Once I was at a cocktail party and my neighbor introduced me to his friend saying that I am a blogger. An older woman standing nearby replied, “Yeah, but she doesn’t really make any money doing that.” I was so stunned I didn’t know what to say. But yes. I make money from my blog. More money than I made when I worked a 9-5 job. I also travel over 100 days a year. Blogging has been good to me. I regret not explaining that to Beverly at the party.
I wanted to give a glimpse into the many ways that bloggers do make money, so I am sharing how I made money last month through my personal website, The Kittchen.
Ads on my Website
Mediavine is my ad server (and the best ad server). This means that they are in charge of placing ads on my website. In exchange, they pay me based on my web traffic. The more people view the ads on my website, the more I get paid. I earn anywhere from $1,300 to $2,500 a month in ad revenue. This is my most steady source of income. The payments always come in on time, and since there is a 90 day payment schedule I know my ad income for the next three months.
I don’t do many of these since I prefer to focus on my website. But, I make between $350 – $800 a month for these collaborations.
Sponsored Blog Posts
This is my biggest income source. I write 2-4 sponsored blog posts for The Kittchen each month. The brands that I collaborate with are paying me based on my website traffic and social media presence. This is my biggest source of income.
Affiliate Income (RewardStyle)
Since my blog focuses primarily on food and travel – not fashion, this isn’t a big revenue source for me, but every little bit counts!
How are you earning money from your website? Did I miss anything? Whenever I meet someone new, and I say that I am a blogger, the first thing that they ask is how I make money. I never mind explaining it to people. They are genuinely curious, and I think people underestimate how much money bloggers can make. If you are clever, you can turn blogging into a six figure income, and a full time job that you can do at home in your pajamas*.
* Unless you are a fashion blogger.