Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Main ways to Make Money Blogging

I started blogging when my son was very young. He was at home and I wanted something to do during his nap time. At first it was nothing serious and I barely knew anything about blogging. When I started, back in the day, I had a few followers and no social media. I read tutorial after tutorial trying to get the hang of this whole blogging world. I found myself excited to start this adventure. In the beginning it was fun because let’s face it; I did not depend on it for my lively hood! As my followers started to grow I became more and more determined to figure this out. 

This post was in collaboration with ad-hoc reporting. All opinions are 100% my own.

To this day you can find me sitting at home or at a coffee shop typing away on my laptop. Like I said in the beginning I had no idea how fast nor big my little "side hustle" would grow. It was a hobby, place to collect my thoughts and share with friends/family. Over the years it has turned into my main source of income, complete with new writers, my spouse doing my accounting and TONS of hours behind the scenes making this well-oiled machine stay in touch with the changing times! At first I had NO idea you could MAKE MONEY! I was honestly just happy with FREE products. No one can really make a living off free stuff. It was great for a while but my house became over flowing and my work load never ending.

You can make passive income or put in the hours and energy to make it a lucrative source of income. It really depends on what you want. Once you decide blogging is your career you need to know HOW to make money. 

Blogging has endless potential so harness it!

 Main ways to make money blogging:

 

1.     Advertising: I know ads can be annoying, but let’s face it they are a catch 22. Limit ads BUT do not forget them altogether! They are a great source of income. I use AdSense along with a few affiliates. Use places like ad-hoc reporting to find out what is appropriate and best to advertise on your site. These reports hold so much vital information! You don't want to come off looking like a Billboard!
2.     Sponsored Posts: This is when a company provides you with a product they want you do endorse as well as compensation ($) for an endorsement. I would like to suggest you only take these if you TRULY endorse the product. If you are a twenty something year old writing about depends on a website full of recipes... chances are your readers are going to smell ADVERTISEMENT and you will lose all credibility. That is how it goes and in this industry credibility is ALL you have!
3.     Affiliates: Some companies will offer you a small portion of sales in exchange for helping them promote their product. Again pick companies you actually endorse. This helps you down the line when you have a larger following and companies want to work with you. If they know what you are about they will want to work with you.
4.     Blogging Networks: These are agencies (middlemen) who work with companies that want you to post a sponsored post, product review or ad on your social media sites.
5.     eBooks: this one might not be as obvious. If you excel in something teach others how to do it!
6.     Consulting/Speaking engagements, Freelance writing or VA work. Blogging can open doors to so many fields. A friend of mine teaches about social media hacks and man I learn something every time I listen in on her lectures! 

Honestly there are so many ways to make money blogging that I would be lying if I said it was not easy to land jobs. 
Let me know how YOU earn money blogging?
What questions do you have about earning an income in this industry?? 
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13 comments

  1. How do you do ebooks I would love to learn more

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    1. Easy if you have an Amazon account. They will walk you threw the entire process & help you sell them once published!! https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US?ref_=kdpgp_p_us_psg_kw_ad14

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  2. Sponsored posts really are the way to go. Like you said, as long as the product fits in with your blog niche and personality, it's a win-win!

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  3. I had my blog for years before I realized I could monetize it! I was kicking myself thinking about all the money I could've made XD Another thing I love about blogging are perks like free products and being able to attend events and conventions for free with a press/media badge <3

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  4. I never tried using ebook but I allways wanted to try. This would be a big help for me.

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  5. What a really helpful article. This is really going to help a lot of people out who are looking to monetise their blog!

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  6. These are some great recommendations! Monetizing your blog can seem overwhelming, but you have made the process seem simple. And it's nice that you have given specific examples for bloggers who don't even know where to start.

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  7. Great tips, I am working on this at the moment so very helpful. I am looking into an EBook.

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  8. What a great list of tips, especially for new bloggers like me who are dipping their toes in the water! I'm excited to keep these in mind for my blog down the road :)

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  9. This is great advice. Sometimes things can get moving so quickly it is hard to now the direction to go.

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  10. Great posts haring your awesome tips. I have only recently started to make a passive income from blogging, sponsored posts have been very helpful!

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  11. These are fabulous tips for anyone who is wanting to monetize their blog! Saving this post for reference! Daisy

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  12. Sounds like you have done so well, thanks for sharing your story. Great advice and tips.

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