4 Ways To Make Money With Your Developer Blog

Blogging is a great way to educate others, reinforce learning and show your expertise to a potential employer. But make no mistake: it can also be a great way to make money, either as a side hustle or a full-time career. ๐Ÿค‘

In this article, I will share 4 different ways for you to make money as a tech blogger.

Web Monetization

Web monetization is the process of making revenue from the traffic coming to your blog. So the higher the traffic on your blog, the higher the money you make.

Web monetization is very easy to set up (all you need is a tag), simple to use, and most importantly, ensures the traffic equals payment (your quality content is rewarded). I believe Web monetization is a great option for people who don't like adding ads to their blogs. If you are one of those people, Web monetization is exactly what you need.

In my case, adding web monetization to my blog was super easy because the platform I use Hashnode supports it. If you want to add web monetization to your blog, read this insightful guide by my friend, Akintunde Sultan.

Advertising

Adding ads to your blog is one of the most popular ways to make money via a blog. Having said that, it is important to note that some developers dislike blogs that have ads, especially when the ads do not have anything to do with tech. But here are some solutions ๐Ÿ‘‡

  1. Advertising using Adsense or Carbon: If you want to add ads to your blog, consider using Adsense or Carbon because they only show tech-related content. This ensures that your readers see ads that might be useful to them and will not be forced to leave your blog.

  2. Including affiliate links in your articles: Another interesting way to advertise on your blog is by adding affiliate links to the articles. Here, a person or company will reach out to you and inform you about a product or tool they want your audience (readers) to know about. You'll agree on a price, add a link to the product in your article, and then get paid based on the number of people that click on that link when they read your article. With this type of advertising, you get the benefit of crafting the content in a very natural way that won't come off as advertising/marketing to your readers.

Writing Paid Articles

You can make money by writing paid articles on a company's blog or your own blog. Here's a detailed explanation on both ways: ๐Ÿ‘‡

  1. Paid Community writing programs: Did you know that tons of tech companies and communities pay developers between $100 to $2000 to write technical articles for their blogs? Well, now you do! It is important to note that these companies will only accept you as a writer if you show them that you have prior experience as a tech blogger, so if you've not started blogging yet, create a blog with Hashnode and get started immediately. If you already have experience as a tech blogger, here's a list of some paid community writing programs for developers.

  2. Sponsored Articles: Aside from paid community writing programs, you can also be sponsored by a company to write an article about them on your own blog. Oh yes! That is possible. For instance, if you've always been writing content about React, a company that builds products for React developers can pay for you to write an article about their services on your blog. If you want to explore this method of making money, this guide by my friend Catalin Pit will teach you how to go from 0 to paid articles.

Community funding

People can love your content so much that they decide to support you financially for creating those insightful content with platforms like Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee. Here's what you need to do. ๐Ÿ‘‡

  1. Write insightful articles: This is crucial because people need to find your articles useful enough to support you. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Write consistently: It won't be ideal to write just one article and decide to ask for community funding. When you write consistently, you earn support and trust from the community.
  3. Create a Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee account: These platforms provide a fast and beautiful way to accept financial support from your audience.
  4. Integrate Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee to your blog: When you add either or both of these platforms to your blog, people can easily identify that you would love to be supported for your content creation and support you.

Conclusion

I am glad you are now aware of the different ways to make money from the content you create. Yes, you might be blogging for passion, but you can also make money simultaneously.

If you've not started blogging already, you don't need to create a blog from scratch to start. Create one with Hashnode in under 2 minutes, start blogging and make some money! ๐Ÿค‘

Gift Abah's photo

This is eye-opening.

I especially like that with Hashnode, it is twice as easy to get web monetization set up.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Yes, it is super easy with Hashnode. I am glad you found this article useful.

Apoorv Tyagi's photo

Nice and informative article Edidiong Asikpo๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Thank you for sharing.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Yay! Glad you enjoyed reading it. Apoorv Tyagi

Tapas Adhikary's photo

Thanks for sharing Edidiong Asikpo. Very useful.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

I am glad you found it useful, Tapas Adhikary. Thank you!

Maxi Contieri's photo

Amazing article as usual Edidiong Asikpo !

I would also point out to Catalin Pit article

Catalin Pit's photo

Thank you!

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

I am glad you found this article useful Maxi Contieri. Thank you for your kind words.

Catalin Pit's photo

Great article! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Ayu Adiati's photo

Thank you for sharing!

Such a great article! โญ

I have insight now on how to make money from blogging if I ever decided to do so ๐Ÿ˜„

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Yay! Love that you learned a lot from this article. Thanks for reading. Ayu Adiati

Olanrewaju Alaba's photo

Wow, that was too nice Didi. Thanks for the blog!

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

You are welcome. I am glad you found this article useful. Olanrewaju Alaba

Dennis Chukwunta's photo

Nice article ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. I like the idea๐Ÿ’ก of making money๐Ÿ’ต from talking about my relationshipโค๏ธ with tech. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks Didi

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Thank you for your kind words Dennis Chukwunta. I am glad you found this article useful.

NELSON MICHAEL's photo

This is great! I didn't know about the affiliate links..

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Now you do. Yay! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ

Abiola's photo

Thanks for sharing this ๐Ÿค—

Raj Kiran  Chaudhary's photo

It was a great and insightful article. Thank you!

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Glad you enjoyed reading it Raj Kiran Chaudhary.

Chris Achinga's photo

Great resource at the best time

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Thank you chrisDev. I am super excited that you found this article useful.

Gabriel Loya's photo

Very resources though couldn't see you practicing what you wrote in you this your article. Was expecting to see affiliate links ooh.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Haha. I didn't add any affiliate link to this article. But I am definitely using some of the other methods I explained in this article. Gabriel Loya

Rayhan Awojobi's photo

Thanks for sharing this. Would definitely try them out.

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Yay! Go make that money. ๐Ÿš€

vaibhav kumar's photo

Sharing is Caring! Thanks for Sharing.

Eleftheria Batsou's photo

I think I ll implement some of your tips, thank you :)

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

You are welcome. Go make that money. ๐Ÿš€

Efrรฉn Vรกzquez's photo

Great article, already bookmarked for future reference. Thanks๐Ÿ‘

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it.

Dennis Chukwunta's photo

The link to Catalin Pit's guild actually returns a 404 error page. You might want to check it out.

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Edidiong Asikpo's photo

I have updated it. Thanks for spotting that Dennis Chukwunta

Dennis Chukwunta's photo

Sure ๐Ÿ‘. I have never really had the pleasure, thanks for your contribution to growth of technology solutions ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘Œ. Catalin Pit

NICOLE ADEYEMI's photo

I love the sound of this. How many articles would I have written to start applying for community funding? Edidiong Asikpo

Edidiong Asikpo's photo

There's no specific number of articles that are used as a standard. As long as you can show them about 3 well written technical articles, that should be good enough. NICOLE ADEYEMI