How to Make Money Blogging

Posted by Mrs Money on October 20th, 2010

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Who doesn’t want to know how to make money blogging?  There are people out there that make a living from their websites/blogs.  However, there are many, many more bloggers out there who make hardly any money from blogging.  Blogging is very time consuming, and as your traffic grows, your responsibilities do as well.  Personally, I would love to make more money blogging, and make this my full time job.  I’d love to be able to write and share my ideas and tips on how to save money and live green and that be my only source of income.

Here are some ways to make money blogging:

1. Google Adsense.

Google Adsense ads are displayed on blogs and promote information related to the website’s content.  For instance, if you are looking for “how to no poo“, chances are the ads on the page will be advertising for shampoos. When someone clicks on an ad on your website, you make money as a commission for referring the person to the advertiser’s website.  Google Adsense can be a great source of income if you write about topics that are relevant to companies that advertise through Google.

2. Blogher Ads.

Blogher ads are paid by the number of impressions, not clicks.  It’s nice because when your traffic goes up, so does your revenue.  However, Blogher Ads do take over half of the amount of advertising dollars as a commission.  As a perk, they also promote three other bloggers’ posts at the bottom of the advertising widget, so that is a nice bonus, as more traffic is driven to the sites that are linked.

3. Amazon Affiliate Program.

I like the Amazon Affiliate program because when I want to share a product that I love it’s easy to do so through Amazon Affiliates. I can link to the product’s Amazon page where the readers get more information and reviews and if they purchase something from clicking from my site, I earn a small commission.  It’s not much, but every little bit helps.

4. Text link ads.

Text link ads are frowned upon by Google, so you may want to keep that in mind before you start accepting them.  Many websites have been penalized by Google for accepting private text link ads.  However, text link ads can be a very good source of income for a website, because there is a flat fee paid each month just to have the ad on the website.

5. E-books.

E-books are great because they’re all digital, easier to publish than a paper book, and can be written at any number of pages.  E-books are also nice, because the income you make from selling your e-books can go straight to your bottom line versus having to give someone else a cut right off the top.  You can decide to give those who promote your e-book a commission if you choose, and that will help you make more money even though you are paying out commissions because you’ll have more exposure.

I’ve been blogging about personal finance and frugal living now for almost three years, and by no means am I getting rich off my blog.  I started this site as a way to share my money saving tips and green living ideas.  I always strive to share the best information with my readers because that’s the most important point of blogging to me.

All of the above ideas are how to make money blogging.  I’ll be honest and say that if you are starting a blog to make money, don’t do it.  Start a blog to share your thoughts about a topic you’re passionate about, and then go from there.

Have you ever wondered how to make money blogging? If you’re a blogger, do you have more tips on how to make money blogging?

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29 Responses to “How to Make Money Blogging”


  1. Money Funk says:

    So when are you coming out with your eBook about something frugal (want to collaborate? I’m sure we could get a few more of the gals to pitchin. email me if your interested).

    And yes, the last part, “I’ll be honest and say that if you are starting a blog to make money, don’t do it” is true. Its ALOT of work just to figure out the how to make money, then when you do its a lot of work to make it happen. But like any self-owned business, it will take a lot of work. Well, if you do decide…. chum up with the big dogs and build a solid entourage of like minded successful people.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Funk- I’ve started writing one but would be interested in doing something else!

    It is sooo much work and I had no idea it would be for so little money. I would hate to see how much I would make “hourly”. Maybe my luck will change one day. :)

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    Money Funk Reply:

    Kudos! I look forward to reading it. :) You know we’ll all be here to help you viral spin it across the web. Maybe ask Adam for advice on launching a book.

    It might be fun to do a frugal ebook with a group of us women. But the option is always available at a later date. Its just enough to write one book!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Funk- It probably will be awhile. :) I appreciate your support though!!

    I would love to do that. We should brainstorm on it!

  2. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m new to blogging and need all the help I can get. Right now, I’m just trying to get the hang of writing regularly, but I would like to make some money off of it eventually.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jessica- If you’re ever interested in guest posting here, I’d love to have you! Just let me know.

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    Jessica Reply:

    Thank you so much, that would be great once I get a handle on this strange new world!

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    Money Funk Reply:

    Jessica – just make sure you promote that writing by creating backlinks. There is a lot more to blogging than you might think. ;) Best of luck.

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    Jessica Reply:

    Thanks for the tip! You’re right, there is much more to blogging than I ever thought. I didn’t even know what backlinks were!

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  3. Jiye says:

    Thanks! This was helpful! although I’m not ready to venture into that world yet..

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jiye- Thanks! Let me know if you ever need any help!

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  4. Commission Junction is a way that many bloggers make money, although I have never really had much luck with them. I use to make decent income through Pepperjam. Another option is to ad text links through Kontera.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    John- I tried flexoffers but didn’t really make much with them either (I think they are similar to CJ). I haven’t heard of Pepperjam. I tried Kontera but I didn’t want my readers to be overwhelmed so I took it down. I don’t want to lose readers. :)

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  5. Little House says:

    I definitely agree with your last point: don’t start a blog for monetary reasons alone! I’m currently making very little through Google Adsense and BlogHer and sometimes a text link every now and again and I’m not going to be quitting my day job anytime soon!

    As for the e-book idea, I did write one a while back, but I couldn’t figure out how to market it for profit. So, for now it’s still FREE! If my traffic increases substantially, I might try and make it a profitable link. Let me know when your e-book will be ready!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Little House- I would absolutely love to quit my day job and do this full time but I don’t know if that will ever happen.

    It seems like Adam from Man vs. Debt is the e-book guru. :) It will probably be a little while before mine debuts! ;)

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  6. I have stopped sweating too much about the monetization. I would like to monetize more in the future but my site is still young so I worry more about the content.

    P.S. Blogher — are these only for “hers”? ;)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Invest It Wisely- That’s probably a good thing. Content is king, after all. It’s hard to not get wrapped up in stats and monetizing your site!

    Blogher actually will offer advertising to male bloggers that have a large female readership! If you do, you should check it out!

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  7. You covered almost all the ways I’ve made money. Some businesses also pay for sponsored posts. That’s made me a couple of hundred so far. For all the new bloggers that commented above, feel free to guest post at BFS anytime too! I can’t speak for all bloggers, but I’m guessing we all love guest posters! Good material for your site plus a day off is always nice. :-)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    BIFS- I’m impressed with how successful you’ve been! That’s great you’ve made money off sponsored posts. :)

    I would love to exchange guest posts with you soon!

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    Budgeting in the Fun Stuff Reply:

    Anytime! Just let me know!

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  8. When I started my website, I didn’t even know what a blog was. I just wanted a place where I could post artices and helpful things for my clients. Now, the “blog” takes up more time than the offline business.

    Do you know of any ad programs like Adsense? For some reason (they won’t tell me why), Google shut down my Adsense account after I passed the threshold for getting paid!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Khaleef- That’s what so frustrating is that it takes SO much time, and you can make so little money. Of course, there are people that make a full time living off it, but I think it’s a lot of luck.

    I have heard of Adbrite, have you checked them out? That stinks about your Adsense getting shut down! :(

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  9. This was quite informative. I think the bottom line is, that the amount of work required to make money blogging is probably equivalent to less than minimum wage initially. Except for a few really lucky folks. But, blogging is really fun if you love your topic. Thanks for a great article, it’s going in my round up!

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  10. Matthew Matteo says:

    Wow getting cash with no job has always on the occasion been very difficult; most of the time I get some programs and get money from those. although they are extremely expensive! Trying to make money without any sort of job experience is even harder. A lot of things usually are so unprofitable, but this post surprisingly helped me out. Thanks A lot! :)

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