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The Ways I Make Money with my Blog


You can see by looking around that I have advertising on my blog.  While the income from them will probably not ever replace my current income, any extra money helps when it comes to paying off debt. 

A reader was curious how I am making money, so I thought I would write a brief post about it.  Here is what I use and/or know are legitimate companies. 

1.)  Google Adsense – by far, google is probably the form of advertising you see on many blogs.  It serves ads on a site depending on the content and you are paid every time a user clicks on an ad. 

2.) Text Link Ads (<- referral link) - companies pay a set amount per month to advertise with their link on your blog. (Edited to add: Not compatible with blogger.com blogs) 3.)  Linkworth – same type of advertising as Text Link Ads.

4.) Linkshare.com – this company has MANY advertisers to choose from. You post ads on your site and then make money when your readers click through the ads and purchase something. Some companies you can advertise with are Fashion Bug, American Express, Netflix and Apple.com.

5.) Commission Junction (CJ) – similar to LinkShare but different advertisers. One of the big ones I can think of off-hand is CitiBank.

6.) Amazon Associates – the popular online store, Amazon.com has a program where you can earn money when others click through your links and make a purchase.

7.) Blogitive – for this site, you are given a link and a web release for a company to write about in your blog. You get $5.00 for each one that you do and it’s pretty easy. I do not use it for Blogging Away Debt, but I do have a few blogs that I use it on (and it is the only source of income for those blogs except for one text link that I sold). UPDATE: I removed the link because a payment to me is now overdue by over a week.

There are many other ways to make money with a website and/or blogging, but these are the few that I am using. I haven’t made anything or enough with a few of them to receive a check (LinkShare, CJ and Amazon Associates) but they are all well respected so that is why I joined them.


  • Reply Money's Friend |

    Now this is the first site I have seen that gives a honest evaluation of money making on the internet. Thousands of people try to sell programmes that is not worth … a dime?

  • Reply Harrison |

    My personal reviews:

    1. Google Adsense : Seems like risky because can be easily get banned 🙁
    2. Text-Link-ads : this one works with me 🙂
    3. Linkworth : Sorry never try before
    4. LinkShare : Same, no account there
    5. CJ : I have account but looking a way to promote it….. too many products……
    6. Amazon Association : I just feel like the market for this is almost…… crowded?
    7. Blogitive : Personally, I dislike this system because their post will stay in your blog forever and you just earn 1 time $5?

  • Reply Tricia |

    Money’s Friend – thanks, I’m glad you found it informative 🙂

    Harrison – I agree about Amazon. I mostly like being a part of them because I can use their pictures. I try to be very careful of not using copyrighted pictures and I know I can use the ones from Amazon whenever I need to (that’s where I got my pic of Quicken in my left sidebar). I think I’ve made a little over $5.00 from it so far. As for Blogitive, I’d never use it on this blog. I do have a few other blogs that I started a while ago and no one really visits because I don’t advertise them anymore. So I use those.

    freedumb – awesome! Hopefully you get some links soon 🙂

  • Reply Kathleen Gage |

    I use my blog to keep clients informed of what I am doing such as teleconferences, new books, and general happenings.

    I can then send a message to my database to let them know there is a new posting.

    I have done this a little bit and will be doing it much more consistently in the coming year.

    Kathleen Gage

  • Reply Kim |

    Very nice site and very informative. When I have more time I’m going to check out more of your links.

  • Reply The Bald Monkey |

    Hey there, I know I am reviving an old post here but I had a quick question for you. It looks like you have stopped using Commission Junction and Linkshare for your site. Why did you decide to stop them? I have links from them up on my site, but I don’t have the traffic right now to make any money on them.


  • Reply Tricia |

    Hi The Bald Monkey – well, for Commission Junction and Linkshare, I felt funny about commission-based advertising with them. I do a few commission-type ads (Amazon, Dreamhost and my blog designer). The rest are CPM or CPC. I know some people have great success with those companies.

  • Reply Ebay hot items |

    Very interesting blog, i have added it to my fovourites, greetings

  • Reply Sandy M |


    I noticed you had some supporting sites. Do you go through a broker? I am interested in gaining a supporting link for my finance client.
    Can you please email me and let me know how I can get your link for 1 year?


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