I speak to soo many people who want to make money online but are not about what the best ways to do this are. 

I’ve listed 6 ways you can get started making money online that are the most popular.

1. Advertisments

You can make money online through advertising on your blog. This is the most direct way to make money on your blog. You do nothing other than put ads on your site. You can use different ad networks, like Google AdSense and Media.Net.

The more clicks and views your blog gets, the more money you make from ads. This is a very common way for people to make money when they first start because it’s pretty easy once you get traffic going to your blog.

My mentor used to make $50 / month from ads and now she makes around $1,500+ per month from ads.

So the more your blog grows, the more money your ads will generate.

2. Sponsored Posts

You can make money by having sponsored posts on your blog. This means you’re paid for promoting someone else’s product or brand on your blog on in your social media. This could be a store, brand, product, or another website seeking exposure. Often, this also comes in the form of writing reviews (but not always).

Sponsored posts are an easy way to make money online through your blog, but it’s less steady that other types of income, unless you have an ongoing relationship or several sponsored posts per month. I know several new entrepreneurs or side hustlers who make around $1,000 / month from sponsored posts alone.

To learn how to make money with sponsored posts, you can take read this book Blog for Bucks (you’ll get the specific steps to implement this strategy right away).

3. Affiliate Marketing

You can make money by selling other people’s products. This is when people make money through affiliate sales. There are several affiliate networks you can join online, such as Flexoffers or CJ Affiliate or Amazon Affiliate, or you can be an affiliate to individuals, too.

There are countless affiliate opportunities with affiliate relationships online. This is how a lot of online entrepreneurs make their money, myself included (I use Amazon Affiliate and Amazon Influencer). I love this way of making money because you don’t have to create your own product to get going. You can sell someone else’s product and make money doing it.

I highly recommend this book Affiliate Marketing 2019 to learn how to make money with affiliate marketing. 

4. Digital Products

You can make money online by selling your own digital products.

I learned this from taking The Ultimate Branding Blueprint, a course that walks you through exactly how to make money selling your own products.

Example of digital products include selling printables, eBooks, and courses.

Making money on your blog by selling your own products is amazing because you have control of everything. You can create anything that is downloadable, and then charge money for it. It’s amazing!

People make thousands a month by selling their own digital products (individually or as a course). This is definitely a money-maker!

5. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is a great way to make money online. It’s technically not making money on your own site, but it is lumped in with making money online in general. Freelance writing is where you get paid to write for other websites or blogs. You write content that is published on another site and that site pays you for it.

You can learn how to make money freelance writing by reading Start Here.

Freelance writing is a great way to make money. I know a couple people who are making £350+/post gigs. Pretty awesome! One of the sites my friend writes for is Blavity.

6. VA Work

You can make money online by doing VA (Virtual Assistant) work or tech work. Entrepreneurs who do this work make money servicing other people’s blogs. I know a lot of people who start out doing VA work to get money coming in, then transition out of it after their blogs generate more income.

Read How to be a Virtual Assistant for more tips.

If there is something that you can provide a service for online, then there is a market for you!

You can also register as a freelancer on Fiverr.com to get VA gigs.

A Final Thought

There are many ways to make money online. The key to remember is that “blogs don’t make money – businesses do.” If you want to actually make money having a blog, you do that by creating an online business.


Here are resources I highly recommend for more reading on this topic…

🌱 ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse

🌱 12 Ways You Can Absolutely Make Money Online

🌱 Start Here by Carol Tice 

🌱 Blog for Bucks by Jacqueline Bodnar 

🌱Amazon Affiliate and Amazon Influencer

🌱 Affiliate Marketing 2019 by Ronald Roberts

🌱 The Ultimate Branding Blueprint by Tanya Aliza

🌱 How to be a Virtual Assistant by Catherine Gladwyn