5 Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

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You’ve been working hard on your blog, and now you want to make money on it.

I get it - it’s only natural.

And the fact is, there are people making money on their blog - thousands in fact.

But for every one of them, there are another 4 people who are not making money on their blog (seriously, 81% of people never make more than $100 on their blog).

But it doesn’t have to be you.

There are a lot of ways to earn a buck. I’ve written about over 500 ways to make money online myself.

But that’s a pretty long list - so here’s the 5 most common and likely to be successful ways you should be considering:

1.Take Donations

We all have to start somewhere, right?

And what’s easier than simply putting up a Paypal link on the side of the blog and accepting donations.

Some people might say this is tacky, but it’s entirely up to you what you do with your blog.

After all, most likely you’re producing valuable content for free. If people don’t want to donate, they don’t have to, but maybe they do?

2.Monetize Your Email List

The money is in the list, or so they say.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to make money from blogging is to build up a list and market to them.

For example, if you use AfterOffers, you can usually get paid up to $1 per subscriber, which isn’t bad if you’re getting 10s of subscribers a day. I personally earn around $100/month on my blog through AfterOffers.

But if you properly monetize your list, a subscriber can be worth much more than $1.

I have read articles where bloggers wrote that a single email subscriber is worth over $15.

Of course just having them in your list is rarely enough - you have to have something to market to them.

Which brings me to my next point:

3.Affiliate Sales

One of the primary ways bloggers earn money is through affiliate sales.

The model is simple - if you refer a customer to an affiliate partner, they give you a commission, sometimes as much as 50%.

This works very well because there are thousands of products out there with affiliate programs, much more than any one person can produce.

Basically, there is almost always a product with an associated affiliate program that can be promoted if you need one.

A common tactic is to build a resource page filled with all of the tools you promote, so that people can see in a one stop shop what they need.

This is how Pat Flynn, for example, earns the bulk of his cash.

Also Read: Surefire Tips For Instagram Marketing To Grow Your Business

4.Display Ads

Although display ads have been on a steady decline in recent years, they still have some life left in them, especially in particular niches.

One niche that is heavily monetized by display ads is the food blogging niche.


Because display ads requires loads of traffic to earn money, and only some niches have that level of traffic (think the biggies like food, fashion, etc).

This probably doesn’t sound like much, because it isn’t, but it is completely passive.

There are dozens of paid media platforms, though the most well know is probably Google Adsense. You can be up and running in a day and earning money tomorrow through this. 

5.Sell Your Own Product Or Service

In my opinion the Holy Grail is to sell your own product.


Firstly, you get 100% of the sales (as opposed to an affiliate program).

Secondly, it’s fantastic for branding (assuming it is a great product, which it should be).

Lastly, you have complete control on how you choose to market it and what you decide to do with it year after year.

Some popular choices in this category are:


Though that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.

I have seen some bloggers charge $2k per hour through their coaching sessions, so this is definitely not to be overlooked!

Also Read: What Are The Few Most Important Things That Attract Website Visitors’ Attention?


It is possible to earn money from blogging. It is even possible to earn a full time living.

Difficult? Incredible. Possible? Yes!

So what’s required to get started?

Three things:

Traffic. Authority. A Product.

If you have these three things, you can start making money. If you’re missing any of them - it’s time to get cracking!

Author Bio
David Schneider
David Schneider is the Content Director at NinjaOutreach an all in one Influencer Outreach software for marketers. He blogs about business at SelfMadeBusinessman. You can also find him on twitter.



  1. This article is highly informative and impressive. Thanks for sharing such a great article.

  2. Hi Dave,

    There is some blank space without product, here is the statement you mentioned on article

    "For example, if you use AfterOffers, you can usually get paid up to $1 per subscriber"

    I want to the name of that product please kindly let me know.

  3. Hey Dave,
    Great article indeed :)
    Love the way you described to earn money online. I am not sure that someone donate for your but all the other ways are great and give a good response if you do better with them.
    As affiliate sale provide a good revenue if you have a great list or emails or quality audience on your blog.
    Have a great day :)

  4. Hi, yes indeed, making money from your blog. I have been going the route of affiliate for a long time and even though I liked it, having my own business and selling my own services really is much more rewarding. But it is a personal choice, as there are some great affiliate systems as well to be part of. Little tip maybe: make sure you can also get commissions from the backend products. Sometimes bloggers only focus on selling 90$ product, but if you can get commissions from higher end packages, that is much more rewarding.

    Selling my own services now, does not mean I can not sell affiliate as well of course. If I am really satisfied about something, I will still offer it to may followers.

    Thx for the post,

  5. Surely, these 5 ways are guaranteed to help a blog make money. The good news is that they are implementable by the seconds.

    Which ever method is employed there must be insights to ensure that the promotional tactics are targeted at the right customers.

    Without value none of these methods will work!
    I left the above comment in kingged.com as well

    1. Hi Sunday,

      Thanks for voting this article and share your valuable words about this topic…..Hope to see you around here again...!!!


  6. internet and blogging both are rapidly growing and making money with blogging is unlimited ways, but which way is suitable to my knowledge is important. my source of earnings are blogging, selling my own products online in ebay india and now want to start my own shopping site. above points are genuine ways to make money but need lots of traffic to earn more income.

    1. Hey Charan,

      Thanks for exchanging valuable feedback about this article and glad to know you found this info useful.....Have a great day ahead.....!!!

  7. Hi David, how are you? Great article. I found your post n VCB. Just want to say you got a very incredible blog about earning ways through blogging. Thank you for these tips. It adds to my knowledge about blogging.. Im looking forward to keep in toch with you.