12 Easy Ideas For Making Money Online Through Blogging


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Making money online has become increasingly easy as more opportunities and innovations arise. Before launching out on the internet I spent lots of hours and days reading and analyzing the many products, schemes and techniques that people seem to be using to make money from just a few bucks to hundreds of thousands of dollars and even millions. Honestly, I’ve been burnt a few times from trying some get rich quick stuff.

However, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some very simple, popular and legitimate techniques for making money online with very high success rates when done properly. So, I’m going to be sharing 12 money making ideas and I’m sure there are a couple here that will fit your blog’s niche or business model.

I’ll start with some basic techniques that can be implemented into every blog:

1. Make Money Through Google Adsense

This is by far the easiest method to start earning from your blog. Google’s adsense gives you access to their huge network of advertisers through which you can display advertisements that are relevant to your blog’s audience. You earn whenever someone views and clicks your ads. More visitors to your blog will mean high earnings and clickthrough rates. Ensure that you setup adsense ads for your feeds as well, google provides this option once you sign-in to your dashboard.

Click here to sign up for Google’e Adsense

Several Alternatives – Here are some alternatives to adsense that offer the same types of services. Chitika, Text Link Ads, AdBrite

2. Selling Private Advertising Space

This is another method for earning from your blog where you reserve certain spaces on your site for advertisers to place their banner or text ads. This way you specify your rates which are usually paid on a monthly basis. The cost of these ads will depend on your site’s popularity.

You can have as many as 8 advertising spots on your site without it being too intrusive for your readers. Each could bring you and average of $12 per month which means about $96 per month. You can find advertisers through the Buy Sell Ads network.

3. Paid Job Board

Setting up a job board to complement your blog is fairly simple. Through this you can offer free and paid job listings for visitors who may be interested in job opportunities. To earn from this, simply offer premium listings that will get more exposure than the average posting. Charge anywhere from $10 to $100 per month for listings. The price, of course, depends on the amount of traffic your blog receives.

Here are some up and running job boards to help you get the idea: ProBlogger Jobs and BloggerJobs.Biz

4. Accept Donations Through This Awesome Widget

Depending on what your blog focuses on you can accept monetary contributions paid directly to your paypal account through the ChipIn Widget. This is a flash based web service that simplifies the process of collecting money using a neat little widget to catch your visitors’ attention as seen in the setup example below.

Now for some more advanced techniques for monetizing your blog:

5. Writing & Selling E-Books

If you are an expert in the niche you are blogging about you can write unique e-books that provide a vast amount of useful content for your readers. Your first e-book can be sold anywhere from $7 to $30 depending on the quality and uniqueness of the content. If you’re serious, your e-book can be completed within a couple of months and provides a solid long-term income. Imagine selling an e-book for $12 with 1,000 copies being sold. That’s $12,000 in sales and is a lot of money even if its earned over a 12 month period.

6. Create & Sell WordPress Themes & Plugins

If you have great web development skills or have a few friends who do, you could design and develop a few WordPress themes and plugins and sell them for a minimal price of around $30. Think about it, there are over 100,000 blogs being launched daily. These bloggers are looking for themes for their new ventures; many of them are willing to pay for premium themes to get their journey started.

In addition to promoting your work on your own blog, you can sell your themes through the Themeforest marketplace. They’ve sold over 47,000 different themes on behalf of designers and developers and their site is one of most trusted and visited on the internet.

7. Theme Reviews Using Affiliate Links

You could also write in depth reviews of new themes that may be launched by other developers and themes builders that offer commissions for their affiliates. Sign up for an affiliate account with these websites and start writing the reviews. Visitors who read the reviews may be interested and click your affiliate links to purchase the theme. These visitors will be counted as your referrals and earn you commissions. Some sites that offer these types of affiliate earnings are: Woo Themes and Elegant Themes

8. Write For Other Paying Blogs

There are lots of opportunities for bloggers who are willing to write for blogging networks or other individuals and businesses who may need your help. These sites pay from $5 per blog post up to even $100 per post depending on the popularity of the blog and quality of content you will be required to produce. You can find freelance blogging jobs at BloggerJobs.Biz or my job board at Sam’s Job Board.

9. Creating & Selling Blogs

I always say that owning a website or blog is like owning a piece of virtual real estate and in the same way that you can buy and sell homes and other properties, you can use the same techniques for selling websites. The value of websites appreciate depending on many factors like, domain age, content, actual earnings, traffic, etc. and these factors affect how much your site can be sold for. You can buy some interesting domains, build up some blogs that focus on specific niches and once it has a steady flow of traffic you simply sell. Flippa.com is an excellent marketplace for buying and selling websites.

10. Write Sponsored Reviews

SponsoredReviews.com allows you to earn cash by writing and posting honest reviews on your blog about their advertisers’ products and services. Advertisers will benefit from your reviews since it increases backlinks, popularity and search engine rankings for their product sites and that’s what they’re paying for. Depending on your readership and the quality of your blog, you can earn from $5 to $1,000 per post.

11. Become A Consultant Through Your Blog

If you are a specialist in your field, offer consultation services that are charged at an hourly or daily rate. You can also charge for speaking engagements at conferences and other types of offline forums. Ensure that you market these services effectively through your blog to ensure that visitors can readily see that you are available.

12. Private Forums, Memberships or E-Courses

Your regular blog’s content is one thing but you can go a step further by offering premium content on a paid membership basis. This especially works if you offer a specialty in your niche and already have a decent readership that enjoys your regular content. Create membership areas of your site that requires your readers to pay a small subscription fee to login. A small fee of $5 per month can easily accumulate to thousands of dollars per month if your are truly dedicated to providing superb content for your members.

There are quite a few plugins on the market that can create password protected areas of your existing blog and integrates a platform for accepting payments.

Other facts to keep in mind

To maximize your earnings through your blog, you really need to ensure that you are aiming for high quality in all aspects. Factors such as a user friendly blog design, easy to find and read information and your character as a blogger can affect the ultimate earning potential of your blog.

Also, ensure that you have:

An Advertising profile – This provides basic information of your site such as your readers’ demographics, your alexa rank, monthly visitors, banner ad prices, your google pagerank, number of feed subscribers and any other useful information for potential advertisers

A Serious Focus On Your Niche – Most advertisers only advertise within their niche. Its easier to attract advertisers when they see that you are focused

Build a Mailing List – Use AWeber or Mail Chimp to build your e-mail list or at least ensure that you have feedburner setup so that your readers can keep updated on your new content. This is the easiest method for contacting your dedicated readers when you are promoting a new affiliate product or service. You should have already built some trust with your subscribers and thus it will be easier for them to make a purchase from you.


Its pretty easy to start monetizing your blogging efforts; and the ideas above are guaranteed to give you a kick start in the right direction. Check out this list of the 30 Highest Earning Blogs on The Internet to get an idea of the potential of blogging and the simple techniques that are used to make a killing online.

What money making techniques have worked best for your blog? Which ideas are you excited to start trying. Please share with us in the comments, we would love to hear from you.

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41 Responses

    • Sam

      06/01/2010, 04:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing Joella :)

      Whenever you’re ready to jump start your online money making activities just let me know if you need any help.

    • Sam

      06/08/2010, 12:01 am

      Hey Dana,

      Thanks for commenting and I’m glad the list was helpful.

      Adsense earnings will improve if ads are placed strategically where visitors are most likely to notice and click through. Google provides excellent suggestions for placements.

  1. mark

    06/01/2010, 10:22 pm

    Hey Robyn,

    I am still a bit away from any money making on my site, but I think these are great ideas. When I first started writing, I did not even think about the money part of it, but it is taking up enough of my time now that I think it would be good to make it a paying hobby. :)

    Have a good day!
    .-= mark´s last blog ..10 Ways To Come Up With Blogging Topics =-.

    • Sam

      06/08/2010, 12:03 am

      Its good to see you here again Mark :)

      Its definitely worth monetizing; having a paid hobby is an even greater incentive and encouragement for excelling at blogging.

  2. Colleen@Kennewick Real Estate

    06/02/2010, 12:07 pm

    #11 is big Sam. If experienced bloggers tap into their local community, the work would be endless. I’m amazed at the number of local businesses that do not even have a web presence. Heck, some have not even taken the few moments it takes to fill out the form for their free Google Local Business Center listing.
    .-= Colleen@Kennewick Real Estate´s last blog ..Tagaris Summer Concert Series =-.

    • Sam

      06/08/2010, 12:14 am

      Thanks for sharing that Colleen :)

      That’s a great point. The business people who are extending themselves to every corner online and off are the ones who are and will experience increased opportunities and a high level of success. The Google Local Business Center listing is basic and every business should use it.

  3. Natalia

    06/02/2010, 01:56 pm

    Hey Sam,
    I’m using Google Adsense and I’ve put in a Job Board but I’m yet to market it (it’s spanking new) but I’m hopeful. I’ve also thought about selling e-books but I’m not sure about the market for them in my niche. Great ideas as usual!

    • Sam

      06/08/2010, 12:20 am

      Hey Natalia,

      I’ve read a lot of your articles and I think you are bringing some new perspectives online in many topics. I think you should focus on one of them, compile your ideas in a small e-book and test the market. I think you could do very well with that :)

      • Natalia

        06/08/2010, 05:12 am

        Thanks for the encouragement Sam :) Maybe we could talk more about that… It’s actually something I’ve been toying with, but I have a long way to go!

  4. CJ

    06/03/2010, 04:22 pm

    Great post!
    These are great ways to make money through blogging. Especially designing wordpress themes and plugins. I’m a computer science major still in college, so I’ll be definitely be designing wordpress plugins in the near future it’s just a matter of time!


  5. Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing

    06/03/2010, 06:56 pm

    I’ve seen a bunch of job-boards that seem way out if place. Especially when placed on a blog for bloggers but more then half the jobs are not for blogging.

    Overall, some awesome tips collected here. I think the main problem is not finding or knowing of such opportunities, but the fact that the largest percentage of folks will never get out of the get-rich-quick mindset, unfortunately…if it takes more then a week, they say forget it.
    .-= Dennis Edell @ Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..The Future of DEDC – Part 3 – A Slight Modification You Might Like Better =-.

    • Sam

      06/08/2010, 07:36 am

      Thanks for sharing Dennis :)

      In all activities, it really is very important to stick to one’s particular niche as best as possible. Although a job board on a site about blogging doesn’t need to be strictly about jobs solely for bloggers. It does work better that way though.

      Bloggers with that get rich quick mindset have some tough lessons to learn. At the same time, this means more jobs and opportunities for the bloggers who are willing to stay the course!

  6. Kimi

    06/06/2010, 02:23 am

    Very useful lists there Robyn :D I agree with creating blogs and selling them in flippa, omg they really offer expensive websites, never know blog can be worth that much!
    .-= Kimi´s last blog ..How to ping your blog =-.

    • Sam

      06/08/2010, 07:38 am

      Thanks for reading Kimi :)

      I was pretty shocked too when I first visited flippa. I was a bit tempted to offer my blog for sale but could not do away with my baby :D

  7. Elli@TorontoCondos

    06/12/2010, 07:45 am

    Good summary, but don’t forget: making money online is extremely competitive! Don’t think you can just create ‘Credit Cards How To’ site #687993 and fat cheques from Google will surge immediately. I believe you need passion, lot of passion. You really have to be devoted to the topic, you have to love writing and spreading your words and that’s not a weekend activity.

  8. franky

    06/27/2010, 06:15 pm

    You did give least attention to probably one of the more lucrative ones: build a mailing list.

    Mailing lists are very easy to find advertisers for. Actually mailing lists are one of the most asked ad slots by low profile advertisers.

    Another very popular request from advertisers are pre-roll ads for videos. Get that camera out and start editing.

  9. Daniel Sharkov

    07/04/2010, 09:21 am

    Monetizing a blog with AdSense is without a doubt the most popular approach, but in my opinion it is the most ineffective. The second idea is definitely a better choice. Finding someone to advertise on your site can bring some decent money. I am also considering on starting to write some sponsored reviews. That is yet another great approach. One needs to be careful, since driving away current readers is possible though.

  10. ron

    07/24/2010, 05:12 pm

    I will have to look more into this when things get better on my end right now im just seeing what the internet has to offer me .

  11. Mr.Ven

    02/16/2012, 01:44 pm

    Hi Sam,

    Creating a product and selling in own blog brings in lot of money and your ebook example is clear that we can make $12K+ a year. However, when it comes to blog income it all depends on the amount of traffic. more traffic = more money !


  12. Etienne

    07/06/2012, 10:34 pm


    I don’t have a blog yet, but I’m thinking of making one. I wonder if free blog platforms, like blogger.com, would allow me to earn through my blog? Or do I have to get myself a website where I can put my blog, so I can earn from it?


  13. bo4610

    08/24/2012, 05:07 am

    Tip #2 is new to me. I haven’t really thought that that is possible. I guess I won’t buy that one but the rest are all cool.

  14. Mukesh Dutta

    10/31/2012, 12:19 am

    These are great options for bloggers to make money. I cam to know about the Chipln widget for the first time. Thanks for introducing it…….will certainly give it a try!

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    06/18/2013, 01:30 pm

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