4 Ways to Make Money Blogging

by Devesh on November 30, 2010 · 49 comments

4 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Blogging is a very common way to make money online. There are millions of blogs in existence with more being created everyday it is important to make use of our blog(s) to the fullest. Last month Onibalusi shared 5 ways to make money from your blog and today I’m going to share 4 different ways to make money blogging.

Google Adsense

Google Adsense is one of the most effective and simple way to make money blogging.  Simply install the code on your site and let it bring you a daily stream of revenue. High traffic blogs will benefit the most from Adsense but it also depends on your niche.  Even low traffic sites about insurance can do well since advertisers pay high rates for click that may help them attain a car insurance customer.

Selling Services or Products

You can make money blogging bring writing about the product or services you sell.  Perhaps you sell something digital like web hosting services or something tangible like TVs.  By testing and providing honest review of products you can build a following and have a great amount of content to build up.    I had seen lots of bloggers in blogging niche making thousands of dollars every month with their services like Blogger to WordPress Migration, Thesis theme Customization etc. One of the great examples is Harsh Aggarwal, who makes $1000 alone by providing WordPress Services.  If you are recommending a product or service and get paid as a result (i.e. commission, kickback), just be sure that you have a disclosure policy to comply with FTC regulations.

There are options beyond WordPress that you should consider.  Since WordPress takes time to get familiar with, you may want to consider using a turn-key e-shop solution to sell your stuff.  For instance, Bluepark offers online shop software for startups and professionals allowing you to start selling right away.  You won’t need to download plugins or worry about coding as you can quickly select a professional template and then edit by dragging and dropping your content or images.

Job Boards

Another great way to make money from your blog is by creating a job board. Needless to say that in order to create an active and profitable job board you need first to have a blog focused on a specific niche, and a decent amount traffic. Recently FamousBloggers created its own jobs board.

Here are the few examples of great jobs board

Build Your Email List

An email list is very powerful way to make money from blogging.   Building your list is something that every blogger should do from the beginning of your blog.

Here are 6 Reasons why you should start building your mailing list now.

  • Connect – Emails give you an opportunity to make your fans feel more closely connected with you.
  • Referrals – Put you in a position to receive regular referrals.
  • Ease – Make your sales process easier and more productive.
  • Start conversations with people you are targeting.
  • Gives yourself a chance to build a good relationship with them and to show them that you will only provide them with quality products that can really help solve their problems.
  • “The money is in the list”

There are many other reasons to build a mailing list. I’m sure from just the few points made above you have realized how important a mailing list is for your online business success.

How do you make money from your blog? Share your experience with us, here in the comments section.

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Robyn November 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Hey Dev,

Thanks for including my job board, I really appreciate it.

I’ll ensure that it is updated very often with lots of opportunities.
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Devesh December 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm

You’re welcome sam and thanks for commenting.

Ryan Biddulph November 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Hi Dev,

A solid breakdown here.

Services are an uber-lucrative niche. If your skills are tight you can pretty much name your own price. Not a bad deal.

I make money from my blog via cash gifting and affiliate marketing. I include 1 opt-in form on my main page and one on my cash gifting page to build a list. I also build a 3rd list by linking up to my cash gifting club’s squeeze page on select posts. Money is gained by establishing solid relationships and building a list is the quickest way to do this. Just make sure to keep your pitches at a minimum while offering usable content on a consistent basis. When you help list subscribers to solve a problem they will be happy to prosper you.

I too have yet to venture into google adsense. It might be profitable but I have more than enough on my plate at the present time :)

Thanks for sharing and have a powerful day!

Ryan Biddulph´s last blog post ..What Does this Bowl of Spaghetti Have to Do with Internet Marketing

Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Hi Ryan,

Awesome comment dude. Affiliate marketing and list building are best ways to make money blogging.

Thanks for the awesome comment and great support.

You’re really doing awesome work on your blog. Keep Rocking.

TechNina November 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Affiliate marketing certainly should be at the top!

Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Yeah, affiliate marketing is one of the best way to make money blogging.

Thanks for commenting.

Steve November 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm


Some great ways to make money on your blog. Adsense is the obvious one, and the one that many people think of by default when they think about making money on a blog, but it is far from being the only way.

Adsense may be the easiest and even the “quickest” way to make money from your blog, but it is far from the most lucrative long term. Many of the others you pointed out are much better “long term” wins, but require patience and planning to bring them to eventual fruition.
Steve@Lifestyle Design´s last blog post ..6 Affiliate Marketing Emails that MAKE You Money

Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Exactly. To make money from adsense, site need a lot of traffic.

Thanks for the nice comment and great support Steve. Much Appreciated.

Satrap November 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I would say although adense is by far the easiest way for most newbies like myself, we usually tend to do it the wrong way, We either stick too many ads all over the place or start showing ads on the blog before we even have 2 posts up.
Building a list is truly a great way to build a solid blogging business. But, sadly most of the information out there about it are just hype and not real. That is why it took me awhile to really get started in building a list on my blog. Thanks dev.
Satrap´s last blog post ..53 Ways to Make Money Online

Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Building a list is really a great way to make money blogging.

Thanks for the nice comment Satrap.

The Bad Blogger December 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

Guess what… you might be disappointed with Adsense… for the reason, it is very hard to earn if you are in the make money online niche. Look, in order to earn from Adsense, the foremost important thing you need to “traffic” and not just normal traffic… it’s almost traffic at least like John Chow or Problogger… you see if you ever search for “make money online” in Google and contact those top blog listed in the first page… my bet is each month they might not even reach $50 in Adsense earning and worst of all… no clicks at all..
My personal research found out that the best way to earn from Adsense is going into niches such as handphone, cars, perfume, and many others and of course… the most important is extreme huge traffic.
Although I do use Adsense on my blog… for the reason, it looks nice but actually I doesn’t even earn any click in a month… trust me, you can use them, but don’t reply on them too much,
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Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Yeah, that’s right. Making money from adsense in mmo niche is very hard, but i see many people use adsense like famousbloggers.net, problogger.net, shoutmeloud.com.

I think instead of filling your all space with adsense, why not try something new..!!

Thanks for the awesome support mate. Much Appreciated.

esoftload December 1, 2010 at 8:22 am

job card is new for me… and now it’s better to use technocartimedia than adsense….
esoftload´s last blog post ..Protect Blog From Spam

Felix Albutra December 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Hi Dev,

Using job board to make money is very rare because you need lots of traffic, but this is really a great idea.

In my case, I use to do paid services like link building, wordpress installation and other stuff that I knew. But I do find some clients using the power of some marketplaces like zeerk and fiverr.

Anyway, thanks for sharing.

- Felix
Felix Albutra´s last blog post ..Niche Site Duel 006- The Outline Of Building A Niche Website

Alex December 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm

You can always use blogging to write reviews about products, promote other bloggers in exchange of money, or even promote your services which will bring you money.

And all this while working on your list.
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Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for the nice comment Alex.

Debt December 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Google Adsense is the main method for most blogger for now. Also, there are some alternative for Adsense as well but it isn’t good enough.
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Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Hi Debt,

Yeah many bloggers are using adsense to make money blogging but it is not the main method.

Thanks for commenting.

Tony December 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Writing an e-book and selling it. Good !
Tony @ Android´s last blog post ..Softbank Makes 16GB iPad WiFi 3G Free With Two-Year Contract

Devesh December 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Making money by selling ebook works great !!

Andy December 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

An EBook can help too – follow up some of your best posts with an ebook, and the job’s a good one.
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Devesh December 1, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hi Andy,

I like the idea of adding the best posts but then i would prefer to give the ebook for free ;) .

Thanks for commenting.

Abhi December 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm

This is great post and all are great ways to make money.
I would prefer to make money with affiliate marketing from chitika and amazon.
Abhi´s last blog post ..104 Best Selling Ipod Touch Review

Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:09 am

Yeah, affiliate marketing is one of the great way to make money online.
Thanks for commenting.
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Michael Aulia December 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

Hmm.. I haven’t had any mailing list so far.. perhaps I should be thinking of setting up one. It’s a good tool to market affiliate products or any giveaways, contests, etc I think
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Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

Mailing list is something that no blogger should. It is one of the great marketing tool to make money and promote your products.

Thanks for commenting Michael.
Devesh´s last blog post ..8 Most Wanted Hacks for Thesis WordPress Theme

Bryan December 2, 2010 at 1:31 am

Hi Devesh,

I think writing blog reviews of products or services is a great way to earn money as a blogger. Another way is also to create your own product and sell it. The latter way, certainly takes more time but the rewards are much bigger especially if you get someone else to help promote and sell your product.
Bryan´s last blog post ..The Newbie Twitter Cheat Sheet

Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:12 am

Blog reviews works great. It one of the most effective way to make money.

Thanks for the nice comment Bryan. Have a great weekend.
Devesh´s last blog post ..Are You Clear On Your Target Marget

Felicia December 2, 2010 at 7:27 am

I agree that Google Adsense is one very good way to make money in blogging, but you have to do your best in getting lots of good traffic in order for it to really work. Thank you for sharing this informative post.
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Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

Exactly but making money from adsense is hard in blogging niche.

Thanks for commenting.
Devesh´s last blog post ..SEO In a Nutshell- The Shortest Tutorial Ever

Thiru December 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

It seems really impossible to earn money online for newbies, But once they get into this deeply , they will come to multiple lucrative ways to earn money like you mentioned above.

Good day.
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Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

Thanks for the nice comment Thiru.

Have a great weekend.

Dean Saliba December 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I’d say sponsored posts are a great way, makes up about 95% of my monthly earnings. :)
Dean Saliba´s last blog post ..Adding Your Own Logo To The WordPress Login Page

Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

That’s great to hear, but you should also focus on other methods like affiliate marketing, banners ads etc.

Thanks for commenting.

Mike December 3, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I want to add another way that you can make money from blogging, which is affiliate.

In my blog, I placed several affiliate banners and test with several affiliate programs and this month, I marked my first $100 from my blog in referral commission.

Placing banners to your sidebar, you inner post and every where you could imagine of, but not too many ads. Try to focus on ads that have sales event or promotion because they will attract more readers for you. Those are few tips i could share on how to make money from banners in blogging :)
Mike´s last blog post ..10 Biggest Blogging Lessons I Have Learned During These Past 3 Months

Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

That’s awesome to hear Mike. Great going.
Making money from affiliate banners is awesome idea.

Thanks for the awesome comment Mike. Keep Rocking.

Have a great weekend.
Devesh´s last blog post ..23 Business Courses From 23 Successful Entrepreneurs

Amr Boghdady December 4, 2010 at 6:07 am

You convinced me to start building my e-mail list :D
Nice article Devesh!
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Devesh December 4, 2010 at 11:22 am

That’s awesome to hear Amr. If you ever need any help about mailing list then don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks :) Have a great weekend mate.
Devesh´s last blog post ..How to Create a Sexy Facebook Profile

Udegbunam Chukwudi December 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I wasn’t aware of job boards. I’d have to check out those listed here to see how funds can be generated from them.
Udegbunam Chukwudi@Wordpress Blog Setup´s last blog post ..Free Guide To Making Money Online In Nigeria

Amandeep Singh December 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I got my first check from Adsense last month… and that is the only source that I have my incoming coming from for now…

Will move on to the other mentioned methods in the near future. :)

Thanks for the share…
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Tony December 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Your country isn’t support for Western Union yet ?
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Alan December 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

Hey Devesh,

Those are four great ways to make money blogging. I don’t like to rely much on Adsense, but selling your own services and building a list are great options. Making money with a job board is something I never thought about before. I’ll have to check out the ones you linked to. Thanks!
Alan @ Work From Home´s last blog post ..Budgeting Your Time- Money and Life

Brian July 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm

What’s cash gifting? How come you dont use adsense? Do you use something similar? Any suggestions for getting my site more profitable? Thank you!
Brian´s last blog post ..Finding the Causes of Insomnia

John Clark February 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

I know about google adsense and bloggers making money out of it. But one think I do not know is that whether we can apply adsense on our blog on a free blogging platform or we need to have our own blogging website in order to make money out of it?

Scott September 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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