How I Have Made $3,000/Month From My Blog

Find out how I make money blogging every month and how you can too!

How I Have Made $3,000 From My Blog

 

For several years I wanted to have a website.  I didn’t know what type of website to create, but I knew I wanted to make extra income with it.  Two years ago while browsing the internet, I saw a “blog”.  I thought this was a neat concept that turned a usual website into more of a “daily diary”.   I was on Pinterest one day and saw a few posts on how to monetize your blog.  I discovered that you can make money from blogging!

Since I’ve always loved clothes and creating outfits, that’s what I wanted to blog about.  I setup my blog on Blogger, the free blogging platform.  I bought a blog template and installed it.  I was ready to start blogging!  I setup a Google Analytics account and linked it to my blog.  During my first couple of weeks blogging, there were about 100 people visiting my blog (a.k.a. pageviews).  I added Google Adsense ads and applied for a Shopsense affiliate account.  Now, I participate in campaigns with various networks, utilitize ads from 2 ad networks, collaborate with companies for free products and have written three e-Books.

My blog has grown to almost 200,000 monthly pageviews and one month I made approximately $3,000.

I have a full-time job and a family so my time is limited.
I could make much more if blogging was my job!  

 

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Affiliate Programs

 

popsugar

Shopstyle Collective by Popsugar – This is my favorite way to make money.  Everytime a reader clicks on one of these links, I get $.05 per click.  Here’s how it works:  I add my Shopsense links to a blog post.  When a reader click on a link, instead of them going directly to the retailer’s website, the link goes through Shopsense telling Shopsense that I am referring that link to the retailer’s website.  I get a $.05 commission for that link.  Shopstyle has links for hundreds of retailers.  They not only have links for fashion items, but also home decor and kitchen products as well!

rewardstyle

RewardStyle – This program is similar to Shopstyle.  I don’t use this one although I applied last year.   You use a personalized link through RewardStyle that tracks if anyone from your blog purchases the item.  If so, you can make a small 4-10% commission.  They carry many popular brands including Nordstrom, Kate Spade, Gap etc.

amazon

Amazon Associates – I’m a member of Amazon Associates.  You can earn a commission on anything Amazon sells.  If you have ever bought anything from Amazon, you know the wide variety of products they sell.  Just think of the possibilities of how much money you could make from commissions, especially for higher-priced items!

Other Affiliate Programs:

ShareASale – They have hundreds of participating companies, both retailers and small businesses.  Once you are a member, just apply to become an affiliate of any company, grab one of their banners or create your own product links for your website.

Commission Junction – This is similar to ShareASale.

Acceleration Partners – This is also similar to ShareASale.

Ad Networks

Google Adsense – I joined this ad network last year.  You can actually sign up with Adsense when you start your blog, but I signed up with BlogHer in the beginning.  You place ads on your blog and you get paid when your account reaches $100.  You can’t choose what ads will display, this is determined by Google.

Media.net – Media.net is the ad network powered by Yahoo! and Bing. Their ads look like little colored keyword blocks.  Media.net pays monthly with Paypal, but like Adsense you have to have met that $100 minimum in a month’s time to get a payment.

Sovrn – I’m participating in this ad network in addition to Google Adsense.  You can create different size ads for your blog and place them wherever you need them to be displayed.  I’ve made more money on this ad network than the others and is my favorite.

AdThrive – I discovered this ad network through reading a couple of posts on blogger income reports.  I have applied to this one recently.

BlogHer – This was the first ad network I signed up with when I started my blog.  They are picky about who they accept, but if you are accepted you can make a little bit of money.  They have very strict guidelines about where you place your ads.  They discourage participating in network affiliate programs because they don’t want them interferring with their ads.  Once you sign up, you are locked into a one year contract.  Once my year was up, I did not renew.  I wanted to have the freedom to run my blog as I wanted to.  On a good note, they have a collaborations program as well, so you can make extra money.  If I had not committed myself in a contract with them in my first year of blogging, I would have probably made more money during my first year.

Influencer Marketing Networks

sociafabric

Social Fabric/Collective Bias – This network has a wide range of clients and lots of participating bloggers.  They will send you emails every time there are new campaigns.  They always have several campaigns on the dashboard to apply to, but that doesn’t always mean you’ll be accepted to a campaign.  You “pitch” your idea to a campaign and if they accept you create a blog post and/or share on your social media channels.  The payout is anywhere from $100 to $300 per campaign.  I’ve participated in The Big Game campaign and was a fun post!

 

clevergirls

Clever Girls Collective – I’m a member of this network also.  They also send emails letting you know of new campaigns.  They have a dashboard where you can view all the new campaigns and campaigns you are participating in.  The payment per post varies from $100 – $300+ depending on what is involved in the project.  They are also an excellent network to work with.  See these campaigns I’ve participated in.

influencecentral

Influence Central – I recently joined this network and have participated in a few campaigns, such as Grove Collective and Orvis.  They also send emails letting you know of new campaigns.

pollinate

Pollinate Media – This was the first influencer network company I joined.  I have done one campaign with them.  You need to have at least 20,000 monthly views to join.  When you apply for campaigns, it’s difficult to be accepted all the time.   See the DripDrop Hydration Powder campaign I participated in.

collectively

Collectively – They will email you when new campaigns.  I participated in this e.l.f. Cosmetics campaign with them and received some great products!

Acorn Influence – I just joined this network, but haven’t worked on any campaigns.

 

Other Influencer Networks:
I’m not a member of these networks, but they are worth mentioning!

Linqia

Mode Media

 

Company/Blogger Collaborations

You may not earn money from participating in company/blogger collaborations, but you can get free products!  I’ve participated in several collaborations and they are not only fun, but also builds your resume as a reliable blogger.  Be sure to setup a contact page on your blog, which includes your email address or a contact form.  Companies will contact you and offer you a free product(s) to promote on your blog in the form of a blog post.  I always go above and beyond a promotion and share on all my social media channels and share the post on blogger linkups.

You can also contact companies to see if they would like to collaborate.  Just send an email and offer a collaboration proposal.  You never know, they just may want to pariticipate!

 

Passive Income

If a few of your blog posts are popular, or have even gone viral on Pinterest, turn them into a Webinar Series or an E-Book!  The most popular posts on my blog are those that help people improve their lives by offering helpful tips pertaining to personal style.   I have written three E-Books on how to create a capsule wardrobe with many outfit ideas.  Setup a shop and sell an e-Book or offer membership to a webinar series to make extra income using your blog!

There you have it!  These are the types of ways that I make money from my blog.  There are more ad networks and influencer networks out there.  If you would like to find out more to participate in, just to to Pinterest and search for “ad networks” or “influencer networks”.  If you devote a little time and and are passionate about blogging, then you can certainly make money from blogging!

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26 Comments

  1. Wow LeAnne this is so impressive, thanks for sharing all this! I have been blogging 18 mos and have not made much money at all. The techy stuff of getting everything set up, has held me back! I was not raised with technology. I use shopstyle clicks, and belong to affiliate programs….navigating those sharesale networks..not easy! Just curious if you create ebooks for others and if you do , how much you charge. I am thinking about doing fashion tutorials for DIY Sewing. Thanks for sharing this great post!!

    Valerie
    MapleLeopard.com

  2. Thanks for sharing all of these suggestions on how to make money blogging!
    I found your post today on Modest Mom.
    Hope you have a wonderful day~
    Melanie

  3. Thank you very much for writing this article.

    I am new blogger and I have not monetized my site.

    I was told by a successful blogger not to monetize until
    I have a number of followers.

    I don’t even know how many people go to my site or follow
    me ( not a lot, I know that).

    What is your advice?

    Thank you in advance,

  4. Thank you so much for sharing. It really helps those of us who are just starting out. It means so much to be able to connect with great bloggers who are willing to pay it forward. Bless you!

  5. Meena,

    You have a lovely blog! If your blog has been active for at least six months, you can sign up for Google Adsense and place the ad code in your blog posts. I would also sign up for Amazon Affiliates and ShopstyleCollective and place product links in your posts as well. The more you can monetize, the better! If you dont already have Google Analyrics (GA) linked to your blog, register for an account. I visit GA daily to track my pageviews and see which posts are getting the most traffic.

    Leanne,
    ClassyYetTrendy.com

  6. Thank you Valerie! I love your blog! I’m glad to hear you are monetizing your site. I would consider writing E-Books for others. Send me a message about your E-Book idea so we can discuss further, to classyyettrendy@gmail.com.

    Leanne,
    ClassyYetTrendy.com

  7. You’re welcome Melanie! I’m glad to help my fellow bloggers out!

    Leanne,
    ClassyYetTrendy.com

  8. Thank you Jayne! I’m glad to help fellow bloggers by offering advice!

    Leanne,
    ClassyYetTrendy.com

  9. WOW I am so impressed, I had no idea. So many great tips and useful information in this post. I pinned it and will come back to this again. Thanks so much for sharing your very successful blogging journey and this post. I am happy for you and hope I can start making one tenth of that, soon. LOL

    P.S. Welcome by and linkup with me every Thursday please. Thanks, Ada. =)

  10. Thank you so much for all your advice.

    I will definitely sign up to these accounts.
    It’s nice to speak with someone who is a seasoned blogger and
    who can direct me.

    I really appreciate your help. =)

    Meena

  11. This is great to share the knowledge and experience you have had hunny. Way to go you. I have to say I do this for a living full time and I still don’t reach 200,000 pageviews not even close per month I clearly am doing something way wrong…. I need more detail and advice how you get so many pageviews. i do alot of what you recommend for earning money. It’s a great job to work around family life with little ones at home. Thanks so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  12. Great post, very helpful for beginning bloggers like myself- before I started I had NO IDEA how much there was to writing a blog besides WRITING a blog! Thanks for the great info!

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