How to make money online with your blog (guide)

How to make money online with your blog (guide)

What I really love about blogging is that there are almost endless ways to make money from it.

Here are just a few of them:

  • media advertising;
  • affiliate marketing;
  • sponsored content;
  • personal services;
  • The sale of goods (from physical goods such as t-shirts and mugs to digital goods such as courses and e-books);
  • The creation of a site with paid access;
  • selling websites for money.

Sponsored content, display ads, and affiliate marketing are three of my favorite ways to make money blogging.I find that these methods complement each other very well, are the most passive and require almost no maintenance once implemented.

Once you create a blog post that converts well, all you have to do is update it, review it from time to time, and keep getting paid for it.

They are also easier to learn when you are just starting out.

Other forms of income from blogging, such as creating a course, may require you to work much harder (like supporting all of your students), but can, of course, be much more lucrative.

Making money from advertising

Posting ads on a blog is one of the easiest ways to make money; once you’ve posted an ad, there’s nothing else you need to do.

Big companies pay you to place ads on your pages, and you get paid every time someone sees an ad or clicks on it. The more people visit your blog, the more money you can earn.

How much can you earn from advertising?

It depends on your niche and the company you use to advertise. Income can vary greatly, including depending on the time of year.

For example, companies are much more likely to spend big money, for example, closer to Black Friday and the New Year. And they spend much less in January, when people run out of money.

But let’s assume that, on average, you can earn $10 to $20 (or more) per day for every 1,000 visitors. This is what advertising agencies call RPM (revenue per 1,000 impressions; revenue per thousand impressions).

This means :

  • $10-20 per day, based on 1,000 daily page views;
  • according to 30,000 page views
  • Based on 45,000 page views, the monthly cost ranges between $450 and $900.
  • $1,000-$2,000 per month based on 100,000 page views.

As you can see from the numbers above, if you want to make money from ads, you need to generate a significant amount of traffic in order to make a good income. But this is not impossible.

Here is a list of some of the ad networks you can use to display ads on your blog:

  1. Google Adsense This is the easiest ad network to apply for. It does not have a minimum number of page views or sessions that you need to have in order to register. You just need to launch your blog with a few posts to get approved.
  1. Yandex Advertising Network. The domestic analogue of Google AdSense Here, the entry threshold for beginners is slightly higher. Although this is not directly indicated in the rules, in order to add a site to the YAN, at least 300–500 people a day must visit it. A freshly created blog is barred from entering this advertising network.
  1. digital caramel. A traffic monetization platform that allows you to get the most out of ad networks. It is a certified partner of YAN. connected to the leading advertising networks of the CIS and the world (Yandex, Google, Criteo, Between, MyTarget). buys almost all the traffic.

  2. is one of the top five largest ad tech companies worldwide. Its strongest differentiator is providing access to the Yahoo! Bing ad network, making it one of the most attractive and popular Google AdSense alternatives. 

    The marketplace gives advertisers access to high-profile, content-driven publishers and offers several ad types including text ads, contextual ads, display, search and mobile ads. was the first to develop a server-side header bidding platform, which maximizes yield and transparency while maintaining user experience.

    Minimum payout for is $100.


  3. PropellerAds connects publishers and advertisers through its Self-Serve platform. The ad network is the market leader in popunder ads and has since transitioned into banner ads, native ads and video ads.

    Propeller Ads is an all-encompassing self-serve ad platform that provides ad layouts on desktop sites, mobile apps and mobile sites.

    PropellerAds does not have minimum traffic eligibility criteria, making it an attractive Google AdSense alternative for new bloggers. It has a minimum payout of $5.

  4. ylliX grants users complete control over targeting specific campaigns and welcomes publishers from all countries, irrespective of size and reach.


    It lets users create a free account and offers instant account approvals.


    ylliX offers banner, slider, anchor, in-app, redirect, pop-up, pop-under, tab-up, tab-under, direct link and push notification ad tags.


    The platform boasts a 100% international fill rate.


    ylliX offers a minimum payout of $1 as well as daily payments.


  5. If you plan to enter Western markets and drive your blog traffic above 50,000 views per month, you can try foreign ad networks: MonumetricSHE MediaMediavine, and AdThrive.

Earning from affiliate marketing

I love affiliate marketing. I make several thousand dollars a month on it. This is one of my favorite ways to monetize because it’s one of the most passive ways to make money from your blog!

You can create a post or review and still generate passive income years later with very little work required to maintain a blog.

Affiliate marketing allows you to earn money (receive commissions) for recommending products and services to your readers. You only get paid when your recommendation turns into a subscription or a sale.

Here’s how affiliate marketing works: You get a special tracking link from the company you’re affiliated with. Then place that link in relevant posts on your blog or email it to your blog subscribers. When someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase or signs up, you either get a set fee or a percentage of the sale.

If you want to learn all about affiliate marketing, check out my detailed guide to CPA for beginners. The list of affiliate networks I work with is huge. For beginners, I recommend starting with Admitad and CityAds.

Other methods for making money from blogging


Starting a blog is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Blogging takes time. And patience. And a little more time.

But some of you may need money now.

One way to develop your blog and still make money is to use all the skills you have (and acquire) to freelance. And using your blog to showcase your knowledge is a great way to land your first client.

You can manage other bloggers’ social media accounts, create their Pinterest boards, or become a virtual assistant and work for them by completing various tasks. You can write blog posts for others or offer your services, such as design, marketing, or photography.

Make sure your key pages (About the Author, Contacts) are set up correctly and include a few examples of the work you do.

Here is just a small list of services you can sell to make money from your blog from day one:

  • copywriting;
  • editing;
  • design;
  • photo;
  • video production;
  • marketing;
  • managing social media accounts.
  • SEO.

Almost anything can be monetized, so be creative with what you have to offer! A surefire way to find opportunities is to reach out to local businesses and join blogging groups on VKontakte and Facebook.

Sponsored content is images, videos, or articles that you write for companies and post on your website or social media for a fee. Brands pay you because they want to be seen by your audience.

This means that you must have an audience. But as more and more bloggers offer sponsored content, having a huge audience isn’t necessarily the best way to make money.

Some brands are looking for so-called micro-influencers—bloggers and Instagrammers—who have a small but very loyal audience interested in a particular topic.

For example, if I’m a gluten-free flour brand, do you think I’d rather pay a blogger who only posts gluten-free recipes and has 10,000 page views, or a regular food blogger with 100,000? As a brand, I will have a much better chance of reaching out to the right people by working with a gluten-free blogger.

If you have value to offer and the right audience for the product, you can go out and write to your favorite brands, even with a small audience.

Sponsored content creation is far less passive than affiliate marketing and display advertising. You get paid once per post, and that’s it. But there are bloggers who make thousands of dollars just by reaching out to brands and creating well-chosen content for them, without having to spend time on SEO and traffic generation.

Selling your own products

Selling your own products can be an extremely profitable way to earn money blogging.

But what exactly can you sell?

You can sell anything digitally: manuals, e-books, online courses, or even physical goods like t-shirts, mugs, or posters.

Digital products are an incredible source of passive income because you put in the effort to create them once, and they are automatically delivered to buyers without your involvement (provided you have the right tools).

Most people worry about selling what they have made. Who will buy this? Will I be able to create good enough things? Will people really pay me money?

But remember the following:

Start small. Solve someone’s problem. Get a feel for what it’s like to sell products, and when you’re ready, move on to a more expensive product.

Action plan

  1. Decide how you are going to make money from your blog. There are hundreds of ways to make money online. By focusing on what’s right for you, you’ll be able to leverage the right type of content to grow your income as quickly as possible. Mix and match all of the above options to work out your monetization strategy.
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