Most of the time, when someone mentions the term ‘blog,’ the first thing that comes to mind is a personal journal or hobby website. While there are many people who blog for the fun of it, there are others who use blogging to make money.
This blog started as a passion project, but once we realized that the companies whose tools we promoted (just because we liked them) would actually pay us to do so.
There are a few ways to make money blogging:
- Displaying ads. The most popular way to display ads on a blog is via Google Adsense. Adsense, like most ad programs, pays every time a reader clicks on an ad placed in the blog.
- Affiliate marketing. Another way to rake in revenue is through affiliate marketing. There are affiliate marketing sites like Amazon and eBay that pay commissions for every product bought from ad promotions in the blog. We became affiliates of the marketing software tools we sell by either signing up for their affiliate network or by reaching out and making a relationship.
- Another way to generate income from blogs is through memberships and subscriptions – charging members by providing member-only content. This is a pretty tricky way to make money and definitely works best with very niche products (ones in which information is truly hard to come by).
- Selling online courses
- Setting up an online store