Are you looking to make money blogging without blogging about blogging?
Doesn’t it seem that everywhere you look bloggers are posting that they’re making thousands of dollars blogging?
What’s interesting is that all these bloggers seem to have one major thing in common. They all (the majority anyway) make money blogging about blogging. Those bloggers who teach folks like me and you how to blog are racking in the cash because anyone who has a blog and is looking to make money is reading these blogs, buying tutorials and e-books and paying for coaching. Even if, they are trying to make money blogging without blogging about blogging .
Don’t get me wrong, they’ve got a ton of value to offer. Many of these wonderful bloggers are insanely knowledgeable when it comes to growing and monetizing a blog ya know? But, what happens when your blog isn’t a blog about blogging? Is it possible to make a living then?
What if I told you that I’ve managed to grow this little space enough to pay my mortgage, child care fees and grocery on a monthly basis? Sure, I’m not making thousands upon thousands but I am making more than I thought possible and more importantly I don’t make money by blogging about blogging.
Folks, that means that if you’re a mom blog, a food blog, a frugal living blog, a tech blog, a nature, photography or any other type of blog outside the how-to blog niche there are several opportunities to make money blogging without having a blog about blogging.
So, I’m super pumped to share how I’ve managed to monetize This Tiny Blue House and earn a solid stream of income.
If you’re looking to make money blogging without blogging about blogging you’ve absolutely come to the right place. I’m going to walk you through all the different ways you can monetize and start making money today.
How to make money blogging without blogging about blogging
How to start your blog
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Bluehost offers some competitive pricing, awesome customer service and one-click installs for wordpress which makes getting your blog up and running a breeze. I’ve had virtually no issues with their service thus far. So, I would highly recommend them if you’re a new or existing blogger looking for good quality, affordable and reliable self-hosting.
If you’re looking for some awesome free themes for your wordpress blog have a read of this post: 20 gorgeous and free wordpress themes . And, if you’re curious how I run TTBH have a read of this post too: 20 must have wordpress plugins.
One of my main sources of income here on This Tiny Blue House is via Google Adsense. I’ve been collaborating with them for a few months and so far I’m more than satisfied with the direction our partnership is going. Here are a few more ad networks that might interest you if Adsense isn’t your jam and you’re just starting out in the blog world.
Mediavine: Requires a minimum of 25 000 sessions over the last 30 days.
Popads: Great for new blogs because they have no minimum traffic requirements and a super low payout at 5$.
Chitika: Also great for new blogs because they have no minimum traffic requirement and low payouts thresholds.
Sponsored Post Options
In addition to running ads here on This Tiny Blue House I actively take on sponsored post opportunities if they fit my blog. I monetized this space in February of 2017 and since then I’ve been consistently offered paid work. Below are a list of publishing networks that might be of interest to you:
Izea , Tomoson , BzzAgent , One2One Network, InfluenceCentral, MomItForward , Markerly , Social Fabric , Coopertize , BlogMeetsBrand , BrandBacker, Infolinks , BlogPRWire, Swaggable , Smiley360, Activate by Bloglovin , ExpoTV, Influenster, SheSpeaks, MassiveSway , BloggyMoms, CleverGirlsCollective , BlogDash, Blogvertise , PinchMe, TapInfluence , Pollinate Media, Weave Media , The SITS Girls, Blueprint Social
When it comes to determining how much your blog or social media channels posts are worth it really depends on your niche, traffic and engagement. Totally non-specific and really unhelpful right? Well, you can sign yourself up with Social Bluebook (free!) which estimates the value of your blog and social media accounts and provides you with an average price it believes would be a fair rate.
Selling Advertising Space
Another alternative (one I have yet to explore) is selling dedicated ad space on your blog. For those who prefer not to work with an ad network but represent one or two dedicated partners there is an option to sell space on your website for advertising purposes. Monthly prices depend on traffic, niche and engagement.
This is a huge money maker for many bloggers. It’s an incredible way to set yourself up to accrue passive income from your blog by marketing products that you use and love in your posts. Affiliate marketing is something that I’m admittedly inefficient at but am trying to incorporate more organically into my blogging.
Some well known and loved affiliate networks include:
Besides large affiliate networks most companies and small businesses have some sort of affiliate opportunity. So, if there’s a product or service you love have a look at their website and see if you can get an affiliate link which is another great way to build up that passive income stream.
E-Books are everywhere and there seems to be an e-book on just about every topic and issue imaginable. If you love to write and have a solution or know the secret sauce to one of life’s many questions or dilemmas – Get typing! You can make a fortune from a well planned, organized and content specific e-book!
Moral of the story folks : you need to set yourself with multiple streams of income if you want to make money blogging without blogging about blogging . Ad revenue by itself isn’t enough (for me anyway) and so I supplement that income with blog and social media sponsorship. I’ve got my hands full with these two streams but do plan to incorporate more affiliate marketing in my blogging in the new year. Every bit counts and to be successful and profitable you have to take advantage and explore as many streams of income you can.
Are you making money from your blog? If so, how do you do it? If not, is it something that interests you?