“How do you make money blogging?” is a question I hear all the time. I’m ready to crack the mystery and share the top five ways that blogs make money.

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After sharing the video on my husband quitting his job for us to be full-time bloggers, I had an inbox full of emails asking for the details on that. “How exactly do you make money blogging?”

Most people had no idea blogging could be a viable career.

I even had some people quite concerned, “Well your husband can always get another job.” They obviously thought we were a little crazy for making the big leap.

Blogging indeed can be a wonderful career choice in today’s online marketplace.

I have to be honest, I hesitated to even share this post.

Talking about money is awkward, and I’m still pretty new to this whole blogging thing. I’ve been at it for a little over two years, but in the grand scheme of things, I feel like a newbie in the industry.

Although I don’t know everything there is to know, I have learned a ton about monetization and brand building.

So, with my fears and insecurities aside, I want to share with you the top five ways that bloggers make money. I will also discuss the ways that I personally make a full-time income blogging.

Nothing Happens Overnight
I felt like I needed to first put this out there first, so no one thinks that making money blogging happens quickly.  Actually it will take a lot of hard work before you will even see a dime.

For me, I put countless hours into my blog, over the course of a year, before I saw money from my efforts. I was sometimes tempted to even quit, because the ROI didn’t seem to be there.

I am sooo glad I stuck it out, because after two years of hard work, I finally feel like I’m getting paid what the job is actually worth.

How do you make money Blogging
1. Ad Income
The advertisements that pop up on blogs are one way that content creators make money.

You can join different ad networks, like Mediavine or Adthrive, or just Google adsense, to start working with advertisers.  They will give you a piece of code to put in your site, and then the ads start popping up.

Now, as you might imagine, you need to have a lot of traffic for this to amount to much.

This was actually the first way that I was able to see a little passive income from my blog. A local blogging friend of mine (Ashley from Little Glass Jar) told me I should join  an ad network, if I had more than 30,000 page views per month on my blog. At this point, I was still totally clueless, so I didn’t even know if I met the requirements.

I installed Google Analytics and discovered that, lo and behold, I had the over 30K page views. I installed the ads, and the very next month I had a check for $500.

My mind was blown.

I thought blogs only made money in theory. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me, and the amount seemed HUGE.

To this day, the ad income from my network is the biggest portion of my income.

2.  Affiliate Links
When I share sources for items in my house, or supplies for the projects on this blog, I usually share affiliate links.

The link has a tracking code built in, so that the company selling the product knows that I sent the buyer to them. I get a small cut for sending them a sale.

It doesn’t cost the buyer any more money, so its a win for everyone.

For a lot of bloggers, this can be a significant portion of their overall income. It amounts to about 25-30% of mine.

Just like with ads, it takes a while to build this up. You will need a lot of links out on the web before it adds up to a large amount, but little by little it eventually does.

3. Sponsorships
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