Best Types of Blogs for Writers Who Want to Make Money


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.

Choosing the right type of blog is one thing – and getting traffic by writing epic blog posts is another! Read books like Epic Blog: One Year Editorial Planner by Regina Anaejionu and  Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt to learn how popular bloggers, best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creative types are winning readers and customers in today’s crowded marketplace. Don’t rely on internet articles and online courses! An actual print book allows you to make notes in the margins, fold over pages, and keep track of what you’re doing.





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

What Types of Blogs Earn the Most MoneyThis 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.

If you’re still interesting in making money blogging, read books like Epic Blog: One Year Editorial Planner by Regina Anaejionu and Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt.

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.

xo






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23 thoughts on “Best Types of Blogs for Writers Who Want to Make Money

  • komal

    great list. love the ideas.. I am actually doing the same ” helping people by solving their problems” and i hope that i can get enough money now. *finger-cross*

  • Thiranya Ravi

    Great list of the types of blogs that helps the people to earn money, I didn’t know that political blogs also can make money. Thanks for this great list!

  • Seth

    Hello, my name is Seth and I am interested in starting a photography blog. What would be your recommendation on how to make as much money as possible from a photography blog in order to help pay for college?

  • Laurie

    Hi Subur,

    I think a health blog is one of the best types of blogs if you want to earn money – but you have to avoid just giving information. You can’t just share all the same facts that all the other websites offer. Rather, you need to make your health blog stand out in some way.

    Here’s an article about making money as a blogger:

    8 Ways I Make Crazy Money With My Blossom Blogs
    https://www.theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/how-do-bloggers-earn-money-ways-earn-income-online/

    Take the first step, and create your blog. Listen to podcasts and learn how to write blog posts that are interesting and valuable. It takes time and effort — blogging as a career is a small business that takes dedication and perseverance! Be patient, and work hard.

    And keep reading my blog posts 🙂

    Laurie

  • Laurie Post author

    Cool blog, Inna – it makes me want to go to Dubai! 🙂

    When you ask about platforms, do you mean the WordPress platform? WordPress.org is all I’ve ever used. It’s definitely the best!

    When you’re considering what types of blogs earn the most money, you should always factor in time. I don’t know how long you’ve been blogging for, but a few months isn’t long enough. It takes years to establish yourself, to find your place in the online marketplace.

    My experience tells me that it isn’t the number of blogs you have, it’s how effective your blogs are. There’s a ton of really good, helpful, sound information on how to make money blogging online. Keep reading those blogs and applying their tips. Listen to podcasts about the types of blogs that earn money.

    Don’t give up! Read:
    How to Stay Motivated When You’re Starting a Blog
    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/how-to-stay-motivated-starting-a-blog/

    Keep learning and growing — and don’t forget that starting a blog is like starting any small business! It takes time and effort, and may not pay off right away. But if you stick to it and apply the tips you’re learning from professional bloggers, you will succeed.

  • Inna

    Hi, it’s amazing to see that google leads to this page, which is a few years old. Indeed, yay for longevity! Anyway, I have a practical question- which platforms have you used for your blogs and which ones do you find the most effective/user-friendly? I started my blog a few months ago, it still hasn’t picked enough traffic (last month, which was the first month of adsense for me, my adsense earnings were about $30), and I am still trying to play with layouts, themes, and potentially starting more blogs. Really would appreciate your advice. Thanks!

  • faith

    i am into business and employment and i thing am earning pretty well here in Nigeria.the thing is that you need to look into what the society needs then key into it by providing solution. your post is great.

  • Laurie Post author

    Hi Vikram,

    I think a coupon discount blog or website would earn alot of money! Good luck with it; I hope you’re successful.

    Laurie

  • vikram

    Hey Laurie, I am feeling motivated after knowing your earnings through your websites. Recently I have started my website which is based on Discount coupons. I read your suggestions and i will keep that in mind. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Laurie

    Thanks for your comments! I especially like hearing from people from my home, Vancouver 🙂 It’s just nice to connect with people in my own city — but I do love hearing from bloggers from all over the world. The beauty of blogging continues to amaze me.

    I’d love to connect with other middle income bloggers, like me. If anyone makes around $30,000 a year blogging, let me know!

  • Melanie Rose

    Thanks for the transparency in income. It’s really good to know as a new blogger that you really can earn a decent income. The first few months are scary, lots of doubts creep in. Thanks again, Mel

  • Jim Foston

    I like your writing, you come across as an interesting person to enjoy a coffee and chat with.

    The reason I’m on your blog is because of a recent link with Katherin Lake – I started snooping around the VWS website. And the blogging category caught my attention.

    I’ve been asked by a publisher if I’d be interested in writing a book on health & safety in the private security industry – not as esoteric it may sound.

    I’m not a skilled writer but I do have something to say and there seems to be an interesting audience.

    Thank you for your insights on blogging.

    Jim

  • hdtc

    Thanks for the insights Laurie. This is a helpful article for novices as well as others with more experience blogging.Your personal experience and professionalism are appreciated because amplifying and maximizing one’s writing income is important.

  • Laurie

    Hi Eileen,

    I’m glad your blog is starting to pick up! Consistency is super important – and so is longevity. Don’t give up, because making money blogging really is a long-term investment.

  • Eileen Thai

    I have been following your blog on and off. Thank you so much for the insight to making money on blogging. I make peanuts from the advertisements. Then again, I haven’t been blogging consistently, and don’t have the traffic, but after 4 years, it’s starting to pick up, and hence, my articles on Yahoo!Voices are doing better.

  • Laurie Post author

    Thanks for your comments, Don 🙂

    I’ve been re-thinking my statements about making money off a writing blog. Is it possible??!! I’d love to be proven wrong!

  • Laurie Post author

    Hi Carol,

    I emailed the editor, and asked her to remove my articles from Suite. I don’t remember her name — Jennifer, I think it was! She did immediately. Now I have hundreds of articles to post – but I keep forgetting about them 🙂

  • Don Reinhardt

    Thanks for the insights Laurie. This is a helpful article for novices as well as others with more experience blogging.Your personal experience and professionalism are appreciated because amplifying and maximizing one’s writing income is important.

  • Laurie Post author

    A couple more making money blogging tips:

    ~ Every affiliate link should be related to the topic of the blog.

    ~ Minimize the advertising in the sidebars; I’ve found it ineffective.

    But different things work for different bloggers!