Hi! I’m Kit Graham, full-time blogger and author of  I also run the Windy City Blogger Collective, a professional organization for bloggers.

When I meet someone new and I tell them that I am a full-time blogger, the first question they ask how I make money. (And some people are far more polite at expressing their curiosity than others). The answer is that there are lots of different ways that I make money and many different paths to becoming a full-time blogger. Let me break it down for you.

Online Advertisements 

As a full-time blogger, I can tell you that ads are a wonderful way to make passive income. All you have to do (after you’ve built up a blog which generates size-able enough traffic) is insert a bit of code into my site and the ads populate all on their own! There are plenty of different ad networks out there. I’ve been with Mediavine for about a year and I love them!

Affiliate Programs for the Full-time Blogger

Every full-time blogger can rattle these off: Amazon Associates, rewardStyle, Rakuten Marketing, ShareASale, and CJ Affiliate are a handful of the many affiliate programs which let bloggers make money from product recommendations.

The affiliate programs generate custom links that track traffic from blogs to online retailers. When blog readers follow the links and make purchases, the blogger receives a commission! This works really well for fashion bloggers who post outfits on Instagram, for instance. It’s certainly an important step in reaching that status of full-time blogger.

Sponsored Posts

This is often the biggest source of income for full-time bloggers. Bloggers are paid for covering a product or experience on their website or social media account. Usually the amount the blogger is paid is based on the amount of traffic their website attracts.

Before you head over to WordPress to start your own site,  I should let you know that blogging isn’t as easy at it looks. Most bloggers spend years working on their sites and building up a following before they emerging as full-time blogger.

Once you begin to gain traffic and drive visitors to your site, you’ll find a world of partnership opportunities open up to you.  And when you get to that point, it’s truly the best job you could ask for!

We know! It’s time you got paid as an influencer. Dig into these blog posts more for tips and ideas on how to get there. Check ‘em out!

Kit Graham is a co-founder of the Windy City Blogger Collective, and the voice behind popular food blog, The Kittchen, whose byline has graced the likes of Better Homes and Gardens, The Everygirl, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post.