20 Ways to Make Money Blogging
What are the best ways to make money blogging? Here are 20 ways you can monetize your blog. Some are extremely common, while others are more out-of-the-box.
Remember the key to earning money is having multiple income streams, so pick a few of these ways to make money blogging and try them out!
1. Pay-per-click ads
PPC or pay-per-click ads are the most common form of ads that bloggers use to make money. You can get started with Google AdSense as a new blogger, but keep in mind that you probably won’t make a lot of money when you’re first starting out.
In order to make real money from advertising, you will need a high volume of traffic to your blog
If you already get a lot of monthly page views on your blog, you can apply to better-paying ad networks like Mediavine (25,000+) or AdThrive (100,000+.)
2. Sell ad space
An alternative to PPC ads is selling ad space directly on your blog. This means an advertiser will pay you a fixed amount to display an ad on your blog for a certain amount of time.
Again, you will need a decent amount of page views to make money from this method. You can find advertisers to sell ad space to using a site like BuySellAds.
3. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money blogging (in my opinion.) You don’t need many page views to be successful either.
If you don’t already know what affiliate marketing is, it is simply promoting products or services on your blog and earning a small commission when someone makes a purchase through your unique affiliate link.
One of the best ways to get started with affiliate marketing is to sign up with ShareASale.
ShareASale is a huge affiliate network with thousands of brands. It’s totally free to sign up. Once your account has been approved, you will have access to thousands of affiliate programs. You can grab your affiliate links from the site, and then start including them in your blog posts.
Read this post for how to write blog posts that actually convert (AKA people click your affiliate link and make a purchase!)
4. Write an ebook
Selling an ebook is another one of the best ways to make money blogging. Look at your blog analytics to determine your most popular blog posts. Or survey your readers to find out what they need the most help with. Then write an ebook on that topic.
For example, my most popular posts were about Pinterest, and I kept getting questions about how to use Pinterest to grow your blog or to make money. I wrote my ebook Get Paid to Pin to answer those questions!
Ebooks are very easy to produce and you can sell them for anywhere from $15 to $50+ on your blog. I sell my ebook on SendOwl, which is a breeze to use!
5. Sponsored posts
Sponsored posts are another great way to make some money from your blog. Any type of blogger can do sponsored posts. I recommend checking out Linqia for sponsored post opportunities.
While some brands will just give you a free product in exchange for a blog post, many brands will also pay you! Most of the opportunities on Linqia are paid collaborations, and you can make anywhere from $25 to $200+ per post.
You can also pitch to brands you want to work with by emailing them yourself. And make sure you have a “Work With Me” page on your blog so brands know how to contact you.
6. Sell an online course
An online course is a lot more work to put together than an ebook, but you can price online courses much higher – usually anywhere from $99 to $800+.
Online courses usually consist of multiple components like worksheets, video lessons, etc. You can create an online course about any topic. Profitable online courses usually address some topic that your audience needs help with. For example, if you run a blog about home decorating and DIY, you could create a course about how to declutter your home.
If you are knowledgeable about a particular topic, why not become a coach or consultant and work with others to help them achieve their goals? For example, I offer blog consulting services on my blog.
But you can be a coach/consultant on just about any topic: Life coaches, business coaches, health & wellness coaches, etc. To start offering these services, you can create a page on your blog describing what you offer and advertise on your blog, on social media, in Facebook groups, and through your email list!
8. Freelance blogging
If you really enjoy writing, why not make some money writing freelance blog posts? Many websites offer paid guest posting/blogging opportunities. A great place to start looking for freelance writing jobs is the ProBlogger job board. The listings are free to access, and bloggers are needed for a variety of topics!
9. Virtual assistant
Offering virtual assistant services is one of the best ways to make money blogging! What does a virtual assistant do? So many things!
If you have a knack for Pinterest, you could offer VA services to other bloggers or business who need help managing their Pinterest accounts, creating Pinterest graphics, etc.
Or if you love Instagram, you could become a social media manager and work with bloggers or business owners to plan awesome content for Instagram, write engaging captions, and help them grow their following.
Email marketing, Facebook ads, small business accounting, online community management, and copywriting are just a few other areas where skilled VAs are highly in demand!
10. Start a membership site
A membership site is a great way to earn a recurring monthly income. Essentially, you will be creating a password-protected members-only area of your blog with special content for members.
Most membership sites include content that is updated monthly. You can start a membership site on just about any topic, and the kind of premium content you offer could range from videos to worksheets to photos to member forums and more.
For example, the Styled Stock Society is a membership site offering beautiful styled stock photos for bloggers and creative business owners. You have the option to purchase a monthly, quarterly, or annual membership to the site.
11. Start a premium Facebook group
A premium Facebook group is an alternative to a membership site, but it’s easier to set up. The premise is the same: you charge members for monthly access to the group.
If you go this route, make sure that your FB group has a lot to offer, because there are plenty of free groups out there! If you want to run a premium group, you will need to cultivate an active community and provide valuable resources to your members (ex. Facebook Live trainings, Q&A sessions, etc.)
12. Email marketing
Does your blog have a decent-sized email list? If so, one of the best ways to make money blogging is by selling to your email list!
If you don’t already have an email list, you can set one up for free with MailChimp. If you DO have an email list for your blog, but are having trouble getting subscribers, check out my post Why No One Is Signing Up for Your Blog’s Email List.
You can market your own product to your email list (such as an ebook or online course) OR you can market products you are an affiliate for. Rosemarie Groner, the blogger behind The Busy Budgeter, makes over $20,000 per month marketing affiliate products to her email list.
13. Flip your blog
You’ve heard of house flipping in real estate, but did you know that blog flipping is a thing too?!
And you can make thousands from it! The basic premise is that you start a blog, build it up, and then sell it. The investment is small (just the cost of starting a blog) but the payoff can be huge!
Chrystie of Living for Naptime has flipped 4 blogs and explains exactly how to do it in this post!
14. Sell a physical product
Selling physical products on your blog can be a very lucrative source of income. If you sell handmade goods, creating an online shop on your blog instead of a platform like Etsy will give you more creative control. You can set up an online shop using the free plug-in WooCommerce if you have a WordPress blog.
I have seen bloggers successfully sell everything from mugs to stationary and planners to travel accessories, so the sky really is the limit when it comes to starting your own online shop on your blog.
15. Create a tripwire
A tripwire is a small, cheap offer that you present to people after they complete an action such as signing up for your email list. The tripwire is a product related to your opt-in freebie (AKA the thing that you give to people in return for signing up for your email list – you should definitely have one!)
Let’s say that you run a fashion blog and your opt-in freebie is a guide on how to attend New York Fashion Week. Instead of directing them to a generic “thank you” page after a subscriber signs up for your email list, you could instead link to the page for your tripwire offer.
In this case, your tripwire could be a file containing the exact email templates you use when pitching yourself to brands at New York Fashion Week. Tripwires should be inexpensive, somewhere between $1 and $10.
They are an easy way to make money while growing your blog’s email list, and once you set up your tripwire offer, you don’t have to do anything else. It’s easy, passive income.
16. “Hire me” page
Do you have a specialty service you can offer to readers of your blog? For example, I know a travel blogger who also runs a travel agency and gets clients from her blog.
Whatever it is that you do, you can advertise your services on your blog. Need some ideas for what kind of services you can provide? Here’s a list of 9 popular services bloggers can offer.
17. Host a webinar
If writing an ebook or creating an online course isn’t your thing, then maybe hosting a webinar is! Like many of the other ideas on this list, you can host a webinar about almost anything!
You can pre-sell tickets to your webinar by advertising it on your blog, in Facebook groups, through your email list, and on social media. One awesome way to promote webinars is by giving a mini-webinar on Facebook Live or your Instagram Story and then directing people to sign up for the real deal.
18. Private label rights
Most bloggers have never heard of private label rights, or PLR. Basically, it means selling your own intellectual property for others to use freely without giving you credit.
If you have a bunch of old, unpublished blog posts collecting dust in your drafts folder, you could consider selling them as PLR. Ebooks, videos, software, and graphics can all also be sold as PLR.
19. Instagram sponsored posts
If your blog has a sizable Instagram following, you can work with brands on sponsored Instagram posts. Most sponsored post opportunities are perfect for fashion, lifestyle, and travel bloggers. Brands will pay you to make a post on Instagram promoting their product.
Many bloggers have around 5k-10k followers when they start working with brands on Instagram, but some bloggers get started with as few as 1,000 followers. “Micro-influencers” are in high demand right now, and you don’t need a million Instagram followers to earn decent money. The pay for sponsored posts varies, but usually starts around $50 and higher.
Linqia is great for finding Instagram sponsored posts.
20. Pinterest affiliate links
Do you have a Pinterest account for your blog with a good amount of followers and views? If so, making money with Pinterest affiliate links might be perfect for you!
With this income strategy, you don’t need to write an entire blog post and include affiliate links. You can simply create a graphic for one of your affiliate product, pin it, and link it directly to the sales page using your affiliate link!
I currently use this strategy and earn passive income from it every month. To learn exactly how to get started with Pinterest affiliate links, I highly recommend my ebook Get Paid to Pin!
These are my top 20 ideas for ways to make money blogging! Any ways that I missed?
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