Making money online is alllll the rage right now. No seriously, the idea of being your own boss, growing a business and making money from the comfort of your own home? I can see why it appeals to a LOT of people. All you have to do is jump on Pinterest for 5 minutes to see blog post after blog post about how to make money blogging and online.
Now I’m not really into those posts titled, “How I Increased My Income by 500% in 2 Months!”, they can be incredibly misleading. And y’all know by now that I’m not one to sugar coat things or beat around the bush. I don’t make a 6 figure income through blogging. Or have Disney trips thrown at me every couple of months (I wish!)
And I like to keep it real. So I know a lot of my readers are people who want to make an income from their blog or perhaps who have just started to make some money from their blog but are looking for extra ways to build it up. Whatever your reason for reading this post, you’re in the right place!
So here are 8 ways I make money blogging and online:
Sponsored posts are definitely my main chunk of income from blogging. I’m sure most of you know by now but in case you don’t, a sponsored post is when a brand or client pays you to feature them within a blog post. They may suggest a topic for you to write about or give you creative freedom to come up with your own content.
Of course payments from sponsored posts vary quite a bit, from £50 to £400. And I am totally done with judgmental bloggers who make people feel bad for accepting a sponsored post which pays less than what they would accept. None of that bullshit here, thank you very much. But that being said, it’s good to not under sell or under charge yourself too much.
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Advertising packages for bloggers
You’ll have noticed in my sidebar every month I have a handful of other bloggers logos and these are bloggers which have paid for an advertising slot for that month. I don’t charge much for bloggers who want to advertise with me, so this only brings in an extra £25 a month.
But I’ve always loved having advertisers and promoting other bloggers on my blog and social channels. You can find out more about my advertising package here. A lot of bloggers offer advertising packages of various prices, which include a number of things. If you’ve got a decent following and high engagement, this is definitely something to consider!
You’ll know I have 2 eBooks for sale because I never stop banging on about them and drop their links into my posts wherever I goddamn can (lol, shameless plug). But you sorta have to when you’re competing with so many other talented people in the same market. And yes, competing. There’s nothing wrong (or bad) about having competitors.
Sales from eBooks can vary massively from month to month. Of course the income from this is much higher in the weeks and month following when a book is released. And the sales do tend to thin out over time. But if you have serious knowledge and something to offer, then creating an eBook is a great idea.
I don’t charge very much for my books. If they were a more significant source of income for me, then maybe I would. But for me personally, the hard work is done so I don’t mind offering them for a slightly lower price. Especially as my books in particular are more aimed towards new bloggers.
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Advertising packages for brands
Similarly to the bloggers package, I offer advertising for brands within my sidebar. Although this isn’t mentioned within that advertising page because I don’t want brands to get confused, as I charge more for brands than I do for bloggers. For brands, I tend to give them a monthly fee and then a yearly fee, which would always work out cheaper in the long run *business tip* and is handy for when you want to make money blogging and online.
Sponsored guest post places
This is a slightly… not controversial… but I know some bloggers wouldn’t have these on their blogs but occasionally I’ll host a piece of pre-written content from a brand or an agency on my blog. I’d say I get around 2/3 emails from people asking me to do this every day. Most of them want it for free *rolls eyes* or a ridiculously low price, like £7.
Now I’ll put my hands up and say I used to host content for a company for VERY LITTLE in the past. Before I really realised what I was doing. But it’s all a learning curve and I definitely know now that guest post placements from brands are definitely not worth less than a certain amount.
Social media promotion
Very occasionally, I’ll be asked to do social media promotion for a brand. In the past 2 months, I’ve done this twice for the same brand, who have asked for 3 Facebook posts and 4 tweets over the course of a few days which advertise their website and services. This usually involves a bit of negotiation between you and the brand.
Personally, I rarely do paid product reviews. At the start, I didn’t know you COULD have paid product reviews. I thought you were sent the product and that was your payment. Which it IS. But a lot of bloggers also want payment for their product reviews – which is totally fine.
But for me, I tend to just accept the products as payment and within the last 6 months, have been MUCH more selective about the products I review. Partially because I don’t have time to review 7 products a week for no money and secondly, as I’ve refined my niches a bit, not all products will fit my blog anymore.
It’s also worth noting that if you’re registered as self employed when making money blogging and online, you’ll need to declare the cost of the products you’re sent too!
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I do online surveys as a “little extra” each month. Most of the sites I use are super easy and reliable and I’ve had a fair few payouts from them over the years! Obviously online surveys aren’t going to make you hundreds but for the sake of very little time and effort, it’s worth it.
Okay there’s one more I forgot but to save the hassle of changing all my graphics to 9 instead of 8, I’m just going to be lazy and add this one on as an “extra”. But one last way I make income through my blog is WordAds. The advertising system used by WordPress to place ads on your blog if you qualify.
I haven’t earned that much from WordAds, I got a pay out of around £90 last year and you need to make $100 in order to be cashed out. I’m almost at that threshold again so should be expecting another payout soon.
One more thing…
Okay last one I promise. One of the other ways to earn money online is also testing and reviewing products (affiliate marketing). On the website kubasjourneys.com you can read about experiences with P2P lending platforms, which happen to be a great source of passive income not only for publishers but also investors.
So those are the 8 ways I make money blogging and online. I’m in the process of working on a course, which hopefully I can add to this list when I’m done! Do you have anything to add to this list? Have you thought about any of these?
I love this update Jenny! I signed up for WordAds a couple of years ago and I’m yet to reach the threshold- but it’s always on there, working in the background 🙂 x
WordAds used to work quite well for me but then the payments really dropped. I’m on AdSense now, which arguably isn’t much better but I’m almost at the threshold!
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I’m just starting to look into monetising my blog so this post (and a few of your others) are so helpful to start-ups like me- all tips come in handy 🙂 thanks for the great content x
You’re welcome and good luck!
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Very helpful post! Is 50 to 400 pounds the standard rate for sponsored posts? Is there a guide on how much one should charge for sponsored posts?
Gosh I couldn’t answer that – it entirely depends on your stats, metrics, engagement, the work involved and what you feel comfortable charging too
Maybe one day I’ll be in a position where I’m making money from my blog, but I’m not currently and I’m kind of okay with it!
As great as it does sound, it must be hard to have a stable income and I know that would worry me a lot.
These are some really good suggestions for how to maintain a good income online, and it’s nice to see a blogger branching out into other things like eBooks too!
Abi | https://whatabigailsays.co.uk/
It’s very hard to keep it stable month to month. And going into a new month wondering how much you’ll earn is kinda scary – but you get used to it! However not everyone could deal with the instability of it for sure x
These are a lot of good suggestions that I haven’t tried yet, thank you!
So far I explored only affiliate marketing with abysmal results :/
Thanks for sharing. I’m trying affiliate links but people rarely click.
Affiliate links are the one thing I’ve not tried properly!
That is awesome and super inspirational!! Going to check out the survey links. Thank you for sharing!
These are great ideas, Jenny. Blogs definitely offer a wide range of possibilities!
They sure do! They open a lot of doors!
Thank you for being honest and not claiming you make millions after a year blogging! That’s one thing I was surprised by when I first started my blog. “Where are those thousands?” was one of the questions I asked myself a lot.
I didn’t realise you could make money when I first started 6 years ago, so thankfully I never had those thoughts! But those Pinterest images and claims that people make thousands in a month of blogging are so misleading!
I love that you have so many things going on. You are doing so well at this x
Thanks so much x
I think you’ve covered it all. I also know if these ways to make money online.
There’s also wordads
Thank you for sharing these tips! I’m slowly moving my way to becoming a digital nomad and although i don’t have plans of making my blog solely my income source, these tips help me realize i could earn from my blog! I used to accept FREE guest posts, i should have charged! LOL! 😛
You definitely could!
Such a helpful post, I’ve bookmarked it to come back to as I’m looking to generate some kind of income from my blog. After a break I’m back and I want to push on with it again and earn from it.
Hope this helps!
such a helpful post for those of us that would like to explore taking our blogs to another level!
Thank you x
A valuable post hun. 🙂
It’s nice to see a genuine break down of how people can earn from their blog, rather than those hyped up Pinterest posts you mentioned. 🙂
Thank you! Hate those bloody posts haha x
This was such a well written post! I’ve always wanted to make money blogging, but I’ve always been so confused about HOW to do it and intimidated by all of the blog posts I see on Pinterest about how they make 6 figures a year blogging. HOW?????
But I’ve saved your post and will now be referring to it when I need some encouragement and ideas. Thanks for writing such a great post!
Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com
Thanks so much – glad you found it helpful!
I’ve been asked to do sponsored guest posts a few times now and I’ve never accepted it. Not sure why, I’m not against it but I guess I don’t like that it’s not 100% mine. It annoys me so much when people complain about others accepting lower fees. If someone needs that £20, it doesn’t matter if you wouldn’t accept less than £100 🙄 X
This is so helpful especially since WordPress ads pay pittance… I definitely want to try a couple of new ways to earn extra xx
OMG I completely forgot to add word ads to this post – thank you for reminding me!
These are great ideas! hopefully I can keep growing my blog to be able to incorporate some of them with my blog in the future!
Thank you! You totally can 😌
Thanks, for this post, Jenny. I had no idea you could these things. xxx
Great tips Jenny. I’ve had some sponsorded posts, gifted posts and even sponsorded guest posts – I didn’t know the latter was so controversial!? But once my blog gets bigger I think advertising is a great idea 🙂 and I’ve started doing surveys too. I’d be very interesting in a course or e-book personally, perhaps including some guidance for self employment?
Well, it’s not controversial. I don’t think it is anyway! But some bloggers don’t do it because of the follow links involved and they don’t like content that isn’t theirs on their blog. Each to their own I guess!
I think online survey sites are great for an extra bit of income. I’ve definitely not made loads that way but sites like Prolific I find do build up money quite quickly. Good for when emails are a bit quieter some months xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
Yep absolutely – survey sites definitely won’t make you loads but a nice extra £30 or so at the end of each month!
There are some great ideas here, thanks. Hopefully I can keep growing my blog until I reach the stage it can bring in a little cash for me.
You absolutely could. Your blog is great and you’re so funny in your writing too!
Thank you for being so honest. I’m just starting out so I’ll take every hint, tip and piece of advice going from successful bloggers. Thanks for sharing x
You’re welcome, glad you found it helpful! x
Some great tips, I might start doing surveys whilst watching tv! xx
Definitely worth it as they don’t take long x
Thanks. And I love the Harry Potter fandom. xox
Sidebar ads to promote other bloggers is a good idea. Utilising other platforms makes sense. Definitely food for thought once my blog grows more!
Glad you found it helpful!
Thank you for this! I always value your advice and this is something I have been struggling with lately! Saving to my Evernote!!
Awh thanks so much!
Thanks for keeping it real. And especially not judging bloggers that charge less for sponsored posts. Most of the times I think that this happens because new bloggers don`t know how much to ask for. Or just want a few sponsored posts as a start. I haven`t made any money from blogging so far, but I want to starting this year.
Yes I totally agree. It’s so hard to know what to charge when you’ve never been in that position before!
Great post! These ideas on how to make money by blogging is excellent. While I’ve looked into guest posting I’ve never received a reply back so I many rely on platforms like Upwork for work. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve never made money through guest posting for someone else. But having other people / PR’s / brands etc guest posting on my blog!
I really loved this post since I’m working on my blog and Instagram and how to grow them! Thanks for sharing.
Melissa | Rosy Melissa
Loved getting a peek into the ways you make money through blogging and online affairs. It was worth it to note that one has to declare the value of gifted products when self-employed.
I am not currently making money blogging yet. Would love to and have my eyes peeled for the future. 🙂
Yep they sure do. I thought that was obvious haha.
Sometimes it is amazing how much you know without knowing it!
I love that you are always so real with your advice.
I know I have a couple of assignments at the moment that a lot of bloggers might look down at me for being underpriced – I’ve not tried to negotiate them up and as a still relatively new blogger I’m happy with it for the moment as I build a portfolio and links within the industry…given that I’m still in single digits with my DA I’m pretty much happy for the opportunity and experience.
Though I definitely will be charging more than a fiver should I ever decide to sell worn undies 😉
Hahahaha! Love the undies reference. I think it’s important for new bloggers to start somewhere. If you’re charging £200 off the bat, nobody is going to work with you. So you’ve got a really sensible approach!
Since I’m too teeny to be paid for my blog, I’ll make sure to put these tips to good use when I can! Haha!
Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived
You’re definitely not too teeny!
This is such a helpful post for (kinda) newbies to the blogging world like me! Such an informative an interesting post – I wish more people were helpful and open with this kind of stuff. We should all be wiling to help each other x
Thanks so much! I agree 🙂
I really love how continuously open and honest you are with other bloggers. So many people are so cagey about how to make money out of blogging but you are always so helpful and generous with your knowledge. You’re a superstar Jenny!
Beth x Adventure & Anxiety
Oh I hate that cageyness!
Some amazing ideas right here my lovely!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
Thank you x
I think far too many people are looking for some ‘get rich quick’ scheme where they can make big money doing nothing at home, and those pins just feed into that mentality. The ability to make money from home is definitely there, but it takes work and dedication
Oh I totally agree. So many new bloggers are blogging for literally months and wonder why they’ve not made money yet.
Some great tips here for people wanting to make money from blogging – for me I don’t think I will make money off my blog anytime soon and am just enjoying putting my creativity in one place. I do online surveys though which is helpful when I need a little extra to get me through the month!
They definitely are helpful!
Great tips! These are great for beginner and matured bloggers.
Thank you x
I love your money-making blogging posts, Jenny. You’re always so honest and helpful, I’ve definitely taken some of your tips on board before now. And I completely agree with you about hosting relevant guest content too. I do this from time to time, although I rewrite it slightly to be more my voice, and so it fits better on my blog. I don’t offer advertising but you’ve given me something else to think about now, thank you! X
Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com
Awh thank you! I don’t personally see anything wrong with hosting guest content. Like you said, if it’s relevant! I think you could definitely offer advertising space for bloggers and brands!
Love your tips, thank you
You’re welcome x
The majority of the money I make is through sponsored posts but I’d like to try other options x
You should go for it x
Great tips and really refreshing blogging post. So much better than the ‘How I make 7 figures in just 2 hours with my blog’ rubbish!
It breaks down the options perfectly. It has certainly given me something to think about x
Oh my god I HATEEEE those haha! So unrealistic and achievable!
I don’t offer sidebar ads for brands as I didn’t think it would look right on my layout but now you’ve got me thinking! x
Oh you would do amazingly with sidebar ads for brands I think!
I love online surveys, mainly Prolific, and I’ve made just over £100 since February! I found out about it here, on your blog, so thank you! 😂
I love Prolific!
Thank you Jenny for such good tips! I’m trying to figure out how to start earning money from my site and your advice was really helpful!
I’m so glad 🙂
Ooooh thank you for these tips! I like the idea of having an advertising bar in the future for bloggers (when I’m much more established) so hoping to go down that route. I didn’t realise you could get paid to host guest posts either, which is interesting!
Great tips! We are looking to make money on our blog and your list is very helpful. I love the idea of creating an ebook!
This is really helpful for me. I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with my blog going forward and this info has given me a lot to think about.
Hope you get there! And yep absolutely. Some of them are utter rubbish but if it’s a relevant post to you, it’s cool IMO!
Such a useful post for anyone thinking about making money from blogging. 😊 I still do one of the online survey sites you recommended in a post and I’m regularly cashing out £30-40 each time! As they say every little bit helps! 😁
That’s fantastic! I’m so glad!
This was really helpful ☺️ I’m just getting started in the blogging world, and this has definitely given me lots to think about for the future.
Ill keep an eye for your course, because I’d be interested in doing that ☺️
Awh yay that’s amazing to hear! I’m working on it now 🙂
I have to admit, I’ve toyed with the idea of having advertising spots on my blog in 2020 for other bloggers. But, I want to wait until the new year when I’m more established. Apart from that I’ve looked into sponsored posts with very little luck. I’ll have to keep looking. I’m currently reading through your post on the subject.
Sponsored posts are a tough one. Because I hate saying “they just come to me” but some of them do. But it’s always worth consistently checking the bloggers wanted hash tag and Facebook groups for blogger opportunities.
Great tips, especially for those bloggers just starting out! Have you ever considered affiliate marketing? I think with your following you’d bring in a good chunk of cash with that!
I have considered it but I really just haven’t got my head around it and don’t really know where to start!
Great post, thank you for sharing! I’m deffo going to have a look at how to attract sponsored post’s more to try and grow my blog. Feel like i’m not really growing at the mo! X
Hope this post can help!