How to Make Money Blogging

Chances are if you are reading this you either…

-Have a blog and are looking for ways to make money

-Have a blog and are looking for ways to make MORE money

-Are thinking about starting a blog and wondering if you can make money

Whichever one of those statements best describes you, this post is for YOU! I’m going to share several ways you can make money with a blog and then share tips for increasing the amount of money you make. How to make money with your blog through ad networks, sponsored posts, affiliate links and more

-Here are ways you can make money blogging (in no particular order)…

1. Affiliate Marketing/Links

Affiliate marketing/links means you get paid when your reader takes action. Basically what that means is if your readers click on a link and then buy a product, you get a portion of the sales. You can sign up for different affiliate networks or work with a company/product directly.

So for example, I have partnered with Tone & Tighten for an affiliate program so each time someone clicks on the link and buys a book, I get a portion of the sales. (p.s. not blogging related but if you’re looking for a new workout program I’d recommend checking this one out… Click here to visit Tone-and-Tighten.com.)

I would recommend checking out this post from Amy where she gives some great tips for using affiliate marketing/links and gives you a list of affilliate networks you can sign up for.

2. Advertisements

There are several different ways you can do this so we’ll cover a few of them. If you do nothing else after reading this post, I would suggest signing up for Google AdSense and then installing those on your blog. Even if you don’t have a lot of readers just yet, this is a way to begin passively making some money. However, as your blog grows I would suggest looking into different ad networks who can help you make more money than Google AdSense (for many of them you need to have a certain number of pageviews per month) or setting up your own sidebar ad program. If you are looking to set up your own program, Passion Fruit Ads is one way to help you set that up on your blog.

3. Sponsored posts

In my experience there have been two ways I’ve gone about doing sponsored posts…the first is through networking and connecting with companies directly. The second is through a network that facilitates connections between brands and bloggers.

I would offer one word of warning for these first three suggestions…don’t over do it! I recently came across a blog and the 10 most recent posts were all very clearly (and obnoxiously) sponsored posts. I didn’t feel like I was reading a blog to hear the voice of the blogger but rather sitting through commercials…and I don’t have time for that! So I’m all about having sponsored posts, ads, and affiliate links…but make sure your blog doesn’t come across as one giant billboard!

If you’re looking for networks to join here a few that I am a part of or have heard good things about from other bloggers…

Clever Girls Collective

FitFluential

Pollinate Media

Social Fabric

Weave Made Media

If you’re still looking for more blogging networks here is a list to peruse.

4. Freelance Writing

Your blog isn’t the only place you can make money. Once you’ve established yourself as a writer, start submitting posts to other sites that are looking to pay for your contributions.  Different sites offer varying levels of compensation and make sure you think about the time it will take to find pictures, include links, communicate with the company, etc when you are determining your prices.  Here are some resources on freelancing blogging to get you started…

Make Money from Freelance Blogging by the end of the Month

Websites that Pay Writers

5. Offer services

Once you’ve started to build up an audience, your blog can become a platform for offering services either to other bloggers or to a particular niche.

One example of this for me personally is I offer link up services. So bloggers who want to link up their posts to various link-up parties but don’t always have time to do it themselves

Be creative with the services you offer…you can offer coaching, web design, virtual assistant, and so much more!

6. Sell products

The wonderful thing about selling products is that for some products the bulk of the work can be done up front and then the money continues to come in down the road. This is especially true if you publish an ebook. The majority of the work is in writing the ebook but then once you begin to sell it, you will keep making money without having to continue to invest a ton of time and energy…you’ll probably want to continue to promote the book but that takes way less time than it took to write the book! Again, be creative with what products you sell and ask your readers what they need…printables, planners, products on Etsy…the sky is the limit!

 Money-Making Tips

All of the above suggestions are great ways to make money on your blog but I also wanted to offer some general money-making advice…

Choose your platform wisely…technically you can move your blog to a different platform later on but speaking from personal experience, it’s much easier to just start with a good platform. I think it is easier to make money on WordPress than on Blogger but please note, if you are on WordPress you have to be using wordpess.org…you MAY NOT monetize a wordpress.com blog!

– Diversify, diversify, diversify…it is very unlikely that your blogging income will come from just one source. There will be months when companies aren’t looking to do very many sponsored posts so if all of your income comes from sponsored posts than your income will be lower than you’d like. I would suggest creating several different streams of income for your blog so that you are making money every month.

Don’t expect to make $33,875.93 your first month…you’ve probably seen pins on Pinterest about how a blogger made $20k or $30k in a single month with blogging but the reality is they didn’t do that their very first month.

-Create quality contentgood content will bring new readers to your blog and continue bringing older readers back. And let’s be honest, without readers most of the ways to make money just don’t work! If nobody is reading your blog then there probably isn’t anyone clicking on the affiliate links or the ads in your sidebar.

Build a community with your readers …the reality is that your affiliate links will work a LOT better if your readers trust you and your suggestions! Brands want to work with bloggers who are influencers and the best way to become an influencer is to connect with your readers and create a community.

Study blog income reports…looking for new ways to produce income? Check out how other bloggers are doing it to get ideas! There are quite a few bloggers who produce income reports on their blogs and I have found some great ideas through those reports. Many of them also share what’s worked, what doesn’t work and you can learn from their successes and mistakes.

Pinch of Yum

Smart Passive Income – just a note…I’m pretty sure there are very few bloggers making this kind of money but I just wanted to give you an idea of how this blogger diversifies!

By Regina

Connect with other bloggers.,. other bloggers can offer tips and suggestions for how they’ve made money, increase your network because while a sponsored post might not be a good fit for their blog it might be great for you and they can pass it along. I would suggest connecting with other bloggers on social media, finding a blogging tribe (my tribe ROCKS!), attend a blogging conference (I’m going to Blended in September) or through link up parties.

Whew, that was a lot of information! I’d love to hear…

Do you make money with your blog? What has been the most effective way for you to make money blogging? What questions do you have about making money with your blog?

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27 comments

  1. These are great tips! I think making money blogging would be awesome – I really love blogging for me but also put so much time into it that it would be nice to get just a litttttle something back.

  2. Hi! Visiting from SITS. Thanks for sharing this. I am hoping to spruce up my blog’s earnings. I specially took note on the freelancing part. If I may sum up the major lesson I got from your post, it is for me to really devote time to build my blog in terms of content, audience, and market value. Keep it up!

  3. Stopping by from Sits as well. I love to see how other bloggers are making money from their blogs, it’s helpful…although a little depressing at times, LOL. Thanks for the ideas.

    1. I would start by making sure you are tagging brands in the posts you are already doing to begin building that relationship. Then I would probably start by reaching out to some boutiques about partnering with them

  4. Just started monetizing, so always looking for tips and examples from other bloggers. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge, it is such a taboo subject, it is nice that more seasoned bloggers are sharing how they can bring home a check each month from their blogs. Gives us something to shoot for! Thanks again!

  5. Thanks for the tips, I pinned this so that I can revert/reflect back on it. I came over from Best of the Blogosphere from you link party list, I wanted to let you know that I pinned that too, and in fact I found a lot of great parties! Thanks for all the hard work, and for sharing it! I wanted to leave you a comment from the link up but the list page does not have a way for me to leave you a comment! Thanks, again.

    1. I would definitely encourage you to look into more affiliate links than just Amazon…Amazon is not my favorite :/

  6. This is a brilliant post – I am going to bookmark it! I would love to make money from my blog but I feel it needs to be the right time and the right reasons. I agree with your part about blogs being full of sponsored posts. I get that people need to make money but I like reading people’s real posts which is what worries me a bit about eventually going down that route if I do! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday – please could I remind you to link back to the linky with text or a badge 🙂 Thanks 🙂

  7. This is a really helpful article. I am about to start travelling for several months and I am really hoping to increase my blog audience and start to earn a little bit of money. I have google adsense but didnt have any of the others. Brilliant info. x

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