There are many misconceptions people make when trying to understand how to make money blogging. Many people think bloggers get paid to travel the world- are offered free flights and hotels- on top of making an income from their blog, but I am here to tell you that is entirely untrue. There are many techniques on how to make money blogging; it is not easy- it is a ton of work- and there is not one specific way they bring in income, but rather a multitude of ways. It is important to understand how it all works before starting your blog and expecting to bring in money right from the start.
If you haven’t yet started your blog, please checkout my recent post on How to Start A Blog: A Step by Step Guide, and then return back to this post.
How to Make Money Blogging
- Promoting a product or service
- Selling products for a company or brand in their niche
- Selling their own services/Ebooks/Classes
- Receiving free product in return for a post
There are a variety of resources (the best bloggers use more than one).
Listen guys, I work 5 days a week. I have two days off a week- the last thing I want to be doing on those two days is working- but I utilize those two days and I blog. Because it truly does pay off in the long-run. I can make money from anywhere in the world doing this. I can pay for all of my travels doing this. And you can too. This is not a get rich quick type hobby/job. You must invest time into your blog, constantly research SEO/affiliate marketing programs, join free webinars, and of course be writing quality content at least 3-4 times a week. Facebook ads are a great resource if used correctly they can really boost your engagement- plus they are dirt cheap.
A resource which really helped me when I first started blogging was Melyssa Griffin:I found her blogs extremely inspiring and helpful when I was first began blogging because of the massive amount of free advice and content she offers. She also goes into depth discussions on how to make money blogging.
Best Affliate Marketing Programs
- Agoda: If you are a travel blogger this affiliate program is necessary. You start with earning 35 percent commission on any hotel or flight booked from referring your readers and goes up to as high as 60 percent commission. I love Agoda because you can sign up and get started that same day.
- Google AdSense: A list would not be complete without Google AdSense, though it is one of the lower paying affiliate marketing programs, the benefit is that it is PPC (pay per click) meaning you get paid anytime one of your readers clicks the ad.
- Bluehost: In my opinion this has the absolute BEST affiliate program. For every referral you receive a whopping $65. Bluehost is extremely easy to sign up with and makes it easy to link text and add ads to your site with one easy click.
- Amazon: Offering 10 percent commission on ANY product purchased from linking text or using ads provided. (Cookies help a lot because anytime your reader goes back to Amazon within 30 days you will still receive 10 percent commission on ANY product purchased.)
- Ebates: If you aren’t already using Ebates for purchases you’re already going to make, you should be. This is a very impressive website, they give you $10 just for signing up. You get cashback from purchasing products from websites like, sephora, amazon, walmart, travelocity, and more. Their referral program is just as awesome, you make $15 for every referral and $50 after two friends join and make purchases over $25. This website is definitely worth checking out. I spent $166 on travelocity booking a flight and received $16 cash back on a flight I was already going to purchase.
- AirBnB: Offer you readers a $40 discount on AirBnb purchases and in return you gain $20 AirBnb credit for every referral and $75 credit for every host who signs up.
- Booking.com: Offer your readers $20 travel credit and recieve $20 travel credit (up to $200-10 friends) for every referral for booking hotels through your personal link.
- Linqia, and Tailwind are two affiliate programs I have heard great things about but never used myself. Though I wanted to include them because I know bloggers who have had success using them.
- Offer your Services: Many bloggers bring in a ton of money offering their services like creating blog content, helping bring traffic to a blog, doing virtual assistant work, and creating E-books and classes. You can use your blog as a platform to offer your services or I’ve heard Fiverr is incredible for finding virtual jobs, offering any of your services for purchase to potential buyers.
- Do not limit yourself to only these affiliate programs I’ve included in this post, there are so many to choose from depending on your niche, do your research and you will find success with affiliate marketing.
Tips on Adding Affliate Marketing Links and Banners
- Do not overwhelm your readers with ads and links. They come to your blog to read your content and in return for your amazing content, they trust you in referring products you trust.
- Only put ads on your page you trust and would use yourself. Your readers trust your opinion, don’t be phony just to make a few extra bucks.
- Don’t get discouraged. Create quality content 3-4 times a week and readers WILL come eventually (I’ve had my blog one year and just started making income). Stay true to yourself.
- Put ads in your sidebars with interesting – eye catching titles, such as, “Book Cheap Flights”, “Start your Blog Now”, or “Products I like”- this will draw readers to ads you trust.
I hope this helped you better understand how to make money blogging. Drop me a comment with any other questions you may have on affiliate marketing or blogging in general, I would love to help you in your journey to becoming a digital nomad.