Our website users usually ask “how do bloggers make money?” and today, we are going to answer that question.
If you spend some time online, you will discover that there is a lot of discussion on that topic already.
Some people say it is difficult to monetize a blog. While to others, it is very easy.
However, blogging is one of the best online business ideas that is lucrative. You can start a blog business and actually make money within a few months.
Bloggers like Darren Rowse and Peter Rojas are making nothing less than $3,000,000 (three million dollars) from the internet! And how did that happen? It’s through their blog.
Should you start a blog?
There are more than 440 million blogs on the internet already!
And if you ask, 75% of these blogs where created having “money” in mind, even this one you are reading now.
So, what happens when the money is not coming?
Majority abandon their blog. And these are the set of people who will tell you “there is no money in blogging!”
Believe me, This very blog you are reading now is making not less than $7,500 at the end of every month when we don’t even spend more than 6hrs on it a day.
We didn’t just get up there! It took us years of learning, trying and failing.. And today we are happy with the results.
Don’t you think you can also do that?
Boss Faith once said to me:
“The difference between a rich man and a poor man is not their handset, but their mindset!”
If Linda Ikeji who is now the richest blogger in Africa had a “poor man’s mindset”, she wouldn’t have continued after she blogged for three straight years without making a dime.
In essence, there is practically no one who can’t make money blogging if they do it the right way.
So, back to the question, How do bloggers make money?
It’s simple! Bloggers make money in the same way every other person does.
Befor you make money, you must have something valuable to exchange for money. In other words, you must sell something.
Bloggers make money by simply selling their ideas (or another person’s idea) to millions on people who are interested.
I am going to show you different ways bloggers make money.
If you already have a blog, and looking for how to monetize it, I can show you 13 ways to monetize a blog.
How do bloggers make money?
So, here are different ways bloggers make money…
Bloggers make money by selling products.
The golden rule of making money online is “you must sell something”.
Honestly, Selling products on your blog is the fastest way to make money from it. This is the very method most entrepreneurs and digital marketers make their millions online.
They create a product that will solve people’s problems and then put it up sell on their blog.
I think that’s what actually made Syed Balkhi (the founder of wpbeginner.com) the world top richest blogger! He created wpform, monster insight, optin monster etc.
Now, you don’t have to create such expensive products for you to become successful on your blog business. Especially if you don’t have any coding background.
There are other kind of products you can create.
Basically, there are different types of products that you can sell on your blog and make money from it.
If you can, you should start creating digital products and sell them directly to your blog audience, or invite other bloggers to help you sell them.
Digital products are any kind of product that customers can buy and either consume them online or download them directly to their devices.
This is one of the best ways to monetize your blog. And it is stress-free!
If you are selling digital products, you don’t have to worry about shipping and stock keeping. Customers only buy / download your products and use them the way they like.
There are different types of digital products you can create and monetize from them.
Ebooks are electronic books, customers can buy and download them to read at their convenience.
This is an old method of monetization that can never go out of style. Bloggers put their ideas down on a downloadable file format and sell them to their audience for a price.
This is even one of the ways we monetize this blog. See our book store!
Trust me, you too can create an ebook. It will only take you a few days to write a long page ebook that can sell for $25 per book.
You can even publish your ebook on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform and bebefit from Amazon’s massive traffic and sales.
Don’t worry if you have no idea what to write about. You can buy an ebook with reseller rights from our website and edit to your taste before selling them to your audience.
See how you can make $100 per day reselling our ebooks!
Though it can cost you a lot of money to outsource, if you don’t have a coding background. But software are a good source of income for bloggers.
Most of the softwares I use cost me a huge amount of money. And I happily pay for them.
Same thing goes to everyone, if a piece of software can help make your life easier, would you not spend money to get it?
Softwares like doodle maker and Synthesys are generating a huge amount of money because they help people create animated videos for their marketing purposes.
You too can create a software and promote it to your blog readers to make sales.
There are just many kinds of software that you can create, from mobile apps, Windows programs, chrome Add-on, etc.
Think about it, you will find more opportunities.
These days, people are looking for ways to manage their time. Buying and printing out templates will make their task easier.
Printables are digital products that someone can buy and print them out for use.
For example, someone who want to manage how often they publish post on their blog but having difficulty setting up a content calendar would prefer to buy a template for that.
You can even sell your printables on Esty and make a lot of money like mama who is making over $1,300 selling printables.
Example of printables you can create are:
It is not even hard to make a printable. You can design one using online tools like Canva.
Let’s be honest, millions of people publish content to the internet on daily basis, and that’s why there’s a demand for unique photography.
Bloggers who like taking pictures can make a lot of money from selling those photographs on their blogs or on sites like Fotalia and iStockphoto.
A great way those bloggers get people excited about their photography is by posting their images on sites like Flickr and Instagram.
You already know what they are. Physical products are those products that you can actually deliver to your customers when they buy them.
Even though it will be difficult to create a product, there are still a way to sell other people’s products, like Affiliate Marketing and Drop Shipping.
Bloggers make money through Affiliate Marketing.
I won’t rush this one, because it is our favourite. Affiliate marketing is one of the best and easy ways to make money blogging.
It is even one of the ways we monetize this blog. Yes, we promote affiliate links too. read our affiliate disclaimer!
Guess what? That’s how majority of bloggers monetize!
Affiliate marketing works like this:
First, the creator (also known as the vendor, or the merchant) will create a product. He will then list the product to an affiliate network such as ClickBank or JVZoo.
Now, when a blogger sign up as an affiliate, he will then be assigned a unique ID (Affiliate ID) which will be appended to the product URL to make it an affiliate link.
Then the blogger adds the link (affiliate link) to his blog post. When someone clicks on the link and make a purchase, the blogger will earn money.
There is absolutely no stress. You only need to focus on your blog and traffic.
Bloggers make money by accepting sponsored posts.
Sponsored posts are blog posts a blogger is paid to publish on their blog.
When your blog gets popular, companies will start paying you to mention their products on your blog posts.
One of the ways they do this is by sponsoring a post. They will pay you to write about their products and services so that your audience will read about what they can offer.
If you start accepting sponsors, your blog Revenue will skyrocket!
Linda Ikeji, for example, doesn’t charge anything less than $1239.74 for a post sponsorship.
And she can publish up to 15 to 20 sponsored articles per month on her blog.
You too can start a blog and start accepting sponsorship as a method of driving revenue.
Sponsored posts can cost from $150 – $250 for small traffic blogs and more than $2000 for heavy traffic blogs.
Bloggers make money by selling subscriptions.
One of the ways bloggers make money is by selling membership. This can be done when you have contents you want to serve to only paid members of your blog.
For example, the guys behind The Game Changers are making over $100k per year.
You can also start your own membership site and make your own money. The good part is that you don’t need a separate website to do this. You can install plugins on your existing WordPress blog.
Luckily, There are number of free WordPress plugings that can help you archive that:
* paid membership pro
* memberpress, etc.
Paid membership sites are making a lot of money. So consider creating one if you have something worth exchange for money.
Bloggers make money by selling online courses.
Education is worth investing on. Bloggers on that niche makes a lot of money from online courses.
On average, the tuition fee of a private institute is $12,320 according to Laura Bridgestock. That’s why people look for a cheap alternative.
With online courses, students can learn any skill from the comfort of their home, even without leaving their bed room.
What a heck! If you have this teaching skills, then you can consider starting an online classroom where you can sell your courses and materials to your students.
Don’t know what online courses are? Take a look at this two sites…
Now can you guess how much each course cost? As low as $9.99 but if 100 people buys a course of 9.99USD, it will bring $999
Bloggers make money by couching programs.
If you can couch people on how to do anything! How to make Shoes, how to secure a job, how to do anything! Or even inspire them. You can actually make a lot of money out of it.
Take a look at www.tailopez.com, that guy has made a lot of money couching people on how to make money.
His cashflow system cost $997.00 and more than a thousand has purchased it.
Theses guys are making money! So if you have what it takes you can join the league and blog your way to success!
Bloggers make money by Selling ads space.
Instead of sharing revenue with advertising companies such as Google adsense, bloggers can sell ads space directly to their customers and get 100% of the money received.
If you are a blogger, and your blog receives a lot of traffic, and your contents are wow, companies and other websites will like to display banner ads over your website.
Selling of ads space can go for as low as $10 – $50 per month for starter websites. If you Have grown your traffic enough, you can charge higher.
Bloggers make money selling already made blogs
Believe me, many people need a blog, but not all of them can go about creating one.
If you have what it takes, to create and manage multiple blogs, then you can monetize your main blog using this medium.
If you think you can never make it blogging, or you have tried all the possible ways to make money from your blog and they are not working out, you can choose to sell your blog for a high price..
Bloggers make money by displaying ads.
The last, but not the least way to monetize a blog is enabling third party ads network to display ads on your blog and share revenue with you.
Many bloggers only know about this one! That is why Adsense is the most discussed topic in every blogging forums.
Most bloggers, especially in the entertainment news niche use this a lot.
Some of the best Display, Contextual, and Pop up ads are as follow:
3. Propeller ads
5. Info links
Blogging is awesome! both businesses and individuals can use blogs to market theirselves, products and services to the large number of audiences.
While you put in your effort, consider using any of the above mentioned methods to get extra cash to your wallet.