10 Blogging Income Streams to Explore

  September 6, 2021 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 6 minutes read

Nicosia, Cyprus

 

Transport #1, #2 and #3 clawed at me like a group of starving Grizzly bears savaging a salmon.

 

I’d just landed in Bali. My arms were tired.

 

Anyway, the 3 non-amigos were transport (aka taxi) drivers hellbent on getting a fare.

 

One grabbed my luggage and nearly walked off before I wrestled my suitcase back.

 

These are the type of guys who struggle to make $10 a month through driving taxis in Bali. The competitive crowd. The scarcity crowd. The fearful crowd.

 

But Bali Joe, our Bali taxi driver of choice, commands a fleet of polite, prompt, pleasant drivers. The guy is a playa. He runs his own little company, with a growing workforce.

 

Old BJ makes so much scratch that he advertises through Google. We found him and his service on Page 1 for a “Bali taxi” search.

 

What lesson does this teach you? (Other than the fact that you should dress up like the Michelin Tire Man when leaving the main airport in Bali to wade through the terrifying taxi pool.)

 

Income streams don’t make you money. Your energy around money determines if you allow money in or keep it out….of your wallet.

 

It’s not the income stream. Nor your actions. Your energy determines if you profit online. Or if you go to the cyber poor house.

 

If you are being love, you do things from a place of love. And fun. Meaning, you’ll make some great coin with *any* income stream.

 

But if you are being fear, you do things from a place of fear. And scarcity. Meaning, you’ll make little or no money with *any* income stream. Including those below.

 

Keep that in mind as you dive into these 10 blogging income stream ideas.

 

Most bloggers flounder income-wise for believing action yields profits. But energy nets income. Some action does seem to be required to make money through blogging but bloggers overestimate action yet underestimate energy. Abundant feelings, thoughts and actions steadily yield blogging income. Income streams you pick play a little part in earning chedda because how you make money determines not if you make money. Money is in mind, but moves through income channels.

 

Allow this concept to sear itself onto your mind. Work each of these income channels from an abundant mindset.

 

1: Online Courses

 

I have created online courses through Payhip and GumRoad.

 

How to Become a Pro Blogger in 5 Steps

 

How to Get Featured on World Famous Blogs

 

Courses are rich, comprehensive, helpful teaching tools which are effectively structured and formatted for optimal student learning.

 

Or in Ryan speak, people learn this crap SO much more easily through an online course.

 

As for creating a course, dive in. Learn your craft. Then, turn right around and teach the lessons you have learned through an online course. Frame courses as ways to learn thorough concepts in one spot through one manner of formatting. Online courses give readers a simple way to learn concepts in effective fashion. Think of an online course as learning something in a cyber classroom. Understanding this idea gives you sufficient motivation to create online courses as one dependable blogging income stream.

 

2: eBooks for Amazon Kindle

 

Visit KDP Select and get going.

 

Writing and self-publishing eBooks gives you a steady income stream because Kindles continue to gain popularity as a means of enjoying content. Capitalize on this trend. Package what you know into Kindle format to serve readers and to prosper.

 

 

3: eBooks for Payhip

 

I self-published my 2 flag ship eBooks on Payhip:

 

How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging

 

How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting

 

Consider adding a Payhip eBook or 2 to diversify your online income streams. See this income stream as yielding payments more frequently than Amazon. Some readers prefer reading PDF files versus Kindles. Tailor to their needs. Diversify your blogging income.

 

4: Audio Books for Audible, iTunes and Amazon

 

Once you have your eBooks in PDF form just head on over to acx.com to convert those suckers into audio books.

 

Work with a producer by uploading a sample of the eBook for these folks to audition with. Pick the match. Sell your audio books on iTunes, Amazon and Audible. Receive commissions on a monthly basis.

 

Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Little effort goes into this one. And more folks are choosing to use their potatoes rather than their peepers these days for consuming content. Yeah, their ears versus their eyes.

 

The world becomes busier each day. Prosper by giving busy individuals listening options versus solely reading channels.

 

5: Blog Coaching

 

Blog coaching packages your experience, knowledge and wisdom into a tidy monetizing channel.

 

Clients appreciate the intimate nature of receiving blog coaching. Devoting full attention and energy to clients creates an environment conducive to both learning and receptiveness. Open this blogging income stream to allow folks to access your blogging experience. Prosper by sharing what you know to ease blogging struggles suffered by your readership.

 

Coaching programs vary widely.

 

Some ideas:

 

  • offer one-off coaching sessions spanning 1 hour
  • offer a 12 week coaching program for a thorough, on-going solution
  • give clients the option to receive email support as a profitable add-on; promise same-day response time to instill confidence in your service

 

6: Freelance Writing

 

Set your freelance writing rates. Write 500 to 1000 words daily for practice. Gain writing confidence and clarity.

 

Consider charging $35 to $50 per 600-1000 word post as a new freelance writer to get clear on your rates. Progressively increase your rates to mirror your:

 

  • confidence
  • experience
  • skills

 

Video

 

1 Dreadful Freelance Writer Mistake

 

 

7: Sponsored Posts

 

After building up your content library – aka, publishing a rich collection of helpful posts – some businesses or individuals may want to place sponsored posts on your site.

 

Set your rate. Accept. Or, reject, if the post is not a match for your audience.

 

Keep in Mind

 

  • Virtually all businesses or individuals will want to get a DoFollow link for the post, but Google wants you to make all sponsored post links NoFollow…..if you have little or no Google traffic, go with DoFollow but if you have substantial Google traffic only place sponsored posts if the advertiser is cool with getting a NoFollow link
  • Per FTC regulations (for my fellow US bloggers) you must disclose that you’re publishing a sponsored post

 

I have changed my perspective on sponsored posts deeper into my blogging career. Although I no longer accept sponsored content I advise being open to placing sponsored posts. Publish only aligned posts attractive to reader needs. Charge anywhere from $50 to $100 per sponsored post as a new blogger. Raise rates as your confidence, clarity and blog brand awareness grows.

 

Carefully reader sponsored content to engage in mindful quality control. Resist publishing a running commercial consistent with a sleazy used car salesman hawking his dubious wares.Β  Publish high quality sponsored content promoting businesses beneficial to your readers. Let go all else.

 

8: Advertising

 

If the advertisement aligns with your blogging brand, feel free to get paid for placing ads on your blog.

 

Advertisers tend to stalk/hunt/track you down via email after you gain some exposure online. Accept matches. Release on non-matches.

 

Banner sidebar ads can fit seamlessly into your blog design.

 

Rates vary.

 

9: Affiliate Marketing

 

I have done a wee bit of affiliate marketing on BFP.

 

Promote somebody else’s product. Or service. Get a cut.

 

Use the product. Or service. Or get 100% clear on the product or service even if you have not used it. I prefer to use it before I review it, though. Easier to offer an authentic, genuine review and easier to sell……too.

 

Be clear on your affiliate offering by ensuring all promotions resonate with your:

 

  • niche
  • reader’s needs
  • blogging brand

 

Getting clear on each quality allows affiliate income to grow.

 

Read this post to understand how bloggers earn commissions:

 

How Bloggers Earn Affiliate Marketing Commissions

 

10: Paid Tweets

 

Paid tweets work for Twitter users with large, loyal followings.

 

Build a highly engaged following to increase paid tweet income potential.

 

Savusavu, Fiji.

 

Different ad networks offer different rates and opportunities.

 

Your Turn

 

Do you work these income streams?

 

What streams can you add to this list?

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 12:37 pm

    I left a thought.

  2. Cori Ramos says:
    at 12:07 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Wow, I’m glad that guy didn’t walk off with your luggage – that sounds like it’s coming straight off a movie!

    I’ve tried my hand a several of these options you shared, sponsored posts, paid tweets, affiliate marketing and I’m currently trying something new, which I hope to have up sometime this week plus I’m now dabbling in WordPress web design. We’ll see how things go. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for these tips! You know I’m sharing this one. Have a great day and week!

    Cori

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:42 pm

      Hi Cori,

      It’s nuts; this stuff happens more than you would think. In Bali, and other spots too.

      During a trip to Nicaragua last year a guy grabbed my luggage before I told him “No” then casually took it to the taxi. Then he looked at me for a tip. I smiled and told him the $40 in my pocket was for the taxi ride. He looked disappointed. But maybe if it happens enough, he will decide to ask someone if they want his service before making a decision for them and not getting paid πŸ˜‰

      WordPress design sounds like it’d be up your alley Cori. You’re a natural for that πŸ™‚

      Have a fab week!

      Ryan

  3. Elvis M. says:
    at 6:53 pm

    Ryan, I told you not to use that picture of me sitting on that chair without a haircut.

    Sigh….

    I actually didn’t know that Google wants you to place nofollow links for sponsored posts. I will definitely have to be very careful, as I see this income stream in my future.

    P.S. That rule kind of sucks, in a way.

    Thanks for letting us know!
    Elvis

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:36 pm

      Hi Elvis,

      LOL! What a shaggy, colorful dog. We saw him sitting in the chair in Northern Nicosia, Cyprus. On the Turkish side. A bit of a sketchy hood – not unsafe, just rundown – so it seemed pretty fitting to peep a chill dog lazing on a recliner, in a vacant lot. Thank goodness he seemed well fed and in good spirits.

      Google got fed up with companies buying their place onto Page 1 of Google. All these biz sites popped up on page 1 – some poorly built – and it made Google look bad, and diminished user experience. Hence the NoFollow, to prevent businesses and individual from buying a spot on Page 1 via paid links placed in sponsored posts all over God’s Green Earth LOL.

      I get little Google traffic and place a few sponsored posts here and there so I do not worry about NoFollow/DoFollow. I also know as my presence expands, just appearing on Blogging From Paradise will be the reward of itself, so if I make links NoFollow versus DoFollow, and notify businesses, they won’t have a prob and I’ll place the sponsored post.

      Sure thing brother on the Link 411 πŸ˜‰

      Ryan

  4. Lorraine Reguly says:
    at 8:17 pm

    One thing not mentioned here is getting paid for link placements on your blog/website.

    However, before you do this, you have to prove to others you have a good website with awesome traffic. Also, having a high DA and PA helps, too. (DA – Domain Authority, PA – Page Authority)

    This is one of my revenue streams!

    I have many… and I’m always looking to add to them.

    Tell me more about how you got your paid Tweet opportunity. I’d like to know.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:28 pm

      Hi Lorraine,

      You read my mind πŸ˜‰ I have been paid for placing links too, and forgot about adding that income stream. As with all ad revenue streams, def gotta enjoy this ride, share value and make buddies to make your blog ad worthy. Good advice there.

      As for paid Tweets the company has rebranded itself a few times. I would have to dig to find the name. French company, pay per tweet. They email you with the opportunity and when the campaign/budget is filled, the campaign closes. Easy peasy.

      Ryan

      • Lorraine Reguly says:
        at 10:43 pm

        This sounds similar to IZEA, which I just signed up for. πŸ™‚

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 9:03 pm

        Interesting Lorraine; that name seems to be popping up in the comments here.

        May take a look see πŸ˜‰

        Thanks for the share.

        Ryan

  5. Don Purdum says:
    at 9:12 am

    Hey Ryan,

    When I first launched Unveil The Web in 2014 I kept it simple. I only offered consulting and coaching for businesses and I used my blog as social validation. I traveled around the blogosphere meeting incredible people such as yourself. It wasn’t uncommon to read 20 blogs per day and engage with various business bloggers who serve the same audience I do but in a different way.

    It worked for 2 years but constantly keeping up reading and contributing 20 new comments per day on a different site eventually burned me out and left me not as motivated for consulting and coaching.

    Don’t get me wrong… the strategy worked and I made an incredible amount of money. However, I also knew that approach long-term was unsustainable.

    I have refocused my business to not rely on various strategies…:

    1. We are creating an entire set of e-educational courses that we start launching in February and throughout the year.

    2. My 2 books are doing “okay” on Twitter and I will probably write more.

    3. The Marketing/Messaging bootcamp is exploding and we are signing new clients every week and the results they are seeing from it are inspiring to me, and to them.

    4. I re-introduced web design (because I’m exceptionally good at it), and my son is an SEO certified traffic machine. He has come into the business and the results are phenomenal… so we have added that service.

    It makes sense… how do you package your message in your website? It’s a function of layout, look & feel, and relevant content.

    5. We added content marketing services (both doing it for them or consulting with them). Again, it makes sense coming out of the marketing/messaging bootcamp.

    It’s exciting stuff and the opportunities to help businesses have been a massive blessing for us.

    So, you can see we are on a different trajectory than where we started 3 years ago. Growth is a wonderful thing!!!!

    Have an awesome week Ryan!!!!

    ~ Don

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:19 pm

      Hi Don,

      Awesome! I love that everything is morphing so well for you as you evolve and expand.

      Great move too, adding more passive streams like courses and such because when you can earn 24-7, 365, with less of an online work component to your campaign, you can dissolve those burnout energies, enjoy your time offline and then, enjoy your time online too because you can not feel like you need clients to keep profiting.

      I have dove into passive income streams over the past 1-2 years because even though I dig freelance writing and coaching I also love prospering passively. Fits my traveling bit to a T.

      Thanks for the power comment buddy πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  6. Muhammad Usman Mazhar says:
    at 2:31 pm

    Wow ! Thanks for the awesome article mate.
    That was a hell of a dose. ​​

    I am just amazed by your effort. Great roundup presented here. I am very inspired. Great post…. ​

    Keep it up.​

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:58 pm

      Hi Muhammad,

      Really appreciate that brother.

      Thanks for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  7. abdulsamadessani says:
    at 2:54 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    No doubt, these all methods are awesome to make a living online.

    I love the Sponsored Posts one as it is one of my income source.

    Blog coaching is a great way to earn as you’re doing πŸ˜›

    Thanks Ryan for writing a top-notch article πŸ™‚

    Can’t stop myself from tweeting it!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:54 pm

      Hi Abdul,

      Thanks a bunch for tweeting πŸ˜‰

      Way cool dude; sponsored posts are an easy way to prosper quite passively. Even though I write virtually all sponsored posts myself I figure, I am writing posts anyway. Why not get paid if the topic benefits my audience?

      Ryan

  8. Mark Newsome says:
    at 4:45 pm

    Mighty good stuff as usual Ryan!

    And in typical RB fashion, flat out funny and highly
    entertaining content as well bud!

    I love the image with post BTW!

    And it sounds like the cab driver experience in Bali,
    proves the one aggressive cabby, definitely got an “A” in
    his assertive class!LOL!

    You have definitely opened my eyes, pretty wide, to several major, untapped
    income producing opportunities!

    Thanks, because you can never, ever have too many viable,
    income generating possibilities!LOL!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:51 pm

      Hi Mark,

      A handful at the airport are, umm, passive LOL….but most are hyper assertive. Different story when you leave the airport in Bali. Even though they pitch a bit in Ubud they are more polite and friendly.

      Way cool dude. I know you have a fair share of streams open so adding a few can help you prosper while providing your audience with a valued service.

      Ryan

  9. Tamal Anwar says:
    at 6:31 am

    Hey Ryan, how did you got the paid to tweet gigs? Through an ad platform? Would love to explore paid tweets again. Last time I did, I earned maybe 5 dollars a tweet.

    Be sure to keep an eye on my blog, I am going to share some of the ways I make money by the end of this month.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:35 pm

      Hi Tamal,

      I am digging deeper to recall the company because it has been a while since I got a paid tweet and they re-branded a few times. I believe it was an ad platform. I know it was a French company.

      As for the $ amount, a big factors are:

      * # following you
      * engagement rates

      I had 40,000 plus followers when they reached out and engaged one to one, many of my retweeters, every day…for months. Those are 2 reasons why I was getting $50 and $60 per tweet.

      Will keep an eye out brother, looking forward to that post πŸ™‚

      Ryan

      • Tamal Anwar says:
        at 8:13 am

        I remember these companies and the ones that paid me. BeAMagpie, then adly, SponsoredTweets and another one maybe from IZEA. Any of them sound familiar to you?

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 8:51 pm

        Hmmm….the IZEA company sounds familiar. Maybe that one. Not sure though.

        I would connect with the blogger at the link I provided in the post to pick her brain a bit. She seems to be an expert at getting paid to tweet πŸ˜‰

        Ryan

  10. Muhammad Ahmad says:
    at 1:11 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    Glad to read your post after a long time. I was stuck in exams, went very well! πŸ™‚
    Great to see some great changes on your blog. The best decision you took is to choose Disqus, its great for managing the quality conversations πŸ˜‰
    Coming to the post, I’ll just say Thanks for sharing these streams <3
    Loving the post, loving the blog design, too πŸ˜€
    P.S. I just updated my blog design Meet Ahmad [dot] com, let me know how it looks :)?
    Any suggestions to improve?
    ~ Ahmad

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:31 pm

      Hi Ahmad,

      Way cool πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you feel relieved with exams being over, and feel happy they went well for you too πŸ™‚ I recall those days well. In both high school and university.

      Good feedback on Disqus. I am loving it; cuts down spam dramatically and boosts the quality of our chats, as you keenly noted.

      I will stop by your blog now to take a look see.

      Thanks much.

      Ryan

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 11:11 pm

        Blog looks great! Just left ya – and your awesome guest poster – a comment πŸ˜‰

      • Muhammad Ahmad says:
        at 12:09 pm

        Thanks dude! πŸ™‚

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 4:39 pm

        You got it MA πŸ˜‰

  11. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 7:33 pm

    Hi Chandan,

    Affiliate marketing is certainly one way. Especially because the product or service is all set up for ya πŸ˜‰ The biggest factor is to have fun working and learning these streams. That fun energy is mighty prospering.

    Do let me know how those income streams work out for you, OK?

    Ryan

  12. Lisa Sicard says:
    at 7:37 am

    Hi Ryan, I got all excited when I saw the get paid to tweet. I used to do sponsored tweets but they no longer align with my niche so I’m anxious to check out your post on that. I have toyed with sponsored posts and have a done a few over the years. I really need to be sure it’s something of value for my readers. Thanks for sharing these with us!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:05 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      It has been a minute since I last received a paid tweet. Actually, a month ago I spied an opp in my inbox but the campaign filled up by the time I spotted the opportunity.

      As for sponsored posts I think of the benefit to my readers. I’ve done a few on excellent email marketing tools and some travel themed sponsored posts in the past.

      Thanks much for reading and commenting.

      Ryan

  13. Donna Merrill says:
    at 7:47 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I do most of the above myself over the years. It all works together like a fine tuned machine. The more we put into our business, learn and apply…the better it becomes. Most of all I love to coach. It is a wonderful experience to meet someone and direct them to the necessary steps to meet their individual goals.
    I’ve done some affiliate marketing only when I use something I do cart wheels over. If its that good, I do want to share it with others.
    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:40 am

      Putting it all together is so similar to tuning that fine machine, Donna. Seeing you in action over the years has been an inspiration for all of us!

  14. SharlaAnn Matyjanka says:
    at 11:05 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I really appreciate the Ryan Speak, sounds an awful lot like Shar Speak! 🀣🀣
    Also, when I started on this adventure I really had no idea there were so many ways to make money through blogging. The possibilities are endless.

    SharlaAnn

    PS grizzles savaging a salmon. Awesome imagery.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:16 am

      Sharla so happy to help. The monetizing possibilities are limitless.