Introduction to Making Money from Blogs


Blogging has undergone something of a revolution in the last 2 years on many fronts. The number of people blogging has exploded, the number of tools and services available for bloggers has risen (and their quality has been raised incredibly) and the profile of blogging in wider culture has increased also (I find I only have to explain what a blog is to 50% of people these days).

Along with these developments has been an increase in focus upon making money from blogging. This is a trend that is happening across all levels of blogging, from very prominent blogs (I found that 100% of the top 30 blogs had some sort of income stream from their blogging) right through to many hundreds of thousands (millions?) of smaller blogs.

I’m now going to turn the attention of this series onto making an income from blogging. The following posts will begin to introduce bloggers to making money from blogging and will examine the following questions:

  • Should I Blog for Money?
  • What Income Streams are available to be used by Bloggers?
  • How Much Can I Make?
  • How can I maximize the success of these income streams?

I’ll tackle each of these questions in turn over the coming days. In continuing the ‘beginner’ focus of the series these posts will be very introductory. For more extended learning on making money from blogs I’d recommend digging into this blog’s archives and/or checking out a Six Figure Blogging, a six session course on the topic.

It should be stressed at the beginning of this mini-series of posts that bloggers need to enter into an examination of this topic with realistic expectations. While millions of bloggers are experimenting with advertising and affiliate programs on their blogs, the vast majority of them are only supplementing their income by doing so. While some bloggers make a full time living from blogging – most are not and are at a level of paying for a daily (or a weekly for some) coffee or are using the income as a way to offset some of their Internet access costs. For more on getting a balanced view of blogging for money head over to my Public Service Announcement post which attempts to give some perspective.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. Cary says:

    hehe…Darren, you’ve got a great sense of humor, but I doubt you really meant your “pubic service announcement.”

    ;D

    Cheers!

  2. Supa says:

    Haha, yeah! That’s a bit too much exposure :P

  3. Darren Rowse says:

    LOL!!!

  4. binoculars says:

    I’m more concern to get traffic to my website using blog rather than making money. You can’t make a money without traffic.

  5. apocalypse dude says:

    I’m guessing you start by recommending to friends and family, and hope for a domino effect from there. It is going to ultimately come down to content in order to create a ripple effect through a population.

  6. Thanks for enabling us to get successful in the blogging world from financial point of view.

    regards
    TPS
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  7. mamatsidale says:

    This was great advice, I really appreciate getting off the a good start with blogging. Thank you for all your help.

  8. Another man complained that it wasn’t as much about the money, but the promise that he didn’t need to have any internet experience to be successful. I couldn’t find one satisfied buyer. There are many websites which solely in dedicated to Jeff Paul as a scam artist.

  9. I enjoyed your blog. Well done mate, this is a very useful topic for many people / businesses.

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