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Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?

Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?By Holly Reisem Hanna

My first experience with a blog was back in 2005. A friend of mine told me that I needed to check out this celebrity gossip blog called, Pink is the New Blog. After reading a few posts, I was hooked. Not only did I enjoy the daily gossip, but I loved the casual and personal nature of his writing. Reading this blog became my morning ritual and it soon got me thinking:

  • Is this his full-time job?
  • How is he making money from his blog?
  • How did land big time TV interviews?

Fast forward to 2007.

After the birth of my daughter, I quit my full-time job as an RN Clinical Research Coordinator and became a full-time stay at home mom. But after nine months of play-dates, mommy and me classes, and a dwindling bank account, I felt the urge to make some money and exercise my brain. I looked online for different work at home jobs, but the majority of my time was spent weeding through scams and sifting through websites to find all of the information that I was looking for. It was at this time that I decided to create my own a monetized blog.

Fast forward to 2009.

After 15 months of doing research, creating content, and having a designer create a custom theme for me — I was finally able to launch in March of 2009. It took me almost three months to get my first advertiser and from there it has continued to grow, and is now my full-time career. While I’m unable to disclose how much I earn, I can tell you how I’m making money blogging and that yes indeed, you can make REAL money blogging!

Here’s how I’m personally making money with my blog, as well as some other blogger’s stories and earnings.

Direct Advertising:

A lot of people will tell you that traditional advertising is dead, but I’m living proof that you can make good money from direct ad sales. In fact, this is one of my biggest sources of income. You can look at my advertising page for rates and offerings. I’ve also written extensively on the subject, so make sure to check out How to Get Advertisers to Purchase Ad Space on Your Blog.

Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate marketing is another income stream that I used right from the start. In fact, when I didn’t have any direct advertisers in the first few months, I filled my ad slots with affiliate marketing ads. This way, I could potentially make money while looking like other companies were purchasing ad space on the site. Make sure to check out my favorite affiliate networks and read this article for information on making money with affiliate marketing.

Corporate Sponsorships:

Over the past couple of years, I’ve worked with a few brands who I really love. For these companies, I do more intense sponsorship packages that can include anything from written reviews, live social media correspondence at events, Twitter parties, and social media campaigns. If this is something you’re interested in pursuing, check out this article on working with brands.

Ad Network:

When I first started blogging, I worked with a couple of ad networks only to make pennies each month. Later, I signed up with Google Adsense and I started to make a little money, about $100 each month. But then, poof, Google decided I had invalid ad clicks and banned me from the program. Today, I work with AdThrive and I’m REALLY happy with them — definitely a good alternative to Adsense.

Social Media Services and Freelance Writing:

Besides the revenue sources mentioned above, I’ve also done some social media contract work and occasionally, I’ll receive a paid request to write an article for another publication. Depending on the pay, brand, and my schedule I’ll sprinkle these in from time to time.

Other Money Making Ideas:

Some other ways I’ve made money in the past are … Small business and blog consulting, e-book sales, sold advertising though a holiday gift guide, as well as ran a lead generation service for direct sales consultants. While these did bring in some cash flow, they didn’t work well with my overall goals or vision for the site, so I closed them down.

Want to Know How Much Other Bloggers Make and How Do They Do It?

It Takes Time:

Impressive numbers, right? But let me tell you, blogging is not for the faint of heart, it takes time, as well as patience, persistence, hard work, and perseverance. I tell you this not to discourage you from becoming a monetized blogger, but to give you a realistic point of view point of what you can expect. For myself, I fell into a career that I absolutely love and because of my blog, it has laid the ground work for other opportunities that I otherwise would not have been privileged to.

Are you ready to start a blog? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial that’s easy and affordable (just $3.95 a month).

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Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?


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31 Responses to “Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?”

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    Corina Ramos says:

    Thanks for sharing this Holly. It’s very motivating for me. I am nowhere near making this kind of money – I make about $200-$400 a month working on it part-time and my blog will be a year in October.

    I know I have a long way to go but the good news is I’m in it for the long haul and I’m still passionate about it. And hopefully one day I will be making an income like you shared here.

    I’m going to take a look at the other bloggers you shared and see how they do it too. Thanks again!

    Happy Wednesday!

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      Holly Hanna says:

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Corina!

      I started out part-time too. For me, the biggest perk about blogging is that I got to stay at home with my daughter — while bringing in some cash flow. It took 5 years for my blog to evolve into what it is today. So keep the momentum going!

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    alex broom says:

    yes i think traditional advertising is dead, a lot of things that worked a few years ago dont work now

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    A blog is a great source and proof of one location having multiple ways to make money. I think it is one of the best ways to start as an internet marketer because of this.

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    Virginia says:

    Thanks for the article Holly. I’ve tried to start a blog a few times, but they fizzle out. I think it’s because I have such a wide variety of interests that my blogs seem to lose focus and then get lost. After reading this, I think I’ll give it another shot. I’d love to be able to stay home with my son.

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    Linda Bennett says:

    How do you get started and how do you make money blogging? I really need something like this to do and I REALLY need money. Please someone, Help Me !!

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    I just started receiving your emails and am trying to incorporate some of your ideas. I have recently moved from to self hosted WordPress with Bluehost. I would like to start making some money from my blog to justify the time I spend doing it. After reading many of your articles I’m not sure I still understand how this will happen. When I moved my site I took my 266 WordPress subscribers with me but my traffic has pretty much been lost in the shuffle. My hope is that if i can make even a hundred dollars per month I can keep doing what I’m greatly enjoying!

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    I love your article thanks for bring light to small things that are essential to get the blog going. I’ve started my seamstress blog about my alteration projects and sewing stuff. Mainly as a portfolio to showcase my work, but I have been wanting to monetize on it as well. I Still don’t know where I’m headed with this and who my target market will be but I hope I can figure it out. It does seem so overwhelming at times because there’s so many blogs out there already. And on social media, I can get many likes but not sure how to lure them to view my page. I’d appreciate any advice on that, thanks!

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    Thanks for mentioning me! :)

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    Lisa Stein says:

    Great post Holly. Love the examples at the bottom of the post with how much other blogs make. That is always interesting to learn.

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    Dawn says:

    Hi Holly,

    You are a great mentor!! I hope one day to be a “Blogging” mentor to other women/men who are starting out as “Bloggers” or thinking of becoming a one.

    I have always wanted to start-up a blog, I’ve been afraid of it failing. I have my passion which is cooking and I already have a web name to go along with it. There is so much good information that you provided, need to soak it all up, do my studying and get started. lol

    Guess, I should take some time, think/sort out how I want to start up and let the rest flow.

    Thanks so much Holly!!

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    Hi Holly,

    This past February I started my blog, Gluten Free Mom To Be ( I love everything about my blog, I post about 4-5 times a week and have gotten some great feedback. I’m hoping to increase my followers and hopefully make a little money in the near future too. Any tips?

    Thank you,

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    Julie says:

    Thanks for all of this terrific information! I too am an RN turned stay at home mom who desperately needs to find a way to make some money. Can you give us wannabes an idea of what kind of start up costs are involved?

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    There are lots of RN’s on here ! I am going to school for RN after 9 years of EMS but I’d MUCH rather stay at home with my 1 year old. I wrote my first blog ever just a few days ago and in those few days I’ve learned so much. I keep coming back to this site as a reference. I am focused on really building my content right now and then I hope to start earning something . Anything would be a step up ! The information here is great and is helping me in my journey . Thank you for providing it :)

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    Shakira says:

    I’ve had a food blog for over a year, however I find it hard to be consistent because I work full-time. I would love make even a little money from my blog but Google adsence keeps declining my application. Any advice? Can you direct me to any other ad networks to check out? I’m learning as I go so any advice would be great!

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    This post comes handy as I am in the process to make money from home. I am glad to see that one of my podcast guest is listed. Have you listened to my conversation with Miranda Marquit?

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