Do You Make Money Blogging?

do you make money blogging

Do You

Make Money

Blogging?

 

 

 

 

One of the questions I am asked quite a bit by friends and family is “do you make money blogging?”

The simple answer is yes.  The actual answer is a bit more complicated.

 I didn’t get into blogging to make money.  And I will continue to blog whether or not I ever make another cent.  I blog so my head doesn’t explode.  Seriously.

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But after a few months of blogging, I found out I could make a little bit of money.  At least enough to pay for my domain name and monthly blog hosting.  So I signed up with Social Spark, a company which links bloggers with companies who want sponsored posts, in which the company pays a fee for a post about their product (not a review).

I actively pursue leads on Social Spark, but other than that, I mostly just wait for offers to come to me or listen in the blogging groups I belong to, for leads that apply to things I am interested in.  For instance, I don’t blog about diapers.  Ever.

I also signed up with Izea.com for pay-per-click advertising.  This is the ad block you see running in the upper right corner of my blog.  If you click on an ad you are interested in, I can earn a little bit of money (usually less than $2 a month).

In addition to the money I make from my blog (which mostly goes back into the blog), I also ghost blog for BlogMutt.com.  In ghost blogging, I make about $8 a blog to write for corporate websites on whatever topic they request.  I can pick and choose the topics I am interested in and write them in my spare time.

And the last way I make money from my blog is through Amazon.com.  I don’t make much, but if you click through one of my book links to buy something I get a small commission and, of course, if you purchase my book, Peace and Quiet: A Cautionary Tale, I get a percentage of the sales.

So do I make a lot of money from blogging and writing?  No.  Right now, it’s between $100-200 a month.  But it pays my blogging fees and gives me some “fun money” outside of my regular paycheck.

My advice: Don’t get into blogging to make money.  Get into blogging because you have something to say and you need to say it or…

Are you a blogger?  Why do you blog? Please leave your answer in the comments below.

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2 Replies to “Do You Make Money Blogging?”

  1. I am so happy to read your blogs,and “reviews”.Your perspective is fresh,haertfelt and I always come away from reading your posts feeling that I indeed learned something!Keep it up!
    hugs,
    Mom

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