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.