I know what you are going through, you’re not alone. More and more
bloggers are finding that blogging is a
profitable medium. Whether it be to earn a
few extra dollars a week to feed their coffee
habit, or making enough money to stop them

having to get a part time job to get through
college, or whether they’ve got it to a point
where they are able to make a full time living
from their blogging – there are tens of
thousands of bloggers who make money

How to Make Money Blogging

In this page I want to share some information
for beginners on how to make money
blogging. For a very quick and broad visual
intro – check out this Make Money Blogging
MindMap which visualizes just SOME of the
ways bloggers make money blogging.
Firstly – lets get our expectations right. Not
everyone who tries to make money blogging
becomes rich. In fact those who do well from
blogging are in the minority. I’m sorry if this
disappoints you – but I’m not here to hype
this up or make any promises. It is possible
to make money blogging – but it takes time
and a lot of hard work – and it doesn’t
happen for everyone!
For a picture of how realistic it is check out my blogging

Can You Really Make Money
7 Things I know about Making

Money from Blogging .
Secondly – let me start by sharing my own
top Money Making Methods but below that
point you to some great resources and
teaching on how to increase your income
from blogging.
What follows is a
quick summary of
my main income
streams from
blogging. Before
you read it though
– keep in mind
that every blog is
unique in how it
can make money. Some of the following
income streams will work on some blogs a lot
better than others – the key is to experiment
with as many as possible and see what
works best for you.
The following income streams (from a number
of blogs) have helped me to earn a six figure
income each year for the last 5 years from
blogging. I’ve ranked them from highest to

I hope you find it useful to see the mix and
variety of ways that I earn a living from

1. AdSense

Despite not using it
here at ProBlogger
any more ( here’s
why ) I continue to
use AdSense with amazing effect on my other
blogs. I have them all set to show image and
text based ads and find that 250×300 pixel
ads work best (usually with a blended
design). I don’t have much luck with their
‘referrals’ program but their normal ads work
a treat and continue to be the biggest earner
for me.

2. Affiliate Programs

I run a variety of
affiliate programs on
my blogs – most of
which bring in smaller
amounts of money
that don’t really
justify a category of
their own (but which
certainly add up).
These include recommending quality products
like these here on ProBlogger: Thesis
WordPress theme , Yaro’s Blog Mastermind
Coaching Program and How to Launch the
Treasure out of your E-Book (and others) as well
as some great products on my photography
blog including 123 of Digital Imaging, David
DuChemin’s amazing Photography E-Books
and Mitchell Kanashkevich’s great ebooks .
The great thing about many of these
programs is that they are of such high
quality that they sell themselves and I am
being emailed from readers who sign up to
them thanking me for the recommendation!

3. E-Book Sales

Last time I did a
wrap up of how I
make money
blogging this
category did not
exist for me – I
didn’t really have any
of my own products
to sell at all. However in the last year or so
I’ve released 3 E-books – 31 Days to Build a
Better Blog , The Essential Guide to Portrait
Photography and Photo Nuts and Bolts:
Know Your Camera and Take Better Photos.
While these products all only sell for under
$20 they certainly add up and some months
this has been my biggest category of income.
The reason they were only ranking at #3 in
the last month was that I didn’t do a product
launch (I wrote about one launch which
brought in $72,000 in a week here). This is
an income stream I see growing as I add
more E-books to my range (expect 3 in the
coming few months).

4. Continuity Programs

This is another
newer category for
me but one that
continues to grow.
A continuity program
is a site where you
earn a recurring
income from people who subscribe to a
service you offer.
For me this includes two sites –
ProBlogger.com and Third Tribe Marketing .
Both programs are membership sites and
generate monthly income from the thousands
of members that they have as a part of

5. Private Ad Sales/Sponsorships
Private ad sales

directly to advertisers
have fallen for me in
the last year (they
previously ranked #3
on this list). This is
partly due to a change
in my own focus but
also partly due to the economy as it is. I
should note that this area does vary a little
from month to month depending upon the
campaigns we’re asked to run – we’ve had a
couple of months where it actually ranked #2
in the last year.
This includes ad sales of the 125 x 125 ads
here at ProBlogger as well as a campaign or
two at Digital Photography School .
6. Chitika
continues to
be a great
performer for
me on my blogs. They traditionally have
worked best on product related blogs
although their Premium ad units now convert
well on a larger range of blogs.
While I’ve focused a little less on Chitika in
the last 6 months (mainly as I’ve released
my own products and moved a little away
from advertising) they do continue to perform
well where I use them and over the time I’ve
been using Chitika they’ve now earned me
over a quarter of a million dollars – as a
result I can’t recommend them enough!

7. Amazon Associates

Amazon’s affiliate
program has been
one of my big
movers in the last 12 months. I used to make
a few odd dollars from it – however in recent
times it has become a significant earner for
me ( in fact it’s now earned me over
$100,000 since I started using it ). Christmas
time (and the lead up to it) is a particularly
good time for Amazon – last December it
would have ranked #2 on this list.
8. ProBlogger Job Boards
The job boards
here at
continue to
grow each month in the number of
advertisements that are being bought. This
enabled me to invest most of the money that
they’d earned a while back into getting a new
back end for the boards and to redesign
them. These job boards now bring in over
$1000 a month in revenue which is pretty
nice considering that they are so low
maintenance to run. They also offer a service
to readers and add value to the overall blog.
The only problem that I face with the job
boards is that there are so many bloggers
looking for work that the demand for jobs far
exceeds the supply. On the good side of
things is that advertisers are reporting
getting amazing quality of applications.

9. Speaking Fees

I get asked to do a lot of speaking and
increasingly they are paid opportunities. I’m
not able to do as many as I would like
(mainly because I live in Australia and most
of what I’m asked to do is overseas and I
only travel 2-3 times a year) – however in
April I did a couple of events and the income
was enough to include in this list.
Other Income
In addition to all of the above there are many
smaller incomes. Many of these are from
smaller advertising programs that I test but
none are big enough to really rate a mention
The other income stream that there was no
actual money from in April was book royalties
from the ProBlogger Book . These are only
paid every 6 or so months (not in April). It’s
probably also worth mentioning that authors
don’t tend to make a whole lot of money on
book royalties – you don’t write books to get
rich (unless you sell a lot of them).
Useful Resources for Bloggers Wanting
to Make Money Blogging
A lot has been written on the topic of making
money online from blogs. There is a lot of
wonderful information out there – but also a
lot of hype and sometimes dangerous
Below are a number of articles that I’ve
written exploring some of the different ways
that bloggers make money.
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