How to Make Money When Your Blog is Brand New: A Practical Guide

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make money bloggingI try to avoid writing about money directly here on Blog Tyrant (I prefer to focus on growth and engagement strategies) but lately a lot of people have been asking me how to “pay the bills” when your blog is brand new.

And in last week’s giveaway it really dawned on me how many people are now turning to blogs and the Internet in general to make a bit of extra cash when times are hard.

It might be a single parent looking to supplement a part time job, or a new graduate who can’t find work in a depressed economy.

So, I decided to write a detailed and realistic post about the topic in the hope that it genuinely helps someone out there who is just getting started in this blogging industry of ours.

Let’s jump in!

My story making money online

I thought I should start this post by talking a little bit about my own journey with making money online and especially in the world of blogging. There’s more about this whole thing in my guide to blogging.

It all started back at university when I decided that I really didn’t want to work in a 9-5 office job that I hated. I had a dream of working for myself so I could avoid things like office politics and spend more time on things that mattered to me. I also really wanted to make enough money that I could contribute meaningfully to some charities that I’m passionate about.

I should state that I really hated uni.

I would show up each day but instead of going to lectures I’d just go to the computer rooms and dabble around with blogs.

It was at this time that I first heard about Adsense over on ProBlogger.

It totally blew my mind!

You could stick some ads on your site and when people clicked them you would make money. It seemed like magic to me (I’ll talk about why I’ve changed my mind later). I remember talking to my good friend about it over a Chinatown lunch and at that moment we were both hooked.

Before I could complete my degree I managed to sell a blog that I had been working on for 5-figures. It was then that I knew that I wanted to give this blogging thing a shot and decided to spend some more time focusing on it.

The fairy tale ends (or is postponed)

Unlike I lot of internet marketer stories, mine wasn’t just a meteoric rise to fortune.

Yes, that sale was huge for a student, but the money soon ran out and things like rent, food and bills started to stress me out.

It was then that I decided to start a little web design business and focus on getting small client jobs to pay the bills. It didn’t take me long to realize that I didn’t particularly like working with clients and so ended up cleaning a gym from 6am to 10am every morning.

This was hard work but a good solution because it gave me enough money to pay the bills and then enough time in the afternoon to come home and work on my blogging projects. During this time I sold other blogs for similar price tags and, despite some ups and very big downs, I kept going.

Soon I had that “breakthrough” with blogging and now make a comfortable living off it. I don’t know how long it will last but I feel so fortunate to have been able to tap in to the Internet’s potential and make a very decent living.

It’s been five years now and I’m finally able regularly donate to those charities. I find that if I focus on building up my business so I can support other people I am more motivated to work hard.

A visual overview to get started

I decided to get a little infographic made up to cover some of the main points of this topic. If you enjoy it I’d really appreciate it if you share it on Facebook or Pinterest.

making money online when your blog is new

As you can see, we have a few options that we can call on that make the whole process quite interesting. Let’s get a bit deeper into it now.

A warning about making money blogging

Before we get into the tips I want to just take a second to let everyone know that making money online, and with blogging specifically, is not an easy task.

As I mentioned in my guide to working from home, I really try to be as honest as possible with people about what it takes to succeed in this industry.

There are no get rich quick options that work for the long term.

In this post I’m going to focus on a few ideas that have worked well for me and other people that I know. Please be prepared to work hard and be patient as, like most small businesses, sometimes it takes well over a year before you start making profit.

How to make money when your blog is brand new

What I’d like to do now is go over some ways that you can make money online when your blog is really just in the beginning phases.

1. Work a part-time job (in the real world!)

This tip is not something a lot of people want to hear because it seems like most of us are trying to get away from that yucky job in the real world. But it’s important to recognize the opportunity that it gives us.

When you have a job you have a certain level of security. You can pay the bills and put food on the table. That is more than a lot of people have and it’s good to be kind of grateful for that. As I mentioned, I used to work as a cleaner from 6am to 10am so that I could come home and blog in the afternoons.

What we need to do is figure out a way to gradually increase our blogging/online business success and decrease the amount of time we spend at the day job. We’ll get more into that later but at this stage it’s a good idea to work a part time job until you can get that online income higher.

2. Find a freelance writing job

Freelance writing is one of the great opportunities that the web can offer those looking to get into more online work. Here’s why I like it:

  • It hones your blogging skills
    Writing as a freelancer gets you in touch with editors and topics that help you to become a better writer. This will help your long term blogging career in a big way.
  • It is flexible
    You can write one article per day and then work on your own stuff, or you can do 10 articles in a day and just focus on building an income nest egg.
  • It’s abundant
    As the net grows you are going to find freelance writing jobs springing up more and more. If you have a decent grasp of your native language there is a good chance you can find work producing content.

I highly recommend ProBlogger Job Boards and Freelancer.com for this. If your blog is brand new it’s is a great way to make a little bit of extra income on the side.

3. Offer services from your blog

Now we are going to move on to an on-site option. This one is a little more difficult but I remember having some good successes with it when I was first starting.

If you run a blog then there is a good chance (well, I hope so) that you are experienced in what you are writing about. For example, if you run a blog about website design trends then there you probably know a little bit about websites, online technology, and so on.

This gives you a unique opportunity.

For example, you could create a landing page on your blog that promotes a service where you audit website’s for a fee in order to improve the results that people are getting. These types of promotions are clever because they often lead to ongoing work where you help clients with future improvements.

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Laurie from Laurie B Style is a great example of someone who does this very naturally in a helpful and creative way. Of course, she’s not a beginner, but this is a really good example of how you can incorporate extra services into a blog.

This type of strategy applies to almost every niche and can help you save some funds that will go towards growing your blog in a way that is directly related to your blog’s topic.

4. Help small businesses with their online activities

This one is a combination of on-site and off-site money making but is something that I have used in the past to help me make an income using the Internet.

The idea is simple: there are millions of businesses out there who are looking for help with their websites, blogs and social media presences. If you can setup and run a blog and build a mailing list then you are already ahead of literally 99% of these business owners.

What this allows you to do is go approach local businesses in your area and offer to help them maintain or setup their online marketing in a professional and methodical way. You can charge an hourly rate or charge per project.

One of the best strategies for this comes from Neil Patel – you email them with two actionable improvements that they can make on their website and then offer further advice at a fee.

I really like this option because, again, it gets you working in your own area. Your blog will act as your “business portfolio” that shows clients what you can do, and then you’ll learn lots of different skills as you work with clients and continue to develop your own blogging assets.

5. Build a landing page to promote a specific offer

When your blog is new it’s tempting to think that you need to wait until you have a certain amount of traffic or email subscribers before you can start making money. This isn’t really true at all and one thing you can do is building out a beautiful landing page that can start making money right away.

I’ve written about this a little bit here so I’ll just go over the details briefly.

  • Pick an affiliate product that you love
    The first step is to join an affiliate program for a product that you use and love. It needs to be in your niche and something that you would recommend to a family member. Don’t just pick anything.
  • Build your landing page
    A landing page is just a page on your blog that you don’t post in the regular blog section. In this case, however, it might be a really big piece of long form content either about the affiliate product or, better yet, one that just mentions the product as a small but integral part of the whole article. For example, your affiliate product might be a great yoga mat and your article might be a complete beginner’s guide to yoga.
  • Promote your landing page
    The next thing you do is start sending traffic to your landing page. For example, you could go out and do guest posts and link back to this big article. You could run Facebook Ads that are targeted towards the right audience. You could link to other bloggers in the post and then email them and ask for a simple tweet. Here are some more traffic tips.

Ideally you want to build this whole funnel so that everyone who subscribes to your blog gets introduced to the main content pieces that you wish to promote. If, for example, you sign up to my mailing list you will see how I promote pillar articles over a fortnight.

6. Offer your services to other bloggers in your niche

This one is closely related to a few points above but I wanted to write about it individually because it can be so effective if you do it right.

When your blog starts to get bigger you get inundated with tasks. For example, a typical day at my company involves research, writing, planning, side-project development, accounting, bill paying, sleeping, graphic development, cat maintenance, ad campaigns, etc.

It is too much for one person.

I currently have a few staff but a lot of bloggers just try to do it by themselves. That might be because they don’t think they have enough funds yet, or they are just a bit overwhelmed at where to find the right staff.

This is where you can jump in and offer services at a competitive rate. Share your blog with them and say that you’re willing to work at a reduced rate because you want to learn from them.

It’s a win-win situation because you get to practice as well as making a few extra dollars doing something that helps everybody out.

Quick tips on making money from your blog

I want to finish this post by giving you some quick tips that you can think about and implement when you are just starting out with your blog.

  • Don’t use Adsense
    A lot of people ask me about Adsense. Pretty simple: I don’t use it. As I said above, in the early days I thought it was amazing but I’ve come to realize that sending people away from your site for a few cents is a bad business model. Instead look at the next point.
  • If you can, get them on your mailing list first
    Once you have a person’s email address that person is more likely to engage with you and your offerings. That means future posts, affiliate promotions and much more. Email marketing is still the most effective form of online business and, best of all, it is very stable.
  • If you don’t have a premium offering, look to a varied mix
    If your niche doesn’t allow you to promote or build premium products (anything over around $100 per unit) then think about getting a solid mix of offerings and building it up over time. I remember Darren Rowse saying that initially Amazon Associates was a really small source of income but over the years it has really started to add up. Think eBooks, affiliates, consulting, books, etc. and you’re starting to build an income stream.
  • Don’t let short term web income ruin your blog’s brand
    I would much rather go back to cleaning a gym than offering some crappy dieting product that doesn’t work. I know a lot of people reading this need to make a bit of extra income quickly, but it’s very important to not ruin your blog’s long term brand and image over a few quick dollars. Even if you have to work a basic entry job offline for a while it’s a much better option.
  • Study people who have done it
    There are a few blogs out there like ViperChill who transparently write about almost everything they do. Some of the posts on that website are worth thousands of dollars in paid courses and teach you so much more. Try and find a few people who have genuinely made it online and learn from what they do. It takes years off the progress.

If after all of that reading you’re still feeling a bit lost then please make sure you read on to the next paragraph.

What questions do you have?

Please let me know if there is anything that I have missed in this article or if you still feel a little bit confused. I really like learning about what problems you’re facing and will do my best to help you out if I can. Also, if you know of an effective way to make money in the early days it’d be great if you could share it. Please leave a comment below and let me know.

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  • Pat

    Again, nice work. It’s great to read content from someone who actually has something to say – rather than content that feels like it’s just there for the sake of being there.

    Some keen insight for me, and others I’m sure.

    Thank you!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Pat. Appreciate it.


      1. Rahul Ghosh

        Awesome article. Covers everything in detail. Almost reminded me of my early days in blogging. I think you should do a part-time job as well as focus on marketing a single software or product related to your topic.

        The first 3 sales are the hardest.


      2. Nancy

        Thank you for a great post! I am doing on line marketing and setting up a web page and blog to promote my products. This is very helpful. Good job, and look forward to more.!


  • Nimi Popat

    Hi Ramsay,
    Few months back I started my blog. I was really eager to monetize my blog. I used AdSense but barely made to 100$ even after almost 10k views. That’s when I turned to affiliate networks. It is working great for me. Now I am working on an ebook on how I made money through my fairly new blog. Its a guide for begginer bloggers. Can I include a link to this post in ky ebook? This post is definitely a keeper.


    1. Ramsay

      That is so good to hear! And yes of course you can include this post. Thank you for thinking of me.


  • JJ

    This is a fantastic article and the infographic is really beautiful! One thing though: in #4 on the infographic you have an incomplete sentence. I just wanted to let you know!


    1. Ramsay

      Fixed!


  • Chris Paris-Haines

    Really useful article, I have now removed google adsense from my blog because of how you presented the idea so well.

    I would be interested to know a bit more about how you went about choosing niches for your blogs in the past as I know web design, development and information technology but I have know idea how I go about defining a narrow niche in these fields.


    1. Ramsay

      Hey Chris.

      That’s a hard one.

      I think the best thing is to try and find something you know well and can present in a distinctive way. It needs to stand out from the pack in some manner. If you can do that and come up with a long term plan for how it’s going to flow from traffic source to end product then you’ll be on to a winner.

      Best way to start, IMHO, is to look at what your competition is doing and then find the gap.

      Hope that helps.


  • StΓ©phane

    Hi Ramsay,

    Many thanks again for everything.

    I’m really working hard to improve my fitness website (a French one), and I always find new encouragements in your words. That’s because of the value of your experiences of course, but also because you’re generous with your councels.

    And this is a point I’m learning from you: GENEROSITY.
    I’m sure it’s one of the best ways to success in blogging. “Give a lot to your readers” could have been your 7th point πŸ˜‰


    1. Ramsay

      Thank you. That means a lot. I think it’s really very important.


  • Kataryna

    Great post! You’re so easy to read πŸ™‚
    I just got my blog up and running, hopefully I can make some money with it!


    1. Ramsay

      I think you may have made a mistake with the URL in your comment…


  • Jennifer Waddle

    Ramsay, you are an inspiration! I have no doubt that a big part of your success is due to your heart for people and your heart to give.
    God bless you,
    Jennifer


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Jennifer. It’s all self interest – just trying to make myself feel better by helping. Ha ha.


  • Tracy

    Hi Ramsay,

    Hey what do you think about syndicates like BlogHer for advertising? Upside — you don’t have to hustle to find advertisers. Downside — only 40% of the CPM and the ads rather clutter up your site (but don’t all ads?) and effect load time.

    Also, I’m coming around to the belief that you get what you hustle for. While it’s awkward to approach niche businesses in a cold call kinda way (Hi! I’d like to blog about you for money!), it sounds more effective. I’m going to be moving in that direction (but am still under contract with BlogHer for several more months).

    But for newbies I think it might be an okay way to earn money.

    I would second the e-book suggestion. Did that and it was very successful. (Wound up with a book deal from a traditional publisher.)


    1. Ramsay

      Hey Tracy.

      Just FYI your comment went to the spam folder. May want to contact Akismet.

      I understand why people are attracted to the BlogHer network and it does some good things, but I am always shocked at how slow they load and sometimes how intrusive they can be. For me it’s not worth it.

      But, if it helps make some money that then leads to better projects then who knows.


  • Hailey Pinnell

    Hi Ramsay!
    I am getting everything in line for my blog. Hosting on blue host, child theme with studio press, fiverr logo made because that’s what my budget will allow at this point. I am now extremely focused on writing content. I am an expert in my niche, but my writing skills need to be developed. I am going to looking into freelancing.com but are there any books, blogs, or other materials you would suggest on becoming a better writer and learning how to put your voice in writing?
    Thanks-
    HP- *The Budget Bee*


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Hailey.

      Congrats on the solid set up!

      The thing to remember about writing online is that the average reader is at a year 9 level. When you write, you want to do it like you’re having a conversation with a mate over drinks. Very, very informal. That is most successful.

      I really just try to image that I’m working through a problem with a buddy when I write. If that doesn’t help, try to have two or three blogs that have a perfect voice and read them right before you write. It’ll come.

      Hope that helps.


  • Sam

    I have one situation.

    Say you can’t do a part time job because you are still in school and that also takes up a lot of your time making freelance work possible but harder to do.

    And then in your niche you don’t really want to offer services at a price (you know mine so if you do know any possible services please let me know πŸ™‚ ) because you want to help people and feel bad charging them.

    What then?

    Also would you say no to Adsense for all blogs?

    Great informative post though and I love the infographic!


    1. Ramsay

      Hey Sam.

      Go study!

      Yours is the kind of niche where you could write to child psychologists, counselors, etc. and tell them about your blog and offer a service where you ghost write original content for their blog so they can share it with their clients, rank better on Google, etc.

      A lot of companies know they should be doing this but don’t have the time.


    2. Sharon Powers

      Hi Sam! I love your site. We should definitely connect. I’m a school counselor and recently launched a site for parents to address pertinent teen topics. Like you, I struggle with the ultimate service I’d eventually offer on my site, but Ramsay’s idea is a great start. He’s absolutely right that people are looking for fresh content for their sites! Best of luck to you and I hope we can collaborate.


      1. Sam

        Hey,

        Thanks! I would love to collaborate. Would you be able to and a message to me through the contact form on the site?

        Thanks!

        And Ramsay, I hate studying thanks!


  • Blake Powell

    Hey Ramsay,

    First off, this was a brilliant post. Thank you so much for it. You’re a huge inspiration to me and other bloggers looking to step into the blogging world and claim their stake in the crowded online space but just don’t know where or how to go about doing it right. So for you to help others find their way especially with your recent promotion is HUGE. I don’t think thank you is enough, but I’ll continue to support your content as best as I can!

    I don’t think enough can be said for working a part time job. In this last year I finally set out to claim my stake in the internet world after years of saying “maybe tomorrow”, and your blog was one of the big ones that helped me devise a strategy for going forward and putting my ideas into practice. Because despite all my ambitions, I didn’t know what to do – originally I wanted to move forward with 2 blogs and expected to get to 1000 subscribers in a couple months, but I know that’s not really realistic now.

    However, in regards to the part-time aspect of things, I was working a full-time job and committing myself further down a path that would’ve sapped my will to create and function artistically the further and further I went down that path. So I guess you could say it all collided into one giant “mirror moment”, where I finally looked inside of myself and told my doubts you know what, I’m going to finally do this.

    I always wanted to be a writer, but I was scared at what would happen, what could happen. I didn’t think I could monetize my dream, and my family (in particular my father) were very keen to tell me my dreams were “nice” but not realistic. And honestly, coming from a family filled with naysayers and non-believers, it was hard striking out on my own. But as I realized I needed to do something and break free from this all, it dawned on me that hey, I don’t need to be doing this full-time.

    I mean, why bother if it’s not what I wanted to do, right?

    So I put in my request to go part-time. And although I work at a different store now and it’s a bit boring at times, it’s closer and gives me an extra day to work towards blogging every day, so I’ve been focusing my efforts fully on growing my network, reaching out to others for interviews and questions, and doing guest blogging. And so far, just seeing my name up on other blogs skyrockets my confidence, even if I may not be where I want to be right now at this very moment.

    So yeah, it sucks. It’s the truth. But sometimes we need to do things that “suck” in order to get us where we want to be (which means being okay with were we are now, but not being content with it). The truth is, though, working part-time helps me pay rent and gives me food and shelter, and allows me to scrape by and focus on what really matters, and that’s working towards my dreams and writing every day I can.

    While I may not be living my dream life of being a full-time writer right now, I’m slowly carving out my space to do it soon. And I know it’ll happen eventually, despite what other people say and the skepticism I can feel emanating from them.

    Thanks for this post, Ramsay. It’s a great one – especially love the infographic as it’s bright and colourful, and supplements the words around it.


    1. Ramsay

      This is awesome! Keep going.


  • Leanda Miller

    Thanks heaps. Really honest and helpful information and makes me want to get into making mine happen again. Time off from Uni soon so more time to devote to it. I like the point about adding something that you feel is good. What’s the point in getting to where you want to go if you have to do so at someone else’s expense? There’s already enough of that in the world now so why add to it. Better to make yourself stand out by being someone who doesn’t do that. Perhaps that’s why I like your blog. By the way, I can truly say that “I hate Uni too.”


    1. Ramsay

      What are you studying?


  • Ashutosh Ranade

    Hey Ramsay,

    TBH I’d heard a lot about adsense and was going to include it in my upcoming blog.

    But it seems I’ll have to reconsider that, given your point – it’s a few cents vs a valuable subscriber – which seems fair enough to not use adsense.

    Thanks for this awesome post.
    Have a great day,
    Ashutosh Ranade.


    1. Ramsay

      Hope it helps. Thank you for commenting.


  • sarfraz khan

    Good for startup bloggers. I should share this to my friend.

    And yes adsense on new blog is not a good idea. I remember that I used to get only a few cents in a month when I first started but now I won’t use it on my new blog until it becomes more established.


    1. Ramsay

      Why will you use it when your blog becomes more established?


  • brilly

    Hi Ramsey thanks for the post and all the help. It is great to read from a geniune blogger like you.
    My problem is i can’t get my posts to rank on google how then do i offer to write post for others especially on freelancer.
    Thanks in advance for your response.


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Brelly. πŸ˜‰

      People looking to hire writers don’t usually consider the SE rankings of the writer’s blog, they just want to know that you’re a good writer. They’ll take care of their own rankings mostly.

      Good luck!


  • Candis

    Great, great article Ramsay. I really love the advice you gave about not compromising the relationship with your audience for a few quick bucks early on.

    I learned this the hard way last year when I launched a new blog… it felt icky doing it but I convinced myself that it was part of growing and “getting outside my comfort zone”. I was promoting something I believed in, but it was too heavy handed because my focus was more on making money than serving my audience. I got my first unsubscribers that week… lesson learned. Not that I’ve sworn off selling, but I’m learning how to do it in a way that doesn’t turn people off.

    P.S. Love the infographic! It’s going to look great on my Pinterest boards πŸ˜‰


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Candis.

      The unsubscribe thing is tricky. We kind of have to get used to it as you’re never going to be able to please everyone. For example, I had 82 people unsubscribe from my list when this post went out. That’s okay.

      It’s a hard balance but I think if you’re thinking about these things you’re probably going to be fine.


  • Max

    I love this. But, what if you already have e an email lost or you have your former on your site, can’t you still use adsense knowing that you have some readers who would almost always come back there?

    Just thinking, though.


    1. Ramsay

      Existing subscribers is one thing, acquiring new ones is totally different.


  • laura routh

    This was such a helpful post. It confirms what I’ve been thinking: I need to carry on and be patient. I’ve only been blogging for about six months , now, and I feel this first year for me is about defining content as I have a lot of interests.

    I went ahead and joined the Amazon affiliate program, but even though I get numerous clicks, there haven’t been any conversions, yet. Because of this, I might get dropped, but you can always re-apply later. I just don’t have enough traffic, yet. If I had to do it all over again, I would not have signed up for a program with time limits so soon. It feels like artificial pressure. I have three other affiliates; all of them relate to my blog content.

    I can’t stress enough that the best way to improve writing skills is to write. When I look back on my earlier works, I feel like barfing. Part of my current plan is to go back and re-work some of those older posts.
    A question for Ramsay is how to balance promoting on twitter with writing. I was spending so much time researching articles to tweet that I started a Saturday newsletter. So now, I publish one post and the newsletter each week. Is this enough? I’m also a homeschooling mom, who does all of the domestic duties, too.

    And one last note to add: in regards to being thoughtful and caring about other people, the best blogging day I ever had was when I wrote a post about a group in Africa- no affiliate marketing-nothing in it financially for me. That post was sent all around Facebook and helped my stats tremendously. I’ve decided to permanently promote the needs of the group as it focuses my giving theme to one area.

    I wish all of you the best. I’m still small potatoes, but I’m learning a lot and steadily growing. I may take on part time writing gigs as Ramsay suggested as there are changes ahead in the needs of our household. Thanks again, Ramsay.


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Laura.

      I’m glad this blog has been helpful for you.

      Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about Twitter at all really. The real gains come from producing long form, highly useful content that gets published on your blog and other peoples’ blogs. I have always found social media is a bit of a time suck.


      1. laura routh

        Thank you for responding, Ramsay. I should also screen my comments better! My comment wasn’t particularly well written.


  • Marina

    Brilliant article! I was also going to use Adsense for my re-launch but will re-think that decision.

    Thank you!


    1. Ramsay

      Hope the alternative works well for you.


  • Caroline DePalatis

    Ramsay – This post rocks and inspires! I was particularly impressed with this comment: “I find that if I focus on building up my business so I can support other people I am more motivated to work hard.” Thank you for sharing that! The infographic is also a great help to me.

    I’m new to your community and to blogging. My site isn’t even live yet. But I’m pushing forward. I am grateful how you encourage the beginner and acknowledge it takes time AND is hard work!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Caroline. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the blog so far. Best of luck with your new project!


  • Jayne

    Hi Ramsay,

    So glad I found your blog and that your’re so giving of your knowledge.

    I have done my research and am getting myself ready to launch my blog. However, I have a question about basically what comes first, the chicken or the egg. Should I start using Instagram and get a following there first, or launch my blog and then start using Instagram, or launch them simultaneously? I have gotten so many opinions and would really value yours.

    I know this is not quite about making the millions, but you have to start somewhere.

    Thank you kindly,

    Jayne


    1. Ramsay

      Hi Jayne.

      I am a big advocate of the methods of “nothing is perfect but waiting is a bad idea”. I think there are so many reasons to put off something but in the end it’s just better to do it and try and fail and learn and grow. I put a lot of things off because I wasn’t sure about the right way, turns out there wasn’t a right way.

      Go for it!


  • Sue Anne Dunlevie

    Hi, Ramsay,

    Excellent article and wonderful infographic. I’m a non-believer in using stuff like AdSense to make money. While it can happen, it takes millions of views to make anything worthwhile. I love that your money making tips are all about selling a service or a product. That’s the best way to go!

    Thanks,
    Sue


    1. Ramsay

      Nice to see you again, Sue!


  • Sharon Powers

    Hi again, Ramsay! You are a breath of fresh air with your posts. I love that I can access your insight without being inundated with a zillion pop-ups trying to get me to enroll in a thousand dollar online course. You really do give away so much valuable information and it’s appreciated by us new bloggers who are on limited budgets.

    The point that especially resonated with me was the patience factor. This blog/website business is a huge undertaking and your message served as a helpful reminder that it takes time to build. I’ve been frustrated by the amount of traffic since my launch in February, but your post reminded me to readjust my expectations and just keep investing my time and energy in this. Thanks for the helpful insight! For the next few months, my focus is on just building quality content and then I’ll figure out if there’s a way to offer a service from my site…still trying to come up with that!


    1. Ramsay

      Glad you enjoyed it Sharon. Hope it helps with your stuff in some way.


  • Ryan

    Damn fine writing and succinct thoughtful points. Thanks for the ideas. Trying to go this route is not easy. But creating something from nothing? That is pure magic and worth the effort.

    Happy Monetizing!


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Ryan. Hope it’s going well for you.


  • Robin Khokhar

    Hi Ramsay,
    Agree on all the things you have shared, It is difficult to earn with a new blog but i liked all your ideas.
    Thanks for the share.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks Robin.


  • Chris

    Price your products for your market and your level of perceived qualification. I see people who put up a site and create a new product for a few hundred bucks. Really? They have a few articles, a few articles copied from other sites, and a sidebar full of affiliate ads. It’s sad, just sad.


    1. Ramsay

      That’s an interesting point. The level of authority really is an important part of it all. You gotta have something to say.


  • Obodo Charles

    Making money from blogging is not that easy, it requires a lot of hard work and perseverance, but most newbie bloggers get easily frustrated with blogging when they put in some measure of hard work without getting a commensurate result regarding income.

    So it is very important for bloggers just starting off in blogging to tone down their expectations in terms of generating income at the initial stage and it is not also advisable to blog full time at this point, having a part-time job that will help pay the bills will be ideal until the blog picks and starts generate enough income.


    1. Ramsay

      Agreed.


  • Pradeep Chaudhary

    Hey ramsay,
    your blogs makes me happy everyday because i always gets something new on it. Inspiring from you I have decided to start a Blog with my own website or Domain name.
    I’m starting my blog journey but not getting proper ideas like about what topics should I start blogging.
    really, confused ! Don’t know what to do and where to search for new topics for writing an interesting blog so that it can attract a lot of visitors to my site.

    Ramsay, you are a master in this. I know you have an easy solution for me. So, can you suggest me something? like what should i start something to write so, that it can improve my confidence level in writing blogs after having Lots of views on my Article or Blogs.
    Regards,
    Pradeep from India.


    1. Ramsay

      I think the best solution is to write about something you know and love. Figure out a way to solve problems for people. Almost every topic has big traffic if you can do that well.


      1. Pradeep Chaudhary

        Thanks man…!! I do studies Mechanical Engineering and currently a student of 2nd year. we learn how to know/solve problems of people by visiting different public places like bus stand or hospitals… we are trying to improve their Life style by providing them best Innovative Ideas with New Technologies.

        to detect a Problem among people in reality will make my job easy and it help me to write something new about it. I will try to provide solutions to people by writing my Blogs.

        Thanks again man…!!! you have solved my problem… haha..!
        keep me updating with new techniques for blog writing. Ramsay..!!

        Regards,
        Prady.


  • Maria Gagnon

    I think I’ve read half a dozen of your articles this week. Since I’m in the middle of rebranding, I am keen to learn from my mistakes.

    I love how brilliant and full of information your articles are. They are easy to read and mind opening that you are drawn in, kind of like the Matrix. πŸ˜‰

    Great article! Useful, efficient and effective.


    1. Ramsay

      Ha ha. Thank you so much. I’m glad it’s helping.


  • Aqib Nazir

    Amazing post Ramsay. I landed on your blog for the first time today and found it really interesting. I am a beginner to blogging and found this guide very useful.
    Thanks again πŸ™‚


  • Emmanuel

    Hello Ramsay,

    I’m really surprised with some of your revelations. Do you know because I learnt you sold one of your blog for almost $20,000, that was that motivation that kept me blogging since 2013.

    Wow! You have indeed come a long way and please keep on being a blessing to some of us.
    Thanks.


    1. Ramsay

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!


  • Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Ramsay,

    I agree on the part time job bit. Because virtually all my blogging struggles – early on, and well into my online career – were rooted in doing dumb stuff cause I feared losing all my money.

    Keep cash flowing through a part time gig. Blog from an abundant, clear space.

    When you have some money, you’ll blog more and more for fun and less for money.

    Make that shift and you’re golden. You’ll follow the fundamentals which of course, lead to the money you crave.

    I’d say, slowly and steadily add income streams. This way, you’ll learn your craft and you’ll increase cash flow through various channels, helping you to maximize your earnings.

    Thanks for the practical share.

    Signing off from not sunny NYC.

    Ryan
    Blogging From Paradise


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks man. Always love having your take on it. Solid advice.


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  • Sam

    Off topic, but how come you have no search bar?


  • Randa

    Hi Ramsay

    this article is very helpful. i don’t know how to tell it but the article opens my mind about the real blogg world.

    I think you deserve for all your success now. As appretiation for your time and all efforts that you have done i will subscribe.

    Thank you


    1. Ramsay

      Glad it helped.


  • sneha pa

    Great tips.. πŸ™‚


  • sneha pa

    amazing idea.. i never felt these much tips on any kind of blogosphere.. Love it.


  • Sherly

    Great guide. I would like to learn more amazing ideas from your blog.Subscribed.. ! Love to be here. Thanks Ryan for a beautiful update. πŸ™‚


  • Muhammad

    wow.great post.after reading this post i don’t think anyone have question about how to make money.i have learnt great ideas of making money from this post.thanks


  • Heather

    Thanks for such a great post! I’m a newer blogger but have made a little money as a influencer, from my decent sized Instagram page (@Msheatherlynne). I’ve always been passionate about fashion so took the step to create my own blog a few months ago, and boy has it been an adventure (i.e. not nearly as easy as I thought it would be, especially monetizing). It would be an honor if you ever have time to drop by my blog! πŸ™‚

    -Heather


    1. Ramsay

      Hey Heather. Congrats on the big instagram following! I took a look at your blog and it’s coming along nicely. I’d just recommend putting the main focus on capturing email subscribers. That is where the long term success comes from, in my experience.


  • Srinivas

    Great post, Blogging is one of the best platform where people could earn money and possible only by hardwork.


  • Amy

    Thanks for the tips! I just started by blog last month and am deciding the route I want to go for monetizing. I have a few affiliates setup, but I’ve been going back and forth on adsense. I appreciate your opinion against using it, my feelings are similar. I also really like your infographic. Did you create that yourself or pay someone else to? I would be interested in how to go about making something like that. Thanks!!


  • Agan Rudy

    honestly i getting aware,
    you make me aware about my around.
    this is not throught in my mind before.

    i just do my internet activities, and hope can make money fast, but i’m wrong about that, in fact is need time for build pools of money from internet.

    ya your tips is awesome.
    thanks
    ramsay

    regards
    rudy


  • Vishal Ostwal

    Hey Ramsay,

    I was curious about what kind of post would you come up with, as compared to others who throw all sorts of advice at beginners.

    This one is exceptional and genuine. Thanks for being honest and suggesting those realistic ways!

    Yet, the idea of using ads still confuses me. I doubt if they can really cause any significant harm to the reputation or repel audience? I’ll avoid using them in the beginning I suppose.


    1. Ramsay

      I don’t think they are 100% bad. Just depends on your blog.


  • Natasha

    Kept it real! This is what folk need to read.


    1. Ramsay

      Thanks!


  • Jitender Sharma

    Hey Ramsay, Really a great work buddy. I’m blogging from last 2 years but was unable to make some good amount from my blog. After reading this article I found that there are many other Ideas which can help me to grow my $$$$$. Many newbies looking for such articles for finding the right ideas and guideline. And you are helping them a lot with your valuable guides.
    Keep This Continue, Thanks again bro.


    1. Ramsay

      I really hope it helps. Best of luck.


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