If you’re looking for step-by-step guidance on how to start a math blog, you’re in the right place.
The demand for learning math online has skyrocketed over the last decade. In fact, according to my market research tool, terms like “how to do division” and “long division worksheets” are searched thousands of times per month–this means lots of people need help with math online!
Unfortunately, the supply is not meeting up with the demand, and the demand continues to rise. When COVID-19 lockdown happened, it forced teachers and parents to rely much more on those who teach online.
If you’re here, it’s likely, you’ve seen a shift in how people are learning and how teachers need to teach, and you want to learn how to start a math blog, so you can share what you know about math to help others.
Math Blogs for Teachers and Students (of Various Ages)
There is more than one target audience for a math blog. Classroom teachers are constantly looking for inspiration to help their students in the classrooms. Parents are looking for materials to help their kids comprehend math better (especially home school parents). Students who want to improve their grades, understand things better, or relieve the pressure they feel from parents, teachers, and others, may also be looking for help with math online.
There is a huge market demand for math support online. I just did a search of a few terms I know are common math terms to demonstrate the demand for you online. Take a look…
As you can see, people are searching for math topics all year around. There are so many other queries they search for online, but this clearly demonstrates that this is an “evergreen niche”, or a niche that doesn’t die out throughout the year. The low point of the year for all of the math searches I entered is during the winter holidays and summer break. Aside from that, it is a consistently searched topic.
Math Blog Examples
If you’re like me, when you’re looking into trying a new professional venture or career, you want to know “what does a successful example look like?”. Right?
I’ve compiled a few successful math blog examples to demonstrate to you what a money-making math blog looks like, so let me share those with you…
LivingLifeandLearning.com – Homeschool Blog Earns a Full-time Income
Monique is a mom of 3 who started a homeschool blog to share advice with other moms about how to teach their kids. She makes printables that help with science, math, and other education activities, and sells them on her blog. She also makes money from display advertising or posting advertisements on her blog, and affiliate marketing. At one point, she was offering services like graphic design since she’s good at making worksheets and other things, but now that her product sales are thriving, she makes a full-time income from her blog thru product sales, affiliate marketing, and ads.
Teacherspayteachers.com – $2 Million+ Sold in Materials to Support Educators
Teacherspayteachers.com is a marketplace where teachers can go and sell worksheets, lessons plans, and other things that help educators. It’s not a one-person blog, but at $2 million+ in online sales, you can see that the demand for educational materials is online.
Demme learning is a company created by Steve Demme in the late 80’s. He had experience as a schoolteacher for middle school, high school, and upper levels. A homeschool co-op asked him to come a teach math to their students. When the time came for Steve to send his kids to school, he and his wife chose to homeschool, and he found himself teaching math in homeschool co-ops again. While teaching homeschoolers, he made worksheets, workbooks, and other materials to help with the learning experience. Parents began asking to buy his materials, and he started selling them–this turned into Mathusee.com.
Now, Demme Learning is a 2nd generation company run by Steve’s sons, and they continue to sell math materials online.
There are many more examples of math blogs or companies that make money online selling math materials in some way. The demand for math learning and educational support is there.
How Much Money Can You Make with a Math Blog?
Unfortunately, it’s much harder to predict how much money you can make with a math blog because it depends on so many factors like:
- How many people visit your blog
- How well you teach math on your blog
- How much content you have on your blog
- The demand versus supply for the content you have on your blog
- And, your sale price for the products and services you sell
Without knowing these factors, it would be very difficult to pinpoint a dollar amount you could make from your blog, but I can tell you norms across the blogging industry. On average, bloggers make less than $20,000/yr the first two years of blogging.
In the first year, they have to invest in things like education, training, and for the tools and equipment needed to blog–this may cost them $1000 or less. For some people that want more features and benefits with their tools and equipment or advertising, they may pay more than $1000.
Once the blog is made a priority, the skills and confidence to blog is built, and people are visiting to buy products and services, then that’s when the blog starts making money. Typically, blogs start seeing an incline in income incrementally, and full-time incomes are very possible within the 2-4 year range.
Can Math Blogs Make Money?
Math blogs can absolutely make money. In fact, it’s possible to make a full-time income and more once you follow the steps I’ll be laying out for you here.
How to Get Started with a Math Blog – Step-by-Step
Here are the steps I recommend for you to get started with a math blog…
1. Choose a Niche
First, it’s important to decide whether you’re going to be helping teachers, students, parents, and who you’re going to focus on first. It’s common among new bloggers to want to help everyone, and that’s noble, however, if you’re starting out as a one-man show, it’s important that you focus on one audience at-a-time, so you can be thorough and as helpful as possible.
Once you decide on an audience, it’s important to see which topic within math are you going to be focusing on, and which queries are going to be most relevant to your expertise.
Math Blogging Niches
- Preschool math
- 1st Grade Math
- Middle School Math
- And the list can go on (I’m sure you know)
It’s possible to build your website as a resource on multiple niches, but when you’re getting started, you want to make sure to focus, and help one audience, then move on. Sometimes, there may be overlap, and that’s okay, but in most instances, you want to focus.
2. Build a Website
After you’ve decided who you’ll serve, it’s important to set up your digital storefront, so people can stop by, see what instruction you’re offering and engage with your content in one place. If you don’t have a website, you can get a free WordPress website by entering in a name you’d like below.
3. Monetize the Website
Once your website is set up, it’s important to consider what products and services can be sold from your website that would be relevant to your audience. You can sell your own products or products from other companies that would be helpful to those wanting to learn math.
Math Digital Product Ideas
Digital products are great for things like teaching math because it’s a way to package the information you teach. You can create:
- Online courses
- Live webinars
- Audio recordings
- Teachers’ aids
- and much more
Math Affiliate Programs
In addition to creating online courses, you could also partner with relevant brands to sell products your audience might need like calculators, rulers, flash cards, manipulatives, or even curriculum for topics you don’t teach. There are quite a few relevant companies that would pay you a percentage of sales when you refer students to their math products. Some good math affiliate programs include:
- Udemy – 16% of sales [Flexoffers]
- Lessonplanet.com – 20% of sales [ShareASale]
- Hand2mind.com – 10% of sales [ShareASale]
- Thinktankscholar.com – 20% per sale [ShareASale]
Each of the affiliate programs I mentioned is managed by an affiliate network. The ones that have “flexoffers” next to them will require you to have your website set up and an application approved for acceptance into Flexoffers. The ones that have “[ShareaSale] next to them will require you to complete an application, and be approved for acceptance into the ShareASale affiliate program.
Once you’re approved into the affiliate program, you’ll be given tracking links and other things you can use to sell products and services for your new affiliate partner.
Other Ways to Make Money from a Math Blog
Aside from digital products (or events) and affiliate marketing, you can also make money from things like:
- Math tutoring
- Live speaking
- Physical products
- and other Services that would be helpful to your audience
4. Create Content
Once you’ve chosen your audience, built your website, and decided how you’ll monetize your website, then it’s important for you to begin attracting customers by creating content. You want to create helpful graphics, articles, social posts, videos, and audio to help people know who you are, what you stand for, and how you can help them. You’ll also want to do demonstrations of your teaching style, so they can see how you can help them.
5. Set up Social Media Accounts (Optional)
Social media is a very effective way for attracting people to your website. You can meet many new people, and it can help you to grow your reputation as an online math teacher. I would recommend you set up at least one social media page for your math blog, and grow it so you can attract new customers. If you’re unfamiliar with how to grow an audience on social media, I recommend you take a look at the free training here.
6. Get Traffic
As more people get to see you and learn about the value you can deliver, they will begin visiting your website more and more, engaging with your content more and more, and your website will go from 1 person to 10 people to 100 to 1000+ per day! When you have a solid product and service to offer and a lot of people who see it, then you’re very likely to get more and more sales.
7. Make Money
More sales = More money. As you’re attracting more people, and more people are buying, then you’ll see your income grow incrementally. It usually doesn’t start off high, but as you persist, consistently provide valuable math tips, and sell your products and services, you’ll have a growing number of sales and income.
If you’re knowledgeable about math and you want to start a blog, don’t hesitate. The world needs more knowledgeable math teachers online. I’m hoping this article gave you all of the information you need to get started with your math blog right now. If you’re ready to get started, and you’d like to have a website, training, networking, and coaching support, join me here and try it all for free.
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