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8 Ways I Make Money Blogging & Online

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.

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

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!

eBook sales

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.

Gifted products

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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Online surveys

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.

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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?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

105 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. Yes I totally agree. It’s so hard to know what to charge when you’ve never been in that position before!

  2. 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.

    1. I’ve never made money through guest posting for someone else. But having other people / PR’s / brands etc guest posting on my blog!

  3. 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

    1. You’re welcome!

  4. 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. 🙂

    1. Yep they sure do. I thought that was obvious haha.

      1. Sometimes it is amazing how much you know without knowing it!

  5. 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 😉

    1. 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!

  6. Daisy says:

    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

    1. You’re definitely not too teeny!

  7. 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

    1. Thanks so much! I agree 🙂

  8. bethany jane says:

    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

    1. Oh I hate that cageyness!

  9. Some amazing ideas right here my lovely!

    Love, Amie ❤

    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Thank you x

  10. Britt K says:

    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

    1. Oh I totally agree. So many new bloggers are blogging for literally months and wonder why they’ve not made money yet.

  11. A Cup of Wonderland says:

    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!

    1. They definitely are helpful!

  12. venturingventuras says:

    Great tips! These are great for beginner and matured bloggers.

    1. Thank you x

  13. Lisa's Notebook says:

    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

    1. 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!

  14. Love your tips, thank you

    1. You’re welcome x

  15. The majority of the money I make is through sponsored posts but I’d like to try other options x

    1. You should go for it x

  16. 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

    1. Oh my god I HATEEEE those haha! So unrealistic and achievable!

  17. 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

    1. Oh you would do amazingly with sidebar ads for brands I think!

  18. Nicola Niemc says:

    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! 😂

    1. I love Prolific!

  19. 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!

    1. I’m so glad 🙂

  20. 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!

    1. 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!

      Caitlin

    2. 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.

    3. 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!

  21. 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! 😁

    1. That’s fantastic! I’m so glad!

  22. 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 ☺️

    1. Awh yay that’s amazing to hear! I’m working on it now 🙂

  23. 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.

    1. 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.

  24. 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!

    Mariam
    bossbabechroniclesblog.com

    1. I have considered it but I really just haven’t got my head around it and don’t really know where to start!

  25. 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

    1. Hope this post can help!

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