You can make $0 to millions of dollars per year from blogging. There are so many factors to take into account. This post will break down how bloggers make money and how much money you can make from blogging.
How do bloggers make money?
Bloggers can make money in the following ways:
- As a salaried staff blogger
- As a freelance blogger
- Ads on their own blog
- Affiliate marketing on their own blog
- Sponsored posts on their own blog
- Selling their own products
How much money can I make as a staff blogger?
According to the salary site Glassdoor, the average blogger salary is $33,061 per year. The range is from $16k on the low side to $88k on the high side.
Being a salaried blogger has some stability and it is a “real job”. However, it is the way to make the least money blogging.
If you need money right away, landing a job as a blogger can get you money quickly while you build up your own blog. Just make sure that there is no non-compete or other contract keeping you from building your own blog in the future.
How much money can I make from blogging as a freelancer?
Being a freelance blogger you can make between $30 and $300 per post.
It is a huge range depending who you are writing for. If you are a good writer, it is not uncommon to land gigs paying over $100 per post.
If you regularly land good gigs, you can easily make over $100k per year and surpass salaried bloggers.
Like salaried bloggers being a freelance blogger, you can get paid quickly. Building income from your own blog takes time.
How much money can I make from ads on my blog?
Blogs make money from placing ads on their site that pay between $2 and $30 CPM (cost per mille). That means for every 1,000 views on your site you will earn $2-30.
The range for CPM varies drastically. Factors are what category your blog falls under and what ad network you are using.
Posting ads on your blog is a very consistent way to make money as you make money from every view of your website. That being said you need to get lots of traffic to your blog before you start really making money with ads.
How much money can I make from affiliate marketing on my blog?
Outside of selling your own products on your blog, affiliate marketing is where you can make the most money. With affiliate marketing you get an affiliate commission when you make a product recommendation and someone buys using your link.
Most people think Amazon when they hear affiliate marketing. While Amazon has the world’s largest affiliate program, they also do not have high commission rates. These days they will pay you on average 1-3% of a sale made from someone using your affiliate link.
Depending on your blog’s niche there are other physical products to sell look for other reputable brands and stores to promote.
If your blog lends itself to make recommendations for digital products and services you can make even more. Digital products generally have higher commission rates because they have more profit margin to share.
Unlike ads, you can start making money from affiliate marketing right away. You just need to convince one of your readers to buy something and you will get a commission.
How much money can I make from sponsored posts on my blog?
According to Alexis from Fitnancials, bloggers should never charge less than $250 for a sponsored post. She currently charges between $750 and $1500 per blog post.
At those rates landing a few sponsored posts per month can be life changing income for most people.
How much money can I make from selling my own products on my blog?
Selling your own products on your blog is really sky is the limit. Info products, e-books, and courses can make you significant income.
Unlike affiliate marketing you are keeping the whole sale and not just getting a small percentage of it.
It is not uncommon for popular blogs selling courses to make mid 6 to 7 figures per year.
As you can see the answer to how much money can I make from blogging varies a lot.
If you need to make money quickly, blogging as a freelancer or salaried employee is the way.
If you want to make a lot of money blogging, creating your own blog is the way to do it. It takes time to build an audience for your blog but once you do the income can surpass the other options.
To learn how to create a profitable blog see my post how to start a website.
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