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. 🤑
In this article, I will share 5 different ways developers can make money through blogging.
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.
Hashnode Sponsors is a new way to monetize 💸 your developer blogs.
It is an inbuilt 1:1 micropayment service that lets readers sponsor their favorite bloggers. When someone sponsors your work via Hashnode Sponsors, you will receive the money instantly to your bank account. Amazing right?
Another interesting thing about Hashnode Sponsors is that Hashnode doesn't take any commission from the money your readers send to you. It's basically all yours to take.
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 👇
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.
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: 👇
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.
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.
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. 👇
- Write insightful articles: This is crucial because people need to find your articles useful enough to support you. 😉
- 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.
- Create a Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee account: These platforms provide a fast and beautiful way to accept financial support from your audience.
- 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.
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! 🤑