How to Make Money with a WordPress Blog

How to Make Money with a WordPress Blog

This is one of the most frequent questions I hear… How can I make money with a WordPress blog? After all, who doesn’t want to make some money while indulging in what interests them?

Here’s the good news… There is no shortage of ways to monetize a blog.

Here’s the bad news… It’s highly unlikely you’ll make any sort of quick money with a brand new blog.

That being said, if you’re committed to building for the long term, by providing great content, there are a few different ways you can make money with a blog.

Affiliate Marketing

You’ve probably heard about affiliate marketing, it’s one of the most popular methods of making money online. As an affiliate for a company, you’ll promote its products or services through your marketing efforts. With any luck, you’ll then get a percentage of the sales you make or sometimes a fixed amount per sale. Your success in affiliate marketing depends on the company that you choose to represent and your own marketing skills.

One application would be creating a “review” style WordPress site. Then filling it with quality reviews that are filled with your affiliate links. Here’s a theme built exclusively for creating a hosting company review site… it’ll give you a few ideas.

Using Plugins

As a WordPress blogger, you’ll want to be aware of plugins you can use to place ads on your blog. You can find ads on places like Commission Junction, Clickbank or even Amazon. Take a look the Smart Ads plugin or Ad Squares. Both allow you to add advertisements easily to your blog. When you start to build traffic you can even make money by charging for those ad spaces!


Pay-per-click advertisements allow you to earn some money in the form of commissions each time a visitor clicks on the advertisement links. You can add advertisements in a sidebar text widget, banners, in-text links, pop-ups, full-page ads or pop-unders. The commission that you earn depends on the kind of system you use and the company’s guidelines. The success of your pay-per-click campaign depends on the ads you place on your blog and the kind of visitors your blog attracts. Services like Google Adwords can help you get started.

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One Final Tip…

If you want to make money with a blog, get very good at building a community and giving them great offers. It doesn’t matter which method you choose to do that… they all come down to giving your visitors share-worthy content so they keep coming back (and bring their friends back with them!).

What methods have you found to make money with your WordPress blog?  Leave a comment below and would you please share this post?

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Leave A Reply (23 comments so far)

  1. andy moore
    8 years ago

    Hi Chris,

    Great tips as usual. I was just thinking how to approoach this subject myself. Obviously, most of us are very interested in somehow montizing our blog/site somehow. But how?

    It’s obvious there is no quick fix. Slowly building up not only your site full of good content, but also the trust and relationship with your readers and/or members.

    As Dan Kennedy himself says: ” There is no substitute for REAL, personal, person-to-person relationships.”

    this is what he says builds trust and therefore sales.

    We can only aspire to his way.

    Great post again, Chris.


  2. Laura Jacobson
    8 years ago

    Thanks Mercer, I loved the 30,000 foot overview of the whole subject of making money with a blog! It was specific enough to get started with something, yet you didn't get bogged down with too many details either. Loved it.

    Laura 🙂

  3. barb19
    8 years ago

    Thanks Mercer – you make everything sound so simple without bogging your readers down with too much information! I came away from your video knowing what I have to do now, so thank you!

  4. Mark
    8 years ago

    I have been trying out affiliate marketing and I was wondering if it makes any difference if I use a new domain name or if I use sub-domain name. I have found numerous opinions about this so I thought I'd ask for your opinion. You are always giving out information that is very helpful for beginners and even seasoned marketers. I joined your membership site and you seem to be a very knowledgeable when it come to blogs, marketing, or just anything to do with internet marketing. So if you could just give me the pros and cons for sub-domains vs new domains as far as ranking for SEO, I would appreciate it.
    Mark Steele

    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words Mark! I’m personally in the “no subdomains” camp and believe subfolders are the better choice in most cases. The search engines treat each subdomain as a separate website. That means each subdomain has to be built out with plenty of content. Normally subdomains are a strategy recommended for large sites with 1,000’s of pages.

      Using subfolders though, every page you add is also associated to your domain (the more pages you have on your site, the better). Every page you create is another potential “hook in the water” that will bring a visitor to your site. Which ever method you use, the subdomain or subfolder should be a topic related to your overall domain.

      If it’s an unrelated topic I’d create a separate domain all together. Another benefit? Using services like Google Analytics is a lot easy if everything is associated to one primary domain.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Bill
    8 years ago

    Thanks Mercer, I always learn something new everyday and today thanks to you it was the plugin Smart Adds, keep up the good work.


  6. Maria
    8 years ago

    You're doing a graaaaaat….Job. God Bless! Maria

    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      Thanks Maria! (I took out your phone number so it wasn\’t seen by the world!) 🙂 Feel free to email me at mercer@ if you have any questions!

  7. Danielle
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips. I recently just figured out how to correctly enter clickbank codes on my website but everybody keeps telling me that I need a link cloaker. Every single link cloaker that I have tried fails miserably. I am beyond confused at this point. :-p Wait! What was that sound? Oh, just the steam coming out of my ears.

  8. Pennyroll
    8 years ago

    Thanks for the article, I've personally been finding some success with affiliate marketing in addition to Adsense. I just read the comment above from Danielle about cloaking links, is that really important? By cloaking my links from cj and clickbank will I see better results in your opinion?

    • Chris Mercer
      8 years ago

      My own perspective is \”Yep… you will see better results cloaking.\” Partly because it\’s a lot easier to remember and URL like \”\” than \”\” 🙂

  9. kayandra
    8 years ago

    wel thank u very much, i really appreciate it.

  10. kayandra
    8 years ago

    thank you, i appreciate it

  11. John
    8 years ago

    Hey. Some fantastic methods listed. I myself, have had limited success with Amazon associates. The biggest problem I am facing however is consistent sales. I think it's more of a traffic issue then anything else.

  12. Elisha
    7 years ago

    Hi Chris, I just happened upon this article- thank you it's great. Are WordPress bloggers actually 'allowed' to display ad plugins though? They seem pretty strict about the no-ad thing unless it's with Wordads.

    • Chris Mercer
      7 years ago

      You can do just about anything you want with a WordPress site, but you will have to host it on your own. If you have a WordPress site hosted with they will keep you restricted a bit. Thanks for the question Elisha!

  13. steven
    7 years ago

    Hi thanks this amazing post great insight in to what to do with wordpress blogs
    and great theme advice and I have found out that google loves wordpress.

    All the best

  14. Heru Prasetyono
    7 years ago

    Nowadayas there are many ways to make blogs. One of the easiest way is using WordPress. With WordPress we are facilitated with many interesting and good tools which can help us to make good webblogs. Thank you very much for the tips. They are very useful.

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