33 Ways Bloggers Can Make Money in 2023

Ways Bloggers Can Make Money

Lots of creative business ideas for bloggers to make money from their existing blog, experience, fan base, expertise, and writing skills.

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Looking for more ways you can make money from your blog? You’ve come to the right place! Check out this extensive and practical guide to making money with your blog.

Below is a list filled with proven business ideas for bloggers to earn money from their existing blogs, experience, fan base, expertise, and writing skills.

These creative and interesting blogging business income ideas below are organized into sections based on their corresponding money-making style. Some are extremely common, but others are more obscure.

A great thing about these income-generating ideas is that they can be applied to almost any type of blog, no matter the industry or blog niche.

As a bonus, after the list of ways that bloggers can make money, you’ll find a helpful section with lots of blog marketing tips and frequently asked questions! 😊

Without further ado, let’s get right into the list of business ideas for your blog!

Make Money Advertising on Your Blog

Affiliate Marketing

One of the most popular ways to earn extra money from a blog is to do affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is where you create an agreement with a 3rd-party merchant to recommend their products and services to your audience in exchange for a fee.

Usually, the merchant gives you a special link you can use in your blog posts that will track any clicks from your visitors. Then, when one of your visitors clicks the link and goes on to purchase a product or sign up for a service from the merchant’s site, the merchant will give you a referral fee or a portion of the sales generated as a commission.

It’s important to note that visitors who use affiliate links are not charged extra for this transaction. In fact, many times merchants even provide extra discounts that bloggers can give to their readers when using their affiliate links.

It’s a win-win-win scenario: your visitors get introduced to 3rd-party high-quality products and services, you earn money for sending your visitors to the merchant, and the merchant earns a new customer! 😊

Affiliate marketing works best when affiliate links are placed in context in your blog posts. For example, if your post talks about traveling with luggage, and you recommend a particular luggage brand, it might make sense to use your affiliate link instead of a normal link when linking to the merchant’s site.

To get started with affiliate marketing, consider signing up for affiliate networks that manage affiliate programs for many different merchants. A few popular affiliate networks include ShareASale, FlexOffers, and Travelpayouts (for travel-related sites).

Alternatively, you can research any merchant website to see if they offer an affiliate program, such as Fiverr, pCloud, Anyword, and HighLevel. There are literally thousands of affiliate programs out there you can sign up for! 😲

PRO TIP: If you’re having trouble finding an affiliate program, make sure to look for links with the term “affiliate” or “partner” in the footer of the website you’re interested in.

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Show Advertisements from Ad Networks

Another extremely popular method to make money from a blog is to show advertisements from ad networks, such as Google’s AdSense, AdThrive, and Mediavine.

If you want to get an estimate of how much you can earn by displaying ads on your site, check out the AdSense earning estimator on Google’s site.

Your earnings will depend on how much traffic you get to your site each month, the types of visitors you attract, your niche, the country you operate from, and other metrics.

For example, the image below shows that a finance blog in North America that gets around 50,000 page views each month can earn around $19,000 per year from AdSense ads.

Google AdSense annual revenue estimate for North America and Finance category.

Although it is possible to get paid by ad networks every time a visitor clicks an ad, it is very common that ad networks will pay you a fee per impression, which is every time an ad is shown to a visitor. This is usually calculated as Cost Per Mille (CPM), which means the amount of money you’ll make per thousand impressions.

When you use an ad network to show ads on your site, you add some simple code on your website where you want to show the text, banner, image, or video display ad. Then, when a visitor views your page, the ad network automatically chooses which ad to show from its giant catalog of merchants, customizing it for the specific visitor viewing your page.

PRO TIP: Don’t confuse AdSense with AdWords! AdSense is Google’s program that allows you to earn money when showing ads on your site. AdWords is Google’s program that allows you to pay Google to advertise your business in Google’s search results and on other people’s sites.

Rather than use an ad network like AdSense, you can choose to work directly with advertisers, companies, and pretty much any type of organization to show sponsored ads.

The concept is basically the same, but a couple of big differences include how you source the ads and how you get paid for the ads.

With sponsored ads, the ads come from individual sponsors that you work with directly instead of from an ad network’s large catalog of ads. Rather than give you some dynamic code, a sponsor might give you the exact images and links they want you to use on your site.

Thus, with sponsored ads, you often have more control over the ads that are shown and when to show them.

Also, rather than getting paid per impression or per click, a sponsor might pay you a one-time lump sum fee for showing their ads on your site for a set period of time.

Unless your blog is very popular so that brands come to you to sponsor ads on your site, you’ll likely need to reach out to companies you want to work with. Contact their sales or marketing team and see if they would be interested in sponsoring ads on your site.

They will of course want to know more about you, your blog, the type of visitors you attract, your monthly traffic, exactly where on your site you plan on showing their ads, and how often you’ll show their ads. Therefore, be prepared to share that type of information with them.

If you’re using your own YouTube videos that you created in your blog posts, then don’t forget that you can monetize those videos as well.

When YouTube displays a video to a visitor anywhere on the Internet, including on your blog, they earn money by showing ads periodically throughout the video. For users who subscribe to YouTube Premium, those ads are suppressed in exchange for a monthly fee.

YouTube offers a way for creators to earn a portion of that ad revenue and YouTube Premium’s revenue through their YouTube Partner Program (YPP).

PRO TIP: As a YouTube video creator, you can open up YouTube Studio and go to the Monetize section to sign up for the program. You may have to meet certain criteria, such as a minimum number of subscribers or hours watched by visitors.

Once you are part of their Partner Program and/or part of a 3rd-party Channel Network that manages your YouTube monetization for your channel, you can start earning a royalty every time your video is shown anywhere on the Internet.

We’ll talk about this in much more detail in the sections about memberships and online courses later on, but if you’re looking to monetize your videos, perhaps even putting them behind a paywall, you might want to check out a service like Uscreen.

On another related note, if you create music, you might also be able to monetize every video that uses your music, even if you’re not the one creating the final video. YouTube figures out which videos use your content through a sophisticated matching process called Content ID.

PRO TIP: If you’re interested in learning how to monetize your audio in other people’s videos, including in your own videos, check out a Content ID solution partner, such as AdRev.

Make Money Writing

Posting new content to your blog is the primary use case for a blog. But did you know that you can get paid for posting an article on your own blog?

That’s right, some companies might pay you to create and post an article on your own blog! These types of blog posts are called sponsored posts.

🙋‍♀️ Why would sponsors pay you to post on your own site? There are several possible reasons.

A company might require you to put their name as the sponsor at the top of the post, in order to increase their brand awareness. Or perhaps they want you to put links to their website through your blog post to capture some of your audience. Or perhaps, they want you to write a topical article that puts their company or product in a good light.

It’s also possible that a sponsor might give you some content to post on your site. Just be careful and make sure the content meets your quality bar and makes sense for your audience.

Whatever the reason, consider looking for sponsors that align with your brand and that might be willing to pay you to create and/or customize your blog post content.

Similar to the sponsored blog post idea, you can sell space or call-outs on your social media content and posts.

The more followers you have on your social media account, the more likely you are to win high-paying sponsors who want to share their brand with your audience.

This could include things like brand mentions, multi-post tweet series, endorsements, photos of you using their products, and even things like sponsored links in your social media bios.

This idea could work for basically any social media platform, such as Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, etc.

In addition to sponsored blog posts, you might be able to attract companies who are willing to pay you to write honest product reviews of their products or services, and then post those reviews on your website.

This is especially helpful for new businesses, products, or services that don’t yet have enough content and reviews about them online. They might also be trying to generate backlinks or capture new audiences.

Freelance Blogging & Content Writing

If you like writing, consider getting paid to write content for other blogs and websites.

Many bloggers are anxious to flood their sites with new content, in order to capture more search results, increase traffic, and/or create an authority site. These bloggers might not have enough time, expertise, or desire to write the blog posts themselves.

Therefore, they might be willing to pay you to write content for their site.

Depending on the agreement structure, you might be able to post content on their site as a guest post, or even link back to your own blog from the articles you create!

Likewise, businesses might be willing to pay you to write product descriptions, reviews, summaries, editorials, or blog posts for their company.

To get freelance blogging and content writing work, consider joining a freelance marketplace, like Fiverr or Upwork.

Ghost Blogging

Similar to the previous income-generating idea, you might want to look into ghost blogging.

Ghost blogging takes the content writing idea one step further by creating content that is posted on behalf of other bloggers or businesses. In other words, the content you create will be published as if it was created by your client.

This is a very similar concept to the ghostwriter arrangement that is popular in the book industry.

Sell Stuff on Your Blog

This is a very popular method for earning extra income from your blog. You can earn money by creating an online e-commerce store on your blog. This would allow you to sell 3rd-party products or services that are related to your blog posts and/or niche.

You can do this through the traditional e-commerce approach of direct sales and order fulfillment, or by going the dropshipping route for a turnkey approach. Or you make it even less hands-on by using affiliate marketing links to sell products through 3rd-party sites.

If you’re interested in setting up a dropshipping store, here are some sites to help get you started: Spocket, Wholesale2b, and SaleHoo.

If you’re interested in doing affiliate marketing, make sure to check out the previous section above that’s all about affiliate marketing.

Repackage Your Blog Posts and Articles as eBooks & Physical Books

You already have lots of valuable content on your blog. Why not repackage that content and turn it into other products that you can sell?!

For example, you can create several small eBooks based on each blog series or category of articles you already created. Then, sell those eBooks directly from your website as digital PDF file downloads.

If you’re running a WordPress site, the MemberPress plugin can help you easily sell digital downloads, including eBooks and pretty much any type of file, app, or program. Otherwise, you can use an all-in-one platform like Mighty Networks or Podia.

Or, consider creating a full-blown digital and physical book that encompasses all of your blog articles, experience, and expertise. Then, sell the book on Amazon.com for Kindle devices and as print-on-demand paperback and hardcover books.

You can easily self-publish your digital and physical book on Amazon through their ultra-popular Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program.

Sell Digital Downloads of Your Work

Consider selling digital downloads of your work. This type of income stream is great because it is generally passive and your products can usually be purchased many times over.

This tip is especially appropriate for bloggers already in creative industries, such as arts, entertainment, and crafts. It’s also a great approach for anyone creating any type of content, such as writers, designers, programmers, photographers, videographers, etc.

For example, photographers can sell photos, artists can sell artwork, musicians can sell music, chefs can sell recipes, crafty people can sell their crafts, and programmers can sell scripts, apps, and browser extensions.

And don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Even if your blog isn’t about a creative industry, you can still usually create digital content that you can sell to your visitors.

For example, if you’re in the fitness industry, consider creating and selling a spreadsheet template or mobile app that helps people keep track of their daily workouts, calories consumed, and fitness activity.

PRO TIP: Even if you’re not technical, consider hiring out the creation of software or an app that features your brand or blog. You can even use freelance marketplaces like Fiverr to have someone design and create apps for you.

To sell your files, you can either create your own custom digital download system on your website, install an existing plugin that your platform offers, use a plugin like MemberPress on WordPress sites, or use a full-featured platform like Mighty Networks or Podia.

Sell Your Own Branded Merchandise

Nowadays, offering merchandise with your brand on it is dead simple and very low risk.

You can use a print-on-demand store to sell all sorts of t-shirts, apparel, mugs, and other merchandise that is plastered with your brand, such as your blog title, company logo, blog URL, photo, slogan, etc.

Not only is this great for marketing and promoting your brand, but it also offers another stream of income for your blog.

And best of all, you don’t have to deal with the logistics of manufacturing, inventory, warehousing, orders, fulfillment, shipping, or refunds. Most on-demand online platforms can take care of all of those things on your behalf!

It’s pretty straightforward to set up an online print-on-demand merchandise store. You can choose which products you want to sell, upload your logo or custom designs, and then arrange those designs on the merchandise.

You can create an integrated store on your blog website or simply link to a separate online store where your products can be purchased.

To get started, consider using a popular on-demand merch service like Sellfy or Printify.

Provide a paid membership or subscription plan that offers access to private and exclusive content, discounts, deals, newsletters, community forums, virtual events, or VIP access to IRL events.

A popular perk that can increase your membership signups is to offer members your invaluable trade secrets or hot market tips. For example, if you’re in the finance industry, you could share which stocks you’re investing in each week. Or, if you are in the book industry, you could share your hard-won contact list of literary agents, editors, and publishers!

These types of programs can generate considerable consistent recurring income for you since you can charge regular monthly or annual fees in order for members to continue having access to your offering.

PRO TIP: In addition, consider adding multiple plans or tiers to your memberships and subscriptions. This would allow you to create several price points that offer different levels of content, access, or deals.

For a full-featured membership experience, consider using a powerful platform like Mighty Networks.

Or, if you’re using WordPress for your blog, you can easily add a membership site using a tool like MemberPress.

Another way to make money with your blog is to offer the ability for businesses to pay to be listed in a business directory on your site.

This would allow others to list their own businesses, blogs, products, services, or links on one or more public pages on your site. Perhaps this could even be a feature of a paid membership or subscription.

Similarly, you could create a vanity page on your site that lists all companies, blogs, and people that have helped support your site through one-time payments, purchases, memberships, or subscriptions.

Similar to the paid business directory above, this is a service you could provide to allow businesses and organizations to pay you to include their upcoming events on your public event calendar.

For example, if you run a blog about fine arts, perhaps a local art studio might pay you to list their upcoming art workshops alongside all of the other artwork-related events you show on your blog’s public calendar.

Again, in the same vein as the business directory and event calendar ideas above, you could offer companies the ability to post their open job positions on your public job board.

This helps your visitors find work related to your niche, and it helps you by bringing in some more money simply by posting job links from other companies.

Make Money From Your Experience & Expertise

Workshops & Webinars

Have some bite-sized knowledge you want to share with your audience or a quick way your audience can learn a new skill? Hosting a workshop or webinar might be just what you need to earn some extra cash.

A workshop is usually a short program where participants can learn a very specific skill or procedure that they then should be able to perform on their own by the end. Workshops often provide time for hands-on education as well as time for questions and answers.

You can either run a workshop in person or create a virtual workshop where your students participate via online videos. Workshops often work best as live events, but you can achieve similar results if you have a feature-rich video platform that allows students to interact with your pre-recorded content.

A webinar, as the name suggests, is strictly an online affair. Although you can structure a webinar that looks and acts much like a workshop, you can also use a webinar to simply share some unique insights about a specific topic, sort of like a mini online course that only lasts say 30-90 minutes.

It’s very common to host a live webinar or workshop, and then turn it into a standard video that you add to your catalog. In this way, webinars and workshop videos can act very much like regular videos that you can show on your blog.

However, webinar tools have nifty features that go beyond regular videos. For example, many live-stream webinar platforms also allow you to chat with attendees during scheduled replays of your webinar videos.

You can earn extra money by charging for these workshops and webinars, or you can use the events and videos as yet another platform for lead generation, marketing, advertising, or sales.

On the technical side of things, you can create webinars and online workshops using any number of popular webinar services, such as WebinarNinja, Demio, ClickMeeting, GetResponse Webinars, or EasyWebinar.

Online Courses & Training

The business of online courses and training is booming!

Many bloggers are making a killing nowadays by offering online courses that simply reiterate and/or dive deeper into what they already discuss via their blogs. We’re talking big bucks… to the tune of hundreds or even thousands of dollars per student!

Just like with workshops and webinars, there are now many ways you can easily set up virtual classrooms, online quizzes, tests, certificate programs, training courses, communities, and all types of online education.

You can either embed those courses directly into your blog or send your visitors to your hosted online training courses on 3rd-party platforms that take care of all of the technical aspects on your behalf, such as video hosting, video streaming, user management, payments, course tracking, members-only content, etc.

If this sounds like something for you, consider using a popular online-course platform like LearnWorlds, Mighty Networks, Thinkific, or Podia.

PRO TIP: If you want to monetize your online training videos, without offering all of the other classroom-type features, consider using an all-in-one video monetization platform like Uscreen.

In addition to offering your courses and training directly through your blog or via those platforms, you can also choose to offer your experience and expertise to teach courses that are then offered inn education and training marketplaces, such as Udacity, Skillshare, and Udemy.

Remote Coaching

Remote coaching is similar to the online courses and workshops listed above, but it is designed to give more personalized feedback to participants over longer periods of time, helping guide them along their own unique journey.

With coaching, you’re taking your students under your wing, so to speak, like a master would an apprentice. These sessions are often more limited in size and highly personalized, which means you can usually charge much more for this type of interaction.

These coaching sessions can be done in groups or one-on-one. You can do them in person, over the phone, or remotely online through the same webinar and online course software platforms listed previously. So, make sure to check out the recommended software and tools mentioned earlier! 😊

Offer Consulting Services

If you liked the idea of remote coaching described in the previous section, why not take it one step further and offer your expertise as a consultant to businesses and entrepreneurs?

If you have a specific set of skills and/or have valuable experience in a niche industry, you might be able to find companies eager to pay you to share your insights with them.

Consulting can take on many shapes and forms. Companies might pay you a one-time fee for you to consult on a specific project, or they might pay you a retainer or ongoing fee so that they can lean on you whenever they need your expertise.

Start a Podcast

You won’t necessarily make money directly from the podcast, since most podcasts are free. However, publishing a podcast could provide yet more opportunities to make money through advertising, affiliate marketing, and sponsorships.

And, of course, podcasts are another great way to drive more traffic to your blog!

Speaking Gigs & Conferences

Consider using your expertise, experience, social media following, and blog traffic to present yourself to the world as a leader and influencer in your niche or industry.

Get paid to speak at conferences, summits, and other speaking gigs, such as company luncheons, charity events, or local community events.

Thinking-Outside-the-Box Money-Making Ideas for Your Blog

Accept Tips or Donations

Many people feel good about supporting bloggers that they follow regularly.

So, why not consider adding a tip jar or donation form to your site to accept money directly from your visitors? Blogging platforms like WordPress have plugins you can install to easily accept tips and donations.

For example, consider using a tool like Buy Me A Coffee, which also offers integrations for WordPress, Twitter, Discord, and Zapier. Need to try it out first to see how it works? Be my guest! 😉

When you set up the contribution form, you can even offer options for contributors to commit to a monthly or annual donation.

It’s free money! 😍

PRO TIP: Be careful about promising goods, services, tax write-offs, prizes, or similar in exchange for a donation. It might not be allowed by law, or the money you receive might no longer be considered a gift if you provide goods or services in return. This means that you might have to pay income taxes on the money you receive. And on the flip side, usually only donations to 501(c)(3) organizations, charitable organizations, or similar are tax-exempt for those donating.

Use Crowdfunding to Support Your Efforts

Similar to the tips and donations idea above, you can use crowdfunding to rally your loyal readers to support and finance your future blogging efforts.

A common crowdfunding technique for bloggers is to engage your audience so that they pledge to pay you a small amount for each new blog post you create.

Once you have a lot of backers, you can make substantial income every time you post a new article on your blog.

Another very common approach is to use crowdfunding to finance an upcoming blog series or website project.

To get started, first choose a trusted crowdfunding platform like Podia or Patreon. Or, if you prefer to make your new content only available to your paying supporters and offer lots of other community-related features, consider using a platform like Mighty Networks.

PRO TIP: If you’re looking for ways to promote your crowdfunding campaigns, you might want to check out Krowdster.

Get Sponsored by a Brand

In addition to all of the other ways mentioned above to earn money through sponsorships, there are plenty of additional things you can get paid sponsors for.

For example, perhaps you can attract sponsors for your events and conferences. Consider also looking for sponsors for organizing blog-related sports, games, concerts, and other entertainment events.

Companies might even sponsor your entire blog website… not just a single post! That’s right, your entire blog could be “presented by” or “sponsored by” a well-known brand, at least for an agreed-upon amount of time.

If you offer products or services, and you don’t want to offer an entire site takeover, consider allowing companies to sponsor one or more of your products or services.

Become a Brand Ambassador

If your blog is popular enough and you have a noteworthy brand or personality, other companies might want to pay you to become an ambassador to endorse their products or services.

In other words, rather than pay you to share their products with your audience, they pay you so that they can associate your brand with theirs. It’s sort of the reverse of a sponsorship.

This type of arrangement is really only viable if you have a large following and are well-known in the related industry.

Organize Your Own Conferences or Summits that are Presented by Your Brand

You can organize your own virtual/online or in-person conferences and summits.

The difference between this approach to other conference-related ideas we already talked about is that you are actually organizing, running, and/or sponsoring the entire conferences or summits.

Rather than the sessions being all about your brand, you can use this technique to create brand awareness and drive more traffic by associating your brand with many other influencers, thought leaders, experts, and popular beloved brands that you invite to your event.

Additionally, you can make money from ticket sales!

This approach is especially useful if your brand is already well-known and could help generate even more buzz and/or give people a reason to attend the conference.

If you want to host an online conference, consider using a platform like WebinarNinja or ClickMeeting.

Sell Your Blog

Yep, selling your blog is actually a thing. And depending on the type of blog you created and how much traffic you get, your blog could be worth a small fortune!

Why? Well, quite frankly, entrepreneurs often want to buy blogs like yours in order to easily and quickly implement the techniques listed in this article to make money off of your existing audience!

Your blog might also be valuable to competitors or other companies in the industry looking to quickly grow their user base, take out the competition, merge brands, gain SEO authority, or quickly acquire an engaged audience.

It’s possible to sell your blog for 20-50 times your monthly net profit!

If you’re interested in selling your blog, consider using a trusted and reputable company like Flippa or Empire Flippers, or a more boutique firm like Niche Investor, to value your blog and connect you to buyers.

Buy an Existing Profitable Blog

There are three primary reasons for buying an existing profitable blog.

Firstly, for the same reasons listed in the “Sell Your Blog” section above, you might want to buy a competitor’s blog.

Secondly, you can buy a blog with built-in traffic and then use the techniques listed in this article to quickly optimize and increase profits.

Lastly, you can buy a blog with the plan to flip it later on. Flipping blogs is sort of like flipping houses. You buy a blog at a low price, increase its value by implementing the money-making techniques in this article, and then offer it up for sale at a higher price!

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, make sure to use a trusted business transaction marketplace like Flippa or Empire Flippers to research and purchase vetted websites and blogs.

Integrate White-Label Services Into Your Blog

This money-making idea involves embedding a plugin, iFrame, script, or link on your blog that provides a white-label service that you don’t actually maintain or control yourself.

The term white label is a general term that refers to any turnkey service or platform that can be rebranded with your own name so that users think that you are providing the service directly.

The best part? You usually don’t have to deal with any of the technical aspects, hosting, maintenance, support, etc.

White-label services are certainly legal and they are actually quite common, especially for agencies in almost any industry. In fact, if you browse the footer on popular technology and service websites, or look through their product features list, you’ll often find that you can use their service as a white-label service.

After signing up for a white-label program, simply upload your business images. You can also usually customize a few other settings like your business name and color theme. Then, after that, just embed the code in your blog or simply link to your newly branded service. And just like that… boom… you are now offering a new branded service to your audience!

🙋‍♀️ How can you use white-label services on your blog? White-label services provide a way for you to quickly and easily offer more features or services to your own visitors.

Here are some examples of how you can use a white-label service on your blog or website.

If your blog is in any industry having to do with websites, advertising, or search results, check out SE Ranking, which allows you to offer your readers SEO tools branded with your name and logo. You can provide features such as traffic analytics, keyword research, website auditing, and backlink monitors.
Is your blog in the sales or marketing industry? You could offer your visitors all sorts of branded features, such as a full CRM, tools for lead generation, scheduling, sales funnels, website builders, call tracking, and more simply by using a white-label platform like HighLevel.
Is your blog about e-commerce? Then you might want to use a white-label platform like Vendasta to offer your readers the ability to create their own online stores, messaging solutions, business apps, and more.
Are you in the travel industry? Then consider using a white-label service that allows your readers to explore and book flights, hotels, vacations, and car rentals directly within your blog. In fact, this same strategy can be used to make money without using white-label services… by embedding similar tools on your blog that are encoded with your affiliate marketing links that we discussed at the beginning of this article! In fact, an absolutely fantastic example of this is Travelpayouts, which is used by over 350,000 bloggers!!!

Create your own contests, giveaways, and raffles to drive traffic to your site, acquire content from your audience, or even earn money through submission fees.

In addition, you could offer other companies to sponsor your contests and/or giveaways by either paying you for their brand placements or by providing their products or services that you can use as prizes and gifts for participants.

Similar to the general contests and giveaways idea above, you could create various skill-based or performance-based competitions that require payment to participate in.

Alternatively, you could make your competitions free to users, but get paid by companies who want to sponsor the competition.

For example, if you are in the food industry, perhaps you want to create a recipe competition for the best banana-walnut muffins! 😁 The winner of the competition could be chosen by you alone, or by a community vote through a survey system or via your comments section. Or perhaps you could invite an expert in the industry to judge the entries and select the winner.

Helpful Blog Marketing Tips

In addition to all of the ways above to earn more money from your blog, don’t forget to follow industry best practices. And definitely make sure to check out these helpful blog marketing tips and tricks to drive more traffic to your blog and increase sales/conversions.

Regularly post new quality content!
Update old or stale content. You put a lot of work into your old content and posts from years ago… don’t let that hard work go to waste! Give it a refresh, update it as needed, and make it relevant again.
Write catchy headlines that showcase your primary keywords for your blog posts.
Include call-to-actions (CTAs) at the end of every blog post, email, and social post.
Consider using landing pages, sales conversion funnels, and squeeze pages by using tools such as ClickFunnels or GetResponse.
Do guest blogs to attract attention from other related blogs back to your brand and to your own blog.
Follow search engine optimization (SEO) best practices to make sure you’re getting as much traffic as possible from search engines. Make sure your website is free from technical errors and loads quickly. And, of course, make sure to use appropriate keywords. Not familiar with SEO? Then this article about SEO techniques, tips, tricks, and tools is for you.
Follow search engine marketing (SEM) best practices to make the most of your paid advertising.
Do competitor research and analysis to gain insights from your competition.
Use helpful business tools and tips/tricks that can help you automate processes, reduce errors, increase your income, and free up more of your time.
Create an email list. Use lead generation best practices to collect email addresses from your website visitors and then convert them into paying customers or subscribers. Consider using lead-generation tools like MailerLite or Aweber.
Give yourself space, time, and grace to learn, grow, drive traffic, mature, and understand the market. Creating and building a successful blog usually takes a lot of time. So don’t expect immediate results! Think in terms of weeks, months, and years… not minutes, hours, or days.
Send regular newsletters to your email list using email newsletter automation tools like GetResponse and MailerLite.
Create accounts on social media platforms where your users are. Consider creating accounts on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, or any number of other social platforms.
Regularly post to your social media accounts. If you need help automating your social media content and posts, consider using tools like ContentStudio and Sendible.
Interact with your audience. Get their feedback, like their social posts, and get inspiration and ideas from their responses.
Do giveaways! People love free stuff. 😍 So why not associate your brand with good feelings by giving away stuff to your fans for free?!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a blog?

The term blog is short for weblog, which was a term created in the early Internet days for a personal web log. Starting out simply as digital versions of public journals, blogs have matured into dominant sources for articles, news, editorials, tips, tricks, reviews, opinions, products, comments, and discussions about any topic or industry. In addition to the main blog post content, most blogs also include a title, image, publish date, author, and comments section. Blogs can be their own standalone websites or simply another section on a much bigger website. Many business websites also include a blog where they discuss their own products and services, and share industry-related news.

Is it possible to make money from a blog?

Yes, it is absolutely possible and relatively easy to make money from a blog. Once a blog gets regular traffic from visitors, it is possible to monetize those visitors using one or more of the many techniques listed in this article. Possibly a more helpful thing to focus on is how to increase the amount of money you earn from your blog! 😉 It’s also important to note that making money from your blog can take time: many months, or even many years. So don’t expect to get rich quickly!

How much money can I make from my blog?

It is very common for even beginner bloggers to make hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars per month from their blogs within a year or two. In fact, you’ll find many examples of bloggers making hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars per year from their blogging business! 😲

How do I make money from my blog?

To make money from your blog, consider using one or more of the many ideas outlined in this article. Two of the most common sources of income for blogs are affiliate marketing and showing ads.

Do I need a product, service, or an online store to make money from my blog?

No, you do not need to have your own products or services to make money from your blog. You don’t even need an online store or to sell anything directly. Many of the ideas and techniques listed in this article don’t require any type of sales. For example, you can earn money from affiliate marketing simply by using affiliate links for the products and services you already use and reference in your existing blog posts.

How much money can I make from showing ads on my blog?

The amount of money you can make from your blog specifically from showing ads depends on several factors, including your region, industry/niche, monthly traffic, and visitor demographics. Google Adsense offers a nice little tool that estimates how much you could earn each year. For example, it shows that bloggers in the Health industry in North America can earn over $10k/year if they have just 50,000 monthly visitors.

What is search engine optimization (SEO)?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a term that refers to techniques you can use to improve your position in search engine results. For your blog website, this includes things like using appropriate keywords in your content, making sure your site loads quickly, and structuring your pages properly. SEO is a very powerful technique used to some degree by practically every major online business and blog in the world.

Final Thoughts

No matter what type of blog you run, there are lots of creative ways to make additional money on your existing blog.

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