Make Money Blogging: A Beginner’s Guide

So last week we talked about starting a blog. This week it is all about how to make money blogging. It is pretty simple really, and you don’t have to wait years to start making a little side hustle money. Now, this isn’t a way to get rich quick. It will take some work, but it will come to you, especially if you enjoy blogging like I do! If you want even more helpful information, check out my Ultimate Bloggers Resource Page.

How to make money blogging. Make money blogging for beginners.

*This post does contain affiliate links. I will get a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase services through these links.*

How To Make Money Blogging

Let’s face it, most people start a blog with the hopes of one day making money from it. While I enjoy blogging, and would still do it even if I didn’t make a penny, that extra bit of money comes in handy. As I mentioned, you won’t get rich quick, but you can make money blogging right away with a bit of work.


So before you can start making money, there are some awesome WordPress plugins that you will need for your site.

  • Sumo : This is an amazing plug in. It allows readers who visit your page to easily share your post to any number of social media sites. Thus increasing your exposure! Best part? It is FREE!
  • Yoast SEO: This is another free plugin that is absolutely amazing! It walks you step by step through optimizing your blog posts for SEO (search engine optimization).
  • MiloTree: I absolutely love this popup. It is discreet and doesn’t take up a huge portion of your page. It shows whatever Social Media sites that you want followers for on your page and gives everyone an option to easily follow you.
  • Mail Chimp: Again, this is free. It is an awesome way to set up your e-mail list and connect with your subscribers.
  • Google Analytics: This is necessary to track your traffic.

There are so many great free plugins, but those are my favorites!


Now on to the fun part, how to make money blogging. You don’t need a giant following in order to start making a little extra change. Yes, your numbers matter, as we will talk about growing those numbers in a later post (next week maybe?). For now, we will discuss the different ways to make some extra money though.

Affiliate Marketing

This is one of my favorite ways to make money blogging. By using affiliate marketing, you can get commission on products that you love when your readers purchase through your unique tracking links. Now, in your post you need to have a disclaimer, you can see mine at the start of this post.  There are literally endless amounts of affiliate programs out there, and all you have to do is apply. My favorites will be listed below.

  • Share A Sale: This is one of my favorites. You just sign up, and once you are in you can apply to a large number of affiliate programs. Once those programs accept you, you have access to banners and links for marketing purposes. Some of the companies will even send you complementary products for review if you ask them.
  • FlexOffers: They are similar to Share A Sale and offer tons of programs to fit your niche!
  • Amazon Affiliates: Amazon if one of the largest online retailers. They have an amazing affiliate program where you can create links for anything on their site. Any person who purchases through your link gives you a small commission.
  • Target: Yes, even Target has an affiliate program!
  • FabFitFun: I love the Fab Fit Fun boxes, so being an affiliate was a no brainer! They offer $8 for every sale, and you get a free box after 3 sales. It doesn’t sound super high, but these boxes are so popular that they sell really well! If you join, don’t forget to let them know that Jessi Joachim sent you 🙂
  • Ultimate Bundles: I have really found this particular program to be so much fun! They offer different bundles throughout the year at crazy discounted prices. Usually  hey include a ton of Ebooks and courses for extremely inexpensive, so they sell really well. They also offer AWESOME marketing webinars and training, so really that alone makes it worth joining!
  • Ebates: While this isn’t a true affiliate program, they do offer an awesome referral program! You get a percentage of cash back for your online purchases, and you get a bonus when you get others to sign up.

These are my top four that I use all of the time, but there are so many more!

Ad Networks

Now, I don’t run ads on my site, but a ton of people do! Google Adsense is probably the most popular. You just have to apply and when you are accepted,you can run ads on your site. These ads generate a small amount of money based on your traffic. This isn’t my favorite way to make money blogging, but loads of people love it! Other than Google, there are numerous other ad companies out there as well, but you typically need a large number of monthly page views before they will accept you.

One network that I have found which doesn’t have a maximum page view requirement is Revenue Hits. They have awesome reviews, and this is the company I am looking into using on my site. While they are newer, they see, to offer a decent payout and be easy to work with.

You can also sell your own ad space. This isn’t something that I have gotten into yet, but I do plan on it in the near future. There are companies that facilitate this for you, or you can cut out the middle man and do it on your own. You can make up a pricing sheet that tells companies how much you charge to place their ad on your site for a month. It can be pretty lucrative if you get into it. Once I delve into this world, I will give a full update.

Sponsored Posts

I am not going to lie, for me, this has been my biggest money maker. I used to think that sponsored posts meant selling out, but really if you only take on ones with companies and products you love then it is a win win. I started doing some sponsored posts about 2 months into my blogging journey. Sometimes a company will see your blog and approach you via email,and I have had this work for me. Then there are Influencer agencies that connect bloggers with companies. Most of the time, I like working through agencies because I feel there is more backing to ensure that you get paid. Some of my favorite companies to work with are listed below:

If you want to learn even more about sponsored posts, join in my free e-mail course and be on your way to earning money today!



To get the full list of influencer networks just click here.

Sell Your Own Product

Are you a photographer or web designer, maybe a graphic artist? If you have a skill, then you can make money online. So many online entrepreneurs open Etsy Shops or sell e-books, and these are great ways to make money blogging. I am currently working on creating an E-book that I plan to sell on Amazon. This option is really limitless. If you have something you are great at then use it. Sell stock photos to other bloggers, or offer a course on something that you excel in and can teach others.

The Best Ways to Make Money Blogging

Blogging isn’t all about money. First and foremost it is about doing something that you enjoy. Write about what you are passionate about and what you are good at, then the money will come!

Now that we have learned how to make money blogging, what should we discuss next? Social media growth and engagement? Best Facebook groups for new bloggers? Let me know down below!



  1. Elizabeth O. says:

    It’s a slow progress when it comes to monetizing your blog. I think it’s worth the effort though especially when you finally start earning. These are great tips!

  2. Carol Cassara says:

    It’s always nice to have guides like this to help fellow bloggers out especially the newbies. I’m sure they’ll learn a lot from this! Monetizing is not impossible, it requires effort but it’s really going to pay off.

  3. Lee says:

    This is a great article, Jessi! I’m a newbie blogger, so it’s certainly useful. I do have a question, though..for affiliate marketing and sponsored posts, does one need to build up a lot of blog traffic first? Thanks!

    • Jessi says:

      Good question! I have found you don’t need a ton of traffic really. I consider my site rather small. And I got my first sponsored post in my second month of being live, many brands will look more to your engagement. So comments, sharing and interacting with your audience. Some , like linqia, want 2500 followers on Twitter but just apply for anytbing that fits your niche. I applied for things I knew I wouldn’t get bc I was small, and I got them. Its also about a good pitch sometimes, which I am working on a post all about pitching as well. I seriously signed up for all the networks and just applied for all of the campaigns that I knew I could fit into my regular content 🙂 I hope that was helpful

  4. shanique wallace says:

    Thanks for this i pretty much signed up for all of these sites lol Active SUCKS! I liked it better when it was just sverve now only the big bloggers with 1k views a day get sponsored post

    • Jessi says:

      lol yea I don’t have that many views a day here lol Influence Central has been one of my favorites to work with so far.

  5. theclutterboxblog says:

    I am so happy I am no longer on wordpress. All the never ending plugins and frustrations of figuring out free ones to use. This is a great guide for starting to making money. I love that you say that it’s not selling out to do sponsorship posts. I totally agree!

  6. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says:

    These are all great tips! I’ve been blogging for years now, and use most of those networks, but it seems that I’ve hit a stale space and not getting picked up for those as often for posts. However, advertising is where the main bulk of my income comes from now.

  7. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Oh awesome, thank you so much! I see three networks I was not with! In fact, I never even heard of them. I will tell them you sent me!

  8. Heather says:

    Thanks for the tips on networks to partner with. A few of those I haven’t heard of! I have had a lot of response from Brand Backer though most of those involve free products instead of money. Either way though it is still nice! I will have to check out these others!

  9. HilLesha says:

    I first started out with affiliate marketer in 2004, but eventually ventured onto sponsored posts. Like you, sponsored posts are my biggest maker, too. I still dabble in affiliate marketing, though!

  10. Victoria says:

    One day I would like to make more money with a sponsored post, I would say it is one of my goals. I really liked how you listed the companies you have worked with. Great post 🙂

  11. Nikki says:

    This is great advice for new bloggers looking to monetize! I am actually brainstorming something for the “sell your own product” tip. I’ve been doing the others for a while, and this is the logical next step.

  12. Kat says:

    Awesome post, darling! Yoast is a great and very helpful plugin- I agree! I’m quite new in the blogging world so any advice is useful for me:)

  13. desperatemamas says:

    This is such a useful post! I particularly liked the part where you suggest the influencers agencies for sponsored posts, and used your links to apply to some. Others I was already part of them

  14. Maria Carmen Wellington says:

    Great tips. I am new in blogging, so this is added to my internet knowledge. I didn’t know there is an Influencer Network. I have to check them out. Also, I will definitely check out MiloTree plugin and FlexOffers Affiliate. I am not aware of them. Thank you for sharing this.

  15. Terri Beavers says:

    These are all great tips for beginners and anyone really. I’m trying to up my game with my website so I need all the help I can get in reference to which direction and which way I want to go.

    • Jessi says:

      I have used them personally, and gotten paid for my campaigns each time in a timely manner. I was skeptical at first, but I honestly prefer working with a network over directly with a brand most times.

  16. Hollie Mason says:

    Great advice! I’ll definitely be back to dive a little deeper into what works for me! So nice to have it all laid out like this!

  17. DavidElliott says:

    I’m all for discussion of social media growth and engagement, especially as it deals with Instagram and Pinterest. I struggle with growth on Pinterest. And I am curious as to whether you are a business on Instagram or not. I have heard that there are some issues when you make your Instagram a business account.

    • Jessi says:

      I did not change to a business instagram. I heard about all the issues and I just wanted to keen mine personal and so far it has worked out well for me. Pinterest is slow growing, one of my smallest amount of followers but my biggest source of traffic. I have a social media post coming out Friday I believe, and I want to do another one just on Pinterest.

  18. SeekAndRead says:

    Hi Jessi,

    Yesterday, I gave a try to Revenue Hits, but unfortunately DFP (my ads server) killed them immediately, because they are malicious based on their privacy policy. I would like to ask you did you ever try this company at all?

    • Jessi says:

      Oh wow, yea I used them a while, and I know a few people who used them and recomended them so I’m not sure why that happened! I feel the need to look into it more though.

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