When I started DailyTekk back in 2012, I had no idea how much money it would be possible to make as a professional blogger. The honest answer is a lot or a little — it all depends on how much hard work you put into it. But if you’re serious about starting a blog as a business — if you’re passionate and knowledgeable about a subject and want to tell the world about it — you can earn a very solid income as a professional blogger. This article will focus on how you can use a company called Skimlinks to turn a healthy profit in as little as a few months — even if you just started your blog today.
I decided to write this post because I wish it had existed when I started DailyTekk four years ago: insider knowledge from a person who started a real blogging business (in this case, a consumer technology-focused website: DailyTekk). I HATE it when I see websites and blog posts dedicated to “making money online” which are nothing more than shady scams or pyramid schemes that “teach” you how to make money by “teaching” other people to make money. Ridiculous! Examples of real sites that use Skimlinks include Time, Gawker, The Wirecutter, Refinery29, Apartment Therapy and The Huffington Post.
So if you’re interested in learning how a real blog makes money — and I define a real blog as a blog that isn’t focused on making money, but rather is centered around a topic the founder is in love with — then you’re going to learn a lot from this article.
Now in this article I’m going to be focusing primarily on one form of revenue: affiliate links. While there are several other good ways to monetize a blog (which I’ll mention briefly in just a moment), affiliate links don’t require that you have a certain amount of traffic to get started (like many ad networks that require at least 100,000 monthly views). Affiliate links are the simplest and quickest way, in my opinion, to start making meaningful money from a blog.
In particular, there’s one company that I recommend working with to streamline your affiliate sales: Skimlinks. I’ve worked with Skimlinks for quite awhile now and I’m very happy with the company. Rather than needing to signup for a dozen (or even hundreds) of affiliate accounts all across the web, ...