There are many ways to make money online, and blogging is one of the most lucrative methods. Why? Because once you create a blog and publish it to the Internet, it is available to billions of people for as long as you keep it live. Each piece of content you write can continue to produce income for years to come. In today’s article, we’re going to teach you how to earn money online with a blog, and give you actionable steps to get started.

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Earn Money Online With a Blog

What is a Blog, anyway?

Before we start talking about how to make money with a blog, we should cover some basics.

So, what exactly is a Blog?

Blogs are informational websites, providing unique content referred to as “posts” that are usually presented in reverse chronological order so that the readers will see the most current content first.

There are an infinite number of blog styles and topics, as can be seen when you search for anything online. Popular topics include sports, pets, travel, food, clothing, beauty, DIY, and MMO, or make money online. That is the niche that we at BYIO fall into. We are all about sharing information on different ways to make money at home, make money online, and how to achieve passive income through a personal blog website.

Why You Should Start Your Own Blog

There are three main reasons why people finally make the decision to start their own money making blog, and why you should, too:

1. The Desire for Time Freedom.

No one likes working an 8 – 5  job, only to get home, eat, sleep, wake up, and repeat. The ability to work-at-home can offer great flexibility, but unless you’re self-employed, you may still be on a clock. Being self-employed doesn’t always equal time freedom either. In order to achieve time freedom, your income must be passive.

2. The Desire for Location Freedom.

How would you like to be able to earn income from anywhere? For those who love to travel, there is nothing worse than only receiving one week of paid vacation a year. What if you could travel as often as you like, and still be producing or increasing your income? For the non-travelers out there, how would you like to be able to earn income from the comfort of your home, or favorite coffee spot?

3. The Desire for Unlimited Income.

No matter what your job may be, if you are employed, then you are trading time for money, and there is only so much time in a day. You are limited by the hourly rate or salary your boss determines for you, and the minimal annual raise is never enough. Instead of spending all your time working for a single income from someone else, you could be working for yourself, and creating multiple incomes in the process.

How to Start a Money Making Blog

The Steps to Starting a Blog are quite Simple:

1. Choose a Website Builder

2. Choose a Website Host

3. Choose a Unique Domain

Some bloggers simply use their name as their website domain. This can be a very smart decision, especially for general lifestyle bloggers (wanting to brand themselves vs an alias or company name), or those who haven’t chosen a specific niche.

If you don’t use your name, then you want something catchy, not too long, and related to your niche (such as ours,

In either case, it’s best to have a .com, as they are the most used, most trusted extensions for a domain.

How to Create a Profitable Blog

Build Professional WordPress Websites

WordPress is the most common website builder in the world. With years of experience in building ready-made sites for DIY users, they offer pre-coded sites and thousands of different themes to choose from. WordPress makes it easy to start a blog.

Wealthy Affiliate is a platform that not only provides the usage of WordPress sites, but also provides the training necessary to successfully build your own site and monetize it.

[ See my full Review of Wealthy Affiliate here, and why I recommend them ]

If you’ve never built your own website before, and your goal is to make money with a blog, then you’re going to want some direction on how make that happen. If you try to do it on your own, I promise, you will fail. It will take you longer to figure it all out, and you’ll quit before you make a dime.

Luckily, Wealthy Affiliate was created by, and for, those who specialize in online business, and they know that getting started in anything, no matter how promising it is, takes a level of risk in the eye of the consumer. That’s why they offer a Free Starter Membership. You can try it, and decide if you like it before investing any money. (no credit card is required to sign up)

Wealthy Affiliate provides a website builder, website hosting, and access to search or purchase any domains right there without having to use a third party site. It’s a true all-in-one platform to start your money-making blog.

Here’s how it works…

1. Go to Wealthy Affiliate:

2. Sign up for FREE.

3. Immediately build your first Free website according to the provided step-by-step training.

4. Want help? You’ve found the right place.

Sign up, and I will personally greet you on the WA platform because it’s my #1 business tool. Plus, you will have access to the largest online business community, ready to help you build a profitable blog or website.

Common Questions and Answers for Beginner Bloggers

Q: Do I need to be a writer in order to be a successful blogger?

A: No. Most bloggers are not “writers,” at least not when they first start their blog. They are people from all walks of life with varied experience in every industry imaginable, just sharing their experiences. However, they do get a lot of writing practice throughout the blogging process, which helps them to relay content better to their readers.

Q: What do I write about?

A: What you already know, and what you learn! Bloggers do a lot of research. In an effort to present the most relevant information to their readers, (good) bloggers spend some of their “work” time researching niche topics that are of interest to their audience. This is why it’s important to have a blog that reflects an interest, passion, or hobby; something that you will continue to maintain and improve upon for years to come.

Q: What is a niche, and how do I choose one?

A: A niche, is a specific topic or group. It can be literally anything! Examples are anti-aging products for women, organic gardening, exercise equipment designed for short/tall people, anxiety relief, nature puzzles, DIY cages and accessories for guinea pigs, rustic decor, outdoor living, kids shoes, books for teens, creative holiday meals and desserts. Anything! The best way to choose is to pick something you have already knowledge or experience with.

Q: Do I need to know how to code?

A: No. If you use WA, there is absolutely no experience necessary in coding, programming, writing, blogging, or running a website. You will have all of the training you need at WA to start and maintain your new blog. All of the technical stuff will be done for you behind the scenes, and you’ll have full community support when you need it.

Q: Do I need to know how to use WordPress?

A: Not at all. If you use WA, everything you need to know, you will learn through step-by-step training, and it’s easy to follow no matter your background or work experience.

Q: How soon can I post articles to my new blog after I create it? (This question was asked below in the Comments section by our reader Tamika. Thank you, Tamika! To get your question answered, add it to the Comments at the end of this page!)

A: Immediately! Set up through WA takes mere minutes. There are a lot of elements that you can customize to make your blog look just the way you want it, but those personal touches happen over time. Content creation is the primary goal of a blog, so you can begin posting content immediately after you create your website.

Q: How will my blog make money?

A: Every website makes money either through sales of services or products. No product of your own? That’s okay. Most people sell other people’s products (have you ever bought something online from Amazon?) WA will teach you how to monetize your blog through the proper use of affiliate links and ads.

Is the Internet too Saturated to Make Money Blogging?

No! That’s like asking if there are too many songs recorded to continue making new music!

Every blog is unique, in presence and in content. Every blog attracts it’s own unique audience. No two bloggers will have the same influence on a reader. So, choose your niche, and build your brand!

Final Thoughts…

With nearly 4 Billion people world-wide completing their research and purchases online, blogging is a more lucrative business now than it’s ever been. (There are almost 8 Billion people in the world, so that number is still growing!)

Now is the time to earn money online with your own blog.

Let us help you, won’t you? Start Free here!


Related Article: How to Write a Blog Post and Make Money (In 6 Steps!)


Until now, what has stopped you from creating your own blog?

Are you ready to give blogging for money a try if you can start for free, with all of the necessary training and tools provided for you?

I check these comments daily, and respond to each personally. So, go ahead! Ask me your questions, or share your experience below!




Comments (38)

  1. Reply

    Hi there, this is a very informative post on how to get started as a blogger and earn money online. I particularly liked the Q&A and it really tackles a lot of common questions people have. It really demystifies it all and makes it simple and easy for beginners to understand. For a beginner, how long would you say is needed to create your blog, get it set up etc before you can start to post?

    • Reply

      Thank you, Tamika, and I will add your question to the Q&A!

      The answer is 5 minutes! Of course, it will take you longer than that to write your content, but you can post immediately after setup which takes minutes.

      Though there are are many customizations that one can (and will) make to a blog as far as presentation goes, these are tweaks and changes that you discover and make over time to personalize your blog and make it unique. Your content is the “meat” of your site, so you want to start writing posts immediately. If you’re not familiar with WA, and are interested in some great tutorials to boost your learning curve and earn faster, check out this link!

  2. Reply

    Great information! What is the best way that you have found to make money with a blog? I’ve started blogging, but turning blogging into an income has been tricky for me. Any recommendations?

  3. Andrea


    Thank you for such an in-depth post. You have made things easy to understand. I am so tired of my corporate job – I NEED a way out. Maybe this is it!

  4. Derek Marshall


    There are many reasons to build a blog, mine is that I love to help people and I can do that through blogging. For another blog that I have it satisfies my own hunger for knowledge, I wish to know about the subject matter and share it with the world.

    • Reply

      You are absolutely right, Derek! Bloggers often have to research prior to writing their posts, and learn quite a bit about their niche. Private blogs and sites make up most of the information available to us online. It takes people like you, with a constant thirst for knowledge, to keep providing new info and opinions. So keep sharing, and helping! If you’d like to take a free course on how to monetize your current blog, see this page. You could use the income to maintain your blog (ensuring you’re able to keep it around for years to come) or fund a charity if you like!

  5. Reply

    Hi Cris, thank you for all this info. I had heard about affiliate marketing but thought I had missed the boat, and everybody was doing it.
    Putting it across like music makes me think differently. Imagine the world with no more music because of like-minded people like me.
    You have made me think again about starting affiliate marketing.

  6. Ian


    For a person who is definitely looking to build an income online, I found your blog to be quite helpful. Usually writers don’t go into the Who, What, Where, When and Why reasons for doing something, but I felt as if those things were touched on here in this post and I really like that. I think your tips are great as well. Usually when I see articles talking about making money online I get turned off pretty quickly and leave the site, but here I didn’t. 

    Do you have any top do’s and do not’s in the online world?


  7. Carol5162


    True to your words, a blog done today can still be valuable in the years to come. Learning to blog is the key concept in making a successful online career. It is so relieving to be able to earn money while doing something you love, like blogging on a niche that you are passionate about. I have experience with this and I am enjoying every bit of the journey. 

    I joined the Wealthy Affiliate Platform a few months ago and I must stay their training is phenomenal. I wouldn’t have done what I am doing now without their help. You have explained the concept well on how to make money blogging. Thanks for this great article.

  8. jessetoikkanen


    Great comprehensive article on how to make money by blogging. Beginner-friendly, easily understandable, but lots of useful stuff. 

    I was actually a website or blog owner like 13 years ago, but just started it again a couple of months ago. I have a question for you; I have applied to +10 affiliate marketing programs in my niche and got approved for most of them but I would like to make a request to Amazon affiliate. I have a little bit of organic traffic and 2-3 somehow ranking keywords at this moment. Do you think I should wait to have solid +100 visitors daily basis before applying to Amazon or take a risk and try? 

    • Cris


      Thank you, and good question!

      Amazon Associates is actually very easy to work with and will often accept new websites. 

      What you need to know is that Amazon requires 3 affiliate sales in a 6 month period to remain an Associate. So, YES, it’s best to have  some traffic before you apply. If you do not reach the 3 sales in the 6 months, you can easily reapply. 

      (FYI – sales can not be your own or friends or family. They must be organic sales.)

  9. Jones


    It is true that blogging is one of the best businesses you can do online to make good money. I wanted to start my own blog when I stopped working but I wasn’t able to get enough information and training on how to go about it. I went directly into Affiliate marketing, and found out, well, they’re somewhat related!

    Blogging is a remote business and can be done from any part of the world. It doesn’t follow a specific routine and I can make as much as I want. It takes time and dedication, choosing the right unique niche, and finding the right route to attract traffic to your website. Your questions and answers are really helpful – will be of great advantage to newbies wanting to get into blogging / online business. 

  10. Tom


    This is a great post. Very informative. You have covered everything that you need to know about building a blog and monetizing it. I am also a member of Wealthy Affiliate, I joined because I believe that it is the best way to learn all the steps needed to start your blog. But it is also a great resource for support and having everything in one place.

    • Cris


      Yes, WA is unique in that members have access to all of the necessary tools in one user-friendly platform. They train and support about 10,000 new businesses per month! With 14 yrs in the books, and hands-on leadership, they plan to continue dominating the online business space for years to come. 

      In case you missed it: We WILL Lead the Industry Another 14 Years!  Great read.

      Thank you for stopping by to comment!

  11. Henderson


    Nice of you to write this. Many people do not know that there is so much in stall for those that are into blogging, and making money through it is not so hard. For me, I started blogging so I can spend some more time with my family and it’s been pretty good for me. I get to earn something and still have my freedom. Nobody to boss me around because I am my own boss. Great article here.

    • Cris


      Congrats on your blogging success! More time with family is what it’s all about!

      #timefreedom  #locationfreedom  #incomefreedom

  12. Ivan


    I like how you said at the end, “That’s like asking if there are too many songs recorded to continue making new music!” Great stuff! I used to think that this space is limited, and I’d have no chance to push through all the competition. But then I realized that the competition does not exist, only creation. The more you create, the more chances you get. I like how you guided us through steps for starting up a blog. Is there some form of training at Wealthy Affiliate?

    • Cris


      Hi Ivan! There is competition, but there is much more opportunity, and WA will show you exactly how to carve out your space in the niche you choose for your business. 

      There is extensive training at WA for building a profitable website business. For more information, read my review of Wealthy Affiliate, or sign up as a Free Starter Member to give it a try risk free. Either way, I wish you success in your online venture!

  13. John


    Very nice question and answer section for anyone here who wants to work online. You really do know a whole lot about this. I am also a blogger and I have a friend who keeps asking me so many questions about what I do. I think I really need to forward this to him because you have done justice to that. Nicely done, and easy to follow. Shared!

  14. bella


    You have successfully demystified everything that might have served as a difficulty or an aspect not well understood before about blogging, through the question and answer section, and the whole post really. Seriously, I am much more clear with how blogging works now. Wealthy affiliate also seems like a perfect place to get started with building the journey as a blogger. Just what I needed today. Thanks so much.

  15. Mugalu Mansoor


    According to this good information you have engaged me into the moods of starting up my own blog because it provides a good working environment and opportunity to both the owner and the clients. To make it more interesting you have even provided the steps of how to create one. thanks for alerting us about this income generating technique of blogging.

  16. Selenity Jade


    Another nice article, thank you, Cris. I think blogging can definitely be a lucrative career or a nice side income, depending on what one wants to do with it.  I love how it is completely dependent on the bloggers themselves, and what they want to accomplish, and how much time they want to put into it, etc.  It may take a while to see some return for it, but it’s worth the time spent building a site that brings income for years to come.  Great read. Thanks again!

    • Cris


      Exactly right. Each blogger is in control of their own productivity schedule. Part time or full time, blogging can create a very good income. Part time will of course take a bit longer to build up to the point where the site is monetized, but, hey – a blog built slowly over time that eventually creates an income is passive income that you wouldn’t have had otherwise, right? Worth it either way!

  17. Antonio


    Hi Cris

    I think blogging can be seen as a two fold benefit, as you are imparting knowledge and earning money at the same time. Imparting knowledge is important as it builds trust with your readers, and anything you promote relates to your information. I really appreciate this post as it covers all the areas in a concise and informative manner.

    Also, blogging is not easy, as it takes time and effort to write each post. The nice thing is that with time your writing will get better and you get quicker at completing each piece of content. Then, it just takes time to get recognized by the search engines.

    Question: What do you do when you feel discouraged and not getting anywhere?



    • Cris


      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for your question!

      If you mean discouraged in relation to the search engines, then here is my answer:

      Focus on more content!

      As SE algorithms change, and User’s keyword search terms change, and other factors that you have no control over, the important thing to remember is that your purpose is to provide quality content to your readers. So, when you’re feeling discouraged about a drop in traffic or a keyword not ranking, etc, just keep providing new content!

      Also, remember to go back after time (1yr+) and update old content to refresh and keep your info current. There will always be ebbs and flows, but keep riding the wave!

  18. Wildecoll


    It’s always a good idea to have a home business at hand – something that offers you freedom and the opportunity to lead your own venture the way you want to without any bosses to tell you what to do. Blogging is truly a very lucrative business as you’ve said. What makes it kind of hard for some people is the fact that they don’t get the right information from the right source. This article will serve as a good guide for people willing to learn more about blogging and how to go about it the right way.  The Q&A was very helpful. Thanks.

    • Cris


      I agree with you completely. I think everyone should have a Plan B (or C) that involves some form of self-employment. Blogging is a great option because it can be started part time, and build into something that can provide a full time income for the future.

      I’m glad you found this post helpful. Thank you for your comment!

  19. Wildecoll


    I really appreciate you for sharing this post, without a doubt, you’ve done justice to it. Those who make money in blogging have learned how to do so, and this explains things correctly in my eyes. You’ve made the process something simple to understand and follow.

    Also, I think Wealthy Affiliate is becoming one of the most known and credible online business Universities. I’ve read many testimonies about how they have helped people create a successful business online with their training. 

    • Cris


      Thank you for the kind words, and, yes, Wealthy Affiliate has been helping entrepreneurs create online businesses for 14 years now. With hundreds of thousands of business owners using their platform, there are a few testimonies out there. I’m one of them! 

      If you haven’t ‘peeked’ at their platform before, you should take a look. People are welcome to visit, browse the tools, and even start a website for free just to do their due diligence. I think you would be impressed!

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