The reality of blogging as a side-hustle: it’s not as easy as you may think!

You’ve likely seen posts from bloggers detailing how they are making $100,000 a month while hiking a mountain or sleeping in a yurt in some remote country.

Blogging can seem like the ultimate side-hustle. You sit down and write about a topic that you’re excited about, and then eventually you gain followers and fans that somehow pay you money…to share what you love.

As a person who has been blogging part-time for many years, it’s only been recently that I’ve begun to make money with my blog and it hasn’t been easy.

If you’re looking to make money blogging, you need to understand that it’s a long-term process. Period. No matter what anyone has told you. It will take a while for you to make money with your website.


First, bloggers have to build up the habit of blogging. It’s not as easy as you would think to share regular blog posts when no one is reading your blog. And, real talk, no one reads your blog other than your mom and your best friend for a while.

Then, once you’ve built up the habit of blogging you then need to market your website so that you can get people to read it. This is not easy. Marketing your website is akin to going down a rabbit’s hole. You may not know where it ends and there are so many opportunities to share your website with the world.

Now, let me tell you a secret that no one tells wannabe bloggers.

Each blog makes money differently, and that’s why it’s so challenging for most people to make money blogging.

Here are some ways I’ve seen bloggers make money with their online projects:

  • Creating a digital resource and selling it to people! Digital products are one of my favorite ways to make money online because a digital resource doesn’t take a lot of time to create and is pretty easy to sell if you understand your market.
  • Affiliate marketing — For those of you who are unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, it’s pretty cool. You share a link to a resource or service that you use. If a reader clicks on your link and signs up for the product (or, clicks on your affiliate link), you may earn some income from that action.
  • Ads — This is one of my least favorite ways to make money online because I find ads to be a bit ugly on most websites. But, you can make money when people see an ad on your site or clicks on an ad that shows up on a blog post that a visitor may be reading on your website.
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  • Email lists — There is a saying in blogging circles that “The money is in the list.” There is some serious truth to this statement. In fact, my number one regret is that I didn’t spend enough time learning the ins and outs of growing a great email list. When a business has a robust email list, it’s much easier to sell your products.
  • My favorite thing about blogging has been the opportunity to meet incredible people who are doing cool things. I originally began blogging about debt, and I enjoyed reading how other people were paying off their debts and being motivated by those stories.

Then, I became energized by all of the ways these bloggers began growing their income. Currently, I’m still paying off debt, and now my focus is on building income which has been an incredibly exciting process.

I’ve had to work through a lot of money mindset issues related to earning more, and it has been surprising to discover how my money mindset has affected my blogging business.

Currently, I am making money as a blogger. But, it took a lot of work and a long time to figure out what my readers would want to buy from me, what products I could share authentically that would help my readers while at the same time making me money.

Right now my blog makes money the following ways:

  • Affiliate sales — Currently, I share a small number of products that I love and am a huge fan of that I feel my readers would benefit from using. Those affiliates include a grocery savings app, business tools for online entrepreneurs, and even a clothing website that I love.
  • Courses that I’ve created-I found that I was answering the same questions over and over again. Instead of driving myself crazy answering these questions all day, every day, I created a course that did the work for me. Best blogging idea ever!
  • Some ad revenue — My blogs don’t have a ton of ads on them because I don’t love how ads make a website look. But,
  • Amazon affiliates — My blogs don’t make a ton with this, but I do earn money from Amazon Affiliates every month.
  • Books- I write non-fiction books related to my blog topics, and I also write fiction books completely unrelated to my blog topics. Both types of books make money for me each month.
  • Coaching — Currently, I’ve begun offering to coach as a service. It can be pretty lucrative, but I’m new to the process, so give me a year to see if coaching will make me money.

Real talk, blogging is not a side-hustle for people needing money next week. But, the potential is there to make money as a long-term side-hustle project. If you’re still excited about blogging, the next step is to stop thinking and get started. Good luck!

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