12 Ways to Make Money By Blogging

1. Write great content and sell coaching, consulting and technical services. People do have to feel that you are an expert before they hire you!  If you write valuable content and prove to the public that you know your stuff, you will be so much more successful when it comes to acquiring new clients.

2. Sell your own digital products.  Pdf white papers, research reports, podcasts, tutorials, e-books, powerpoint presentations, assessments and video presentations are top sellers.  Just make sure the content is yours (written by you), valuable, original and beautifully presented.  The internet is saturated with digital content, so make sure it is worth selling.

3. Sell other people’s products for an affiliate fee. When selling other programs for an affiliate fee, make sure you have purchased and/or used the product and that you feel great about endorsing and selling the product on your blog.  Also, add a line to the page which states that you are receiving an affiliate fee by endorsing this product (required by the Federal Trade Commission).   You can start the search for affiliate products by going to Clickbank, but I would be more inclined to contact the people you know to see what types of affiliate fees they pay and more about the programs you can sell for them.

4. Sell advertising in your sidebar. In order to sell advertising in your sidebar, you are going to need to prove that your site is receiving a very large volume of traffic (thousands of new visitors every month) .  You will want to look at your Google Page rank (a rank above 5 is a strong selling point), your Alexa ranking and then see what your competitors are charging for their ads.  To get an idea of what blog ads are going for these days, visit, BlogAds or Digital Point to get a ballpark idea on selling advertising.

5. Write book reviews for authors. When you become a well known blogger, everyone and their grandmother will be asking you to “read my book” and endorse it.  This could become a full time job.  I recommend that you ask for a chapter of the book, look at the website connected to the book and who is already endorsing the book and then make the decision if you will write the review.  This forum answer on Kindle will give you an answer as to how much to actually charge…basically what you feel comfortable charging.  You can also simply go to Google and type in “How much should I charge for a book review?” and see what pops up.

6. Sell text links inside a blog post. If you have a “links page”, there are not many people who will visit that page or have any interest in it.  But, if you are writing a blog post and insert a text link inside the post, then the chances of that link getting clicked goes way up.  I recommend starting with $10.00 per link and see where that takes you.

7. Promote public speaking with a media and public speaking page. I am amazed at how many people do not have a media page on their blogs.  In today’s world, this is critical if you are a trainer or public speaker.  For more information on what to include, you can view my media kit on my Bea Fields Companies blog.  You will also want a speaker one sheet, so check out how Nathan Brown designed mine:  Download Bea Fields’ Speaker One Sheet. To see more about what to include in your press kit, visit PressKit247 to take a peek at what other people are adding to their kits.

8. If you offer ANY free services, extras, comp sessions, add a Pay Pal donation button to your sidebar. Add a Pay Pal donation button and a call to action that reads something like this:  ” If you feel you have received benefit from our complimentary consultations or content you have received from our blog, we do accept donations if you are inclined to donate to the blog.  Our commitment is to continuing to provide value, and your donations are greatly appreciated.”  WordPress offers a plugin to add a Pay Pal donation button to your sidebar or you can build your own.  Here is a great article on eHow on the process for adding a donation button to your blog.

9. Sell your blog on Amazon using Kindle. With Kindle Publishing, you can now add your blog as an item to actually sell on Kindle.   Just head over to Kindle Publishing and start the submission process.

10. Sell your services on Craig’s List.  This is a bit of a long shot, but if you are someone who offers say a one time service like blog set up, sales letter writing, copywriting, graphic design or the like, you can post an ad on Craig’s list and send people to your blog to view your portfolio.

11. Offer a recurring monthly membership fee on your site. I have to say that this approach is not as popular as it once was during a booming economy.  People are shying away from recurring monthly fees.  Having said that, if your content is truly unique, valuable, attractive and cannot be found anywhere else on the internet, then go for it!  I would recommend that you have at least 50 items in your digital library before you begin selling a monthly fee and then add 10 items every month, or you will lose subscribers.

12. Sell other products using Google Adsense. Many people sell on their blogs using Google Adsense.  With correct programming, Google Adsense can automatically populate ads on your site each time you write a post.  As with point 1, you will want to make sure that your content is really strong and valuable and that it is optimized for the search engines.  Otherwise, people will not be clicking on your Google Adsense ads.  There is also one tiny catch here…you cannot really determine what ads will show on your site.   If you are a business consultant, an ad for pet products may pop up, so just know that before going down this road.

In closing, here is what I would recommend.  If you are going to use the above 12 points, I would highly recommend opening a blog about internet marketing, running an online store, how to make money on the internet or anything related to making more money.  Then, use the above techniques as a way to not only make money but to model to others how to use this approach.  If you are trying to position yourself as someone who markets to high level executives, the world of academics or an elite professional audience, the above sales-oriented approach with banner ads, advertising and Google adsense may (may is the operative word here) turn your target market away.  Just know that hundreds, if not thousands, of people make money using the above approaches, and if you are dedicated to this on a daily basis, you can make money while you sleep.

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  1. Bea — thanks for this comprehensive list. For anyone who comments after me, I’ve taken Bea’s courses and they are great. I’m now in her e-store course and her instructions are making it so much easier to learn how to start selling your products and services.

  2. This is very useful info. I’ve actually been thinking about some of these points since last year. Thanks for this, it’s given me much to consider.

  3. Great list Bea.

    Unfortunately, Kinldy Publishing doesn’t accept my application since I don’t reside in the United States. They will let me know when they accept blogs from outside the US.

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