If you think you can’t make money blogging because your blog is small, this post is to prove you wrong!
One of the main reasons more bloggers don’t start making money earlier is because they think they need 250,000+ views a month or something crazy. And it’s simply not true.
WHY DO BLOGGERS THINK THEY NEED LOTS OF VIEWS TO EARN?
I’d say this is for two reasons:
- You do need lots of views if you want to make a significant income through advertising. If the main way you want to make money blogging is through advertisements, a larger audience is better. You need at least 25,000 sessions a month to apply to Mediavine, and with advertisements, more views = more money.
- The more views you have, the more money you can make. Generally speaking, this is true. It makes sense; if you’re making around $200 a month with 20 people reading one of your blog posts…well if 200 people read it, you could be making $2,000!
But despite those reasons, you can definitely be making money with a small audience!
I’ve found 5 bloggers who are consistently making money blogging, even with small blogs. All of them had under 25,000 sessions a month at the time this post was written (so none of their income is through advertising).
5 SMALL BLOGS THAT MAKE MONEY
SMALL BLOGS THAT MAKE MONEY #1 STOCK MILLIONAIRES
If you read my post where I interviewed different bloggers about their incomes, Russel and Maleah were one of the first on the list.
They were making six figures a year ($10,000+ a month!)…with around 8,500 visitors to their website a month.
Isn’t that crazy?!
Russell and Maleah make this much money through affiliate marketing.
For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s basically where you share an affiliate link to a product or service, then if someone uses that link, you make money. It’s a form of passive income- I literally woke up the other day to found I had made money overnight whilst I had been sleeping! You can read more about affiliate marketing here.
What’s interesting here is that Russell and Maleah only actually make around 10 sales a month to get such a high income. They get $500- $1,500 per affiliate sale, so they don’t need to make loads of sales to generate a full time income.
Promoting high ticket products is a great way for small blogs to make money; you’ll only need to make a small amount of sales to make significant money!
SMALL BLOGS THAT MAKE MONEY #2 EAT DRINK AND SAVE MONEY
Hannah McKnight Rinaldi has been making money from her blog for a while; she had two years of making at least $2000 a month through sponsored posts (and double that during the holidays).
Family problems meant she had to work less, but she raised her rates to $400 a post. And now, she still makes at least $1000 a month- with only 13k page views!
Sponsored posts are when a brand pays you to write about their product or service. These can be seriously profitable; Hannah charges $400 a post!
How? She says brands are still willing to pay her because her photography is good, plus her social media audience is authenticity engaged.
Small blogs that make money are successful because sometimes a small engaged audience is all you need!
SMALL BLOGS THAT MAKE MONEY #3 THE TRAVELING TRAVELER
When someone blogs about their job, there seems to be something holding them back from monetising it, as they’re already making money about that topic through their work.
But it can be seriously profitable for you, as you will already by well informed on that topic. You have an “expertise” your readers will admire (and be willing to pay towards!).
Julia Kuhn is a speech-language pathologist by trade. Her blog the Traveling Traveler is super niche; it focuses on resources and inspiration for healthcare travelers (traveling therapists/nurses/MD’s).
She’s makes between 3k and 9k a month… with only 15,000 page views!
Similar to Russell and Maleah, Julia makes the majority of her income (90%) through affiliate marketing. The other 10% is through sponsored content or from hosting networking events with sponsors. Good to know!
SMALL BLOGS THAT MAKE MONEY #4 LIFE IS BETTER WITH TEA
Another reason bloggers don’t try to make money blogging is they think they can’t with what they write about.
But what if I told you Mary makes $1,000+ a month blogging…about tea!
On her blog Life is Better With Tea, Mary gets around 10,000 page views a month. But she consistently makes $1,000-$2,000.
Mary gets the majority of her income through affiliate marketing. but has just started with sponsored posts. So she might be making even more soon enough!
SMALL BLOGS THAT MAKE MONEY #5 ELISE FROM HOUSE OF BRAZEN
Elise wasn’t on my list of bloggers that I interviewed for my previous post, but I knew I had to include her for my list of small blogs that make money!
Her story is pretty inspiring, and then her business is even more so. In her post reflecting on a year of business on her blog, she gives us the stats on her website.
And what’s surprising is she earned $45,497.99 in revenue for the year, with 104,508 unique site visitors. That’s only 8,709 unique visitors a month!
Elise sells digital products on her blog; products are such a great way to make money blogging if your audience is small. And you don’t need a lot of customers; Elise had 1469 customers that year, and made a full time income!
It just goes to show you do not need to be getting thousands of people viewing your blog every month. Just so long as they are loving and engaging with your content!
SMALL BLOGS THAT MAKE MONEY: START NOW!
I hope this blog post on small blogs that make money has shown you a few things.
- Making money with a small audience is different to making money with a big blog. It’s not about getting more page views; it’s about properly engaging the audience you already have.
If you want to make money with a small blog:
- Advertisements are a no.
- Digital products, sponsored posts, and affiliate sales are a yes!
You definitely can make money with a small blog!
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