Even though many “experts” have been saying “blogging is dead” for a while now;
There does not seem to be a shortage of regular people like you and me starting a blog and eventually turning it into a full-time income online that funds a life free of the usual daily annoyances.
To help you get better at making money with your blog, I’ve decided to create this guide for you detailing;
21 (unrealized) ways you can get started making money online with a simple blog website.
The 21 ways to make money blogging can be divided into four parts, which are:
- Sales & Marketing
- Content Creation
- Freelancing &
- Influencer Marketing
To learn more about each one, be sure to read the entire guide as I am sure there will be some “ah-ha” points which will help you think differently about the ways you can make money online, even with a simple blog.
Let’s get started…
✔️ Sales & Marketing
1. Affiliate Marketing
Many bloggers become affiliate marketers and make money promoting the products and services provided by other companies. One major benefit for bloggers is that they don’t have to create the products or services themselves. They simply act as the middle-man.
Here’s how affiliate marketing works:
- A Blogger joins an Affiliate Program in their niche.
- The Affiliate company provides a product or service (or multiple products and services as in the case of Amazon).
- The Affiliate Marketer promotes it to their audience.
- The buyer clicks on a link in the post created by the Affiliate Marketer.
- This link takes them to the Affiliate company’s website or offer.
- When the buyer purchases a product or service, the company pays a percentage of the profits as a commission to the Affiliate Marketer.
Top affiliate marketers usually try out the product or service themselves in order to write in-depth posts or create detailed video reviews about the products and services of the companies they are promoting.
Affiliate Marketing is one of the most lucrative income streams once bloggers have built an audience in a well-defined niche because bloggers can earn on one well-written post or review for years to come. This is what’s called passive income. It doesn’t start out passive, there is work involved at first.
Seasoned affiliate marketers know that the critical factor in success is to stay in the game long enough to reap those rewards.
Bloggers who have their own products and services can add a Store to their website and sell directly from their own site. This is called e-commerce, but if they don’t have their own products, they can turn to…
You can also turn your website into a store-front without producing your own products.
Bloggers obtain products from dropshipping companies and promote and sell them on their website.
Dropshipping is different from affiliate marketing because bloggers will add a store to their website and sell the products at a mark-up. Dropshippers buy products at wholesale prices and sell them on their blogs at the recommended retail price.
4. Website Flipping
Bloggers can also buy low and sell websites for profit.
Bloggers can place advertisements on their websites and generate an income every time the advert is viewed or clicked.
Bloggers can also create adverts to place on social media, that brings traffic to their posts or offers.
✔️ Content Creation
6. Guest Posts or Backlinks
Once you have 50 posts or more on your website and have developed some authority in your niche, you may want to consider writing guest posts for other websites.
It’s a great idea to do this because it helps you increase your reach and Domain Authority.
But did you know that many companies and link building agencies also pay bloggers to publish their guest posts?
Here’s how it works:
Your client (or their content writer) writes the content according to your content guidelines, targeted to your audience and submits it to you for publication.
You get to choose whether to publish or not. If you decide to go ahead, your client will pay you a service fee for publishing it on your website.
Why would a client pay you to publish their post?
Because within their post, is a link to their website. This gives them exposure to your audience and helps them grow their Domain Authority.
Some clients may even pay you simply to insert their link into an existing post on your website.
Paid link-building is frowned upon by the search engines but it can be a very good source of income for bloggers.
7. Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts are similar to guest posts except that you write the post yourself.
Here’s how it works:
The client sends you a topic to write about, the anchor text and the link they would like inserted into the post and bloggers write the post for them and publish it on their site.
Many bloggers prefer this option to paid guest posts as they have more control over the content and can write in their own voice. This keeps their blog more personal.
A note on Content Marketing
Paid guest posts and sponsored posts could also be placed under the marketing category as they fall under content marketing. It’s a much more subtle form of advertising than adverts themselves.
Bloggers who employ this strategy usually prefer it to advertise because it’s still providing rich, interesting, helpful content to their audience.
Many bloggers make money by creating e-books that they sell on their website or to their email subscribers.
E-Books are also often given away as freebies or content upgrades in order to build an e-mail list or build credibility with an audience.
Building a powerful e-mail list is an essential strategy when you’re monetizing your website because it’s the best way to keep your audience coming back for more.
Each e-mail you send is the chance to build a deeper relationship with your subscribers. Your e-mail list essentially becomes your warm market, open to hearing about the offers you send them from time-to-time.
That’s why so many bloggers say the money is in the list.
Don’t under-estimate emails. They may be the most important piece of content you write every week.
Bloggers often turn into vloggers (many Millennials even start out as vloggers), choosing video as their main form of content creation rather than written posts.
10. Online Courses
This is another one of the most lucrative corners of the blogging industry.
Anything you can learn, you can teach. Bloggers who create online courses capitalize on this knowledge.
An online course can be as simple as a series of emails or a set of 5-minute videos with each bite-sized video covering each topic or a new skill being taught.
Bloggers sell courses on their own websites or landing pages, to their email subscribers or via websites created exactly for this purpose, like Udemy, Teachable or Thinkific.
The major benefit of becoming a course creator is that you can do the work once and be paid over and over, each time the course is sold.
It’s similar to affiliate marketing in that way. Affiliate marketers can write a post that generates sales for years to come.
That’s why both affiliate marketing and course creation hold such incredible long-term income potential – once you’ve done the initial work, they are excellent sources of passive income.
Just as you can learn skills and teach them, you can learn marketable skills as a blogger that you can sell on the freelance market.
The easiest way to do this is to set up a gig on a freelance website like:
- Upwork or
These platforms take their cut of each order you fulfill but they also give you access to buyers looking for your expertise.
11. Content Writer
Once you become proficient at content writing, you can start marketing your content writing abilities to other website owners.
If you master keyword research and SEO, you can market yourself as an “SEO Content Writer” and charge a lot more for your posts.
12. Web Designer
Once you’ve learned how to build a website, you can also design websites for others.
For example, you can target local companies that don’t have an online presence yet or only a Facebook page. You can use your own website to showcase your abilities.
This is also a clever way to build residual income because most companies will pay you a monthly retainer to keep their website updated with their latest news and specials.
13. Graphic Designer
Bloggers invest almost as much time designing graphics as they do writing content.
First, they need to create headers or banners for their websites and then they need to start designing featured images and social media images (Instagram posts, Pinterest pins, and infographics) for each article they create.
To save money, many bloggers design their own logos too.
If you have an eye for design, you might start selling your graphic design skills on a freelance platform.
14. Social Media Manager
Another skill you’ll learn as a blogger is how to grow your website’s presence on social media.
There’s a big demand for Social Media Managers, especially if you also know how to get results with social media ads.
Facebook and YouTube Ads are probably the most popular avenues but there’s a growing niche in Pinterest and LinkedIn Ads too.
15. Virtual Assistant
Or you can bundle together all your favorite blogging skills and market yourself as a Virtual Assistant – a Personal Assistant who works online.
We’ve seen a growing number of posts by successful VA’s who are making a killing online by supporting and assisting others to grow their digital empires.
Love to take gorgeous photos, snapshots or selfies? You may be heading for fame on Instagram.
Instagram Influencers come in all shapes and sizes and what they do really well is draw attention to themselves and the brands they are promoting.
And yes, there’s huge money involved when you make it. As with everything online, you start out small, tagging brands in your posts every time you buy anything new or across anything of interest.
In time, brands start to notice you and start offering you freebies, samples, tasters or money to mention them in your posts.
YouTuber’s make even more money than Instagram Influencers and the number of YouTube Creators, Subscribers and Viewers are growing at a rate of knots.
I read yesterday that Ryan of Ryan Toys Review was listed on Forbes in 2018 as the highest-paid YouTuber, netting $22 Million from his videos and product line at Walmart. And he’s only 8-years-old. Go Ryan!
So if you’re as cute as Ryan and you’ve got the energy and pizzazz to post a video review every day on YouTube, for 4 years, you’ve got a good chance of making Millions.
18. Kindle Publisher
If you’re an excellent writer, you could become an Indie Author. Self-publishing has never been easier than it is since the advent of Amazon Kindle.
Having a book to your name gives you instant notoriety, especially if you make it onto any of the Bestsellers lists.
If you’re an expert in anything or have mastered a skill, you could market yourself as a Coach online. If you’re not an expert yet, you can become one. There are many coaching courses available, in virtually every field you can think of.
Bloggers can become Coaches in any skills they have mastered as a Digital Entrepreneur.
20. Public Speaker
Once you’ve started producing videos, you might be comfortable getting out there as a keynote speaker. Public speaking gigs pay well, especially if you’re a published author.
TEDx ( the local version of TED Talks) doesn’t pay their Speakers but they give free training and if you make it to TED Global you get an all-expenses-paid trip and worldwide acclaim.
Which Public Speaker wouldn’t want to add TED Speaker to their LinkedIn profile?
21. Events & Masterminds
Once you’ve got your book written and some public speaking gigs under the belt, you might want to start presenting some Live Events or Masterminds. This is another way to leverage your income.
The more popular you are, the more people you can bring into a room, the more money you make.
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PS: This video from Create & Go shows you how they make $100,000+ a month blogging. A must-watch if you want to see how the pros do it.