Have you ever looked at one of those big time bloggers that you see everywhere actually make money? I sure did when I started blogging a year ago. I began blogging as a creative outlet but soon learned that it could turn into a money maker if I wanted it to. So how do you do it? How do you make money blogging? Well, there are a few different ways…
I start with ads, because it’s the most obvious one. The more traffic you get, the more income you can make through ads. While they are pretty simple to set up, it takes a steady stream of traffic on your website to really generate an income using advertisements. Some of the most frequently heard of ad networks are:
Affiliates are people who represent a company by recommending their products. When you become an affiliate for a company and recommend their products, you receive a commission if one of your readers follows your link to make a purchase. Most large companies have affiliate programs, but some go through a website that represents numerous companies. Some popular affiliate websites are:
Share a Sale
You can find affiliates for companies that you’d like to represent by googling “company name + affiliate program”.
Sponsored posts are posts that a blogger is paid to write. For example, companies love to pay people to talk about their products. Typically, the bigger your blog/following, the more you can earn with sponsored posts. Some companies that offer sponsored post opportunities are
the blogger network
Mom It Forward
One thing I have learned since I began blogging is that the best way to make money is by creating and selling your own products. If you have any sort of special skills, you can create a digital product and sell it online (this is a great passive income opportunity). Lots of bloggers I have met have had their income skyrocket when they have created and sold their products. Some digital products you could create are
exercise videos targeted towards a specific audience
Instead of (or in addition to) some bloggers offer online services like consulting or being a virtual assistant to a larger blog. Other online services you could offer are
copywriting or proofreading
virtual life/fitness coach
home design assistant
While making money blogging sounds amazing, it requires a lot of time and effort. It’s is most definitely not a “get rich quick” business. Still, if you are looking to start a blog, I say go for it! Not only is it tons of fun, but you get to meet some pretty awesome people too!