How to Make Money with No Blog Traffic

By: | February 18, 2018 | Tags: , , |

Do you want to know how to optimize a blog?

What if you don’t have any blog traffic?

No problem!

Today’s guest author solves this minor problem for you.

Let’s get started learning how to monetize a blog.

How to Monetize a blog

“What if I have only a small amount of traffic?”

When I publish posts about how to make money, people write and ask if your amount of traffic matters.

Others assume they need traffic to make money and ask how much traffic they need.

Today’s guest author insists you don’t need any traffic at all!

He is here to tell you how to monetize a blog without having blog traffic.

How to Monetize a Blog Without Having Blog Traffic

by Joseph Hogue


You can learn how to make money on limited blog traffic for the motivation you need to keep blogging.


Let’s face it, most of us are blogging to make money. Even if you’re blogging simply to get your message out and reach an audience, making a little extra cash for your effort isn’t bad.


For many bloggers, making money means Google Adsense and affiliates, monetizing the blog’s traffic through clicks and sales.


There’s just one problem, most blogs get almost no traffic. Bloggers struggle to build their site to more than a few thousand visitors a month. Google Adsense revenue in the personal finance niche works out to about $0.01 per page view.


That’s all of $25 for a blog that gets 2,500 page views a month and nowhere near enough to keep most people motivated to keep blogging.


How do you monetize traffic if there’s no traffic?


You can concentrate on growing your traffic with three core areas like email, social and search. That takes time though and many blogs still struggle to reach the level where advertising is going to be a meaningful paycheck.


Finding that motivation to keep your blog going means finding other ways to make money, ways that don’t require waves of visitors each month.


How Much Blog Traffic Do You Need to Make Money?


The blogging world is glamourized with stories of bloggers making seven-figure incomes, the huge blogs with massive traffic. The truth is that most blogs get very little traffic, but the bloggers still do very well on a monthly income basis.


In fact, results from an annual blogger survey show that half the blogs on the web get less than 10,000 visitors a month and one-in-four get less than 2,500 visitors a month.

How to monetize a blog


While the largest section in the graph is blogs with traffic over 25,000 visitors a month, this is for a very wide range of blogs from 25,000 to one blog that reported over 800,000 visitors a month. The vast majority of blogs are concentrated at the lower-end of the traffic scale.


But these bloggers with fewer than 10,000 visitors still make money. Monthly income per visitor ranged from less than a penny to several blogs averaging $0.50 or more per visitor.


Will you make more money with more traffic? Yes.


Can you make a lot of money with very little blog traffic? Yes!


If you’re struggling to increase your blog traffic or just starting out, try shifting your focus to making money on the traffic you have.


How to Make Money on Another Website’s Traffic


If your own blog isn’t drawing the crowds you think you need to make money, then the obvious solution should be to make money off other websites’ traffic.


This means creating products from your blog that you can sell through other websites. The easiest product I’ve found, and one of the most passive, has been self-publishing.


Self-publishing is a natural fit for bloggers because you’re already creating content. You’ve already become an expert in your niche by virtue of research and posting on your blog. Why not turn that knowledge into a book?


If you’ve already got a large library of posts on the site, you might be able to pick out enough articles to reformat into a book. An easier strategy is to proactively plan your content around a book idea.


  • Plan out the chapters and ideas for your book. Research other books on Amazon to see what other authors are talking about and what they might have missed.
  • Write one or two chapters a week and post them to your blog. This helps keep you on schedule without neglecting your blog’s readers.
  • After a couple of months, combine the posts into a single Word document. You’ll need to change some of the language and maybe add a little content, but the hard part is done.
  • After you’ve published to Amazon Kindle, update your posts with a couple of paragraphs about the book and a link to your page. Each post now becomes a marketing channel with readers specifically looking for your book’s topic.


Just a few organic sales a month from your blog readers is enough to keep your book ranked on Amazon. From there, the world’s largest ecommerce platform takes over and shows your book to its billions of users.


How to Make More Money on Less Traffic


You can still make money on traffic from your own blog as well. I know bloggers that make a six-figure income on blogs with less than 10,000 visitors a month. You just have to find the product that serves your visitors perfectly.


The conversion rate, the percentage of readers that click a link and buy a product, on most affiliate programs is horribly low around one percent but I’ve seen bloggers get as much as 5% conversion after finding that perfect product.


This means finding one or two affiliates that really fit your blog’s niche and serve your specific visitor. Most bloggers make money on a list of affiliate products, but the majority of their income comes from just a few.


  • Join an affiliate network like CJ Affiliates and browse programs in your topic. Watch for products with higher network earnings and look to related blogs in your niche for what they are promoting.
  • Plan at least three articles around each affiliate; a review, a list article comparing different products and a demonstration of the product. These three types of posts are usually easiest to rank on Google to bring targeted search traffic.


Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find the affiliates that work best on your blog, but you should have an idea for those that will best serve your visitors’ needs. When you find those two or three affiliates that convert best for your blog, add them to a resources page and promote a little more heavily across social media.

[Read: How to Get on the First Page of Google and Make Money from Top Paying Affiliate Programs – Even If You Are a Total Newbie]


You can make money blogging even without tens of thousands of visitors. It’s not your traffic that matters but the community you build with readers and how you’re able to serve their needs through your own products and affiliates. Learn how to make money on other websites’ traffic and how to convert more sales with limited traffic on your own blog.


Author bio: Joseph Hogue worked as an equity analyst and an economist before realizing being rich is no substitute for being happy. He now runs five websites in the personal finance and crowdfunding niche, makes more money than he ever did at a 9-to-5 job and loves building his work from home business.

Readers, please share so other bloggers and website creators wishing to monetize learn how to monetize a blog without traffic.

What did you think of Joseph’s tips? Do you know how to monetize a blog without traffic? Do you have any tips you can share?

  1. Lisa P Sicard

    Hi Joseph, I would add having a niche audience that really loves your content will help too. They will purchase your products and other items that you may recommend.
    I know I have to work on building my list this year. I realized yesterday that it was not easy to find my sign up for my newsletter.
    I also believe having a blog helps a brand’s reputation and can further increase their reach in the marketplace.
    Thanks for the tips!

    • Joseph Hogue

      Definitely Lisa. The more you can niche, the more relatable and personalized your content will be and that’s always best for connecting with individual readers.

    • Joseph Hogue

      Definitely Lisa. The more you can niche a site, the more relatable and personalized the content will feel for readers.

  2. salifu

    Traffic if very important for a website to make money. Even though it is true, i have evidence of a site that get 200 visits a day which still makes money for the own. What is more important is the monetization aspect.
    We ran some facebook ads to a blog with a $99 dollar product. With just about 200 visits a day we were able to make some good roi.

    With the right content targeting the right audience, you can convert even a small amount of traffic to make some good money from.

  3. Freddy G. Cabrera

    Good points, Joseph!

    You are right, you don’t have to wait until you get thousands of visitors per day in order to start benefiting from your current blog’s traffic.

    You need to become a smart blogger and internet marketer. Learn more about your current traffic and see how you can provide the best help possible to their needs.

    And it all starts with the user-experience and user-satisfaction of your blog. The structure and the quality of your content have to be on point in order for your traffic to start converting well.

    Creating our own digital info products is a great way to start monetizing your blog. You should also fully optimize your entire blog site for email marketing. I’d say work hard on increasing your conversation rates, that way you can benefit as much as possible from every single new visitor. Turn them into a loyal subscriber and reader. And this stems from what I’ve mentioned above (user-experience and user-satisfaction).

    Helpful tips man!

    Thank you for sharing these! 😀

    • Joseph Hogue

      Good points Freddy. Conversion is something too few bloggers think about but is a critical piece in all of this. It’s the tool that makes a blog with few readers a profitable one or a blog with many readers still unprofitable.

  4. Martha

    Great ideas. I have been “planning” to write either a cookbook or a book of my poems but so far it’s all a thought. I do have a few affiliate sites that I need to get more active on. Now’s as good as any to get started!

    • Joseph Hogue

      Thanks Martha. It’s tough getting started but is easy if you set a schedule and work it into your daily content writing.

  5. Erin - Unbound Roots

    I love this information. I started blogging 10-months ago, not for the purpose of making money, but as a means to write more – a hobby I love. But, I’d love to take my blogging to the next level. Who wouldn’t want to make a little money doing something they love. Great article! Thanks for the information Joseph and Janice. )

    • Joseph Hogue

      Thanks Erin. Good luck on the blog. You’re starting from the right place.

  6. Ntokozo

    A big shout out to you Joseph! And it’s easier to make money with CPM (rather than CPC) affiliates when you have less traffic.

    Otherwise, thank you for sharing this useful content.

  7. Jeanette S. Hall

    Joseph & Janice,

    Good to know that it is NOT necessary to have tons of site visitors! Thanks for the confirmation that us smaller bloggers (I am only 5 ft one in tall) can still make a difference.

  8. Smart Blogger

    I have multiple blogs with less traffic. After reading this article, I found a way to make money from my blog although without blog traffic. Thanks for sharing this useful tips.

    • Joseph Hogue

      Thanks SB. None of my blogs are huge (< 20,000) but they do well. Just a matter of finding what resonates with every single reader.

  9. Kim Miller

    I am actually working on publishing a book at createspace. I hope it helps my blog too….

    • Joseph Hogue

      It will Kim. Books not only bring in a little money but will set you up as an authority. Be sure to reference your blog in the book so people know to visit.

  10. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    It’s definitely possible to earn money with a smaller audience if you find the right products. I make some from affiliate income and sponsored posts.

  11. adi pradana

    I want to monetize my blog, but I still work hard to increase my traffic blog…

  12. Enstine Muki

    Good point, Joseph!
    I have been blogging and researching on how to make money blogging and my conclusion is that traffic is not the lifeline. The real point here is how targeted is that traffic.

    I remember hitting a $450/review post deal on a blog that merely got somewhere between 100 – 150 daily readers. That was because of the quality of traffic (Geo location, age groups, bounce rates, Avg time on site, etc) All these factors got the advertisers seduced.

    It’s not just traffic in quantity. It’s traffic in quality 😉


  13. Rhacky

    Again another great article thanks Joseph for the insight, I honestly had no idea that you could make money with less traffic.
    Special thanks to you to Janice for the invite, your blog is turning out to be a must read for me.

  14. Panda Customer Service

    Blogging, one of the best way to earn money in online mode. Blogging requires the proper knowledge of the internet, good communication skills, and creative skills too.
    The post shared above is very good as it shares good information for earning money without having blog traffic.
    Must read article for the users who are looking to start their blogging.

  15. Nicky

    Hey joseph, great tips ! And yes rather than promoting lot of products,its always better to promote one or two that converts! As you said even with little traffic (provided its targeted traffic), one can earn good sum of money and make his blog successful.

    • Joseph Hogue

      Thanks Nicky. Absolutely! Promoting the most relevant products will convert the best to make a smaller blog more money rather than the shotgun approach with products that don’t convert.

  16. Joseph Hogue

    Thanks Annie. Maybe write a follow-up guide to your workbook and sell that?

  17. Divya N

    I switched from blogger to wordpress last year and my pageviews halved. I am trying to build back my users but I can’t seem to get over 8000 pageviews a month. It would be great if I can get some revenue from my blog which is enough for atleast the upkeep of the blog.

  18. Sharon T McLaughlin

    Great advice. I have been trying to build my following, it is a lot of work.

  19. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Joseph,
    It is really difficult to make money without any traffic on the blog but you have shared some of the best things tips and tricks.
    I really appreciate your effort.
    Thanks for sharing.

  20. Mazino

    Another way I think one can make money without much traffic is to work on your blog rank. So many blogs without traffic but good DA are making much from sponsored post and guest paid post.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mazino,
      Your comments are timely for me. I am preparing a post on the benefits of improving your Domain Authority score. I had only thought of organic traffic. I’d forgotten about your increased ability to monetize even though I’ve blogged about that effect before!
      I plan on using your comments and linking to you when the post comes out in May.

  21. Donna Merrill

    Hi Joseph,

    You put it so wisely when you mentioned to try to shift your focus to making money on the traffic you already have. Money can be made by further engagement on our email list. Give those who opted into a list more information than on the blog post. Ask them questions…people love to get involved. Once you have a good rapport with these people, trust is built. If there is an affiliate product that works so great for yourself, share it with your list. (I have had much success with this one)

    Then comes your own product and/or services. If its good there is a percentage of people who will purchase it. Building traffic can always be a part of your daily DMO. Don’t put too much time in it, but be consistent in what you do.


    • Joseph Hogue

      Well said Donna. Email lists are gold. If someone trusts you enough to be a part of your community then that’s a relationship that can lead to social shares, links and a lot of benefits to your blog beyond just money.

  22. Emenike Emmanuel

    Hello Joseph,

    This is a great post you’ve got here.

    Yes, it’s possible to make money, a lot of money with small traffic. It’s all a matter of how one decides to brand his blog.

    If you make yourself a thought leader in your niche, people will seek you out for your opinion. That way, you can even start consulting and selling your own digital or physical products.

    The idea of blogging your book is a great one. I learnt it first from Michael Hyatt and I look forward to completing mine soon.

    Thank you for sharing.


    • Joseph Hogue

      Thanks Emenike. Very true, building your brand will also lead to the high-value sponsorship deals.

  23. Naveen Sharma

    Hi Joseph,

    Every blogger, sooner or later would want to make money from his blog even if he started it as a hobby. In general we have a mindset of maximizing traffic as we believe all money would flow from that. You have given valuable tips in this regard.

    Making money from others’ blogs which have good traffic by creating products out of our past efforts is a fantastic idea. Similarly joining suitable affiliate programs can be an effective way to make money even if our traffic is low.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips with us as they are very effective and show us profitable ways. Have a good day!


    • Joseph Hogue

      Thanks Naveen. I think ‘growing traffic’ is the easy answer for a lot of bloggers but not necessarily the right one. A lot of bloggers are much more motivated by seeing those checks start coming in, even if their traffic isn’t growing yet.

  24. Elise Ho

    You are always so spot on with your posts and you give such great information. Good money can be made in both scenarios of the large and small mailing list. Much depends on how much of the mailing list is receiving solutions to their problems from you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Elise,
      If people take Joseph’s tips, the pressure to have traffic is removed and still be able to monetize. Thanks for writing.

  25. Sonal Talwar

    Hi Joseph

    It is very difficult to make money with less traffic on the blog. But I feel you have shared some great ideas which I can definitely try. I do have some affiliate programs but need to be active with them. writing an ebook is simply a wonderful idea.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sonal,
      Thanks for writing us. I agree Joseph did a great job. I wrote an ebook and find it easier to monetize than with affiliates.

  26. Tribaladnetwork

    If you write quality posts and update every day with fresh content visitors will come to your blog. Sharing your blog posts on social platforms and create guest posts will help you to grow your visitors.

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