If someone asks: How much do bloggers make? The answer is generally: It depends.
So the best way to answer this question would be to look at examples of actual bloggers, what they do and how much each one makes.
Is blogging a good side hustle?
Blogging can be a great side hustle, but just like any other job you should consider if it is the right choice for you.
Why do people start a blog?
Blogging offers a lot of flexibility. You can set your own schedule and work on your blog whenever and wherever you like.
The start up costs are low. You can start a blog with very little money, the basics are all you need to get started: get a domain name and good hosting and your all set to go. Personally I like to bootstrap my new blogs, and use a free theme and free plugins, I can always decide to upgrade later when the blog is starting to make money.
The passive income potential. Now this doesn’t mean sit back and watch the money roll in. Passive income generally means you do the work up front on something that has the potential to pay you later, even when you’re working on something else. Blogging is a lot of work, but as you go, the blog posts start to add up and all your previous posts still brings in traffic to potentially earn you money. So the more you write, the more your traffic should grow.
Things to consider before starting a blog
- It takes time to build an audience. It can take months or even years to build up traffic to your blog and generate a significant income from it.
- Treat your blog like a business. Consistent effort is important, you need to consistently produce high quality content to keep your audience engaged.
- Blogging income can be uncertain and unpredictable. Your income vary from month to month, so it is difficult to predict how much you will earn and by when.
Overall, if you have a passion and drive, you can succeed and blogging can be a very rewarding side hustle. Look at it like this – If you are willing to put in the time, love and effort in the short term, you will reap the rewards in the long term.
Let’s get to it – You’re here to see how much real life bloggers make from their blogs.
Successful bloggers in different niches and how much money they make:
Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income is a successful blogger and podcaster in the personal finance niche. He blogs about online business and passive income. Smart Passive Income reportedly earns over $100,000 per month.
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner from Making Sense of Cents is in the personal finance niche. She blogs about tips for managing money, saving and investing. Making Sense of Cents posted blogging income reports in the past, according to these the blog earns well over $100,000 per month.
Lindsay Bjork from Pinch of Yum is in the food niche. The blog features recipes and photography tips for aspiring food bloggers. Pinch of Yum reportedly earns over $100,000 per month.
Carl Heitlinger form The College Prepster is in the lifestyle niche. The blog is about fashion, beauty, travel and productivity. The College Prepster reportedly earns around $20,000 per month.
Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog is in the lifestyle niche. She blogs about home decor, organization and blogging. Just a Girl and Her Blog reportedly earns around $30,000 per month.
Sarah from The Free Range Life is in the homesteading niche. She blogs about gardening, raising livestock and cooking. The Free Range Life reportedly earns around $1,000 per month according to her income reports.
Gina from Money Savvy Living is in the personal finance niche. She blogs about saving money and tries to help readers improve their finances. Money Savvy Living reportedly makes around $500 to $700 per month.
Maya from The Artful Appetite is in the food niche. The blog features easy and budget friendly recipes. The Artful Appetite reportedly makes around $300 to $500 per month.
Caroline Vencil form CarolineVencil.com is in the personal finance niche. She blogs about budgeting, saving money and making money. CarolineVencil reportedly earns around $3,000 per month.
Heather from My Life Well Loved is in the lifestyle niche. She blogs about fashion, beauty and parenting. My Life Well Loved reportedly makes around $4,000 to $5,000 per month.
Elise from Houseful of Handmade is in the lifestyle niche. She blogs about DIY and hoe decor and features tutorials and projects for crafting and decorating. Houseful of Handmade reportedly makes around $20 to $30 per month.
Sarah from Sarah’s Sage Advice is in the lifestyle and personal development niche. She blogs about self-improvement, travel and relationships. Sarah’s Sage Advice reportedly makes around $50 to $60 per month.
Katie from Simple Life Mom is in the natural living niche. She blogs about homemade beauty, cleaning products, gardening and herbal remedies. Simple Life Mom reportedly makes around $80 to $100 per month.
Rachel from Smart Mom Smart Ideas is in the parenting niche. She blogs about meal planning, home management and family activities. Smart Mom Smart Ideas reportedly makes around $50 to $75 per month.
Betsy from Happily Ever After, Etc is in the lifestyle niche. She blogs about DIY and home decor with tutorials and projects for crafting and decorating. Happily Ever After, Etc reportedly makes around $30 to $50 per month.
There you have it, this is just a few real life examples from real life bloggers in different niches.
It is important to note that the income of bloggers can vary widely based on many factors like: how far along they are in their blogging journey, niche, audience size and monetization methods.
What are good niches if you want to start and monetize a blog?
You can start a blog on virtually anything, there are many niches that you can start a blog on and potentially monetize.
One of the key’s to choosing a successful blogging niche, is to choose a niche that you are passionate about and that has a dedicated audience.
Here are some popular niches for blogging:
- Health and wellness (topics like: fitness, nutrition, mental health and self-care)
- Personal finance (topics like: budgeting, saving, investing and debt management)
- Lifestyle – Beauty and fashion (topics like: makeup, skincare, haircare and fashion)
- Food and cooking (topics like: recipes, cooking tips, baking and restaurant reviews)
- Travel (topics like: destination guides, travel tips and hotel reviews)
- Technology (topics like: software, gadgets and app reviews)
- Personal development (topics like: self-improvement, motivation and productivity)
- Education (topics like: study tips, tutoring and online learning)
- DIY, Hobbies and crafts (topics like: home decor, sewing and crafting tutorials)
- Parenting (topics like: pregnancy, raising children and family life)
When it comes to blogging, you should follow Gary Vee’s advice and be patient.
Hustle now and work your butt off, then have the patience to keep at it and watch it grow over time.
Success doesn’t happen over night, it takes dedication, hard work and patience.
If you want to learn more about how to start a blog and how to monetize your blog, then you’ll want to read some of my other article’s:
Your first 90 days of Starting a Blog – what to do
How to become a full time blogger