Make Money Blogging
Do you want to make money blogging? If you do – you’re not alone. More and more bloggers
are finding that blogging is a profitable medium. Whether it be to earn a few extra dollars a week
to feed their coffee habit, or making enough money to stop them having to get a part time job to
get through college, or whether they’ve got it to a point where they are able to make a full time
living from their blogging – there are tens of thousands of bloggers who make money blogging.
How to Make Money Blogging
In this page I want to share some information for beginners on how to make money blogging.
For a very quick and broad visual intro – check out this Make Money Blogging MindMap which
visualizes just SOME of the ways bloggers make money blogging.
First – let me start by sharing my own top Money Making Methods (updated regularly) but
below that point you to some great resources and teaching on how to increase your income from
What follows is a quick summary of my main income streams from
blogging. Before you read it though – keep in mind that every blog is
unique in how it can make money. Some of the following income
streams will work on some blogs a lot better than others – the key is to
experiment with as many as possible and see what works best for you.
The following income streams (from a number of blogs) have helped
me to earn a six figure income each year for the last 5 years from
blogging. I’ve ranked them from highest to lowest.
I hope you find it useful to see the mix and variety of ways that I earn a living from blogging.
1. Affiliate Programs
I run a variety of affiliate programs on my blogs – most of which bring in
smaller amounts of money that don’t really justify a category of their own
(but which certainly add up).
These include recommending quality products like these here on
ProBlogger: Thesis WordPress theme, Yaro’s Blog Mastermind Coaching
Program and How to Launch the F*** out of your E-Book (and others) as
well as some great products on my photography blog including 123 of
Digital Imaging, David DuChemin’s amazing Photography E-Books and Mitchell
Kanashkevich’s great ebooks.
The great thing about many of these programs is that they are of such high quality that they sell
themselves and I am being emailed from readers who sign up to them thanking me for the
2. E-Book Sales
Last time I did a wrap up of how I make money blogging this category did
not exist for me – I didn’t really have any of my own products to sell at all. However in the last
year or so I’ve released 3 E-books – 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, The Essential Guide to
Portrait Photography and Photo Nuts and Bolts: Know Your Camera and Take Better Photos.
While these products all only sell for under $20 they certainly add up and some months this has
been my biggest category of income. The reason they were only ranking at #3 in the last month
was that I didn’t do a product launch (I wrote about one launch which brought in $72,000 in a
week here). This is an income stream I see growing as I add more E-books to my range (expect 3
in the coming few months).
3. Continuity Programs
This is another newer category for me but one that continues to grow.
A continuity program is a site where you earn a recurring income from people who subscribe to a
service you offer.
For me this includes two sites – ProBlogger.com and Third Tribe Marketing. Both programs are
membership sites and generate monthly income from the thousands of members that they have as
a part of them.
4. Private Ad Sales/Sponsorships
Private ad sales directly to advertisers have fallen for me in the last year
(they previously ranked #3 on this list). This is partly due to a change in
my own focus but also partly due to the economy as it is. I should note that
this area does vary a little from month to month depending upon the
campaigns we’re asked to run – we’ve had a couple of months where it actually ranked #2 in the
This includes ad sales of the 125 x 125 ads here at ProBlogger as well as a campaign or two at
Digital Photography School.
5. Amazon Associates
Amazon’s affiliate program has been one of my big movers in the last 12
months. I used to make a few odd dollars from it – however in recent
times it has become a significant earner for me (in fact it’s now earned
me over $100,000 since I started using it). Christmas time (and the lead up to it) is a particularly
good time for Amazon – last December it would have ranked #2 on this list.
6. ProBlogger Job Boards
The job boards here at ProBlogger continue to grow each month in the
number of advertisements that are being bought. This enabled me to invest most of the money
that they’d earned a while back into getting a new back end for the boards and to redesign them.
These job boards now bring in over $1000 a month in revenue which is pretty nice considering
that they are so low maintenance to run. They also offer a service to readers and add value to the
The only problem that I face with the job boards is that there are so many bloggers looking for
work that the demand for jobs far exceeds the supply. On the good side of things is that
advertisers are reporting getting amazing quality of applications.
7. Speaking Fees
I get asked to do a lot of speaking and increasingly they are paid opportunities. I’m not able to do
as many as I would like (mainly because I live in Australia and most of what I’m asked to do is
overseas and I only travel 2-3 times a year) – however in April I did a couple of events and the
income was enough to include in this list.