How to Earn Money With a Blog
2 Ways to Earn Money With a Blog
Hello friends, most of you know that I teach basic blogging classes for The Money School of Delaware and in these classes students want to know if they can make money with a blog. No, you can’t “make money” with a blog, the only place to make money around here is at the Franklin Mint, but you can earn money with a blog.
You can’t, however, simply start a blog thinking you’ll earn money right out of the gate because blogging is not a “quick get rich scheme” nor should you start a blog simply to earn money.
Blogging is not hard work, but maintaining a blog is hard work, it takes time, dedication and passion, but you can do it. In this post I am going to give you just 2 ways in which to earn money with a blog. These have been the easiest and most basic ways in which I have found to be successful, and by success I mean a few hundred dollars per week which isn’t bad for a side gig as far as I’m concerned:
Once you sign up with an Affiliate Program, such as Panthera, ShareASale, Glitter Network or Escalate, you’ll choose links for products or services which are embeded with your affiliate code. If a reader takes action such as clicking on the link; completes a survey; prints a coupon or places an order, you’ll receive a small commission.
Each Affiliate Program has is own guidelines, however, it is relatively free money, not totally free, because you are investing time to write and promote the posts. Choose only merchant links that you think your readers would be interested in or are relevant to your niche otherwise it’s a waste of time.
You can also email the media department of a company or business that you support, ask if they offer an affiliate program or check the bottom of the website to see if there’s a link, then sign up.
Sponsored Posts/Product Review
Sponsored posts and product reviews are the ones that I have the most fun with and have earned the most money. After signing up with a media company such as Linqia, Vibrant Nation, Social Fabric or Blue Print Social, you can apply for sponsored post campaigns. I actually starting writing my own reviews for products that I purchased because it enabled me to sharpen my writing skills and using hashtags to promote the post on Social Media got the attention of some companies, i.e. Jennie-O Switch Circle.
Speaking of Social Media, stay active to increase your following which helps when applying for campaigns, numbers don’t always count, but they sure do help.
Influenster, CrowdTap, Tomonson, are others that offer free products to review and Expotv.com helped me break into YouTube. I am now doing product reviews as well as a weekly “Brunch with Blake” vlog on Sundays, check out my first one.
There are obviously many other ways in which to earn money with a blog, but oftentimes too much information can be overwhelming and frustrating, besides slow and steady wins the race.
As a wife and mother who works outside of the home with a 3-hour daily commute to work, I don’t have the time nor the energy to take in a lot all at once, so please let me know if you have any questions.
By the way, clicking on any of these links or banners might buy me a cup of coffee and a donut!
Way to go you!
Thank you and with your talent, you’d be rolling in dough – I need to send you some photography links!
Thank you I am also a busy mom and it is hard to know all this information so thank you again!
Ria, you are welcome, blogging is a never ending game and I like to share but sometimes too much all at once makes your brain hurt! Have a mah-va-lous Monday.
You too and thanx again! 🙂
You are doing such a great job with your blog sis! Blogging is very hard work but the rewards are all worth it!
Thank you for being my mentor – I love you sis!
These are great tips, thanks!
Marci, you are quite welcome!
You are such an amazing woman! Not only do you maintain one of my absolute favorite blogs but you always manage to enrich my day with blogging knowledge. I knew about some of these but not about others. When I first began blogging I never thought I could make money from it, I simply thought it was a great way to express myself. You’re completely right, blogging is hard work but it’s also a lot of fun!
Hope you have a fab week lady<3 God bless
Let me tell you just how much your comments mean to me: You are by far a beautiful young lady both inside and out who is not only blessed to have a wonderful daughter and loving mother, but someone who always manages to stay fun, fabulous and dedicated to your craft. Thank you so very much for being my bloggy friend.
A great reminder to check out affiliate programs – I’ve yet to do that!
Liza, it helps to build a post around the product to get more clicks – good luck!
It’s amazing that no matter how many “How to Earn Money With a Blog” articles I read, I always pick up something new. Nice job! You certainly are busy with a 3-hour commute to work. Youch!!!
Celeste, I am so tired of that commute, but it does afford an opportunity to do a lot of thinking…lol Thanks and have a wonderful Wednesday.
Thank you and Happy 2015!
thanks for the tips–and for keeping it simple. Two ideas is about all I can absorb at one sitting. Hope the posting earns you that cup of coffee.
Thank you, I will offer more tidbits in future posts but I prefer to take it slow and steady, I think it helps in our constant 24/7/365 world today.
Thank you for these suggestions. What a busy life you have! I’m clicking links, trying to get you that “cup of coffee”. Also, thank you for visiting by blog :->
Cool beans…thanks you Ann, you know I need that java!
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