and foremost; if you want to make money blogging; you need to start treating it like a business!
I hate to break it to you, but blogging about your day as if it were your personal journal will likely never make you money.
Over the years – after an obscene amount of testing and failing – I have found that a particular type of blog posts can go on to make money – and you’d be surprised as to how much a single can produce in the long term.
Just to give you an example; my Amazon Associates guide has earned me well over $100,000 since publishing and if you go and check it out; you’d see that it’s no Pulitzer prize-winning piece of journalism, but it does serve a specific purpose.
In this guide, I am going to share with you these 4 types of blog posts that I have been using to make a full-time income online.
Ready to start earning like your favourite bloggers?
The 4 Money-Making Blog Posts You Need To Use
Many will tell you that while product reviews were money-makers back in the day – they simply do not work today.
Congratulations; they’re wrong.
Product reviews how they were being done back in the day won’t work anymore – but if you know how to do them right; they still are the best “blog post type” that will generate passive income for you.
In the “good ole days” you could publish a 500-word piece about your favourite camera tripod and you’re good to go.
Fortunately – or unfortunately – depends on how you want to look at it; these type of reviews simply do not work anymore.
Nowadays you have to go above and beyond and deliver reviews that actually deliver helpful information.
If you know how to craft reviews that can both educate a potential customer and also use specifically designed words to sell it to them; you are in for a treat.
I have a free video course that covers all that needs to go into creating a kick-ass review so take a look at that if you’re serious about making money – but here’s one tip I’ll share with you right now:
Answer every single possible question that a potential customer may have about a specific product/service/tool/gadget you are promoting.
Your job is to give the reader more than what they expected and the only question that needs to remain after reading your review is;
Where is my card? I need to but this!
Again; I refer you to the video course for more information on how to exactly achieve that.
While I am a massive believer in well-crafted product reviews; they can become tiring to write and they do take a lot of time to do (remember you have to research a product like no one has ever researched it).
An excellent way to go about this is to create roundup lists of products or services.
- 10 Compact Slow Cookers Under $50
- 50 Yoga Accessories You Never Know You Needed
- 5 Self-Cleaning Aquariums You Can Set & Forget
Such “reviews” are a great way to get people sucked into your content.
What’s the difference between roundup lists and reviews?
If I am looking to buy a self-cleaning aquarium, a roundup list likely what I will read first as it gives me an idea of what’s on the market.
Once I find the one I like, I then might look for a review on that specific aquarium.
“Self-Clear Aquarium 3.0 Review”
You’d do best to have both the roundup list available and also the review that you can link to.
This creates a flowing synergy and you build up a momentum to convince the customer to purchase.
Another alternative to reviews is doing comparison posts:
“Self-Clear Aquarium vs Aqua Fresh Aquarium”.
This too gives you an excellent opportunity to showcase your knowledge and information about the products and thus build up confidence in the reader.
Of course; I am using aquariums as an example here but these posts can be applied to any niche and any product sector (physical and digital).
Last but not least, it’d be wise to create a resource page on your website/blog that lists all the favourite items/tools that you use.
As your authority and trust grow with your readers, readers will start reaching out to you to get your opinion on what they should buy.
Unless you want to keep writing the same reply over and over again; a resource page with all the products you recommend will be useful to point them to.
Of course; your resource page and every other type of blog post mentioned above all need to be monetised for them to make money.
This is what I will talk to you about next;
How Do You Make Money From Blog Posts?
The way I make money with such blog posts is through affiliate marketing.
It’s not a topic I can quickly explain here as it won’t do it justice, but I have a great guide on affiliate links and how to use them here if you are interested.
Adsense or Affiliate Marketing?
Adsense – for those who do not know – is an advertising platform by Google that allows you to show ads on your website.
If a reader clicks on one of those ads, you earn a few cents.
This method also works well and in all honesty; you don’t need to create the type of blog posts mentioned above – any type of post can generate traffic if promoted right.
However; there is one flaw with this:
If you’re just starting out and you have a small audience; then this simply would not work as well as expected.
You need to have at least 20,000 page views a month to start making some serious income with this and I know that many beginners simply are not there yet.
The methods and post-types mentioned above will allow you to start earning even if you just have 500 people a month coming to your website.
This may surprise you, but small websites can still earn significant income!
How To Do A Review If You Didn’t Buy The Product?
Another common “roadblock” many have issues with is whether you can review products that you’ve never bought/tried.
Well, you don’t have to buy the product in order to provide a useful review on it.
As I explained above; your reviews need to be spot-on and overflowing with information.
Although it does help if you yourself have the product; if there is a product that you’d like to review; simply research the life out of it and present your findings to your readers.
If you can save readers hours looking for information – many will appreciate it and you can also state in the review that you have not tried the product yourself (but you did research it thoroughly).
Honesty and effort are greatly appreciated online – if you provide people with the best information in the least amount of time – they are going to love you for it.
What about bad reviews? Are those ok?
Yes, they are.
If you do a review of a product that you do not find satisfactory; mention it in your review.
Of course, keep it ethical and honest but do not hold back on your on sharing your thoughts.
You can also then recommend better alternatives, thus indirectly still profiting from a negative review.
Should You Only Publish These Type Of Blog Posts?
Now that I have given you my list of blog posts that make money (and a few other bonus tips), I’d like to add that:
You should not only focus on these type of products.
“How To….” type blog posts are also great and they can drive a lot of traffic to your website (which you can then funnel to your reviews).
Do not just do product reviews as it can be offputting for many – not to mention the adverse effects it can have on the trust factor.
Have a healthy mix of different types of content and just provide the best information that you can.
Final Words + Free Training
Thank you for reading.
I really do hope this has given you some hope (and some practical advice) on how you too can start making money with your blogging “hobby”.
If you’d like to take this a step further and really learn the ins-and-outs of making money online; then it’s my duty to offer you the best information possible.
This is why I’d like to invite you to try out the Wealthy Affiliate University.
It’s where I learned all that I needed to know to be able to sit here and creating this guide for you – I owe all my success to the helpful community and training program in there.