How to Start a Photography Blog & Earn Money

Are you passionate about photography related activities? Are you interested in starting a photography blog and make good money? If yes, you have come to the right place. Here in this post, we will guide you step by step on how to start a photography blog and make money easily.

Firstly you must be very clear on why you want to start a blog on photography. Broadly two types of blogs are popular. One is by professional photographers and the other is by recreational photographers. Whether you are a professional or an amateur photographer, it is better that you learn how to make a blog and create your own photography website.

What type of Photography Blog would you like to Start?

If you want to be really successful and make good money in photography blogging you must focus on a niche. You must either be passionate about that niche or have sufficient experience on that subject. You must also check whether people have an interest in the subject. Check your niche is not too narrow. In that case, you will not have a  larger audience following your blog.

Here are some of the niche categories you can consider:

  1. Animals
  2. Fashion
  3. Nature
  4. Food
  5. Travel
  6. Sports

Finding the Right Domain Name for your Photography Blog

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The domain name should relate to your content of the photography blog. Try to make your domain name as short and catchy as possible. We recommend you to take a .com domain unless your blog is region specific.

Now, you must be thinking about the cost of the domain name. Do not worry we will cover it here. Normally a domain name cost is around $ 70 a year. I offer you a very simple solution to make it entirely free!!

If you host your blog with SiteGround you will get a free domain name for life.

Check our post on How to Start a Blog

How to Develop a Photography Blog

Always remember visual aspect is very important in photography blogs. People come here to see good quality images.

Things to remember while uploading pictures

  • Never upload your originals to your blog. Upload your pictures as JPEG files (probably the best format for viewing photos on the web)
  • Never forget to save your original files. Always edit after you save the files.
  • Make sure to resize images so that they’ll fit the page
  • Use photo-editing software to resize photos. Check the photos fit comfortably with the page. Some options for photo-editing programs are GIMP, Pixlr, etc.

Remember content is the king in a blog. Write relevant content on a regular basis.

Examples of content:

  • Camera/equipment reviews
  • The story behind each photograph
  • Photography tutorials
  • Photographers you admire

Finally, selecting a relevant theme is extremely critical for a photography blog.

Read our post on Top 5 WordPress Themes for Photographers

How to Make Money with Photography Blog

You can make money by selling your own uploaded photographs. You can also make money through affiliate marketing writing reviews of different cameras, equipment, and photographs of other persons.

      • Adsense

Apply for Google Adsense after writing some posts. If approved, Google Adsense will start putting advertisements on your blog.  A lot of bloggers make 5 figure money with Google Adsense only.

      • Sell Ad Space

You can try websites like BuySellAds. They will get a cut of every ad space that you sell through them. You can contact ad space selling companies directly.

There are plenty more ways to make money through photography blogging like writing an ebook, creating a membership option, etc. As your traffic grows a lot of companies will offer you deals which will grow your income.

Where to get Traffic for your Photography Blog

Content is the king. We recommend you to write at least 50 posts without thinking too much. Concentrate on getting traffic organically from search engines. Try to write good quality posts. If your posts get attention from search engines, traffic will automatically start visiting your photography blog. Don’t forget to create a page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. and promote your blog from those pages.