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Step-by-Step Guide: How To Make $1000 From Your Blog Every Month

Money is a source of motivation!    make $1000 step by step

How many times have you tried to raise $1000 from your blog and failed? Well, content marketing could be your saving grace.

We all believe in hard work – working our butts off! But at the end of the day, so many bloggers have nothing to show for their so-called hard work.

If you’ve been battling with this, I’ve been where you’re right now. But my story changed. Yours can change, too.

At the time, I couldn’t generate $50 from my blog and I kept wondering what I was neglecting.

This post is like a blank check for you to cash in.

Don’t take my words for it – but if you want to make money online, it takes more than hard work. In fact, it’s not all about hard work.

There is something you need that beats hard work. What’s that…?

Simple plan that works

I was damn broke when I started blogging. I knew all about waking up early at about 7.00am and working for 8 hours.

Did I achieve my ultimate goal? Strike me for all I care, but I didn’t make a single dime. What it takes to make a living off your blog is a simple plan that you can run with.

The moment I set goals for my business, everything about my life started to fall into good hands. Trust me; the only place where HARD WORK is vital is when you’ve a clear business goal.

A simple plan of how you can monetize your blog. What you must be doing every day to generate income from your blog.

You see, if you simply answer the title “I’m a blogger” and expect money to fall off the sky, you’d wait forever and even at that, nothing would still happen.

This article is over 2000 words. I’d like you to take action immediately after reading this and once the money starts rolling in, share your success story with me. Let’s get started right away.

How you can earn $1000 monthly from your blog

Yep, $1000 is nothing to a super affiliate or pro blogger. But because majority of my readers barely earns $249.02 from blogging, I’m sure that $1k would bring joy to their lives. I told you earlier that a simple plan is what you need.

It doesn’t matter whether your blog is 2 weeks old, 2 months old or even 2 years old; you deserve to live the internet lifestyle – at least, to a certain extent.

Don’t be scared of $1000 if you’ve never made $100 because it can be easy if you follow my step by step guide. The first step you must take is to break down the total and see what we’ve:

$1000 divided by 30 days = $33.33/day or $142.86/week

Look at those numbers critically. In other words, if your blog can generate at least $33.33 every single day for the next 30 days, you’d successfully make $1k.Or if you’re the type of blogger who prefers to calculate weekly – then just earn $142.86 and that would fine.

The question is, do you think it’s possible to earn $40 from your blog on a daily basis?

I don’t know what you’re thinking right now, but it looks realistic. Remember, a goal must be realistic and measurable. Otherwise, you’re going to struggle to make any worthwhile progress.

Get your blog ready to receive cash

blog ready

Is your blog ready to make money?

Before I share with you the best ways to start making $1k monthly, we need to talk about the readiness of your blog.

The layout, navigation, text color, background and foreground color are integral elements when it comes to turning a profitable blog.

If your blog loads slowly, it can be very difficult to earn income with it. Did you see problogger, copyblogger, John Chow and other 6-figure earners; they’re all fast loading blogs.

Even if you can’t afford a professional/customized theme, you should research fast loading themes and use the best.

Don’t settle for crappy themes. A low quality theme would automatically result in low quality content, it doesn’t matter the amount of time you put into producing those content.

Prepare your blog. If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, you’d recall that from the onset, I had a great theme. I didn’t spend a dime on it initially.

But I earned a decent income from that same blog. Earlier this year, I hired a wordpress designer to customize my theme. Because I needed to build my brand and earn more money – that investment has paid off 102%.

Your blog’s sidebar is a money maker – don’t misuse it

Studies have shown that when you’ve too many options for your target audience to choose from, you’d confuse them.

Instead of buying from you, or clicking on your ads, they’d leave because you chased them away. Your blog’s sidebar is meant to generate income for you. You must not misuse it. How?

If your blog is new, then you don’t need more than two affiliate banners at the sidebar. Except you’re open for paid advertisements, which can be difficult for a new blog with no pagerank and good alexa ranking.

Did you know that when you add 1 – 2 affiliate banners or ads at your sidebar, you can generate more income than, having too many banners? And that’s the problem with newbie bloggers. They can’t imagine the possibility of one web hosting banner, and how it can result in 2 – 5 new leads daily.

If that’s your thought, stop that right now and clear your sidebar. Isn’t it high time you get specific? Your goal must be simple; realistic and measurable.

Step-by-step guide: what you’ve been waiting for!

I recently discovered the secret of making money with a new blog. Of course, as a beginner, you don’t have credibility yet. You may not be as famous a Seth Godin, Brian Clark, Darren Rowse or Pat Flynn, but you’re unique in your own special way.

The beauty of blogging is that you can leverage. So the first step to making money online with your blog is leverage. Let’s quickly talk about that…

Step one: Leverage successful people’s product  leverage

Affiliate marketing isn’t new. But every day, it gets even better.

The truth is, there are brand names in the blogosphere – especially those listed above and several others.

Now, those pro bloggers have digital products.

They’ve e-books, membership sites, software, plugin, kindle books, paid podcasts and so on.

If you’re broke right now, you can leverage on their digital product and start cashing in easily.

So, instead of looking for the best affiliate product, simply register as an affiliate and generate your hoplink (customized link).

For instance, if you can add Darren’s “31 Days To Build A Better Blog” banner on your sidebar, the chances of getting clicks and sales are higher than adding an unknown internet marketer’s product at your sidebar.

What about websynthesis; a web hosting service from copyblogger?I’m sure that you’d generate more sales than promoting all manner of affiliate offers from strangers. You’re trying to leverage successful people – so that you can eliminate the stress and make money easily.

I’m not saying that you can become rich overnight, but it doesn’t have to take 12 months or 3 years before you can start earning decent income from your blog. Don’t forget, if you work hard to promote an affiliate offer that no one trusts, it’s a waste of time.

How to leverage successfully:

-       Ask yourself this question, “who is my blogging mentor or role model”?

-       Find out whether your mentor has thousands of fans and readers

-       Find out whether your mentor has a digital product (e-book, membership site, plugin, themes, consulting et al)

-       Join your mentor’s affiliate program (if any) or indicate your interest in sending targeted leads to him. Always remember, A-list bloggers and Super affiliates would prefer email subscribers, more than few bucks, any time, anywhere.

-       Where does your mentor visit frequently? You must locate their social media presence and become active there. This is to enable you get acquainted with his voice and style. It’s going to be useful when you write review or recommend his product and service to potential buyers.

-       Work hard (there you go) to promote your mentor’s product. You already know where he hangs out, his personality and his marketing style. If they’ve been using a particular marketing tactic for years, it shows that when you use it, you’d get similar results.

But what exactly is leverage?

Leverage can mean so many things. But for this instance, to leverage simply means to stand at someone else’s shoulder and visualize the world of opportunities.

Guest blogging is a good form of leverage because it exposes you to authority blogs – which ordinarily, you can’t write for.

To make more money using leverage as your tactic – do this:

Create a landing or squeeze page

Once you’ve grabbed your affiliate hoplink, it’s time to reach out to your target audience.

You’ll need a landing page, which can be a separate page on your blog. The purpose of that page is to capture email leads of potential visitors (blog readers).

This is why email follow up is important if you must make $1000 monthly from your blog. As you collect email leads, you’d schedule email messages on your autoresponder account. You can use Getresponse, Aweber or icontact to follow up with subscribers.

Since you’re leveraging famous blogger’s product, you can promote an e-book, plugin or membership site instantly.

If you were to promote your own e-book or digital product as a newbie blogger, I’d say wait for 7 days. Within these 7 days, you can build a relationship with your list members.

But because the product is from a credible person, whose name is worth more than $1000, you can leverage that opportunity to make money with your first email follow up.

What happens to your blog’s sidebar?

On your sidebar, you can display the affiliate banner. The landing page is for email capture, but the sidebar is for direct sales. If your sidebar is clean and has 1 or 2 affiliate banners, you can easily earn $40 on a daily basis.

And when you multiply $40 x 30 days, you’d have successfully earned more than $1000 for that particular month.

Everything I’ve shared with you so far are from my experience with affiliate marketing. It’s not head knowledge or some regurgitated tips from content mills.

Make sure that your affiliate sidebar is colorful and calls for action. As a graphic designer myself, two out of every five affiliate banners on my sidebar are redesigned by me. At times, the original banner would look awkward or unattractive. A redesign can boost your click-through rate by 103%.

The “twisted” way to attract red-hot buyers

I’d assume that you’ve added the affiliate banner on your sidebar, as well as created a landing page for email capture. The challenge now is attracting real buyers to those helpful products.

As a matter of fact, rest assured that the product would deliver because it’s from a reputable person. If it were to be from a marketer who wants to make quick bucks and disappear – that’s a different ball game.

Successful bloggers are known to produce quality product – because of their brand and network. You can’t expect Brian Clark to create a product that wouldn’t live up to expectation.

The best way to attract read-hot buyers is through “SEO guest blogging.”

SEO guest blogging – what’s that?

It’s a simple concept actually. As you can see, it’s about using guest blogging to improve your rankings in Google first page and consequently, drive more targeted traffic to your blog. But it’s not what you think, this is quite unique.

So many bloggers have lost their rankings and Pagerank due to Google’s frequent update. The Panda dashed a lot of websites and we thought that was all. The Penguin update surprised everyone and the most recent EMDs update totally blew a lot of websites away.

But despite these SEO changes going on around the Web, you can still leverage authority blogs that weren’t affected by the updates. Opportunities to dominate Google’s first page are still available.

You just need to research the top blogs that are occupying good spots on the homepage and guest blog for them.

Surprisingly, some of the new blogs are ranking highly for some competitive key terms in Google. Quickly dig into these blogs and you’d see the popular posts. Pitch a similar idea and write the best guest post that can get a “YES.”

On the author bio, don’t link to your homepage or blog post except the product review page for the affiliate offer you’re promoting.

But more importantly, link to your landing page and capture leads. Then follow up through the autoresponder email messages.

So, taking advantage of blogs in your niche – that were not affected by Panda, Penguin, EMDs is termed “SEO guest blogging.” That’s my phrase, I coined it myself (you should credit me when you eventually use it).

Simple calculations that equate $1000 monthly

Are you convinced that you can earn $1k from your blog every month? Without an iota of doubt, I can achieve this goal for my new blog. Ensure that you’ve optimized your landing page so that over time, it can rank highly on its own.

What you must do:

-       Write at least 5 – 10 quality guest posts monthly using SEO guest blogging tactic.

-       You’d drive at least 50 potential buyers/readers to your landing page in 24 – 48 hours.

-       If your landing page is catchy and valuable, you’d convert at least 10 visitors into email subscribers.

-       If you follow up effectively with exclusive content and your mentor’s product, you could make 1 – 4 sales in your first email.

Get started right away

And if the affiliate product costs $37 and your commission is 50%, you’ll make $18.50 from a single sale. And for 4 sales, you’d earn a whopping $18.50 x 4 = $74.

Our target is $40 daily, but now you’ve just earned $74 from 4 sales. Remember, this commission is from 50 potential buyers that joined your email list in the first 48 hours. Hopefully, you’d bring in more potential buyers before 30 days elapses.

The leverage gets even better

Search engine ranking is a gradual process. But if you target a long tail keyword, and your guest post gets published on a blog that has good positions in search engine, within 14 days, your content page can rank on Google’s top 10.

This is no gimmick or B.S. It’s a proven marketing tactic which I’ve been using since I started blogging.

The moment your guest posts starts ranking on Google homepage, you’d receive more potential buyers on your landing page. And more traffic equals more subscribers. Eventually, this affiliate marketing system will work on its own accord.

This is where hard work comes into play

Earlier, I told you that hard work without a simple plan that can produce result is a waste of time. But the secret of successful people lies in their zeal to see results. The truth is, if you’re lazy, you can’t earn $1,000 monthly.

To drive more targeted buyers to your landing page, social media networks could be of immense help as well. But if I were you, I’d focus 75% of my time on SEO guest blogging because it can bring you closer to your goal. And this tactic doesn’t expire – it’s evergreen.

Some of my guest posts on A-list blogs are still dominating Google’s first page, irrespective of Panda, Penguin or EMDs updates. I had a plan, and I worked hard to see it come through.

If I did it without laying complaints and pointing accusing fingers at Google, and other forces, you too can!

So, can you make $1000/month from your blog?

Don’t let Google dictate what happens in your business. Even if your blog was affected by their weird updates, you’ve got to think out-of-the-box. You’re the BOSS of your life – start taking responsibilities today.

If you’ve enjoyed the step-by-step guide as laid out in this post, let me know in the comment below.

If you’re confident enough to earn $1000 monthly from blogging, tell me in the comment section. Also, what’s your greatest challenge when it comes to making money online?

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56 Responses to Step-by-Step Guide: How To Make $1000 From Your Blog Every Month

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  • Hi Michael,

    I think you’re right, If you would sale product or service of any reputable firm then you would usually see higher sales rate than any unknown company product. However I’m sure if by displaying few ads you can earn more money, though it’s need to be tested first.
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  • Manishak says:

    I guess you are right about the speed part. Unless your website’s speed is good, people will steer away. I was just reading this post http://wassupblog.com/wassupblog-now-hosted-on-a-vps-host/ and Peter, who is the owner of the site has gone to the VPS server. He says that the speed has become much better. The site loads within 3 seconds as against 12 seconds!

  • Angel Maggio says:

    So you believe that I can make $1000 from my blog every single month, if I’ve a simple goal and work hard to make it come through? Sorry, this question might be long. Because I haven’t earned a dime since I launched my blog. But I’m going to try promoting affiliate offers from successful bloggers. Hopefully, it’d change my financial state. Anyways, you did well with your post. Thank you so much.

    • Yes, making money online with a blog is a gradual process, but if you can keep at it, success would surely come. Keep learning and implementing good tips to your blogging career. I wish you all the best.

  • James Cartel says:

    What an amazing post on how to make a thousand bucks a month. I think it’s realistic, because I’ve made over 3k myself – although I worked my butts off. You made it so simple and I need to consider promoting affiliate offers from my mentors. I didn’t consider that in my entire blogging career. Thanks a bunch.
    James Cartel recently posted..How To Set Up Netflix On Wii – Step By Step TutorialMy Profile

  • I’ve tried all manner of affiliate marketing but couldn’t achieve any success. I first registered with Clickbank, then CJ but the commission weren’t coming in. I think I’m going to give your tactics a shot and see how it goes. Hopefully, this would mark the end of my affiliate marketing struggle. God bless you Michael – as always, this post is lengthy but interesting to read.
    Shirley Emerson recently posted..8 Good Habits To Help You Make Money Working From HomeMy Profile

    • Hey Shirley, I know how you feel. You already know my affiliate story. I struggled too, but I’m doing better now. Please don’t give up no matter how or what you feel. Keep working hard with simple plan. You’re blessed!

  • Abikeh Leonard says:

    I know a lot of pro bloggers who make 6 figure income just by writing and selling products to their email subscribers. If I ever want to try internet marketing full time, I’d focus my attention more on email marketing – it can be an excellent way to build strong relationship, gain traction and earn extra cash.

    • Yep, you’re so right on spot about email marketing. I guess you should know this – building relationship and promoting affiliate offers through my email list is the best way I’ve converted more sales. You’re really intelligent Leonard. Keep learning.

  • mohan says:

    This is a good tactic. However, I have a few questions. I wish to implement this tactic, but I don’t have a blog yet. Can you suggest some good free themes for a blog. You talked about layout background color, etc, whats the best layout and background color you suggest. Also any suggestion for the new blog topic and how many articles it should have to start with before we implement this plan. Sorry, but I need little more details to implement this plan but I want to succeed with this plan.

    • I think you should get a domain name and start blogging right away. That’s the only way you can monetize and make money effectively. The blog topic you choose can vary, depending on your specialty. At the moment, social media marketing is growing. The first step is to register a domain name, then take it up from there. Thanks for your comment.

  • babanature says:

    Hello Chibuzor,
    This is a wonderful read. i will agree with you that slow loading sites will make your reader never come back to visit. As a newbie, before buying a space from a hosting company, it is good to make proper research on the company so as not to fall in the slow server error. thanks.
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  • Sara says:

    You’ve done a great job at making money online article. I’ll have to try this type of affiliate marketing and see what happens. I’ve just subscribed to your list. Looking forward to greater tips.
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  • This is my first time of coming to your blog. And I’m not disappointed at all. Your content, especially this particular one about earning $1000 is excellent piece of advice. God reward you abundantly.
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  • I really liked this unique idea for making money.

    To increase sales, we can write a review and link to it instead of direct link to the site.

    Something like this, will give your readers some information about the product.
    Also, they will know that you had tried it. Which increase sales.

    Try to show how it make you succesful or how it helped you to make …….

    Hope you liked this tip.

    Thanks again michael for this awesome post.
    Ahmed Safwan@ To Start Blogging recently posted..Don’t Piss Off Google, Part II: The Panda and the PenguinMy Profile

    • Yes of course, I like your additional tip. Writing a review about the product you’ve used will surely boost sales. But that depends on the level of trust you’ve built with your target audience.

  • Juan says:

    it hard for me to make even $100 per month, thanks for your nice post
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  • Steven Jude says:

    Wow great post. What you say is so true. If one persists on doing what is right on one’s blog, then, success is inevitable.
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  • Well said Master,
    This is a very simple and achievable plan if backed up with the required labour. Although it may sound funny to most people but I’m sure its a workable plan.

    The issue is that most bloggers are lazy looking for the express way to grab some dough without the work, i have also been a victim of this, but the truth is that there is no such thing.

    Mike, you’re the first person that advised me to try Guest posting, although i haven’t done much of it since then due to some things coupled with the lazy thing, but the ones i did was amazing and i will focusing more on it.

    Thanks for the breakdown and do have a blissful weekend.
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  • Justin says:

    Hi Mark,
    Earning $1000 a month would be an incredible feat for most online entrepreneurs. That was the figure I came up with when I started my blog and I even figured it was about $33 a day which does not seem too difficult to achieve.

    I am going to remove some of the ads on my sidebar and see if that makes a difference in making sales. Your article was informative and I appreciate your work here.
    Justin recently posted..I Thought I Was Going To DieMy Profile

  • Softswitch says:

    I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for is wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post………………….

  • Jason James says:

    I see an evil plot in the making to promote John Chow’s product har har.

  • George Kay says:

    You’ve shared some great information of how to make money as a blogger. Michael, I’ve read several of your guest posts, keep ‘em coming and may God reward you.

  • I think affiliate marketing works, because I’ve been able to generate some commission with it in the past 4 months. Although, I only promote hot offers, not necessarily from my mentors. I’m going to give this a shot right about now. For your hard work on this blog, thank you.

  • sofiya says:

    Excellent post. I think you sum up all the points why many bloggers don’t make money they should be making. Frequently posting posts makes a huge difference.
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  • Ravi Kumar says:

    Yes, I agree that one can actually make money online if he works hard and smart. Thank you for writing this post. It made my day.

  • shasha says:

    Very Inspiring post, make $1000/month from your blog.
    Nice points on all aspects of improvements one should make to achieve this target like fast loading websites, use of sidebar, affiliates marketing,etc.
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  • Melissa says:

    Your guidelines seems both effective and useful. Though it’s easy and comprehensive to read, it is not enough simple to implement successfully.

    It take both time and hard work to reap fruits from it.

    BTW.. thanks for your ideas.

  • Most of the new bloggers have a goal of making lot of money but they don’t get success because they don’t follow proper tips..You have mentioned very good tips and I can definitely say that one can definitely make lot of money by following your tips….
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  • Justin Mott says:

    That was a heck of a read. Great post. I completely agree that we should all use a simple strategy and just keep at it. Your plan makes a ton of sense and I bet works like a charm. I wonder how long it would take to build a reputation enough so that we could be the ones selling products instead of just promoting them.
    Justin Mott recently posted..Warming Weather for Catfish in WinterMy Profile

  • This is exactly the type of advice I was looking for when I Googled, “how to make a $1000 a month from blogging”. Thank you for taking the time to go into so much detail about every aspect of how to make this kind of money with a blog. You definitely know what you’re talking about, because you are speaking from experience.

    I immediately took action and changed up my sidebar ads. I also started working on other ways to monetize my site. I will be seeking out my blog mentors’ online presences to follow the steps you recommended, as well, to not only promote their products, but to start guest blogging for traffic and sales. I like that idea.

    Great concepts! Great post! I highly recommend your post to anyone who wants to know exactly what it takes to make $1000 a month from blogging.
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  • Matt Kennedy says:

    Hey Michael !
    Hard work is the key to success, indeed. I totally agree with you that guest posting is the evergreen way to get traffic. Moreover, I am really impressed by your calculation’s logic.
    Really liked this post.
    Thanks.
    Matt Kennedy
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  • Kashif says:

    Hi Michael,

    First of all you are doing a great effort in this blog. I apporached this blog through your guest post on johnchow’s blog and tell you what you are awesome as content writer and blogger. Thanks for giving this nice piece of information, Just want to add here that it is very difficult for anyone to make a sale using email lists. You need to have really very huge list to make few sales… Most of the people in your list never open email and others majority don’t buy products.. What do you say Michael?

    • Yes you’re right, to successfully make money with a list, you need to build a relationship with them. No, you may not need a huge list to actually make money online, but a responsive list.

  • Edson Hale says:

    This is the main problem of many bloggers like me who insteading of getting effective traffic keep running after loads of traffic either it is relevant or not. Whey they get huge traffic even then they fail to convert them into their buyer. Many bloggers assume simply attracting huge traffic is enough to earn money. This is just an enormous crowd in front of a shop just doing window shopping and buying nothing.

  • prince says:

    thanks for sharing this nice and interesting post i appreciate it
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  • Thanks for sharing these blogs, Hesham. CommentLuv is a great tool because it allows bloggers to help each other. As long as commentors are responsible and respectful enough to leave quality comments, CommenLuv will be beneficial to both the blog owner and the commentor.

  • Craig Wilson says:

    Great tips! I started from 0 and had been struggling for more than 1 year but now i’ve got to almost 500$ each month. I’m hoping to get to 1k soon :)

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