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3 Easiest Ways To Make Money As A Christian Blogger (Even As A Complete Beginner)

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How To Make Money As A Christian Blogger

How do you monetize a Christian blog is a question that I received from one of my readers and I’m so glad.

How to make money as Christian bloggers is sometimes a question that faith bloggers are a little wary of asking.

You may wonder if wanting to make money from your blog takes away from your calling.

You might wonder if you should feel guilty about it wanting to earn an income from your blog?

My answer to both of those questions is no.

Blogging is a career or business depending on how you want to look at it, just the same as any other.

A nurse would never say “Should I be paid as a healthcare worker?”.

That’s because the answer is obvious.

So how do you do it? How can Christian bloggers make money from their blogging business?

Christian bloggers can make money in many different ways.

– They can write books

-Create digital products

-Place ads on their blogs,

– Do affiliate marketing

-Create courses

-Sell devotionals

-Create planners

-Sell physical products with print-on-demand

and so much more!

The possibilities are so endless that it can be overwhelming.

In this post, I’m going to share with you the 3 easiest ways you can make money as a beginner Christian blogger.

Oh yeah, and this post contains affiliate links to great products that will help you in your blogging journey. I will get a commission if you decide to buy from these links but I’m only recommending products that I feel confident about. 

What Is A Blog?

I could make assumptions that if you want to know how to make money with a blog that you know what a blog is but I don’t want to assume that.

So let’s define what a blog is.

Blog

Blog /bläɡ/ a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Put another way, a blog is a part of a website that is updated on a regular basis and is usually about a certain theme.

For instance, Christian Blogging Academy is a blog that creates informational and tutorial-style articles called blog posts about blogging from a Christian point of view.

How Beginner Christian Bloggers Can Make Money

1) Ads

In my blog post about how Christian bloggers can make money on day one I talked about using ads on your blog to earn money.

Why?

Because it is by far the easiest way to earn money as a beginner blogger. 

You’ve probably seen them on many of the blogs that you frequent.

Ads might be at the top of a webpage, sandwiched between paragraphs in a blog post in or in a sidebar.

You can either join something called an ad network or you can sell advertising space directly to a company that you have made an agreement with.

For beginner bloggers, the easiest option is to apply for an ad network.

An ad network is just a company who acts as a middle man between you and the companies wanting to place ads on a website.

Remember how I mentioned earlier that you could sell ad space to a company directly?

Well, if you did that, you would have to do the negotiations with the company, come up with a fair price, decide how long you want to allow that company to advertise on your blog, etc.

With an ad network, you don’t have to do all of that which is nice.

However, you don’t have as much control over the kinds of advertisements that are placed on your site so that is a con of using an ad network.

Another con of ad networks is that some of them have requirements meaning that your blog has to pass certain standards to be approved for the network.

However, there is one ad network that has relatively low requirements and that would be Adsense.

I’m not saying that every blogger would get approved for AdSense but generally, it isn’t very hard. 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering Adsense is an ad network owned by Google. 

Now here is the other caveat with Adsense.

Because the bar is set so low you typically don’t make a lot of money from Adsense.

But it’s a good way to get your feet wet and motivate you to keep going. Click the link below to sign up for Adsense

Click here to sign up to use AdSense.

Once you are approved, you have to add the Adsense ads to your blog.

 

2) Promote Products You Love With Affiliate Marketing 

The second easiest way to earn money as a Christian blogger is through affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is when you get a commission for promoting a product or service that was created by another company.

The reason why you would promote the products of another company is because they have created a product that you really believe in and you know it would help your audience, as well.

For example, I promote HostGator as a web post because it is a company I have used for over 10 years.

I’ve gotten great service from them and I know that it would also help my audience who is trying to start a blog.

So how do you find companies or products that you could promote in order to earn an affiliate commission?

There are several ways you can find affiliate products.

One way is by using affiliate networks.

An affiliate network is a company that hosts a lot of different affiliates under one umbrella so to speak.

One of my favorite affiliate networks is skimlinks.com.

With Skimlinks you apply for approval to the network.

screenshot of skimlinks affiliate network

 

 

Click here click here to sign up free for Skimlinks. 

On this particular affiliate network once you are approved on that network you get access to every single company in every product in that company those companies make.

And they have so many amazing companies and products that you can share with your readers.

It would not be difficult at all to find products that you believe in and can share with your readers. 

However on an affiliate network such as Shareasale which I also highly recommend just registering for Shareasale does not mean you get access to every company in that network.

 

screenshot of shareasale affiliate network

 

 

Click here to register for Shareasale.

Once you apply for Shareasale and get approved you then have to apply for each company in that network individually.

Then once you’re approved for that specific company in the network you can start promoting their products.

But the benefit is that all of the companies that you were approved for can be accessed from one website so you only need to login once to manage all of the affiliates that you promote.

 

How To Sign Up For The Affiliate Network Skimlinks

Follow the tutorials below to learn how to sign up for Skimlinks!

 

Signing up for Skimlinks is so easy.

Go To Skimlinks.com and click on the blue Sign-up button

Fill in the form.

Fill out this simple form as well and click the get started button.

Now check your email for a confirmation email.

Be sure to click the Verify Your Email button in your confirmation email.

Click here click here to sign up free for Skimlinks. 

 

Here Are Some Amazing Brands You Can Promote On Your Blog From Skimlinks

Business/Blogging

Staples

Freshbooks

Quickbooks

Constant Contact

 

Deals

Dollar General

Groupon

Rakuten

Sam’s

Coupons.com

 

Beauty

Sephora

Dermstore 

Ulta

Walgreens

Mac

GNC

Vitamin Shoppe

 

Books

Books-a-million

Barnes & Noble

Ebooks.com

Ingram spark

 

Home

World Market

Hobby Lobby 

Home Depot

 

Travel

TripAdvisor

Hotels.com

Expedia

VRBO

Enterprise

 

Christian Companies

Christian Aid

Christian Cafe

Christian Desktop

Christian Mingle

Christian Strong

Bible Store

American Bible Society

 

How To Sign Up For The Affiliate Network Shareasale

Follow the tutorials below to learn how to sign up for Shareasale!

screenshot Shareasale affiliate network

 

Go To Shareasale.com and click on the Affiliate Sign Up link at the top of the page.

Go through the 5 step process of filling out the application.

Part 1 is creating a username and password.

The next step is to input your website information.

Make sure to provide a description of your website and include who your target audience is and why you think your website would be a good affiliate for their network.

Now add your email. I would use an email address that was associated with your blog (contactus@youblogname.com) to get approved faster.

You create these email addresses through your web host. 

Step 4 is to add your contact information.

Be sure to double-check that you have entered it in correctly as this is the information they use to send you your affiliate payments or commissions.

The last step is to tell how you want to receive your payments.

Then just click the Complete Sign Up button and check your email for any updates they might send.

 

Click here to register for Shareasale

 

Companies You Can Promote From Shareasale

Bette’s Box of Blessing .

Refinery #1  

Christian Strong 

Faithful Christian Store 

 Apples Of Gold

Faithbox

Crossflix 

Dayspring 

Memory Cross  

Fontanini Store 

Creation.com 

Horacio Printing 

Lindsay’s Letters 

Bein Harim Tours 

Bibles.com 

Out of the Grey Coffee 

Clear Day

Elite Jewels 

Sweet and Sassy Stamps 

 Church Source

Answers In Genesis 

The Chosen– 

Heart Smith 

Cultivate What Matters

 

Click here to register for Shareasale

 

How To Make Money From Affiliate Products

Now the way that you can make money as a blogging beginner with affiliate marketing is by creating blog posts that promote or mention certain products.

For instance, in this poster, I promoted HostGator.

I casually mentioned it in this post and left an affiliate link. 

If anyone clicks on it and signs up for an account I will get a commission.

This is a very simple way of getting started with affiliate marketing.

 

3) Create Your Own Digital Products

The third easiest way to earn money as a beginning blogger is to create simple digital products.

Some simple digital products or downloads ideas that you could create would be:

Planners

Workbooks

E-books

Greeting cards

Devotionals

And more!

What Programs Can You Use To Create Digital Products

You could create them using:

Canva

PicMonkey

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop

Microsoft Word

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Excel

Google Docs

There are tons of programs that you can use to create them.

Where do you sell digital products though?

Well I’m glad you asked me!

There are many different ways that you could sell digital products.

You could sell digital products on your own website.

There are plugins like Woocommerce which is completely free to use in WordPress.

But I will warn you Woocommerce has a steep learning curve.

Trust me I know I tried to use it and it wasn’t fun just was not fun to use.

I would not recommend it did but it is a free option that you could use on your blog to create a shop to sell your digital downloads.

You can also use Shopify on your blog or website. It is not free but from what I hear it is so much easier to use than Woocommerce (notice I didn’t even link to Woocommerce lol).

Then there are places like Payhip.com which I have used to sell an e-book.

There is Sendowl which you can use to sell your digital downloads. This is a very popular option but it is not free to use however Payhip is which is why I use it.

I’m sure there are many other options but those are just a few that you can start researching if you decide to sell digital downloads.

Other Options To Sell Your Digital Downloads

Another option of course is to use a marketplace like Etsy, Creative Market and others.

I also have an Etsy store so I am familiar with this platform as well and it’s a great way to get started selling digital downloads.

But you may eventually want to start selling your downloads on your own website because you’ll have more control over the direction of your shop.

Conclusion To How To Make Money As A Christian Beginner Blogger

I want to stress to you that even though these are perhaps the 3 easiest ways to earn money as a beginner blogger (Christian or nonChristian), please understand that I’m not saying that it is easy.

These methods are easier than other methods but none of the methods are just flat out easy. But it is of course possible.

With a lot of hard work, you can start earning money as a Christian blogger so please don’t get discouraged!

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Check out these other Christian Blogging Academy posts on How To Make Money As A Christian Blogger

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Nicky Johnson

Angela Johnson is the owner and creator of Christian Blogging Academy (CBA) & Healthy As You Can (HAYC). She is also a veteran blogger and author with degrees in Business & IT. She started this blog to support other Christians who are bloggers, writers, and entrepreneurs (or those who aspire to be)!

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