So, why would you want to become a blogger? Aside from expressing yourself or sharing stories with family afar, it’s generally to start a business.
Businesses need to make money, so how do bloggers do that?
Let’s first define some of the terms we’ll read about so we’re all on the same page:
SPONSORED POSTS & CAMPAIGNS
A brand or blogger network pays you to write about their product/service on your blog
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
A brand or blogger network pays you to promote their product or service on your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Banner ads placed on your site by an ad network pays you per view or per click.
Promote a product/service and receive a small percentage of sales made directly from your link.
DIGITAL PRODUCTS / PASSIVE INCOME
Selling eBooks, online courses, worksheets, stock photos, or other products on your blog.
The brand pays you to host or engage during a Twitter party.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Business pays you to manage their social media channels.
So I’m here to share with you what real Canadian blogger’s annual income actually looks like. So let’s get to it here, shall we?
I would break down my revenue as follows:
- 60% sponsored campaigns including social-media-only campaigns
- 20% annual partnerships
- 10% licensing
- 10% consulting/influencer management/events
That has changed almost annually over the past ten years that I’ve been in business. I have had years where we had a print publication, and years where licensing was a larger chunk of my revenue.
I asked several blogger friends to open up and share their revenue breakdown as well! Let’s get started
HOW BLOGGER’S REVENUE BREAKS DOWN
“Most of my blog income comes from sponsored posts. I also earn a small amount from affiliate networks and sidebar ads. Some of my income comes in the form of products or services for review. I’m a contributor to an anthology for moms (available on Amazon), which I promote via my blog and social media channels, but it’s hard to measure which book sales are a result of my blogging efforts. Finally, I’m also an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant, and promote products and sales via my blog and social media channels, as clients can order products via my website.”
“The majority of my income, approximately 75%, is made directly from my blog in the form of sponsored posts and the brand partnerships that result from those posts. Other income generators include Twitter- through twitter parties or twitter outreach, and paid personal appearances. The smallest part of my income, but on the rise, is income created from opportunities to promote brands on Instagram and Facebook.”
“For revenue, we focus our efforts on creating custom blog content for clients that we share extensively on our social channels.”
“My business model was not set up to make money because I fundamentally believe in unpaid reviews. But I do make money from sponsored posts that are “advertorials” rather than reviews, as well as sponsored content on my social channels. I have been a paid brand ambassador, media spokesperson, and event attendee as well.”
“Most of my money is earned with sponsored posts. I do offer ads and get a small income there, however I find my Canadian audience does not bring me much that way. Social media is a strong income source for me especially Twitter parties. I also make a small income consulting and doing outreach connecting bloggers with clients. In the past I have ran clients social media accounts as well. Multiple revenue streams seems to be the key”
I couldn’t agree more Kim,
I’ll say it again:
“multiple revenue streams seems to be the key”.
“The majority of my income is earned from AdThrive (my ad network). I LOVE them and they don’t slow down my site as much as past networks have. Next biggest earner: sponsored content. After that, it’s affiliate marketing (Amazon, ShareASale, private affiliate opportunities), and digital content (eBooks, eCourses). Passive income is always a winner in my books. This way I can focus on content that I love and am proud of.”
“I earn 70% of my income from sponsorships both as branded narratives and social media campaigns. I earn 10% of my income through our newsletter and the remaining is between ad revenue, event attendance, and coaching.”
“This blog is new and I’ve employed loads of tools I had in place with my other blog so monetization has worked from day 1. Right now this blog is 100% sponsorships, whether it’s sponsored blog posts or solely social posts.”
“I earn 50% from ads networks and 50% from campaigns”
“Breakdown is roughly 50% sponsored posts, 30% ad networks and advertising, 17% social media consulting/management, 3% affiliate income.”
As you can see, diversity is key
to success in revenue generation when blogging.
Want to learn more? Join our Start a Blog Workshop private Facebook group today, and learn about our City Blogger Program, apply and start YOUR Modern Mama City Blog to be a resource to moms in your community today!
Also, check out this post about the myriad of ways you can earn a fulltime income as a blogger.