3 Ways to Make Money on Your Blog

By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Randomness
August 21, 2014


Casual woman with money

I’ve been blogging at The Mommy-Files for over 6 years now and still love it as much as I did when I started.  With my blog, I’ve been able to help support my family, travel and share my thoughts and experiences with products we love and use in our family.  What started as a hobby has now become a career and a way I can help to support my family financially.  Over the years, I’ve learned how to make money on The Mommy-Files.  Here are 3 Ways to Make Money on Your Blog.


One of the easiest ways to make money on your blog is by joining communities around the blogosphere.  Check out this post where I talk about some of my favorite communities I am a part of and that I participate in publishing sponsored posts with.  Recently, I also learned about another community where I can make money by writing sponsored posts.  It wasn’t too long after signing up that I received my first gig.  I love that I know what I’m going to make on each campaign and that the customer service is super friendly and quick to reply to my questions.  It was at a recent blogging conference that I learned about Find Your Influence.  I heard great things about it from my blogging friends and decided to check it out for myself.

What is Find Your Influence?  Find Your Influence (FYI) is a web-based platform built with online influencers in mind.  Created to help efficiently manage campaigns from start to finish using one product interface.  FYI works to identify and connect within influencers, create and distribute content, manage campaigns, measure their effectiveness, and process payments.  What’s special about FYI?  FYI knows the worth of an online influence and how much power you have over your audience.  They know that these influencers take pride in their ability to create content, as well as bring value to a brand telling their story.  It was this knowledge that led them to the creation of a platform that allows brands to connect with these powerhouse influencers.  To learn more, visit Find Your Influence.


Another great way to earn money is by becoming an Ambassador for a brand.  When you are an Ambassador of a brand, you share with your family, friends and blog followers about the company and their products.  Often times, you will sign a contract that outlines your responsibility as an Ambassador, as well as the terms and conditions of your position.  Most ambassadorships are paid a stipend – whether it’s monthly or at the end of the campaign.  Ambassadorships are some of my favorite ways to earn money with my blog and share my thoughts and experiences about the brand and their products or services.


Other than sponsored posts, one of my favorite ways to make money when I first started monetizing my blog was with Twitter Parties.  You can find paid positions as a host, co-host or panelist.  It’s pretty awesome to participate in an hour long (sometimes longer) twitter party for some of your favorite brands and then make money at the same time.

Brands are finally starting to understand just how powerful an influencer’s content truly is and FYI was created to connect you with those brands. Connect your content today. Sign up here,like them here and follow them here.

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are mine.



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

38 Responses to “3 Ways to Make Money on Your Blog”

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  2. I’m pretty sure I signed up with FYI but haven’t heard much from them since I signed up. I’ve heard great things about this community though so I can’t wait until my first gig! 🙂

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I signed up with them and I haven’t gotten anything from them yet, but I am looking forward to working with them.

  4. Ambassadorships are hard to land. Getting those paid sponsored posts are easier!

  5. Pam says:

    Twitter parties are great. Not only do they earn money, but they can be a lot of fun.

  6. These are all wonderful tips! Love being invited to be a brands ambassador! Those usually pay well and are really fun!

  7. I’ve joined a few Twitter parties but I haven’t hosted any myself. I will check out FYI!

  8. deb says:

    I love working with a variety of companies. Thanks for these great tips.

  9. Debbie Denny says:

    Great advice. good ways to monetize.

  10. These are some great tips! I’m a member of Find Your Influence. I need to check it out more, though.

  11. Sounds good. I would love to do more twitter parties.

  12. All great ideas! I’m pinning so I can come back and read again.

  13. I love Twitter parties. It’s so much fun to just hang out and meet new people. You just have to get used to the fast pace.

  14. Ambassadorships can be tough to land, but they’re great when you do. I love them.

  15. Liz Mays says:

    I belong to several blogging communities, and I love them. They’re a great way to find help and support for your blog.

  16. Felicia says:

    These are great ideas. Thank you for sharing your tips!

  17. kristin says:

    I’m all signed up with them already. Great tips, blogging communities are a great way to get help and get access to working with brands. Great post!!

  18. Candy O. says:

    I also love Twitter parties! I’m super stoked to be participating as in paid host and co-host positions. Love it!!

  19. I am looking how to do this for my blog. So I appreciate this a lot. Thanks for sharing this

  20. Those are some great tips to make money on my website. I hope to take advantage of them.

  21. Great tips! All such great ideas, very helpful!

  22. mary says:

    Twitter parties are my fave. I love interacting with readers and other tweeters.

  23. Never been really good at Twitter parties. I should make more of an effort. I have never heard of FYI. Will have to look at them.

  24. Brett says:

    it took me a LONG time to realize i could make money with my blog. i support our family now too!

  25. Find Your Influence is a good one! I’m a member and have received one campaign from it.

  26. I totally agree with all that you’ve shared. As a blogger myself I know how hard it is to start making money, and it doesn’t happen over night.

  27. Tracey says:

    Awesome tips for making money on your blog! Love Twitter parties!

  28. Lisa says:

    These are all great ways to make money blogging. I do or have done them all.

  29. Catherine S says:

    They all sound like a great way for bloggers to make money. Thank you for the helpful information.

  30. Christie says:

    Great blogging tips, thanks! I’ll need to check Find Your Influence!

  31. I signed up with Find Your Influence a few months ago but they haven’t contacted me yet. Hopefully soon!

  32. Veronica says:

    I have heard that folks can make a good living with their blogs. I do mine mostly for keeping current with my audience, who are clients and that’s where I make my money. These are great ways to monetize indeed

  33. Amber C. says:

    What great tips! Everyone loves a good twitter party!

  34. These are definitely solid ideas. I think there are plenty of ideas for making money, blogging or otherwise.

  35. Thanks for sharing these tips. I have never hosted a twitter party. I think I may have to give it a try.

  36. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These are great tips. Blogging can be rewarding. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Thank you for the tips! I am still relatively new to the bloggersphere. So I am trying to absorb all of the knowledge!

  38. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings says:

    I’m looking to make a little bit more money on the blog, so this post is very timely!

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