How To Make Money With A Blog For Beginners

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If you’re new to blogging, it can be difficult know how to start making money with a blog or if it’s even possible. In reality, there are many different ways beginners can make money with a simple website. In this article, I’ll tell you how to make money with a blog for beginners and show you how it’s really possible!

How To Make Money With A Blog For Beginners

If you’re a beginner, two of the best ways to make money with a blog are with Google AdSense and affiliate marketing programs. Some bloggers exclusively use Google AdSense, others exclusively use affiliate marketing programs, but a majority of bloggers incorporate both marketing strategies into their content. Here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of each:

Google AdSense

Google AdSense is considered to be one of the best ad networks for beginners because it is the largest, most popular, and most reputable advertising network on the internet. With Google AdSense, ads are placed on your website and you’ll receive a small amount of money any time someone looks or clicks on your ad.

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A look at data from Google AdSense. (Zoom in for a closer look!)

Full disclosure — at first, you probably won’t make very much money with Google AdSense. In fact, most people only make a few pennies right after being approved. However, once you start to receive lots of traffic on your blog (probably because you read our articles on organic traffic and SEO strategies to rank well in Google), you’ll be able to start earning life-changing amounts of revenue.

Affiliate Marketing Programs

Another great way for beginners to make money using a blog is with affiliate marketing programs. When I first started blogging, I used affiliate marketing programs to generate hundreds of dollars in referrals for a daily fantasy sports website. Affiliate marketing programs work like this: you sign up for an affiliate program, drive traffic to someone else’s website, and get a small percentage of any sale made by anyone who uses your affiliate link. Simple, right?

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A look at my early success as an affiliate marketer.

Let me explain the process using an example affiliate program. For beginners, one of the best ways to make money with a blog by affiliate marketing is with the Amazon Associates program. First, you find a product that you want to drive traffic to, usually one that relates to the content of your website. Then, Amazon gives you a unique tracking link. If anyone visits Amazon via your link and purchases any product (it doesn’t have to be the product you linked directly to), you get a small percentage of the total sale once that item ships.

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A look at the Amazon Associates dashboard.

The most difficult part for beginners when it comes to making money through affiliate programs is getting the ball rolling. It’s not too difficult to write content surrounding an affiliate product, but driving traffic to that webpage can be a bit difficult. Fortunately, we’ll show you everything you need to know about SEO, so people will find your blog post organically!

Wrapping It Up: How Beginners Can Optimize Their Blogs To Maximize Ad Revenue

Now you know exactly how beginners can make money with a blog. If you want to take it a step further and learn how to optimize your content so you can make as much money as possible, we recommend that you read our article on getting approved for Google AdSense (insert hyperlink) and check out our BlogWinners course, which will show you how to create a profitable website using the knowledge you already have.

In our BlogWinners course, we’ll show you how to structure blog posts that are optimized for all types of advertising, as well as many proven strategies about how you can generate HUNDREDS of dollars per month with affiliate programs.

Thanks for reading,
The BlogWinners Team


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