How to Make Money Online from Home? Blog for Income Cash

Here is a list of different ways in which you can earn money online right from your home.

  1. Blogging
  2. Write Paid Articles for Other Sites.
  3. Paid Surveys.
But Blogging is by far the most powerful and enjoyable way of earning money online. In the last month (March 2009) i earned $890 from my blog. This income is just the money earned from Google Adsense. Are you interested and more importantly serious about blogging for money or earning money online? If you already have a blog, you may also want to read my post on Get Paid to Blog.

Bloggers Earn MoneyI started this personal finance blog in mid 2008 with the intention of making money and I had no idea that within six months I would be so successful in earning income from my blog. Here is a quick progress report of my money making activity from this blog.

Progress report of my blogging activity / making money online from home project.
How much money do I earn from my blog?
Sep 2008
Blogging & Make Money Online from Home Progress
Blog Income - $0 per month.
I just start my Blog with the intention of making money online.
Dec 2008
Blogging & Make Money Online from Home Progress
Blog Income - $25 per month (approx.)
I earn the first few cents from my blog. The money I made from my blog was still negligible, less than $1 per day.
Jan 2009
Blogging & Make Money Online from Home Progress
Blog Income - $300 per month (approx.)
Awesome progress in money making activity and blogging. By this time I am convinced that eventually (maybe after 4 more months?) 7 hours of blogging per week can earn me more money than my full-time job !
Mar 2009
Blogging & Make Money Online from Home Progress
Blog Income - $850 per month (approx.)
I now have a Make Money Blog. On good days I get $40 per day income from blogging.


In this post I will only discuss money making activities related to blogging because I think this is the easiest way to secure a good monthly income by putting least amount of work. The other activities, especially writing articles for other sites is as if somebody else is getting most of the benefit of your hard work. Perhaps the only drawback of making money online from blogging is that you will need a few months patience in order to first setup and get started with a good blog.

Are you interested in making money online? or earning regular income from blogging activity? If yes then read this entire post in which I have shared my experience.

Before I start on a step by step guide to online money making let me quickly answer some very Frequently Asked Questions about bloggers earning money online.
  1. How much time per day do you need to devote in order to make money online? Answer: The answer obviously depends on how much you want to make per month. But lets say you want to earn between $500 to $1000 per month- then you will have to spend at least 5 to 8 hours every week (which is less than one hour per day) on your blog. However let me warn you that initially, when your blog is just new, you may have to spend more.
  2. When will I start making money from my blog? Answer: Wait at least 5 months in order to start earning "good" income from blogging activity.
  3. How much money do bloggers earn from their blog? Answer: The answer depends on so many factors that it is impossible to give an accurate answer. Let me give you a thumb rule. A site which receives 1000 visitors per day has the potential to earn anywhere between $10 to $25 per day.
Two important thing to keep in mind about blogging and earning money online from Home
  1. There is nothing like making free money online. You have to work for it. If you are serious about making money online, you must devote at least 3 to 5 hours per week.
  2. Blogging is fun - Dont think of it has a couple of hours of 'hard work' etc. If you choose the right topic you will actually start enjoying blogging. Don't you spend hours on the internet browsing surfing and reading? All you have to do it spend a portion of it blogging.
Now let me discuss step by step guide to start and grow your blog with the intention of earning some cash.

Starting your Blogging for money Project.
Choosing a Blog Topic
The most important decision!
This is the first and the most important decision you will make when you start your make-money-from-blog project. Here are some tips:
1. Choose a Blog Topic which covers a broad topic. For example writing a blog on Entertainment (movies, music, etc.) is much better than writing just on relatively narrower topic of Sci-Fi movies.
2. Some good and popular blog topics are - Health, Food (recipies etc.), Entertainment, Finance or Blogging tips and Make money Blog Income :).
3. Choose a blog topic which you can enjoy writing.

Your own domain or Free site like Blogger?
Your second important decision.
Soon after you start thinking about writing a blog for money, you will be confronted with the question: Should you choose a free site like blogger, wordpress, etc. or pay to get a custom domain? Learn more about website hosting and this choice.
Open a Paypal Account
Getting ready to get paid for blogging.
I recommend opening a paypal account when you can. Not that you will immediately start earning money from your blog, but having this account ready can help you accept payments. To start with choose "personal account" instead of "premium" or "business".

Once you have an active blog, there are more than one ways in which you can earn income from your blogging activity. Each method is quite different and will add excitement and fun to your blogging for money project.

Different ways in which you can make money from your blog.
Google Adsense
Advertising on your blog. Using Google Ads.
This will be the most important source of income for you. Google puts extremely relevant ads on blogs. These ads will be so useful for your readers that in fact, I started clicking on ads more after i started writing a blog. You will be paid either on a Cost Per Click (CPC) or Cost Per Impression (CPM) basis.
Affiliate programs
Getting Paid by Referral programs - Cost Per Action (CPA)
Affiliate programs can be an important source of your blogging income depending upon which affiliate programs you choose. I must confess that affiliate programs have not worked out well for me yet.
Writing Paid Blog Reviews
Getting Paid for Blogging and writing Sponsored reviews.
There are several sites you can join which give you the opportunity of getting paid for reviewing certain product or services of advertisers. Lear more about getting paid for writing blog reviews.
Putting Text Ads
Earning Income by displaying text ads of Advertisers on your blog.
Depending on the page rank of your blog, several advertisers may pay you for putting a text ads on your blog. Don't bother about this until your page rank is at least one or two.
Other Money Making ways from your Blog
Other Advertising agencies, Inline text ads, etc.
There are other ways of earning from your blog for example using other ad formats offered by other advertising agencies like Adsense e.g. Full page Ads (from Adbrite), Inline Text Ads, directly advertising for a particular advertiser etc. I recommend you do not venture into these money making options until you are 'ready' and you know what you are doing. The income from such options will typically be very small for small bloggers as compared to the above options.


Skills that you will have to acquire over time for your Blogging for Money project.
Writing Quality Posts
Articles which earn more traffic and boost your blogging money.
By Quality blog posts I mean articles which you have taken effort to gather information, write in simple fluent language, and something which your readers will actually like. For example, I have spent quite a bit of time writing this post. I recommend you write at least one quality post per week.
Learning SEO
Learning SEO or Search Enginge Optimization techniques to get more blog traffic.
You have to learn some SEO techniques. There are three main things you have to pay attention to.
- The title of your Blog posts : Learn to choose an attractive and relevant title for your Blog posts. If you are using a free site like blogspot, make sure your blog title either does not appear in the title of each page, or if it appears it appears at the end. Believe me, this is important !
- Keyword selection and keyword density : Use keywords which you think people will actually search using google etc. It is important to tastefully sprinkle the keyword throughout the post (without overdoing it artificially).
Link Development
Increasing your web-popularity for more traffic and blogging income.
One of the factors which Google or other search engines use to asses the relevance of a page is backlinks - i.e. what pages link to it and what is the 'anchor text' which is used to define that link. You have to be careful with this though as any malpractices will be punished by google.
Learning basic web design
HTML/javascript/XML in order to place ads wherever you need.
There is no hurry for this and each time you find something related to web design and you cannot do, you can simply try to google it and then learn the relevant info. Placing the ads in correct location is necessary and you may need some basic knowledge of html for this.


Some Make-Money-Blog Tips and Dont's
Make Money Tip 1.Do not mess with adsense. Never get tempted by extra few dollars and permanently damage your blogging income.
Make Money Tip 2. Dont try too hard to exchange links with sites which are not relevant. Do not link to a site which has been banned or delisted by google.
Make Money Tip 3. Patience is virtue. Never get frustrated if you are not getting too many visitors to your blog. It happens to everyone. It takes time to build a good blog and start earning money.
Make Money Tip 4. Try very hard to write quality posts which actually provide useful information to readers. Medium and Longer sized posts with lot of information related to a particular keyword are great. Remember sometimes just 8 to 10 extremely well written posts can get your 1000 blog visitors per day !!!
Make Money Tip 5. Try to acquire the blogging skills listed above slowly but surely. SEO skills are a must if you are serious about making money from your blog.

Blogging for Money, Earn Regular Income

  • Make Money Online from a Blog - Step by Step Guide

  • How much do bloggers earn? A vague estimate of blogging income and a statistical overview of money that bloggers make online.

  • Make Money Online from Home: Blogging - the most efficient way of earning money online. Some tips to start your own blog and turn it into a make money blog.

  • Get Paid to Blog - List of various paid blogging networks where you can get paid to write blog posts, sponsored reviews or display blogging ads. A useful way of earning income from your blog in addition to Google Adsense or other advertising money.

  • Mar 31, 2009

    8 comments:

    Anonymous April 1, 2009 at 12:10 AM  

    Okay, what if you are banned by Adsense? Would you still recommend it???

    Blogging In Web 2.0 Beta April 1, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

    Very Good Good good post. I have No Words To Tell you that How Much I liked This Post. I Really Appreciate your work. Thanks For Writing This one. I Am too A blogger struggling for making money and as older is my blog going so much my traffic and income is increasing.

    iinvestor April 3, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

    @Sampreeth: I already see that you have google ads running on your blogs. Also you seem to be blogging since 2005. So i should say I am new to blogging than you :)

    Two things just for the record for all commentors:
    You do not need Paypal for Google Adsense.
    all links in comments are rel='nofollow'. You can post comments and show your blog, but you wont get any backlink benefit.

    redkathy April 11, 2009 at 3:13 AM  

    @iinvestor. "all links in comments are rel=nofollow" even if you remove that from the html?

    Make Money Online March 5, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

    very informative post!.................thanx

    Mike The Web Design Guy July 27, 2010 at 5:58 PM  

    I found the best way to earn money from home was setting up a lead generation system for a ClickBank product and promote it with a professional video squeeze page linked to an email campaign.
    I am also interested in other ways to make money from home so i may well look into blogging as another venue stream. Thanks.

    Alexander John August 6, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

    From The SEO MAN:

    Great tips by the way.

    It's important to remember when you first start a blog is to pick a niche that you know a little about. Otherwise you will spend to much time learning and not enough time having fun with your blog. It's important to like what you do.

    Great tips agian!
    http://newbieecourse.blogspot.com/

    Kelly October 2, 2010 at 5:50 AM  

    Your article is more accurate than many I have read, but the chances of actually earning any appreciable amount of money from a blog are in reality very slim.

    All of your ideas work. I do find that there is a large difference in how fast or how much success.

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