Find out how to make money blogging.
Blogging is more than just a fun way to express yourself. The blog TechCrunch is believed to earn roughly $800,000 per month, while the Mashable blog earns $600,000 per month.
Will you earn this much money from blogging? Probably not, although it can still put some extra spending cash in your pocket. And if you put forth the time and effort, you could even turn your passion for blogging into a full-time career. Just check out the following ways to make money blogging. New to Blogging? Check out my tutorial on how to start a blog in under 20mins.
If you have knack for blogging, perhaps you could sell your writing services to existing blogs. Whether the topic is health, technology, retail, automotive, etc., blog owners always need fresh content for their sites. Some blog owners produce their own content, while others outsource to freelance writers.
The Viator Travel Blog, for instance, pays $40 to $150 per post, depending on the subject and word count. For a more complete list of freelance blogging opportunities, check out the ProBlogger Job Board and UpWork. You could even create a page on your blog advertising your freelance writing services.
Promote Affiliate Programs
Another way to make money blogging is through affiliate marketing. This involves promoting another company’s product or service in exchange for commission. Assuming your blog has decent traffic, you can display ads for affiliate products. If a visitor proceeds to buy the advertised product, you’ll earn a commission — usually either a flat dollar amount or percentage of the sale.
There are different ways in which affiliate marketers are paid, with the most common being cost-per-sale (CPS). However, cost-per-action (CPA) is another format associated with affiliate marketing. A CPA program pays the affiliate marketer for generating leads as opposed to sales. You may earn $2 or $3 when a visitor downloads an app through your blog, for instance.
Here are some affiliate website you should check out:
Sell Your Own Product
With affiliate marketing, you are essentially the “middle man.” You don’t own the product, but rather you promote it in exchange for commission. Conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that you’ll earn money by selling your OWN product. Rather than earning 5-15% (or higher) commission on an affiliate product, you’ll earn 100% commission when selling your own product.
Keep in mind that physical products are typically more difficult and time-consuming to sell than digital products. Physical products require overhead and shipping, both of which aren’t necessary when selling digital products. For these reasons, it’s best to stick with digital products.
Here are some different digital product ideas to consider selling on your blog:
- Premium memberships
- Explainer videos
Arguably, one of the easiest ways to make money blogging is to participate in Google’s Adsense program. Originally launched by the search engine giant in 2003, AdSense is a revenue-sharing program in which publishers (bloggers) earn money in exchange for displaying text, image, video or interactive advertisements. Advertisers purchase these ads through the Google AdWords program, and AdSense publishers display them.
After signing up for AdSense, you take a piece of code and embed it into your blog. This creates the ads, for which you’ll typically earn money when someone clicks one of these ads. The great thing about AdSense — well, one of many great things — is that you don’t have to sell a product to earn revenue. You’ll earn revenue whenever someone clicks the ad, regardless of whether they actually purchase the advertised product or service.
So, how much money can you earn through AdSense? The two most influential factors affecting earnings potential is your blog’s traffic and niche. If your blog’s content is based around keywords on which advertisers are aggressively bidding, you’ll earn more money per click. Check out the Keyword Planner Tool for estimates on how much advertisers pay for your blog’s associated keywords.