How to Make Money Blogging
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I have a TON of student loan debt, so although blogging is super fun for me…I totally use it as an extra income source!
I was listening to the Dave Ramsey podcast the other day, and there was a guy on there that had $430,000 in medical school student loan debt.
No problem, because he’s a doctor, right?! WRONG!
He had used up all of his attempts to pass his boards, and was kicked out of medical school.
He was working as a teacher, NOT making the doctor salary that he was hoping would help him clear the debt.
I was thinking to myself…that dude needs a high paying job, and a BLOG!
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Luckily, I am able to practice medicine after going to school for hundreds of years. Although, the immense amount of debt I have acquired from business and student loans, certainly make for some serious financial stress.
What do I love about blogging? There are hundreds of ways that you can use your blog to make money online.
The cool part is, there is no limit to what you can make. Your blogging income is dependent on how much you hustle!
You would think medicine would be like that too, but unfortunately reimbursement for medical services continues to decline. *Sigh*
My blog gives me hope, that I can get out of debt faster! Plus, I love my cozy little space on the internet.
So, here are 20 plus ways to make money blogging!
Don’t have a blog yet? You can jump over here to my post that will walk you through step by step on how to get started!
Make Money Blogging with Sponsored Content and Brand Partnerships
Updated February 2019
You might think you need a huge following for a brand to sponsor one of your blog or social media posts.
This is sometimes true, but there are many sponsored content networks that will pay “micro” influencers with a following as low as 1,000 (maybe less depending on niche) on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. You can build that up pretty quickly, if you focus on it.
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Here are some sponsored content networks that you can join, so you can start getting matched with brands right away!
You should sign up for any and ALL of these that you can be accepted in, so you have more opportunities for collaborations. Some are super easy to join, and others have certain follower or pageview requirements.
Heartbeat– This is probably the easiest one to get started with if you are new.
Social Native– I have done a lot of campaigns for this network. They pay pretty well, and you don’t need a ton of followers to join.
Linqia– This network gives you a special campaign link, and pays you per click. I have enjoyed working with this network!
She Is Media– I have been getting some great paying opportunities and free products for Instagram post opportunities, even with my very small following with this sponsored content network!
Muse Ahalogy– They have a wide variety of campaigns.
Massive Sway– Great variety, and good brands, especially in the baby and parenting niche.
Aspire IQ– You need at least 3K followers on Instagram, 3,000 monthly blog pageviews, or 3K YouTube subscribers to join this network.
Glambassador– This network hosts a wide variety of opportunities that you can bid on.
IZEA– Another network where you can bid on campaigns.
Carusele-Ignite Social Media– Single sponsored posts or even series of posts that pay really well.
Social Fabric– A good network for food and lifestyle bloggers.
Megan Media– I just found this one recently, so I’ll update you on how it goes!
Don’t be afraid to reach out to brands directly! Even if you don’t have a ton of pageviews or followers, if you have a great pitch or a specialized niche you might just get paid.
If sponsored content and brand partnerships seem like your jam, you might want to check out this course on how to work with brands and make money.
Make Money Blogging with Affiliate Networks
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money with your blog. You don’t need a huge following, or a ton of pageviews to make affiliate marketing work for you. If you love a product that also happens to solve a problem for your readers, they will probably click your link to learn more and buy! Simple as that!
Here are the best affiliate networks to join, which host a wide variety of products, apps, services, and supplies that you can make into blog posts and promote to your heart’s content.
Amazon Associates– This is every new bloggers go to, and it should be! Amazon’s affiliate program is great to be a part of because they literally have everything.
You can pretty much work an Amazon product into every post without fail.
Share A Sale– This network has some amazing high paying affiliate programs within it. It’s free to join, as long as you have a blog that’s up and running. Once you are part of the network, you will be able to apply to some awesome programs in your niche.
Take advantage of hundreds of affiliate programs including NomNomNow which pays a hefty $75 per sale, and also Tailwind which allows you to earn recurring commissions either monthly or annually based on the plan.
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FlexOffers– Another affiliate network with more than enough advertisers to choose from in every niche!
Peerfly– This is a new one to me! I keep coming across so many networks to join. I was approved quickly and it looks like there are a wide variety of affiliate programs to take advantage of.
Legendary Marketer– This is an online marketing program that gives you access to training on how make money online as an affiliate marketer.
The training includes how to be successful using affiliate marketing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, and more!
You don’t need a blog to be a successful affiliate marketer, but promoting this awesome platform is something you could add to your blog.
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Make Money Blogging with Ad Networks
This is probably the most obvious, yet most difficult way to make money blogging.
When I thought about bloggers making money, this is how I thought they did it.
You can make money with ads, but you need a lot of page views to make that happen, so just be aware before you think blogging is going to be a super easy passive money making machine.
Google Adsense– This is the easiest one to get accepted to, but most people don’t see a huge amount of income from this platform.
There’s a debate over whether it’s even worth it, because Ads can make your site run slow and drive away new readers.
Most pro bloggers will say to wait until you are at 25K pageviews per month and apply to Mediavine (an ad network that you have to apply for and be approved).
The best way to drive traffic to your new blog is Pinterest! Here is an excellent course on everything Pinterest from start to finish if you want to jump in.
Make Money Blogging about Your Direct Sales Business
I’ve seen many bloggers incorporate their direct sales business into their blog.
This is a great idea if you blog about beauty, lifestyle, motherhood, or fashion.
Ever Skincare is a clean beauty brand that offers gorgeous makeup and skin care products and anywhere from 25-35% commissions on sales, and get bonuses up to $300 for signing up new members.
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Young Living Essential oils would be a great DS company to incorporate into a blog about clean living, health, wellness, and frugal living hacks. You can earn $50 for each referral to the essential oil starter kit.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways that you can make money blogging. The options are endless, and there are new ideas popping up all of the time!
I will continually update this post as I learn and try other ways to make money blogging this year. Bookmark it and follow along, as I blog my way to debt free!