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Top 10 Ways to Make Money Blogging

If you’ve been blogging for sometimes now there is the probability you’re not just doing it as a hobby. There might be several reasons for your blogging and in most cases one of the top reasons is to make money. Even if you didn’t start blogging to make money you need to realize the great potential and power of blogging – it has made many people rich overnight and it will continue to do so.

This article will be giving you 10 of the most popular ways you can make money from your blog.

1. Banner Adverts

This technique is as old as business blogging itself and it is one of the best ways to make money blogging. We all watch TV programs only to see an advert suddenly displayed in the middle of the program and a lot of us also watch the world cup and other great events also to see a list of the top sponsors. The same thing happens in the blogosphere and displaying banner adverts and other forms of adverts on your blog can be one of the best ways to make money from your blogging efforts.

You also need to realize that except you’re a VERY (with emphasis on the word “very”) successful blogger with a VERY big blog you won’t become rich by displaying adverts on your blog so if you’re planning to make banner ads the main source of your blog income you need to start thinking in a different way and start focusing on building big blogs that are visited by hundreds of thousands of people monthly.

2. Affiliate Marketing

This particular tactic is becoming more popular everyday in the blogosphere and there is no doubt it is one of the most effective and passive way to make money online by blogging.

You should also know that there are various ways to utilize affiliate marketing for your blog, but the joy of it is that you can easily focus on search engine traffic and consistently interlinking your blog posts to be making more income from your blog on autopilot.

A great example of a blogger I so much respect who makes a lot of income online every month from affiliate marketing is Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com. Pat makes as much as $20,000 online from affiliate marketing in some months mainly from his blog and he is a great example of how powerful affiliate marketing can be for bloggers as a source of income.

If you’re looking for a complete guide for noobs and experts on how to make money online from affiliate marketing make sure you check the affiliate marketing for beginners guide by Corbett Barr.

3. List Building

You might be confused as to why list building is included as a way to make money from blogging. Based on my own personal experiments I have noticed that a well-prepared email list can make you five times more money compared to a blog even if your blog gives two times the exposure your email list gives.

Depending on how you treat it, your email list can be your most important asset as a blogger. The best way to make money from your email list is by focusing on providing great value in the form of an autoresponder series. Since your autoresponder series will be helping others significantly there will also be situations where you will need to recommend some premium tools and you can easily make use of your affiliate links in cases like this.

Another way your email list can help you make money as a blogger is that it is a great source of publicity. You can easily send an email to your list when you launch a product, when you start a consulting service or when you need clients for an important aspect of your business. The more exposure you can get for your business the more money you can make, and that is exactly what an email list does.

4. Product Creation

Even though I haven’t personally created a product and don’t plan to do so anytime soon I know a lot of bloggers who have had great success with it. A great example is Glen Allsopp who made over $30,000 from launching a particular eBook. We are also familiar with Corbett Barr who has a lot of successful online courses he reports to have made him several thousands of dollars and we all know the super successful Darren Rowse who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars from launching his own products.

Glen Allsopp reports that his products make him thousands of dollars consistently even after months of him launching them and what this further signifies is that launching your own product isn’t just the best way to make money as a blogger, it is also one of the best ways to make PASSIVE income as a blogger.

You need to realize, though, that making money by launching your own products isn’t that simple. People don’t buy products for the fun of it, they buy products because they believe they can gain something from it and that is exactly why the bloggers I listed above are so successful. You need to have a large audience that trust and respect you to get the best from launching your products so if you’ve not been focusing on cultivating an audience for yourself it’s time to get started now.

5. Continuity Programs

You can also make passive income from your blog by launching your own continuity program (in the form of a membership site or an inner circle). Even though a lot of bloggers don’t use this approach there are highly successful bloggers getting great results by using it. Yaro Starak is known for having one of the best membership sites making him income on a consistent basis and David Risley is also highly known for his “Inner Circle” where members can get exclusive access to him at anytime. The reality is that both bloggers get great results from their systems so having your own membership site can bring in great results.

I’d also like you to know that the process of launching a continuity program isn’t the same as that of launching an eBook or a one-time product because people will think twice before subscribing to a program they will be paying monthly for so you have to make sure you deliver exceptional value while at the same time investing your efforts into growing your audience.

6. Consulting Services

You can also make money online as a blogger by launching your own consulting service. The reality is that a lot of bloggers are confused by this blogging game and are ready to give anything to understand it, and the funny thing about this is that not only are individual bloggers confused about it, companies also are and in most cases, will pay thousands of dollars to have a clear understanding of the system so as to get the best from it.

You can easily make money from offering consulting services on your blog by positioning yourself as an expert in your field and then creating more awareness about your consulting service. It will also help if you can help people see that you get results, people invest in results nowadays more than they invest in theory so you will increase your likelihood of success by showing them that you know what you’re saying.

7. Freelancing

When some people hear the term “freelancing” as a way to make money online the first thing they think about are sites like Elance and Odesk. Even though these sites are some of the top freelancing portals online very little happens there as far as making great income freelancing is concerned.

Blogging is a great platform and unlike with sites like Elance and Odesk you can become rich by making effective use of your blog to get clients for your freelancing business.

I make the bulk of my online income by freelancing and it was all as a result of my blog. Alex Fraiser from Blogussion now focuses on and makes the bulk of his income by freelancing for others and it is also as a result of the popularity of his blog and there are people like Sean Platt who are on the verge of building multi-million dollar businesses just by freelancing.

8. Website Flipping

When people talk about ways to make money from blogging very few people talk about this but it is also a great way to make money blogging. If you make $800 from your blog every month do you know that if you do things rightly you can easily sell your blog for as high as $10,000?

That’s the fun of blogging. There are people creating blogs specifically to sell it after some months of starting it and this is something I’m planning to start doing soon. I recently created my first niche site and I’m starting to climb to the top of the search engines for my desired keywords in no time. If you’re very good at choosing high-traffic and low-competition keywords in other niches you can easily create a few blogs and then outsource their development, once these blogs are starting to bring in income you can easily sell them for ten times the amount you make from them.

My buddy Zac Johnson is launching an eBook that covers website flipping from A-Z this week and after reading the eBook I can tell you it is one of the best on the subject. I will be giving you more details about that later this week.

9. Private Blogging Forums

If you’ve been blogging for a long period of time and you’ve been able to gain the trust and respect of your audience then this is a potentially great way to make money from your blog.

The great thing about having a private membership forum is that it often requires less effort to maintain compared to selling your own products because it can easily strive on the content generated by the users of the forum – however it is important for you to also be active there so as to show users that they’re getting the best from their efforts.

Creating a private forum for your blog might sound like a great idea but you also need to realize that it can be very difficult to get people to join your forum so you should focus on building a great audience first.

A great example of a private blogging forum is the Problogger.com forum by Darren Rowse.

10. JV Offers/Partnerships

If you’re very good at marketing but don’t like the idea of creating your own product for one reason or the other you can easily go this route.

I have never seen this strategy effectively demonstrated as Brian Clark of Copyblogger does it. The guy is a pretty smart dude and even though he hardly creates his own products he makes millions of dollars online every year. The funny thing is that he also hardly use any of the above listed strategies. The question now is, how is he doing it?

By partnering with others.

What Brian does is look for great talents with great products. When Brian sees a product he loves he then joins the team so as to make the product the best and up to the level of the reputation he has built. He then does all he can to market the product and he makes a lot from it.

There’s nothing stopping you from following this approach. Partnering with other great product creators can be a great way to build a great business without having to worry about the technical aspects of things. Once you have an audience willing to buy and you know the marketing game well you will be able to build a solid blogging business based on this strategy alone.

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52 Comments on "Top 10 Ways to Make Money Blogging"

  1. Valentine Belonwu says:

    Some people make money through Adsense on their blog site too. Flipping is also another trusted bestselling sites. I have one of my site listed there already and since 2 days now, I have been receiving bids from the site.

    Thanks

    Valentine

    • Onibalusi says:

      That’s really great to hear about your site receiving a lot of bids, I’ll be happy to know how everything goes.

  2. Personally, I like list building with affiliate marketing as kind of an internet marketing one/two punch.

    It works great if you know a little bit about SEO and can drive some hot, targeted traffic to your landing page.

    Great article, Onibalusi.

    Mark

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Mark,

      It is also my current favorite strategy and I’m already developing a new method based on it. SEO knowledge is also important, as the more traffic you can get, the potentially more money you can make.

      I’m really glad you loved the article πŸ™‚

  3. Oni – Great summary of the available types of blog monetization!

    I see way too many beginning bloggers who think that Adsense or other banner advertisements are the only way to monetize a blog, when that’s really one of the lowest paying options. Sure, they’re easier to implement, but if you’re willing to invest a little more time, you’ll see a lot more return from things like product creation or affiliate marketing.

    • Blogging Park says:

      Sarah I agree with you,but doing affiliate marketing or product creation by a beginner is quite hard.They can easily watch and understand the total system by implementing this basic money making resources.By the way I will love to hear some startgey from you,I know it will help lot of beginners.

      Hey oni,once again with some great collection,I think your monetization of money through blog is quite awesome lesson for us.

      • Personally, I think affiliate marketing and product creation are both really beginner friendly, if you keep a few things in mind.

        With affiliate marketing, at the end of the day you’re recommending products to people and getting a commission for it. Yes, there are other levels of sophistication that you can learn as you go, but if you think about it in the simple terms of, “How can I help people?” and make product recommendations based off providing value, it’s not as complicated as people make it out to be.

        As for product creation, if you’re blogging, it should be because you have something to add to discussion on your chosen subject – basically, you know something that other people don’t and that they want to learn from you. If you can blog about it, you can just as easily write an ebook, record a video, etc. And with the number of affordable outsourcers out there, there’s no reason not to pursue this.

        A lot of it, you’ll learn as you go. But consider that you could make a product sale or affiliate commission for $97, when it’ll take you hundreds of Adsense clicks to earn that much, and you can see why it’s worthwhile to learn πŸ™‚

        • Blogging Park says:

          That’s very nice illustration Sarrah.I am still making my audience.I will do this product creation in near future.Thanks for share once again.Have a great day.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha, you won’t even believe it was after reading your comment that I remembered I didn’t include Google Adsense in the list…lol!

      The real way to make money blogging is by positioning yourself as an expert people want to listen to and then focusing on offering value to your readers – not by depending on the ads.

      I’m really glad you loved the post.

      Thanks a lot for the awesome comment!
      -Onibalusi

  4. Jimmy Wrex says:

    Nice list!!

    For me, list building + affiliate marketing has been the most powerful & profitable way but I will be looking at product creation in the future.

    Great stuff!

    Jimmy

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Jimmy,

      You’re right about that.

      I will also be making use of product creation in the future but I plan to build a great audience first.

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the post!
      -Onibalusi

  5. Rahul says:

    Hey Onibalusi,
    For Website flipping is it compulsary to have your own domain cause i use weebly free site. Also does free sites gets less traffic than normal websites? Because i have been blogging for 4 months now and my average per day visit is still 150 unique visitors

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Rahul,

      Yes. It is compulsory to have your own domain name and free websites get less traffic because Google really don’t trust them.

  6. i am waiting for the website flipping book!

  7. Vijay says:

    My favorite strategy is Adsense!! I tried most of these and Adsense works best for me. Now the only thing I’m gonna explore in near future is eBook.

    • Onibalusi says:

      I’m really glad you found something that works for you πŸ™‚

  8. The above listed are quite good.Being a newbie in blogging,i fear that my kind of Niche might not permit these methods.
    I once tried freelancing before i started monetizing my blog with G adsense.It just didnt come and though Google adsense hasnt yielded Thousands for me.it just had being simple,but not without the hunger for traffic and clicks.Oni I love your write-ups and i so happy you are a Nigerian.

    • Onibalusi says:

      There is no harm in trying bro. You might want to give some of the above methods you’re yet to try a trial to see how everything goes.

  9. Andreas says:

    Subscription to products or services is also a good way to earn a residual income, for example, you could create one area with free content and a password protected area where you frequently post more in-depth articles and offer help too.

    • Onibalusi says:

      Exactly. I’m glad you got my point.

  10. Kent Chow says:

    Hey Onibalusi,

    This is a very nice summary about how to make money blogging. I dont’ have a list and love to build one. Once you have great content, traffic, and followers, I am sure that the blog will be profitable with affiliate marketing.

    Which one is your favorite so far?

    • Onibalusi says:

      My favorite is affiliate marketing.

  11. John says:

    Interesting article definitely a couple of things to learn. For the amount of time I spend on the internet its always nice to know that there are ways to generate some sort of revenue for my time, thanks a lot!

    • Onibalusi says:

      Sure. The internet has the ability to make people rich so you no longer have to toil without getting paid.

  12. Roy C.Chukwu says:

    Oni,

    This is great and I like it.

    I can see you really spend time to do your research before coming up with articles.

    You are a great man and a blessing to us new bloggers.

    I have a question for you, why is it that you don’t have ads on your site? How do you make your money?

    Hope to hear from you.

    Thanks,
    Roy!

  13. Nasrul Hanis says:

    Great points, Oni. And I do love affiliate marketing the most – it’s flexible and brings great results! πŸ˜€

    Btw I love to requote what Roy C.Chukwu asked in his comment – how do you make your money?

  14. sokun says:

    I think the best way is definitely blog sponsorship. There is no middle man like with Adsense. You get paid pretty well too.

  15. Tony Chou says:

    I just have a question. What wordpress plugin are you using for that google +1 button? I can’t find a good one.

  16. deji says:

    another grate post by my friend!
    this are time tested method of make money blogging.
    i like the content creating trick.

  17. Great post very helpful info.. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

  18. Nice post but i want to say one thing make money is not an easy way throw blogging because it will possible after your blog will popular for this you need to do so much things, you mentioned very nice tips in this post for do all this it will be very effective for make popularity for a blog.

  19. You’ve good points here Oni.
    As usual, these business opportunities are proven, my favorite is affiliate marketing and product launch. I have never considered JV private forums before, but will definitely give it a try.

  20. o boy u too much, these are great contents worth hundreds of dollars.i am more interested in the freelancing aspect. i need more guide as to how to go about it successfully.thank you for the post,it is exclusive.

  21. custom logo design says:

    Hi onibalus,

    Your post really helped me to understand the easy money makig tips of blogging. It has great details and yet it is easy to understand.
    That’s what i was looking for. I will definitely share it with others.

    Thanks for sharing.

  22. As Far as I know Forums makes the most money but it is really difficult to collect members at Forums.

    • Roy C.Chukwu says:

      How does forum makes all the money?

      I have a forum but making money from it.

      • Really Forum makes more money in sense that the page views per visit is great as a member engages for hours in Forum, secondly if you optimize ads properly there is no doubt they are clicked when visitors are engaged for such long time. Just if we are able to make Forums Popular, we can earn great income.

  23. Greg London says:

    Thanks for all the monetizing tips. I visited a few of the sites you recommended and they’re all really good. I look forward to more great reads from your site.

  24. Atish says:

    Nice ways of earning. Perhaps it could help me in earning alot . thanks for the share Oni

  25. When it comes down to making money online, there’s really not much new under the sun.

    However, the people who figure out how to use the old methods in new ways are the ones who stand the better chance.

    Wouldn’t you agree, Onibalusi?

    Ana

    • Onibalusi says:

      I think it really can’t be explained better. You pretty much summed it all up!

  26. Runescape gold says:

    Great post, normally someone would put all this in an ebook, slap up some insane clickbank/adsense pictures and slap $97 on it, but no. You did it all for free and it’s extremely helpful for people who suffer from information overload. Loving it.

  27. Java Nature says:

    until now, i only focus to affiliate marketing… thanks for share… nice article…

  28. Mr.Anderson says:

    i like “Banner Adverts” on tip make money blogging for you :), i think is good, i will try it

  29. When i compared the $$$ coming from adsense and affiliate links on my blog, Affiliate knocked it off. New bloggers should focus more on affiliate marketing.

  30. Tina @ wedding favors says:

    I believe all mentioned above are effective but on our end we are using affiliate marketing and list building. It is the best ay for us. I haven’t tried others that mentioned above. thanks for the info Oni.

  31. Great tips and recommendations on blog monetization. Monetizing my blog I am currently focused on such methods as selling Ad space and affiliate programs. These methods seem to work perfectly for me. I would definitely make use of your advices and will try other methods, which I found in this post.

  32. Dave Drew says:

    You’ve done your homework! I like the one about creating your own product. When you learn enough in this business, you will come up with ideas. I suggest writing them down and following through with your idea. Nothing will happen unless you take action.

  33. I haven’t tried all of this but I guess affiliate marketing will do for me.

  34. basant kumar says:

    Nice post but i want to say one thing make money is not an easy way throw blogging because it will possible after your blog will popular for this you need to do so much things, you mentioned very nice tips in this post for do all this it will be very effective for make popularity for a blog.

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