How Do Blogs Make Money?

by Thea · 26 comments

Whenever I tell people that I have a blog, I often get asked the same question.

How do blogs make money?

The truth is a lot of them don’t.  Neither do they want to.  There are a lot of people who use their blogs as a form of communication and community.  Making money from the blog itself is not their aim.

Many bloggers use their blogs as a platform for their offline business.  For example a freelance writer who uses their blog as a platform to show off their portfolio and to attract clients.

Many companies have a website to promote their business and attach a blog for connecting with their customers.

Blogs come in a variety of shapes and forms.  After all, there are literally millions of them.

Then there are the blogs that do want to make money.  As you can imagine incomes vary dramatically depending on the topic of the blog, the traffic they receive and to be honest about a hundred other factors.

A lot of people that do make money on line tend to keep the information on how they make money to themselves, which is fair enough.

The ones that are most willing to share are the people that are teaching you ‘how to make money online’.  To do this, they need to show evidence that they make money online themselves.

I thought I would share a couple of posts with you on how some bloggers make money.

Problogger

If you have your own blog and you have never heard of Problogger I would be surprised.  Scratch that, I would be shocked.  Darren Rowse from Problogger is a bit of a blogging legend.

In these two posts, Darren talks about how his blogs make money.

Problogger – How Do Blogs Make Money

Problogger – Why My Accountant thinks I Robbed a Bank

Smart Passive Income

I have talked about Pat before on this blog (I mentioned him and David in a post last week on great resource pages).  I am a huge fan of Pat’s.

Pat posts his income report each month.   They are fascinating stuff – detailed to the cent.  Very insightful for a new or established blogger who is trying to get their head around the principles of making money online.

Smart Passive Income – Income reports

David Risley

While this post isn’t so much about how David makes money, it discusses the reality of making money with a blog.  David states that a blog is not a business.  In a nutshell, David is saying you need product to sell on your blog to make money.

It is a thought provoking post.  What I found particularly interesting were the comments at the end of the post.  David generated a lot of debate, disagreement and discussion with this post.

David Risley – Reality Check A blog is not a business

Daily Blog Tips

This blog post talks more about the how of making money rather than discussing figures.  Despite this being a 2008 post (so some techniques may have gone out of fashion), I wanted to include it.  As a fairly new blogger, I have not heard of half the money making ideas on this list, so I was intrigued.  Let’s just say, this will be a post I will be going back and reading very closely myself.

Daily Blog Tips – Ways to Make Money Online

Daily Blog Tips has a category – Monetize should you want to read more of their latest posts.

Income Diary

Michael Dunlop from Income Diary talks about how to monetize your blog and how he really makes money from his website.

Income Diary – How I really make money from my website

Michael’s website has some interesting link posts on top young entrepreneurs, top earning blogs and 50 most influencial bloggers of 2010.

Some of these posts are a little older, so some of the information may have changed as the Internet is a fast moving beast.  Many entrepreneurs will have sold their businesses or lost or made  money.  Taking that into consideration, still some fascinating reads in this lot.

Live Bold and Bloom

I found this recent post from Barrie Davenport from Live Bold and Bloom particularly inspiring because it is the one I can relate to the most.  Barrie is in a similar niche to mine (ie personal growth).

Barrie’s blog is reasonably new and she is doing very well.  Barrie talks about how she has made money so far.   The best part about this post is that it demonstrates to other bloggers (not in the making money online niche) that with hard work and planning you can make money with your blog.

I am sure this post inspired a lot of bloggers – I know it inspired me!

Live Bold and Bloom – Make Money Blogging

Just to clarify, I am not an expert on making money online.  Far from it.  At the moment, my blog doesn’t provide any income.

I would classify myself as a blogger on a MASSIVE learning curve who is absorbing as much as she can about blogging and how blogs make money.

Consequently I am going to be adding some affliate marketing to my blog shortly, so stay tuned.

I know there are many posts out there about making money online with a blog.  If you can recommend any great (and genuine) posts to share on this topic, please leave your comments below.

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