8 Ways to Make Money as a Blogger

That aren’t ads or affiliate links in your blog.

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There are many ways you can make money from your blog.

The main ones we hear about include having ads on your blog, using affiliate links, and upselling your readers whatever you’re trying to sell, such as creating a blog post about the top 5 best ways to market your ebook and then having an ad at the bottom for an inexpensive workbook or guide with more book marketing tips or your own ebook.

You can also be part of Medium’s Partner Program and make money monthly based on how many claps your stories get.

But what about using your blog as a jumping-off point, as opposed to the blog earning money?


  • Become a freelance blogger. There are many companies who need regular blogs written for their sites, and many digital marketing agencies who use freelancers to write blogs for their clients. You can also write and contribute articles to online publications who pay. Here’s a list of more than 100 sites that pay for articles from FreelanceWritingGigs.com.

Being a freelancer doesn’t mean you have to do everything (copywriting, editing, etc.) or do it full-time. You can pick up a client here and there or contribute an article now and then as you want. It can be a great way to earn a little extra money without committing to it full-time. If you want to find clients without cold messaging, you can check out one of the sites I use sometimes, ProBlogger.

  • Use your blog content to write a book. If you write about one subject or topic often, consider packaging your blogging content into a manuscript and expanding on the information, giving examples, and adding more. You can easily use your blog content as the starting point of a book!

Having a published book gives you more authority and perceived credibility and positions you as a subject-matter expert. This will open up a new revenue stream and will also give you more opportunities for getting clients and raising your prices.

  • Start a podcast. You can start a podcast for free on platforms like Anchor Stitcher, SoundCloud, Buzzsprout and many more. Your podcast can have sponsors and ads on it, generating revenue, and you can get it on all the main streaming services. You can also put it on your website as an additional service.

Some podcasts even charge guests a fee to be featured when they get large enough, giving you a larger potential to make money. Also, podcasts open you up to an even bigger potential audience.

  • Start a YouTube channel. Similar to starting a podcast, you can turn your blogs into video and give your stories new life with audio and video. You can add graphics, text, pictures, do screensharing presentations, interviews, and much more.

YouTube ads bring in money as your channel grows and you can choose a ton of different search terms. You’re also able to edit your titles and descriptions if you need to as you go.

  • Create a free or inexpensive webinar. If you are an expert in something and use your blog to teach others, think about offering a free or cheap webinar to teach them in a different format.

Your webinar will also act as a lead generator, gathering emails and names of people who watch it, giving you warm leads to sell them your book, advertise your podcast, send newsletters, and potentially turn them into clients.

  • Create an online course. You may not want to do a short webinar or perhaps what you teach is too intricate or technical to teach in a shorter format like that. You can always jump into a longer course to teach groups. You have the option of creating and marketing it yourself (it’s tough but doable) or using an existing platform like Udemy or Coursera, where you can create a course or five and put it on their platform, they will help with marketing and promoting your course and pay you based on how many students enroll.

Many people have been successful in creating a passive income on sites like Udemy after creating a structured, polished, informative course. I’ve been looking more and more into this and check out this Quora thread about Udemy and earnings.

  • One on one or group coaching. If you are teaching people anything, you can offer coaching to help them. Many people I know had never heard of a book coach until I decided to become one.

If what you write about is applicable, offering coaching for individuals or groups (for example, business or life coaching or social media marketing) or consulting with companies (for example, if you’re an expert in data security or marketing or sales or efficiency). Almost anything can be made into a coaching situation, as everyone has some expertise to share and many people want or need to learn!

  • Become a paid speaker. If you have a couple of topics you can speak on well and have a blog with followers and readers, you can use your blog as a launchpad for speaking gigs.

Most people don’t realize this, but if you want speaking gigs, most of the time the gigs don’t come to YOU, you go find THEM and pitch yourself to the organizers as a speaker. So, you would look for conferences, conventions, or school events that you think you’d be a good fit for, then reach out to the organizers to introduce yourself and the topics you speak on. They would check out your blog or podcast or whatever you provide them and decide if you’d be a good fit for their event. Similar to how you have to pitch your stories to a publication, you pitch yourself to speaking opportunities.


Eight different ways you can use your experience as a blogger to launch into different money-making opportunities.

What did I miss? Are there any not on here that you do and make money from? Let us know in the comments!

Jyssica Schwartz: Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” and “You Are Not Alone.”

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