Ways to Make Money Blogging

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.

Instagram Collaborations

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.

  • Erin’s Inside Job

    So funny my post today touches on the same things and also how you can make some extra money utilizing the skills you develop as a blogger. All good points!

  • Laura Fox

    I love this post! How did you get started with Mediavine? Can this only be used on WordPress?

    • Hi Laura!
      I’m Jenny, Mediavine’s Marketing Associate, nice to meet you!
      The answer to your question is no, although WordPress is the most common at Mediavine, we can work with many different platforms.
      If you’ve got other questions, please feel free to ask here, or reach out to our Publisher Support department. They’re the best and can assist you with all your technical questions.
      Thanks for your interest!
      ~Jenny

  • For perspective, do you mind sharing the traffic levels that lead to this kind of monthly revenue? I’m guessing you are seeing unique page views in the six figures.

    • Spot on. Generally you need at least 100k unique page views to be making this type of income – BUT – you could also be killing it on instagram or Facebook or with making videos and earn more income that way.

  • At Mediavine, we think Kit & the WCBC are pretty much tops!
    Thank you for your kind words about us and for your faith in our abilities to help you monetize your awesome content.
    As publishers with our own websites, we believe that successful monetization is all about finding the balance between ad revenue and user experience and we would never sacrifice one for the other. This is why we set our threshold at 25k sessions a month. Below this number, the ad revenue you’d be able to earn isn’t worth the sacrifice in user experience that happens when ads are put on a site.
    Our mission is to create sustainable businesses for digital content creators. We are committed to providing education to publishers on a wide variety of topics from social media to SEO and helping them diversify their income streams with our influencer marketing department and other resources (like your post!)
    If anyone has questions, please just shoot an email to our Publisher Support department at publishers@mediavine.com. They are on the desk 7 days a week to answer questions of any kind, from technical difficulties to application procedures to optimization.
    Thanks again, Kit! <3
    Jenny, Mediavine Marketing Associate