I am constantly asked what I do for a living and when I tell people that I am a freelancer and blogger, their eyes just glaze over. Constantly, I find myself explaining to people how you can make money blogging. That’s what led me to write this post. I want to teach people how you can make money blogging.
This isn’t an income report and it's not one of those, learn how I made X amount in just 1-month of blogging. This post is just what I have learned over the past 3 years of blogging. The first few years, making very little money and how I have changed that.
In my post, The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Profitable Blog I talk about the different ways that you can make money blogging but in this post, I want to explore those more.
There are 4 main ways that blogging can get you steady income online.
Ads are the most traditional way that people have made money on their blogging websites since the beginning of time. However, it’s an outdated method. Ads are busy and distracting. They can also make your website slow and clunky. Not to mention most everyone I know, uses an ad blocker on their browser. (I use Adblock) This means they aren’t even going to see your ads, let alone click on them.
Another way people make money blogging (and this is one method that I use) is,
When it’s done right, affiliate marketing can be extremely powerful. But first, what is affiliate marketing? Affiliate marketing is marketing other people’s products on your site. You get paid a portion of what the company makes, at no additional cost to your audience. The company is paying you for advertising its products.
Top Tips for Affiliate Marketing for Blogging
- Only promote products that you like and use. If you promote something that sucks, your audience is going to stop trusting you fast.
Join lots of affiliate programs. Chances are, all the stores you already love have an affiliate program so make sure you’ve signed up.
Write informative blog posts educating your readers about the product. This works better than putting links up and hoping people will buy.
Make sure that you read through the affiliate guidelines so you understand how you are allowed to use your links. Almost every program is different!
Some programs will kick you out if you don’t make a certain about of money in a specific amount of time. I advise that you don’t join those programs until you are seeing more traffic from your blog.
Disclose your affiliate links so users are aware they will be buying through them – even though it doesn’t cost them anything.
Affiliate marketing can be an easy way to make money blogging. It’s not always the fastest way to make money though. To succeed with affiliate marketing you need traffic and loyal fans who love what you promote. This is why I suggest writing blog posts instead of just throwing links up.
Next up, let’s talk about collaborations.
I have found myself explaining my collaborations more and more to people. Collaborations are when you work with companies on a marketing campaign for their products or service. A collaboration could include a free product in exchange for an Instagram review. Larger companies will also pay you for your promotion – which is how it’s profitable.
As a new blogger, I joined a few programs that help connect influencers with companies that want collaborations, and I did a lot of collaborations in exchange for free products. Now, I am more established so I negotiate and get paid for almost every collaboration that I do. Collaborations take up a lot of my time because I always have to go looking for new brands to work with. The last way that bloggers make money online is through online products.
The last way that bloggers make money online is through online products.
Digital Downloads & Courses
I currently have a set of Pinterest Templates, an eBook, and an Online Course that I now use to create additional income for my blog. Having an online store with digital products is a great way to make money as a blogger.
As a blogger, the chances are that you are probably an expert at what you blog about. Why not use your blogging skills to help others grow? I then decided to create my course. I’ve seen so much success blogging on Pinterest and I’ve been able to make so much money on that platform that I wanted to help others do the same.
There are a lot of ways to make money through blogging. These methods are not created equal and they all take a different level of work. My best advice is for you to diversify so that you are making some of your money through each of these techniques. This way, if you lose one stream of income, you aren’t screwed because you’ve found other ways to make money as well.
I hope you’ll save this post for later!