How to Monetize Your Blog from Day One

  July 5, 2021 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 8 minutes read
Pico Mountain Killington Vermont

Pico Mountain Killington Vermont


(Updated 7/5/2021)


New bloggers want to know how to make money.


But figuring out how to monetize your blog from day one proves to be tricky.


What do you know? What skills can you monetize? Do your new blogger skills fit pressing reader needs? Can you actually profit financially from solving reader problems?


Most beginner bloggers resist monetizing their blogs. Feeling uncomfortable fears arising during brainstorming sessions triggers doubts. Imposter syndrome runs rampant among new bloggers. But everyone should at least consider adding blogging income streams from day one to get comfortable with receiving money.


How to Monetize Your Blog from the Beginning


Adding income channels from day one of your blogging career conditions you to blog like an entrepreneur. Most bloggers struggle horribly to make money blogging by not thinking like a business owner. Add income streams from day one to feel good about receiving money for the helpful content you publish.


Think like an entrepreneur who blogs. Monetize your blog to hit the ground running.


Do not make the mistake of adding income channels years into your blogging career. Waiting to profit often leads to agonizing decisions alienating freebie-seeking readers. I have seen many veteran bloggers who torture themselves for months figuring out what income streams to integrate into their blogging campaign.


Start profiting early to think, feel and act like an online business owner who happens to blog.


Two Income Channels to Avoid


Most bloggers want to monetize their blog through two income channels.


For travel bloggers it seems that landing advertising or sponsored posts is the Holy Grail of monetizing manna. Everybody wants to land an ad from a top paying, branded powerhouse. Most bloggers outside of the travel niche also seek netting ad revenue and sponsored post opportunities.


Who would turn down a rich paying sponsored post from a world renowned brand?


Here’s the problem; until you become famous no brand with deep pockets will want to advertise on your website.Β  Advertisers need high traffic blogs for promoting their businesses.


New or struggling bloggers seamlessly profit through dependable income streams intelligently selected. Picking ad or sponsored post channels makes no sense for a beginner blogger. Ad profits increase as your traffic increases. Businesses invest in placing sponsored posts on high traffic blogs.


However, exploring each income channel below gives you smarter options for profiting. Making money through blogging feels challenging because most people cling to a litany of money limiting beliefs. Choosing sound income channels eases money discomfort partially to make your job easier.


Mount Cook, New Zealand

Mount Cook, New Zealand


Remove greedy or desperate emotions from the income stream selecting process. New bloggers who seek a quick profit often turn to Google Adsense for the alleged ease of opening the stream. Plastering an Adsense widget on your blog sidebar seems like an easy way to profit quickly. But just because copying and pasting code seems easy does not mean netting steady profits through the channel is easy.


Pay Your Monetizing Dues


Beginner bloggers usually fear investing time, energy and patient practice to develop profitable skills. Learning how to write effectively in order to become a freelance writer requires ample practice executed over a sustained time frame. Coaching clients demands you to learn the in’s and out’s of your blogging niche for months or even years. Pasting advertising code seems like the ultimate profit shortcut. Why would you work patiently for months or years to prosper through freelancing or coaching channels when you can work for a few seconds to prosper through advertising channels?


Reality slaps deluded bloggers squarely in the face. No blogger prospers through advertising channels until driving a heavy amount of highly targeted traffic. Earning a dependable income through advertising requires 1000’s upon 1000’s of blogging work hours executed over years. Few bloggers work intelligently for years enough to net consistent advertising revenue.


Blogging profits find bloggers who generously create and connect for a long time. But said bloggers need to monetize their blogs intelligently to become professional bloggers.


Important Note


I wrote this post with the premise that new bloggers write and schedule at least 3-5 blog posts before day one of their blogging career. Blogging leader Jon Morrow began his highly successful Smart Blogger blog using this smart approach.


“Day 1” means the first day that you publish a blog post. The first day you publish a blog post may be weeks or even months after you begin research, writing and scheduling blog posts.


I suggest preparing yourself for weeks by:


  • researching blogging diligently
  • researching your niche closely
  • writing and scheduling at least 3-5 in-depth, detailed blog posts


New bloggers who prepare themselves in this fashion can monetize effectively through each stream below on the first day of publishing a blog post.


Consider these three income streams to monetize your blog effectively.


Offer Consulting Services


Bloggers specialize in one niche. Knowing a niche inside-out positions you to become a consultant in that niche.


Consider consulting income as a learn, teach and lead on the fly endeavor. Successful bloggers know learning and teaching is the way to prosper online.


Imagine blogging about social media. Covering the topic in detail for months gives you skills enough to be a social media consultant. Intelligently profit by helping people with your blogging experience. Blogging about social media gives you enough knowledge to help people run their social media campaigns across a wide range of industries.


Being a consultant requires ample clarity. One needs to be confident enough to command income through this channel since you offer advice for profits. But getting clear and confident lets you profit for knowledge rendered.


Build your client base patiently through referral marketing. Do a smash up job helping clients to land more clients through word of mouth marketing. But avoid bending over backwards for non-resonant clients. Know when to pass on potential clients and when to fire individuals who demand too much for your rates. Developing the skill of releasing individuals takes time and a willingness to feel uncomfortable.


Potential Downsides


Consultants trade time for money. Being a consultant works poorly for a passive income model. If you want to make money while you sleep or spend time offline consider skipping consulting work.


However, being a consultant can be a solid beginner blogger income channel to build a foundation for your online business. Simply know that active income channels require trading your valuable time for income.


Generate eBook Revenue


Write and self-publish eBooks to take advantage of burgeoning writing skills.


Bloggers write diligently to publish blog content. Monetize those writing skills by writing and self-publishing eBooks.


Open an eBook income stream to capitalize on Amazon’s global dominance. Amazon creates a seamless user experience. Profit by selling eBooks through the online titan for Kindle.


Paphos, Cyprus.


Writing eBooks makes sense since you already possess increasing writing skills. Learning the eBook income model does not seem as taxing as other more detailed blogging income streams like coaching clients. But wading through eBook-related limiting beliefs challenges most bloggers. I struggled to write my first eBook for years. Fears concerning knowing enough to fill an eBook, formatting issues and the belief that nobody would buy my eBook plagued me until a friend coaxed me to self-publish.


After a few false starts before creating Blogging From Paradise I wrote and self-published my first eBook.


Solve pressing problems from your blogging niche through your eBook. Ask your readers for feedback. Poll your community to spot their biggest problems related to your niche. Write practical tips heavy eBooks to boost blogging income through this channel.


Practical Tips


  • Write 500 to 1000 words daily to devote to your eBook; wrap it up within a few weeks
  • Hire a professional proof reader or ask an eagle-eyed reader to edit your work
  • Format the book for Kindle (check out Amazon’s helpful primer here)
  • Considering selling eBooks through multiple platforms to diversify your blogging income streams


Consumer demand for eBooks continues to rise. Although some people prefer paperbacks the majority seem to enjoy reading eBooks on mobile devices.


Fill this pressing need by writing and self-publishing eBooks.


Be prolific. Kindle offers a short reads category perfect for 5000-8000 word eBooks. Pack detailed value into these short reads to establish a consistent income channel through your eBook library.


Prosper through Affiliate Marketing


Open affiliate marketing income streams to profit intelligently.


Most new bloggers do not possess the:


  • skills
  • experience
  • confidence
  • knowledge


to create a full-fledged online product. But anyone can sell something created by another entrepreneur.


Opening affiliate income streams leverages the skills of fellow entrepreneurs. Save time and energy. Devote time you would have spent creating your own product to creating, connecting and promoting your affiliate ventures.


Affiliate marketing offers bloggers a seamless income channel to establish. Being approved as an affiliate gives you a wide range of products to promote.




  • promote only products related to your niche to maximize your earnings
  • publish detailed, thorough content to gain credibility in your niche; readers purchase affiliate products from trusted bloggers
  • optimize blog posts for SEO to drive targeted, passive, traffic to your blog; Google traffic tends to be ready to purchase affiliate products for its highly qualified nature


Rice fields, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


Google users specifically want to fulfill some pressing end. Highly targeted Google traffic can slowly and steadily increase your affiliate income.


Avoid the common error of publishing thin content solely to promote affiliate products. Readers see through this strategy. Resist promoting a high volume of affiliate products too quickly. Avoid looking like a shill.


Publish in-depth content solving reader problems. Gain credibility in the eyes of your community.Β  Increasing affiliate income is less about marketing and more about publishing robust content aligned with reader needs.




Deliberately think through your blog monetizing campaign.


Avoid suffering through headaches by opening the right income channels for you from day one.


Think like an entrepreneur who blogs to monetize your blog early.


  1. Emmanuel says:
    at 3:09 pm

    Hello Ryan,

    I do hope this comment of mine will go through because most my comments get an error after hitting the post comment button.

    I think one thing about the monetization methods which is now getting lots of attention is now affiliate marketing but ebook writing and selling is something which ought to be taken seriously as well.

    Thanks for this and I was expecting your thought on my latest blogging ministers.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:49 pm

      Hi Emmy, Yep both are awesome income streams for growing, prospering bloggers. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Mandie @ RamblingMandie says:
    at 3:41 pm

    Very smart tips here, Ryan! And I’m not just saying that because of the shout out. πŸ˜‰

    I think a mistake that every beginner blogger makes is to go Google “how to monetize your blog” and then end up following tips that are several years old. Sure, for awhile everyone was all about the sponsored posts, but now days you’re going to be in trouble if you’re counting on those to be your bread & butter. Same goes for advertising, because until you have about 15,000 unique visitors a month, it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to pay off for you.

    At first I was shocked at how much money you can actually make ghostwriting, but the truth is that writing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and there are a lot of people out there who would much rather hire someone than churn out the content themselves. I used to have my rates set far too low until I realized just how valuable my services actually are. If you’re a good writer, never underestimate how much you’re worth. I still get more freelance web design work than I do writing, but I think I’m going to focus on shamelessly promoting my writing services a bit more, as it gives me less of a headache. Haha

    Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest ways to go, but like you say, it MUST align with your branding & core values or you will come off as just a pushy salesperson. Yuck. I’m a HootSuite girl myself and I’ll sing their praises because they genuinely save me time. Same with Amazon – I have a near-shameful online shopping habit, which I’m happy to share. Lol

    An eBook is my November project, so I’m mentally bookmarking your advice until then.

    AND…major congrats on your coaching service launch! The page looks AWESOME! I have no doubt your roster is going to fill up in no time. In fact, I may have to hire you to walk me through my re-branding, since you just did such a fantastic job of it.

    Keep up the amazing work!


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:15 pm

      Woohoo Mandie, looking forward to your eBook! Thanks so much for the congrats, and for the awesome comment too. You’re spot on point about ghostwriting is well taken. Know your worth and charge it. Thanks again Mandie.

  3. kelli says:
    at 6:04 pm

    Hey Ryan
    You give some excellent tips here that are particularly helpful for the travel blogger who wants to do this over the long-term and fund their lifestyle with their blog. But, as with everything on this site, your tips are applicable to anyone who wants to run a successful blog no matter what they plan on doing with the rest of their life, or the money they make.
    I am sure your coaching services will be a rousing success!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:25 pm

      Hi KC, yep as we’ve learned anybody with a desire to work intelligently can rock this out. Thanks much, here’s to some prospering πŸ™‚

  4. daayur says:
    at 6:07 pm

    evrything posted here are just too real and information add lot of values

  5. Nathan Ambrose says:
    at 6:43 pm

    Hi Ryan.

    Great tips as always. I don’t know why I never thought of using “freelance writer” as a term for my writing services. I must do that when I rebuild my website.

    All the best with the coaching services!


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:24 pm

      My pleasure Nathan. Yep that term works pretty well, although any one which vibes with you rocks. Thanks so much.

  6. Thomas says:
    at 7:29 pm


    Thank you for this article. I’ve been working to get my e-book started but never feel like I’m making enough progress. 15,000 words is a perfect goal to set and your recommendation of doing 500-1000 a day is an attainable goal. I’ll be able to continue making the strides I need on my blog while getting the e-book done at the same time.

    I look forward to more of your posts as I’m always satisfied. Thanks again for showing me that it is possible and can be done!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:23 pm

      Thomas, awesome! 15 K sounds about right. Break it down by day, and it becomes much easier. Let me know when your eBook goes live, OK?

  7. Brittany Bullen says:
    at 12:34 am


    Thanks for being so transparent about your income generating strategy. I’m a big believer in ghostwriting/freelancing. I started my company for that reason, have we talked about NerdyGirl yet? I’m pretty stoked about it. I’d love to chat with you about your freelancing experiences sometime.

    I hope you get a chance to read the comment I left on your guest post on Don’s blog, I told you my secret dream there =)


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:08 pm

      Actually Brittany I may have visited once or twice; the site is live, right? Could have been a similar site. I LOVE your dream! I know it’s coming into form.

  8. Vernon says:
    at 1:01 am

    There are many bloggers who get stuck in a rut and think there is only one way to monetize a blog. I think one of the most important things to do is to see what business skills you have.

    Writing is a much needed skill.but there are many more. In some ways I consider myself a professional blogger. I get a lot of clients contact me because I blog, and make huge amounts of money from just one client. This despite a tiny but focused group of readers.

    I think you’re very right. Ads seem easy. You just write and the ads pay. The reality is, the amount of traffic you need to make money from ads is going to be much more work than writing an ebook or running a real business through the blog.

    Great post.


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:07 pm

      Vernon, well said on ads, and your blogging expertise. Once you share something inspiring, you can monetize through so many channels, and I know the guided tour channel is so prospering for you. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  9. Jane says:
    at 2:07 am

    Powerful tips here Ryan πŸ™‚ I am currently practising all these methods and have found enormous success. Initially I have tried countless ways to make money; you know when I was a desperate newbie. Now I stick to the following:

    1. Coaching services
    2. Web design, hosting, website maintenance and other services that branched out from my coaching services as I wanted to help my clients with getting those things done (that I suggest them to do in my coaching sessions :)) – and this turned out to be a successful side startup Best Hosting and Design
    3. Affiliate marketing
    4. Advertisements – thankfully I get good paying offers for my tech startup.

    But it took me quite a while to get clarity and identify these smart income generating streams! Before identifying these gems I had to sift through a lot of mud. But it was worth it!

    It is important to maintain diversity (at least to some extent) in the variety of income generating streams – just to play it safe. And also to make sure you don’t have either all “active” ways or all “passive” ways on making income πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Ryan πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:06 pm

      Hi Jane, Super prospering channels here. It took me a while too, to get the ball rolling….and keeping those multiple streams open is the prospering way to go. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Don Purdum says:
    at 12:09 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    As you know my blog is not driven by advertising or money, it’s there to show business owners and executives my knowledge to add credibility and validation and give them a reason to buy my coaching, consulting or web design/development services.

    I have earned more money in the last three months because of my blog hands down than through any other means. Over and over again it validates my competency and skill set.

    With that said, even though I’m not your ideal target market you’re exposing me to new ideas and concepts. I’ve been in the online world for ten years but always in the context of small and medium sized US businesses.

    I have never thought once minute about monetizing my blog because of the type of business I have. However, I’m thinking twice now about how much money might I be leaving on the table and is it even a good idea for me? I tend to think it’s not and would need more persuasion based on my business strategies, goals and objectives.

    That’s why knowing your business is so important, right?

    I’m going through your coaching services and I will be thinking of you as a referral as I come across prospects and clients that need what you’re offering.

    I hope you have an amazing finish to your week Ryan! Thanks for exposing me to new thoughts and ideas!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:55 pm

      Hi Don, Thanks so much for keeping my services in mind, to refer to folk πŸ˜‰ Your blog would monetize easily but the clarity thing is so key. As long as you feel awesome using your blog as a content central for your thriving business you’re probably all set. Thanks so much, and have a great weekend.

  11. Linda Bibb says:
    at 12:25 pm

    Great timing, Ryan. Dan and I are about to redesign our blog and have been discussing different monetizing strategies. Every one of your suggestions is a gold mine, in the right hands.

    We haven’t bothered to run ads on our site because to us, they clutter up the space. Anyway, it takes a lot of traffic to generate significant income, so not worth it IMO.

    We do have a few affiliate links, but we’ve been focusing on ebooks lately. Distractions abound, however, and I may resort to hiring a ghostwriter to finish it, just so I can start marketing it.

    Tweeting this through Triberr.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:53 pm

      Hi Linda, Agreed on the ads. For me, it’s an eBook, and simple, clean looking Hootsuite Pro. Ads need to align 100% for me to feel clear about them. Excited to see your new eBooks! Thanks so much.

  12. Reginald says:
    at 1:02 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for sharing this man. Totally appreciate it. Seeing the side bar count for social shares already mean something man.

    I think you are more than just smart! But hey, keep up the good work! Definitely learning from you man.

    Talk soon!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:51 pm

      Hi Regi, Thanks so much. Those social shares count a good deal as our vibe surrounding our posts improves too.

  13. Ash says:
    at 1:38 pm

    I’m sure selling an ebook skyrocketed your other sources, people now see you as an authority even if platforms like amazon kindle make everyone an author nowadays.

    I don’t know what it is with travel bloggers and sponsored posts, anytime I see a sponsored post I cannot help but think their review isn’t as genuine and when you see a travel blog full of sponsored posts and almost nothing else it looks a little off.

    Ps: never seen so many selfies on one blog before πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:47 pm

      Ash you make a good point, both with the sponsored posts and the selfies πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for reading and sharing.

  14. donna merrill says:
    at 3:11 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    These tips you have given to monetize your blog are spot on! You clearly stated some sage advice in your video!

    I agree that if one is just starting to blog and puts up a bunch of ads on their sidebar, its not going to do much at all. Maybe some pennies. But if you are out there for a while, advertisers will come to you and then one can make the choice of how much they want to charge.

    I get them in my email all the time. But I don’t want to advertize things but my own stuff right now.

    What is more exiting to me is that you are now coaching! (clapping hands) I went over to your coaching link and commented. I know you will be a great coach because of all your experience. Plus you have a great energy that people will be attracted to.

    So, as I raise my glass to you…Cheers!


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:08 pm

      Donna thanks so much! Deeply appreciated and I know you’re an experienced coach so I’ll keep an eye out for your updates.

  15. Geet says:
    at 1:41 am

    Yes it is sure now-a-days quality has more importance rather than quantity. So if you would like to see your blog on top then try out those valuable things step by step which is said by expert like this blog and try to find out awesome community.

  16. Chery Schmidt says:
    at 11:50 pm

    Hello Ryan, Wow it seems like it has been forever since I have visited you here.. This article is filled with such great information Ryan and of course your vide Rocks.

    I have always wondered why you didn’t have some sort of coaching going on, I thought it was because of your traveling LOL

    Congrats my friend, I know you are going to be an Awesome Coach..

    Thanks for sharing.. XOXO Chery :))

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:15 am

      Hey Chery, great to see you. Yep I finally got the coaching thing going after waffling for too long. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  17. Rohit Singh says:
    at 2:50 am

    Yes Ryan making money from blogs specially for beginner bloggers is very tough unless they become authority in their niche and develop strong reader base and I like the way you are providing your services to make money at the same time helping others to kick start their business, Best of luck Ryan for your future plannings

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:26 am

      Rohit, I appreciate that. We can all prosper through blogging by getting super clear on why we are blogging. Thanks much.

  18. Olayinka says:
    at 7:20 am

    Being a coach to your readers and affiliates marketer is the most best strategy i love must..

    Make your self available for hours and get paid for the consultant from your client will make your more living the life of the living dotcom and affiliates business is another way to quickly make money from your site.

  19. Rohan Bhardwaj says:
    at 4:35 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Ghost writing service is indeed the best one out there for everyone who can write epic posts. Many people are looking for great posts and I am inspired to offer one on my blog too. Thanks man.

    Being an affiliate suits you as your are the blogging superstar. I was just wondering didn’t Adsense work for you as it was in your old blog. Just curious buddy.

    I have said it many times, but still you trigger me to say this every time, you are Awesome. πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:35 pm

      Hi Rohan, Actually I didn’t make much with Adsense. Maybe if I set up channels it’d align/fit with my blog/brand, but for now I’ll stick to my current channels. Thanks so much.

  20. Dennis Bunting says:
    at 7:03 am

    hey Ryan,
    You have listed some amazing points here. Great post and very informative. I think that this is a great post especially for newbie bloggers or anyone else who may be under the impression that making money online by blogging will be easy. I myself am new to blogging, but I am already well aware of the fact that it will take hard work to become a successful blogger..I liked this article because it is very informative ..nice effort ..must say … i was reading an article about almost the same was quite relevant and well written … a newbie like me just need these kind of information.

    Thanks for sharing this valuable post with us. Keep the good work up!!!
    Good Luck

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:58 pm

      Hi Dennis, Persistent, smart work makes your blogging engine go. Thanks so much for stopping by, and see you soon!

  21. Andrew says:
    at 3:40 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Really useful and practical tips here. In regards to coaching services, I feel as though I have alot to offer as a coach or a blogging consultant but my question is this. Is there a certain amount of years, or time, needed in blogging to do it and have people look at you and say “yea, he seems like he’ll have great information and would be someone to learn from”?

    I’m asking this because I’ve been blogging for about a year now yet has been online for 2 and I’ve learned alot in that time frame.

    The eBook thing, any type of Information Product I agree with is a great idea. Congrats on your eBook again.

    – Andrew

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:16 pm

      Hi Andrew, You’re qualified πŸ˜‰ Start your service, you’ll rock it out. There’s no set time per se, but it’s usually a year or so into your career, IF you’re learning at a rapid pace, gaining experience and you know you’re doing the right, high energy things, so you can offer accurate advice. Thanks so much.

  22. Jens-Petter Berget says:
    at 12:19 am

    Hi Ryan,

    No wonder why you’re successful. I still don’t have a strategy on how to monetize my blog. I do earn some by being an affiliate, but I haven’t applied a good strategy yet. I’m earning my money working for clients, I’m a consultant.

    I’ve been considering hiriing a ghostwriter, now I know where to look πŸ™‚


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:54 am

      Jens, consulting work is great. Oh yes, feel free to chat with me about that, I’ll be here πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much.

  23. Kate says:
    at 6:33 am

    Hello, Ryan!
    That’s a really awesome information! Great tips how to promote your ghoswriting services! I guess it is really worth doing that. It helps you not only to gain extra money, but gives a good incentive to improve your skils, make a good relationships with clients and build up a good reputation. Yeah, it takes time to reach a real acme of skills like you’ve reached in your blogging career. It is the direction I am going to move on. Thanks!

  24. Amy Hagerup says:
    at 10:02 am

    HI Ryan, I just read your post at Jane Sheeba’s site but there was no way to comment because Disqus wasn’t working. So I hopped over here and found this post.

    I was wondering what you would say are four ways to monetize in less than a minute and a half but you delivered! I have written 5 ebooks that are on kindle, but I need to keep writing and get more on there.

    The other thing I need to do is comment more on blogs in my niche.

    I’ll be back. Thanks for the tips. Amy

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:15 pm

      Hi Amy, 5 eBooks, awesome! Keep churning them out as they are wonderful branding and monetizing tools. Thanks so much.

  25. Akash says:
    at 6:25 am

    Now a days Aff. Marketing is Top, but eBook sell is also a profitable for someone who know how to write magnetic line, probably you (Ryan Biddulph) know that very well. still learning form you bro..

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:48 pm

      Hi Akash, There are so many prospering ways to monetize if you churn out helpful content. Thanks much πŸ™‚

  26. Paula says:
    at 3:28 am

    Very timely post and very generous of you sharing what you know so well. We are now seriously in the throes of getting an income generated from our site. There appears to be many paths that you can go down – but which ones are the the most time effective and one’s that I will enjoy doing is the big question. I think that you have helped me clarify a few things and also given me others to think about. One important point that you made that is important to us – is to stay true to our brand, which is ourselves. Enjoy Bali, we will be there for a month in Jan/Feb.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:53 pm

      Paul that really is key. So happy you’re traveling down that road. If you can stay true to you, and simply stay aligned, magic will happen for you. I’ve no doubts you’ll do great at generating incomes because you’re being honest and authentic. Will do, and you too when you visit πŸ™‚

  27. Martina says:
    at 6:02 am

    Hey Ryan πŸ™‚

    I’m trawling your archive tonight… I do that every now and then haha.

    I think this post is interesting, but I’m not really sure how to apply it to myself, tbh. I think your ebooks sell so well partly because you’re selling a how-to, whereas the sell isn’t quite so simple for a straight-travel blogger. I’m planning on doing a little ebook at some point along similar lines to Steph at Twenty-Something Travel, but it’s one of those things that I don’t think will work until I have an audience, because at this stage, no one is interested in me yet. (ok, a few people are interested, and it’s growing, but slowly-slowly…)

    And as for coaching services – well, as you know, I’m more at the point where I need coaching services rather than being able to offer them, lol.

    Freelance writing is definitely something I’m going to be looking into though. And I’ve had another services idea that I’m fiddling with… I want to try to offer other professional services on a freelance basis, the things I’m trained to do – project management strategies, risk mitigation, stuff like that. Problem is, the people who would want those things aren’t the audience of my travel blog. And even worse, the people who I’d be most interested in doing those things for – NGOs and NFPs – are the people least able to pay. So it’s a conundrum. My best paying skills aren’t on brand, my audience aren’t interested in my skills, and my client base are strapped for cash.

    But I’m going to keep fiddling with the puzzle and work out how to fit the pieces together somehow. πŸ™‚ Haha – that’s for the opportunity to lay it all out for myself. It’s funny how posts like this can make you reflect tangentially…

    Moce mada πŸ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:31 pm

      Hi Martina, I’d work on that mental block πŸ˜‰ Selling is easier when you get fully clear on how wonderful you are, how talented you are, and heck, you know how to write! You’ll be a stunning eBook authoring success, believe that. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  28. Heidi Wagoner says:
    at 10:02 pm

    Love it Ryan!
    We are slowly figuring it all out and exactly what works for our brand and readers. We have 2 ebooks, affiliates and just started coaching packages to go along with our Live in Spain ebook. Little bits here and there are the key. Now we just need to keep doing more and hopefully it will grow. Sponsored posts were good to us about a year ago and have dwindled to pretty much nothing now.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:57 pm

      Heidi, you’re running a first class blog over there. I’ve no doubts you’ll continue to prosper through increasing income streams. BTW: I absolutely LOVE your Chiang Mai series of posts. It’s like home away from home fr Kelli and I. Thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

  29. maxwell ivey says:
    at 8:30 pm

    hi ryan; thanks for another solid post. we all have struggles with generating income from our blogs. i haven’t really thought all that much about ghost writing. I wonder if I could since my writing style is well mine. thanks for telling me about selz. hope to also get my ebook on amazon soon. i have it on nook press but i didn’t have to get much help. amazon’s submission process is lots scarier to me. i need to get working on my next ebook and on some videos for the existing one. thanks for sharing these great ideas, Max

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:52 pm

      Max, you could definitely be a ghostwriter. Your style is yours, and I know it would resonate with audiences around the globe. Monetizing seems so tricky but if we get clearer and clearer on our audience, and, why we’re blogging, the cash flows in as we work on our skill set. Selz is the best, right? Your eBooks are all over the place! Can’t wait to see the next one Max. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

      • Cecilia Diez says:
        at 10:51 am

        Hi Ryan!
        We would like to monetize your Blog. Please contact me.


  30. Bharat Goenka says:
    at 11:55 am


    I’ve found the best way to make money blogging is to do sponsored posts, and selling a product like an eBook on your own blog.

    I have not done much affiliate marketing on my own blog but did on retail sites I once had and it did work pretty well there.

    Thanks for your tips – I may play around with a few of them and have a great day.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:40 am

      Bharat, sponsored posts work pretty dang well. I have accepted a few here – 1 in particular netted me a quick $150 which was neat – because they vibed with my overall theme. Some folks thought make a boo boo; they accept any sponsored post which flows down the road, even if they don’t really vibe with it…and that’s a No No. Selling products like eBooks? I have a few eBooks….LOL…..123, I love writing and selling them because they are authority builders to the max. Affiliate stuff works A-OK and now I’m diving into courses. If you’re having fun creating the income streams you’ll do nicely. Thank you, and have a fabulous day!

  31. Moss Clement says:
    at 3:09 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Your tips are well-founded and helpful for both newbie and seasoned bloggers. Entrepreneur bloggers strive to make money passively, and there are several ways to go about it. However, e-books and affiliate marketing have proven to be the most used methods to drive passive income. While ad placement also brings passive revenue, they’re not as effective because you need more targeted traffic.
    In fact, I already developed an outline for my book, which I intend to use as a passive income driver.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:19 am

      Hi Moss,

      I know that book will be awesome buddy. Affiliate marketing and eBooks both drive passive income and you need not the sheer volume of targeted traffic one requires to drive steady ad revenue. Thank you bro!

  32. Charles Freealnd says:
    at 11:30 am

    Ryan, Thank for this post! Glen Sheppard recommended I check your blog out, both as an example of how its done right and for lot of good advice and this single post opened my eyes to a lot of things! Thank you! I’m going to be digging deep into a lot more.

    I’m especially excited about doing an eBook, I feel like that’s a good avenue for me. Thanks again!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:39 pm

      Hi Charles,

      Glen is an absolute gem. I am happy to see this post hit the mark for you. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about creating an eBook.

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