If you looked at our first post on ways to make money from blogging, you’ll have realised that your blog could become much more than just your hobby. There are bloggers out there who make a full time revenue from their blog, usually more than they made at their day job, but this rarely comes from one definitive source. Instead, if you ask any blogger where their income comes from, they’ll usually tell you it’s a mix of channels and programmes that contribute to the total revenue. The next six revenue streams aren’t as straight forward as the first five, in that they may take up slightly more of your time or may only be open to more established blogs, but if you’re really serious about making your blog a fulltime income, you should really consider them. Here is Part 2 of the ways you can make money from blogging:


6. Depop

Depop is a little like Ebay and is extremely popular with bloggers, particularly those interested in fashion. Depop allows you to upload clothing and sell it to others within the site, or swap it if a mutual deal can be made. The reason it works particularly well for bloggers, is because sellers can use their readership and leverage it as a way of increasing sales and Depop place an emphsis on integration with social channels and mobile purchasing, making it more appealing for the younger generation to buy.

Best for: Fashion bloggers. If your readers have seen you wearing a fabulous top that they just love, which is suddenly up for sale on Depop, they might be persuaded to buy it.

How much can I earn? This depends on how much you have to sell and how easily you can sell it, but anything from £2-£45 for an item is possible.


7. Consulting

Once you’ve established yourself as a reputable blogger, you’ll often be asked by other bloggers and friends for advice on your blog’s topic, or just on blogging itself. You’ll could dish your advice out for free, but if you find the questions coming thick and fast you could consider a consulting service where people pay you to receive your advice or for a review of their own blog or business. If the questions are more about your life as a blogger than the business topic, you could also consider setting up a private webinar, where you answer crowdsourced questions to a bigger number of other bloggers for a small fee each. If you use a service such as Any Meeting, you can setup an integrated ticketing system with Paypal, for around $18 per month, or even on their 30 day free trial if you’re quick enough.

Best for: Established bloggers within a specific market and bloggers who make a fulltime revenue from their blog. Telling an audience of rising bloggers exactly how you make money from your blog is classified information they’ll be more than happy to pay you for.

How much can I earn? One-on-one consulting could earn you anything from £100-£1000 per month, depending on who the client is and how regularly they employ you to provide the service. Webinar’s depend on how many participants you can get involved and how much they’d be willing to pay for the information you’re willing to share, but for this model it’s better to reach a larger number at a lower cost (£5 per person, for example) rather than trying to hit individuals for a higher amount.


8. Speaking

Many event organisers are looking for people who are experts in their field, to talk at exhibitions and conferences. People like you! In an ideal world, these people would approach you or you would have an agent who could source such opportunities for you, but if not – feel free to find your own. To start with, you could take a look at the events on at your local venue – ExCel, The NEC and Manchester Central all have comprehensive ‘What’s On’ guides  which could show you some upcoming events that your experience would be relevant for. Universities, Pop-Up events and Product Launches also sometimes need speakers and if in doubt, a quick Twitter Search could uncover those that are in need for a guest speaker.

Best for: Confident public speakers! Also those who work within a specific niche area such as Marketing, PR, Technology or Design.

How much can I earn? This depends on the event, but a speaker can usually expect at least their admission, flight/train journey and hotel paid – so if it’s an event you’re already interested, this may be enough for you. Some speakers earn anything from £250 per talk, up to thousands of pounds but again, this depends on the event, it’s size and how much they want you to talk!


9. Contributed content

When you have a large readership, other brands will want to associate themselves with you and your blog. As well as paying to have content on your blog, they may also want to pay you to write content for their own. This may be a guestpost, an interview or some sort of collaboration on a new product or service.

Best for: Established bloggers with a large readership

How much can I earn? Anything from £50, up to £1000 depending on the brand and the type of  collaboration. With this type of collaboration, there may also be an unsaid expectation that you will share the content with your readers and encourage them to read it, so make sure you’re happy with what is expected of you before you commit to anything.


10. Selling your blog

Media conglomerates and publishers are often on the lookout for successful blogs and websites to add to their own portfolios and this can often be one of the most profitable opportunities a blogger will ever have. For some bloggers this is the ultimate aim, whereas others will feel too attached or not ready at the time an offer comes, to sell their work on. However, always ensure that you respond to offers as politely and honestly as possible, as you never know how you might feel or what position you may be in, within a years, or five years time.

Best for: Extremely successful blogs and those who are ready to sell and won’t mind relinquishing all control over their blog and it’s content.

How much can I earn? Ariana Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, sold it to AOL in 2011 for $315 million – so with the right blog, the sky’s the limit! You may not be offered anywhere near this, but if the time and the price is right for you, selling your blog can be a great stepping stone onto your next venture.


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Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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