How to Start Making $1000 a Month with Your Blogging Side Hustle

Let’s talk about how to earn extra income every month with a blogging side hustle.

Whether you’re a new blogger that wants to turn this into your full-time job, or someone that needs to supplement their current income, this article is for you.

Starting up a blogging side hustle is a great way to earn some extra cash… and in this article, we’re going to dig into the process of making money from that blog after you get it started.

If you are brand new to blogging, follow THIS FREE GUIDE to get started on the right foot!

There are several different ways to start earning $1k a month from your blog, and we’ll touch on the most common ones in this article.

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HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH A BLOGGING SIDE HUSTLE

Let’s start with a quick recap about how ALL businesses make money: by providing something valuable to their customer, right? 

Doesn’t matter if it’s a product (a t-shirt, jewelry, groceries, a car, a house) or a service (coaching, house cleaning, accounting, legal council). 

All businesses have to provide something valuable that their customer is willing to spend money on.

Making money from your blog will be no different: it doesn’t matter if it’s a product or service, you’ll need to create value for your audience through your blog content.

HOW BLOGGERS MAKE MONEY

The cool thing about blogging is that you don’t necessarily need your own product or service to sell. You have the option to sell someone else’s product or service in exchange for payment or commissions as well (more on this in a moment).

Remember: bloggers make money from selling their own products/services OR promoting other people’s products/services on their blog and social media.

Here are the top five ways that bloggers make money:

  1. Affiliate marketing
  2. Ads
  3. Sponsored posts
  4. Selling products
  5. Selling services

There are some variations of income streams within these categories, but these are the general ones we’ll focus on for the sake of your blogging side hustle!

Let’s start with one of the easiest and best income streams to get started with…

AFFILIATE MARKETING

Affiliate marketing is just promoting someone’s product or service through a special trackable link (an affiliate link). When someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase, you earn a commission on that sale.

Here’s how to start earning money from affiliate marketing. Follow this process consistently to grow your income to a thousand bucks a month and more.

STEP ONE: SIGN UP FOR AFFILIATE PROGRAMS

Most companies have an affiliate program, and if they don’t, they can usually create one. 

Joining an affiliate program is free and easy, so you can get started today if you want!

Amazon Associates is one example of an affiliate program. You can join their program, grab affiliate links from within your account, and share them online.

Pro tip: Start with one affiliate program while you’re learning affiliate marketing basics and getting your feet wet in this biz.

Here are some more examples of affiliate programs you can join.

Signing up for an affiliate program is step one, so do a little research and find an affiliate program that you can promote to your audience.

STEP TWO: RECOMMEND THE RIGHT THINGS TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE

If you want to make this blogging side hustle work, you’ll need to recommend the right things to the right people.

Remember why people spend money online: they see value in the product, service, or solution that you’re recommending or offering. 

If you know who your target audience is and what they’re searching for online, you can recommend helpful products and services that fill their needs.

Example: a new mom might be searching for postpartum supplies, clothes that are nursing friendly, or a double stroller (all products that you can promote through affiliate-focused blog posts).

Choosing a target audience and creating optimized content for them is essential for affiliate marketing success.

STEP THREE: CREATE AND SHARE YOUR AFFILIATE CONTENT

Now that you have joined one or two affiliate programs and decided on a few great products that you want to promote, you’ll need to create some helpful content that you can share with your readers.

You can write blog posts, share content on social media, or send emails to your mailing list recommending affiliate products and services.

Here’s how to add your affiliate links to your blog posts >>>

Helpful, highly optimized blog posts can lead to amazing conversions for your affiliate products, as long as you’re providing helpful recommendations for your audience.

HITTING YOUR $1K AFFILIATE GOAL

Let’s do a little math to figure out exactly how to hit your affiliate marketing income goal.

If your affiliate commission for each sale is $50, you’ll need to make 20 sales in order to hit your $1,000 income goal this month. 

$50 x 20 = $1,000

Sometimes commissions are less and sometimes they are more, depending on the company. This is why it’s essential to build up a little bit of an audience and readership in order to make sure you’re hitting your income goals every month.

The best way to make sure you’re hitting your income goal is to choose affiliate programs that pay a higher commission or cost a higher price.

If you’d like to start earning 40% affiliate commissions on my courses and digital products, you can sign up for my affiliate program right here

JOINING AN AD NETWORK

Another way to make money is to sell ad space on your blog.

You can join an ad network and earn income every time someone lands on your website and views the ad images that are placed there.

It is NOT the easiest way to earn $1,000/month from your blog. It takes a lot of blog traffic to reach that level of income from ads alone, so this is not my first recommendation.

Also, be sure to wait until you have at least 10,000 monthly page views on your blog before applying to join an ad network. Then you can apply to a premium ad network like Monumetric.

DOING SPONSORED WORK

Sponsored posts are another great way to earn that $1,000 a month from your blogging side hustle. 

When you do sponsored work, you promote a company’s product or service to your audience. Instead of earning an affiliate commission from every click or sale, you charge a one-time fee in exchange for the promotional work.

The company ‘sponsors’ your content, or pays for you to create and publish that content and share it with your audience.

In order to make good money from sponsored work, you’ll need to have a warm audience and some eyes on your content. Brands wants to work with bloggers and creators that can motivate their audience to check out their products or services.

How much should you charge for a sponsored post?

This depends on many factors.

  • The size of your audience
  • Your audience engagement rate
  • Your blog traffic
  • Where you’ll be promoting the brand
  • How many pieces of content you’ll be creating for their brand, etc…

No matter what price you decide on, make sure to charge SOMETHING for your promotional work. Don’t work for free.

How can you hit your income goal from sponsored posts?

If you charge $250 for a sponsored post package, and you do 4 promotions each month, you hit your goal! 

Keep in mind that you need to have something valuable to offer the sponsor if you’re going to charge a premium amount. At the very least, the sponsor will usually want you to have some social media followers, some blog traffic, and some engagement on your content.

You can learn more about doing sponsored work right here!

SELLING PRODUCTS

We’ve already talked about selling other people’s products in order to make affiliate income, but what about selling your own products?

The beauty of selling your own products is that you have full control over the creation and promotion, and you also get 100% of the profits.

If you want to sell physical products, you can easily get started on Etsy or Shopify. If you want to sell digital products, check out Sendowl. It’s an incredibly user friendly platform where you can set up and sell your digital products right away. 

Sendowl is the platform I use to sell my digital products, lists, and planners.

Start your free trial with Sendowl right here >>>

How can you hit your $1,000 income goal by selling your own products? Let’s get back to that math equation from earlier!

If you sell a simple digital product for 10 bucks, you would need to sell 100 of them to hit your goal. That might sound like a lot of sales, but never underestimate the value of a low-cost product!

If you create a digital product that’s a bit more comprehensive, like a detailed course of e-book, you can sell it for more, like $50 or $100 (or more). If you have a product that you sell for $100, you would only need to sell 10 of them a month to hit your goal.

Important note: when brainstorming a product idea, do some research and make sure that it solves a problem that people are willing to spend money on!

SELLING SERVICES

Many bloggers get disheartened by the amount of time that it takes to start building up enough steady blog traffic to earn steady income.

When that happens, I usually recommend that they start by offering a service to their target audience while they build up their blogging traffic and income.

Selling a service is great because it allows you to start earning income right away and then invest that money into growing your business.

Do you have a skill that you can use to help someone else solve a problem?

  • Graphic design
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Legal services
  • Virtual assisting

Something as simple as creating pin images or social media graphics for people can help you to earn income online. You can charge an hourly fee for your services or charge by the packages you offer.

Go back to our math equation from earlier to determine how much you’ll need to charge in order to reach your income goals.

Pro tip: choose more than one income stream so that you have income flowing in from more than one source every month.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

I hope this article helps you to see that your blogging side hustle can easily turn into a steady flow of income each month.

There will be work involved, but as long as your goal is to help your target audience solve their problem, and you stay consistent, you can find success!

Start with affiliate marketing. 

It’s one of the easiest ways to start earning income with very little investment (all you need is a blog and some social media accounts)!

If you need help finding affiliate programs in your niche, check out my Affiliate Program Master List here.

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This article was originally published on August 5, 2018 and has been updated for current best practices and up-to-date links.

4 thoughts on “How to Start Making $1000 a Month with Your Blogging Side Hustle”

  1. Hey Cate,

    This is an awesome walk-through, thanks very much for spending the time putting it together!

    You’ve mentioned a couple of specific affiliate programs like Siteground and Bluehost, but in case any of your readers are looking for other high-paying programs, here are a few recommendations:

    Elegant Themes (50% of original sale + recurring commissions), and ThemeIsle (55% commission) both offer WordPress themes, and these can be a logical next step to the people you’ve promoted hosting packages to.

    *(I personally like to stick to affiliate programs that offer recurring commissions though, as these will continue to pay out for however long a referral remains a customer. There are plenty of these available – see below)*

    – ClickFunnels – A platform that provides users with everything they need to market, sell, and deliver their products and services online. They offer 40% recurring commission, plus 5% second-tier commission from each sale that your referred affiliates make.

    – Instapage – An online tool that helps users create sales and landing pages. They offer 50% of a customer’s first payment, plus a 30% lifetime share of all revenue.

    – Teachable – An online course creation platform that lets bloggers and entrepreneurs create and sell eCourses to their audiences. They offer 30% recurring commission.

    There are plenty of others available – just Google ‘recurring commission affiliate program’ and you’ll find loads of them!

    I hope this helps both you and your readers.

    Keep up the great work!

    Jonathan

  2. It sounds like a money chain for me. You are earning mainly by promoting web hosting and blogging course book. In tern, your readers will do the same.

  3. Thank you for commenting. It is a simple example of HOW to make money through affiliate marketing (promoting web hosting and my course). And if your audience would benefit from it, you could absolutely follow my lead in this…but, it’s not a money chain, it’s just an example of what you CAN do. The PRINCIPLE of affiliate marketing works the same, whether you promote my stuff or not. You choose affiliate programs, promote their stuff, and get paid when people make a purchase. It’s actually a very common and successful marketing method in many industries.

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