5 Simple Ways to Make Money Blogging for Fun

You write a blog just for fun. You have a venue to share your thoughts, opinions or perhaps even expertise on something. You enjoy blogging, and it seems to show with the increasing number of people who read it. What if you could still blog as you are, keeping it fun, and still earn a little money each month?

Google AdSense

The most well-known venue, AdSense by Google places on your blog ads from pay-per-click (PPC) marketers. The ads are supposed to relate to the topic of your blog, so no contradictory information is discovered by search engines, everything on the blog relates to the same general topic. Each time one of your blog readers clicks on the ads placed there, you get a portion of what Google is paid by the PPC advertisers. It doesn’t matter if the reader purchases something on the advertised site; you get paid as a via-advertisement referral source.

Sponsored Ads

Separate but conceptually related, finding your own advertisers and selling them advertising space on your blog can create a passive income stream that can supplement any other form or stream you can implement. It takes a little initiative to find sponsors, but for a modest fee, many merchants will strongly consider another advertising venue that fits well on your blog. Again, just make sure the merchant‘s products or services relate to your blog.

Affiliate Programs

Far easier than it sounds, promoting products that directly relate to and pertain to your blog topic can be a quick and easy income stream. Simply sign up as an affiliate, post embedded links within your blog and mention the product or description occasionally. Use the anchor text, the words in which you place the link, wisely; don’t use such words as ‘click here’ or ‘download’ but text that relates to both the blog and the product link. One of the biggest advantages to passive affiliates is that you don’t need marketing or sales experience. You just choose a product and post a link in your blog.

ClickBank is one of the largest and most reliably-paying affiliate product site on the Internet, but others exist as well, such as PayDotcom or Blogads.

Skimlinks

If you mention merchants in your blog, sign up for Skimlinks. This program automatically changes your merchant links that you use for product display into affiliate links if the merchant has an affiliate program. The link won’t look any different than a normal link, but if the reader purchases something from that site, and your blog sent them there, you get a commission.

Subscriptions

Use your blog as an advertising venue for your own specialized, subscription-only newsletter. Monthly publication and mailing can over time build into a respectable income stream. Make the newsletter topic highly relevant to your blog and the price very reasonable with lots of bonus information, and you can build a list very quickly.

The 5 options here are only a few possible ways to make your blogging hobby an income source. Little or no expertise is required, merely the ability to read instructions, for any of these. Spend the same time blogging you already do each week; keep your blog on target, and you could earn a passive income in a very short time.

About the Author

JC Ryan is a freelance writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand which online courses and online schools they can choose from to reach their goals.

About Dean Saliba

Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.

26 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways to Make Money Blogging for Fun

  1. Anthony

    In my opinion blogging had originated as a medium of expression not income, and as income got involved, people became more and more serious about it. Apart from that, these steps would really help people have some fun in blogging instead of keeping it monotonous for them.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      He wasn’t saying blogging originated as a form of income, he said why not earn an income from your blog WHILE you are having fun blogging. πŸ˜‰

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    The best thing ever is we make money when we do what we love to do!! so why not?
    Today, blogger is a new stream of media. Lot of company know this and use blogger as a press release in some countries.
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  3. Cheolsu

    I did not like blogging as much when I started with my blog last December primarily because I did not have many readers. With time, I noticed a significant increase in traffic and with the addition of adsense, it did get a lot enjoyable. Have a reasonable readers base is the key.

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    • Dean Saliba Post author

      I have been using Hubpages for a little while now, part of my attempt at earning a passive income, and on the whole I like them. They are certainly bigger than Bukisa. πŸ™‚

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    I am about to totally redesign the blog. But there is one small problem…I have no idea how to do it. Any tips, ideas or suggestions. Thanks

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      When I do a design I always ask my readers what they would like to see in the new design. I also check out other blogs in my niche as well.

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    • Dean Saliba Post author

      Fresh content is very important. I know that because I often don’t post enough content on this blog and my traffic (and therefore my income) plummets.

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    You will want to spy on these advertisers for awhile first. Decide on a niche, come up with a few keywords and then take note of the number of ad word ads that appear when you do a Google search on the keyword, with double quotation marks. These are the keywords that will make you allot of money when your site visitor clicks on your ad sense ads.

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    Blogging is getting bigger and more people are jumping on this bandwagon because it’s easy money. I’ve tried the surveys, but they’re too time consuming in my opinion. Great way to have fun while working!

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      It isn’t easy money, that is why a lot of blogs become abandoned. People think it is easy to make money but soon find out it isn’t.

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    I know there are people out there that make a living just by blogging. I would like to start a blog and need help getting started on where the money comes in. I understand how to write blogs, but I want money.Thanks

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      Most bloggers will promote products via their blog posts. I like to write sponsored posts, a post that an advertiser pays me to write. πŸ™‚

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    Blogging is a passion for many people, and people really enjoy blogging as a wholesome form to communicate your feelings and your ideas, thoughts. So, if there is an incentive that you can also make some money from it, so why not go ahead with it. Its worth it.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      Oh absolutely. I’ve been blogging since about 2004 and it started as a personal blog and quickly split to multiple blogs and I still love it. πŸ™‚

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    Thanks for the great post. PPC for me has worked pretty well, but I’ve heard that it is not advisable to rely on his solely, as Google could ban your account in the blink of an eye and suddenly you are left without an income. I try to diversify my business and also use organic search engine traffic as well.

    I think anyone can learn something from your advice above so thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    • Dean Saliba Post author

      I don’t know about that, I know of a fair few people who use just Google Adsense to monetize and they make a very good living without being banned.

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