It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started my blogging journey. And what a year it has been!
When I started blogging, I was interested in learning how to make money online, but I also was skeptical. It seemed too good to be true, and I didn’t feel like I was skilled, knowledgeable, or if anyone would even be interested in what I had to write.
Now, I earn over $1,000 a month through income streams stemmed from my blog. I use this money to stock my emergency fund and pay off my student loans. I still work a full-time job, so I work on my online projects on the side.
People often ask me how I manage to make money online. If I can earn money online, you can too, 100%. I don’t have any special skills or web development knowledge (in fact, I am not tech savvy at all). But from what I’ve learned from my own experience and talking to other bloggers, there are a few traits successful bloggers have. And those are 1) commitment 2) work ethic and 3) a passion for what they are blogging about.
So, in this post, I will outline exactly how I earn money online, and how a blog has helped with that.
When I first started blogging, I was approached by another blogger who hired me to freelance write posts on his blog. Though freelance writing isn’t income earned directly from this blog, I would never have found freelance clients without a blog. I truly believe a blog is vital for anyone hoping to break into freelance writing.
Freelance writing is still one of my favorite ways to earn money online. It keeps my writing strong, and gives me other topics to write about. If you are interested in building a freelance writing career, you can read about the exact steps I took here.
Like most bloggers, I make money through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is when bloggers earn commission on a recommended product or service. This should always be disclosed on a website, but it is a fairly passive way to make money if you are skilled at marketing.
Some of my favorite affiliate networks are for services I currently use. I don’t market something that I don’t actually use or approve. These are some of my favorite affiliate programs for products I do recommend:
- Bluehost – Read how I started a Bluehost blog here.
- Capital One 360 – I use a Capital One savings account to house my blogging income and my emergency fund.
Occasionally, I work with a company to sponsor a post. This means a company pays me for a post on my site about their product or service. I don’t do these very often, because I don’t want it to start feeling like my whole blog is sponsored, and I definitely don’t sponsor products I wouldn’t recommend. Plus, you are only paid once for writing a post, where I can put in affiliate links in all of my own posts and make money from them as long as those posts are there.
Ads are a great way to make extremely passive money. If you are a new blogger, I recommend just using Google Adsense. Once you build up your audience and page views, you can apply for other ad networks that pay more.
Once I set my ads, I don’t have to do anything else with them. Though ads won’t ever be an extremely high income source, they are worth it for passive income for me.
This is a relatively new income source for me, but I have started making money by helping others start their website or blog. I love doing this, because I am so passionate that everyone should have a blog or website of their own. If you are interested in working with me, click here.
If you are passionate about a topic and are interested in committing to writing about it, I highly encourage you to start a blog. It takes consistency, hard work, and a lot of time management, but I am thankful every day that I started a blog and that I earn income online.