Two years ago, I knew nothing about blogging. Since that time, I’ve turned my blog into a business. It’s now where I make money on the side to help repay my student loan debt.
My income from blogging is now in the $1.5k – $3k range per month. It’s pretty amazing!
- Related: How to start a blog
Blogging is a term that includes a lot. You can make money several different ways. Before you get started, you should know the six main ways that people make money blogging.
You can make money blogging through advertising on your blog. This is the most direct way to make money on your blog. You do nothing other than put ads on your site. You can use different ad networks, like Google AdSense and Media.Net.
The more clicks and views your blog gets, the more money you make from ads. This is a very common way for bloggers to make money when they first start blogging because it’s pretty easy once you get traffic going to your blog.
I used to make $50 / month from ads and now I make around $1,000 from ads. So the more your blog grows, the more money your ads will generate.
2. Sponsored Posts
You can make money by having sponsored posts on your blog. This means that someone will pay you to publish something they write or that you write. This could be a store, brand, product, or another website seeking exposure. Often, this also comes in the form of writing reviews (but not always).
Sponsored posts are an easy way to make money online through your blog, but it’s less steady that other types of income, unless you have an ongoing relationship or several sponsored posts per month. I know several bloggers who make around $1,000 / month from sponsored posts alone.
3. Digital Products
You can make money blogging by selling your own digital products. Examples include selling printables, eBooks, or online courses.
This is the ultimate way to make money online because you have control of everything. But, it’s a lot of work. I am waiting to launch several digital products until I build my platform more (probably next year). You can create anything that is basically downloadable, and then charge money for it. It’s amazing!
People make thousands of dollars a month alone by selling their own digital products (individually or as a course). This is definitely a money-maker!
4. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is a great way to make money online when you start blogging. It’s technically not blogging on your own site, but it is lumped in with blogging in general. Freelance writing is where you get paid to write for other websites or blogs. You write content that is published on another site and that site pays you for it.
Freelance writing is a great way to make money. I talk about how to start freelance writing here in my step by step guide. I know a couple people personally who have used my guide to start freelance writing and it landed them $350+/post gigs. Pretty awesome!
You can make money by selling other people’s products. This is when people make money through affiliate sales. There are several affiliate networks you can join online, such as Flexoffers or CJ Affiliate, or you can be an affiliate to individuals, too.
There are countless affiliate opportunities with affiliate relationships online. This is how a lot of bloggers make their money, myself included. I love this way of making money blogging because you don’t have to create your own product to get going. You can sell someone else’s product and make money doing it.
6. VA Work
You can make money blogging by doing VA work or tech work. Bloggers who do this work make money servicing other people’s blogs. I know a lot of people who start out doing VA work to get money coming in, then transition out of it after their blogs generate more income.
If there is something that you can provide a service for online, then there is a market for you!
A Final Note!
You can make money bogging through: 1) ads, 2) sponsored posts, 3) digital products, 4) freelance writing, 5) affiliate networks, and 6) VA work.
Obviously, to make money blogging, first you have to start a blog. I can walk you through how to start a blog in my step-by-step guide.
What I love most about blogging is that I can make money on my own time, from wherever I want — it’s complete flexibility.
If you are interested in learning more about blogging, you can join my email list for bloggers using the form below.
More Blogging Posts
To get started blogging, read these posts:
- Why Everyone Needs to Start a Blog (Yes, Even You!)
- How to Start a Blog
- The Best Resources for Bloggers
- How to Start Freelance Writing Online
- 5 Books Every Blogger Needs to Read
- Join #SocialHack (my Facebook group for bloggers)
For all of my blogging posts, visit my Blogging Page here.