How To Make Money Blogging For Beginners

Blogging is definitely a legit way to make money – contrary to what many may think. Granted, it’s not a fast way to earn money since it can take a while to get traffic and readers, but once you’ve established your online presence, there’s a lot of potential to earn an income with your blog.

When people ask me what I do from home and I tell them I’m a blogger, the next question to follow that is almost always, “How does a blogger make money?“. Most people I know fail to realize that profitable blogs exist! I’ve listed out below how to make money blogging for beginners.

How To Make Money Blogging For Beginners 

When people ask me this, I usually just give them the short answer — advertisers. And while that’s certainly a large part of it, it’s not the only way bloggers earn.

So today I’m breaking down for you the primary ways how to make money blogging for beginners.

#1 – Ad Networks

Ad networks are often the main earner for many bloggers and definitely the easiest to maintain because it’s possible to “set it and forget it” once it’s in place. Bloggers sign up with popular ad networks like Google Adsense or Media.net and place code in the sidebar, header, footer, or inside posts that will display third party advertisements. These usually pay bloggers a certain amount per thousand impressions or a certain amount per click.

#2 – Sell Ad Space

As you grow your blog and become established, you can make even more money through blogging with private ads and sponsorships. Whether you provide advertising to other bloggers or large companies, you can use your traffic to make more cash for you.

In order to do this, you likely need to demonstrate that your blog receives a decent amount of traffic and that you’re a good fit with a company’s product or service. You can use a media kit to put together your blogging statistics + necessary info and convince more people to advertise on your site. 

#3 – Affiliates

This is another form of advertising, but instead of getting paid a flat rate or a certain amount per click or impression as you do with advertisers, the blogger gets paid a certain amount per lead or per sale of what they are promoting.

Some Examples:

 – Amazon Associates

 – CJ Affiliate by Conversant

 – Share A Sale

 – RewardStyle

Then, if a reader clicks through the link and buys or signs up for what I recommended, I will earn a small amount of money per lead or per sale!

As a blogger, you have complete control over what products and services you want to promote as an affiliate, so it is possible to only recommend things you approve of. 

#4 – Selling Your Own Products & Services

A blog is an excellent platform for selling your own stuff. No matter what your area of expertise is with blogging, you can create your own products to make money. You can offer services like coaching, graphic design, virtual assisting, and writing. Bloggers can also sell products like e-books or courses they’ve written or crafts they’ve made.

#5 – Sponsored Posts

Bloggers earn money by writing posts paid for by advertisers to promote the products and services of different companies. It is a form of permanent advertising for companies.  

Some examples of companies that facilitate sponsored posts are:

 – Social Stars

 – Linqia

 – The Shelf

 – Brand Backer

 – Social Fabric

One of my recent favorites is doing sponsored social media posts.  I have worked with Popular Pays (an app) to promote posts on Instagram.  You can bid for different companies you would like to work with.

How Do Bloggers Get the Money They Earn?

As it is with anything, different companies pay in different ways — usually direct deposit, Paypal, or mailed check. However, one thing that doesn’t vary much is the frequency of the pay. The vast majority of companies bloggers use to earn an income pay once a month — either at the end of the month, the middle, or the very beginning of the month just depending on their terms.

Should Bloggers Earn Money?

I can tell you that running a blog can easily be a 30 – 40 hour per week undertaking. There is always writing to do, outdated posts to update, comments to moderate, emails to answer, social media accounts to keep updated, graphics to create, and lots of other “behind the scenes” tasks that take up quite a bit of time.

It also costs money to run a blog successfully. I have to pay for my domain, hosting, newsletter, stock photos, writers, occasional advertising on Facebook and Pinterest, and some social media services I use.

So with all that in mind it’s easy to see why yes, bloggers should earn money because they put in a lot of time and effort in addition to investing money. Blogging is real work for professional bloggers.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Kim @ TheEntrepremomer October 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for sharing! I am slowly trying to make money from my blog vs. just my VA business, so this was incredibly helpful. I really need to start looking into sponsored posts!

  • Reply Cathy October 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    This is great! Will definitely pass this on. Thank you for curating all these resources!

  • Reply Bren | Virtual Bren October 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Oh yes, we all want to make at least a tiny bit of money, right? You’ve shared some great tips! Pinning it!

  • Reply Nicole George October 27, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I absolutely love this post! There are so many great resources here. I have always known you could make money with blogging, and definitely didn’t start my blog to do so, but as I have grown to love it, making a little money with it wouldn’t be so bad! Thanks for taking the time to round all of this up for us!

    xx
    Nicole | http://www.bynicolegeorge.com

  • Reply Denise Petersen November 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for all the info. I started a blog almost 1 year ago. I would love to make a little money from it but would love to attract more readers even more. I want to inspire people.

  • Reply Jan November 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    definitely liked the sponsored posts point. Never knew that such portals existed. Going to check them out. And also, about the question about should bloggers (serious) bloggers earn money. I so agree with you – if we are putting so much effort in the upkeep, content, analytics, etc etc etc, we should be paid. Like it’s a way of running a magazine after all isn’t it.

  • Reply monikalifebreu November 21, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Such good info! I only started blogging just over a month ago and I wish I had started earlier. Always wanted to but had an excuse not to – and I suppose it was confidence thing as well (self-promoting is not my forte). Blogging these days is such a mine field especially if you want to make some money from it. For the time being it’s a great hobby (and a learning curve)

  • Reply Kelly November 24, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    This is great! I’m looking to refresh my blog next year to make money from it, so very helpful (and – perfect timing) 🙂

  • Reply Priya December 2, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Great tips for beginners like us!

  • Reply Emma Fitt February 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Thank you for sharing it is great to read stuff like this when your a beginner like me

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