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How to make money with a blog for beginners

make money blog beginnersThere are lots of things to know about how to make money with a blog for beginners.

First, you need to consider if your blog is even able to make money.

The best way to figure this out is to list the things you intend to promote or sell with your blog.

If they are things that are popular with your niche audience, then there’s probably a way to make money with them.

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But if you’re a new blogger, you’ll have to learn what those ways are.

And first, you’ll need to consider what type of blog is best to make money for you.

Types of blogs that make money

Not all blogs can be monetized.

An example is… a blog in a niche that has a very small audience.

So think about what niche you should be blogging in.

Another poor audience choice would be one populated with people who don’t spend much money on the products and services you are promoting.

But some of the best blogs for making money are ones that showcase the services you provide.

There are many ways to sell services on your blog.

Before that, though, you need to consider what types of services you could sell as a blogger.

Or, what type of services do you already provide that you can promote using a blog?

Blogger services

For the most part, new bloggers wanting to promote services focus on “bloggers services.”

In other words, services that they can sell to other bloggers.

This includes things like…

  • website design
  • social media marketing
  • freelance writing
  • graphic design
  • copywriting
  • building landing pages
  • SEO

Blogger services are great for blogging beginners.

That’s because they’ve probably had to learn a lot of the skills involved in building a blogging business.

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And, as bloggers, they have already networked with other bloggers who could possibly use their services.

If, as a beginner, you are trying make money with a blog, this could be the perfect way to do it.

List of service business

Now many beginner bloggers are already providing services.

They could be professionals, contractors, or entrepreneurs.

There are so many service businesses that start blogs because they know it’s a great way to connect with new prospects.

Service businesses can include professionals like

  • accountants
  • lawyers
  • doctors
  • realtors
  • financial advisors
  • dentists
  • engineers

They include contractors like

  • plumbers
  • electricians
  • roofers
  • cleaners

And they include entrepreneurs like

  • advertising agents
  • personal consultants
  • investors
  • traders
  • e-commerce owners

This is just a tiny example of what service businesses look like.

If you provide a service either directly to consumers, or to other businesses, then blogging is one of the best things you can do to promote it.

How to make money with a blog for beginners

Don’t be content with telling people everything about your service in your blog post.

That’s just the beginning.

There are many other things you’ll need to do to convert your blog visitors into clients.

Share your blog wherever your audience is.

Make your blog a testament to how valuable your service is.

Let people know how good you are at providing your service.

Use testimonials.

Tell stories about how you’ve been able to help people with your services.

Think of your blog as a portfolio.

It’s a collection of things you can show off about.

Visual services

It could be a collection of images if your service is visual.

So, if you’re a photographer or graphics designer for instance, show examples of what you’ve created.

In the beginning, you can just showcase things you’ve created.

As you get some clients, you can show things that your clients have paid you to create for them.

Be a story teller

But your blog is not a portfolio for just visual services.

You can make it a collection of stories, for instance.

Let’s say your’e a real estate sales person.

Your service is selling houses and land.

Why not write stories about people you’ve helped to find their dream homes, for example.

People love to hear stories about other people.

And it’s a perfect way to let your prospects know how you can help them, just like you’ve helped others.

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Share some training and information

Your blog can also be a portfolio of training and informational bits.

If your service is “personal coaching,” then write articles that give people some tips about how to better themselves.

This will demonstrate your coaching ability and style.

Potential clients can see for themselves, through your demonstrations, if you seem like the right person to help them with their own challenges and needs.

If you are a bankruptcy attorney, tell some stories about clients you’ve helped.

Maybe you helped somebody in financial difficulties to save their home through the bankruptcy procedure.

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Or just share some generic legal information with an article like “how to go bankrupt and still save your home.”

How to make money with a blog for beginners

So whatever service you offer, a blog can vastly help you promote it.

Promoting your service is one of the best ways to make money with a blog, even if you’re a beginner when it comes to blogging.

And remember, you may have been practicing medicine, law or some other profession for decades.

But if you’ve just started a blog, you’re still a beginner.

If you’ve been blogging a long time, but are just beginning a new service… then you are a beginner at learning to make money with your blog by selling your service.

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So, what kind of service do you offer?

What have you been doing to promote it?

I’d like to hear from you in the comments section below.

Has it been helpful to learn “how to make money with a blog for beginners?”

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Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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27 Responses to How to make money with a blog for beginners

  1. Deepak October 22, 2020 at 5:34 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Thanks for this post. Great content on how to make money from blogs. Nicely explains the various ways to sell our services to other bloggers and generate revenue from it.

    Great job. Keep it up.


  2. Amar Kumar October 22, 2019 at 6:05 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Blogging for money is not a theoretical concept but it’s a reality. Anyone with some basic knowledge of blogging, SEO and a general idea on how the Internet works can start a blogging business and make money.

    Targeted organic traffic is the most valuable source of traffic for your blog because it’s traffic that converts. Eventually, thanks for sharing these wonderful facts with us.

    With best wishes,

    Amar Kumar

  3. Aadarsh Roy
    July 8, 2019 at 3:03 am #

    Hey Donna Merrill Mam,

    Great post with great tips for beginners to make money with blogs. I really like the tips that you have listed, whereas your all the listed tips are truly effective for beginners and newbies and will helps them to generate money with blogs. The list of blogger services and service businesses that you have listed are great. Sharing a blog and be a story teller are really a good ideas. Considering the blog as a portfolio is really a great tips for bloggers. Sharing some training helpful information is a great way to make people aware and will provide good benefits. Your all the listed tips are easy to understand and follow, whereas following these tips will helps a lot.

    Really helpful post with helpful tips for beginners and Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sam Adeyinka
    June 27, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    Storytelling is an Art, Donna!

    At least it is one of the few things I found out when trying to build my personal brand online, and trust me it worked for me.

    I will be teaching in a WhatsApp class today and while preparing my ppt slides, and the actual texts I will be sharing in the group, I thought to myself, Sam, why not share that story of how you ran a promo ads on Facebook to attract 30 prospective clients; how 17 of them turned out to be serious and how just 7 of them made you 84k Nigerian currency, which at that time was huge for me. Lol.

    Well, I already incorporated that into my copy and I’m darn sure it will sell like wildfire!

    This is a nice piece of content you have shared here for new bloggers mama Donna. They will love you for it!


  5. Sara George June 13, 2019 at 11:11 am #

    Its an amazing guide for beginners, where they can learn how to make money through blogging. The Blogging is very big and respectable business in these days, and a lot of people are working from home and earning a good living. You have mentioned some great tips that will be helpful for new bloggers.

  6. Hamza Hashim June 11, 2019 at 2:19 am #

    Hey Donna Merrill,
    For a newbie, it is not easy to make money blogging online. But it doesn’t mean that he/she should not start a blog. The only thing that a newbie beginner has to understand is that it takes time, hard work, skills, and patience to build a business like blogging.

    • Donna Merrill June 11, 2019 at 7:58 am #

      Hi Hamza,

      No, it is not easy making money blogging online at first. There are so many things a newbie has to learn. But as long as they start the action of blogging, they will learn marketing skills as they go along. Being persistent is key to a new blogger and having the patience and persistence is that “secret sauce” to success.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How beginner bloggers become successfulMy Profile

  7. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    June 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

    Great insights for blogging beginners, Donna
    It may take a bit of time to monetize a blog, but in our time it is important to be present online to make people aware of a business and the services it provides. Sharing knowledge in story form is always good and attracts readers who may become customers.
    Thank you

    • Donna Merrill June 11, 2019 at 7:56 am #

      Hi Erika,

      Indeed, it does take a bit of time to monetize a blog. And yes, it is important to be online to create the awareness of what we provide. Nice seeing you again.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How beginner bloggers become successfulMy Profile

  8. Bryan McHeyzer
    May 31, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Great information there is always the struggle to decide what subject material is best to serve your blog readers.

    I have been in-consistent with blogging stopping and starting which I feel is the reason for non progress.

    Hopefully finding you will make a difference you do have some excellent content.

    • Donna Merrill June 11, 2019 at 7:54 am #

      Hi Bryan,

      The one thing that is oh so important with blogging is consistency. Make a schedule for yourself to blog a certain time per month. Once a week can be priceless! But if you don’t have the time for that then every ten to fifteen days to get you started. Be consistent and keep visiting bloggers ….you will get the hang of it and once you do, it becomes a habit so it will be easier to be consistent.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How beginner bloggers become successfulMy Profile

  9. Vishwajeet Kumar
    May 29, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Thanks for this wonderful post. Monetizing your blog is a tricky part. Understanding your readers need and recommending them relevant products can help you to make money from your blog. In simple term, it is called affiliate marketing. It is one of my primary ways to make money from my blog. Apart from this, you need to build a loyal readership for your blog to monetize it. Thanks!

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    • Donna Merrill June 11, 2019 at 7:52 am #

      Hi Vishwajeet,

      Indeed, monetizing our blogs is a bit tricky. If we don’t have our own products and/or services, affiliate marketing can do the job quickly. As long as we understand what our readers want.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How beginner bloggers become successfulMy Profile

  10. Lesly Federici
    May 27, 2019 at 11:36 am #

    Wonderful post, full of ideas. I like the Portfolio idea.. your blog is the hub and what you put on it reflects you ..

  11. Moss Clement
    May 27, 2019 at 5:27 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Storytelling is one of the best ways to grab users attention and make them stick to reading your blog as well as coming back for more. However, if you do not have the right strategies in place, making money as a beginner becomes difficult. Despite that, one needs to put in more efforts and be consistent with what he does to make money. Gaurav made an interesting, and that is to develop your blogging skills and be patient.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Donna Merrill May 29, 2019 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Moss,

      Indeed, storytelling is one of the best ways to grab the attention of the reader. We do have to attain marketing strategies ourselves and “plug” it into our stories but most importantly we have to have patience.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How to make money with a blog for beginnersMy Profile

  12. Marquita Herald
    May 24, 2019 at 6:19 am #

    All great points, especially zeroing in on your audience because otherwise, you’re just burning a lot of time and effort. I can personally relate to your point about thinking of your blog as a portfolio. You can tell a lot about a blogger simply by the look and feel of their website, and the clearer the message and the more on target their content the easier it becomes to know whether you want to stick around long enough to get to know them. As always, thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Donna Merrill May 24, 2019 at 6:58 am #

      Hi Marquita,

      I like to think of my blog as a portfolio because I do get a lot of feedback from people who I do marketing with. They come to my blog to get a feel for who I am and lots of time they give me great feedback.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How to make money with a blog for beginnersMy Profile

  13. Cristofer Odqvist
    May 24, 2019 at 3:39 am #

    Hi, Donna! Thank you for another great one, I’ve recently started the blog (been using Twitter quite successfully since 2013) so all of this is good food for thought when I’m planning where to go next. I especially like the part about telling stories about the clients/customers. It’s so easy to just focus on what I’m providing and forget about talking about the clients and let new potential clients identify with those stories.
    All the best,

  14. Donna Merrill May 23, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi Gaurav,

    Indeed, for a newbie blogger it is not easy to monetize their blog. It takes time and patience as you have mentioned and that is the key to starting a good blogging business. People have to understand that no matter what business they are in….offline to online, it does take time.

    Donna Merrill recently posted..How to make money with a blog for beginnersMy Profile

  15. Lee Coppin May 23, 2019 at 9:44 am #


    So glad I have found your blog, a mass of great information.

    In this post, you have focused on promoting services as a way of generating revenue from a blog, What are your thoughts about monetizing through CPC or Affiliate offers?

    I am approaching this subject from both angels, you could say I am split testing LOL, and I am seeing some traction of both approaches.

    What I don’t want to do is scare off my fledgling tribe.

    I am definitely using my blog to share training, insights and helpful hints and tips to help my visitors. Hopefully, my blog posts convey my excitement and passion for my niche. I do try to teach through telling my story and using my experiences.

    This blogging is exciting
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    • Donna Merrill May 24, 2019 at 7:05 am #

      Hi Lee,

      Teaching in your blog is the best way to show people who you are and what you particularly do.

      As for my thoughts on Affiliate Offers, it can be great to write a blog about it. You can show your enthusiasm of the product/service while promoting it. I wouldn’t do this all the time but a small percentage of time.

      I also like CPC because once you have an affiliate product to sell, you can run some split testing on a highly specific target audience.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..How to make money with a blog for beginnersMy Profile

  16. Gaurav Kumar
    May 22, 2019 at 2:02 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    For a newbie it is not easy to make money blogging online. But it doesn’t mean that he/she should not start a blog. The only thing that a newbie beginner has to understand is that it takes time, hard-work, skills and patience to build a business like blogging.

    Storytelling is an art that a blogger can master with time and learning.

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