5 Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

Online Money Making Tips

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 on 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.

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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 require 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 run 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 over 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!

David Schneider
David Schneider is the experienced content writer and business blogger. 

Gangadhar Kulkarni

Gangadhar Kulkarni is an internet marketing expert and consultant having extensive experience in digital marketing. He is also the founder of Seogdk and Director at DigiTechMantra Solutions, a one-stop shop for all that your website needs. It provides you cost-effective and efficient content writing and digital marketing services.


  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. 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.....!!!

  4. Great tips, thanks for sharing. I will apply some on my blog.

  5. Hey David, some good tips here, but the best remains selling/marketing your own goods and services.

  6. I am a new blogger, Great tips, i will work into it.