If you want to make money with photography blogging, there are lots of methods that you can use. These include stock libraries, affiliate marketing, and ebooks etc. The methods you use will depend on how established your blog is. Some of these you can use as a beginner blogger what others you cannot use it to your advantage book blogger with lots of traffic.
I guess the short answer of how to make money with your photography blog is to create it, to write it then to get traffic to it and then to monetize it. But as I say this is the short answer. Each of these elements is a skill set in itself. This post shows the various areas you can make money in your blog at each level — new, intermediate or advanced blog.
Traffic is key to making money with any blog. So, once you have set up your blog concentrating on traffic is more important than actually making any money. In the long-term that’s what will make you the money when coupled with established money making methods.
Make Money With Your Photography Blog New, Intermediate & Advanced Methods
So you have set up your blog and edited it. Your photos at all working well and looking good. Now what?
Now you decide that you want to make money from your photo blog. It’s a perfectly natural progression for any blogger.
There are lots of different ways to make money with your blog. Which is right for you and your blog depends on the circumstances, your experience, your willingness to learn and where you want to take your blog.
First, ask yourself some questions
- Do you want this to be a full-time or a part-time income?
- How much time and effort do you intend to put to your blog?
- Are you willing to take the time and money to learn a whole new skill set?
- How much time can you devote on a consistent basis each week to your blog?
- What can you offer your readers?
While some people’s blogs take off straight away for most people blogging as a slow process. It takes time to build up your blog to a point where it’s getting a lot of visitors. There are some ways to fast track this and if you already have you already a photographer with a following then it might be faster.
To answer the match asked questions of how to make money with your photography blog need to break down because it’s not a straightforward answer. It depends on lots of different factors and your willingness to learn and put in the time and effort.
Before You Start Your Blog
It’s worth spending the time to write down where you want your blog to go to you don’t have to have all the answers of how to do that at this point. However, having a direction helps a lot.
How Much Time Will You Spend On Your Blog
The reason it’s important to know how much time you’re willing to invest not just now but in the future is that different types of income from your blog take different amounts of effort.
Some blogs can be very passive in nature while others can be a full-time career investment.
Become a Great Blogger
Spend your time making great content that is relevant to your audience and that will help them. Show your photos and news and create something unique. Then get that content out there to be seen. There are lots of methods for this and it will take time to know which you prefer.
The Best Way For a New(ish) Blog To Make Money
New blogs have no blog power. No blog power equals no traffic. No traffic equals no income. So for a new blog, the first thing you have to do is to get visitors to your site so that you can start to generate your momentum and then comes the income.
Once you have got your blog set up and created with some quality content and visitors you can think about adding some magnetization to it. The best way to do this when you start is to put ads on your site. You don’t want too many as you don’t want to ruin the reader’s experience. Quite often bloggers including myself resist putting ads on their blog for a long time. Which in my view now is a huge mistake because it’s a source of income that is passive and easy to add. As a new blogger, you can use it where are some sources you won’t be able to until you’re more advanced. People who used to adverts on websites so long as you don’t inundate them they won’t take much notice.
The easiest when you start out and have some traffic is Google Adsense. Check out the terms for being accepted to see if you qualify. If you don’t, make the changes to your blog so that you do.
Google Adsense is not the best-paid ads that you could use on your site but most of the others require a lot of traffic, often from specific locations. For example, Mediavine requires 25k visitors per month from the USA. The criteria for joining is much more stringent. You can always change to a better-paid ad network later on if you want to once you have got more traffic.
Mid Range Blog Money Making Methods
For the mid-range blog, you will already have a reasonable amount of posts and quality traffic. This gives you more opportunities to improve your income.
In addition to adverts your income can be from:
- Affiliate links.
- Higher paid Ad networks.
Join Affiliate programs. This can be one of the most popular which is Amazon,
or it could be specific to photography. For example or photography equipment on a specialist website.
You need to write the corresponding blogs for your links.
The great thing about mid-range and new blog methods as it’s fairly passive all you have to do is to write your blogs posts and get traffic. However, if you want to make a better income or more of a full-time income or sell your photos this is much more labor intensive and requires more knowledge, methods and time.
How Advanced Photo Blogs Make Money
Now that your blog is established you can add more methods of money making to it in addition to those already mentioned.
- Creating your own courses.
- E books.
- You can also have sponsors Ad advertisers who pay to be on your site.
You need to get a lot of traffic to your site before advertisers will have any interest in it. Also, you need traffic to sell your ebooks or courses, or you can create an affiliate program.
As you can see, once you have a lot of traffic your options improve a lot.
Sell Your Photos on Your Blog
Have you noticed that until now photos of only been a supporting role? Everything revolves around other types of money making objectives.
You can sell your photos on your blog or offer other services. But enough people to see if they’re not going to know. Most people tend to sell on stock libraries if they want to sell right from the beginning rather than on their blog.
All you need to do is to set up an e-commerce cart. If your photos are digital then you need a process whereby the customer can buy them and download them straight away. Make sure you are clear what license they are buying under what terms they can use the photo.
Another source of income that can support your blocking is if you join Patreon. People pay for things that you put on there and support your blog. Lots of artists use Patreon for their blogging.
This post covers the most popular methods of making money from a photography blog or for that matter, most blogs as the money making methods are very much the same regardless of your niche period
Start off small and build up your methods as your blog grows. The consistency of effort is the key to any blog. It requires a lot of time and effort unless of course, you can pay someone to do the work for you.