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. 


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Hi! I’m Kit Graham and I write and I 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 – let me break it down for you.

Online Advertisements. If a blog receives a good amount of traffic, ads are a wonderful way to make passive income. I insert a bit of code into my site and the ads populate all on their own. There are lots of different ad networks out there. I have been with Mediavine for about a year and I love them!

Affiliate Programs. Amazon Associates, Reward Style, Rakuten Marketing, ShareASale, and CJ Affiliate are some of the many affiliate programs that let bloggers make money from recommending products on their sites. The affiliate programs generate custom links that track traffic from blogs to online retailers, and when blog readers follow the links and make purchases the blogger receives a commission! This works really well for fashion bloggers.

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Sponsored Posts. This is often the biggest source of income for 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 take the leap to doing it full-time.  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!