Make money with blogs: 11 ideas for (hobby) bloggers + price suggestions

Again and again there are in the blogosphere blog parades on the topic of “make money with blogs.” Not all are earning money, often with the argument that readers are betrayed (especially if advertising is not labeled – which, incidentally, I do not think). Also often heard the argument that bloggers can no longer be objective if they get money for an article.

But: all this only applies to sponsored posts. There are so many different ways to earn money with your own blog. I have put together 11 ideas and possibilities, some of them more elaborate, some fewer.

11 WaysTO MAKE Money With Your Blog + Tools And Price Proposals #blogging

1. Sponsored Posts

I know, I said there are other possibilities. But this method is just the classic among the blog collaborations. And most bloggers want to make money with this method. That’s why I included them in my list for the sake of completeness.

This is how it works:

You get paid to write a blog post that you post on your blog. Usually one or more links are placed on the website of the cooperation partner, so that the SEO-technically has something of it. But your collaboration partner also benefits from your (personal) relationship with your readers, which a business will most likely never reach, and of course, from your reach.

Your advantage:

For you, the method is practical, because you know in advance how much money you will get for a contribution. How much you ask for a contribution depends, among other things, on:

  • the niche of your blog
  • the range
  • the amount of effort you need to create an article (it makes a difference whether you’re testing a product or thinking up, cooking, photographing, and writing a recipe)

The right price is individual, as a rule of thumb: no item should be sold under 100 €. That is the absolute lower limit, but just the SEO value is paid off! If you ‘d like to read more about how to calculate your sponsored post price.

Your disadvantage:

There are readers who doubt your credibility right away if you tag a blog post as sponsored post (and yes, you need to flag it!). Plus, you never know when and how many co-offer items will roll into your mailbox. As a result, you may have more deals than you can expect in a month, and none in the next month.

2. Affiliate links

This is how it works:

In affiliate marketing, you include a link that links, for example, to an online store. The link is (in simple terms) provided with your bow, through which the operator of the online shop knows that the reader comes from you. Every time someone buys something through your link, you get a small bonus. Your reader does not pay anymore!

Your advantage:

You can embed as many and as many affiliate links as you like – theoretically. Because here too you have to be careful that the relationship between paid and “normal” links is correct. The links come through special publisher networks, of which there are now many. Optimal for fashion bloggers is Tracdelight , for example , if you’re a fan of Etsy, you can apply to Awin .

Your disadvantage:

The commission you get from your sellers is usually low. Often you do not get more than 3-10% of the purchase price. This means that the more expensive the product you advertise, the more money you will get. If you promote cheaper products, they may be bought more often, but you will also need more traffic. In other words, you need a strategy for this method to work.

Important for Affiliate Marketing: use the no-follow attribute for these links, otherwise you can be penalized by Google (and get less visitors via the search engine)!

3. Banner advertising

For a long time, banner ads were the only advertising embedded on websites and quickly became annoying and spammy (similar to pop-ups). But: these times are over, if you use them sparingly!

This is how it works:

You’re going to put a banner in your sidebar, under your blog posts, in the footer or another prominent part of your blog. The price is calculated using the TKP (thousands of contact prices): for every 1,000 people who visit your blog, you get a certain amount. This amount depends on the size of the banner and is usually between 15 € and 45 €.

Your advantage:

Unlike affiliate links, you are not necessarily dependent on networks, but you can also sell banner slots yourself. You are also not dependent on your readers clicking on the banner and buying something. In other words, you can calculate well in advance how much you will take in a month.

Your disadvantage:

As already mentioned: Banners have the reputation of being spammy. And that is not so wrong, because if they are placed too much and in the bad places, they can be disturbing. In addition, the revenue is usually relatively low, if you do not have so many readers.

4. Sell e-books

Make money with blogging without being dependent on companies?

You could say you’re an expert on the subject you blog about – whether fitness, quick prescriptions, or being a mom: you’re constantly exploring the subject and sharing your experiences. Or you write short stories, which would be in good hands not only on your blog, but also in a book? On your blog you do that already – so why not write an e-book !?

This is how it works:

In principle, it’s very simple: you write a book and then sell it on your blog. You do not have to start from 0: use your favorite blog articles as a basis! With services like DPD , Sendowl or Gumroad, you can sell the e-book through your blog with minimal effort!

Your advantage:

You do not have to be a tech guru to write an e-book: you can write it in Microsoft Word or Pages for Mac and then export it as a PDF. And your target group, your readers, you can already reach on your blog and do not have to invest much money for it. A landing page and some well-placed Facebook Ads can work wonders!

Another not insignificant advantage: you are not dependent on a company or network.

Your disadvantage:

Writing an e-book takes time. Even though technically not much is behind it, your book should have a concept and a common thread. There is also the risk that you will put a lot of work into your e-book and your readers will not get along as well as expected. Therefore, it is important that you ask them in advance how they like the idea (eg with a small social media survey)!

5. Sell e-course

This is how it works:

Producing an e-course is similar to writing an e-book: the work is mainly in preparation. You are selling a course on a topic where you are an expert and where you can teach others. In principle, there are 3 types of courses:

  1. Video courses
  2. E-mail courses
  3. Text courses (which often include videos, downloads, …)

There are several platforms where you can sell your course. For video courses for example Skillshare or Edudipand for “normal” Courses Coursecraft . And e-mail courses can be implemented , for example, with  Mailchimp .

Your advantage:

Just like an e-book, you do not have too much work after producing. You can also sell the course if you are not online. However, a good marketing strategy does not hurt to reach enough people.

And here you are not dependent on the budget of companies.

Your disadvantage:

Like an e-book, e-course production is a hassle, especially if you’re integrating videos. Your course should also have a common thread and be interactive at best.

6. Donations or crowdfunding

Another way to make money with his blog is to ask for the support of the readers. After all, you are constantly providing free content to them. But: I have to admit, I’ve never even tried it on a few blogs. I’m a bit skeptical of whether and how well this method works, but she did not want to deprive you 😉 If you have experience with it: Leave a comment and share it with me!

This is how it works:

You’re putting a Paypal donation button into your blog, either in a sidebar widget or under your blog posts. So you do not “clumsy” to clumsy, you can, for example, a “buy me a coffee”  install button or you  think with this plugin own text. For example, what would you use the money for: a new outfit for your fashion blog? Crafting material for your DiY blog? Then you could almost call it crowdfunding 😉

Your advantage:

You have little effort in integrating the button and you are not dependent on a cooperation partner.

Your disadvantage:

These buttons work via Paypal, which means that your readers have to use Paypal to buy a coffee. And how high the revenue is (and if there are any) depends on the generosity of your readers.

7. Paywall

Another method that I have not tried yet. It can hardly be found on a blog, perhaps because readers are not used to paying for content.

This is how it works:

There are different types of paywalls. With the pay-per-view method, readers have to pay for every article they want to read. With the metered paywall system, a certain number of articles per month is free before it has to be paid.

Your advantage and disadvantage:

The system is easy to install with the help of WordPress plugins. However, readers can quickly become frustrated because articles are not freely accessible. And this increases the risk that they are looking for other blogs, where they get similar content for free.

8. Lectures at conferences

Not only do you want to inspire or inform other people with your blog, but you also have no problem talking to a crowd? Then check if there are events or conferences in your niche where you can play as a speaker and give a talk!

Your advantage:

You make new contacts and learn something technically likely (because we are honest: you can always learn something).

Your disadvantage:

In the beginning, you may have to approach the organizers of the event organizers yourself and ask if you are allowed to speak as a speaker. And as long as you have not made a name for yourself, you may have to forego a fee (especially when it comes to smaller events). Do not underestimate the time required, because at least you have to prepare for your big performance!

How much can one make with blogging? Here are 11 ideas and price suggestions! #blogging

9. Digital Products & 10. Material Products

This is how it works:

Do you realize DiY projects on your blog that your readers would also set up at home? Or jewelry your readers would love to wear? Or you design invitations that your readers would also like to use for their next event? Believe it or not, not everyone is artisan or can handle the right programs. So why not sell your ideas through shop systems like Dawanda or Etsy ?

Your advantage:

With your blog articles, you’ll have direct feedback from your readers about what ideas they like, and you can more easily choose a product. Plus, your blog is the best marketing channel ever!

Your disadvantage:

The cost of production is more or less complex depending on the type of product. This not only applies to physical products, but also to digital products if you personalize them for your customers (eg the invitations mentioned above). So if you do not have much time next to your full-time job, this method is not meant for you.

11. Sell photos

As a blogger, you’re always taking pictures and are always asked if you’ve learned that because your photos look so great? Then take advantage of it by not only showing it on your blog, but selling it too!

This is how it works:

Most (stock) photo databases like Picsastock or Fotolia  have the option to sell photos. Mostly, you get a certain percentage of the sale price when your photo is sold. But beware: it is worthwhile to look closely and read through, if and what rights you give with the sale!

Your advantage:

You do not have much extra work because you shoot and edit the photos for your blog anyway.

Your disadvantage:

If you have sold your photo, you (depending on the platform) will not necessarily give you the rights to your images. But most of the time, you can not control who and what your images are used for.

Leave a comment and tell me if you use one of these methods to make money from your blog! What did you do with good or bad experiences?


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