How to Earn Money From Your Blog in 2015

Earn money from blog
Few years back blogging was just another hobby but a lot has changed in past few years. This is 2015 and now blogging is one of the great online business that anyone can take advantage of. I started as a  blogger in 2008 and in last 7 years blogging has gifted my a new house (Worth 10 million), A car and many more things which I would not have achieved with my day to day job as a blogger.

As a blogger, gone are those days, when we were dependent only on AdSense to earn money online, and now we have many more ad networks and monetization method, which we can implement and earn huge from our blogs.

If you have been using those traditional method of making money from your blog, it’s time to give a new vision and revise your Blogging business plan. Make some new tweaks, changes for design and marketing of your blog. Work hard to promote your blog and integrate new ways to earn from your blog.

Specially, after Penguin update and Page layout algo update, my suggestion is to get rid of those Ad networks which are not performing well on your blog. For example, Infolinks is a good ad network for a Tech blog, but for a Webmaster blog like ShoutMeLoud, it does more harm as it takes away visitors for few clicks. Simply, if one affiliate network is not working for you, time to try out new network and see how it perform. In this guide, I will be sharing how you can earn money from blog using ads and few more ways which is being used by top earning bloggers.

New Ways to Earn money online from Blog:

If you are using contextual advertisement and not making enough that ways, you should try moving to direct advertisement or affiliate advertisement. Apart from traditional form of Advertising, work on other monetization trick which works. Instead of just adding ads, work on adding value for your advertiser.  It’s better to have 1 high paying ad than 4 low paying ad units.


Viglink Payment proof

I got to know about this network in starting of 2013. If you are using any type of In-text advertising, get rid of it and install Viglink. This ad network will let you monetize your outbound link.  You can learn more about Viglink here.

Sign up for Viglink

Affiliate Advertisement :

Affiliate advertisement is one of the best way to make money , since a single sale will make 10-100$ for you. I have already covered few topics on affiliate marketing like

Specially, if you are in Blogging niche I suggest you to look into WebHosting affiliates and SEO affiliates. Also, WordPress theme affiliate converts great. Here are list of WordPress affiliate products which are great for WordPress niche. If you are wondering how much money you can make from affiliate marketing, below is 5 year report of my affiliate earning for your inspiration:

Referral Income :

Most of advertisement program like Chitika, infolinks and many others have pay per referral program. Depend on advertisement program you are using, you can look for referral program and refer your readers to that program. This will quickly add some quick dollar in your pocket. Make sure refer to that programs only which work. Though this will work on niche which talks about make money online or blogging.

Direct Advertisement :

No doubt adsense is best advertisement program for bloggers but again it has some limitations like you will not get paid 100% from advertisers and adsense keep a great cut in between. If you manage to grab direct advertisements , replace adsense with direct advertisements. You can try buysellads for direct advertisements. For me it’s  most performing advertisement program. You should also have a detailed advertisement page for your blog. Here are few articles which will clear all your doubts related to direct advertisements:

Paid reviews :

Paid reviews are again a great way to boost your monthly income report. You can quickly make anything above 10$ for a small review post.  I make minimum $500 from every review at ShoutMeLoud. Though there are few things which you need to take care before reviewing a product. You can read about it here :

Create and sell eBook:

If you will notice the business model of most of top internet marketer, most of them sell eBooks. For Bloggers like you and me, it’s easier to create eBook by using your existing blog content. All you need to do is, pick a topic, compile an eBook on that topic and put it on sale on your blog or on Amazon.  Once you are use to this process, in no time you can earn decent amount of money by selling books online. More over, having your own product to sale is the best thing that you could do for your passive income.

Related reading:

Services :

Start running your own set of services. Depending on what are you good at, like you can start content writing services, start logo creation services and so on. For example see my Service page where I run lots of WordPress and blogging related services like :

  • Blogspot to WordPress migration
  • to Self hosted WordPress migration
  • Theme Customization
  • Custom WordPress Theme
  • WordPress SEO
  • Blog consultancy

I know there are lot of options, and I would recommend start implementing one by one. All the above idea works great, and you should find out what works the best for your blog niche. Here are few more articles which will help you to make money from your blog:

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 39 )

  1. Awenthomas says

    Great ideas to earn money online. All ideas are good, but blogging is the great way to earn money online. I have earned a lot of money through blogging. I’m sharing with you some websites, where you can earn money by posting your content such as,, and

  2. says

    Great post. I have always wanted to get into blogging. Unfortunately I always found it to complicated. I have been considering an alternative like squarespace. I do see its a great way to replace a job income.

  3. says

    Hi, Harsh, Thanks for this great article to make money from blog and how to monetize it. Actually I have no luck with viglink and networks similar to it. I am happy with Adsense and Amazon affiliate program works great for me.

  4. says

    Hi, HARSH AGRAWAL.I have now started blogging and I want to make money like you.Your article is very helpful for me.Thanx for share the idea of income from blog besides the adsense.I didn’t know those methods.Thanks for your landmark post.

  5. says

    Shoutmeloud is best community to learn everything before starting new blog , i am also learning from SML i start blog and using adsense to monetize , also i have tried affiliate marketing but didn’t get success .
    i need proper guidance to improve my blog to get revenue from it
    anyway thanks Harsh Sir for Giving the Best and Genuine Content to the readers …

  6. says

    Hey harsh,
    i have been reading your articles, but i found this particularly interesting.
    I am a newbie blogger, ready to try out every possible option for earning through my blog.
    It seems to me that offering services on your blog, writing ebooks and affiliate marketing is the best option.
    The only problem here is that i don’t knowhow to create an ebook. Could you help me pls?

  7. Amrish says

    In my opinion affiliate marketing works best (at least it works best for me) – it has some conveniences like, you can simply start making money by referring other people’s products. You don’t have to create a product of your own and you don’t have to wait until you create one!

    And imagine this – how cool is it to get a commission when someone buys someone else’s product? Of course I am not saying that it is easy to do this. Affiliate marketing does take work and you have to build trust in the blogosphere for people to buy your recommendations.

    Adsense is a good side source! Thanks again!

  8. Guru says


    Even i added my blog in two months back, it is not still approved, in pending state.

    Usually how long it will take to get the approval? Or Is it linked with getting the sponsor?

  9. Afrasiab Ali Khan says

    This is a great list and a brilliant way of making money online with your blog i really liked this post as it is understandable and very informative, Thanks for an awesome post and good luck for future.

  10. Mukul Bansal says

    Is helpful for a person managing a non-tech blog. Will possibly arrange a sponsor for my blog ?

  11. Anwar Hussain says

    Love to see Rs500 Indian rupees instead of Dollars……. By the way good list to start up making money…

  12. JEENAU says

    i am also working on blog .my idea was that to earn quick money from blog but i was confused that how ? after read this blog i am able to get earn money

  13. Judi says


    I was wondering about hosting affiliates and I have been an avid reader of your blog for a long time now. I have seen you advertise Hostgator a lot in your blog before and now I have seen that you have changed it to Blue Host. I was just wandering why the change.

    Did Hostgator screwed you over like what some affiliates say in their blogs and have experience? Pls. inform us your avid readers so that we may be warned and informed. Thank you.

  14. Samir says

    Harsh you are simply marvelous. However, I’ve tried a little at affiliate marketing but was unsuccessful. Had better luck with other things like and blog-advertising though.

  15. humayoun says

    hey harsh,
    i am from bangladesh and paypal not supported us .can u give me a suggestion plz…..

  16. Simran says

    Affiliate marketing is the best way to earn money easily with your blog but it needs more audience for your blog once you have it you can make a good amount of money. Paid reviews are also very useful.

  17. chandan says

    I have tried affiliate marketing but can not success, so now my only blog income source is adsense and sell advertisement.

  18. Tamahome Jenkins says

    I would add that creating a product might be something to consider if you don’t have the readership to support adsense and affiliate marketing, yet. Ebooks seem to be a popular route and can help to set you apart from some of the other blogs out there.

  19. Jens P. Berget says

    The one method that I earned most from in 2009 was paid text links via Text-Link-Ads. In 2010 I’m hoping to earn a lot more from affiliate marketing, eespecially since I’m not using Text-Link-Ads anymore :)

    I’m looking for alternative ways to monetize my blog. I’m also thinking about doing another PPC test.

    • says

      Jens I have a diff. opinion with Paid text links, since Google hate Paid text link, I never promote it infront of my readers and never use it. I have seen people losing page rank because of it. Though if you using it successfully without hurting your page rank, thats great :)

      • Jens P. Berget says

        Yes. That’s why I’m not using paid text links anymore. I was earning apx $400 from it, but then my PR dropped from 4 to 0 :)

        • Tamahome Jenkins says

          Thanks for that heads up, Jens. I was considering trying it, but that’s a pretty huge drop in PR!

          • Jens P. Berget says

            I’m not sure if it’s all because of paid text links, but that’s the only explanation I can think of.

  20. Rajesh Kanuri says

    I want to try my luck with affiliates starting this month end.. have to work on the blog theme and layout.. have u checked blogussion’s thesis theme skin.. what do u feel abt it?? should i go for that.. what do u say..??

    • says

      Hey Rajesh no doubt blogussion theme is great but if you use it, the only thing which you will lose is chance to brand yourself with a unique theme design.
      A unique theme design is something which everyone want and its great for branding. In case you looking for a custom WordPress theme or Thesis theme customization you can always get in touch with me . You can have a look at Shoutmeloud Portfolio for the same

  21. Amal Roy says

    Thanks for the tips harsh. I think affiliate marketing is really a good way to earn more eespecially when u have a blog read by a good amount of people.

    • says

      That’s right Amal.. I will rather say, for any kind of online income you need to have an audience for your blog. Bigger the audience is better your earning will be.

  22. Devang Vibhakar says

    I was looking for the Affiliate Marketing Dos and I think I found now from this post which leads to a special post related to the same topic. I am been displaying Adsense so far and now wish to explore to Affiliate Marketing as well.

    Let’s hope the year 2010 makes it a successful turn around :) Thanks Harsh..

    • says

      Devang keep a killer combination of adsense and affiliate weapon.. This will ensure you will make most out of it…
      More over small Note : Don’t try to use all 3 ad units, Instead use 1 or 2 ad units along with link units..That will perform better….

      • Devang Vibhakar @ SpeakBindas says

        Hmm.. now using 2 Ad units but no link unit. Let me give link unit a try and see what happens :)

      • NpXp says

        1 link unit is a must to make a good amount of money via adsense. I never miss out on this idea on my blog :D