One of the most important milestones for any new blogger is earning $100 per month from your blog. It’s kind of a proof of concept. If you are able to grow your blog to achieve this level of income, you’re already more successful than the vast majority of bloggers. You’re well on your way to earning a full-time income from your blog. In this guide, I explain in an honest and realistic way, how to make $100 per month blogging. This guide will work for pretty much any niche.
For this guide, I’ll assume that you already have your blog up and running. If you don’t, check out this step-by-step guide to starting a blog from The Blog Starter.
Before you begin, you should know that the road to earning $100 per month with your blog will be slow and bumpy. It took me a year and a half to hit this milestone. Blogging is a grind and there will be many setbacks along the way. Expect to spend 1-3 years working on your blog before you see your first $100 month. If you can stick to it through the rough times, you will see success.
Table of Contents: How to Build a $100 Per Month Blog
- Gaining Traffic
- Article Topics and Keyword Research
- Writing and Producing Content
- Social Media and Marketing
- Building Backlinks
- Guest Posting
- Monetizing your blog
- Affiliate Marketing
- Selling Your Own Products
- A Few Helpful Tips
- My Road to $100 Per Month
How to Grow Blog Traffic
To earn $100 per month blogging, you’ll need around 10,000 visitors per month on the high end. If you’re blogging in a highly profitable niche like finance, for example, you may achieve your earnings goal with significantly fewer visitors. If you’re blogging in a low earning niche, you may even need more than 10k visitors. In this section, I’ll explain how to grow blog traffic. I’ll outline keyword research, content production, SEO, and social media marketing.
Before you earn any money from your blog, you need to focus on growing your traffic. The more traffic you get, the more ad clicks you’ll eventually get and affiliate sales you’ll make. Unfortunately, gaining traffic is the most difficult step in the process of building a profitable blog.
At this point in the blog building process, don’t worry about monetizing your blog. Chances are, you won’t gain enough traffic for many months unless you get lucky and have a blog post go viral (unlikely). Wait until you grow your blog to about 1000-3000 views per month before you start working on monetization.
Blog traffic comes from 4 sources:
- Organic traffic- This is traffic from search engines like Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, Yahoo, etc. Organic traffic is the most profitable and most consistent traffic for most bloggers. The reason is that organic traffic is targeted. When someone finds your article on a search engine, chances are they are interested in the contents. After all, they were just searching for it.
- Social traffic- This is traffic from social networks like Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You grow this traffic by building a social media following. Some bloggers get the majority of their traffic from social media. Most influencers make their living using only social media.
- Referral traffic- This is traffic from other sites that have linked to your blog. In this case, someone clicks a link that someone else posted on their site to your site. You gain this traffic through building backlinks or guest posting on other blogs. More on that later.
- Direct traffic- This traffic comes directly to your site. This means someone must type your domain into the address bar. This traffic mostly comes through name recognition. Once you build a fanbase, those people may visit your site directly.
When you’re just starting out, you’ll want to focus on growing your organic traffic. You do this with high-quality content, keyword research, and SEO.
Keyword Research and Choosing Article Topics
Before you begin writing a blog post, you’ll want to do a bit of keyword research. In this step, your goal is to determine what kinds of words and phrases people are searching for and how many people are searching for them.
You also want to look at the competition for the keywords that you’re trying to rank for. If a topic has already been written about extensively by established sites, you’ll have a difficult time ranking as a new blogger. If competition is low, you have a better chance of ranking.
Keyword research also ensures that you don’t spend time writing about things that people aren’t searching for. If you just start writing blindly about topics that nobody is searching for, you’ll just be wasting your time.
A great way to get started with your keyword research is to simply think about some potential articles related to your niche then start searching for them on Google. See what comes up in the search results. Read the articles that your competitors are writing. From there, you can use a keyword research tool to find more info about your potential keyword. More on that below.
When brainstorming ideas for blog posts, think about things that others might want to learn about your niche. What can you teach people about your niche? Remember, people usually use search engines to find information.
To learn more about keyword research and how to do it, check out this excellent guide from Moz.
Keyword Research Tools
A number of tools are available to help you perform keyword research. Some are free and some cost money. I recommend you save your money and stick with the free options. Especially when you’re just starting out.
I use Google Keyword Planner. You know the data is accurate because it’s coming straight from Google rather than a third-party source. In order to use Keyword Planner, you’ll have to create an account. The tool is free to use.
Another great free tool is Google Trends. This shows you interest in keywords over time. It can also how you interest by geographical region. This information can tell you if your keywords are seasonal or changing in popularity and where in the world people are searching.
In my opinion, paid keyword research tools aren’t really worth the money. With that being said, you might want to give them a try at some point once you gain some experience and start seeing some money come in. To find the one that works best for you, you can take advantage of the free trial period that many companies offer. For some recommendations, check out this great list of the best keyword research tools from Backlinko.
Tip: Focus on Long Tail Keywords When You’re Starting Out
As a new blogger, the easiest way to start ranking articles is by going for the low hanging fruit. That is long tail keywords. These are keywords with 3-5 words or more that are very specific. They usually have a low monthly search volume of 1-100 and low competition.
The main reason to focus on long tail keyword is that they are easier to rank for. As a new blogger, you won’t be able to rank for highly competitive keywords with large search volumes of 1000-10,000 searches per month. Your blog just doesn’t have the authority or backlinks to beat out the competition and rank for those terms.
Long tail keywords are much easier to rank for when you’re just starting out because there are far fewer sites trying to compete for them. This means you have a better chance of getting your article on the first page of search results and bringing in traffic.
Another benefit to ranking for long tail keyword is that they are very targeted. This can lead to more sales and more ad clicks. The reason is that people making long tail searches are looking for something very specific.
Writing an article that brings in 10 visitors per month might not seem like much. And it’s not. If, however, you can write hundreds of articles that rank for long tail keywords, you can bring in a decent amount of traffic. After you build some authority and backlinks, you can start trying to rank for more competitive keywords to bring in even more traffic.
The best way to find long tail keywords is with google search. Start typing a query related to your niche and look at the autocomplete results. This gives you a list of article ideas. Another way to find long tail keywords is to do a search related to your niche then look at the ‘people also ask’ and ‘related search’ boxes on the results page. Make a list of ideas and use a keyword research tool to find the competition and monthly search volumes.
For more info, check out this extensive guide to long tail keywords from Ahrefs.com.
How to Effectively Write and Produce Content to Gain Traffic
I can’t really tell you how to go about writing blog posts. Everyone has a different writing process. What I can tell you is how often to post and how long your posts should be.
When you’re just starting out, you should spend about 80% of your blogging time writing and creating content. Don’t worry about backlinks, social media, guest posts, or monetization just yet. Just keep writing until you have 20-30 solid articles published on your blog.
The overused blogging saying ‘content is king’ is true. The best way to grow your traffic, is to consistently produce detailed and quality content. Most individual bloggers try to post 1-2 articles per week.
Search engine algorithms seem to reward sites that are active. Posting daily would be great but most people don’t have the time or skill to produce a quality article every day. If you post inconsistently, you may find that your traffic becomes inconsistent.
These days, the ideal blog article is about 2500 words. These tend to get the most social shares and highest search engine ranking. For more info, check out this great article about blog post length from Neil Patel.
Try not to focus too much on word count. Quality is more important. You want to write the best, most informative article on the topic that you’re covering. If you can do that in 500 words, that’s fine. If it takes 10,000 words, that’s fine too. Every topic is different. Generally, you want to write a more detailed post than the article that you’re trying to outrank. This usually means that your post will be longer.
My Blog Writing Process
Personally, I try to make myself write 1000 words of usable content each day. This allows me to write a solid article in 3-4 days without burning out. Most of my articles end up being 3000-4000 words. Some end up in the 8000-12000 word range if I have lot to say about a particular topic. I try to post 1-2 times per week. Usually on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday as these are the days that I see the most traffic.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
I like to think of SEO as a competition. In this competition, your article competes against all of the other articles on the same topic. Google’s search algorithm determines the winner. Over ranking 200 factors are considered. Your reward for winning the competition is blog traffic.
While writing a blog post, you want to optimize to rank as high in the search results for your selected keywords as possible. While we don’t know exactly how Google’s algorithm ranks content, we do know a few of the main factors that they take into consideration.
SEO factors include:
- Site speed- Fast sites rank higher. To test your blog’s speed, use Google’s PageSpeed Insights. To help speed up your site, makes sure that your images are optimized for size to speed page load times. You should also use a cache plugin and CDN.
- Optimized content- The search algorithm looks for keywords and phrases to learn what your article is about and to rank it. To help you with this, I recommend you use a SEO plugin like Yoast. Avoid stuffing your article with keywords where they aren’t necessary. This doesn’t work anymore.
Domain age- Older domains tend to rank higher.
- Mobile friendliness- These days, Google looks at ‘mobile-first’ when ranking sites. This means, your mobile site is more important than your desktop site. You’ll rank higher if you have a quality and responsive mobile site. To increase mobile speed, consider making an AMP version of your site. For help optimizing your site for mobile, check out this guide about mobile friendliness from Hostgator.
- Domain authority- If a site has high ranking articles on a particular topic, a similar article may rank higher because you have authority on the topic.
- Backlinks- If a post has links coming from high-quality sites all over the web, it will rank higher.
- Comments- If an article has a lot of comments, it may rank higher.
- Social shares- If an article has a lot of shares and clicks from social media, it may rank higher.
The above list is just a small sample of some of the most important SEO factors that are considered while ranking content. For more info, check out this guide to ranking factors from Optinmonster.com.
Organic traffic from search engines is the largest source of traffic for most bloggers. You gain this traffic through SEO. Make this a priority while creating content and building your site. About 80% of my traffic is organic.
Growing Blog Traffic with Social Media and Marketing
When you’re just starting out, you shouldn’t spend more than 20% of your time growing your social media presence or marketing your blog. I recommend you choose two social media platforms that offer the greatest traffic potential for your site and focus your time on building a following. Popular social media platforms for bloggers include:
- Pinterest- This is probably the best choice social media site for driving traffic. Create pins with Canva and post 1-3 times per day. You’ll also want to re-pin other bloggers pins. Some bloggers see thousands of visits per month from Pinterest alone.
- Twitter- Probably the second best social media platform for bloggers. Tweet one of your articles once per day and spend a few minutes interacting with other bloggers.
- Facebook- This one seems to be pretty niche and region-dependent. In some places Facebook is still popular. In others, nobody uses it.
- Instagram- If your niche is very visual like food, travel, or fashion, Instagram can be an excellent platform. For text-based niches, it’s less useful. Instagram is great for marketing but not very good at driving traffic because you can only post one link on your bio.
- Snapchat- This is another one that works better for visual niches. Snapchat users tend to be younger as well.
- Reddit- This place can drive an incredible amount of traffic to your blog if you know what you’re doing. Many subreddits don’t allow you to post self-promoting content so you have to be careful where you post.
- Medium- Some bloggers like to republish their content here.
- Quora- This question and answer site can bring in a decent amount of traffic if you spend time writing quality answers and link to your articles.
To grow followers on your chosen social media platforms, consider using the follow unfollow method. It’s controversial but it works for bloggers who are just starting out. To read about the efficacy of this method, check out this interesting article from agorapulse.com.
You probably won’t see much traffic coming from social media for many months or even years. Having said that, it is important to reserve your blog’s name as your username on every social media platform and start building a following.
Over time you’ll gain a loyal following if you post solid content. Eventually, you’ll see a decent amount of traffic coming from social. If you’re good at social media marketing and you enjoy doing it, you can bring in an incredible amount of traffic this way.
Personally, I don’t really enjoy using social media but I recognize that it is a necessary part of blogging these days. At this time, less than 10% of my traffic comes from social media.
Start an Email List
Another popular blog marketing tool is an Email list. You should start collecting emails when you launch your blog. You can easily set up a form with an email marketing service. I like Mailchimp. The service is free until you reach 1000 subscribers.
At first, you won’t see many subscribers. In fact, I was lucky to collect one email per month when I started my blog. When your traffic picks up, you’ll start seeing your list grow regularly.
Once you have 100 email subscribers or so, start writing a periodic newsletter for your subscribers. The newsletter doesn’t have to be too long. You can just write a few paragraphs and link them to your new articles.
For help, check out this step-by-step guide about starting an email list from Smart Passive Income.
In the past, before social media was so popular, the email list was the core of many bloggers’ businesses. These days, they’re slightly less effective. Having said that, it’s still worth the time. Your email subscribers are some of your biggest fans. When you start monetizing your blog, you can expect a better than average conversion rate from your email subscribers.
When it comes to marketing your blog, every fan you gain has a preferred way that they want to follow you. For example, some prefer Facebook. Some prefer email. Some like Instagram. It’s a good idea to give your followers an option.
After writing 20-30 high-quality articles and building your traffic up to a few thousand visits per month, it’s time to begin working on your backlink profile. Backlinks are one of the most important SEO factors.
When it comes to building a solid backlink profile for your blog, quality is much more important than quantity. A handful of backlinks from well respected, authoritative sites can greatly improve your search rankings. At the same time, low quality or spammy backlinks can cause harm to your site.
Backlink building is a complicated and controversial part of blogging. To learn more about backlinks and how to earn them, check out this extensive guide from Backlinko.com.
Personally, but I believe the best way to gain backlinks is organically. Simply produce quality content that people find useful and they will link to it. This takes time but is completely free and doesn’t involve any additional work on your end other than creating content.
If you want to take a more active approach to building backlinks, the best method is probably through guest posting, which I will outline in the next section.
After you get 20-30 solid articles up on your blog, you can start thinking about guest posting. This involves writing an article and giving it away to another blogger for free to post on their site. In return, they link to your blog. In this situation, the other blogger benefits by receiving a piece of content for free that can hopefully bring users to their site. You benefit by gaining a solid backlink.
The best way to get started guest posting is to write an article related to your niche that you can give away. For a guest post, you should choose a topic that you can cover in 1000-2000 words. You want a short to mid-length article.
As far as the content goes, a guest post article should be of decent quality but not your best work. Many bloggers advise otherwise, but you don’t want to give away your best work for free. Save that for your blog where it will benefit you more. After writing the article, it’s time to pitch.
Before pitching, you should have your article completed and pretty much ready to go. This allows you to pitch the article more effectively because you know exactly what your article is about and how long it is. To increase your chance success, try to build a relationship with the bloggers that you plan to pitch. To do this, you can write a couple of comments on their blog or social media. This way, they will likely recognize you when you contact them.
For more help and ideas, check out this great guide to guest posting from Bloggingbasics101.com.
Monetizing the Blog: How to Earn $100 Per Month Blogging
After reaching about 1000-3000 visits per month, it’s time to start thinking about monetizing. At this point, the best ways to monetize your blog are affiliate marketing and running ads. The great thing about these is that they scale up with your blog. By that, I mean that as your traffic increases, so will your income.
After getting ads and affiliate links up and running, you can work on building and selling your own product. Between these three sources of revenue, you should be earning $100 per month when you build your traffic up to around 8000-10,000 visitors per month.
Running Ads on Your Blog
Ads are kind of controversial. Many bloggers claim that they are distracting and annoying to visitors. I disagree. Properly placed and sized ads don’t bother the user. They also add legitimacy to the site by making it look more like a business rather than a hobby. If you’re not running ads, that’s fine, but you’re leaving money on the table.
When setting up ads, placement and size is everything. Place 2-4 ads per page maximum. I recommend one toward the top of the page, one after 3-4 paragraphs, and one in the sidebar. If you wish, you could also place one at the end of the article. For more info on ad placement, check out this great guide from Monster Insights.
Avoid using pop-up ads. They are annoying and may drive your visitors away, increasing your bounce rate. Running too many ads will cause your site will slow down.
Ad Network Recommendation: Adsense
For more help joining Adsense, check out this excellent guide from All Blogging Tips.
For whatever reason, a lot of bloggers poo poo Adsense. They claim that the earnings are too low to bother with. I disagree. If you’re blogging in a profitable niche with properly optimized ads, Adsense earnings are decent. A page RPM (revenue per thousand visits) of $3-$5 is obtainable. This means, with 10,000 visits per month, you could potentially earn half of your monthly goal with Adsense alone.
There are higher paying ad networks. Some bloggers achieve an RPM of $15-$20 with Mediavine, for example. The problem with these networks is that they have traffic requirements to join. For example, Ezoic is a popular option that requires 10,000 visits per month. Mediavine requires 25,000 sessions per month. Some networks have content requirements as well. Most new bloggers just don’t get the traffic.
At this time, I still use Adsense. The ads are customizable and perform well. Adsense pays after you earn $100. In the near future, I may experiment with different ad networks. For now, I’m happy with Adsense.
How Much Traffic Do I Need to Make $100 Per Month with Adsense?
Realistically, you’ll need 25,000-35,000 visits per month to make $100 per month with Adsense. That is assuming you achieve an RPM of about $3-$4. In some high earning niches, you may be able to achieve an RPM of up to $6 with Adsense. This means you’d make $100 with about 16,600 visits.
For most bloggers, affiliate sales produce the majority of blog income. In this case, you earn money by selling someone else’s product. Every time you make a sale, you earn a commission.
The commission depends on the product and the terms of the affiliate network. For some items, you may earn 1% and for others, you may earn 90%. You could earn hundreds of dollars for one large sale or pennies for a small sale.
Sales are generally tracked with cookies. When a visitor clicks on an affiliate link in your blog, a cookie saves in their browser. If they purchase the product within a set amount of time, you receive the commission.
You can sell almost anything through affiliate marketing including services, physical products, and digital products.
For more info, check out this great guide to affiliate marketing from Niel Patel.
Affiliate Program Recommendation: Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates is the best affiliate program for most new bloggers to join. The reason is the huge number of items available for you to sell. No matter your niche, you’ll find something related on Amazon. The program is also pretty easy to join.
After setting up your account, you must make 3 qualified sales within 180 days before your application is reviewed. For this reason, you should wait until you have sufficient traffic to make the required sales.
The first time I applied, I only made 2 sales in the 180 days. I applied too early. Luckily, Amazon allows you to re-apply if you didn’t make enough sales. The next time I applied, about 5 months later, I made 3 sales in less than a week and my application was approved.
Before applying for Amazon’s affiliate program, you should read through their policies here.
How Much Traffic Do I Need to Make $100 Per Month with Amazon Affiliate?
This depends entirely on what you’re selling. You could make $100 on a single sale if you’re selling a high priced item. In this case, you may only need a few hundred monthly views to hit your earnings goal. On the other hand, you may need to make several hundred sales if you’re selling a low priced item. In this case, you’ll need tens of thousands of views to make $100.
Making and Selling Your Own Products on Your Blog
After setting up ads and affiliate links, consider making your own product to sell on your blog. This is the most difficult way to make money blogging but it has the most potential for profit.
Most bloggers who do this write an eBook or build an email course. Virtual products are much easier to sell than physical products because you don’t have to mess with manufacturing, inventory, and shipping.
The hardest part of selling your own product is actually making a product that provides genuine value to your customer. Your product has to be worth your customer’s money, after all. You don’t want to put your name on a useless eBook or a junk product.
I sell one eBook here on Where The Road Forks. It is a niche eBook about something that I know a lot about, living in Tijuana. I put a lot of time into writing the eBook and feel that it provides a good value for those who buy it. I’m happy to put my name on it.
I would like to write another eBook or sell a physical product but, so far, I haven’t thought of any other decent product ideas.
The Realities of Making $100 Per Month Blogging: How Long Will it Take?
If you blog consistently and apply the ideas outlined in this guide, you should see your first $100 month between 1 and 3 years after starting your blog. The difficulty and time commitment required to earn $100 per month from your blog depends on the following factors:
- Competition in your niche-The The greater the competition, the longer it will take to break through and gain traffic and followers. Some of the most competitive blogging niches are marketing, travel, food, mommy blogging, personal finance, and lifestyle. There is a reason that these niches are popular. They are also some of the most profitable.
- Your writing abilities- You don’t have to be a good writer to blog. You don’t need to be highly educated or use big words. Most blog posts are written very simply. You do need to be able to clearly and concisely share a thought or idea. To do this, you need a solid grasp of the language that you’re blogging in.
- The amount of time you have to spend on your blog- The more time you have to spend developing your blog, the faster it will grow. Of course, you need to prioritize your tasks and use your time strategically. You should try to spend at least 2 hours per day working on your blog. You could see your first $100 month after anywhere from 200-1000 hours.
- Your budget- Depending on your niche, you may be able to speed up growth investing in your blog. This could mean running ads, hiring an SEO consultant, or hiring a WordPress developer to speed up and optimize your site. The efficacy of each of these depends on a number of factors.
Every blog is different. Some bloggers will see their first $100 month 6-8 months after starting. This is rare. I had my first $100 month about a year and a half after starting this blog. For some bloggers, it will take even longer. Some bloggers have been at it for over 5 years and don’t make any money.
A Few Beginner Blogger Tips to Help You Grow Your Blog to $100 Per Month Faster
- Don’t buy courses or ebooks- There are thousands of blogging ‘gurus’ out there claiming that they can teach you how to make thousands of dollars per month online. 99% of these are snake oil salesmen. All of the info in their books and courses can be found for free online. Don’t waste your money.
- Optimize your site for speed- Site speed is a ranking factor. You’ll also lose visitors if they have to wait too long for a page to load. It’s better to have a sparse, minimalist looking site that is fast than a beautiful site full of animations that is slow.
- In the beginning, spend all of your time writing content- It doesn’t make sense to spend time marketing a site with no content. Even if you bring in visitors, they won’t stick around if there is nothing to read. Write 20-30 articles before you begin marketing your site. Write articles that are 2000-4000 words or longer.
- Use WordPress- This open-source website creation tool allows you to build and manage your website with very little technical knowledge of websites and how they work. The tool is easy to learn and has a community that you can rely on for support. There are alternatives but none of them offer the same level of functionality and support.
- Do things by the book- Don’t use black hat techniques to grow your traffic or make money. You don’t want to lose your good standing with Google. If you do, you’ll have to start over.
- Treat your blog like a business rather than a hobby- Write useful articles rather than fluff articles. Run ads and market aggressively while playing by the rules.
- Prioritize your time- If you get a lot of traffic from a particular source, focus on it more. For me, search engines drive most of my traffic so I focus the majority of my time on SEO. Creating a schedule can help you prioritize.
- Reinvest in your blog- After you start seeing some income, even if it’s just $10 per month, consider reinvesting it into your blog. Pay for a premium plugin or theme. Pay a graphic designer to create a logo for you. Hire a developer to sort out a problem that you don’t know how to fix. Small investments can pay off in a big way.
A Few Words of Encouragement About Building a $100 Per Month Blog
I once read a statistic that said 90% of bloggers give up within the first year. I don’t know if this is true but that number sounds reasonable. If you can stick with blogging for over a year, your chance of success greatly increases.
While starting out, you’re probably reading through dozens of blogging articles and watching hours of videos to learn as much as you can about the business. This is the best way to get started. You’ll learn as you go.
While these guides contain loads of useful information, they also tend to exaggerate the truth. Don’t be discouraged by reading about bloggers claiming to make thousands of dollars after just a few months. Many bloggers outright lie about profits and traffic. Most bloggers work for over a year before earning a dollar. Blogging is a grind. If you can stick to it without burning out, chances are you’ll see some success.
Keep in mind that you’ll probably experience some setbacks along the way as well. You may cruise along with steady growth for a number of months then experience a significant traffic stagnation or even decline. For example, I once lost 60% of my traffic overnight after a painful Google algorithm update. When this happens, the best thing you can do is to continue learning about blogging and working on consistently adding to and improving your blog.
My Experience Growing This Blog to $100 Per Month
I started Where The Road Forks in October of 2017. When I started, I knew next to nothing about blogging. My journey has been slow and bumpy. After over 2 years, I’m finally seeing some success.
For the first 4 months, I saw very little traffic but continued writing. I probably published around 20 articles. During this time, entire days would pass without a single visitor. I gave up and didn’t look at my blog for about 3 months.
One day, I decided to log into Google Analytics. I noticed that I had received about 500 visitors in the past 30 days. One of my articles had finally ranked on Google. At this point, I figured that if I could grow the site to 500 visitors per month, I could grow it to 1000. A few months later, I reached that goal.
From there, I just kept grinding away. I began writing 1000 words every day and posting 1-2 articles per week. At the same time, I would study and learn as much as I could about blogging by reading articles like this one.
I saw my first $100 month a year and a half after starting the blog. In fact, that month I made $180. My road to $100 per month was slower than many but I made it in my own time.
Final Thoughts: How to Build a $100 Per Month Blog
$100 per month may not seem like a lot of money, but it is a significant milestone in the growth of your blog. Most bloggers never achieve this level of income, after all. When you’re getting started, spend the majority of your time focusing on your writing and SEO. Once you build a consistent level of traffic, begin monetizing with affiliate links and ads. As your blog continues to grow, your monthly income will rise.
If you’re having trouble growing traffic, check out my guide: How to Grow a Website to 10,000 visitors per month.
Are you working your way toward earning $100 per month from your blog? Share your experience and tips in the comments below!
Saturday 22nd of April 2023
Greatest and most honest article I have read on blogging. It's as if you made this post for me. Been blogging for almost 2 years now. Hit by an algorithmic update in October 2022. Seems the March 12 update cleared it but not sure yet. But I am grinding and learning.
Thanks for this.
Thursday 27th of April 2023
Keep on grinding. If you've been at it for two years, the hardest part is probably behind you. I was hit by an algorithm update last September but luckily recovered pretty quickly, luckily.
Friday 1st of July 2022
I really want to start blogging, I left my job with the bank to focus on blogging, but traffic have being bad, and I really need to turn my blog into a money making venture. I have not even gotten $197 I spent on hosting.any advise sir.
Monday 4th of July 2022
The best advice I can give is to keep writing and posting as much as you can. Content is all that really matters. Try to write informative content that people will search for. I also recommend writing long-form content (2000 words minimum). Blogging is a grind. I was working on this blog for around 2 and a half years before it started bringing in any money. You will feel like quitting at times but if you can keep at it, you should see some money coming in eventually. It may take years though, unfortunately.
Dan Bahadur Chaudhary
Saturday 29th of August 2020
can I start blogging without purchasing domain and hosting .
Saturday 29th of August 2020
Yes, you can start blogging for free on several different sites including Wordpress.com, blogger, medium, tumbler, and a few others. You could also write blog posts and post them on your social media accounts. The problem with starting a blog on one of those free sites is that you don't have as much control. You can't monetize as easily and there are fewer customizations that you can make to your site. If you want to move to your own domain in the future, you'll pretty much have to start over with SEO. Of course, you'll still have all of your content but it can take some work to move it over depending on which platform you use.