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How To Make Money Blogging

In this post, I’m going to share with you how to make money blogging. Whether you already have a blog but are yet to see an income from it, or if you’re thinking of starting a profitable blog, then you’re in the right place. It doesn’t matter if you started your blog three years ago or if you’ve only just started one, I will tell you the tactics I use to make money from my blog. If you’re a new blogger and keen to make money with your blog, then you first need to start your own blog.

I started my blog in December 2016 and it took a long time for me to start earning an income from my blog. This was because I wasn’t monetising my site. I was bringing in great traffic but at the time I hadn’t monetised my posts. Since starting my blog I always knew I wanted to do it for a living. I would wake up early to blog and spend my evenings writing and I loved the idea of spending Sunday working on my blog. It wasn’t until I started reading other bloggers’ income reports that it opened my eyes to the potential my blog had. It made me realise that I could one day turn my blog into a full-time income.

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  • Podcast advertising
  • Video advertising (YouTube Adverts via Google AdSense)
  • Website advertising (Blog adverts via Mediavine or Google Absence)
  • Sponsored posts

There are different types of advertising you can have on your blog to earn money, such as advertising through podcasts or videos. If you have your own podcast you can advertise related products or services in each episode. If you have a YouTube channel you can insert Google Adverts into your videos to earn extra money.

Another way to earn money on your blog through advertising is through sponsored posts. Click here for a master list of where to find sponsored post opportunities.

Affiliate marketing

  • Private affiliate programmes
  • Shopping affiliate programmes

Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money blogging and one which I want to start monetising more. Affiliate programmes allow you to earn a small commission when someone purchases a product or a service through your affiliate link, at no extra cost to the buyer.

Other types of affiliate marketing include private affiliate programmes, which are affiliate programmes which you can join if you have purchased the products or services which you are selling. For example with Amazon affiliate links there is no restriction to which products you can be an affiliate for.  Click here to read the top 15 affiliate marketing websites.


  • Coaching
  • Freelancing
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Workshops

There are a lot of bloggers who earn money by offering services. There are many types of services which you can offer such as freelancing, consulting, design and workshops. Offering services mean you can greatly increase your blogging income however this isn’t passive income, therefore you will need to invest your time in order to earn money. Unlike adverting and affiliate links which is passive income, meaning you can earn money while you sleep.

Physical products

  • Merchandise
  • Books

Selling physical products is another great way to make money blogging. You can sell physical products through WooCommerce, Etsy, eBay and Amazon. I currently sell physical products via Amazon and Etsy.

Digital products

  • E-books
  • Courses
  • Apps
  • Printables
  • Reports

Selling digital products is a quick and easy way to start earning extra money from blogging. When selling digital products such as e-books, calendars and printables you will need to set up a business account on PayPal and choose a platform to sell your products, such as WooCommerce, Etsy and Teachable.


In addition to running a blog, some bloggers also organise blogging and networking events. Organising and running events takes a lot of work and you would need to build a great relationship with your audience but it’s something which would make you and your blog stand out, plus it’s a great way to meet other bloggers, and brands and earn extra money.

Blogging is not a get-rich-quick thing

These are just a number of ways you can make money blogging, but please know that blogging is not a get-rich-quick thing. Blogging takes a lot of hard work, trial and error, networking, late nights, and early mornings and a great skill to balance your side hustle with your full-time job.

To make money blogging you need to have a passion for your blog and the content you write, otherwise, you will get bored real quick. You need to focus on creating excellent content which your audience wants to read. You also need to drive traffic to your blog, I recommend using Pinterest to drive organic traffic to your site.

Let me know if the comments below if you have any questions.

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The Comments

  • Jenny

    Thank you so so much for sharing this! I’ve only started my blog recently and have very few posts, but I can already tell that this is what makes me happy. Writing blog posts doesn’t feel like work at all and helps me get my mind off of things, so turning this into my job someday seems like the ultimate goal at the moment! I really loved this! xx

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      > Jenny

      Hey Jenny, that’s s amazing to hear! And I feel the exact same way about my blog, it doesn’t feel like work at all. Thanks for commenting x

  • Nishant

    I totally loved to read and love to read your story. Its really awesome.

    All the best, Hope you touch your milestone as in coming days

  • Amanda

    One of the best guides on blogging, I was really interested in blogging.
    Thanks for sharing such important information.

  • Faith T

    I love affiliate marketing too, great guide! Guess the only thing we need as bloggers is persistence. Need to produce quality content on a regular basis.

  • Terri

    Hi Laura,

    Great information! I do have a question. I had Google Adsense Ads on my blog. But they slowed my website down to a snail’s pace. So, I took them down, which I figured was my better option to go for speed over the little change it was bringing. (I only made $0.17 with Google Adsense). I’ve talked to several websites IT people and they say Google Adsense slows websites, which isn’t what a new website (blogger) wants. Is there another advertising option for a low-traffic website that won’t slow the speed? Currently, I just have three affiliates, which are not doing anything, despite my efforts.

    I appreciate your feedback!