3 Ways To Monetize Your Blog

Let's face facts: blogging is big business and there are some bloggers out there who are making a living out of blogging.

It's a bit of a taboo to talk about how bloggers make their money but I think this is bizarre.  Perhaps it's because full-time blogging is a self-employed job.  Maybe it's because full-time blogging is an unconventional job.  Ten years ago full-time blogging wasn't even an occurrence.  Also, blogging is a part of new media, and it seems to be the case that working as a paid freelance blogger is something that is frowned upon.

Anyway, you can make money from blogging, whether you blog full-time, part-time, or as a hobby, but it takes time.  You won't start earning instantly unless you have a lot of traffic.  There are many ways to monetize your blog, but I have three techniques that I use.

Use multiple monetising networks

Monetising networks offer you ad banners and affiliate links that you can use on you blog, and whenever someone clicks or purchases from the link, you get a bit of commission!  When I started blogging I signed up to Google Adsense.  It was quick and easy to sign up to, but unless you have a lot of traffic coming to your blog, you won't make much money in the beginning.  The payment threshold (the limit you have to reach before you receive payment) is £60 and let me tell you, it will take ages before you reach this, if you will ever reach it.  I haven't been able to reach this threshold and I have been blogging for over two years!  So my advice is this: sign up to multiple monetising networks in order to maximise commission.  I've also signed up to Shopsense (which I highly recommend as this is easy to sign up to) and Skimlinks (which has a low payment threshold of £7.)

Sell advertising space
If you have a lot of traffic coming to your blog then the next step is to sell advertising space and packages.  You can charge a fee for other blogs and online boutiques to place their banners on your.  It's a great way to make money and it's a great way for other blogs to gain some exposure.

Paid sponsored posts
In my opinion I think this is the best way to make a bit of cash from your blog, but gaining the opportunity to write a sponsored post takes a lot of work, effort and time.  In this instance, a PR, representative or brand contacts you asking to write a post for a specific price.  How much you charge is up to you, but I suggest that you don't accept to write a post for something as little as £5 or £10 because that's taking the piss.  However, it's great to write a post - providing it's genuine - as it may be a quicker way to make money compared to placing ad banners.

And another thing: some companies may offer a freebie or perk in exchange for writing a post.  Personally I don't see anything wrong with this but it's up to you.  Usually if I've been sent a product it's for the purpose of a review, not for the replacement of a cash payment.

How do you monetize your blog?  Do you have any tips?


  1. I've only used Google Adsense and it did take an age to get up to the payment threshold. I've applied for a few blog promotion jobs but not got any, I think because my blog doesn't really stick on any single subject (plus I'm sure more views would help!). Still, it's good fun :)

    1. When I started my blog I set up Google Adsense but then I realised it wasn't enough to monetise my blog, so I joined other networks :) Yes it takes ages to earn up to the threshold, and I'm not there yet even though I've been blogging for almost 3 years!