When I started blogging I didn’t realise that people made money from their blogs. In fact, it took around a year before I found out you could earn money from blogging. Since then I have become self employed and am now lucky enough to earn money doing something I really enjoy.
If you’re new to the world of blogging or are looking into ways to earn money through your blog it can be overwhelming as there’s a lot to take in. There are several different ways you can make money through blogging, I have covered the basics below to give you an idea of how bloggers can generate an income through their blog.
If you want to start earning money from your blog, this is a good place to start. Google Adsense is The amount you make will depend on how many people view the adverts and click on them through your blog. The more people who view your blog and click on the adverts the more money you will make. Some bloggers earn £10-£20 a week if they have a small following, popular blogs could earn hundreds of pound each week from this form of advertising. It’s relatively easy to set up and there are a lot of helpful guides which can walk you through the process.
One of the most popular ways to earn money through blogging is via sponsored posts. A PR or SEO will contact you with a proposal to promote their client through an article on your blog, either you will write the article yourself or the article will be pre-written. Within the article will be a link or two to the clients website. It might take 6 months or more of blogging before you get your first sponsored post as usually you are required to have a certain DA (Domain Authority), usually at least 20 in my experience. Trust Flow is another which has come into play recently and many PR’s will ask that you have a certain level before they will work with you. It’s important you research the do’s and don’ts of sponsored posts before getting started, there are rules which you must abide by or you can risk losing your blog ranking, or worse. The amount you earn through Sponsored Posts will depend on your blog stats and following, but anything from £50-£500 can be achieved depending on your blog.
One way to make money is through Affiliate Links. There are a lot of different affiliate companies you can use but the main ones are; Amazon Associates, Google Affiliate Network, eBay Partner Network and LinkShare. Bloggers will place an affiliate link on their blog, in a blog post or on the sidebar. When someone clicks the affiliate link and then purchases an item through that link you can earn commission or a portion of the final sale value. The amount you earn will vary depending on the company and you might find you have to earn a certain amount before you can withdraw the money, but it’s a good way to get started and if you have a good blog following this could prove to be a good option.
There are a lot of companies that see the influence bloggers have and want to have their items showcased on popular blogs. One way for companies to do this is through banner advertising. Companies will create a small picture ad which they will ask you to place on your blog, usually in the sidebar or at the top of your blog. Payment will vary depending on your stats and influence, but it’s an easy way to make money, you can place the ad in your sidebar and forget about it. Some companies will pay month by month and other companies might pay up front for a longer period, 6 or 12 months for example. It’s important to try and keep the adverts relevant to your blog or the advert will look out of place and might not get a good response.
Over the years, more and more bloggers are setting up their own shops on their blog and selling their products. This is a great way of making money if you have a captive audience and a great product. It doesn’t have to be a physical product, if you have a lot of knowledge on a subject (blogging for example) you could write an ebook and sell it through your blog.
There are many more ways you can make money blogging, but the above is the most common ways to make money. Please don’t expect money to come rolling in straight away. Blogging takes a lot of time and dedication, it doesn’t happen overnight. There are also things you will have to consider when you start to earn money from your blog, such as becoming self employed, paying tax and national insurance contributions to name a few. There are a lot of amazing resources out there with information about making an earning from blogging, Blogging To Pay The Bills is a great article from MoneyLife which covers this topic and could be helpful if you’re looking to learn more about earning from your blog.