How to make money blogging

Making money blogging is my favorite thing ever.

In three years, I’ve gone from knowing nothing about blogging to making over $3k per month blogging while working full time.

You can make money blogging several different ways. I’ve listed 6 ways that you can get started making money blogging now that are the most popular.


1. Advertisements

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 $1,500+ per month 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 you’re paid for promoting someone else’s product or brand on your blog on in your social media. 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).

To learn how to make money with sponsored posts, take Making Sense Of Sponsored Posts (you’ll get the specific steps to implement this strategy right away). 

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. Affiliate Marketing

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.

I highly recommend Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing to learn how to make money with affiliate marketing. It’s a course that teaches you how to make money through affiliate marketing.


4. Digital Products

You can make money blogging by selling your own digital products blogging.

I learned this from taking Six Figure Blogger, a course that walks you through exactly how to make six figures blogging by selling your own products.

Example of digital products include selling printables, eBooks, and courses.

Making money on your blog by selling your own products is amazing because you have control of everything.  You can create anything that is 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!


5. 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.

You can learn how to make money freelance writing by taking Earn More Writing.

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!


6. VA Work

You can make money blogging by doing VA(Virtual Assistant) 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.

Read a super inspiring story about becoming a VA here.

If there is something that you can provide a service for online, then there is a market for you!


A Final Note!

There are many ways to make money blogging.

Recap –> you can make money blogging through:

  1. Ads
  2. Sponsored posts
  3. Affiliate marketing
  4. Digital products
  5. Freelance writing
  6. VA work

The key to remember is that “blogs don’t make money – businesses do.” If you want to actually make money having a blog, you do that by creating an online business.

The best way to learn online business is to take Blog With A Full Time Job. I created this course to show you exactly how to turn an idea of making money blogging into the reality of having a legit business.

For all of my blogging posts, visit my Online Business Page here.


P.s. Here are my favorite blogging resources you can grab: