Are you thinking about starting a blog and want to make money from it? There are thousands of bloggers around the world in all kinds of niches making a full-time living blogging.
For instance, my friend Tiffany from Beautiful Dawn Designs runs a craft blog (and even inspired me to start crocheting!). She’s been blogging full-time for years and has always been one of my favorite bloggers.
You can make money blogging in a variety of niches. If you have an idea for a blog, check Google or Pinterest to see if someone is making money from that niche before you get started.
*If the blogger has a published income report, I’ll list it.
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How do blogs make money?
Blogs make money from affiliate marketing, ad revenue, sponsored posts, memberships, and selling digital or physical products.
Affiliate marketing is making money by referring a product or service. For example, I am linking a course right now called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I’m an affiliate for the course and get a commission for referring it to others.
Ad revenue is making money by scrolling through a blog post and seeing ads or clicking on ads. This blog post you’re currently reading has ads in it. The more page views I get on this blog post, the more ad revenue (money) I’m making.
Bloggers get paid to talk about a product or service via sponsored post. Here’s an example of a sponsored post with Tuft & Needle. I make a large portion of my blogging income from sponsored posts, which you can learn more about here.
You can also make money via memberships. For example, Ivory Mix is a stock photo website. For a monthly fee, you get access to thousands of stock photos you can use on your blog. Another great example of a membership is Grow You. Grow You is a life coaching membership for women. Both Ivory Mix and Grow You are great examples of memberships you can offer on your blog.
Selling digital or physical products is a great way to make steady income from your blog. For example, Create And Go is a site about starting a blog. They sell a course called Launch Your Blog Biz. You can also sell printables, planners, guides, and other digital products.
Is blogging for everyone?
Making a living from blogging is so fun and fulfilling, but it’s also hard work. I recommend blogging to anyone who isn’t afraid of hard work and is willing to put in the effort and commitment to a blog.
How can I get started blogging?
Sign up for the free how to start a blog guide. In the free guide, you’ll learn how to create your own blog, 10 things to do after launching your blog, and how to make money from your blog ASAP.
Here’s a list of 10+ successful bloggers in different niches making $5,000+ per month.
1. Beautiful Dawn Designs
Beautiful Dawn Designs is a craft blog run by my good friend Tiffany. On her blog, she shares tips and resources for all kinds of crafts, including crocheting, knitting, drawing, painting, and DIY crafts. I always leave her blog feeling inspired and motivated to start a new project.
Niche: Crafts and DIY
Favorite post: 50 DIY Dollar Store Crafts That Look Amazing
2. Finsavvy Panda
Finsavvy Panda is a side hustle and finance blog by Ling. Ling saved over $100,000 in her twenties and uses her blog to help others earn, save, invest, and build their net worth without sacrificing their beloved coffees.
P.S. I also recommend using Ling’s ready-to-go Pinterest pin templates to make click-worthy Pinterest pins. These pins are ready-to-go, all you do is change the wording in the pin. These pins are created by a blogger who gets 250,000+ page views from Pinterest each month!
Niche: Side Hustle and finance
Income Report: How I Made $7,498.94 Blogging
Favorite post: 8 Simple Ways To Save Money And Live Better
3. The Savvy Couple
The Savvy Couple is a family finance blog by Kelan and Brittany. They help families learn how to budget, invest, buy their first home, and reach their financial goals.
Niche: Family Finance
Income Report: How We Made $11,358 In 1 Month From Our Blog
Favorite post: 15 Frugal Living Tips That Will Save You Thousands
4. Create And Go
Create And Go is a blog about building a blogging business run by Alex and Lauren. I learned a huge portion of what I know from these guys, and can’t recommend them enough!
Income Report: How We Made $103,323.40 In One Month Blogging
5. A Self Guru
A Self Guru is a legal blog by lawyer Amira. She’s helped thousands of bloggers protect their blog with her affordable legal templates. I personally use her legal templates for my blog and business and I feel at peace knowing I’m doing everything I can to protect my business.
Income Report: How I Made $35,000 From My Blog Last Month
Favorite post: Do You Need An LLC For Your Blog? Tips From A Lawyer
6. One Big Happy Life
One Big Happy Life is a finance blog run by Tasha and Joseph Cochran. I met Tasha in real life only for a brief few minutes and she instantly became one of my favorite people in the blogging community. Tasha and Joseph also run a popular YouTube channel that I highly recommend checking out for wealth building strategies.
Niche: Wealth building and family
Income Report: How I Made $10,900 In 1 Month Blogging
Favorite post: Setting Financial Goals For Your Best Year Ever
7. Gathering Dreams
Gathering Dreams is a lifestyle blog run by Sara. She writes about travel, food, and money. Sara made $3,800 her third month blogging and has accomplished incredible things with her blog already. She even inspired me to branch out a bit and publish more lifestyle content on my blog.
Favorite post: 15 Of The World’s Most Romantic Destinations
8. Natalie Bacon
Natalie Bacon technically isn’t a blogger anymore, but a certified life coach. I’m still mentioning her here because she’s a great example of how you can branch out of blogging into a membership-type website. Natalie runs Grow You, a virtual life coaching membership for women who want to create an extraordinary life. Natalie’s website is filled with ton of resources and tips to up-level your life and create the kind of life you dream of.
Niche: Personal development
Favorite post: Believing New Thoughts
9. Baller On A Budget
Baller On A Budget is a fun personal finance website for women with a champagne taste on a beer budget, my friend Aileen likes to say. She shares tips and resources on fashion, beauty, skincare, health & wellness, and money.
Niche: Fashion and money
10. Ivory Mix
Ivory Mix is a stock photo and marketing blog for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Kayla is the CEO of Ivory Mix and has a ton of amazing information available for bloggers. She has a way of explaining marketing in a way that is a lot of fun and easy to understand. Her branding is so fun and cheerful!
Niche: Stock photos and marketing
Favorite post: A Step By Step Guide To Creating Your First Online Course
11. High Carb Hannah
High Carb Hannah is a popular YouTuber and blogger in the health and vegan niche. She lost over 70 pounds on a plant based diet and shares meal plans and recipes on her blog. Hannah sells several digital products for healthy meal planning, the most popular being her Ultimate Bundle. The Ultimate Bundle includes: a 14 day plant-based meal plan, 55+ vegan sauce recipes, 30 pressure cooker recipes, 80+ plant based recipes, and a cheat sheet.
Niche: Health and vegan
Favorite post: How To Go Vegan – 5 Simple Steps
I couldn’t create this list without mentioning my blog, Fitnancials. Since starting in 2013, I’ve had over 5,000,000 visitors to my site and it’s so much fun to see how far I’ve come. I originally started my blog out as a fitness and finance blog, and it has morphed into a personal finance and vegan lifestyle blog.
Niche: Personal finance and vegan lifestyle
Income Report: How I Made $80,000 My Second Year Blogging
Favorite post: How I Make Over $10,000 Per Month With These Side Hustles
Launch Your Blog Biz – A solution for starting and growing a blog to $1,000 a month or $12,000 a year. You learn how to use WordPress, design a beautiful blog, create content that people love, get a ton of free traffic to your blog, make money using ads, partnerships, building an email list, and so much more. Though the course teaches you how to get to $1,000 a month, you can easily take your blog to $5,000+ a month with the lessons from this course.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – A comprehensive course that teaches you step-by-step how to make money with affiliate marketing. Great for new bloggers just starting out or experienced bloggers not making any money from affiliate marketing. If you’re a blogger, you need to take advantage of affiliate marketing! You can also get a free affiliate marketing tips for bloggers eBook here!
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – Learn how to get 10,000 – 100,000 free monthly visitors to your blog with the power of Pinterest. Pinterest is amazing because you can get a lot of traffic (without spending any money on ads). The creators of Pinterest Traffic Avalanche get roughly 500,000 page views per month from Pinterest. They share their tips, secrets, and resources for getting a ton of free traffic from Pinterest.
If you’re not sure where to get started, here’s a blogging course roadmap. You answer a few questions and it will tell you where to get started on your blogging journey.
Do I still love blogging after doing it for 8 years? Yes! I started my blog back in 2013 and went full-time in 2017. It’s changed a lot since I started, but I find that I’m always finding new ways to get creative in my business. I also really love seeing how much money I make every month. It still feels so rewarding and I really do feel so grateful for my business and the people that read my blog.
Do you want to start a blog? What questions do you have for me? Share in the comments below!
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