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.
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…
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