Blogging is constantly evolving and its now a way that many make a living from. I'll be completely transparent and say that I make a little from this site and I'm nowhere near being a full time blogger. I don't really have a plan to do so at this point but I thought it might be helpful to share the ways that many do make money from.
When I first started out blogging, I wondered how anyone could possibly make revenue from their website. There are a few bloggers who do share how they make their money and I've linked some below. I don't have a problem talking about how I make money via this site as its no secret and I don't see it as bragging as I'm hardly sat on a yacht sipping champagne while I write this.
I make a small amount each month via Google adsense - I wrote more on how to make money via adsense here. You need to earn £60 before you can cash out and I'm not quite there yet but generally I earn around £5-£6 each month via a small google ad on my sidebar. I recently joined Media Nexus which 'run' my other ads on site. I've not checked my earnings yet, so I'll have to update on that one. I also have advertising space on my sidebar for sponsors (other bloggers and small etsy shops) which are £4 each, so that revenue really depends on how many slots are filled.
I also have skimlinks on this site which is basically affiliate marketing - it someone clicks through a link and makes a purchase, I receive a small %. I generally earn around £4 to £5 per month. As you can see its not much but it helps to cover the cost of giveaways, domain renewal etc. There's also sponsored posts too but I dont really do many of those, so its just when one pops up that fits with the site and readership. I'm normally emailed those opportunities and I turn them down if they're not suitable as I want to keep things genuine on here.
As I'm not a full time blogger, I wanted to share a few links to bloggers that either run a full time blog or earn via their blog. I hope you'll find these helpful if you're thinking of monetising your site (click on the bold header to go to the site).
A really useful resource of ways to earn money from your blog.
Making sense of cents - How to make money blogging
A few other ways to make money blogging - Michelle also details her income on her blog which is a really interesting read.
By Regina - Blog income report
I've linked to this before and I definitely think its food for thought. I love reading income posts as it shows you what can be achieved.
Bella the blog - How I get paid to blog
Some more ways to earn from your blog. Some of these may be US based but definitely something to think about if you're across the pond.
A free and useful Ebook on money making and growing your blog.
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