Instead of an actual interview with someone else today, I thought I’d share a bit of my own knowledge about making extra money from blogging.
Blogging can be a great way to make money on the side. It’s a perfect side hustle because it’s flexible and doesn’t require much in terms of start-up costs. Once you get the hang of building a successful blog, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your earnings.
In fact, many turn their blogging side hustle into a full-time venture. If you’re new to the idea, you may have a few questions about blogs and how they make money. As someone who’s been blogging since 2007, I thought it would be helpful to answer some of the most common ones.
Ready to learn how you too can make money blogging? Let’s dive in.
1. How Do You Make Money from Blogging?
There are many different ways to make money from a blog. Here’s what I’ve been doing and how it works for me.
I’m still learning and tweaking things every day. And while I’m disclaiming here, let me say that “blogging” and “social media” are ever-evolving, hard-to-define things.
So my definition of blogging and making money online is formed by looking through my own lens. Others see it differently.
Still, I’ve been at it since 2007 and full-time since 2010, so I’ve managed to figure a few things out.
At a high level, I make money with my blog by producing content that gets consistent, relevant traffic to this blog from the search engines. Then I convert that traffic to a sale.
At an even higher level, I make money by providing an answer to people’s questions. This is basically a form of content marketing.
How This Blog is Monetized
There are many ways to convert the traffic that I get to an immediate sale. I use the following methods here at Part-Time Money: display advertising, pay-per-click (PPC) tables, and affiliate marketing.
The most common and easy-to-implement monetization is with display advertising through advertising networks. Display networks show ads programmatically based on the content in the blog post.
Mediavine is who I’m currently using for display ads, but I’ve used Adsense and Media.net with much success in the past.
Affiliate advertising involves more of a direct relationship with an advertising partner (although sometimes established through an affiliate platform).