Getting paid to blog can be a pretty cool gig provided you can maintain balance and stick with it through the learning curve. It is not fast or easy money, but it can be extremely rewarding. If you have been blogging for free while building a fan base, you may be ready to start slowly (yes, slowly) incorporating a few income generators.
Here are several ways that you can make money blogging and companies that will pay you to post their links or ads. This is in no way an all-inclusive list, it only includes those companies I am aware of or have done business with.
Remember: If you are taking compensation for a post, link or ad, you need to add the nofollow attribute to be Google compliant. So, how can you get paid to blog?
Join an Ad Network
This is one of the easiest ways to make money blogging though it certainly isn’t the most fruitful. Display ads like AdSense may pay a few pennies per impression or click, but you will likely find you can earn more with some other types of opportunities. However, it is a set-and-forget option for those just getting started with monetization.
Refer Your Friends
I love getting paid for referring my friends and blog readers to great companies. You may get paid in cash or store credit. Some pay when someone signs up. Others pay when they make a purchase.
One-time cash payment on qualifying action
One-time store credit on qualifying action
Promote Other People’s Products
My favorite way to make money blogging is by promoting other people’s products. Depending on your niche, you may be promoting physical products like clothing or lawn furniture. Blogs like mine promote a lot of digital products like eBooks and online courses.
Individual Affiliate Programs
Many bloggers love sponsored post opportunities. In these instances, you are paid for writing a review or simply mentioning a product in a blog post.
BlogFrog Influencer Circle
Sell Direct Advertising
As your blog grows, you will likely have advertisers approaching you to purchase ad space in your blog’s sidebar or posts.