Can you make money blogging? Yes… but if you’re in it for the money I wouldn’t bother. I make enough off my blog to buy some occasional craft supplies and treat ourselves to a date night every so often. I love blogging, so anything I earn is just a cherry on top:) I also don’t want blogging to become a job, so I’m not really that concerned with how much I make. Some people make a living off their blogs, but I wouldn’t count on it.
***With that let disclaimer let’s get started! Because it is nice to be able to fund your addiction:)
Pay-Per Click: Pay-per click ads pay every time someone clicks on your ad. I use Google Adsense for 1 ad on my sidebar. You can choose to do only image ads and Google does a pretty good job of matching the ad to the content of your blog, which is really important to me. I don’t want to clutter up my sidebar with things that don’t interest my readers. There are quite a few options for pay-per click advertising.
Pay-Per Lead: Pay-per Lead advertising gives you money every time someone signs up or buys a product (depends on the site). I’ve used Parent Media Group in the past for the free canvas deal. I know Shabby Apple, Chunky Bling, and Say it on the Wall also have affiliate programs. You just display their ad on your blog and if someone buys something you get a commission. I had quite a bit of success with Parent Media Group, but I wasn’t ever patient enough with the other affiliate programs to see if it was worth it- after a week or two with no sales I decided to take their ads down. You never know though- you might have better luck