How to Make Money Blogging [Complete Newbie's Guide]

by Garish wasil on January 15, 2012

How to Make Money Blogging ?

Now this is a widespread question among all the newbies out there and I get dozens of emails every day from people asking me how I make money blogging and how can they too.

Well, Making Money Blogging is not a difficult thing. Yes, that’s right and there’s a lot (thousands) of people who are earning a full time income through Blogging

I post a lot of tips and strategies here at Vast9 to help you with blogging but I was missing a complete guide that can help out anyone, new to blogging, to know how a blog can help them make money and how they can too start making money blogging. So here I am with my Complete Beginners’ Guide to Making Money Blogging.

Make Money Blogging How to Make Money Blogging [Complete Newbies Guide]

So without wasting any time, lets get started. But before we get any further, you first need to know what a blog is ?

What is a blog actually ?

A blog is simply a website with regularly updated content. In a blog you write and publish posts about your niche and they are shown up in a reverse chronological order on your blog.

I started my blogging journey 4 years back when I created my first blog on blogspot platform. I grabbed a free domain name and mapped it to my blog.
During the course of two years, it became quite successful and I was earning a lot from it. So I decided to move on to a more professional blogging platform ‘WordPress’. I bought a top level domain name ( the one you are reading now ! ), grabbed the best hosting for my wordprees blog (Get it Here) and transferred my posts from my blogger blog to this new one.
Its been almost 2 years  after that and Vast9 is a well established blog now. I never blogged for money, but I love to share my knowledge with others and so I have maintained this blog well ( Not to mention that Vast9 has become a constant source of income for me ).

Now How I to make money blogging ?

Making money through a blog is not difficult but it requires a lot experience. Firstly your blog needs to be getting constant traffic (unique visitors). There are many ways to get traffic online and one of the biggest and most reliable source is Search Engines. For this you need to learn more about Search Engine Optimization.

Checkout these posts first :

5 Basic Tips to Get More Traffic to Your Blog
5 Great Tips on Using Google Images to Drive Traffic to Your Website
SEO Tips for Success and Improved Search Engine Ranking

Once you start getting traffic, you can monetize your blog through the following ways :

ways to make money blogging How to Make Money Blogging [Complete Newbies Guide]

#1. How To Make Money Blogging? :

PPC and PPM Ad Networks

  • Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising :
    The best (and easiest) income source for bloggers (especially those who are just starting out) are PPC ad networks. A PPC Ad network is an advertising program in which ads are placed on your blog and you are paid whenever your visitors click on the ads. Simple, isn’t it ? And Totally Passive. You just put the PPC ads on your blog (inside the content, sidebar, header or just anywhere) and then see the money coming in. But hold on, It do requires you to get traffic to your blog.

    The best PPC network, without any doubts, is Google Adsense. It is the highest paying network and shows content related ads only.  There are many alternatives to Adsense but most of them either pay too low or have less relevant ads. Some good alternatives to Adsense are Chitika, Adbrite and Bidvertiser etc.

  • Pay per Thousand (PPM) advertising :
    If you have a huge traffic blog, you can use this type of advertising network. In this, your are paid based on the number of times the ad shows up on your Blog (i.e, you are credited for the pageviews the ad gets and not the clicks).

    Some good PPM networks are ValueClick,technorati media and tribal fusion.

#2. How To Make Money Blogging? :

Affiliate Marketing

This is the most Lucrative way to make money online and if you have a blog, it is a plus. In this you recommend ‘useful and relevant’ products to your blog readers and if any of your reader buys that product (through your Affiliate Links, you earn a commission).

You need to have a good readership for your blog to promote affiliate products and make sure you promote ‘useful and relevant’ products only (Yeah, I know, I repeated this line but that’s the only way I can put stress to it).

Read This Post if you want to Start Earning money Online as an affiliate marketer : What is Affiliate Marketing and How to Start With It ?

The most famous Affliate networks are ClickBank, Commission Junction, ShareaSale etc. You can also join Amazon or Ebay affliate network and earn a percentage of the sales made through your affiliate link.

#2. How To Make Money Blogging? :

Flat Rate Advertising or Direct Ad Sales

You can sell out certain space on your blog to interested advertisers. The advertiser will pay a flat payment on a monthly basis based on the price you decide, to put his banner ad on your blog. Your blog needs to have a good fan base, traffic, PageRank etc to attract advertisers otherwise you will rarely be able to sell direct ads from your blog.

If you want to sell banners ads, BuySellAds makes the process a lot easier. However, they take certain amount as commission from each ad space you sell from your blog. If you are reluctant to share your revenue with them, you can try Plugins like OIOPublisher or CrankyAds that makes the whole process a a lot simpler (and without keeping any commissions).

#4. How To Make Money Blogging? :

Sponsored Reviews and Posts

Again If your blog have good Fan Base and traffic, you can get requests from advertiser to review their product or service on your blog. That means you are paid for writing reviews for someone’s product on your blog. Many a times the advertisers will agree to pay you affiliate commissions too for that product’s sales through your blog, apart from the fee you charge to review.

Other times, Website Owners may also contact you to promote their site on your blog (in the form of a complete promotional post or a mere Backlink to their site, inside your post).

Some companies which make this process simpler and connect advertisers and bloggers are ReviewMe and PayperPost.

#5. How To Make Money Blogging? :

Selling Your Own Product or Services

If you have created your own product or you provide a service (within your blog’s niche), you can start promoting those in your blog. In fact, you can skyrocket your product sales and get a huge number of ongoing clients for your services, if you have a well established blog. You can create posts around your products and services, You can email your newsletter subscribers about that, Or You can list those in your sidebar and see the leads coming in.

There are many famous bloggers out there who are utilizing this to the fullest. One good example of such a popular blog is Copyblogger. Go, see what are they promoting !

#6. How To Make Money Blogging? :

Converting your Blog to a Membership site

This is a great way to earn a residual income from your blog. If you are expert in your niche you can create some premium content (posts) that are not available directly to your normal readers but only paid members can access those. One way to achieve this to create password protected posts (this is easily achievable from your wordpress post edit page) and then charge a membership fees to your readers to access those posts. Other way is to use premium plugins like Wishlist which will instantly convert your wordpress site to a full featured membership site. You can also offer some premium products or services to the paid members.

Another way to utilize the membership feature is to start a private forum in your niche with lots of useful content and then charge a membership fees to anyone who want to have access to it. One such example is Community which charges $5.95 per month to get inside.

#7. How To Make Money Blogging? :

RSS Advertising

If you have a blog, you would also be having a feed for sure. You can Place PPC ads in your feeds like that from Adsense or can also sell flat rate advertising (through BuySellAds etc). If you have burned your feed through Feedburner (which is highly recommended to track stats and all that), you can easily add your adsense ads in it.

Check out Vast9′s Feed for example.

#8. How To Make Money Blogging? :

In-Text Ads

Yet another way of monetising your Blog is through In-Text Advertising. You might have seen these ads on many blogs (mostly on some small new blogs). These are links with double-lines below them within the post content and when you hover your mouse over them, an ad pops out from there. The reason why most blogs don’t use them is because they pay a bit low and rather annoy readers.

I would not recommend using these ads, however you can try if you wish. The best Providers of In-text Ads are Infolinks, Kontera and Vibrant Media

#9. How To Make Money Blogging? :

Job Boards

This one needs your blog to be highly popular . People in your niche can pay you to list their job offer in your job board to get freelancers. There are many such blogs which are earning a residual income through this.

One great example of job boards is Problogger’s job board

#10. How To Make Money Blogging? :

Accept Donations

You can also give a try to accepting donations on your blog. This one is little outdated and people, now  days, are reluctant to donate out from their pockets. However, If you are blogging for a cause you can get some extra bucks through donations.

So these were some of the best methods to make money from your blog. There are  few other methods too, which you can try like Blog Images advertising etc. And there are a few other methods which I will suggest you not to try like popup ads (because it annoys your readers and pay too low) and text link ads (because it will affect your google rankings adversely).

How do you Monetize your Blog ? Do this list helped you ? Do share you insights on Making money blogging in the comments.

Article By

+Garish Wasil is a 19 years old young Passionate Blogger from India and founder of Vast9 where I share Blogging tips and online marketing strategies that has helped me to make a passive income online. Make sure to Join Vast9 on facebook and follow Vast9 on twitter.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Tushar@BloggersEthics January 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

That are surely some wonderful tips and very nicely explained. I am sure new bloggers will surely find it handy


Garish wasil January 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thanks for Appreciating, Tushar.


makemoneyonlinesofast January 18, 2012 at 5:35 am

Quite informative and nice post ! I liked these creative ideas of earning money online.


Garish wasil January 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

Glad you liked it !


King Size January 23, 2012 at 4:11 am

Hey Garish, that’s a really cool post. All the ways at one place, is really worthwhile for me (a procrastinator). I just flew away here and there surfing and trying to find new ways in which I can make money with my blog but seldom found a complete list as you have here.
Thanks again, Keep up the good work !


Garish wasil January 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

Thanks for your kind words. I am sure this list will help you on your way to online success (and I am myself, a procrastinator ;) )


Jasmeet Singh January 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

Great post buddy. I am currently earning good through adsense and RSS ads and I will now try to utilize the other streams of monetizing my blog. Keep posting such cool posts !


Garish wasil January 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

Thanks for your comment Jasmeet, I am sure you will soon be monetizing all these streams well on your blog. Wish you luck !


ashok February 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

hey garish!

I have a blogs page views about 125,000 to 150,000 per month.
Which option is best for my blog?


Garish wasil February 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hi, Ashok, It depends upon the type of niche you are in. You should go with adsense or a cpa network, however, you can also try some PPV networks like tribalfusion if your blog receives high traffic.


Muhammad Jahid Hasan March 7, 2012 at 5:49 am

Hey Garish, I read your article. I hope its really helpful. thanks for sharing with us and keep it up.


Garish wasil March 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Thanks for dropping by, Muhammad.


Abhishek May 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hi Garish, first of all thank u for all the information. Its very useful and amazing. I am totally new to the stream. Online money making is really of great need to me. I am going to start a blog now. Can you please assist me through this. I m an engineering student.


Garish wasil July 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Browse through vast9 and you will find many tutorials to get you started. And I am always there to help !

Reply May 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

Best article and clearly mentioned and step by step guide for new bloggers…keep it up…


Garish wasil July 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thanks for appreciating, Glad you liked it !


Christian June 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm

You provided clear and helpful information.
Thank you very much


Garish wasil July 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

My Pleasure Christian !


Maurice Neurohr August 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

thanks for your amazing data. we are back to read a lot more later.


Aniket September 22, 2012 at 5:02 am

I am having daily 1000 visitors on my blog but I dont know how to earn money frm blog.Sir plz help me to make money frm blogger and tell various method frm where I can earn money.Thank u for the information.keep it up buddy!!!


jayanta chakraborty October 7, 2012 at 5:16 am

Dear Garish
see , i could not understand it fully. I need to create a website?-How do i do it?
would you kindly help me in understanding the feature more.


sunil January 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

how r u, i make site in blogspot but this site is closed,please tell how i earn this


Sheik Mohamed January 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for the useful tips


akshay January 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

nice tutorial…m


Chiranjeev February 21, 2013 at 8:04 am

Great article!! The all point you have covered via the above post for Make money blogging is really awesome. Thanks for sharing it.


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