Tips to Make Money With a Blog

I’ve been writing this blog since 2007. For the first couple of years, I blogged because I enjoyed sharing insight rather than to make money. Over the last few years, it’s turned into a relatively decent business as a result of having advertisers. If it wasn’t for the advertising revenue, I would be doing other things to generate an income since time=money. In this post, I want to share information about how you can make money with a blog.

I am sure something like this has been shared many times before, but I wanted to offer some personal insight into how to earn money from a blog. Some of these tips seem pretty simple, but like almost everything else, they require work. Perhaps you can make money with a blog and earn a living doing something you love.

I don’t think I would start a blog today with the hopes of making a living from it, and perhaps that is the key to making money from blogging. However, if you are passionate about a topic, perhaps you can turn a hobby into a living by monetizing a blog.

Some tips to make money with a blog:

Step 1:

  • Choose a topic you are passionate and knowledgable about (expert level if possible)
  • Write articles about various topics related to the main topic of the blog
  • Don’t simply post news or press releases – actually write interesting articles
  • Get to know other people in that field and discuss the topic with them so they get to know you better
  • Do business with potential advertisers
  • Link to other sources in the field with your articles and comment on other blogs, sites, forums…etc so people get to know you.
  • If necessary, advertise your website on other websites to grow your readership
  • Build a measurable audience (get traffic)
  • Encourage feedback from readers and interact with audience when they comment
  • Use social media to grow your audience
  • Be honest and open with readers so they get to know you and respect your opinion on topics, whether they agree with you or not

Step 2:

  • See who is advertising in the field and get to know them personally if possible
  • Open up ad space on your site and offer competitive rates
  • Meet industry leaders who sell products or services in your field and offer your ad space (discount it if necessary)
  • Continue writing good content while interacting with people who have an interest in the topic

Step 3:

  • Sell all of your ad space, even if it means it’s discounted
  • Create a waiting list of advertisers
  • Increase prices to a point where there is value for advertisers and demand for space
  • Continue writing good content regularly

Finally, I wanted to offer some resources that may help you make money with a blog:

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. Congrats El! You’ve come a long way with your blog and it is the Best! Hard to believe it’s 6 years old already. Time flys so fast these days. Keep up the excellent work you do!

    • Well there are only a handful of truly great domain blogs and I do seriously think yours is the best one.

      Most consistently interesting and always informative, always a wide variety of topics, gets good comments to read, visually well designed, good colors, and easy to navigate / read, always solid fast server performance, and you even have great advertiser links.

      Plus it’s the first blog I like to read each day. 🙂

  2. I have been writing articles for various writing sites since 2009. Google Adsense should get mentioned as a website writer web sharing revenue. I see that Google Adsense was not mentioned of which a publication ID is required. Also the use of keywords and SEO was not mentioned as a way to monetize a blog. Recent research revealed that it would require a monthly readership of 500,000 to make a living from writing a blog so most writers have to keep their day jobs.

  3. I am newer to blogging and just started following. You have been extremely succesfully at making money at selling domain names. When you flip or sell a domain name what are buyers looking for when buying a domain name? Does it need to be an existing site with a lot of traffic?

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