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No doubt if you’re a blogger, you’ve looked into making money with your blog.
Perhaps it’s even the reason you started!
In my post about how I made my first £50 blogging, I mentioned offering services. And this is a great way to make money blogging if you have a skill or service people want.
There are plenty of bloggers making a full time income, solely through coaching, photography, design work, etc.
But the problem with that is you’re constantly having to work.
Believe it or not, you can actually make money on autopilot.
And it’s called passive income.
WHAT IS PASSIVE INCOME?
Passive income is pretty self explanatory; you make an income passively.
But that can even be whilst you sleep.
The other day I woke up to an email saying I had made money through an affiliate sale whilst I had been sleeping!
How many jobs do you know where you can make money in your sleep? Or relaxing at the beach?
Do NOT make the mistake of thinking passive income is a get rich scheme, or money that you don’t have to work towards.
Because you do have to put in the work initially.
But the great thing about passive income is most of the hard work is upfront.
Once you’ve put the effort in at the beginning, you can relax whilst still make money! (Well, not relax. Work on the never ending to-do-list that comes with blogging. But you get what I mean).
In this post, I’ve made a list of passive income ideas for bloggers.
So you can put in the hard work now, and make money continuously later on!
PASSIVE INCOME IDEAS FOR BLOGGERS
These are passive income ideas for bloggers that you can use for any niche.
PASSIVE INCOME IDEAS FOR BLOGGERS #1 AFFILIATE MARKETING
No matter what niche you blog in, affiliate marketing can work for you.
Affiliate marketing is basically:
- You talk about a product, service or website using a unique affiliate link.
- Then if someone purchases that product, uses the service, or visits the website through your link, you make a commission.
If you completely new to affiliate marketing or you’ve never made a sale before, you can check out my post on affiliate marketing for beginners here.
Affiliate marketing is easier to use in certain niches, as there are more products to talk about and people are more likely to want those products.
So if you blog about beauty, there will be loads of beauty affiliate programmes you can join and share links to products. And if people are reading a beauty blog, generally they’ll be interested in buying beauty products.
But this is not to say you can’t make money through affiliate marketing in other niches.
You might think that if you blog about money and how to save it, you won’t be able to make money with affiliate marketing.
Because your audience don’t want to buy much, right?
Wrong! Finance is actually one of the best niches to profit from affiliate marketing, because you don’t actually need to have the reader purchase a product in some cases.
Lots of survey sites simply require you get people to click on their survey site. So all you have to do is tell your readers the best survey site for making money fast, link to it, and every time someone clicks on it you will make money!
If you still don’t believe me, you need to read more about Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. She was making $50,000 per month through affiliate marketing on her personal finance blog!
AFFILIATE MARKETING COURSE
Michelle put her best affiliate marketing into an online course.
You might have heard other bloggers mention it before.
That’s because Michelle’s course is the course for affiliate marketing for beginners. It covers everything from the basics, right up to the stuff you haven’t heard before, like staying legal.
I took it before I had made any affiliate sales, and now I make them regularly! And I think it’s because I learnt from the best.
You can check out making sense of affiliate marketing here.
PASSIVE INCOME IDEAS FOR BLOGGERS #2 DIGITAL PRODUCTS
As much as affiliate marketing is great, you’re still depending on somebody else to make money.
Their product has to be good enough for you to make money.
And that sucks!
I don’t know about you, but one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place was I wanted to work for myself.
But with affiliate marketing, you’re still kinda working for someone else.
If this isn’t for you, you should definitely try making your own digital product and selling it through your bog
Generally speaking, the bloggers making substantial online income are the ones selling their own products.
PASSIVE INCOME IDEAS FOR BLOGGGERS: WHY DIGITAL PRODUCTS?
I’ve specifically said digital product here; you can obviously sell physical products if that’s better suited to your niche.
But the problem with digital products is you have to order/ make them, ship them, etc.
It’s not really passive.
With digital products, you:
- Create the product once.
- Then you can sell multiple digital versions without having to worry about packaging, shipping, etc.
Someone just buys it, and a digital version is sent automatically!
This obviously works better in certain niches; in particular if your niche provides a lot of information, such as business, money, blogging, you will be able to turn what you know into an online course, an e-book, etc.
But this is not to say you can’t make it work for any niche.
You could sell an online course on how to create certain makeup looks, or how to make a capsule wardrobe, or a travel guide for solo travellers. (Then use affiliate links to your favourite products in the course- multiple income streams are a must!).
There’s a common belief that only bloggers who blog about blogging can make money blogging by selling a course.
But in this post where I interviewed bloggers making $1000+ every month, Melissa Stephenson told me her and her husband make $4000-$5000 per month through sales of their course.
And what is that course about?
Teaching people how to make money flipping furniture!
So don’t think you can’t make a profitable online course, just because of your niche.
Plus, it doesn’t have to be a course or e-book anyway.
You can sell photographs, templates, printables, organisers, planners… It’s just about what digital audience your audience is willing to buy, and making sure you deliver!
PASSIVE INCOME IDEAS FOR BLOGGERS #3 ADS
This is last on my list, mainly cause it gets a bad rep.
But done right, and you can make a lot of money passively through adverts on your blog.
I think people think this a bad idea sometimes, as they’ve seen other blogs where the ads where OTT and it lessened the credibility of these blog.
But this can be done very well- it just depends on what ad network you partner with.
For example, most of the blogs I see that use Mediavine for their advertisements have ads that are very well placed.
And Mediavine is known for being one of the more profitable ad networks!
You need 25,000 sessions on your blog a month before you can apply. But once you get accepted, you can make some serious money.
In my post about how bloggers make money, I interviewed Kristin from The Wayward Home.
She makes around $2000 per month; and the majority of that is through ad revenue.
You can read more about the different ways bloggers can make money here.
PASSIVE INCOME IDEAS FOR BLOGGERS: FINAL THOUGHTS
This brings me to the end of my passive income ideas for bloggers post.
If you take anything away from this, I hope it’s that passive income is a real possibility for any blogger, no matter what you blog about, and is one of the best ways to make money blogging.
After all- the only thing better than making money online, is making money online automatically!
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