How to make money blogging

Before you can think of ways to make money blogging, you need to have a website or a blog. There are different platforms that can host your blog. Some of them include: iPage, Bluehost and Siteground. It is easy to set up a blog. In fact it is simple process that does not even need prior experience. All you need to do is follow the step by step procedure. But if you are new to blogging it is recommended you start with free WordPress hosting, then upgrade after sometime to self hosting though this wholly depends on you. How to Make money blogging

We can now discuss ways in which you can make money blogging. Note that these are not quick schemes to make money, you will need to dedicate your time and effort to have a good blog that can attract enough traffic which you can monetize.

Some of the ways that have been proven and are legit to make money online blogging include but are not limited to:

  • Linqia – This is a great network for Influencers.  You can make money through your social networks or through sponsored posts for those who have blogs. To sign up, ensure you have atleast 2500 followers among all your social media networks or have over 2500 monthly visitors to your site.
  • Google Adsense – Google Adsense is one of the best ways to make money on your blog, though they have strict approval requirements . You have to meet these requirements to be allowed to display their ads on your blog. After approval, they will give you a script to add on your blog. Thereafter their ads will start displaying on your blog. They pay you every time a visitor to your blog clicks on their ads i.e. CPC ( Cost Per Click).
  • – This is the most similar to Google Adsense, they too pay per click. They have less approval requirements as compared to Google adsense. You can be assured of getting approved even if you have low traffic and your blog is still new but make sure you have created some content on your site before you apply.    Make Money Blogging
  • Sell Sponsored Blog posts – This works in similar to TV shows. A company pays you to represent their product, talk about it and promote it to your readers. To get started, put together a one-page media kit that details your traffic stats, social media following, audience demographics, then approach companies to negotiate a sponsorship deal. Take note of laws in your area about disclosure with regard to publishing sponsored posts.

You can also read: Over 20 sites that offers opportunity to earn income online.

  • Get Paid to Write Reviews – This is similar to sponsored posts. Here you look for products related to your niche and get paid for writing a review. Simply approach companies that you feel you can write reviews on their products. We have websites that help you to connect with businesses that you can write reviews on their products.
  • Make Money with Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate marketing is recommending a product or service to your audience using special tracking links, and then get a referral commission for every time someone buys after clicking your link. Some of the best affiliate Networks include: Amazon, Peerfly, Ebay, Alibaba, Commission Junction, Shareasale etc. You can also check Affiliate resources for more information on what you can promote.
  • Use a WordPress Plugin to sell Ads directly – Selling banner ad space on your website can be better instead of relying on intermediaries who take a big portion of the advertising revenue. Here you negotiate the price & terms on your own and take care of invoicing. You can manage this process with WordPress ad management plugin. BuySellAds WordPress Plugin gives you a simple way to insert the ads on your site with widgets and short codes.
  • Sell E books – These are digital products. They are simple to write and produce. In fact you can compile your blog posts and turn them into chapters in a book. Once your book is written, you can design a cover using Canva and create a PDF of your book.  You can sell digital products with a plugin like the WP E-commerce Plugin. For digital downloads you can use Easy Digital Downloads With this 2 you can easily set up an online store.
  • Sell Online courses – Courses usually sell for much higher price point than E books. You will need to create the lessons for your course with the supporting materials such as downloads, slides, checklists, templates etc. You need also to decide if you want to offer personalized support for your course or not. Support can be like an Email Support. To manage your course, you can use a Learning Management System Plugin to deliver the course to your audience.
  • Create a Paid Membership Website –Here your audience pay to access a certain content or areas of your site. You can create a members only area where they are willing to pay to read more of your work i.e. enables them to share more in-depth blog posts, downloads, videos, audio content etc. You also need continually create premium content for your paying members. This can be  lucrative since it has recurring revenue through subscriptions. To create a membership site with a WordPress plugin like this one Membership 2 plugin.  Another way is to create private forums that users must pay to get access to. To get started, you can use bbpress plugin
  • Create A Directory Site – Here you charge visitors to advertise their listings on your site. For example, you can create a paid business Directory like a local or niche directory. Directories can gather reviews of local businesses, share the best podcasts on a given topic or list the best products in a certain niche. For this you need a Business Directory Plugin for WordPress.  Another option is to create a paid job board. Companies who want to advertise an open position to your audience can pay you to submit a listing. To create a successful job board, try to narrow down to a specific niche.
  • Create an Event Calendar With Paid Submission –Here you create an event calendar where you charge people to advertise their events. This works well if you have an already established audience, because businesses will be willing to pay to reach your audience. This works well for local or industry-specific websites. You can choose to advertise events in your local city, conferences in certain industry or even webinars or live streaming events. To set up this, you need WordPress Event calendar Plugin

You can also read: Some of the best alternatives to Google adsense.

  • Host a Paid Webinar  – Webinars is a great tool to build your audience hence growing your business. Webinars are similar to online courses, but a webinar is live and normally it includes a question and answer section.  With WordPress you can easily host a paid Webinar. For this you need a plugin like WP Webinar System.
  • Offer freelance Services – As a blogger, you are an expert in your niche. You can earn income by offering your skills and expertise as a freelancer to your current audience. As a freelancer, you will need to have a way of invoicing and collecting payments from your clients. One of the plugins you can use for this is WP invoice Plugin.
  • Start Your own consulting Business –A consultant offers advice and strategy to their clients to enable them become more effective in their areas of endeavors. Here you don’t need any start-up investment. You can start offering consulting services on your blog now by creating a page with a form so users can request more information.  To easily get started with a professional, mobile friendly form, you can choose WPForms.
  • Start an E Commerce Business – You can create an online store for your products but it requires quite more work since you need to create or buy the products and then ship them out yourself. To get started you need a  WooCommerce Plugin.
  • Create a WooCommerce Drop shipping store – Drop shipping allows to create an eCommerce store on your site without having to handle the inventory or ship items yourself. With Dropshipping, you create the store, manage the website, and customer service. But a Dropshipping service will take your orders and ship them out to your customers. They are invisible third-party that your customers don’t even know about. You can use the WooCommerce plugin to implement a dropshipping store. Note that you need to find a good supplier to work with.  With a Premium WooCommerce Amazon affiliates plugin you can create an Amazon affiliate store using WooCommerce.

Bottom Line

The above are just but some of the best ways you can monetize your Website/blog. There are more other ways that we have not mentioned in this post. What we have discussed can be implemented by any blogger or website owner who wants to make some extra money online. You can share with us some ways we may have left out in the comment section.

Author: John Mulindi

John is very passionate about Digital marketing. He blogs on topics ranging from Social Media marketing, Search Engine optimization, Internet Marketing, Email Marketing, to Personal Development. In free time he likes watching Football, Reading, Listening to music and taking Nature walks.

184 thoughts on “How to make money blogging”

  1. This post was so useful for me. Ive been blogging for a few years now and I have not madmade any money. I plan to change that this year.

  2. There are SO many ways of monetizing my blog that I haven’t considered (or even know they existed!!) I need to take a closer look into those!

  3. I am planning to start a blog and this article got some agreeable points, thankyou for sharing this.

  4. Some really useful resources here for anyone considering ways to monetise their blog.
    Blogging and freelance work is pretty much a full time wage earner for me.

  5. Thank you for your suggestions, I would have never thought of some of them, I love blogging and want to earn more money from it

  6. This was super informative. Thank you so much for sharing it. I didnt know there were so many ways to make money with a blog.

  7. Such good advice and tips, many of which I am going to look into trying! thank you 🙂

  8. Yes, yes, yes! I agree to all the points here. I didn’t go self-hosted until I felt the need to but definitely would do a free wordpress first to get your feet wet.

  9. There’s a lot of excellent information here. I love that you gave actually ways to leverage a blog instead of just blowing smoke about how to make five trillion dollars in three weeks.

  10. Very informative article! I’ve been working to implement most of these lately, I’m hoping that I start seeing an increase in traffic soon! I’m excited to try out an e-course or e-book to offer

  11. Another very helpful article, John! This is a wonderful resource for bloggers who are ready to monetize their blogs.

    1. You can apply for adsense or media net incase you have good traffic on your blog, and start making money through ads. For woocommerce, you need to have products that you want to sell on your blog like Ebooks or Courses, so its like an online shop that you set up on your blog. They have a plugin that you simply install, and you add additional feature to your blog as an online shop. You can find more information on their website.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing such an informative article with helpful info. I really appreciate your wonderful explanation. I will certainly dig it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

    1. Hi Peter, I totally agree with you. I think one of the best way to go about this, is through research i.e. finding out what works and what doesn’t.

  13. Nice tips..Although it seems like the freee version of wordpress doesnt allow for some of these benefits like ads. What do you think I can do to monetize my site in the interim. Thanks

    1. If you have good traffic you can apply for Wordads, I think they allow free users to make money on their blogs. But if you really want to monetize your blog with other ads networks then you will have to switch your site to self hosting i.e buy your own domain then host with companies like Ipage or Bluehost. You will still mantain your content but now you will switch from to

  14. Just what I needed. Been searching for this type of blog post. Thank you for detailing and categorizing them. This is a new blogger need to know. 🙂

  15. Hi, John. Great tips with solid companies bloggers can click through to. I appreciate that as often writers state the content but not the follow up of the companies which offer the service, etc. Then we have to go out and do more work, lol. I know – call me lazy! Seriously, though, great info. Happy new year!

    1. Hi Anissa, the ultimate best way to make money blogging is to sell your own course or an E-book, but you can always start with other monetization ways as you establish yourself online otherwise I appreciate your visit.

  16. I love the blog post but your banner up on the top seems to have a add space issue it looks like it covering your header. I love post about how to earn money online with a blog.

  17. What a great list of ideas for ways to monetize a blog. A good reminder for us to explore lots of different options and not have all of our eggs in one basket. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thank you for being so generous and helpful by sharing such brilliant knowledge. I’m thrilled,grateful and excited to try these opportunities.

    1. Affiliate marketing is better than normal advertising as you earn on commission. I too do affiliate marketing using Admitad, they have many companies on board, which provides a wide range of products to choose from for promotional purposes.

  19. Hi John,

    Great stuff. All points are very useful and interesting to read out.
    Actually i’m interesting in drop-shipping idea and learn on daily basis how it’s work.

    Thank you for sharing such a nice content!

    Ashutosh singh

    1. It always good to try out many other alternatives. I tried amazon but I didn’t manage to register with them but I can sell amazon through Viglink Viglink enables you to sell many affiliate products without having to register with the sellers. They automatically add affiliate links to your site and you can get links on trending products and promote them wherever you may want: This can be social media, your site, your blog posts etc. You can try Viglink

  20. Thanks for sharing many new bloggers get confused as to how to make money with their blog.Having said that before you can make any money with a blog, you need traffic because it`s only website visitors that purchase.

    1. I wouldn’t say time but it all depends on traffic. If you can get reliable traffic on your blog within the shortest time possible, then you are ready to start monetizing it.

    1. Not sure, I thing you can monetize your blog anywhere, what matters is you need to be self hosted and have a domain + Enough traffic. If you are serious on making money on your blog, then invest in a domain and get self hosting. WordPress is one of the best, but it all depends on your preferences.

  21. Good summary man. I am beginner travel blogger, thinking of getting a partnership with some company. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Bryan, thanks for dropping by. It is always good to know the several methods of monetizing blogs, then choose the best or the one that works well for your site.

  22. Great tips! Most of them I have heard of but didn’t know exactly what to do… until now. Thanks! 🙂

  23. Many of the ways to make money blogging you stated would also work for “vlogging” as well! I always get invited to free webinars, are those still money makers?

  24. Can’t think of any you missed – looks like a very thorough/comprehensive list to me! I especially like that you included further tips within each section – I’ve been meaning to write some ebooks but haven’t yet researched the nuts & bolts of selling them, so am glad for your tips on plugins to help with this process!

  25. Excellent article with a lot of details for blogger. Affiliate marketing is for me the best way to earn money with a blog. Thank you for all of your awesome advice.

    1. I really appreciate you for commenting on this post. It is good to implement more than one way of making money on a blog for better returns.

  26. Very useful suggestions and I liked that you mentioned that a blogger first needs to create a good blog, i.e. quality content, before attempting to monetize. There are many people nowadays who get into blogging because they think it’s a get rich quick strategy.

    1. Many bloggers usually rush to monetize their blogs without even creating reasonable content on their blogs and in the end they get frustrated when the money doesn’t come in because in the first place they can’t enough traffic to their blogs due to insufficient content. So work on the first things first, then money will follow later.

      1. Hey John This composition is very helpful for a new blogger like me. Thank you so much for such wonderful information. Looking forward for more tips from you. Would love to seek your help and advice in my attempt to earn online.

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