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Make Money Blogging (for Beginners): How to Make Your First $100

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

As a new blogger, it can be hard to know where to start. You hear people are making money from their blogs, but you don’t quite understand how.

by Radhika | Apr 2, 2018

Just getting started with your blog? Here’s your guide to make money with blogging – for beginners.

In this beginner’s guide on how to make money with a blog for beginners, we’re going to show you how to make your first $100 from your blog.

I know. $100 doesn’t sound like a lot of money. But it’s just the beginning. Once you get the basics down and earn your first income, you can scale it and earn as much money as you’d like.

First things first, it’s important for me to remind you that blog income doesn’t happen overnight. You will need to set up a blog, build an audience who trusts you, and drive traffic regularly before you can start making an income.

The exotic blogger’s lifestyle that you see on social media comes with a lot of hard work so make sure you’re ready to put in the work.

As a blogger beginner, you probably don’t have tons of traffic yet and don’t have a huge email list either. So the idea here is to start small ($100) and build up from there as your blog grows in size.

By setting yourself a realistic goal of $100, you will feel motivated – as a larger goal might seem too far out of reach. And, once you do achieve your goal, you’re going to get a better understanding of what works for your blog, and what doesn’t, and use the learnings to make even more money.

So anyway, how DO you make money blogging as a beginner? Well, there are actually many different ways you could approach this.

Let me break them down for you.

1. Affiliate Income

One of the easiest and most common ways to make money blogging, for beginners, is affiliate marketing. You don’t need to have your own products or services. You simply promote other people’s products on your blog, and when someone makes a purchase, you make a commission off it.

Where to Find Affiliate Programs

So where do you find these affiliate programs? To be honest there are hundreds of options and it may be overwhelming when you’re getting started.

Many new bloggers start by making money with Amazon. So you sign up to become an Amazon Affiliate and use links within your blog. When someone makes a purchase on Amazon, you will make a small commission of it.

In addition to this, you can sign up to use large affiliate marketing networks. These networks have thousands of affiliate programs for a variety of brands. You can choose the brands and products you want to promote and do it from one centralized platform.

Two affiliate marketing networks we use ourselves:

How to Start (Action Steps)

1. Make a list of products and services you love and use. Research potential affiliate marketing opportunities for these.

2. Sign up to Amazon and/or affiliate marketing networks.

3. Brainstorm and create content that will help you promote your chosen products and services.

For example, if you’re promoting a software you like you use, you could create a tutorial on how to use the software (for newbies).

Within this article, you would use your affiliate link for the software so if someone clicks through and makes a purchase, you make the commission.

You could also do product reviews as a piece of content. This is a strategy many fashion and beauty blogger use. They will write a review of products they like to use and then include an affiliate link so their readers can make a purchase.

There are many creative and effective ways to create content that brings affiliate marketing results. Do your research and see how other bloggers in your niche are promoting their affiliate partnerships.

Don’t be afraid to borrow ideas and emulate successful bloggers. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

4. Promote your content. For you to make money from affiliate opportunities, your blog needs to be read. Promote your content on social media, via your email list and anywhere else that’s relevant. The more traffic you build, the more the opportunities for you to make affiliate income.


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