How I Actually Started Making Money From Blogging

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Blogging is often pitched to people as a get-rich-quick type of business.

Just find your niche, set up a WordPress blog, and before you know you’ll be sailing the world, or surfing the web on the beach, or traveling to exotic locations! While this all sounds great, it’s not part of life for the average blogger.

The average blogger spends most of their day writing content, building an audience, and trying to provide valuable information while also making money to pay the bills.

Would I love to sail the world while working on a money-making blog worth hundreds of thousands of dollars? Of course – it would sure beat wearing a bulletproof vest and working extra off duty jobs.

But for most, it takes countless hours of hard work and dedication even to make a couple of bucks blogging, let alone enough money to buy a boat (unless you want to be a HENRY)!

Actually, it takes more than just hard work and dedication to earn money online as a blogger. You also have to know how to make money blogging.

Earning money with your blog is not easy, but it is possible.

There are a lot of different ways to start making money as a blogger (which we’ll get into), but I’m also going to share one awesome tip to help you monetize quickly and easily.

That one awesome tip that has worked for me: joining a blogging group.

How To Make Money Blogging

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We’ll get to what exactly a blogging group is in just a second.

First, I’m going to share a few paths to monetization: the six ways you can make extra money from home by running your blog the right way.

For someone who wants to learn how to make money blogging, you need to understand your potential income streams

1. Display Ads Can Help Pay Your Hosting Bills

Display ads are exactly what they sound like: the small ads that show up on a website either at the top or bottom of the page as banner ads, off to the side, or within the content.

It’s usually the first thing bloggers do after they learn how to start a blog and get one up and running. This has been a struggle for me because I hate annoying ads when I’m trying to read but I also need to pay for my website. Due to this, I try to keep ads to a minimum.

Most new bloggers start by using Google Adsense for their display ad needs. This is an easy-to-set-up program where Google is the middleman between your site and the advertiser.

Though, the payouts and RPM with Google Adsense are fairly low, which is why I usually recommend that bloggers hold out on monetizing with display ads until they have enough traffic to partner with a larger display ad network like Monumetric, AdThrive, Ezoic, or Mediavine.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is probably the most common term you think of when you think of how to make money online. Pay Flynn from Smart Passive Income has a good definition of affiliate marketing:

“Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”

Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with affiliate marketing.

I love the fact that I can get paid by promoting products and services that I like and use (by dropping affiliate links into my website). Getting paid to write a review on why I love a product seems like a great revenue model.

However, I hate how competitive and sleazy affiliate marketing can be. Many of the best affiliate programs have a ton of bloggers competing for traffic and payouts, which makes it hard to build a sustainable sales funnel and monetize.

Then, you have bloggers promoting products just because they are an affiliate, even if they don’t believe in or use the product. (Something I refuse to do)

Joining an affiliate program or two can be a great form of monetization, just remember to stay true to your brand and missiondon’t be a sellout.

3. Online Courses And Webinars

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Creating an online course takes a lot of upfront work and effort, but once it’s created and set up, it can be a great form of passive income. I’m actually working on one now and wow are they a lot of work!

Just remember, this is not the Field of Dreams.

Just because you built it, doesn’t mean they’ll come.

Usually, the hardest part of building a successful course is promoting it. Be sure to have a plan to generate some initial sales and earn money from the start. You should start working on your promotion plan before you even start making the course.

Here are some ideas to get your course or webinar out there:

  • Facebook ads
  • Pinterest ads
  • Blogger references
  • Press Releases
  • Forums

4. Ebooks And Products

When blogging, you’re creating content all the time. For free!

One strategy for making money online is to take some of your most epic content and create a digital product or ebook out of it. And, of course, get paid for it.

Remember, this has to be content so good that it is worth paying for.

Designing an ebook or product is pretty straightforward. You could pay for software to help you do it, or you could rely on Microsoft Word to do the trick. The most important part of making a product is ensuring it’s full of useful and relevant content.

Bonus Idea: you could also create a physical product to earn extra cash, but physical products usually come with a whole new set of challenges (logistics, shipping, cash flow, etc.). That’s why I think digital products are a better place to start.

5. Sponsored Posts

A sponsored post is an article or blog post you write in partnership with another brand or company. This can be a review, testimonial, or a how-to article. It’s a great way to earn some cash for your blog by working with companies who work in the best interest of clients.

Why would a brand or company pay for you to write about them?

As a blogger, you have a targeted audience that wants to hear from you. Brands are willing to pay to get their products and services in front of your readers using your voice.

Similar to affiliate marketing, be sure you are partnering with brands that fit your audience! Sponsored content should fit naturally within your blog.

6. Consulting And Freelance Work

Last, my least favorite way to make money online through your blog: freelancing.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this type of work because when you are a freelancer, you are trading hours for dollars.

I’d rather spend my time building up my blog, which can hopefully one day produce sustainable passive income rather than giving my time to someone else for a small fee.

I do have two exceptions to this rule:

  1. If you are building up income to reinvest in your blog, being a freelance writer or consultant can be a good use of time to generate this cash flow.
  2. If you are a full-time blogger already or are treating your blog as a full-time job, often freelance writing and consulting are a part of your business model already.

How I Have Been Able To Finally Make Money Blogging

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So that’s the laundry list of ways that you can make money blogging.

Could you execute some of those ideas to get income and profitability on your own?


But my best tip to help you make money blogging faster and easier is to join a blogging group.

Personally, I’m a part of The Money Mix Insiders group.

This group has not only paid for itself and then some since signing up, but it’s helped me increase my traffic, grow my social media presence, and improve my SEO. And it’s taught me how to make money blogging faster than I ever could have on my own.

The reason for this is simple: people working together towards a common goal are much more powerful than people all trying to do everything on their own. Just like in police work, teams are much more effective than solo officers.

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Below you’ll find the full list of benefits and reasons why joining a blogging group could help you overcome your challenges and make more money.

The Benefits Of Joining A Blogging Group

There are countless benefits to joining a blogging group. For someone looking to reach financial independence, like me, the most important benefits were the monetary ones.

I defined monetary benefits as perks that could directly help me make more money (or save on expenses).

Monetary Benefits Of The Money Mix Insiders Group

Increase Traffic

The first and most obvious benefit of joining TMM’s Insiders group is the boost in traffic you will see. This traffic increase comes from two different sources.

First, they feature you in their emails, on their site, and their social media platforms. They’re using their broad reach to drive traffic directly to your site.

Pretty cool!

But more than that, they also help you implement strategies to increase traffic on your own. Whether it’s through honing your voice, informing you of different channels and sites to promote your content through, or just general tips and tricks, they help you find ways to drive more readers to your site.

Let’s get this out of the way: The Money Mix insiders is not solely a link-building circle.

In fact, I’d stick with them even if I got zero link benefits from them.

But, lucky for me (and maybe you), they do help you build links the right way (like guest posting, syndications, and more).

You can learn more about their link building strategies after joining, but as an example, through The Money Mix, fellow bloggers, or other publishers, my links have quadrupled (yes, 4x!) since joining the group last year.

Free Premium Software

We all know there are countless blogging tools out there to help with a variety of needs, like:

  • Keyword research
  • Link building
  • Article optimization
  • Site speed
  • Headline optimization
  • And more…

The Money Mix will give you the script for all the essential tools you need to be successful, but they don’t stop there.

They also give you heavily discounted and even free access to these tools.

Tools that are usually $30, $60, and even $180 a month come for a fraction of the price, or more frequently, they come free.

These tools help me identify my posts with the highest chance of ranking in Google and then give me tips on how to optimize them. Like this one: how to find the best index funds.

Grow And Monetize My Email List

The Money Mix treats everything like a business, and it rubs off on the members of their insider group too.

They treat their email list as a traffic driver to their blog, but also as a separate business that can be grown and monetized. Frankly, they are pros at email marketing.

Since joining the group, my email list has grown from 100 to 12,000+! That’s growth I never thought possible and has opened doors for monetization and also drives traffic to my site.

Free Web Hosting

The Money Mix provides free, high-speed web hosting.

I’m not talking about $3/month Bluehost, either. They offer web hosting that would be valued at $35/month or higher.

This is a direct money-saver but also speeds up your site, which helps with SEO and your overall user-interface.

Plus, you can put the extra money you saved with free hosting towards growing your blog.

Access To Sponsored Posts

This is potentially my favorite benefit of this group. It’s also the most unique.

The Money Mix brings sponsored posts to you!

That’s right; the group actually pays you by negotiating group deals with various brands and companies.

Technically, there is a $180 monthly fee you have to pay to join. But, in 2019, I made more money from the group than I put in. And, already in 2020, I’m on track to do the same.

So not only do you get all the monetary benefits above, but you also get sponsored posts to help offset your monthly fee.

Non-Monetary Benefits of The Money Mix Insiders Group

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As if the monetary benefits weren’t enough, there are plenty of other benefits as well that didn’t directly impact my bottom line. However, they do improve my blogging skills and my website.

One-Off Advice And Mentoring

On top of all the benefits above, you get direct access to ask successful bloggers any questions you might have. I’m talking about six-figure pulling, blog selling, and technically-savvy bloggers. The experts who run the group are incredibly knowledgeable, and literally always available to for one-off questions and advice.

I can’t remember the last time I asked a question and didn’t get a response in under 12 hours. Plus, everyone who is a member is the group seems to be an expert in something.

Whether it’s Pinterest, SEO, coding, affiliate programs, site speed, or literally anything related to blogging, someone always has an answer for me.


Would I still be blogging one year after I started if I wasn’t in the Insiders group?

Probably, but my blog would look like a preschooler ran it and no one would be reading.

Blogging is hard. And I feel lost more often than I feel like I know what I’m doing. This group has held me accountable and pointed me in the right direction to help me keep going.


I genuinely like everyone in the group, which is rare! I even met some of my online friends in person so my wife would stop making fun of me. I don’t see a problem with having more online friends than in-person ones… do you? Hmm, maybe it’s just me.

Anyhow, everyone is supportive, easy to talk to, and sometimes funny.

That’s worth something, right?!

Summary: Treat Your Blog Like A Business

I will say this group is not for the hobby-blogger. The Money Mix Insiders group is for someone who wants to treat their blog as an online business, grow, and make money fast.

The Money Mix wants people who are in it for the long-run, and bloggers who want to engage and learn ways to make money online.

And if you are in it for the long-run, you shouldn’t have to do it yourself.

Most companies have a board of directors, or at a minimum, advisors. But for some reason, many bloggers work alone and in silos.

I view this group as having my very own board of directors and a group of advisors for my blog business.

So, if you want to learn how to make money blogging quickly, my number one tip to you is to join a blogging group today.

P.S. if you have any questions about the Insiders, shoot me an email at and I’ll get back to you.

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