Are you a blogger or mom blogger and just can’t figure out how to make money with your blog? It’s so aggravating and no matter how much you read blog posts or watch free webinars, you’re not generating barely anything.
I totally hear you. See, I’m sort of on both sides of the camp here. On one blog, I’m making a killing. For the month of November I sold 53 courses. Yowza!
But, for Twins Mommy? Not much at all. But, that’s okay. Do you know why? Because I know the smart ways to make money as a mom blogger.
Twins Mommy is a passion project of mine and I can sit on it for a while until I I’m ready to do something about it. For now, I’m having fun with any income that comes my way but my focus is on building my tribe and email list.
I know for a lot of you though, your blog is your side hustle and you want to one day say goodbye to that 9-5 job and say hello to blogging for good. So, I’ve rounded up 10 smart ways to make money as a blogger.
These are smart ways. These aren’t the quick ways to make money from home type of pins you might see on Pinterest. The ways I’m going to mention are proven and work.
But before I get into the nitty gritty of this post, make sure you grab my free guide on promotional strategies for your products (affiliate products or yours!). Click on the link to grab the FREE guide!
1. Get Paid to Write a Guest Post
The absolutely easiest way to get at least $100 is to guest post. Hands down!
If you love blogging (which I’m sure you do if you’re a mom blogger) and you know a little sumthin’ sumthin’ about parenting, WordPress, marketing, decor, homsescholing, saving – just about anything – there is bound to be a blog to guest post for.
And there are blogs that will pay you to write for them. A great site to try is Babble. I’ve heard from other writers and bloggers that they pay $150 for a post. Make sure to read their guidelines and provide the BEST blog post ever 🙂 Usually a unique story does the trick.
If you want to find blogs in a particular niche that pays for guest posts you can just Google it. For example, I randomly chose the horse/equestrian niche to see if there are any guest post opportunities:
So try it out and see what blogs you get.
2. Create a Roundup With Affiliate Links
Did you survive Black Friday and Cyber Monday? No matter what time of year it is, you can always create a roundup post and use your affiliate links.
What’s great about doing a roundup is that you can put a lot of affiliate links in your post. If you want to not come off as spammy you can mix your links with products that you don’t have an affiliate link for.
Since I only have two or three affiliate links, I haven’t done a round up type post like that yet, but I know they are effective. For example, Kelly from The Take Action WAHM did a great post on Black Friday deals for bloggers.
3. Create and Sell an eBook
This is a bit bigger than some of the other ways to make an income online, but it can be profitable. A lot of bloggers eventually want to make a product and an easy avenue to doing this is creating an eBook.
Now, what’s also great is that there is potential for future products based on your eBook. Bloggers are figuring out that they can first create an eBook, then a course and – for some – then a mastermind or coaching program.
For example, Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog has her Building a Framework book and she has a course called Book Boss for graduates of her Building a Framework readers.
4. Create a Course
For a lot of bloggers, creating a course can seem like a big and hairy audacious goal, but it’s one of the best long-term strategies for making income from your blog.
And you know what? You don’t have to blog for years or build your credibility before you create a course.
I created a freelance writing course for bloggers and aspiring writers a year ago and I was barely a year into freelance writing. But, that didn’t stop me. I know I had a proven framework that others can go by and make their first $1k just like me.
If you found success in one area, you can create a course out of it. For Twins Mommy, I know I’ve had success with traffic generation and great success with list building. People also know me for my Pinterest knowledge.
From these topics I can create a course to help other bloggers succeed.
5. Have a Monthly Subscription Program
There are only a couple of higher tiers to make money online and one of them is to have a monthly subscription. This ensures passive income every month, but it does come with a lot of responsibility and creation.
People who pay for your program expect the best information and resources available. Whether that’s webinars, podcasts, strategy masterminds, or a network of others that can keep your buyers accountable, your monthly program must help your buyers in their transformation.
Gabrielle Brick – a virtual business partner and coach – has the Mother’s Mastermind which is $19.98/month (it’s currently closed) for moms who want more direction on being grounded while growing their business.
6. Create Multiple Small Products
If writing a big eBook or creating a huge course is overwhelming for you, another way to make money from your blog is to create multiple smaller products. These can be workbooks, smaller eBooks, or just other products you’ve created.
Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom has several courses, eBooks and even clothing items for sale – and they are all under $50.
7. Place Your Affiliate Links in Guest Posts
Remember my #1 way to make money? If the blogger you’re going to guest post for allows it, place your affiliate links in your post.
This is what I did for my guest post over at Living For Naptime and I made some affiliate income! And with every guest post I have I schedule it using Tailwind so that more and more people can take a look at it and maybe use my affiliate link!
8. Sell Your Photos
If you have a knack for styling, you can start selling your photos for bloggers! But, wait a minute! Aren’t there free places to get stock photos?
Yes, but for a lot of bloggers, after a while, they may notice other bloggers using the same photos and want something different.
That’s when they might start paying for stock photos and you can pounce on those people 🙂 I kid… For example, Suzi of Start a Mom Blog has an entire page offering her beautiful stock photography.
She mentions that because she’s a mom, taking photos is a lot faster than writing. So mamas, get your camera out and have some fun!
9. Offer Your Services
One of the best ways to make income fast is to offer a service. It shows your credibility and can help you grow your blog and brand.
Mom blogger Cath of This Mama Learns is a student of my Write Your Way to Your First $1k course and she blew it out of the water mamas!
If you’ve struggled with surveys or other ways to make a few dollars online well… you might want to have a close look at Elna Cain’s Write to 1k course.
Elna’s always said that the quickest way to make money blogging is to get other people to pay you to write blog posts for them. I agree!
Have I told you that I made my first $1k online because of Elna’s course? And I used one of Elna’s cold pitch swipe files to win an $800 a month client?
10. Sell Your Products on Your Blog and on Marketplaces
A final way to make money online is to not only to sell your products on your blog, but also sell them on a marketplace.
Two spots to sell the same products. This is a great way to grow your audience. Another place I’ve seen bloggers use is Creative Market for their photos.
Be Smart to Making Money as a Mom Blogger
You ready to hit the jackpot mama? Tell me how you make money on your blog!