7 Ways To Make Money Blogging

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There are so many ways to make money blogging, and bloggers constantly find new ways to make their blog profitable.

I created this blog and made over $80,000 in my senior year of college (that’s me in my first major feature by Forbes!).

Blogging isn’t easy and it’s not for everyone, but it’s such a rewarding jobs. You can help people all over the world with your blog AND make money from it. 

Below are seven real ways to make money blogging that will help you create a profitable blog.

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1. Sponsored Posts

Sponsored posts are one of my favorite ways to make money blogging.

You get to talk about a product you love and get paid for doing it.

I made over $4,000 last month from sponsored posts alone and love the brands I’ve worked with.

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Over 600 students have taken this course so far and have landed major brand sponsorships, charged 3x what they’d usually charge, and worked with brands multiple times.

You also get access to a private mastermind group where you can ask any blogging questions and get help from other successful bloggers.

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2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is when you write about a product or service and link to it.

If someone clicks and purchases through the link, you may get a commission from it.

If you’re a blogger and not taking advantage of affiliate marketing, you are making a huge mistake.

Anyone can make money with affiliate marketing with the right strategy and mindset.

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3. Ad Revenue

Bloggers make ad revenue by displaying ads on their website – that simple.

Depending on the number of page views, you have allows you to apply to different ad publishers, such as Adsense, Adthrive, Mediavine, and more.

The more page views you have can mean more ad revenue.

However, many bloggers will decrease their number of ads in a post once they reach a high number of page views.

They decide to do this because they want their audience to focus on their products rather than clicking on an ad.

I’m currently with Mediavine (requires minimum 25,000 sessions, not page views) and have been very pleased with them.

The user-friendliness of Mediavine lets me customize my ads, and their customer support team has always been helpful and quick to answer any of my questions.

4. Sell Products

Selling products is a great way to make income from your blog.

Bloggers like to go this route because it’s better profit wise.

For example, with affiliate marketing, you’re only making up to 40% per product.

When you create your products, you get 100% of your earnings.

Depending on your niche will depend on what kind of products you sell.

If you’re a personal finance blogger, you could sell budgeting printables or courses, and if you’re a healthy lifestyle blogger, you could sell an exercise and meal plan.

You can sell products like:

  • Courses
  • eBooks
  • Printables
  • Subscriptions
  • Physical products

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5. Offer Services

Are you an expert in a particular niche or field?

You could offer your services online via your blog.

For example, there are many bloggers out there making 6 figure incomes that coach new bloggers.

As a coach, you can offer advice and guidance to help an individual meet their goal.

Just like a personal trainer would help someone get fit, an online coach can help someone meet other goals.

You can offer services like:

  • Coaching
  • Website and social media image design
  • Website audit
  • Virtual Assistant services

6. Memberships

A membership is a paid monthly or yearly subscription in exchange for something in return.

For example, you could create a membership dedicated to creating stock photos each month and giving your subscribers hundreds of new stock photos each month.

I pay for an Ivory Mix membership every month, which is a stock photo membership.

These stock photos are used for my Pinterest pins, social media images, and placed throughout some of my posts.

7. Create a Job Board

A job board works similar to a membership subscription.

For example, ProBlogger charges companies $70 for 30 days for job listings.

You can learn how to create a job board here. 


I remember the day I wanted to turn my blog into a business. For many years, this blog was simply a hobby. I didn’t have any direction or strategy in the beginning. It makes me wonder how faster things could’ve gone if I enrolled in a course that told me exactly what to do.

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  1. I’ve tried all of these methods over the years, although my attempt at the job board was not very successful. When I first started blogging full-time in 2008 all of my income was from ad revenue and services, and as my traffic grew I shifted to all ad revenue. A few years later I focused more on selling my own products, and that’s personally my favorite way to monetize a blog. With selling products I always felt less pressure to constantly increase traffic like I did when I mostly made money from ad revenue. Having your own products also opens up a lot of possibilities for partnering with other people and making money from their audience.

  2. Susannah Brinkley

    We’re so glad that you’re happy with your switch to Mediavine, Alexis! We know we’re pretty darn happy to have you.
    These are some amazing tips for getting started with monetization. We are here if anyone has any questions at [email protected].
    Thanks again for the shoutout!
    — Susannah at Mediavine

    1. Alexis

      You guys are awesome!

  3. Jonathan @ OnePercentIntent

    Hey Alexis,

    This an awesome list, thanks very much for posting it.

    I’ve followed your content for a while, and it seems you’ve truly found your groove when it comes to ad revenue, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts. Good job!

    I couldn’t agree more with your recommendations of the Create and Go courses too – I’ve personally used out Six Figure Blogger and found it hugely valuable.

    Thanks again, and keep up the good work!


    1. Alexis

      That’s awesome! Their courses are beyond amazing – I give so much credit to them for where my blog is at!

  4. JB

    Can you elaborate on how Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and Make Money Blogging course differ? They both seem to be based around affiliate income. Which would you recommend for someone that just started blogging and why?

    1. Alexis

      Great question. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a much more comprehensive course for affiliate marketing. You learn absolutely everything you need to know. With Make Money Blogging, you learn all of the different ways to make money blogging with lots of great information and tips, but it doesn’t go nearly as deep as Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Both are great courses, so it depends on what you need or prefer. The mastermind group you get with Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing would lean me towards choosing MSOAM simply because it’s a thousand times better than the private group you get with Make Money Blogging. Just my honest opinion! The private group for MSOAM pays for the course alone.

      1. JB


  5. Arvin

    Excellent post and topic Alexis,

    I do a lot of paid advertisement myself but blogging has become such a big focus for me over the last few years and you nailed with your list of monetization. I read a few of your posts along with many other leading bloggers and I believe most people do not realize the power of how all these monetization avenues compound and pooled together on the right blog can make serious money. Appreciate your Content!

    1. Alexis

      Thank you so much!

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