Blogging is a profitable business which anybody can use to make money online. Over the past decade, a lot of people have ventured into the blogging business to earn income for themselves, this is to say that blogging is a good way of making money online. In this post, you will know about blogging, how to be a student blogger and also get exclusive tips on how you can use your blog to make money as a student.
Blogging isn’t limited for businessmen, digital marketers, writers or content creators to use to make money for themselves. Even students can open a blog or website that will fetch them money and also be a tool for generating money for themselves when they successfully graduate from school.
Blogging involves creating content (made up of words, pictures, videos and graphics) to express yourself or pass a message across through the internet. A person who owns a blog is a blogger, his primary job is to update his blog and fill it with posts, publications and contents that will drive in traffic to his blog and get to make money from his blog if such blog is monetized.
How To Get Started With Blogging As a Student
For you to get started as a blogger, you need to have a niche for yourself. There are different niches and categories by which you can use to make money for yourself. Popular blogging niches are; entertainment niche, technology niche, health niche, blogging niche, education niche, news niche, cooking and catering niche, fashion niche, business and finance niche, automobile niche, travel niche, music niche, lifestyle niche and so many more.
The list is quite endless because they are still profitable niches which are untapped in the blogging sector. The principal thing is to produce content that will allow people to visit your site, with good traffic, you will be able to make money with your blog.
You will choose a Blogging platform. There are different blogging platforms by which you can use to start a blog for yourself. The two popular blogging platforms are Blogger and WordPress. Blogger is cheap and convenient for students to use to open a blog while WordPress is recommended because it is professional, flexible and has features that allow the owner to do whatsoever he wants to do on the site.
You will need a domain name. A domain name is a registered name/identity of your blog on the internet. Domain name extensions include (.com, .uk, .za, .co.za, .com.ng, .net, .org etc). Domain names come with different prices, to get a domain name, you have to register and get one for yourself on any domain registrar.
Next, you need to get a hosting plan. If you are using the WordPress platform, you have to get a hosting package for your blog since you are blogging on a self-hosted blog.
A host is like a portal or a server that makes your blog and its content live on the internet. With a host, your posts, images, videos and the blog contents will not be stored on any server.
You can host hosting packages for your blog on Namecheap, Domainking, Bluehost, Siteground, Ipage, Dreamhost, Garanntor, Web4Africa, GoDaddy, Whogohost and any other web hosting companies with which you register with and would like to host your blog with.
When your blog is fully ready and customized, you should promote your blog. Blog promotion is all about giving your blog spotlight and creating awareness of its existence. One of the best ways to promote your blog is by sponsoring or creating an advertising campaign for your blog or using social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc) to get traffic to your blog.
Blogging offers you a great opportunity of making money as a student. You don’t necessarily need to update your blog every day. You can be a full-time blogger or a part-time blogger. There are evergreen blogging niches and there are niches that require constant updating of the blog. It all lies on your approach towards blogging.
But since you are a student, you won’t give all your focus on time on your blog, so, you automatically become a part-time blogger until you graduate from school and decide to focus on your blog.
Popular bloggers in Nigeria that have made money from their blogs, forums and websites are Linda Ikeji, Jide Ogunsanya, Ifiokobong Ibanga, Loy Okezie, Paschal Okafor, Oluwaseun Osewa, Azzez Makinde, Fidelis Ozuwuala etc. You too can make money from a blog. Note that you need to be consistent, dedicated and persistent in growing your blog and its traffic if you want to make money from a blog.
Ways To Make Money From Your Blog
As a blogger, there are many opportunities which you can use to make money with your blog and earn an income for yourself while studying at the university.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a popular way of making money from a blog. Affiliate marketing involves marketing people’s products and services to get paid whenever you make a sale. There are a lot of companies which sell products to people, it could be an e-commerce/digital shopping company, web hosting company, fashion and clothing company, travel company etc.
You can register and sign-up as an affiliate or partner for any company that has an affiliate program or affiliate network. If you are able to make a sale, you will be paid a certain commission for that sale.
As a blogger, you can monetize your blog with affiliate marketing by embedding the banner codes of affiliate products on your website or inserting the links in strategic places of your blog posts, you get commissions and get paid when you make a sale.
With so many companies with affiliate programs, you can register and sign up as an affiliate on Garanntor, Bluehost, Konga, Jumia, Travelbeta, Travelstart, DomainKing, Payporte, Bet9ja, Nairabet, Naijabet, Surebet etc and make money with their affiliate program
As a blogger, you can make money from your blog by offering freelancing services such as creating websites, customizing and designing blogs, helping to write and proofread people’s content, creating videos, creating graphics content, fixing SEO issues etc.
As a freelancer, you are hired to do a particular job within a period of time. You can make money as a freelancer by managing people’s blog, writing services and offering other freelancing services.
Companies will offer to publish sponsored posts on your website. If you have a good blog with a steady flow of traffic. You can post reviews for the products of companies, organizations and brands on your blog and charge them for making sponsored posts on your blog. Popular blogs like Vanguard, Punch, LindaIkejiBlog and Naijaloaded charge N50,000 and above for their clients to make sponsored posts on their site.
4. Direct Advertising
You can be contacted by advertisers and companies to advertise their products on your site. It could be in the form of image banner ads, text ads, video ads, backlinks etc. You get to charge them for advertisements that stay within a specified time duration on your website.
5. Ad Companies/Advertising Programs
You can make money from blogging as a student by monetizing your blog with adverts of advertising programs. As a blogger, you can sign up for advertising programs like Propeller Ads, Media.net Ads, Infolinks, NgAdverts, RevenueHits, AdsTargets, Dochase, Adquet, RevSplitNetwork, Google Adsense, Bidvertiser etc.
You make money when you get clicks and impressions on the banner of these ad programs which is inserted or embedded on your website. You will make money as a blogger when you register or apply as a publisher for these advert agencies.
However, you need a good amount of traffic to earn through these ways which are mentioned above. As a publisher of contextual advertising sites like Google Adsense; you are to paste the ad code on some sections of your website and advert will be shown automatically.
What Is Google Adsense?
Google Adsense is a contextual advertising company owned by Google. It is a Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising program that pays its publishers whenever they get clicks and impressions on its adverts. Many blogs are monetized with Adsense and a lot of bloggers are making money from Google Adsense.
Some bloggers love Google Adsense and have made it their best and favourite way of making money with their blog. You can make money as a student if you have a blog, forum or website that is monetized with Google Adsense.
As a blogger, you should have a Gmail account and you should be at least 18 years to register and open an Adsense account. Google pays its publishers after that have made a threshold of $100. You can make more than that with Adsense if you have a good flow of traffic to your blog
As a student, spending time on your blog will affect your studies. You are advised to choose a niche that is convenient for you.
If you are interested in my 6-months blogging course, you can contact me to enrol you into the course. You get intensive lectures and tips that will help you get started as a blogger along with secrets which nobody will tell you about blogging.
I strongly believe that this guide has been able to help you with how to make money blogging as a student. Feel free to subscribe to our email list and be the first to get notified about any new post made on this blog in your email box. I wish you success in your studies and good luck as you get to start your own blog. Happy Earning !!!
Zara is a business consultant, life coach, content creator and a media entrepreneur. On this blog, I share various tips as I inspire my readers and provide business ideas that would generate revenue for them. Feel free to read and share my posts with your friends.