You want to make money, right? Of course, you do! Everyone wants – and needs -to make money. It’s just how life is and even Bill Gates needs to keep making money! And in this post, I’ll share with you 55 ways to make money from your blog!
I recently asked my tribe what is it they want me to focus on more! I simply asked what they need more help with:
- Getting Started and building their blogs
- Growing their blogs, getting readers, and growing an audience
- Monetizing their blogs!
The results were incredible! 22.8% need help starting their online businesses, 37.14% Need help growing, while 40% needed help monetizing their blogs and online businesses!
This shows that making money from your blog is the ultimate dream but most people find it hard to know how to make that money.
PS: It’s easier than you think!
How you can make money from your blog
Since this post is the first in many to come, here is the basic concept:
Like you can see, the first step is to find what is it that you’ll be making money from, and that’s all that this post is aiming to help you with. Once you find it, then you’ll focus primarily on traffic, building an audience and converting that audience into sales.
Don’t take the steps fast. Take your time, study the methods I share with you below and find what it is exactly you want to “sell” through your blog.
Over the next few posts, I will be sharing how you can make money from your blog. However, I am starting with helping you find out HOW you will make that money you want!
So let’s dive right into the 55 ways to make money from your blog!
Advertising on your blog
Advertising on your blog is one of the easiest ways to make money from your blog! It, however, requires 1 thing to actually become a source of consistent income for you: TRAFFIC! However, we all know getting traffic is not an issue and I am currently working on a post series that will show you how I managed to drive 350,000 page views to a brand new website in less than 60 days!
So let’s dive right in!
1. Ad Networks
Ad networks are like Google Adsense. All you need to do is sign up and start displaying ads on your websites! Anytime someone opens your website and clicks on those ads, you get paid! Simple as that!
This might be slightly confusing but I am talking about being a brand ambassador!
According to Wikipedia:
A Brand Ambassador (sometimes also called a Corporate Ambassador) is a person who is hired by an organization or company to represent a brand in a positive light and by doing so help to increase brand awareness and sales.
So all you have to do is find a brand, and become a become a brand ambassador for them and make that clear on your blog! The more readers you have, the more likely a brand will have you as their ambassador.
3. Sponsored Blog Posts
Simply put, sponsored content is an article (or blog post, product review, etc.) written in exchange for payment in which you, the writer, talks about a product, service, or your experiences with a brand. A sponsored post typically includes a branded story as well as one or more contextual links to promote the product or service that is being reviewed.
Some people rely heavily on those types of posts and some actually pay well! You set your own fee that you charge for sponsored blog posts, and my recommendation for new bloggers is to set a minimum of at least $50 per sponsored post and then increase the cost as you grow your blog’s traffic.
Of course, no one will pay $50 for a post on a blog that gets no visitors so try to grow your blog to at least 1000 monthly unique visitors and people WILL pay the $50 or more because it will benefit them in more ways than just drive traffic to their websites.
4. Sponsored Social Content
Do you own a big social media following on your blog? You can charge people to promote them on your social media channels. This used to be a big thing before advertising became so cheap and accessible to everyone.
However, you still can and especially on Instagram, Snapchat, and Youtube!
I know this is not directly from blogging, but your blog is what combines your social media following and gives it strength and shows the value of the following you have!
5. Site Wide Sponsorships
You can have brands sponsor your whole website. I mean literally, they pay you a month’s worth where you put their links, promote them on your podcasts, youtube channels, social media, blog posts and everything for a set period of time.
This works best if your blog has a specific niche, i.e you write about a specific topic!
It might be worth starting out by approaching smaller retailers, websites or companies in your niche and see if they’d be interested in some sort of partnership rather than aiming for the very biggest ones right up front.
6. Job Boards
Starting a job board means allowing people to post “freelancing” jobs on your website, and allow freelancers to bid on those jobs. When a job is awarded, you get a small fee or commission.
Do you own a website in a very targeted niche? For example a website about “vegetarian food recipes for people living in Turkey”?
If so, then a directory might actually do well for your blog! Grow your blog to a good number, and then find businesses that are directly related to your niche and have them post links to their website, their physical address, their phone numbers and so on and charge them a fee for that!
You can charge a monthly fee or a one time fee that’s your call!
8. Newsletter Advertising
I am highly against this, but you can totally sell advertisements on your email newsletter and people pay a lot for that!
There are two types of newsletter advertising though:
1. Solo Ads: where you straight up promote someone’s website or landing page and have your email list subscribers go to their websites, or…
2. Put their ad at the top of the bottom of your normal newsletter and charge for that.
I haven’t interacted much with the second option, but I did buy lots of solo ads before, and I know people charge anywhere between $0.2 to $1 PER CLICK!
So if you have an email list of 1000 people and send 500 clicks to someone charging them $0.2 that’s $100 from sending one email!
Maybe those numbers are exaggerated a little but you get the point right?
9. RSS advertising
RSS advertising used to be something… Now not so much since I don’t know many people who actually use RSS feeds anymore. However, if you have lots of subscribers to your RSS feed, you can sell advertising space!
10. Text Links
In-text advertising turns individual words or phrases in the text into links. Usually, these links appear in a different color from the rest of the text. When visitors to your site click on the linked word or phrase, they are taken to a specific page on another website.
The publisher of the blog or website (you) is paid by an advertiser who is trying to drive traffic to the linked page.
Publishers are usually paid based on the number of times visitors click on the text link ad (called pay-per-click advertising), but they can be paid a flat fee for publishing the link on their blog or website.
11. Video Advertising
Have you ever seen those websites where you are trying to read an article but a video is following you? Yes, that’s what I am talking about here. Basically, you put video ads on your blog and as people read your content, these videos play. You can choose to be paid per view or a flat fee for an x number of views or for a specific period of time.
12. Podcast Advertising
Do you have a podcast? You can promote other people’s businesses in your podcast!
13. Sponsored videos
If you have a youtube channel for your blog, then you can have sponsored videos for some of the videos you make for your blog!
Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.
14. Affiliate Networks
You can join different affiliate networks and find products you can promote. Some of those networks include:
15. Private Affiliate Programs
These are like JVs. Basically, you become part of a small group of affiliates for a specific product or service. Usually during a product launch period but can also be at other times.
16. Shopping Sites
You can join eCommerce websites like Amazon.com or Rakuten.com and promote specific products on your website. When someone buys, you get a commission! These are usually lower than the commissions you’ll get from Affiliate networks or private affiliate programs, but they are still a source of income!
Running your own events can be a very good source of income. Some examples of these are the ProBlogger Conference hosted by problogger.com or the Social Media Marketing World hosted by socialmediaexaminer.com.
17. Online Summits
Online summits are typically video interviews of 20 or more experts on a given topic, which viewers opt-in to watch. They’re often free for a short period of time, such as 24 to 72 hours, and then subscribers may choose to purchase an “all-access pass” for unlimited viewing later.
18. Online Workshops
Online workshops are like courses but are actually live and with you helping the people live online and showing them how to get things done!
So think of it as a course but live and usually for a limited number of attendees.
You know what webinars are and you can monetize them in two ways:
1. Have people pay to attend them because you will be talking about a badass topic!
2. Sell your products through them!
20. Live Workshops
Same as online workshops but in the real world where you can rent a conference room and have people attend and you work with them hand in hand!
It’s a very big trend these days where lots of the big blogs are creating conferences. If you grow big enough, then you too can start your own conference and charge something like $5000 for a person to attend! Conferences are amazing as big-ticket products!
You can organize a meet up where people pay to meet others who are interested in the same things. These are usually for networking purposes. However, you can make it free and find a sponsor for the meetups you make!
Recurring Revenue sources are amazing ways to make money from your blog!
23. Private Communities
Private communities are basically private forums or websites people have to pay to access.
24. Premium Content
Gated content can be simply blog posts but people have to pay something like $0.99 0r close to access. These are great because they allow you to make money from writing content even if you don’t have products!
25. Coaching / Mastermind groups
Coaching or building a paid mastermind group behind your blog can be a very good source of income from your blog. What you need is to be an authority in your niche and simply put lots of content, build a following, build a relationship with that following and then have them join your mastermind group.
26. Subscription Based Products
Basically what the title says. You can sell subscription-based products and have people pay you weekly, monthly, quarterly or even yearly subscription fees.
27. Promoting Offline Businesses
If your blog targets a local audience, you can promote offline businesses in that local area and be paid for it!
You can use your blog to promote your freelancing work! A purpose of a blog is to show authority and expertise in a field. So you can use it to get freelancing gigs!
29. One on One Coaching
One-on-One coaching is one of the best ways to make money from your blog! Simply offer it on something you are really good at and you’ll find people who are interested!
You can offer training on a specific topic. This is closely related to coaching but allows you to accept more people since it doesn’t require the extreme one-on-one that coaching requires of you.
Again, you can become a consultant through your website. A great example of this is Neil Patel.
Ever heard of Gary Vee? He is a millionaire and still sells speaking services on his website!
Are you a good designer? You can sell your design services on your blog.
Are you good at writing content? You can sell your writing services!
The main ways to make money from your blog
I am sure you know most of the digital products below so I won’t explain them.
41. Stock Images
43. Stock Videos
44. Video Templates
45. Website Designs/Themes/Templates
46. Photoshop Templates
47. Ad Network Templates
50. Teaching Material
Other Income Streams
53. Selling Your own Blogs
54. Flipping Domains
55. Flipping Blogs
What you need to do!
From the 55 ways to make money from your blog that I shared with you, pick your favorite 3 ways. This is to not rely on one source of income.
This way, if something happens and one of them can no longer generate you income, you will still have others.
Share with me your favorite ways of making money on the comments!
PS: Help me out by sharing this post with your friends 🙂 It’ll help them out too!
If you haven’t started your blog yet, here are 3 posts that will help you out!
- Don’t Have Money to start a blog? You need $1 to get started!
- What domain name and hosting to get a Blog
- The Ultimate Guide To Building A Viral Website Like Buzzfeed
Again, leave a comment below and tell me your top 3 choices!