Do you want to make money on your blog?

Do you want to get paid to blog?

If you are a blogger, chances are you spend hours upon hours creating content. You search second-hand shops for props, you take classes on photography, you sign up for social media webinars, you cook, you craft, you write, and you pour your soul into your little spot on the Internet.

But what if you could get PAID for all the hours you spend curating your blog?

That would be awesome!! I know.

But if you already sell banner ads on your blog, you’ve probably noticed something: the money trickles in by the cent, not the dollar. Unless you’re pushing 1 million followers, ads might not amount to a substantial income for you.

So what else is there? How can you turn your passion into profit in 2014, when ads are D-E-A-D?

There are PLENTY of ways to make money on your blog in 2014, you just have to be a little more creative about it than you did in 2004.

::Sighs. Remembers when followers fell from the sky like money floating from branches of trees and there were basically no competitors out there vying for your readers’ precious views.::

On this week’s episode of SkillcrushTV, I’m sharing some blogger secrets. Ad sales might be history, but I rounded up 7 (SEVEN!) ways you can make a living on your blog WITHOUT ad sales, and without selling your soul.

So go buy yourself a URL and start blogging – what if the job you were dreaming of was right under your nose all along?

Adda Birnir

Adda is not only the CEO and founder of Skillcrush, but also an instructor. With her self-taught tech skills, she’s worked on building sites for the New York Times, ProPublica and MTV.

When Adda isn’t developing or teaching on Skillcrush, she enjoys watching Hall & Oates videos on YouTube.

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  2. Mahalia Replied

    Now I’m like, well duh! Truly thknaful for your help.

  3. MsCareyLee Replied

    Great video and awesome tips, these are really creative ways to be making money from your blog and I have actually considered a few. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Angela Wyman Replied

    Hi All, this is such a fantastic video!! I love reading all your personal stories.

      • Geraldine Replied

        It’s posts like this that make surfing so much pluesare

  5. Kenia Replied

    Hi Adda, great video, and after a couple of years of studying blogging strategies and a year of building mine, I had many of these strategies in mind for the future….once I built up enough followers via an email subscription list. Without an email list (i.e. regular readers), these strategies cannot be implemented. After a year of blogging I racked up…*drum roll*…11 subscribers! (And one of them is my mom). So I quit blogging (for now, at least). Just wasn’t working!

    I put my heart into creating great content (entertaining, useful…), had an email sign up box at the top left and at the bottom of every single post, used hashtags galore through Instagram, gained a Twitter following, and managed a FB page….still nothing! I suppose the only thing I didn’t try was an incentive for signing up (like a free eBook, for example). Perhaps that was the ONE thing that really builds an email list… (and of course, the one thing I didn’t try).

    My blog’s dead now, and the email signup boxes have been removed, but it’s still online: I’d be humbled if anyone felt inclined to have a look at give me some constructive criticism that I can use in the future when I give it a go again.

    • Incentives are the gift that keeps on giving! I started my list after making an ebook for a role-playing game (RPG) contest… didn’t win, but as soon as I posted it, about 100+ folks signed right up for that free PDF! I even got an echo effect the year afterwards when people were downloading it for Free RPG day!

      It doesn’t have to be a big incentive — heck, it’s FREE, it doesn’t even have to be a good incentive — but it’s the thing that adds up over time!

      Another thing that seems to work is having a set “theme”… mine is an online comic, so there’s an obvious niche theme going on there, but with blogging it helps if you’re focusing on a few specific, somewhat related things, and — here’s the important part — make it clear HOW everything is related! I missed the part where you explained your blog was about “semi-vegetarianism” (?), and it looked more like a slice-of-life blog (and possibly even a spammy blog!) just from looking at things like the posts themselves and the generic content in the side bar.

      For comparison, mine is a little more obvious: It may not be your cup of tea, but you’re given a much clearer idea of what’s going on and whether or not you care to find out more about it.

      • Kenia Replied

        Rachel, thank you so much for your thoughtful response, and for taking a look at my blog. You have given me much to think about! The blog is inactive lately, but when I begin again I will be reconsidering how to have a better-defined theme and how I can narrow down my niche to define a solid brand. I will be developing email signup incentives too. ;-)

        Thank you again and much luck on all your own endeavors! Cheers.

  6. Alnisa1999 Replied

    Hi Adda,
    This video was AWESOME!! I recently started a blog on WordPress “theworldaccording2nisa” (shameless plug) and will try and incorporate a few of these tips you’ve given. This gave me a lot more clarity regarding making money with my blog.

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