How I Make Money Blogging

“How do you make money blogging?” This is kind of an obligatory post to write if you are a blogger, basically because EVERYONE will ask you this question! As a relatively new blogger, I don’t make much money yet. But I do make SOME while doing something that I love.

How Bloggers make money.

Running a blog costs money. For me- I have to pay for programs and services as well as my website maintenance. All the small monthly fees can really add up. Blogs larger than mine have a lot more expenses in addition to what I’ve mentioned, they also pay for things such as lighting equipment, cameras, travel expenses, and much more.

Although I’m far from an expert- I thought I could at least explain the process. When I started blogging, I didn’t realize that there was even a possibility of getting PAID to blog. I just love to write and I was frustrated at the lack of sites providing useful information for the specific needs of women over 40- so I started one. Imagine my delight when I began to see that it was indeed possible for me to be able to wash my face and get paid to tell people about it! Quite suddenly the reason for my entire existence was solved and I had a new goal in life.

Here are some of the more popular ways that people make money blogging.

How Bloggers make money doing what they love.

Affiliate Links

One of the first ways that myself and many other bloggers make money is through affiliate links. These are links that are added into one of my posts. If you click on them and decide to purchase the item, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. This is how I started making money on my blog.


Another way to begin making money blogging is by placing ads on the blog. When people click them- you make money. For me personally, I don’t put a lot of ads on my site. I hate the way it looks and I don’t like going to blogs that are cluttered with ads- so for me- I keep it at a minimum. When a blog has loads of followers, that blogger can actually sell ad space on their blog and make considerably more money.

How Bloggers Make Money Doing what they love!

Brand Collaborations

Sometimes brands will reach out to bloggers to collaborate with them. When you’re just starting out, it’s often smaller brands that are really trying to get their name out there in front of the appropriate audience. Sometimes these offers are in exchange for free products and sometimes they are paid as well. I try to be discerning about any of these that I accept because it’s my intent to curate only information that is truly useful to women over 40. I really enjoy working with small businesses and brands that are just getting started. The excitement behind a good start-up company is contagious, and I love to write about brilliant new ideas.

Pitching to Brands

Instead of waiting for brands to come to you, bloggers also pitch to brands for collaborations. I have a small but growing following. That said, the so-called “micro-influencer” is not completely ignored by brands- even large ones. Many times, a small following is also a LOYAL following, and brands are aware of this. These brands pay for your work and some of them pay very well, so it’s worth reaching out to them, even if you are still growing a following.

How Bloggers Make Money Doing What they Love.


Sometimes brands will send gifts in the hopes that the blogger will review and promote the product. In these instances, a blogger is under no obligation to review the product and they are always free to give their own opinion. If I write a post about something I received as a gift, it’s because I think it truly worthwhile for my readers. In the post, I will also always disclose that I received it free of charge, from the brand. For me, this is one of the more delightful aspects of blogging right now. It’s fun to get free gifts in the mail and I enjoy promoting quality items.

Many other bloggers sell services, digital products as well as physical products to produce income.

To make any real money, your blog needs “traffic”- the number of people viewing your blog each day and reading and interacting with your content. So every time you share a bloggers work on social media, or share their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram- believe me- they appreciate it!

For me, blogging is incredibly rewarding. I really enjoy it. Moving from a hobby blogger to a full-time career is incredibly difficult and requires a mountain of hard work. But it can be done. I am constantly learning and I really love this little blog space of mine.

And since I’m going to be washing my face anyway- it would be great to get paid to tell you all about it!

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How Bloggers make Money doing what they love.


Until Next Time Lovelies!


Melissa is an unrepentant shoe hoarder who is obsessed with travel, wine, good food and her family. (Not necessarily in that order!)

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  1. September 30, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I found this so interesting! Im a new blogger, and I too never realised people actually earn money from it. I keep getting told about affiliate links, I think I need to look into it more. Im obviously a follower of your blog as you know, but dont think I have you on other platforms! I will go find you xx Thank you for sharing, very helpful xx

    • melissa
      October 1, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Thanks Kerry! Blogging is much more work than I ever thought- in terms of making money at it- but I really love it. I’m definitely a newbie as well and still feel like I spend a ton of time researching and learning. But I am loving the entire process! I’ll follow you back- I love your blog!
      ~Melissa XX

  2. October 1, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Wow! I love that you wrote this! There ARE so many ways to make money, and I feel like people think blogging is easy. It’s NOT! A lot of us have full time jobs and squeeze blogging in when we can (me). However, it’s something I love doing, so I really try to work at it.

    • melissa
      October 2, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Thanks Julie- it’s so true isn’t it? I am honestly flat out amazed at the women like you who are blogging on top of a full time job! I feel like you must be WAAAAAAAY more organized than me, lol.I do struggle with organizing my day when it comes to blogging. Organization is usually my strong point, but I haven’t been able to find my groove yet in blogging. Every day feels like trying to tie a grasshopppers legs together! 😀 😀 Off to check out your blog!
      ~Melissa xx

  3. Elaine
    October 2, 2017 / 7:58 am

    One of the things that I love about your site is that the ads are kept to a minimum. When I go to a blog and the ads keep popping up, or the pages take for-freakin-ever to load, I immediately click away. You are a breath of fresh air in the blog world. (See what I did there?) <3

    • melissa
      October 2, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Thanks so much Laney! What a lovely compliment. I am the same way- I click away if there are too many ads. And I know plenty of very big bloggers who still keep their ads to a minimum,and only in the sidebar- and they are getting paid big $$ for that ad space. I think it pays off in the long run to keep it minimalistic.Thanks so much for reading and for commenting!I appreciate it so much- I know you are a busy, busy lady these days!
      ~Melissa xx

  4. October 2, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Great post Melissa!

    • melissa
      October 2, 2017 / 10:44 am

      Thanks so much Shelly! I am still learning, but I just love blogging so much, I figure any income is just a big fat bonus for me!
      ~Melissa xx

  5. October 2, 2017 / 11:00 am

    This is a very informative post! You pretty much described blogging in a nutshell. I love your pictures, you are a true beauty! I was clicking through all your connections up top right to make sure I was connected on everything and your Instagram icon wasn’t working. I went into your a gallery from another route and got connected but tried your link twice to no avail. I thought you might want to know.


    • melissa
      October 2, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely compliments Cheryl! And I really appreciate you letting me know about the Instagram link! I’ll look into it right away. I’m excited to be added to your new Pinterest board! What a fabulous idea!
      ~Melissa xx

    • melissa
      October 2, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Thanks so much Michele. I agree, a lot of people seem to want to keep the money making aspect of blogging kind of “hush-hush”, lol. I am still learning every day, but I enjoy the entire process so much!
      ~Melissa xx

  6. Jodie R Filogomo
    October 2, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Melissa…this was so well put…about everything!!! And I was exactly the same way. I didn’t start out blogging to make money; however, I know we end up putting a TON of time into it, so it’s nice to get some compensation!!
    ps…I shared this too. Not just because you shared mine, but it’s fabulously written info that everyone asks me!!!

    • melissa
      October 5, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Thanks so much for the comment Sonia. Off to check out your blog!
      ~Melissa xx

  7. October 5, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Good Post. I pinned it. I just started blogging as well and have done affiliate links but I’m looking at the working with brands aspect.
    I don’t like all the ads popping up as well. I do enjoy reading without distractions.

    • melissa
      October 5, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Thank you so much, Carrie! I appreciate the pin. I pretty much click away immediately from a page with a lot of ads and pop ups- my brain just gets immediately annoyed if I have to filter through a lot of stuff I DON’T want to see, just to get to the information that I actually DID come to see. Love your blog!
      ~Melissa xx

  8. October 6, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Very insightful post, thanks for sharing! I’ve heard a lot about bloggers reaching out to smaller brands but even after blogging all this time, I’m still not very confident in doing that. Maybe I should grow a larger following.
    Have a nice weekend!

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    • melissa
      October 7, 2017 / 8:42 am

      Joanne, you’d be surprised at how receptive the smaller brands are. They are much more eager to work with bloggers who share the right target audience. And in my opinion they are much more pleasant to work with, since they are still concerned about a bottom line- all the while being excited about their product. SO far these are the brands I’ve enjoyed working with the most. You have a beautiful blog and your photography is amazing! Definitely don’t hold back if thats something you’ve thought about. Thanks for the comment!
      ~Melissa xx

  9. November 29, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I live this post because I started of blogging making nothing. I was paying crazy amounts of money and now I own a website teaching how to really make money blogging the right way. I break it down to three bloggers. Bloggers who pay for their passion. Bloggers who make just enough to cover their platform fees and bloggers who want a career and make money doing it. It’s a learning experience I feel and a hot topic. It’s my Niche.

  10. April 13, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Thank you for your insight! I JUST started blogging so I’m still so new to everything!

    Also, is your page design one that is found on Word Press or done by an outside source? I love it!

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