A fellow writer asked how my “She Blossoms” blogs (formerly “Quips and Tips”) are doing financially. I have no problem talking about making money as a blogger and writer – especially now that I’m a published author! Writing books for traditional publishing houses is a great experience, but definitely not as financially lucrative as blogging.
The key, of course, is learning what types of blogs earn the most money.
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Below I share my last year’s earnings from my She Blossoms, as well as a few blogging tips. I’m successfully earning money blogging because I’ve started a wide variety of different types of blogs. I’ve even been the victim of my own success; my Quips and Tips blogs crashed a few years ago. Hence “She Blossoms”! I had to start over from scratch because my poor little server was overwhelmed. This cost me alot of money, but I don’t care. She Blossoms led to a book contract! It’s been awesome.
Anyway, here’s a snippet of the comment my blogger friend left:
“I’ve been playing with different ways to make money off my blogs for the last couple years,” says Shae in response to 6 Tips for Inspirational Bloggers. “Despite trying everything, the two places I still make the most from are Google and Amazon. I tried Commission Junction and in three years made about $50. Google Adsense is so easy to use and seems to produce the best results. I think [making money blogging] depends on consistency.”
I disagree. Making money blogging doesn’t depend on consistency – though that is PART of it. I essentially stopped blogging one year so I could work at Big Brothers (the non-profit mentoring organization, not the TV show!). I also wanted to go back to school to pursue my MSW (Master of Social Work). I used to work on my Quips and Tips blogs full-time, but I cut way back so I could work and study. And yet my blogs were financially profitable that year. I earned around $60,000.
Here’s the general breakdown of my blog earnings for that year:
- Google Adsense $20,475.55 (CAD)
- ebooks & Suite $11,309.12 (US)
- ClickBank, ShareaSale, Mort Fertel, and Amazon $31,905.65 (US)
That doesn’t tell you what types of blogs I have or which blogs earned me the most money, does it? But it tells the tax people what they need to know 🙂 . Below I break it down a bit further.
My expenses in that year were $1,010.21. Not a bad investment on a $60,000 income as a blogger! If you want to know how I did it, read How Do Bloggers Make Money? How My Blogs Pay the Bills.
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Recently I went to Peru for a vacation, and my blogs seemed to lose all their momentum. I didn’t see a decrease in traffic because I was on vacation – I was actually spending more time on my blogs there than when I was at home! It was because the great Google search engine changed their algorithms, as they often do, I my traffic was negatively affected.
My blog traffic has increased now but it’s definitely less busy now than before. I’m still earning more than $2,500 per month, mostly because I’m careful about what types of blog posts I write. My income is less than before, but such is the life of a blogger.
The bulk of my earnings are still from Google Adsense, and I no longer earn anything from Suite101 (I used to have hundreds of articles on that site, but they’re not online anymore). I’m still earning a few hundred dollars a month from my ebooks, as well as from ClickBank, ShareaSale, and Mort Fertel.
A Few Types of Blogs – But Do They Make Money?
- Fashion – A fashion website has the potential to make a lot of money, but it’s a competitive type of blog. If I was into fashion I’d specialize in a very narrow niche, such as shoes or handbags.
- Entertainment – Not a money making type of blog.
- News and Politics – Not a money maker for bloggers. That’s why online magazines and newspapers are decreasing.
- Communication – Some bloggers claim that online writing and blogging blogs are good money makers. Not for me. I think the six-figure affiliate marketers are getting rich by selling blogging dreams.
- Social Media – Social media experts who blog make money, especially if they sell their own services or products.
- Environment – I doubt these types of blogs make money, but I’d happily stand corrected.
- Business and Employment – Definitely the types of blogs that make money.
- Lifestyle – Not a money making type of blog.
- Hobby – A photography blog is an excellent way to make money! It features beautiful photos, expensive equipment, and endless types of articles and discussions.
- Health – A money maker, depending on the type of health blog. My fertility blog does well, but I’m not comfortable writing health articles because I’m not a doctor or medical expert.
When you search the internet for “types of blogs” you get a billion results! Personal, corporate, small business, the list of different types of blogs is endless. If you aren’t concerned about making money, you can choose any type you want.
The types of blogs that make money are ones that solve a problem
That’s why my formerly named “Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility” is a money-maker, even though I never post articles now. It’s also why “How Love Blossoms” (formerly “Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships”) makes money. I enjoy the types of articles I write for that blog because I connect with readers on a more meaningful level.
For more specific tips on monetizing your blog site, read 10 Tips for Making Money Blogging.
My most recent insights about types of blogs that make money
This blog – “Quips and Tips for Successful Writers” (or She Blossoms) has never been a money maker. I suspect it’s because there are millions of different types of writing blogs on the internet, and I don’t use social media to publicize my articles.
My most successful blog is Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships, because love and relationships are at the forefront of most people’s lives. That’s also my busiest blog. Love and relationships are a felt need that people need help with. It’s the type of blog that will always make money.
The most important thing is to solve readers’ problems — and offer resources that they need! Starting a specific type of blog is less important than helping people find solutions to their problems.
I don’t worry about building a following on social media sites. I have over 10,000 followers on Twitter, and I believe it’s meaningless. My traffic – and my money – comes from readers who are searching for a solution to their problems. I didn’t need a strong fan base to make over $60,000 from my blogs…I needed to keep writing articles that help readers.
Everyone is taking online “what types of blogs make money” courses and searching the internet to learn how to build a financially profitable website. You’re getting the same information as they are! Instead, break free and get books that other bloggers aren’t reading.
Enjoy your journey as a blogger. Make it interesting, fun, meaningful and heartfelt. Then it won’t matter how much money you make or what type of blog you start! You’ll love what you do.