20+ Ways To Make Money From Your Blog
Do you have a flair for writing and a blog that you love from the bottom of your heart? Or are you thinking about starting one and maybe even earning a living from it? Well, either way, knowing how you can monetize your blog and what methods you can implement to earn money from it will help you on your blogging journey.
Know that making money from your blog requires a lot of attention and energy on your part. It is by no means a get rich quick scheme. It is a legit way to earn a living or make even more money than you’re making with your current job. You can finally do what you love and get paid well for it. But for that to happen, you have to at least partially adopt a business mindset that will help you get the monetary results you’re looking for.
This article seeks to help you do just that. To make money in a way that best suits your blog. So, without further ado, let’s get down to it!
1. Affiliate Programs
If you’re running a niche blog, promoting affiliate products are a solid way to make money with it. For example, tech and hosting providers have very lucrative affiliate programs. If you have a blog that publishes reviews of phones and gear, you can promote tech-based affiliate products. If you have a blog about web-design, you can make about $50 to 130$ per purchase, by promoting hosting plans.
You can do the same in any other niche as long as you know what kind of products match the topics you’re talking about most of the time. Do a lot of research on what problems your audience has and what kind of products you can offer them to solve it.
2. Sell Advertising Space
One of the most common ways to monetize your blog is by selling advertising space. A lot of bloggers start out with Google AdSense or other advertisement networks. They sign up, place ads on their site and make money when their readers click on it. You can place those ads above the fold, on your header, on your pop-up box, even on email newsletters.
Though it’s a popular way to make money, it is far from being the best. In fact, it should never be your only monetization method. There are lots of other solid ways you can make money, so just keep reading for more.
3. Selling Your Own Services
If you’re a freelancer, an artist or a consultant of some sort, your blog is the perfect place to market those services. You can sell them directly if your blog has topics about it. There are consultants in just about every niche, so if you have an expertise in and can give advice in it, than you can sell it on your blog.
4. Sponsored Posts
If you consistently reach out to a large audience within a specific demographic, you can take up brand deals and sponsorships. Either you can reach out to certain companies or they will reach out to you with a deal. You’ll have to write sponsored posts for them, maybe you could place their ad on your site too. If you play your cards right, it could easily get you a recurring monthly payment from a company.
5. Create an Online Course
If there is something you are exceedingly good at or something that you would like to learn and then teach to people on the web, go for it. You can create an online course and sell it for 10$ or even a 100$ if it offers that much value. The good thing about online courses is that it can be sold over and over again to millions of people. Once you’ve created it, you can go all out and sell as much as you can on numerous markets and market it on your own blog of course.
6. Write an eBook
Have some in-depth knowledge in your niche that your readers would find value in? Write it all into an eBook and sell it on your blog and online markets. But if you already have a large audience, than sell it only on your blog exclusively. You’ll be able to charge a lot less for it, so more people are likely to buy it.
People come up with all sorts of eBooks to sell. From diet plans to motivational guides, any topic that can teach the reader something could be your next best seller.
7. Rent Private Ad Space
You don’t necessarily have to rent all your advertising spaces to Google. In fact, you’re much better off looking for private companies who would rent a banner on your blog. It will get you a much higher pay than you might make with AdSense during that month. Why? Because Google takes it’s cut from your earnings, that’s how the company became so large in the first place. There are millions of bloggers and site owners who are feeding it. So, if you have at least a few companies you can reach out to, consider saving up some ad space to rent them.
8. Selling Web-Design Templates
If you are a web designer or have the help of one, you can create a WordPress theme for sites in your niche or for numerous niches. They can work for a lot of users and it could save them a lot of time and money. Also, you can sell a template over and over again
9. Provide Coaching Services
Coaching and consulting are very different, as consulting is for teams, while coaching is more of a one-on-one type of interaction. If you have an area that you’re an expert in or some special advice that will get your readers better results, offer them on your blog. Create different packages such as hourly consults, DIY packages or even unlimited email advice packages. Sell your time and expertise for money, just like any other expert would do.
10. Hosting Webinars
Hosting webinars is one of the most effective ways businesses generate leads, as it is the most direct way to interact with a great number of people online. You can also host paid webinars, during which you give some kind of knowledge and people can ask you questions directly. With a devoted readership, this is a business model that’s likely to succeed. But you’ll have to offer something really special in order to make this work.
11. Build a Private Community
Your blog can be the perfect place to build a virtual community. You can make it happen by a simple free WordPress plugin like bbPress or just open a group on Facebook. There are millions of groups out there, so make sure that you’re offering something that nobody else does.
12. Create a Job Board
If you can attract job posts, it will make your blog incredibly „sticky”. By that, I mean that people will return over and over again to see if there are any new job postings on your site. It is a solid way to earn some extra cash by providing companies with a valuable service, but it will be great for your blog if you do it for free as well.
13. Post Sponsored Social Content
No blog is highly successful unless they have a strong social media presence as well. Such a presence can not only be leveraged to promote your blog but also to promote sponsored content. You can use your Facebook page to give a business some airtime. If you have an Instagram page as well, you can use it to create sponsored posts and post images a business would like your audience to see.
14. Selling Your Own Merchandise
Your blog can be the perfect platform for you to sell your physical products on. You can easily add a shop to it through a WordPress plugin like WooCommerce. Create something that’s relevant for your audience like T-shirts, physical books, gadgets or anything else that comes to mind. All the profit from your shop goes to your pocket, which is why selling your own merch is one of the most powerful ways to make money from your blog.
15. Write Paid Reviews
You can write paid reviews on your site, but this is not at all similar to reviewing affiliate products on your site. Instead, you’ll have to try products related to your niche for free and get cash for writing a review about them. It’s important that these are products that are relevant in your niche and that your audience will be interested in. You can either visit websites like SponsoredReviews or PayPerPost, which will help you connect your site to businesses, or reach out to companies on your own.
16. Make a Business of Flipping Websites
If you know how to build a solid WordPress website, than you are way ahead of a lot of bloggers out there. When some of them want to launch a blog or a website, they often don’t want to wait for the development process or do it themselves. They would rather buy it right away instead. If you can start getting traffic for the site, you’ll make even more money with it. For this, you’ll have to know what kind of websites are in demand and post your website on sites like Flippa.
17. Create Members Only Content
If you have something of value to offer to your readers, this might be a better option than selling an eBook. Some of your most loyal readers will be willing to pay to be a part of a members-only area, where you share more in-depth and useful blog posts, videos, eBooks, downloads and a lot of other content they can make use of. This is a lucrative option not only because you’ll get cash for your premium content, but because it lets you gain recurring revenue from your subscriptions.
18. Create a Business Directory
Web directories were most useful back in the day when Google’s robots didn’t index everything on their own. But it is still useful to create local and niche based directories. Within these, you can include reviews of certain businesses, share the best YouTube channels or podcasts on a certain topic, or list and review products within your niche.
19. Create an Event Calendar
If people are constantly hosting events that are relevant in your niche, than providing them a calendar with a lot of views would be smart. With an established audience, you can provide their events with some much needed attention. Businesses will be willing to pay you to reach your audience. For that of course, you’ll need to have a large devoted audience of course. This monetization method is best for local cities or local industry-specific websites.
20. Offer Freelance Services
If you’re running a good blog, you can definitely offer content writing, ghost writing or copywriting services for individuals and companies that need it. Also, if you’ve built your blog yourself and have web design skills, you can offer those through your blog as well. This is a powerful way to get new freelancing gigs, as it doesn’t require any up-front investment and you already have a strong reference, your blog.
21. Create a Dropshipping Store
Dropshipping is an awesome and popular way to make money with WordPress, without having to handle large inventories or be bothered by shipping items yourself. With dropshipping, you can create your own store and all you have to do is manage the website. Customer service, shipping and providing the physical products themselves will be outsourced to an invisible third party. Your customers won’t even know where they are getting your products from, they will just get it.
22. Make a Resource Page
Useful resources are what most people are looking for when they visit a blog. If you’re knowledgeable in reaching a specific goal or accomplishing a certain task, let’s say in content marketing, than you can leverage that. Create a resource list that provides your audience with the information, tools, products and services they require to make things happen. You can also earn money by placing affiliate links or sponsored product placements.
There you have it! The most popular and most well-paid ways to make money with your blog! I always remember the quote „Where attention goes energy flows”, as I write my blog, because it stands true as you work to build your traffic and your income. The more followers you have and the more devoted your audience is, the more money you can make.