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What would you do if you had a few hundred extra dollars every month?
Save up for a car? Go shopping? Travel?
Daydreaming is nice, but the best part is that as a blogger, you can actually make it happen. Yes, for real! For some bloggers, blogging isn’t just a hobby–it’s a career. While that probably won’t work for you or me right now (school still has to happen!) it is always great to have some extra cash to spare, especially if you can earn it by doing what you love: blogging. While these are “Get rich overnight on the Internet” methods, dedication and effort will definitely make these strategies pay off in the long run.
“But will these strategies work for me?”
I’m going to be sharing several ways that you can make money as a blogger. You might be thinking, “Will these strategies work for me? I’m an [insert niche here] blogger!” and I’ll absolutely say yes and to prove it, I’ll tell you a story.
My other blog is a book blog. The general consensus in the book blogging community seems to be that making money from a book blog is difficult, if not impossible. In some ways, yes, it’s easy to see it that way, because neither authors nor publishers are willing to actually pay money to be featured on blogs, and free content is the norm, unlike many types of other blogs.
Does that mean that you can’t earn money from book blogging? Nope! It just means that you can’t do it through sponsored content or ads. You can still do it, you just need to be a little more creative. I launched an Etsy shop, an e-course, a workbook (coming soon!) and offer my services as a beta reader.
For every single type of blog out there, there is a way of monetizing your blog and profiting from your passion. While all of the strategies on this blog might not work for you, I guarantee at least a few of these will work for you.
What You Need To Get Started
If you want to get started earning money from your blog, there are only a few basic things that you need.
- A Blog- If you want to earn money as a blogger, having a blog maybe sorta kind of you should consider having. Just maybe?
- A valid Paypal or bank account – If you want to earn money, you’ll need to have a place to put it. For a few of the strategies below, you’ll need to have a Paypal or bank account right when you start off, and it is a good idea to have this for whenever an opportunity presents itself.
- Parental Permission- A few of these strategies will need someone 18+ to sign up in the first place, and if you’re not an adult yet, you’ll need parental approval before doing anything involving money. If your parents don’t know about your blog yet, read this.
#1 – Become An Online Affiliate
I’m an online affiliate for several companies that I love and really believe in. Being an affiliate essentially means that when I talk about products on my site, I include my affiliate link and if anyone decides to click that link and purchase the product, I earn a small commission (without an extra cost to the visitor). Pretty cool, right?
The best part is that for many of these affiliate programs, like Amazon Associates, the visitor doesn’t even need to buy that product. If you are an Amazon Associate and someone clicks your link for a cool e-book, but ends up buying a new tripod instead, you still earn a percentage of that tripod sale (if they purchase within a certain time frame, like 48 hours). Affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry, and has lots of profit potential for you to earn money.
Also See: You Can Earn WHAT With Affiliate Links? (Via Blog Clarity)
#2- Google Adsense
While I don’t personally use Google Adsense, it is the perfect place for you to start when it comes to earning money from your blog. Here’s the description:
Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites.
It’s super simple to get start, and requires very little maintenance from you after you set it up. Google automatically chooses ad You can easily get started at https://www.google.com/adsense/start/. If you are newer at this blogging thing and want a low-maintenance way to earn some side money from your blog, Google Adsense is a great place to start.
Also see: How To Set Up Google Ads On Your Blog (via Fabulous Blogging)
#3 – Offering Ads On Your Blog
If you drive enough traffic on your blog, you can often convince businesses and brands in your niche to advertise on your blog. If you see a banner ad in the sidebar of a blog, odds are it was paid for by the company (or it is an affiliate banner).
Blog advertisements tend to work better for bloggers who already have lots of traffic, since brands are paying up front to be featured on the blog. The biggest blogs can charge hundreds or thousands for an ad, though, so if you grow your blog audience enough, it can be a very fruitful path to monetizing your blog.
Also see: How To Get Your First Blog Advertiser (via The Work-At-Home Woman)
#4 – Brand Sponsorships
Think of brand sponsorships are a more intensive version of blog ads. Instead of just a month-long ad in your sidebar, brand sponsorships are a more complex, multifaceted version of an ad and might lead to long-term collaborations. Brand sponsorships are different depending on the blog and the brand, but often include thinks like ads, featuring the brand in a blog post, sponsored posts, sponsored social media content, and more, and pricing varies.
Sometimes brands will reach out to you about a collaboration if your blog is more established, but often you’ll be the one to reach out to the brand. Before any collaboration takes place, you’ll want to create a media kit and then write a pitch email to the brand explaining why they should work with you.
Also see: How To Pitch Brands And Convince Them To Partner With You (via Hip Media Kits)
#5 – Write An E-Book
Writing and publishing an e-book is one of the best ways to create bringing in consistent income for your blog. Even if you’re not a professional writer (and you’re probably not!), chances are there is something that you are knowledge about that someone in your audience is dying to learn about, and you can teach them all about how to do that thing through an e-book.
For example, let’s say you run a fashion blog and talk all about upcycled and environmentally friendly clothing. A possible e-book topic could be something like “How To Upcycle Thrift Store Clothing To Create A Stylish, Modern Wardrobe.” In that e-book, you could share your own experiences upcycling clothes, your tips and tricks for creating great looks, and tuturials for upcycling common thrift store finds. Pretty good, right? C
Creating an e-book is easier than ever now and you can publish your e-book directly to Amazon using the Kindle Direct for free (although they do take a percentage of the sale) or use a program like Gumroad or DPD. E-books are a great form of passive income after you put in the initial work to write, edit and design the e-book, there is very little work you have to do, and you’ll keep earning money as long as the e-book is online.
Also See: How To Write And Launch An E-Book In 3 Weeks (via Just A Girl And Her Blog)
#6 – Offer Your Services
It’s a daunting prospect, but this is probably something out there that you can offer your services and help people with. This works for all types of bloggers, and there are lots of different options depending on your niche. Here are a few examples:
- Offer fashion and beauty consultations (fashion + style bloggers)
- Designing blogs + graphics (design bloggers)
- teaching book keeping and money management to university grads (personal finance bloggers)
- Becoming a beta reader (for book bloggers)
Those are just a few examples of things that I’ve actually seen done successfully, and there are doubtlessly thousands of other possible service options out there, from being a virtual assistant to teaching hand-lettering. You just need to find the perfect fit for you.
#7 – Accept Donations
If you’re the type of blogger who has a really dedicated fanbase, you might want to consider accepting donations from people who want to support you. You can use a service like Ko-Fi to have people make small donations and “buy you a coffee.” It’s something that I’ve seen a few bloggers doing and has the potential to work well for bloggers with a loyal readership.
#8 – Sell Physical Products
If you’re willing to handle the production and shipping of physical products, this is a great route for monetizing your blog! Physical products do need you to invest a little bit of money upfront (unless you are using a company that prints or produces the product whenever it is ordered), but there are lots of benefits to creating a physical product.
Your physical product can be a physical version of your e-book, or it can be a product specific to your niche, like stationary, t-shirts, phone cases, or anything else that you can design and bring to life. I did this for my book blog by running an Etsy shop selling literary-inspired jewelry, which helped me bring in over $1000 in the last few months.
If you are creating a physical product, consider using a company that will produce and ship the product for you. Typically, these companies take a percentage of the sale, but if you aren’t sure you’ll be selling large quantities of products (or you just don’t want to handle the shipping and fulfillment) this is a great option.
#9 – Host A Paid Webinar
If you love teaching other people, paid webinars are a great way to monetize your blog. Think of a webinar is a live class being taught online. You sit in front of your computer and share your knowledge, and the video gets streamed to people around the world who have registered.
I’ve seen webinars priced anywhere from $20 to $100+, depending on the content and length of the webinar, as well as how much experience you have as the teacher. If you’re offering a lot of great free content on your blog already, people will be more inclined to registering for your webinar, and it can be super profitable for you.
#10 – Create Content For Other Sites
There are lots of blogs out there looking for guest contributors that are willing to pay for writers to create content for their sites. If you write a few articles for other sites a month, you can potentially earn a few hundred extra dollars each month. Pretty cool, right?
I haven’t done much of this myself, aside from a book review for a magazine I was paid $40 a few years ago, but creating paid content is a fantastic way to earn a little bit of side money. Some of the content might be ghost-written (meaning you aren’t credited), but in some situations you might also get a link back to your site, which is great exposure for your blog as well.
Also See: Make Money Writing Articles: 37 Blogs That Pay Up To $300 For Your Guest Posts (via Minterest)
Here’s my challenge to you
There are lots of strategies for you to earn money from your blog, and these are some of the best ones. Now that you’ve read through this list and seen what the options are, I want to you to pick at least one strategy that interests you, and get it started using it on your blog. You’ve probably heard the old saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” and getting started with one monetization strategy at a time lets you slowly master each one and then slowly build up to having multiple cash streams.