How to Make Money Blogging

This post is for those of you who already have a blog, have been at it for a few months, and now want to make money blogging.

How to Make Money with a Blog should not be the first thing you search for after setting up your blog.

My Journey Making Money Blogging

I launched my first blog in April 2012 with the clear intention to use it as a platform for my self-published novels.

First month of blogging? I earned $1.05, and that was before taxes.

As a matter of fact, I did not make any “serious” money from my blog for almost six months, after which I decided to go the advertising route, using WordPress’ WordAds.

First month of hosting advertising on my blog? I earned $32.69.

Things changed. Slowly. After trying multiple revenue streams, some of which dried up during the almost seven years of blogging.

This is my take on how to make money blogging. What works, what doesn’t. It’s not just a list of the things you can do, but also a list of what you should do.

Because, yes, you can ask for donations, and there are quite a lot of bloggers who have done this (me included) or you could try to crowdfund your way into full-time blogging, but it’s not the best way to go about it.

Here are the best ways to earn money with a blog:

1. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is almost always at the top of any blogger’s list of ways to monetize, yet I was slow to take advantage of this opportunity.

Even thought affiliate marketing is a (somewhat) effortless way to make money by promoting certain products or services on your website for a percentage of commission from the sales, I have thought it to be also a way to cannibalize on your own products.

That being said, I do employ affiliate marketing when it comes to irevuo. There will be lots of clicks, not that many sells, so you should be aware of that.

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39 thoughts on “How to Make Money Blogging

      1. I wanted to invest into the buissness plan. However, as a newbie, having all these wordpress.com promises I quickly realized that I will want to make a transition to .org in the future. I am somewhat glad that my account has been locked before commiting to a 200$ purchase, as I had a better chance to understand what are the basics of blogging, and what route to take in order to one day monetize my blog. Throughout my last few months, I kept coming back to your blog because you had short, and on topic posts. And when I’ve read about you first making 30$ I believe it was, my passion for networking and writing just grew tenfold. Because while helping people and yourself is something great(and the main focus), being able to tell someone : I am a blogger. I make my money by working as much as I want, writing about what I want and I have a passion towards, and the results speak for themselves is just something I always wanted, even if it’s 10$, I will proudly take that haha. There is still a quite long road ahead of me in blogging, and I am looking forward to facing the challenges.

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      2. Had the Business plan, asked for a refund. That plan kind of makes your blog resemble a WordPress.org self-hosted blog. Kind of. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and unless you are the kind of likes to tinker with themes, plugins, etc, then it’s not worth the money.

        If you want to invest in something, invest in learning to be a better blogger/writer/content creator. You don’t have to purchase a program from me, but do choose a mentor, do enroll in some program offered by someone who has the experience(and the readers) to help you in your journey.

        And the first time I earned anything from my blog, that was $1.05 back in May 2012.

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      3. Thank you for the tip. I did take a look at what you offer, and I must say, it is extremely tempting. But as of right now, I can not afford that purchase, as I am a student only. I am however interested in getting a mentor, and will take another look at your offer, think it through. Investing into myself is something I started doing only recently, and I must say, the difference between the old and the current me is just amazing. Using my money to buy video games and have fun was great but now I feel like a whole new world has opened it’s paths around me.

        As a side note, returning to your offer, blogging represents my first idea of investment. Seeing that you know what you are doing, and also offer a very promising package for those who want to take blogging seriously, I probably will buy into your offer at a later time. If, by any chance I would not get the result I am looking for, I at least hope to be left with a solid understanding of the principles of networking and writing a blog similar to yours. And if I succeed, I say we have a drink together for what we accomplished and will accomplish 🙂 .

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  1. Christian, every time I read your post, I am reminded not to give up. Thank you for you encouraging posts.

    I’ve been thinking of investing on the Business plan for my self-published stories, but I wasn’t sure how to make it work. How did you decided on this one?

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    1. Thank you, Ayana.

      To answer your question: The Business Plan allows you to use plugins, and you have more customization options. That being said, there’s a learning curve to it, and the price may not be justified if you do not take advantage of all that it has to offer.

      I paid for the Business Plan, and asked for a refund. I now use the Premium plan for one of my blogs, and no plan at all for the rest.

      As I previously stated in a comment on this very post, I’d much rather invest in learning more about blogging than a plan or a theme or stuff like that. Knowledge often makes the difference between a successful blog and one that fails. What I do recommend investing in is a domain; that is all. Other than that, like I said, a mentor, an e-course, or even e-books on blogging (not necessarily mine) are going to help you more than paying for a business plan.

      Hope my answers helps.

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      1. I have the premium plan as it definitely seems to be better than the free plan but I don’t know about the others. I thought about getting the professional but it’s a lot and I don’t think I’d be able to commit enough time to make it worthwhile until winter now.

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      1. Again, this depends.

        You’re kind of asking the wrong questions: it’s not some recipe that is exact. Blogging is not an exact science. It’s not math. It’s not what they teach you at school. Life doesn’t work like this.

        You first need to become a popular blogger, to have readers who trust you, and you need to become an authority in your niche. Then, depending on your skills, you can monetize. We’re talking about months, maybe even years, before this happens.

        It’s not just, post this, post this, and then money comes your way. It doesn’t work like that. The blogging world is a meritocracy, meaning that you do not get paid for the time you put into something, but for the results. If your blog sucks, it doesn’t matter how much you worked on it, no one’s going to read it or give you any money.

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