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Getting started with affiliate marketing - Make a Living from Home in 2017I am happy you “landed” here to read my blog today – Make a Living from Home in 2017.

I bet you are happy as well because today can be the day you will change your life and career totally and for the very positive!

We are all new in the beginning, so let me offer you some advice and show you how to make money by blogging for beginners.

This blog post/article will introduce different ways to make money blogging and give you some pointers on how to monetize your new blog.

But first….since you now are here reading this article I have some guesses to why that is:

  1. You are tired of your current job and the dreadful 9 to 5 “hamster wheel”.
  2. You are dreaming of a more flexible lifestyle, more free time to travel and do things you love, but still make a good income.
  3. You may be unemployed and are looking for a job.
  4. You are a stay at home parent that loves the fact that you are spending more time with your family, but wants to bring in $$.
  5. You are an entrepreneur and want to start your own business, but does not know with what exactly.
  6. You want to make MORE money than you are doing from your existing job and instead of being locked up at the “modern prison” – the office – you want to make a living from the comfort of your home, from your sofa, or wherever you feel comfortable.

I Hope to Be Able to Help Change Your Career to the Better and Help You Live the Life You Dream Of – and While Working Towards That Goal – Do So From Home Together With Your Family and Loved Ones.

How Much Can I Earn Blogging?

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017The amount of time and resources you commit to your blog will determine how much money you will make.

Once you commit 100 percent to your blog and add hard work and dedication to the equation, you can most likely earn an income of $5000 to $10,000 per/month.

Even much more than that is possible. It all depends on you and about making some smart choices throughout this journey.

For example; instead of watching TV for 3 hours every evening, you take this time to work on your blog. If you do this and have some patience, you will get to choose how much you will make.

You are your own boss and set your own salary!

Ways to Make Money by Blogging

#1. Advertising Income – Google Adsense

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017This is where many bloggers start. In many ways this model of making money is similar to how a magazines or newspapers sell ads.

To get large, well known companies to advertise on your blog demands high monthly traffic. However, Google AdSense acts as a middleman and enables smaller publishers to run ads on their blogs.

Although you may be a newbie to the blog world, you probably know that Google is the huge internet beast that spans the globe. Google Adsense is a branch of Google and has connections with millions of advertisers.

This is An Example of An Adsense Ad

Google Adsense is simple to set up and 100% for free.

With Google Adsense, you get access to all Google’s advertisers, enabling you to place ads from all of them on your blog. You simply choose the type of advertisement you do not want to display on your site and then Google Adsense does the job displaying different ads from your selection.

When your website visitors click on the ads you will make commissions.

Also, as your traffic and brand grows you will find advertisers that are willing to pay higher amounts to get exposure to your audience.

How Does Google Adsense Pay You?

Google Adsense offers three ways to collect your earnings:

  1. You can choose to get a check mailed to your address.
  2. They can do a direct deposit to your bank account.
  3. They can pay you through your PayPal account.

Direct deposit or PayPal are the easiest and quickest way to get your money. The commission deposit comes in at the end of each month.

How Much Do I Make with Google Adsense?

Your blog topic will play a major part in the return you receive per click. Google Adsense has paid out rates of $0.05 to $20 per click and beyond.

For beginners (new) bloggers starting out, the pay per click rate is $0.20 to $0.50. Like mentioned earlier, to fill your blog with great, valuable, and interesting content will definitely put the odds more in your favor.

#2. Affiliate Marketing – Start Your Own Online Business

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017

Do not get intimidated by the title. To start your own online business you only need a website, exactly like when starting your own blog.

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Affiliate marketing is a proven way to earn an income online and the earning potential is unlimited! I know this, since that is what I do here on my blog/website together with advertising from Google Adsense.

It is very simple to become an affiliate and with a website, anyone can do it. You need to start by deciding what niche you want to blog about and market – to simplify this further – what service, or product to affiliate with.

A recent study from one of the most successful bloggers, ProBlogger, showed that affiliate promotions were the most common type of income that their readers had.

What Is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is Basically About Selling, or Promoting Other People’s Products and Services and Get Paid a Commission for Doing So

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Let me use these 3 steps to explain it better:

  1. You recommend a product or service to people on your website.
  2. Some of those people will purchase the product or service based on your recommendation.
  3. You get paid a commission for the purchases made from your website.

Note, that you do not need to have a web shop to do this. You do not make the sell directly from your website. You will get an affiliate link with your personal ID that you link to the respective product’s website.

Even if the customer does not buy the product instantly, a website cookie will be lingering and still give you the commission next time the product gets purchased.

How to Gain Financial Independence - Make a Living from Home in 2017The amount of time the website cookie is lingering is depending on the affiliate program. For example, the Amazon Associate Program only has a 24 hour cookie, but there are other smaller affiliate programs that give you days.

This is something worth to consider when choosing what product/service to affiliate with.

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My #1 advice to you.

A general rule when earning an income online is to engage with the audience. If you do this properly, you will find that they follow the recommendations you make on products and services.

Affiliate Marketing Pros

You do not need to have a product of your own! You do not need to spend thousands of dollars in researching, testing and assembling your own product.

Your only expense is to set up a website.

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If you are a step ahead and already have a website/blog, your investment will purely be the time spent on creating the content.

If you have a limited budget, this probably sounds like a good option and you are completely right! There are hardly any investments to make and there is no ceiling on how much you can make.

I am saying hardly any investments to make because you may want to use some kind of marketing tool to gain visibility online and to attract visitors when you start up.

Social media is a great marketing tool and you can share your posts and link back to your website/blog. Do not share the whole post on your social media accounts – share a part of it (a teaser) and then link to your site to read more. In this way you are driving traffic to your site.

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017It can be good to use social media advertising, like Facebook and Twitter ads to boost traffic. Google also offers pay-per-click ads with Google Adwords. It is totally up to you how much you want to invest to get your website/blog going.

Another pros about affiliate marketing is that you get to choose the products or services you want to offer on your website. You will never be forced to sell a product that you cannot stand for and do not believe in.

Cons with Affiliate Marketing

The hard reality is that if you do not have traffic to your website/blog you will not sell much. You will need to research your products and become an expert, so you can offer your readers value.

Always have the main goal to solve a problem and offer a solution to your customers. If you do so by writing well comprehensive product reviews, or price comparisons, you will get far ahead and increase your traffic.

Like mentioned already, social media is a great tool to spread your word.

In conclusion, there are no more cons with affiliate marketing than getting website traffic. This will be your biggest challenge, but why not take it on when you have so much to WIN…

How Much Money Can You Make with
Affiliate Marketing?

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017I found this quote from another blog – buildyourownblog.net – by affiliate marketing expert, Alan Roy Hocking:

“The answer to the question; “How much can I earn affiliate marketing” is that there really is no limit to the amount of money you can earn.

In the last ten years more people have become millionaires through affiliate marketing than in any other industry and every day ordinary people just like you and me are learning how to tap into this incredible unlimited income source.

How hard you are willing to work and the niche you choose will determine how quickly you’ll succeed and how much you will earn but remember this….. One day, it could be you.”

In other words, your income potential depends on you. You decide how much money you want to make! It is totally up to you – your dedication and efforts will decide.

If you are motivated enough, there is nothing stopping you, and you can easily make 6-7 figures a month after getting good traffic to your site.

It Can Look Like This When You Affiliate with Amazon – An Example of Native Ads You Implement on Your Site


When someone clicks in to Amazon from this little Amazon shop and makes a purchase, I will get a commission. It does not matter if the customer ends up purchasing a TV or a phone case instead of these watches, I will still get paid for the sell.

Amazon also has a website cookie that lingers for 24 hours, so if the customer did not make a purchase on the first visit, you can earn a commission on the second or third attempt.

#3. Offer Coaching and Other Freelance Services

A common way that many bloggers make money is through offering services to their readers.

It can be services such as; coaching and consulting, content writing and copywriting, web design/design of blogs, other type of training and freelance services.

#4. Membership Programs

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017Many bloggers are making a recurring income by creating a membership area or a community where the readers pay a monthly or yearly fee to register in order to access premium content.

It can also be access to a community area where they can get special services, tools and coaching to learn how to become successful bloggers.

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#5. Promoting another Business

If you own a business or someone wants you to market their business, you can use your blog to market and direct readers to the respective business, and indirectly make money.

If you own the business yourself you will make an indirect income by getting more sales, and if you are marketing someone else’s business you need to negotiate a commission when they get referrals from your site.

#6. Run or Market Events

Make a living from home in 2017 - be your own boss. You are never alone building your business.This is not the most common way to make money from blogging, but to run events has gotten more common among bloggers lately.

The events range from big conferences to smaller meet-ups with readers of your blog. The way to make money with events is to either charge an attendance fee, or by finding a sponsor for the event.

The more popular events are online events where you do not need to travel anywhere to attend.

#7. Make Your Own Products to Sell

You can create your own courses or write an eBook to sell on your blog and other selling platforms like for example Amazon.

These may take some work to create but can be very lucrative. An eBook does not have to be longer than 30 pages, so do not confuse this virtual type of book with a regular book.

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Furthermore, some bloggers also sell physical products, for example T-shirts, caps, or other products they have been involved with producing.

A Swedish famous blogger, Carolina Gynning, created her own perfume and started selling her paintings and made lots of money from it. Although, this will be easier when you have a name in the “blog world” though.

#8. Other Income Streams like Selling Your Blog

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017

If you have created a website/blog with a good following and with some great content, you can actually make a whole lot by selling your blog.

Some people may want to take advantage of the following and niche you already have created when getting into the business.

Some bloggers also make money syndicating content to other sites, or ask for donations. I do not know how good it works asking for donations – my instinct feeling is that you have to have a reason like some type of charity to ask for donations.

Multiple Income Streams – the Way to Go!

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017

Most full-time bloggers make money more than one way through multiple income streams.

Diversifying your income helps you spread the risk from having all your eggs in one basket and it also speeds up the journey to going full-time.

I would recommend using a bit of all these ways to make money blogging. Although, not all of them from start. Start somewhere and take it little by little to not get totally overwhelmed. Like mentioned earlier, I highly recommend taking the training by Wealthy Affiliate and even learn how to build your blog step-by-step.

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I will be there to coach you each step you take (if you want me to). There is also the amazing community of Wealthy Affiliate available to help and support you. Also no one less than the founders and owners themselves, Kyle and Carson.

You can ask them for support personally and they will be there to guide and support you.

How awesome is that!

Very rarely you get to communicate with the actual founders of any program, but Kyle and Carson are making sure to be involved in building your own success story.

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Conclusion How to Make Money by Blogging for Beginners

How to Make Money Blogging for Beginners - Make a Living from Home in 2017 Well, I hope this post or article has helped clearing out some questions about blogging and how to make money with a blog. As you can see there is a lot of earning potential if you set your mind into it.

A huge benefit is if you love to write and are curious to learn new things that can contribute to good content for the readers. If not, blogging will be though.

It takes time researching interesting and valuable knowledge to share with the readers and keep them interested, but it is well worth the time and effort. It is a sense of gratification in offering valuable content and advice to people.

If I can help someone finding their career path in life and to achieve a better lifestyle, I am very grateful.

It is all about a pay-it-forward mentality.

I am certain good will come back to you when helping others. If you can make money in the process as well, even better!

Before you go, if you do not think blogging is for you after all, I have listed other types of legit jobs you can do from home in this article:

Legit Online Jobs for Stay at Home Moms and Dads 2017

These jobs can of course be applicable to anybody. In this particular issue I am focusing on helping stay at home moms and dads.

Here is another article that offers similar jobs:

Top Work from Home Jobs in 2017

I Dare to Ask for Help – Questions and Comments Wanted!

Please, if you have any questions or comments about this article/blog post –  speak your mind!

Please leave me a comment in the comment section below.

I hope I helped you by answering some possible questions today, and I would love if you would help me in return. If you leave me a little something (a comment) it will help my website get higher rankings on search engines and in turn I will get more readers.


I wish you all a successful 2017!


Stina Pettersson
Founder – Make a Living from Home in 2017
Email: stina@makealivingfromhome2017.com

Stina Pettersson - Founder and author to all content on Make a Living from Home in 2017

About the Author

My name is Stina Pettersson. I am the founder of Make a Living from Home in 2017 and the author of the articles on this site. I am originally from Sweden and am currently a business owner to 3 online businesses.
I help people to start their own online business and make a living from home. I am especially found of helping the stay at home parent, or single parents to increase their income.
I hope I will get the honor to help YOU achieving your online success.

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  • Show Comments (10)

  • Mattias

    Great article. I wish i had something to blog about…hehe.

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Mattias!
      Thank you for your kind feedback! I’m sure you have a passion for something or am I wrong?;-) Maybe you are using a product you think is really good and you locate an affiliate program that offers that product, then you blog about it, and get paid a commission for it. Not that bad right?! Just help other customers with writing about the pros and cons about the product and how it can solve a problem. If you want to know more about affiliate marketing, let me know:-)

      Have a wonderful weekend! I hope it’s not too cold back home in Sweden.

  • Ralph

    I always knew there were many ways to make money online, but it hard to really visualize it until someone shows you. I was not much of a writer back in college, so I’m a little hesitant to get into blogging. What advice could you give to someone that struggles with writing? This looks like something I would want to get into, but just not sure how I would do since I’m not that great when it comes to writing. Thanks!

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Ralph!

      Thanks for a good question. I’m glad you asked!
      First of all, you don’t have to think that what you decide to blog about has to be perfect in any way. As long as the readers will see you’re passionate about what you’re writing about, they will oversee not perfect grammar etc. It wouldn’t matter as long as you provide them with good information.

      Second, if your struggles come from not liking to write yourself, but you still believe in the business model, you can outsource the writing part. There are tons of freelance writers looking for writing gigs. However, this will cost you a bit. You can find writers on sites like: Upwork.com, Freelancer.com and Media Bistro. Maybe even fiverr.com that offers some gigs for only $5.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions and I will be happy to assist.

      Best of luck to you!

  • Anh Nguyen

    Hey Stina,

    First of all… I just want to say that I love your site’s design. And thanks for this detailed post on how to make money with blogging, as a blogger myself, I found it especially helpful that you go over the details of the ways we can do it from AdSense to Affiliate Marketing. Though I have to say that I am not entirely fond of AdSense since it takes insane traffic to actually profit!

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂


    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Anh,

      Thanks so much for your kind feedback! It makes me glad to hear you like my site design. I work hard on trying to give my visitors a nice experience.

      Yes I agree with you, Adsense demands high traffic to be rewarding. It’s easier to get profits from affiliate marketing. That’s my main focus on my site.

      I wish you future success with your blog Anh!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Best wishes,


  • greg smyth

    Hi Stina,
    Having a blog/website is definitely the way of the future. More and more jobs will disappear through technology and robots, so starting your own business with a blog is good.
    There are thousands of niches, but affiliate marketing is one anybody can use to make money.
    I like your reasons for starting a blog, and agree with you.

    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Greg,

      thanks for your feedback and yes, you are so right, soon it will be no man labor left.. A bit scary to be honest! I wonder how this world will be if it is mostly maintained by robots and other technology.

      In that sense it is a must to be open to other opportunities and especially online.

      I think a lot of people do not give affiliate marketing a chance because they see it as becoming “just a blogger, and only a few bloggers make good money”. I think a mindset of creating your online business rings better in the ears of many and that is exactly what it is!

      We just have to write (blog) to share information about the product or service we are affiliating with to help people solve their problems and get them to buy the product. A better title would be: online marketer, or online seller even, with the benefit of not having to create a product of your own or pay for storage, shipping etc.

      Thanks again for your comment Greg and all the best to you!


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    • Stina Pettersson

      Hi Shizuko,
      Thanks for your tip! If it is legit, maybe my readers will try it?
      I am very careful to not put any of my readers in front of businesses that are not legit, since it is a lot of scams out there.
      Can you confirm this is a legit business model?


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