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How Much Do Bloggers Make? The Real Answer You May Not Want To Hear.

how much do bloggers makeHave you ever wondered how much bloggers make?  

Or if you should start a blog just to make money?  You are not alone.  Well, here is my somewhat vague answer to that very broad and general question.  Do bloggers make money? Yes. Yes they do.  I am living proof.  The how and how much, now that varies wildly.  So here’s what you need to know.

Can Blogging Be Your Full Time Job?

Yes.  Blogging will always feel like a full time job, even if you are not making the money to support yourself solely from your blog.  The amount of work required to keep up with blogging can be overwhelming.

Can you make enough money blogging that it could become your primary source of income? Yes.  You can. Does it happen overnight? No.

Truth is, if you need money quick, and are looking to start a new venture in which to get this “quick money”, then starting a blog is not for you.

If you want to create something you are passionate about, add value to others’ lives through what you have to offer, be willing to slowly build a following and community, and spend a hell of a lot of time writing, then blogging is right for you!

How Do Bloggers Make Money?

Bloggers can make money several ways.  Some of the most popular are ads and affiliate marketing.   Many bloggers sign up with Google Adsense, an add network that matches advertisements to relevant blogs based on content.  There are other ad networks as well.

Ads

If your blog is popular then you can see effective selling ad space to advertisers of your choosing for a monthly, weekly, or quarterly fee.  To do this you have to be bringing in some serious traffic.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is popular among bloggers and for good reason.  I am an affiliate of GoDaddy, Mailchimp, and Scribe just to name a few.  What that means is that I promote these products and get a percentage of sales made through links people clicked through on my blog.

Key to affiliate marketing without being cheesy is to be forthcoming with the fact that your links are affiliate and only promote products that you have actually tried and that will actually provide some benefit and add value to your readers.

Products

Now on to my favorite and what I think most effective way to make money from your blog-your own products.  Books, ebooks, and ecourses are all great ways to make money from your blog.

Depending on what your blog is about, you have the potential to create as many different kinds of products as you’d like.  I have a friend who has a popular dating blog create merchandise such as mugs, water bottles and t shirts to sell on her blog and is doing well.

Can’t go wrong with promoting your own product.  Same rules apply as do with affiliate marketing.  Give them something that adds value, and market the crap out of it and you!

Should I Start A Blog Just To Make Money?

If that’s what you want.  Just know that it doesn’t happen overnight.  And make sure you are passionate about what you blog about, because you will be spending a lot of time with it.

The more value you add, the more money you will make, if you’re smart. The best thing you can do is learn how to market yourself and your products.  if your dream is to start a blog and make money doing it, then do it.  You can do it, be ready to work, write, learn, market, and network.

So, How Much Do Bloggers Make?

Here’s the frustrating truth: it depends.  It depends on several things. your niche, your traffic, your content, your marketing, your network, your work ethic, and what value you are adding.

I know bloggers with good blogs who make nothing.  I have made $500 a month from a blog with little traffic and over $1000 a month from blogs with lots of traffic. The only way to know is to jump in.  Then learn as much as you can.

One thing for sure is that you will NEVER make any money from blogging if you never start a blog!

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59 Comments

  • Dadblunders

    Angie,

    I have long wondered if people actually make money on their blogs. I knew that many other bloggers promoted products and sold items but I never knew the effectiveness of it.

    I actually have begun promoting video games but that has more to do with the fact I was asked if I would and they gave me the game for free (hey…it’s every dads dream to review a video games…and to think my mom said playing video games would never be beneficial to me)!

    Promoting a video game though is only partially what I do. I enjoy talking to others and sharing parenting tips. As a former social worker, I know that parents need help and sometimes feel like they are going through everything alone.

    One question I have for you is do you have more than one blog at a time? If you do how do you find time to do all of the the various things for it?

    Aaron

    • ajorda2

      People do make money with their blogs, but its not many. It can be very hard depending on what you blog about. I’d love a fashion blog… Opportunities everywhere without it seeming odd to sell or promote.

      I don’t currently have more than one blog, but have in the past. The key is to focus on quality not quantity. Focus on creating one awesome post per week on each blog, and then work to promote them. It’s still important to have a passion for what you write about!

    • Jonathan Bond

      Hey, if you want to, feel free to check out my blog to get a few pointers. I started last year and it’s pretty much of what Angie said. It takes time and it’s a lot of hard work involved. But very fun once you get used to it.

  • Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan)

    I think the “Dirty Little Secret” is that FEW bloggers make much money from writing alone. There HAS to be more that one does.

    The ONLY person I know who makes a really nice living is someone who is on the Tech side of things, started VERY early, and hit a great niche and did it VERY well.

    Mom bloggers make far less than they admit and much of their income comes from being a brand ambassador, reviews, and hosting Twitter Parties. To do all that is a FULL-TIME job!

    I only know of ONE Dad blogger who makes his primary living from being a prominent Dad blogger.

    FEW books turn a profit. The numbers are extremely discouraging.

    I got into ALL THIS for reasons that were not about money. I was blessed that I could make THIS my full-time job because I had a good run in my previous career.

    Now, I’m working towards monetization ’cause sending kids to college is ridiculously expensive and we qualify for ZERO in the way of loans.

    It’s shocked me how difficult it’s been. I’m completely UNWILLING to compromise my values so that does limit some income opportunities. For instance, I will not do product reviews nor am I looking to be anybody’s ambassador.

    We’ll see. I absolutely LOVE every minute of ever hour – EVERY DAY – that I devote to writing and Social Media, but sometimes I want to SCREAM!

    • ajorda2

      I think majority of bloggers don’t make ANY money, which is why it’s hard to be so consistent. It’s why products, services, and coaching are good to incorporate into your blog. Surely we all have some thing to offer that someone will pay money for! But I’m like you, I don’t like to “taint” my blog with ads that only take away from the content. You have to do what feels right to you.

      I agree it can be frustrating monetizing, but if you LOVE what you do, it doesn’t matter. We just have to get creative and make that switch from blogging for passion and making some money at the same time!

  • Dawn Lanier

    I loved this post Angie – you’ve delved into question that many wonder about, and given it a very thoughtful answer. Blogging isn’t easy because it takes time to be creative, to write well consistently and offer valuable content on a regular basis. I agree with you that for most people, ‘the best thing you can do is learn how to market yourself and your products’. Great advice! Thanks.

    • ajorda2

      Thanks for reading Dawn! Marketing yourself and your own products is really the way to go in most cases. And it is so important to be adding something of value to people before you ever ask anything of them!

  • Dan Madden

    Hi guys,

    Angie, great article, certainly agree that those that try to set up a money-making blog without a passion for their chosen subject are going to struggle to succeed.

    From what I’ve seen, the most successful blogs have been about content first, monetization second. There are quite a few bedroom bloggers who have become opinion leaders through their credibility on a particular topic and gone on to turn it into a full time job. But it stands that monetization follows audience, and audience follows content!

    For those looking for an extra way to make money from their blogs, Coull is also an option. Coull enables bloggers to add affiliate links for relevant products to the video content on their site and make money in the same way as described in your ‘Affiliate’ section above. The difference is that video has a very high conversion rate, is the type of content people love to see on blogs, and the way the link, or call to action, is integrated within the video doesn’t compromise the content of the blog itself.

    Blogs live or die by their content, so we try and provide a way of monetizing video without affecting your community’s experience.

    Check it out – http://www.coull.com/vidlinkr – Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

    Dan Madden, Marketing Manager @ Coull

    • ajorda2

      Yes Dan, I agree that content comes first! Thanks for sharing about Coull. I will have to check it out since I have never before heard of it and I am always trying to help people squeeze money from their blogs!

  • gingermommy

    Blogging is my full time job and I can support my family on it. And the months that re a bit slow, it is nice that I do not need to buy product I normally buy as it is sent to me in exchange for promo. Thanks for the post.

    • ajorda2

      I love it! And I checked out your blog and love it also! I love to see people who make blogging their full time job because many people don’t think that those people exist anymore. And I can assure you, that they do! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Churchill Madyavanhu

    Interesting topic. This is something I have been thinking about for quite a while. I have heard about bloggers making 6-figures and have always been wondering how they are doing it. I think it would be good and motivating to newbie bloggers if some seasoned bloggers shared a little more information about their income from blogging. If I start making any money as a blogger, I promise to come back and share the good news. 🙂

  • Doina Oncel

    Hi Angie,

    I love how you made it clear that in order to see results it takes time and that applies not just to blogging but to everything that needs to make a business successful online and offline.

    I also like how you are encouraging people to just get on board and just do it.

    Thanks for this!

    • ajorda2

      Thanks Doina, yes, I think that everyone should pay attention and attempt to monetize their blog. It is something we spend so much time on(or we should), and we would be missing a big piece of revenue if we don’t set up this channel for some passive income 😉

  • Will Russell

    Nice article Angie – certainly useful for those considering making a move into blogging as a source of income. As others suggest, it will take a huge amount of site traffic to allow a person to make a good income from blogging alone, it’s usually other opportunities (guest speaking, books, coaching etc) that come as a direct result of blogging that drive the real revenue.

    • ajorda2

      I agree Will, you should have a mix of all these things. But you don’t have to have as much traffic as most people think… you just have to have the right traffic, and the right products 😉

  • Meire Weishaupt

    Nice article, with amazing tips for the ones that want to blog for money or not. I liked the way you described everything related including affiliated marketing. Excellent advice in promoting the own products! Thank you!

    • ajorda2

      Thanks Marie! I am glad to be shedding a little light on how much bloggers really make and the realities of monetizing your blog!

  • Sherie

    Great article, Angie…I really appreciate that you shed light on the reality of making money with a blog…that it’s not a quick, get rich scheme and that there is a lot of hard work and consistency involved with no guarantee of a financial return.

    • ajorda2

      Thanks for your comment Sherie! The realities of blogging is that it is a lot of work and sometimes getting returns requires more than just time. You really have to educate yourself!

  • JumpinGoat Coffee

    I believe it is a matter of establishing one’s self as an expert in their chosen field. Once that is accomplished others will listen when recommendations come along that will lead to money being generated.

    • ajorda2

      Oh I absolutely agree with you on that one! If their is no credibility than no one will trust your recommendations. Thanks for adding that! xo

  • constance

    Well I fell under those who are not really making money from blogging, but then again I’ve been blogging part time most of the years so before I truly judge blogging as the source for earning a living I will give it atleast two years. Recently my traffic double and more so I have my fingers cross.

    • Angie M Jordan

      Hi Constance,

      At first blogging is a full time job. But if you set it up right you can create a passive stream of income that you can just manage part time 🙂 You’ll get there.

  • pradip

    A very interesting article and It was very insightful. I have had a successful blog (meaning hits) for over 2 years but have been unable to make any real money at it! Your tips were extremely helpful.

  • Madhav Tripathi

    Very true opinions, we can make some good money with blogs not as much as others claim. i also make money with blogging but it is mostly with adsense and that is just about thousand dollars and not a few thousand dollars. That’s it.

  • JC Moneyman

    Hi Angie

    I like this post because its Spot On. It’s good to see a fellow blogger tell the truth… Tell it like it really is.

    I first got into blogging to promote my business consulting service and then network marketing and later as an affiliate marketer

    I does DEPEND.

    It worked as a good ad tool for consulting but I could only get local clients
    Also great for network marketing, as an attraction ad but I still had to get in the phone
    Best as an affiliate. I can reach people around the world, gain interest and sell directly with my email campaign

    It’s a LOT cheaper that pocket ads, that’s for sure!

    • Angie M Jordan

      Glad you liked it JC! I appreciate the comment! You know, blogging is all about being authentic and transparent. Making money blogging can vary so wildly! It has even for me with different blogs that I have! Ad your niche matters too! Once again, thanks for stopping by!

      Xo Ang

  • Sebastian Aiden Daniels

    This was a very useful read. I give you props for making money off your blog. Like you said it takes a lot of hard hard work. I really like your setup. Hopefully one day I will get where you are. Keep up the informative reads. I will add you to my bookmarked blogs to follow.

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  • Reginald

    Hi Angie,

    I think making money through blogging is very possible but like what you said, only a few who really make money through it.

    Many people don’t see it that only high traffic blogs make good money with Adsense. If you have low traffic, you need to get more affiliate sales or focus on content first.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Eri

    This is a really well written article Angie. I have recently started a website for families in my area and I now need to focus on it making a little bit of money while at the same time keeping my content authentic. I feel like lots of family blogs turn into walking advertisements for a whole host of products and end up seeming unreliable. I am working to find a balance with my blog, as I really enjoy it but as with most bloggers, would also like it to make me some money. I appreciate that you take such a direct, honest approach to the subject!

    • Angie M Jordan

      My best advice? Keep it about your audience. It’s okay to profit from recommending things to them that will really help them. Affiliate marketing is a lot better than ads in my opinion because it gives you a chance to introduce something to your audience in a genuine way and know that they can actually benefit from using it. Trust me, you won’t loose any points with your audience if you remain helpful and engaged with them!

  • Nicola

    Thanks for the article, I’ve recently set up a blog and would really like to make it a full-time endeavour, but have quickly realised it’s not that simple.

    It is a real struggle to get traffic, and consistently writing new content is a lot more time consuming than it may seem at first. I’ll keep trying though and hopefully, even if I can generate a small amount of revenue, it would be worth it for me!

    • Angie M Jordan

      Your welcome! You are right, it’s not easy. As a matter of fact, it’s the opposite of easy. But the truth remains that it is very possible and consistency is definitely the key to doing this! Thanks for dropping by! xoxo

  • jose

    thanks for the honest and straight up answer to a question all bloggers-to-be ponder. one of our biggest questions or struggles is, being open and personable in your blog, yet trying to keep your family and personal info private. is it even possible to have a good blog that people follow and like, if you dont really talk that much about yourself? we are pretty private, yet want to blog, like to write, tech-savvy, etc… im just not sure how to strike a balance. like if it is a blog about parenting or family, house, living, could it work if you dont share alot about yourself and your family?
    hope that question makes sense.
    best regards,
    jose

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