When I started making money online, I was still a college student.
I’ve launched my first professional blog Learn Blog Tips in the year 2012 (when I was in my final year of graduation). Since then, I’ve been making money from blogging (I’m a full-time blogger now).
It was frustrating in the beginning but once I started getting clients, it was pure fun. I don’t have a boss. I can work at any time around the clock and I am glad that I’m adding value to others with my work while making money by sitting on my couch. Enough bragging
Let’s now get back to the topic
How can you make money blogging as a college student?
I know most of us don’t like to depend on others for money. Yes, we need money for studies, partying, boozing and a hell lot of other things. Here’s where blogging comes into handy!
Starting a WordPress blog is easy. But making money from it is NOT.
You need a plan. You need to hustle. You need to know your competition. You need to find a way to make money from day 1.
Without further ado, let’s talk about how college students can use blogging to make money online. Ready?
5 Guaranteed Ways Students Can Make Money from Blogging
1. Offer services from day 1
If I had to start a blog from scratch, I would do two things.
- I’d figure out ways to make money from day 1
- I offer services right off the bat
Offering services through your blog is the QUICKEST way to make money. I wish I knew this 5 years ago!
You may ask, “how can I find and offer services that people will buy?”
If you are already good at something, say logo design, SEO, writing or any other thing that people would be paying for, you can offer it as a service and charge money.
If you don’t have any skills or if you think you are not good at anything, I’ve another incredible tip for you.
Find an in-depth article in your niche and offer it as a service.
Quick note: This idea was first introduced to me by Bryan Harris and it’s a good one. You can find more about it from here.
Here’s how it works.
Step 1: Find a how-to article
Step 2: Offer it as a service
Here’s what it means.
Find a well-written and highly informative “how-to” article in your industry. Then offer the solution that article provides as a service to everyone who expressed interest in the article.
Sounds incredible, right? Why not give it a try?
2. Build a small tribe of 100 people
Most gurus out there often say 1 thing: don’t launch your blog until you get your first 1k, 5k or 10k email subscribers.
Let me be honest with you. It doesn’t work! That’s a wrong advice.
I’ve tried that with a couple of my clients and failed.
You don’t need a HUGE email list to start getting traction, traffic or sales.
You can boost your online reputation and sales with a tiny email list. Most beginners focus on increasing their traffic instead of building a small tribe.
Listen, people buy your stuff, not page views.
So if you really want to build a profitable blog, build a small tribe.
Get your first 10 subscribers. Then, figure out ways to get your first 100 subscribers or Facebook or twitter fans. Engage with them.
Get to know about their wants and needs. Find their pain. Offer relief. Get paid.
So what are you waiting for? Go get your first 100 fans, subscribers or followers. Then focus on boosting your traffic, SEO or sales.
I really love the way Donna Merrill treats her audience at her blog. She always focuses on adding more value to her tribe. She engages consistently with her fans, commenters and followers. That’s how you build a long lasting business online.
3. Give, give, give, ask
The #1 thing colleges don’t teach you is the importance of giving.
Most of us are takers. We always ask people for help. If you want to be a successful blogger, make sure to offer help first.
Emailing a busy blogger and asking him to tweet about your latest blog post is easy but finding ways to help his blog, content or products is hard. Go for the extra mile.
Think about how can you help other bloggers in your industry.
Here’s how win/win approach usually works in blogosphere.
- Want more tweets? Retweet others first.
- Want more comments? Become a commenting ninja (Ryan Biddulph comes to my mind whenever I talk about blog commenting).
- Want more sales? Focus on people, not page views.
So if you want to get something, remember the rule: give, give, give then ask!
4. Find money making bloggers and partner up with them
This is an extremely interesting and effective strategy college students can use to make money from blogging.
Make a list of 10 to 20 bloggers who are making decent income from their sites. It’s better if your list of money making bloggers is relevant to your blog’s topic.
Find out if they are posting about their income sources (in form of podcasts, videos or income reports). Figure out their top 3 money earning sources.
Now, find a way to offer them help.
Most money making bloggers are extremely busy (read lazy).
They always look for different ways to automate their blogging stuff (including content creation, email list building, blog management, SEO, design etc) to save their time.
They don’t mind spending money if something that saves their time. So your job is to find out what takes majority of their time and get paid for doing it.
5. Reach out to 20 to 25 people every single day
Write 10 ideas a day. Find out how you can help other bloggers in your industry.
Come up with 10 ideas to lift up your competitor’s blog. Email them and suggest your ideas.
Just don’t expect anything in return.
Reach out to 20 to 25 people every single day through email, social media or blogs. Offer them value. Leave comments on their sites. Retweet their stuff.
Create infographics (using free tools like Canva) around their popular posts and email them those Infographics without adding any links/references to your sites.
Sooner or later, they will also start finding ways to reciprocate the same. Making money blogging becomes easy if you are networking with a lot of people online. So don’t ignore the importance of networking.
Over to you
Everyone has something to offer.. it’s called hustle.
Making money from blogging as a college student is NOT a rocket science. Keep hustling and that’s how you make money!
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Do you have any more questions or do you want to connect with me? You can leave comments in the below section or mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be glad to respond!