How to Earn Money as a Blogger

By | December 8, 2016
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‘Can you earn money blogging?’ This is question that I’m often asked. The answer is yes, and in many different ways. This article teaches you several of the most common methods on how to earn money from a blog, so if this is a subject that has ever interested you then keep reading.

When in started several years ago I asked this very same question, I was just starting university and wanted to know how to earn money as a college student – something I could do in my spare time, I needed to know how to earn money without a job or if it were even possible.

To cut a long story short I learned how to earn money from a blog, granted it didn’t happen overnight, but with consistency I found I could make an extra income online with my website.

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So how do people make money blogging?

The main answer I would give to this question is from advertisers. These are your main earners and I think most bloggers would agree. Ad networks like Google AdSense or Media.net are your best bet in my opinion. Basically, what you’re doing is setting up a space on your website/ blog for brands to place their ads. You’ll receive a code from the ad network when your application is accepted, you’re then instructed to place this code on your sidebar (or wherever you like for that matter), from there you pretty much set it up and let it run! Advertising on your website usually pays a certain amount per click or number of impressions.

How do you get paid as a blogger?

The most preferred method of payment for advertisers is through PayPal as it’s the most secure. However, there’s also the option of a standing order or cheque.

Affiliates

Now affiliates is just another way of advertising where you are paid per sale or lead rather than per click. By promoting items on your blog with a unique affiliate link bloggers get paid each time someone purchases using that link. Amazon Associates has a great affiliate program you can register with and promote tons of product relevant to your blog or niche. Other great sites I would recommend are ShopHer.com, Commission Junction and ClickBank.
Remember the best part of being a blogger is that you’re pretty much your own boss, meaning you have control of what you want to promote on your website and what you want to write about – so why not make it something you’re passionate about? If you’re really serious about affiliate marketing then check out Wealthy Affiliate for a proper education on how to do it like the professionals! These guys definitely know what they’re doing and have helped me earn a significant monthly income.

Sponsored posts

This is where you are paid by companies to write a specific post to promote a product or service. Many bloggers charge hundreds for these types of services because you’re essentially adding a permanent promotion to your website for these companies. As I mentioned earlier, since this is your website you have licence to be picky and choose what you want to promote. You must however, disclose what you’re doing so your readers aren’t misled into thinking you’re not being paid for doing this.
If this is a path you want to check out for your blog Linqua have some great sponsored opportunities that might catch your eye.

Sell your own products or services

This relates more to those who already have a skill or business they want to promote using a blog. A lot of companies use this as part of their sales funnel and trust me it works, why do you think so many companies have a blog? Not just to add more to their workload but because it’s such an effective way to inform whilst promoting. Plus blogs do rank well on search engines like Google so you can understand the benefits.
Alternatively, I know a lot of bloggers that promote services like graphics design, social media management (I did that) or even consultations.

Pros and cons of starting your own blog

I have to be honest with you starting your own blog is not for quitters. If you’re really serious about it then it’s best to tell yourself you’re in it for the long term because you won’t see results overnight. Also, there’s a bit of a learning curve if you’re a beginner, things like the basics of building a website, hosting, domains, keywords, ranking, indexing, stock images and social media are some of the topics you’ll need to get your head around. Luckily there are sites like Wealthy Affiliate that teach you ALL this and more and have full support to help you no matter what stage you’re at (how do you think I learned all this??). Now that’s all I have to say regarding the cons because if you’re willing to overcome these hurdles the pros far outshine the cons.
Like I said you’ll be your own boss, and like any business you have to put the work in to see the rewards. Once I realised I there was a possibility to never do another mind-numbing commute to a workplace I couldn’t stand I was sold, but it might take more than that convince you. What about dictating your own hours, not asking permission to go on holiday or being able to spend more time doing things you like rather than the things you care nothing about? Not to mention start up costs are one the lowest of any new business venture. These are just some of the perks I’ve found since I became a blogger, it’s still hard work and it may not be for you, but I hope this helps make your decision a little easier.

Best of luck!

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10 thoughts on “How to Earn Money as a Blogger

  1. Vic George

    If one can somehow get to become a ‘guest’ blogger on a HIGH TRAFFIC website, then the rewards are potentially very high.

    Obviously, you’ll need to know the subject matter inside-out. But if you’re an ‘expert’ in your field, then that won’t be a problem.

    The thing to do is to offer a genuine solution to a niche problem in your guest blog post and to put your link in there. Then a sizeable number of readers will come to your website.

    That’s just ‘one’ way of earning money as a blogger.

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  2. Joseph Mo

    This is really helpful most people have this question im mind about how they make money while blogging, some ask how they get paid. I am still new in blogging and you made you made one point stand out to me, that it takes time and you have to put in the work. I could share this article with some of my friends since I usually get asked questions on making money while blogging, this is really helpful.

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    1. Lou Post author

      Thanks Joseph I’m so glad it helped. There’s always something new to learn but it really is a fun process. Best of luck 🙂

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  3. Gary

    When I first tried to earn money as a blogger, I got sucked into all sorts of online scams. There is so much rotten information out there about how to make money online.

    You mentioned Wealthy Affiliate as a good place to learn how to do it right. I agree. That’s what turned it around for me.

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    1. Lou Post author

      Yes there are a lot of scams out there and it’s really hard to decipher what’s legit without proper guidance.WA helped me a great deal especially with advertising and affiliate marketing.

      Thanks for your comments.

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  4. SaM

    I think what you have said in the article is all true. It is a good way of making a stable and good income, however you have to put in the work. And a good exposure on the net is not so easily achievable – patience and hard work. I run a blog myself and I struggle with the persistence – it’s key to update your blog at least weekly, twice per week or more. There are a lot of aspects of building a business and social is just one of it. The cost of starting an online business are pretty low but I think that a lot of people quit because they actually do not know in which area of life they can bring value. And bringing value to people by solving problems is key for online success. So you have any suggestions on how one person who has no “special knowledge” on a given subject can run and build a successful blog?

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  5. SanShar

    Very interesting reading.

    I’ve been running with a couple of affiliate programs; they are slowly starting to payoff. But I haven’t tried Ad networks yet.

    After reading your post, I think I’m going to look into adding a couple of those to my site as well. It just makes good sense to me; if your going to invest the time and effort into building a site/blog, why not monetize it.

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  6. Martina

    You mention as one of the tactics to making money as a blogger is to sell your own product. Currently I’ve tried Adsense and I like it okay but I just find that it doesn’t fit as well as I would like with the overall vibe of my site. Furthermore, I like affiliate marketing but I want something that I can advertise directly on Google Adwords and grow quickly. As you said yourself, blogging is a slow process. I was thinking of creating an E-book – do you have any experience in this area? Would you recommend this?

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    1. Lou Post author

      Thanks for your question. Just to be clear… are you looking to sell your own product using Adwords? I wasn’t quite sure. If that’s the case Adwords is more effective at getting you faster results, but it’s all depends on the type of results you want. Adwords is a bit like mass advertising and more generic. Facebook ads and email marketing are also avenues you could possibly look into if you’re looking so promote your own product.

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