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42 Ways to Make Money Blogging

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Do you want to get paid $15,000 for a single Instagram post? Guess what, you can.

Blogging, especially fashion blogging has come a long way. Fashion bloggers not only utilize their blogs but they use their Instagram account to generate their revenue. 

In this post, we will go over multiple ways how bloggers are making money. We will look at different ad networks and influencer networks you can use.  

But before that let’s look at some blogging stats on how much money bloggers are pulling in: 

• Single Instagram post can range from $5000 – $15,000 depending on number of followers

• Top bloggers like Kylie Jenner gets around $100,000 – $300,000 for single sponsored post

ShopStyle’s top influencers earn Six figures per month, making $1.2 million for annual gross earnings

Top bloggers can bring in $50,000 per brand event

WHOA, that’s a lot of dough, for posting on Instagram and doing sponsored blog posts. 

But why do brands keep doing it, is it worthwhile for them?

• Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies drove $1 million in sales for Nordstrom in 2014, during the holiday season.

• Christine Andrew of Hello Fashion, caused 107% increase in ‘likes’ and 465% increase in comments when she contributed to Neiman Marcus’s Instagram page.

• Shopstyle’s top bloggers are causing 315% increase in sales for its brands, year over year.

Looks like brands are benefitting equally by paying bloggers for advertisements.

Is this trend slowing down? Doesn’t look like it. 

• Industry estimates say that brands currently spend more that $1 billion per year on sponsored Instagram posts.

• Forrester research predicts, in 2016 spending on affiliate marketing will reach up to $4.5 Billion

As you can see, there is a lot of money in fashion blogging and doesn’t look like its going to stop anytime soon. So what can you do to get a piece of this pie?

We will cover following 42 ways in detail below:

make money blogging

Let’s dive in and see how to make money blogging. 


A D V E R T I S I N G


1, Ad Networks

When you start blogging, Ad networks might be the easiest way to get started to monetize your blog.

Ad networks enable you to display ads on your blog and as visitors click on them, you get paid. It could be CPC (cost per click), CPM (Cost per thousand Impression) and/or Fixed rate. Find out which one works best for you, depending on which stage your blog is at.

When we think of ad networks, Google Adsense is what comes to mind but there are plenty more that work just as well. Few ad networks are:

Google Adsense

Media.net

BuySellAds

Clicksor

Adblade

Infolinks

Chitika

2, Influencer Networks

With the rise of social media and blogging, influencer networks came into existence. Brands are always looking for new ways to promote their products.

Influencer networks have made it easy for brands to connect with top influencers around the world. Influencers can charge from $200 to $5000 per shout out depending on the number of followers & follower engagement on their platform.

We have created a list of Top 47 Influencer Networks; you can download the complete list for free, here.

rogueline: influencer network list

3, Mystery Shopper

Mystery shopping industry has become huge in last few years. You can get paid from $6- $25 per mystery shop, depending on the company.

But, be careful since there are a lot of mystery shopper scams. When you pick a mystery shopping company, check to see if they are a member of MSAP. It is trade association representing customer experience industry throughout the US.

Some mystery shopping platforms: 

Bestmark

Intelli-shop

Sinclair Customer Metrics

Marketforce

4, Create Directories on your Blog

If your blog is reaching niche and targeted audience, you can leverage that. You can create list/directories of resources on your blog. e.g: if you blog is about PR, you can list all the PR agencies and charge the PR agency to be on your list.

This could be a great way to generate recurring income, depending on how you structure your payment plan.

5, Job Postings

Companies are always looking for best candidates. You can list of new job openings in that could benefit your target audience and charge companies per applicant and/or listing fee.

It could have a dual benefit, you can make money from the companies, plus your readers would greatly benefit from it as well since they will be able to get access to new jobs.

6, Newsletter Ads

You can showcase ads or sponsored products in your newsletter. It is a good place to start if you have at least 5000 subscribers. Depending on what kind of audience you have, you can work with local boutiques to showcase “boutique of the week” and/or “product of the week” on your newsletter.

You can charge boutiques at least $100 per post and go from there. It is win/win situation for both parties since they will be able to get access to the audience they don’t have access to.

You can use bit.ly and other link shorting sites to measure the number of clicks, and offer analytics to those boutiques.

7, Podcasting Advertising

Podcasting has been huge in last few years. I listen to podcasts when I am walking home, at the gym. If you have a good audience, you can insert shout out to the audience regarding brands/offers they can benefit from.

Word of caution, make sure you know that your audience would benefit from your offer. Because you do not want to appear ‘salesy’ and give shout-outs to non-targeted brands.

8, Giveaways for Brands

Who doesn’t like free products? Giveaways are a great way to generate buzz and acquire email addresses. A lot of bloggers offer giveaways from different brands for cost and brands can collect email addresses of their target audience.

Instagram bloggers have cornered this market and if it fits your area, this could generate significant revenue for you. You can charge per email or per campaign.

9, Lead Generation

This can be considered subsection of giveaways. You can charge brands per lead generated via entry forms for giveaways. If your blog has a younger audience, you can work with online universities and work as lead generation tool for them.

Online universities such DeVry, University of Phoenix etc. pay lot of money per lead.


S P O N S O R S H I P S


10, Brand Ambassador

Become a brand ambassador, for a fashion brand. If you are starting out and have limited audience, you can reach out to local boutiques in your area and become a brand ambassador for them.

As a brand ambassador, you can promote their store, wear the brand clothes, promote them on Instagram, etc. You can work out details with the boutique and charge them per campaign and/or per month.

11, Sponsored Blog Posts

Write sponsored posts where you give your honest experience with the brand. eg: if you have tried new makeup/beauty product, tell your audience about it. Give them your honest point of view and offer a discount to the product.

You can charge at least ~ $300 per sponsored post even when you are starting out. The amount of money you charge will depend on your email list, social media followers etc. So price your shout-out accordingly.

12, Sponsored Social Content

Sponsored blog posts can also be accompanied with social media shout-outs. If you have over 50K on Instagram followers, this could work well for you. You can offer brands combined deal with blog & social media shout out.


A F F I L I A T E   M A R K E T I N G


13, Affiliate Networks

Affiliate networks are a great way to make money. Once you sign up, you can post “affiliate links” from various brands on those networks and get paid when the user buys the product.

We have created a list of Top 10 affiliate networks for you and they are Free to sign up.

14, Become a reseller / white label

Becoming a reseller is a great way of making money. If you like a brand and know that there is a target audience in your reach who will buy it, you can become a reseller.

Few brands would let you white label their product or service under your name and resell it to your clients. This could generate good passive income for you.

15, Sell at Amazon, Zappos

Amazon & Zappos have a great affiliate program. You can sign up for their affiliate program for free and earn commission on the item you drive traffic to.

You can also make your own products, such as handmade scarves, necklaces etc and sell them on amazon by utilizing their audience.

If you don’t want to deal with shipping, Amazon also offers fulfillment program, where you can send them the product, and when a customer places an order, they will ship the product to you. It will save you shipping and return headaches.


E V E N T S


16, Webinars / Workshops

It’s human nature to keep learning and keep growing. If you are skilled in creating a blog post, taking photographs, SEO, Facebook ads etc. you can host Webinars and/or Workshops. You can teach people your best skills and charge per person.

I used to do webinars and teach SEO skills and could charge $20 – $50 per person. Webinars worked the best because I could have over 100 people on the same webinar and share my expertise with them.

I would run webinar over GoTo meeting, thus minimizing my cost. Your main expense would be advertising, to get people to sign up. But if you have good blog traffic and email list, you can do that for free.

17, Seminars / Host an Event

Hosting an event is great but it takes time. The best way would be to co-produce an event/seminar with others who have complementary skills. Find other bloggers in your area who have complimentary skills than you and create a collective event.

You can make it an all-day event where attendees can learn about different topics.

You will be able to charge more for this type of event but you will also have additional expenses such as venue cost, food etc.

So, run your numbers and see if webinars or seminars work best for you and pick accordingly.

18, Guest Appearance

This might be the easiest way to make money if you are popular. You can charge for making a guest appearance at events in your area. Brands and/or societies would often pay bloggers to attend an event.

This works well for the societies because they can drive additional traffic to their event by using the famous blogger’s name.


S E R V I C E S


19, Audio/Video Editor

If you are good at editing audio and video’s you can offer these services to brands and boutiques. You can use services like Upwork to find these gigs.

20, Fashion Stylist

We all want to look good and people spend a lot of money on dressing the part. If you are a fashion blogger, I am sure you have a great fashion sense. Work with engineers and tech folks, who would be very eager to work with a stylist.

You can target that audience based on events in their life: e.g: dressing up for the first date, black tie event, how to look cool at work etc.

This audience definitely has the money and would be willing to pay you well.

21, Tester: Test apps/websites

Did you know, you can make money by testing other people’s apps and websites. Sign up for free at

Usertesting

Uxtesting

What users do

These sites will pay you for testing other people’s apps and websites. It’s a good way to earn some extra cash.

22, Social Media Consulting

Imagine you are a small fashion brand and/or boutique. To do marketing successfully, you must take care of content marketing, social media etc. There are multiple social channels and there is no way a small brand or boutique can successfully maintain all of them.

You can take on few brands and/or boutiques and either does social media consulting for them or handle their social media channels for few hundred dollars a month.

23, Build Websites 

You can build websites for your audience. Use tools such as WordPress, Squarespace, Wix etc to create quick websites and charge for it.

24, Build Apps

Building apps is another great way to generate cash. But if you don’t have programming knowledge, it would be difficult to build apps for your audience.

What you can do is become a partner with companies that build apps and when you get a client who wants their app done, you can pass on that lead to other company and take 10-15% commission per project.

25, Freelancing

There are multiple freelance works you can do. List your area of expertise and offer that as service on your website.

26, Speaking Engagements

As stated before, you can do webinars or seminars to generate cash. But hosting your own seminar might get expensive and time-consuming.

Another way would be to work with agencies and be a guest speaker for their event. Reach out to your network and ask for speaking engagements.

You can also with Universities and do speaking engagements for their classes. Universities would be more than happy to pay you and have cash reserves.

27, Photography Tips/Training

When I started blogging, I was not at all good at taking photographs. I would use my iPhone or Canon SLR to take shots but it still wasn’t cutting it. So, I hired a photographer for 3 hours, to show me tips and tricks for photography.

He taught me how to shoot a photograph, how to think about lighting, time of the day etc. Then he showed me Photoshop tricks to make my images look more professional. He charged me $100/hour but it was worth the money.

If you have photography skills, you can teach it to other bloggers, marketing folks, fashion companies etc and generate cash.

28, Ghost Copy Writing

Content marketing has become one of the most crucial ways to drive traffic to your website. Especially since Google gives more SEO weight-age to well-written articles. But writing consistently for your blog or for company blog is very time-consuming.

Hence, Ghost Writing.

You can ghostwrite for other blogs and companies and get paid to do it. eg;

upwork

Ghost blog writers

Copywriting

29, Logo Design

Do you have awesome design skills then you can become logo designer for other brands? You can offer that service on your blog or sign up at sites like 99designs to become a free-lancer.

Typically, companies charge $299 per logo and it could generate good cash flow for you.

30, Financial Consulting

Are you well versed in creating business financial models? Then you can do financial consulting for brands and boutiques.

I am not talking about financial consulting related to stocks, 401K etc but helping companies create their financial model i.e. cash flow statement, income statement etc.

This type of consulting would require you to have good knowledge of financial models but companies can pay good money if you know what you are doing.

31, Trainer: (fitness blogs)

Sports fitness blogs are on the rise. If you have a great Instagram following, you can utilize your audience to offer them 1 on 1 fitness training. It would be helpful if you have fitness & nutrition certification.

We live in the health-conscious world and people are willing to pay large sums of money to health and fitness.

Become a personal coach and offer 1 on 1 services.

32, Modeling

If you are living in cities as SF, LA, NY, Paris, London, Sydney etc., then you will have access to a lot of modeling agencies.

And if you have good social media following, you can leverage that to become a model for various brands.

I did my previous post on How Do I Start Modeling and it provides you with a step by step guide on how to go about that.


P R O D U C T S 


33, Sell Images

Are you good at taking photos? Then you can earn extra cash by selling those images. Here is a list of sites that will buy your images.

Alamy

Shutterstock

iStockPhoto

Photoshelter

Photomoolah

SmugMug

CanStockPhoto

123RF

Dreamstime

34, Write a Physical Book

If you are knowledgeable about any topic, you can self-publish the book. Books that help people improve personal lives and/or businesses tend to do very well.

Write a physical book about what you think your audience might need and make some cash.

35, Write and sell an eBook

Kindle and iPad have changed the way people read. It’s much easier to publish and eBook than ever before.

Write an eBook on a topic that you are knowledgeable about and then use Amazon’s publishing platform. Kindle, has huge readership so it would be easier to get your book in front of millions of people. But the drawback is, you will be competing with hundreds of books and Amazon takes a cut.

If you want to do it on your own, you can sell it via creating a Shopify store and selling your book there.

36, Business Templates

Can you audience use and need templates to make their business process easier. Do a survey with your audience and find what are their problems and then create templates to solve them.

You can offer basic templates for free and charge small free for complex templates.

You can create templates on Cash flow statements, Social media, financial model etc.

37, Create Software

Create software that can help your audience improve their businesses. If you don’t have the skills to create one, you can partner up with developers.

You can bring the perspective clients and developer creates the software. It could be a great partnership.

38, Limited Edition Merchandize

We all want what we can’t have and what is in limited supply. It’s basic economic principle of Supply & Demand.

Use your creative skills to produce limited edition designs, merchandise etc and sell it at premium prices.

39, Teaching Videos

Now a day, it’s so easy to create & sell online courses. You can use sites like Teachable, Udemy etc to create and sell courses.


M I S C


40, Accept Donations on site

I know you might think, I don’t want to ask for a handout. But this is not a handout. If your blog is providing a service to the community at no cost, there is no harm in asking the community to help you out.

Add in a PayPal plugin and ask your readers to donate few bucks if they see fit. You would be surprised at the generosity.

Wikipedia runs on donations and it is probably one of the top most trafficked websites.

41, Critique Products for Brands

Brands are always looking for creative feedback on their product, so they can improve it. Work with brands to critique their products and provide them insightful ideas.

42, Guest Blogging

There are multiple sites that will pay you for writing for them. You can be a guest or ongoing contributor for them. eg:

EnvitoTuts

Photoshop Tutorials

The Penny Hoarder

Literary Traveller

Workwell

I will cover more websites that pay you to write in an upcoming post but you get the point.

We have also created a tool that enables you to Create 1 Year worth of SEO & Click friendly blog topics and headlines.

Conclusion:

As you can see, there are multiple ways you can get paid as a blogger. Find out which ones resonate with you and give them a shot.

If you have any other ways you can make money blogging, do share in the comments for our audience.

thanks

-V

2 Comments

  1. Sasha says:

    WHOA thanks for creating this. I can definitely implement 12 ideas from here for my blog.

    • Vishal Kalia says:

      thank you Sasha

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