How to Make a Living from Blogging

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You’ve probably heard the claim before – start a blog, and in a year, you’ll be able to quit your day job.

Or maybe you’ve read income reports from bloggers making seven figures per year, and you want to know if you, too, can really make a living blogging.

The short answer is “yes.” It’s not all smoke and mirrors. There is serious money to be made.

The long answer is that to earn a full-time income from a blog, you have to put in a ton of hard work and unpaid time, and even then, success isn’t guaranteed.

If you think you have what it takes and you’re ready to get started on your blogging journey, here are the top ways to make a living blogging.

Ways to Make a Living from Blogging

1. Affiliate Marketing
2. Ad Networks
3. Product Sales
4. Sponsorships

1. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing

If you’re familiar with direct sales, affiliate marketing is kind of like that, only for bloggers.

Here’s how it works:

You sign up to be an affiliate for a product you love, use, and think would be a big hit with your blog readers. After approving you as an affiliate, the company you signed up with gives you a unique tracking link. 

You place this tracking in your blog posts when relevant. When a reader clicks your link and makes a purchase on the affiliate’s website, you receive a commission.

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make a living blogging. This is because it doesn’t matter what niche your blog is in; you can find affiliate offers to promote.

You’re also not limited to promoting only one affiliate offer – you can sign up for as many as you’d like.

Here is a look at some affiliate programs you can sign up for based on the type of blog you run:

No matter the niche of your blog, you can find an affiliate program to promote.

2. Ad Networks

Ad Networks

You see ads on just about every website you visit. And those ads are one way that the website owner earns an income.

Ad networks generally pay less than a smart affiliate marketing strategy would. However, since they are “set it and forget it,” many bloggers still choose to use them.

The amount of money you earn from ad networks will depend upon your blog’s niche and the amount of traffic you receive.

Ad networks can pay in two different ways: CPC or CPM.

CPC stands for cost per click. With this type of setup, you’re paid a set amount every time a reader clicks on an ad.

CPM stands for cost per thousand. With this type of setup, you’re paid for every thousand impressions an ad has.

Some ad networks will use a combination of CPC and CPM to pay their publishers.

Here are some of the top ad networks for bloggers to check out:

  • Google Adsense – Best for beginners, no traffic minimum.
  • Mediavine – Best for intermediate bloggers, you need at least 50,000 monthly pageviews to qualify.

AdThrive – Best for advanced bloggers, you need at least 100,000 page views to qualify.

3. Product Sales

Make a Living from Blogging - Product Sales

Do you know stuff other people want to know?

If so, you can create your own product.

Some popular products bloggers have success with are courses, ebooks, and challenges.

The cool thing about product sales is that you can create $5 ebooks up to $2,000 courses, depending on what you’re teaching. 

A good product paired with a strong marketing plan can help you pull in a full-time income from blogging, even with a relatively small audience.

In general, the more mainstream a topic is, the less expensive your products will need to be priced, and the more you’ll need to sell to earn a reliable income.

4. Sponsorships

Make a Living from Blogging - Sponsorships

Sponsorships are when a company wants to work with a blogger to help promote its brand.

This could look like you, as the blogger, writing a blog post about a product, using the product on Insta stories, or doing social media, or email shoutouts. 

Sponsorships are a form of influencer marketing and can be done in many different ways.

If you’re interested in sponsorships you can sign up with programs like Izea or you can reach out directly to the companies you’re interested in working with. It’s important though, that you build up a solid reader base before doing this.

Final Words on Making a Living Blogging

You can make a living blogging. 

In the beginning, you’re not going to see a lot of rewards for your effort. It takes time and dedication to start bringing in an income

You’ll have to experiment to find which combination of income streams works for you and your niche.

It’s probably best to keep your day job and blog on the side until you get to the point where you can turn your blog into your full-time gig.

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Affiliate Disclaimer: I may (and probably do) receive affiliate commissions from any products I recommend or links I put on this page. My opinions are my own but they are truthful and I do my best to recommend products that I have vetted and/or purchased myself.

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Spencer Mecham

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