With all the dollar figures thrown around, and claims of people making hundreds of dollars a day by blogging you can be forgiven for thinking that they only people making money from this is those trying to sell their eBooks on the subject. The truth is that it is possible to make money blogging but it won’t happen overnight and you will need to put some effort in. So how much money can you make from using a free Blogger blog?
I usually recommend that beginners to blogging start out using Google’s own Blogger service (just head to Blogger.com to get your account) because it’s super easy to get started and many of the monetization features such as adding AdSense are already built into the system. Once you become more efficient then you can move up to hosting your own blog using WordPress and have your own domain name as well – but WordPress is a little more advanced and can sometimes be a little tricky if you don’t know what you are doing.
So starting with a Blogger blog is a great way to dip your toe in the water so to speak.
The amount of money that you can make really depends on two main things. The subject matter of your blog and also how much traffic you can get to it, so let’s look at these two in more detail so you can get an idea of what’s possible.
Firstly there is no denying that some subjects are easier to make money from than others. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t write about your passion if that’s what you want to do. Many hobby blogs do extremely well financially because there isn’t as much competition for the topic as there is for something like a weight loss blog which competes with millions of other similar sites. The real key is rather how useful, interesting or topical your posts are – if people keep returning to see what you are going to write next, or to get more ideas for their project then you know that you have a winning subject.
Once you start getting people visit your blog it’s time to start adding the monetization features to it. Obviously the easiest way is to add AdSense to your blog because it’s just a matter of adding that Gadget to your layout (under the Layout tab > Add A Gadget link) to wherever you want the ads to display (you’ll need an AdSense account first but you can apply right from inside the Blogger AdSense gadget). But AdSense ads usually don’t pay that much (usually only around 10 cents a click or so).
So it’s always a good idea to start looking at money ideas that pay much higher commissions such as affiliate programs or even selling your own products.