How to Make Money Off Your Blog

This is a guest post by Sarah Brooks.

Nowadays, it seems like just about everybody has a blog. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom looking to document your kids’ lives, a crafter creating the latest do-it-yourself projects, or a business owner looking to market and make a name for your brand, blogging could be the answer to doing what you love and making an income from it. That’s right, it’s possible (in fact, very possible) to make money simply by blogging. All you need is a computer, the ability to accept credit cards online, and a few tips, provided below.


Create a blog and stick with it

make money off blogMost people don’t stick with blogging long enough to make any money from it. Don’t expect results overnight. Blogging takes work, hours upon hours of work, before you’ll ever see a dime. The more work you put in, the more money you can eventually expect to make.

To help you stick with it, blog about things you’re passionate about. If you blog about food but don’t really enjoy cooking, chances are the blog will be forgotten about long before it even has a shot at making money.


Gain followers

Once you start your blog and know the direction you want it to go, it’s time to start gaining readers (or in blog terms, followers). To do this, you must get involved with the blogging community. Find blogs that are similar to your own – as far as their topic, age, and audience – and read what they’re writing about. Leave comments on other blogs, send emails, respond to emails, post your blogs on Facebook and Twitter, and network. The more people that see your blog, the better you’ll be at gaining readers.


Be yourself

Always, always, always be true to yourself. People will continue visiting your blog if they like who you are, so don’t try to be someone you’re not. Eventually, either your true colors will show or you’ll no longer enjoy blogging due to not being true to yourself, and you’ll lose readers.


Advertise


Instead of billboards, people will use your blog to advertise

Start advertising once you’ve generated a decent amount of traffic to your blog. Google Adsense is a great program to start out with, and it’s free! You place Google ads on your blog (you can determine the types of ads you want to display and where they are placed) and get paid when people click those ads.

Say you have a 1% click rate, 1000 page views per day, and you get paid 25 cents per click. That means you’ll make $2.50 per day off of ads. Though it doesn’t seem like much, it does add up, and it doesn’t cost you a thing.


Affiliate advertising

Sign up as an affiliate of a company, such as Amazon, to earn money off your blog. You earn per click (like regular advertising), per sale, or per lead. The huge benefit of this is once you place the ad on your blog, you’re essentially done. As long as your blog’s generating traffic (remember, the more the better), the money will come in.


Sponsors

This is where a company pays you a flat rate to put their ad on your blog. Sometimes, companies will contact you directly for this. Make sure people and businesses know you’re accepting sponsors by putting that information directly on your blog. Advertise the number of followers you have, how many monthly page views your blog gets, and how much you want to charge per ad.


Sell something

If you’re crafty, use your blog to market yourself or business to sell your product. If you have a business on the side, such as selling candles or makeup, put it on your blog. Allowing customers to buy your product directly from your blog will grow your sales, business, and income.


Write reviews

Use your blog to write a review on a product, service, or website and get paid. The company pays you to write a review in hopes of selling their product to your readers. Typically, each review needs to be about 200 words long. If you’re reviewing a product, you will receive the product for free in addition to monetary compensation. ReviewMe.com is a great place to start.

Once your blog is large and has a steady following, the opportunities to make money are endless. You can write an eBook, a regular print book, sell your guest posts, become a professional blogger, and more. The key is being passionate about your blog, consistently posting, and making your mark in the blogging world. It’s not easy, but if you enjoy it, then it’s not really work!

About the author
Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer covering a wide variety of topics from personal finance and how to accept credit cards online to food and nutrition.

48 comments to "How to Make Money Off Your Blog"

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Great points, It was beneficial for me to read your post. You have shown nice factors here to monetize a blog. writing reviews and providing case studies are nice way to get more followers on the blog.

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shaila December 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM    

Before you can start earning money from your blog, it is important to build your credibility first so that readers will be interested in visiting your blog more often.

Mikeh December 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM    

I thought this was a great article. I think the hardest thing to do is to get more traffic to your site. Writing quality content is certainly a good starting point.

Anthony December 23, 2012 at 9:06 AM    

Very informative blog post, I really like this, however, it is not that easy to get to that level where you can be making money off your blog if you cannot be persistent enough. This is because discouragement will surely comes around and if you can't stand it, you will definitely give up. Blogging need more than passion to generate enough money, you got to be determine, no matter what comes you way.
The point number up there is the one that really make sense the most to me as a person. If you can create your own product, then you can make much through blogging couple with adsense when you got enough traffic.
Great post thank you.

The Tropical Wood December 23, 2012 at 9:11 PM    

Thanks for help!

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This is really helpful. I know from the very start making money off a blog or site always take time, effort and patience. summarily patience is key.

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Useful post. I think first thing to do is gain visitors and then all ads will come to our blogs.

Eddie Soco January 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM    

Very informative post!
All i want is to be here...

angelina January 4, 2013 at 3:21 PM    

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Kevin Fernandez January 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM    

Good post. These are some of the best and convenient ways for earning money by keeping your blog off.

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Steve January 6, 2013 at 12:55 PM    

Great post Sarah. Your tip about being passionate is spot on. You have to hang in there and most bloggers don't make money until there blog has matured a year or two.

shafi kk January 10, 2013 at 2:02 PM    

I Like your post..as new blogger this would be helpful for me ...Thanks for the post...

Sonny Ellar January 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM    

cool pointers! just started out a blog but never thought of the possibility of earning from it then I came across this post. though adsense made it impossible to sign up for ads, unless my blog is 6 mos old, there are other ways :)

AniTH January 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM    

Good Artical. Thanks for help.

MirificaExclusive January 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM    

I seem apprehensive about blogging as a source of income; at most you can earn a few bucks here and there doing this on a freelance basis. If you want a sound livelihood then get out there and head for a job full-time!

durai sankar January 25, 2013 at 2:50 PM    

I think blogging is one of the best way to earn in internet

Anonymous,  February 4, 2013 at 6:26 AM    

thanks for the tips, I didn't know anything about blogging but I do like to get started with my own.

Health And Fitness Tips February 13, 2013 at 2:25 AM    

The first thing we should do is to gain followers/readers by providing quality content. Earning will be good after that.
Great points you shared to make money with blogs.

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Eze Hilary April 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM    

Thanks for the tip. Launched my first ever blog page two days ago. I love writing. It drives me crazy when I'm holding a pen and book but a java phone as the only tool to access my blog would be stressful. I'll put my best effort pressing the keypads of this little phone of mine. Lol. Just wished I had a laptop. All the same I'll make do with what I have. You just helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks a lot.

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Brandy Lizardo May 3, 2013 at 5:42 AM    

Great information thanks

David Wright May 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM    

Some great ideas the traffic problem is the main thing to sort out first though, then the money should come in.

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Thanks for thi great and nice written article

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Simple and truthful information. What I like in the post is that 'Rome is not built in one day' concept. thanks

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Great informative post. You have opened my eyes to the reality of how to create a passive income. It means my blog can generate up to six to unlimited passive income according to how many pages my site has. Wow! May God continue to increase you as you mentor and inspire people around the world with your writing skills in Jesus name, Amen. Your write up has compelled me to immediate action.
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You have given every possible information in very simple yet very effective way. You have very simple but on the dot writing style. Keep the good work going...

sinji August 28, 2013 at 7:43 PM    

thanks for share tips ..very helpfull ..so hard for newbie like me too do all the tips, but i will try step to step

shane September 22, 2013 at 2:31 AM    

thanks for sharing a helpful resource with us really helpful for newbie as well as for experienced ones

umair afzal October 12, 2013 at 3:53 AM    

to earn mony by posts on the the blog is it necessery to have a registered company ?

Greenlava October 14, 2013 at 7:31 AM    

@umair afzal
No it's not necessary.

Bryan October 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM    

Thank you so much for your informative writings...

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