Let’s get bloggy for a second. One of the things I get asked a lot and one of the things I used to wonder, is how bloggers make money. I thought I’d share 10 of the ways that I make money in today’s post! This is a part of an email from my series all about blogging, building an audience and making money. I encourage you to read more about it and sign up for that list on this page!
Ad NetworksThis is the most passive form of income for blogs. You literally just paste the ad code into your sidebar or wherever you want it to show up and the ads will automatically display to all of your website visitors. It’s not a major revenue generator, but it is definitely very easy.
AdSense – With AdSense, you can run up to 3 display ads at one time on your site. There are tons of ad sizes available. You can also add link units, which are lines of ads that are just text links. AdSense is commonly known (though not true for everyone) as the ad network with the highest revenue potential.
BlogHer Publishing Network – You’ll have to make it through their rigorous application process where your site design, content and other ad networks will come under scrutiny. You can also get sponsored post opportunities through the BlogHer network.
Affiliate NetworksThese pay based on actions (most often sales). These are easier to join because they are results based, aka you have to make them money to make money yourself. These can be a nice source of passive income as well, since affiliate links sitting inside of old posts can generate money indefinitely if the post is getting traffic.
VigLink – this is the main network that we use on my blog. The commission rates are consistently higher than other networks and the platform is very user-friendly. They also have a link program where you install code on your site and VigLink recognizes keywords (aka dress, new shoes, hotel) and automatically turns them into clickable affiliate links that make you money. I don’t use this, but know a few bloggers who do.
Amazon Associates – receive a percentage of sale for referring people to Amazon to make a purchase. Perhaps the single most popular affiliate out there. Unfortunately, if you live in the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Rhode Island, or Vermont, you cannot join due to tax laws. The best part about Amazon is that they literally have everything for sale – which means you can make money promoting just about anything you want.
Commission Junction – CJ has a huge library of affiliates (including Minted, Free People, Forever 21 and more) that you can apply for. They also have a premium publisher program that they are building right now which focuses on content heavy blogs.
LinkShare – another huge network of affiliates including Macy’s, Kohl’s, iTunes and about 1,000 others.
ShareASale – yet another large network with merchants including Zulily, Reebok, Wayfair and about 3900 others.
Influencer NetworksThese are networks that you join and provide your reach information. You are then notified of potential opportunities (campaigns) with various brands. Each network has their own set of rules and expectations. Be sure to read all of the requirements of each campaign before committing to anything.
I join as many of these as I can and let the opportunities come in. Then I am able to filter out what fits and what doesn’t for my audience.
Clever Girls Collective – new campaigns pretty often and a lof of the times are with brands that I’m happy to work with.
Linqia – sponsored posts that pay per click. You are given a goal, but even if you don’t reach it, you get paid for the clicks you did get.
PopSugar Select – sponsored campaigns for fashion, food, beauty, fitness and mom blogs. This has been one of the best partnerships for my blog.
Obviously these are not all of the ways that I make money from my blog. This is just a short list that hopefully provides at least a couple of new money making opportunities for bloggers out there! Again, the full list is in my email series which you can find here!
If you do not have a blog, I encourage you to take a look at my How to Start a Blog page and consider starting one! :) It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made!
I’m interested to hear what you think of posts like this. Do you want to see more helpful blogging posts? Let me know!