3 Ways To Make Money From Your Blog

It only takes three things to get started writing a blog: a computer, an Internet connection and the ability to write. Although some might argue the ability to write is optional—there are a lot of bloggers who couldn’t even write a decent ransom note.

Starting a blog is easy; making money with your blog is a bit more difficult. And that’s what you really want to do, isn’t it? Not too long ago I saw a list of what was supposed to be the biggest money producing blogs in the business. This is a fairly fluid group, so the rankings often change. But, in this snap shot TechCrunch came out on top with an estimated $200,000 of monthly ad revenue. Not bad.

Second on the list was Mashable. Note that TechCrunch and Mashable are blogs with a long list of contributors. You have to get down to number three on the list, Timothy Sykes, to find a blog associated with one writer. And, while TechCrunch and Mashable make their dough primarily by selling banner ads, Timothy Skyes pulls in about $80,000 a month via affiliate marketing.

With those blogs as starting points, it brings us to our real subject: three ways to make money from your blog. The first way should be quite obvious by now:

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1. Sell Ads
Contrary to what you might be led to believe if you watch “Ad Men,” you don’t have to be a great salesman to get started selling ads on your blog. That’s good since you probably got into blogging because you have something to say or you love to write—not because you want to go out and make cold calls peddling Internet ads.

Many blogging platforms allow you to easily incorporate “pay per click” ads on your pages.

Among these are:
Google Adsense
Clicksor
Yahoo! Publisher Network (YPN)
Chitika
BidVertiser

Signing up for these programs is fairly painless. If someone clicks on the ad that appears on your blog, you get paid. There are a large number of variations on this idea, including programs that pay for each 1,000 times visitors see the ad on your page. These are called “impressions” and this type of advertising is called CPM (cost per mille, which means 1,000). Here are some programs:

Right Media
Advertising.com
Tribal Fusion
Casale Media
Burst Media
Value Click

Now, if you do consider yourself something of an advertising salesperson, you might want to sell banner ads on your site. Of course you’ll need an established blog with a fairly high volume of traffic to make selling ads yourself worth your time.

2. Sign on as an Affiliate
If there are products or services that somehow relate to the topic of your blog, scour the Internet and find the e-commerce sites that offer affiliate marketing programs for those products or services.

Obviously some blog topics work better in the affiliate marketing arena than others. The Timothy Skyes blog mentioned earlier discusses penny stocks and there are plenty of natural tie-ins to that subject.

Some major e-commerce sites like Amazon.com and eBay have their own well established affiliate programs. Others work through third party affiliate networks. You should check these out to find programs that might dovetail with your blog:

Link Share
Commission Junction
Azoogle Ads
ClickBank

3. Sell Your Smarts
Since you’re a blogger, there’s a darn good chance you consider yourself an expert in something. Create products that feature your insights and sell them through your blog.

If you know a lot about scrap booking, post interesting and informative short blogs about your hobby, but develop a more in-depth e-book that readers of your blog will absolutely have to buy. You can take this even further of course. Videos, podcasts and audio books are also products you you can use to generate sales. Or, you could even market your services as a professional scrap book artist.

These three ways to make money with your blog are only the beginning. They are probably the easiest and most direct ways to quickly mine your blog for money. And, as you consider each of these, you’ll probably discover slight variations and different angles you can work, to make your blog work for you.

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87 thoughts on “3 Ways To Make Money From Your Blog

  1. Lin Thanks for sharing this. Praveen Your blog is rocking!!

    1. Very happy to see a this comment Anand. Thanks 🙂

  2. Yea! Adsense rocks! 🙂

  3. Good Luck buddy… 🙂

  4. nice we use this tipes.

    1. Glad you liked it!

  5. Please Tell me about Affiliated ads.I got 1000 more visitors per day.How much i can earn from Affiliate ads.Am using Blogger (Blog spot blog).Replay me………

    1. Sibin, How much money you could make would vary, so I really can’t give you a $$$ amount. Check out some of the resources under #2 above & see how that helps you. You can also research additional affiliate marketing programs, as well as ads for your site.

  6. Great share Lin …. Google adsense is a truly a smart way to make money online but the thing is the blog needs to have decent traffic to cross the threshold everymonth 🙂

    1. adsesne surely has little high min payout..
      but still i consider it to be best advert CPC prog !!

      1. @Aamir: Truly said, though GA has the payment threshold bit high, it is easy to cross it with a well established blog

    2. Yes, you do need an established blog or it won’t work so well!

  7. Affiliate Marketing and Selling Ads on Site Takes some time but by selling services we can can make some decent money online.

    1. Yup, you’re right! 🙂

  8. Thank you for the great post. Now, I have more ideas how to make some money from my blogs!

    1. I hope your blogging goes well, Jasmine. There are always and endless number of ideas…just keep your blog to one general topic & stick with it. I’m sure you’ll do well, especially if you’re always reading & learning.

      1. Thank you for your encouragement, Lin. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  9. which CPM program is gud for a site with Indian visitors ??

    1. Aamir, I’m afraid I”m not familiar with a good CPM program for a site with Indian visitors. About all I can suggest is to get on Google or forum sites & get involved in the communities there. Forum communities are often a great place to get your questions answered.

    2. When it comes to India, the answer is always Google. I have been with many Program. Though it may change depending on site, but generally if it is India , then its Google.

      If other than Google, try Tribalfusion, but its requirements are high

  10. nice stuff lin, i think for affiliate marketing we could use webhosting to make commissions.

    1. Webhosting wouldn’t be a bad idea. Are you currently doing this or just tossing out an idea?

  11. Great list. I think, Google adsense and affiliate marketing is by far the best of this lot.

    1. Yes, Google adsense is pretty sweet. 🙂

  12. For me adsense is working pretty well, giving me a decent income 🙂

    1. Glad you shared your success with us – encouragement is always welcome!

  13. On the point of being able to write and the introduction is your first and potentially your last chance to grab the reader.

    I was once at a conference slouched in my chair wondering how long it would be to the coffee break, when the speaker arrived on the stage his first words were ‘today I am going to change the way you organise …… and save you loads of time and money.’ I immedietly sat up and paid attention!

    The headline / introduction is critical and if you don’t grab the reader at this point everything else in this article maybe wasted.

    1. That sure is an attention grabber. The beginning of anything is way more important than many people realize. Same with the title. If the beginning isn’t good, I often just browse the rest of the articles and keep going. Great point!

  14. This can be helpful and thanks for being generous in sharing this to us…Great job!!

    1. Thanks, Lydia! I hope you’re able to use some of these tips for your own blog!

  15. Thank you for sharing. I’m a new blogger with a long way to go, and this type of info is great.

    1. I’m glad this is of help to you, Melissa!

  16. Nicely represented information!
    I rely on PPC ads more than other types

    1. Yes, PPC ads are pretty popular for blogs and other sites. Glad you liked the article!

  17. You could also establish yourself as an authority and create your own product. Packaging and selling your own product gives you control up and down the line on your own profits. In some cases, your product can be as simple to create as an ebook.

  18. Google adsense is best i think

    1. totally agree !

    2. Yeah, Adsense is pretty sweet!

  19. Hi Lin,

    Nice post.

    I am using Google adsense and affiliate programs like cj and clickbank for my blog. They are doing fine for me.

    Thanks,
    Abhijit…

    1. Hi Abhijit,
      Great to hear it’s working on your blog – keep up the great work!

      ~Lin

  20. Awesome, thanks for the sites it would be nice to make money off my blog, how do you get the most traffic?

    1. Mostly, it’s a combined effort of different areas of the web. This blog post is more about making money once you have the traffic, so you probably need to look elsewhere for tips on getting traffic. SEO would probably be the best way to get traffic to your blog.

  21. cold you suggest tips on how to sell ads?

    1. I’m not sure I can really answer your questions, so I’d suggest you do some research on Google. I just pulled this up: . Looks like it’s a good start to get you thinking, as well as giving you ideas of where to start.

      Hopefully this will help!

  22. The first one is pretty easy, if you have a good and neat blog. But it will all work, only if there is some nice traffic and Ads commission differs from Adsense to others.

    1. Yes, you’re exactly right – you really need a semi-established blog with some traffic. Nobody will want to buy ads on your site unless you’ve got traffic. Otherwise, what good would the ads do?

  23. Google is not permitted me for buy adds. I wanna use Affiliate marketing by amazon.com in by blog. Can I do this.

    1. Why will Google not allow you to have adsense on your blog?

      I am not familiar with Amazon’s program, but you can certainly try it. Before you try Amazon, you might look into some of the other resources I’ve provided in the blog post above.

    2. What do you mean by “not permitting” Dewan. You can have Amazon affiliate along with adsense as far as I know

  24. Great tips on how to monetizing a blog. Thank you for the sharing, Lin.

    1. Glad you liked it, Jasmine! Thanks for stopping by!

  25. We all know that we can now make money from the blogs and thanks for making me aware of such tips here…

  26. Thanks for the feedback, Leonardo!

  27. I’m glad to share this info with everyone! Thanks for stopping by & come back again – this site’s full of valuable stuff for your business!

  28. Yes, that’s true, Amani. But that would be the case with pretty much all advertising.

  29. thanks for information, i think i must try this….

  30. Hi Paraveen earning with ad sense is not reliable mostly ad sense block sites with no proper or major issues.

    1. Yea, that’s why it’s always better to report anything unusual! And it’s good to have proof that you didn’t do anything illegal.

      If you are banned for no proper reason, and if you have the enough proof to prove you are innocent then you can get back your adsense account 😉

  31. Making money blogging takes a lot of work and time.
    Basically you write articles about whatever you like on a daily basis then place some ads on your blog.

    If you site is really popular people will come to visit it and if they click on the ads you will get $$$.

    But this take a lot of articles to get your site properly listed in the search engine and you will need A LOT of visitors to make a few buck.

    1. Daniel,
      You are correct – for advertising on your blog to work, your site will need a substantial number of visitors each day.

      I would mention that’s it’s best to keep a blog to one general topic as this will create a stronger base of supporters for your site.

  32. I find this useful and informative. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Thanks for reading, Clark & good luck to you & your blog!

  33. Great tips Lin. I think one of the best ways to make money for almost any blogger is ad sense or other networks. Its easy to set up and the rewards are great.

    However, I believe selling your smart as you put it, would be a much better option for the long tun, as it helps you establish yourself and gather clients which you can sell to over and over again.

    Thanks.

    1. Yeah, Satrap, I’d have to agree with you about the long term because then you’d have a client base. But, not everyone is looking for a client base, so I’d say adsense is their best bet. It all depends on what you’re aiming to do with your site, I reckon.

  34. You did a great job on here Pradeep 🙂 Its really superb tasks on here 🙂

    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I’m glad the blog post was of help to you!

  35. Those 3 paths to make money on here 🙂 Worthy post without any doubt.

    1. KavyaHart, I’m glad it was useful to you! Thanks for the compliments!

  36. These are very helpful to all of us here…

    1. I’m glad you were able to learn something new and helpful for your website!

  37. Thanks for your helpful post.Your tips are really great.Always I try for earn money from my website Cambridge Nanny Group.

    1. If you’re gonna have a website, you certainly want to make a profit! I’m glad to know my blog post will help you in that respect.

  38. Thanks for the tips you have for us and I know it can really help…

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Angela!

  39. I’m using adsense and it works foe me great 🙂

    1. That’s great to hear. I’m glad you’re making a profit with it!

  40. Some new and fresh info for making money from our blog. Thanks for sharing

  41. thank you very much for your article really helped me to learn how to earn money from blog

  42. Hi Lin,

    This is a very helpful information for bloggers and newbies. It also helps me a lot. I am using Adsense, Commission Junction and click bank for 3 years and getting descent results till now.

    Once again, Great Post Lin. Just keep it up my friend.

    Thanks,
    Abhi

  43. There’s always good money being made in blogging. However, you need to build trust and gain influence from both search engines and users before you can see a constant stream of income. When search engines trust you, they’ll reward you with higher ranking than competitor websites. And when people trust you, they’ll buy from you.

  44. Lin,

    Thank you for the very complete guide on how to make money from blogging. There is some really great information you supplied there.

    Of these methods do you have a preference to a small number that you would recommend to people?

    Thanks again, and Merry Christmas!

    David.

  45. You have really shared some of the best ways to make money on the Internet, especially through a blog. Good sharing, Lin Edwards. I am sure you have make quite a hefty sum online too? 🙂

  46. Thanks for the tips. I haven’t tried using the number 2 and 3 tips but hopefully I am going to try affiliate marketing. By the way you can add clickbank as part of number 2.

  47. Google Adsense is the best way to make money online for beginners… after you become familiar to blogging you can try affiliate marketing…

  48. Thanks for this share lin. Right now, I am only with Adsense and BSA. Should try others too. 🙂

  49. It seems very difficult for me to get accepted with adsense as every time they either say my address is wrong or my website is not upto the mark.

  50. Making money on Internet may become a good idea, really. There are various advertising networks become helpful to you earning money online.

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