How do blogs make money? In this post, we will share some of the powerful ways bloggers get paid.
If you have just started blogging and wondering how you can generate income from it, keep reading you will know how to.
You must have come across the above statement on many blogs out there. That implies the owner of the blog is using affiliate marketing to make money through his blog.
Everyone wants and needs to make money, unfortunately, many bloggers start blogging with the idea of making quick money which does not happen until they give up.
If you have a blog and you are exploring ways to make money with it, then you must know that it’s not a get rich quick affair. But you can make money regardless of your niche.
So without much ado, let’s get started with ways bloggers get paid. And our number one way is:
How Do Blogs Make Money
1. Physical Products
Many bloggers make money blogging by selling physical products.
The good thing about this method of making money using a blog is that you don’t have to sell your own products. There are plenty of affiliate programs you can join and start recommending people to buy.
For instance, you can join the Amazon affiliate program and then choose likable products, and then recommend them by writing detailed and helpful reviews about the products.
When customers purchase the products using your affiliate link, you are paid a commission.
To make money as an affiliate marketer, you must build an interested audience first, engage with them, and build trust.
Moreover, you do not start earning money overnight. It takes time but the rewards are worth it.
2. Private Ads
How do blogs make money using private ads? Once you have created a blog that generates tons of traffic, advertisers will get interested in placing their ads on your site.
But you can still reach out to advertisers yourself once your blog is established, and is attracting a huge audience.
With this method, you decide how much you want to be paid yourself and not the advertiser, unlike selling of physical products where an advertiser pays you a certain commission of the purchased product(s).
To sell private ads, you will include banners, links, or buttons.
NOTE: Your blog must be driving huge traffic to make money using this method.
Read also: How Many Page Views Do You Need to Make Money Blogging
3. Digital Products
Another great way to make money with your blog is by selling digital products. Similar to selling physical products, to sell digital products, you do not need to own the products yourself.
It’s done the same way with method #1 but this one is a bit different in that the products you sell are downloadable on the internet. The user does not have to wait for the shipment of the products.
You create detailed reviewed, comparisons or how-to guides recommending certain digital products (which could be weight loss programs, software, eBooks, etc.).
Once a reader is satisfied with your reviews and wants to purchase the product, they just pay and download it there and then. ClickBank is one of the platforms for bloggers who want to sell digital products nowadays.
NOTE: You must research and recommend products you are sure people will buy and make sure to write honest, detailed and useful comparison, reviews, or buyer’s guides.
Read also: How This Lifestyle Blogger Grew Her Blog to $3,878/Mo and 180K Page Views in 3 Months
4. Sponsored Blog Posts
This is also another tried and true way bloggers can make money through their blogs. However, you must do it rightly, to earn money with it.
This is a win-win ordeal in that a company or brand pays you money for you to write about them in your articles/blog posts or write content on a topic related to them by featuring their products or services.
This is usually a deal between you (the blogger) and an advertiser where you make them know to your target market and the advertiser pays you a fee for that.
Similar to selling ad space or selling private ads, with this method, you decide how much you want to be paid for the sponsored blog post.
Read also: How This Travel Blog Earns $10K/Month in Blog Sponsorships
5. Monetize Your Blog With CPC or CPM Ads
Ever heard of the term cost per click? This is also another common way bloggers make money on their blogs.
With this method, you place ads on your site. The more clicks your ads get the more you are paid. So you must ensure you have enough traffic on your blog to use this method.
The two most common ads types include:
- CPC or PPC Ads– Also known as pay per click, cost per click or CPC ads are banners you place at strategic places either within your content or on the sidebar. With this method, you are paid each time a user clicks on the banner.
- CMP Ads- With this method, you are paid based on how much impressions your ads have created. Unlike CPC where you are paid per click, with this method, you earn a fixed amount of money.
Google AdSense is the most popular ad network for placing ads. Unlike sponsored content/blog posts where you will have to be in direct contact with the company or brand whose products you promote, with this one, you do not have to know the advertisers.
You just place the ads on your site and Google will select the relevant ads to your posts.
Read also: How This Couple Built a 6-Figure Blog in 3 Years
6. Sell Online Courses
Are you knowledgeable about a particular field? Are you an expert in your niche? Can you teach people on something you know they don’t know?
If you answered yes to all the questions above, then selling online courses would be the best option to make money blogging.
Once you know how to create an online course you can start generating income using your expertise.
The greatest thing about this method is that it’s easy to get started.
How do blogs make money for online courses? You just need a good camera to film your series of instructional clips showing your audience how to do something they don’t know how to do. You can talk about your successes, experiences or your won skill.
For instance, you can create a course on how to make money blogging and sell it. Although it must be good enough for people to buy it given that the market is saturated with online courses.
Bonus – Become a Freelance Writer
You can start a blog and start offering writing services.
Yes, it’s possible. You just need to make people know that you are offering topnotch writing services and they will come for your services.
However, freelancing is not for all, although it’s one of the best ways to make money with your blog.
Other ways to make money through freelancing include writing blog posts and articles for other sites, managing their sites, optimizing their content for search engines, etc.
The best thing about freelancing is that it’s not costly to get started. You just need to ensure you are good at what you claim to do, find clients and start making money blogging.
How Do You Intend to Make Money With Your Blog?
Now that you know the answer to the question ‘How do blogs make money?’, are you ready to take the plunge? Are you ready to get started with one or all of the ways we have mentioned above?
Well, you don’t have to pick all the methods shared in this article; just pick one that suits you and get started.
About The Author
Susan Saurel is a passionate writer from Texas contributing to Assignment Man and she also loves sharing her life experiences with other young people. As a young married person and Project Manager for an IT startup, she faces the challenge daily of nurturing her relationship, and she is fortunate to have a husband who supports her in her career goals.