One of the main questions that people keep asking is if you can really earn money through blogging. The answer is rather complex. Large blogs that have over 10,000 unique visitors each – can be monetized and will generate quite a bit of money. However, not all blogs have that many visitors.
So the question turns into: Can a blog with under 1,000 daily visitors make money? Yes, but most people do not know how to properly monetize it. They also do not take the different stages of a blog’s life cycle into consideration. Blogs, just like wine, can become better and more popular with each passing year. Also, it is impossible to compare a newly created blog with one that has been around for at least a couple of years.
Having said that, this guide will show you everything you need to know in order to monetize blogs that have under 1000 daily visitors. However, please keep in mind that you will not start making money overnight. This process does take a while, but the results are guaranteed.
The first thing you will have to do is determine which stage your blog is at. This will give you a starting point. Yes, you can drive traffic to your website, but the popularity of your website will not grow overnight. Time must pass in order for people to see that your blog has value and that they can rely on your content.
Follow this guide if you’re unsure how to monetize your blog, and even if you know how you should still read over it, you might learn a new monetization method. There is something here for everyone. Try the methods and tips below, and feel free to link to it in your blog if you use any of the tips.
This guide will walk you through 8 amazing ways to monetize your blog if it is getting under 1k visitors per day.
Go through all of them and choose which ones to apply to your website. You can use all of them, or only a few, it is up to you.
1.Consider offering coaching services in order to motivate clients. This is a great way to start making money in a short period of time. You will essentially have to give prospects and customers advice and help them navigate the various challenges that they may encounter in life.
Keep in mind that the coaching industry generates a yearly revenue of $2 billion. Individuals such as Jenni Elliot, the founder of TheBlogMaven earns $397 on one-to-one coaching sessions that are centered on developing blogs. She earns money, and her students learn valuable lessons, so it is a win-win situation.
You can start doing this yourself regardless of how new you are at blogging, or how much experience you’ve gained since you started. If you start offering a coaching service, you will earn money. However, you must understand that a coach helps people as they go through various challenges and helps them stay positive in order to resolve difficult situations.
This is where your blog becomes a perfect platform through which to create a loyal audience.
There is a large number of bloggers who have started out as online coaches. And all of them have struggled to attract clients, at first. However, once they started using social media in order to become more and more popular, people started flocking to them, seeking help.
The main reason that becoming a coach is profitable is that people are always looking for ways to learn new skills and to better themselves. Most will always choose to do so through human interaction, rather than having to look up information in a book, or on endless web pages. Also, coaching creates more dramatic results than other ways of acquiring information.
A good example of this fact is Walk of Life Consulting. 98% of their clients stated that they have managed to make their CV more compelling through the use of achievement statements, and 87% reported that they’ve made their LinkedIn profile more effective as a result of coaching sessions.
Now, there are many areas that you could become a coach in. Another one of the most popular types of coaching today is life coaching. If you choose to offer these services, then you will have to commit to helping people deal with problems in their personal and professional lives, in a constructive manner.
You could help people develop habits that will enable them to be more productive, or keep up with the developments that are taking place in a certain industry. The possibilities are endless. Just think about something that you know and others would like to learn and you can start coaching. If you do a good job with the first clients, they will advise others to seek your help and you will make more money. Also, some of your clients may return and pay for your services again, if their experience with you was pleasant and profitable.
You might wonder how to promote your coaching services on your blog. You should first focus on creating content that your clients and prospects will find interesting or useful. For example, if you want to offer coaching services to freelance writers, then write articles that will cater to their needs, such as:
- How to attract new clients;
- Great tips to nurture prospects;
- A guide to generating and capturing leads;
- How to retain existing clients;
- What to do with difficult customers;
- Best practices when it comes to branding;
- Case studies for content creation and copywriting;
Also keep in mind that when you are offering coaching services, you will need to develop a strong value proposition, in order to be noticed in a market that is already saturated. Think of a reason why people should pay for your services, instead of going to a different coach.
If you’re not exactly sure how to do this, then just take a look at the founder of ADaringAdventure.com, Tim Brownson. He branded himself as “the life coach who gets people unstuck”, and this made individuals curious with regard to what he could offer them. Now, after 10 years, his clients have come to trust him due to his ingenuity, knowledge, and instincts.
If you are determined to be a successful coach, counter intuitive as it may seem, don’t follow other coaches in order to understand what they are doing right. You simply have to focus on your blog and on creating quality content. Do your own thing and do it well, you are the coach, after all.
The best way to show others that you know what you are doing is to do it on a regular basis. Create content daily and others will see that you take your job seriously. Also, never underestimate the power of case studies. Include them into what you post, as often as possible.
As with any business, you must “tell” others that they want your products and services. People rarely know what the want, however, when someone tells them that they should get a product and assure them that it will fix their problems, they will buy.
If you’ve set your mind to become a coach, then you will need to do three things:
- You will have to teach prospects how to organize their lives in terms of setting and attaining goals, overcoming challenges, and resolve difficult situations, through methods that are both easy to apply and also show results extremely fast;
- You must improve the prospects’ perception about their businesses, and work to make them trust your advice in order to reach their goals;
- Teach your customers constructive processes that will help them, while also encouraging them to ask any questions that they may have. This will motivate them to succeed;
The main goal of coaching is to help your clients reach their objectives. This will, in turn, make you money and also bring you more potential clients. It’s an endless cycle where, if you do a good job, you will earn more money, which in turn brings you more clients, and if they are satisfied, they will send others your way.
Consider the story of Todd R. Tresidder who helped entrepreneur Gary Craig grow his monthly profits from $5,000 to $50,000.
You need to understand the fact that a coach is an entrepreneur. You will practically run a business where your service will be sold, advertised, and bought. Your abilities and knowledge are valuable commodities and you must learn how to market them properly, or face failure.
Most mediocre coaches tend to give up when things become too difficult; however, those who constantly force themselves to move forward and to further develop their entrepreneurial skills achieve success.
For example, a coach that only makes $8 per hour, could be able to make $125 per hour, as long as he or she approaches the activity as an entrepreneur.
- Turn into an in-demand blogger
If you’re reading this guide, chances are that you are already a blogger. This means that you already possess the skills that are needed in order to become an on-demand freelance blogger.
Blogger who fall in this category, such as Linda Formichelli, make $250 per hour, or more. This is due to the fact that there is a large number of brands who are looking for bloggers that will help them promote their products and services, or increase brand awareness. Becoming a freelance blogger can essentially turn your life around in terms of money.
About 65% of the total number of freelancers consider that their life has improved over the course of last year, and 19% have earned more than $50,000. There are also some (5%) who have managed to make six-figure profits. More than half of all freelancers do it full time.
To define the term, freelance writers are individuals who write articles on various topics, for a wide range of purposes. Companies pay them in order to create content. Now, a freelance blogger is a little different, in the sense that he also understands how the audience of a particular blog thinks, and how to create content that will spark their interest.
There are quite a few good freelance bloggers who earn a living by selling their abilities to various brands and companies. The biggest clients are B2B and B2C companies who are slowly accepting the fact that content is probably the most powerful tool at their disposal in terms of attracting leads and catering to the needs of an audience.
It is estimated that approx. 54% of all B2B marketers will increase the amount of money that they spend on content in the next year. This is extremely interesting news, considering that they are currently spending about $44 billion on content creation.
Content marketing has become a big thing, and content (what else) is its foundation.
You may look at how many bloggers there are on the internet and think that the market is already saturated, however, that is not the case. While there are many people that have created blogs, few of them have developed them properly. Companies are looking for bloggers who know how to handle audiences on social media and have some knowledge about SEO, in addition to being able to write.
Make sure that you are one of them and you will be successful. You may initially have to guest blog on high-traffic websites in order to make a name for yourself, however, once you do this, and also start a bit of social media marketing, your clients will start referring you to others.
- Start creating and selling online courses
You can also monetize blogs that get under 1k daily visitors by creating and selling online courses. In order to do this, you will not need a large number of leads, or too many customers. You will find that the first online course that you sell will make you money from the start.
In order to use this strategy, you will first have to figure out what your audience wants. Look at how many visitors you have each day and then think about what kind of course would suit them. If your audience is all about green energy and protecting the environment, then consider creating and selling a course that will help them integrate DIY recycling systems into their homes.
Also, don’t worry if your first course doesn’t turn out to be amazing. Just make sure that it’s good enough for your audience and improve from there on. You will find that people generally like buying online courses due to the fact that they are extremely convenient.
Now, online courses must revolve around a specific subject, and also have to be extremely well organized. They have a higher perceived value than blog posts due to the fact that people recognize how much time and effort you’ve put into it.
Don’t worry if you create an online course on a topic that has been covered on various websites, or in other courses. People will see it and buy it, as they would any other course, and if they like it, they will buy the next one too.
Also, don’t worry about the fact that people may consider you to be inexperienced. The fact that you are a blogger makes you experienced in the eyes of your target audience.
Creating an online course will do wonders for your blogging career and will enable you to create a platform through which you will be able to deliver your best content only to paying customers.
Online courses, regardless of their subject, are extremely popular. As a result, there are many platforms that create and sell them. However, this also means that the market is constantly changing, and you will have to keep an eye out for anything that may represent an opportunity or that may have a negative impact on your business.
You may have heard of Phil Ebiner. He earns $100,000 per year by selling his courses on Udemy. He may not own or control the platform, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t create the courses and sell them. He also promotes them with the help of his blogs and his social media accounts.
Another example is Corbett Carr, who earned $1.6 million by sharing a video case study done on 10 merchants.
Most instructors that use Udemy in order to sell their courses earn about $7000 per month, however, earning more is not particularly difficult.
These are only a few examples of people who sell their courses on a third-party platform, but there is nothing stopping you from selling yours through your blog.
You could also use one of the following premium course plugins for WordPress:
- Zippy Courses;
- WP CourseWare;
- Woothemes Sensei;
Being a blogger, you will be able to create courses on any topic that you can think of, however, make sure that people will be interested in them. In other words, make sure that you help people fix a problem that they have, or help them learn a new skill.
- Earn money by writing and selling Kindle books
Another great way to make money when your blogs gets under 1000 daily visitors is by writing short ebooks.
There are many people who are using Amazon Kindle publishing in order to do just that.
U.S. ebook sales revenue has been constantly growing in the last couple of years, and it will certainly continue to do so. If people are buying more books it means that you should definitely try to make sure that they also buy yours.
Amazon Kindle is the best platform to publish your books on due to the fact that it is used by about 47% of ebook readers, so you’re bound to be successful.
People also know that Amazon is a trusted website, so they won’t need much convincing in order to purchase your Kindle ebook. Most shoppers believe that Amazon passes its credibility to the products it sells, including (your) ebooks.
For example, Stefan Pylarinos, a 21-year old blogger started his Kindle publishing career and earns quite a bit of money from ebook sales, and his online course about how to create and earn money from publishing on Amazon Kindle. Just to clarify, he made over $1.1 million in 2015, from his online business.
Having said that, you will have to work hard in order to publish books regularly if you want to make a living from Kindle books. Your monthly profit will grow with each published eBook.
You will have to write several short ebooks, as the profit from each will add up. On its own, a book that is usually priced between $0.99 and $4.00 will only make you about $350 per month. However, if you publish 20 books, things change.
Start writing if you feel that this method suits you, and keep in mind that while Amazon will sell your books, you can also pre-sell your titles using your blog and then redirect customers to your Kindle bookstore.
Furthermore, you can use your blog in order to promote Kindle books, to give discounts, or even to organize contests and give away free copies. Once people read the books that you give them, they will leave a review on Kindle and this will boost sales.
The best part is that you won’t have to spend any money in order to promote your Kindle books. You will be able to use your blog in order to reach out to your audience and let them know that it’s out there. Look at an ebook the same way you would look at any other piece of content, as you market it on your blog.
Steve J. Scott uses his blog as a platform to promote his book and earns more money from Amazon Kindle than from other platforms.
Some marketers have even found a way to earn money from Kindle Books without writing a word. They have just outsourced the content creation and then promoted the book through their blogs.
A good example of this strategy is Arman Assadi who paid only $375 for his first book and is now earning $2,500 per month from publishing Kindle books that have been written by someone else.
Average authors and bloggers are currently earning over $1,000,000 from publishing and selling ebooks, on all platforms.
- Earn money from private label rights
There are over 50 ways through which marketers can earn money with private label rights products (PLR), however, doing so requires a lot of attention to detail.
It is extremely important not to use the product word-for-word. It is usually a good idea to spin it until it is at least 65% unique. Also, once you understand what PLR rights you have, you will be able to repackage the product and earn money by selling it.
However, let’s first establish what private label rights are.
Private label rights products are pre-written content that individuals may claim as their own without having to face any legal consequences.
It was once possible to create a new website and to populate it with PLR articles in order to build an audience. However, this has changed when Google imposed rules and restrictions according to which duplicating content can get a website penalized.
Luckily, there are ways around this. If you’re new to the blogging industry, you can leverage other people’s products.
Creating content from scratch (especially written) is usually difficult. Many of those who make their first blogs do not have the needed experience in order to create quality content. This strategy can help you avoid the complicated creation process and take the short route to success.
PLR essentially allows you to become an author in a field that you know too little about in order to write an entire book. A good example would be using PLR articles about graphical design in order to write and publish a book on the subject, even if you may not personally know very much about it.
Another use for PLR articles is generating content for your website. Keep in mind that you should take three factors into consideration when looking for these articles:
- Ensure that the content was recently developed;
- Make sure that it was written by someone who has a reputation in his field;
- Make sure that it was published in limited circulation;
The majority of bloggers and online marketers tend to have a hard time earning money with PLR products because they use the content word-for-word on their blogs. There are even people who create ebooks without changing anything from the source material.
When you find a quality PLR product, you need to make an effort and modify it so that it is at least 30-40% unique. Great PLR content can be found on websites such as InDigitalWorks or PLRWholesaler.
However, you can do much more with PLR products than rewriting them. Most PLR content is focused on a profitable niche, or on certain keywords or information that people are interested in.
Look at the subjects of various PLR products and at how they approach various topics. Then take what you’ve learned and create a high-value ebook based on that information, in order to earn a profit.
Tip: If you want to retain credibility and build a brand that targets a cognitive audience, then don’t use PLR articles on your blog.
You can use these products in order to learn about a particular subject; however, ensure that you use it to write your own unique content afterward, and don’t just copy it word-for-word.
PLR products could also be used indirectly, by rewriting them and including them in a giveaway or by sending them to your mailing list.
- You can create a high-converting funnel and start recommending products at the backend
What you do after you’ve convinced people to join your email list is extremely important. Having a good follow-up strategy is extremely important in order to build a strong relationship. Marketing Donut announced that 44% of salespeople usually give up after only one follow-up. You need to do better in order to be successful. The majority of your sales will come from prospects that you turn into buyers, so it’s important to follow up.
You can connect with buyers and sell products at the backend, through follow-up emails. Persistently sending these emails to clients have done wonders for many entrepreneurs and can help you too.
It is extremely easy to make the readers of your blog trust you and buy your products if you establish a relationship with them. This may sound easy, but the majority of bloggers aren’t doing it.
In order to build this relationship, you must first create awareness regarding your primary business. The next step is to lead your prospects through a funnel, while delivering as much value as possible, through your content, in every sentence.
Before doing anything, you must first understand that selling to your readers is perfectly acceptable. However, the products must be valuable, in order to actually help them in one way or another.
But first, build a relationship with your audience. This will enable you to lead them through a marketing funnel.
The purpose of this funnel is to attract individuals, to convert them into leads and then to make them your customers, which you must continue to cater to afterwards.
When you take potential customers to your marketing funnel, they will opt-in to your email list, which will add them to you follow-up autoresponder. This will be the start of your relationship.
From here on, you will have to feed them quality content in the form of blog posts, videos, eBooks, etc. You can even try asking them what difficulties they’re having, and then to use that information in order to create better-targeted content.
You, as a blogger, must realize that the end goal of this process is to convert visitors into customers. You will be able to make money, even if you don’t have time to blog every day. You just have to take care of those in your email list and turn them into your clients.
You can include any kind of content that they may find useful, including affiliate links, ebooks, and others. Also, consider recommending the same products that have helped you achieve your goals.
Bloggers like Gael Breton and Mark Webster used a relationship funnel in order to make money. After developing their first product, they gave some of it away in order to create leads. Their decision brought them 301 emails, which they nurtured and generated $2,684 in 30 days.
- Find influencers in the same niche and build relationships with them
One of the biggest reasons for which many product launches fail is the lack of preparation. Many companies spend time and money in order to design and manufacture a product but never put in the effort needed to market them.
Making money online requires more than driving traffic to your blog and generating leads. These are only the first steps that you must make in order to make a living from your online business.
Studies have shown that almost 80% of marketing leads never convert into sales. This is the main reason for which some companies have poor product launches.
You need to generate a certain type of leads in order to be successful. Unfortunately, there is little chance that you will have these types of leads when starting out to monetize your newly created blog; however, there are ways around this problem. You can always leverage influencers’ audiences.
If you have an idea for a product or service, don’t try to do everything by yourself. This is usually the cause that leads to the failure of many product launches. Instead, consider asking for help. Doing so will lower the chance that you will be overwhelmed, or that you will overlook an important element that may be vital to the success of the launch.
In order to be able to ask for help, you must first build relationships with influencers in your niche and leverage their influence in order to create and launch your service or product.
This having been said, do not ignore the importance of generating leads. Start pre-selling and communicating with prospects a while before the product’s release.
The best course of action would be to build a landing page in order to collect emails before the launch. Statistics show that 61% of B2B marketers usually send their leads directly to sales. Unfortunately, only 27% of those are qualified.
This is where leveraging the efforts of influencers comes in. This could be the most powerful marketing tool at your disposal.
Take, for example, Sujan Patel who connected and built relationships with both influencers, as well as with professional growth hackers before releasing his ebook. This strategy enabled him to sell 10,000 books in only 6 months
- Start launching virtual summits
Any kind of blogger, with any level of experience, can monetize his blog by launching virtual summits. These are constantly growing in popularity nowadays, and are efficient in establishing relationships with influencers. In the long run, influencers can bring you credibility, reach, and engagement, which are vital if you want to make money online.
Virtual conferences and summits are one of the more underrated marketing tools that marketers sometimes use.
However, they are also effective. Aj Amyx earned $16,000 with a virtual summit. There are many success stories that revolve around this tactic. There are some bloggers who have even managed to make a six-figure incomes from virtual conferences and summits.
You may ask yourself if there is a difference between these summits and podcasts. Well, the main difference is the format. In an online summit, influencers and experts in a certain niche give advice to audience members through video feeds.
A good success example is Navid Moazzez who is considered to be one of the most influential branding summit experts around. He created his first summit in 2013, after the death of his younger brother, and earned $60,000 in sales from a list of only 1,500 people.
There are also examples of individuals who grew their lists by using this method. Jan Koch’s email lists grew by 600% when he launched his first virtual summit. As a result, he got featured on major websites and became a strong influencer.
Keep in mind that in order to properly make use of virtual summits, you must conduct A/B tests in order to be certain about your landing page. You will also need to make sure that the project will also be profitable for the experts who will join you.
Also, choose a topic that will call people to action, and ensure that you already have a product that you can sell at the backend.
The most important thing to remember, overall, is that blogging revolves around your audience. Also, while it may sound harsh, the truth is that you can’t actually make much money by ONLY blogging. However, you can earn a considerable profit by promoting or selling products and services.
Most of the bloggers that struggle to make a living from their blog do not realize that the website itself is a tool that must be developed and then used in order to actually earn money.
It is a fact that it may be difficult to make money from internet marketing blogs. This is usually due to the fact that your audience is comprised of bloggers who also want to make money. However, you can always target other industries and earn money that way.
As you’ve seen in this guide, you don’t actually need to know a great deal about a niche in order to build a blog around it and to target and gather an audience. You just have to be determined and organized, and will certainly be successful.
Keep in mind that most of the successful bloggers that you see online earn most of their money from industries outside of internet marketing. Consider Darren Rowse. He earns money from this Digital Photography School. Or Ryan Deiss who generates an annual six-figure income from SurvivalLife.
Be consistent, focus on doing things the right way and you will have no problems in monetizing your blog, without much effort.