How To Make Money From Your Blog By Selling Advertisements

When it comes to making money online blogging is a great way in which you can do so.

If you’re a blog owner then you can earn tons of money online, but of course this depends on the approach that you take in to it. Many bloggers make a living online and they do so by building a blog which people flock to. In turn they can now sell advertising space and make tons of money.

Apart from affiliate marketing, selling your own products or pay per clicks, selling advertisments on your blog can help you to earn money from your blog.

Last week I made $90 by selling ads on this blog. Imagine if I made that amount of money selling ads on my blog every week. That means for each month I would be pulling in at least $360.

In this blog post I will give you some tips on how you can sell advertisements on your blog so that you can make some money.

3 Steps To Sell Ads On Your Blog

You Need TrafficWhen it comes selling ads on your blog then you need to have traffic. Lots of traffic!

Website owners, bloggers and online business purchase ads in order to grow their website traffic or to attract customers to their online businesses. In order to make money selling ads on your blog then you need to build up your blog traffic so that these advertisers have another reason for choosing your blog to advertise on.

If your blog traffic is low then you will find it hard selling ads on your blog no matter how cheap you make it. So your first step in selling ads on your blog is to build up your blog traffic.

Set Up Advertise Here Page Your Advertise Here page plays a very big role in selling advertisements on your blog as well. If you are selling ads on your blog, don’t have an advertise here page and doesn’t have any success in selling ads, then you need to set up your page right away.

On your advertise here page, you need to give a few details about your blog such as monthly traffic, your Alexa rank, current advertisement space that are available, price for the ads and also some purchasing guidelines.

Doing this will give you more chances of selling out the ad spaces on your blog.

Advertisement Price, Size And Location Location, location location… Another important factor to consider when selling ads if you want to do so effectively.

Most of the times blog owners don’t make money selling ads from their blog because of the location where they want to sell it. You have to be thoughtful in where advertisers would like to see their banner on your blog. Visit your competitors blog and look to see where they have placed their ads for sale.

Pricing of your advertisements for sale is one of the things you need to look into if you want to make money selling ads on your blog. If your ads are too costs too much then chances are that you won’t sell a single spot on your blog. You should set prices according to your blog’s traffic as well. The more traffic you have then the higher your price may be.

The size of the banner is important as well if you are selling banner advertisements. You need to use the most popular sizes to sell ads on your blog.
Size such as: 125×125, 468×60, 300×250 or 728×90.

Using those sizes will help you to sell more ads on your blog.

How To Sell Advertising Space On Your Blog

OIO Publisher WordPress Plugin
I use a great WordPress plugin called OIO Publisher to sell ads on this blog. It is so easy and fun to use for selling ads on my blog. With this plugin I get to control all my ads and also I get to keep 100% of the money that I made selling ads on this blog.

With this plugin your payment is automated when selling ads. You can to customize your ad space just the way you want it and you can place it just about anywhere you like.

OIO Publisher

OIO Publisher WordPress Plugin

OIO Publisher allows you to:

  • create custom banners (any size you want)
  • set your prices (per day, per click or per impression)
  • set how many ads will be advertised in that zone (multiple rotating ads)
  • set no-follow or do-follow to ads (you can also charge extra for do-follow link as well)
  • sell text link ads (inline texts in posts or in sidebar)
And a whole bunch more of stuff. When you use OIO Publisher your blog is also placed in a market place where others get to see your blog and this is also another way to increase your chances of selling ads on your blog.
You can choose your payment options such as PayPal, 2Checkout, AlertPay, Google Checkout,, EntreCard, or Offline payments.
OIO Publisher can also be used to sell products, use as an affiliate tool and much more.
If you decide to get the OIO Publisher plugin which is sold at $47, here is a $10 coupon code: GREEN-WMS When you use that code you will get the plugin for $37


Cranky Ads WordPress Plugin

Cranky Ads is also another WordPress plugin which is designed to help you sell ads on your blog.

CrankyAds gives you the power to –

  • Rotate banners on your blog
  • Create unlimited zones and ad campaigns, meaning you can place multiple banners of any size anywhere in your blog layout
  • Set price and duration for campaigns
  • Allow sponsors to purchase ad campaigns directly from your site, without wasting time through negotiations or manual uploading of banners
  • Easily review, approve and cancel campaigns through an online management system here at

Here are 3 unique features of CrankyAds:

  1. The plugin automatically creates an “advertise page” and places it in your navigation bar if your blog theme allows it. This page lists all the prices and statistics that potential advertisers need to know and makes it possible for them to directly purchase campaigns without ever needing to contact you. They just pick the campaign they want and make a purchase.
  2. You have complete control over whether to approve campaigns or nor in your personal admin panel here at All you need to do is check that the money came through into your Paypal account from the advertiser and that the advertiser banners are a good fit for your site, then click the approve button and the campaign is active.
  3. Campaign management focuses less on features and more on usability. All you really need in an advertising management system is an easy way to place banners on your site, take payments from sponsors and collect basic statistics on advertising performance. Why make things complicated by including too many options that you don’t need or use? CrankyAds focuses on the basics.

This is a site which website owners and bloggers use to sell ads on their blog. Used by millions of people to sell ads on their blog and also free to use.

You sign up and create your ad zones and set your price. Place the code on your blog and you are ready to sell that ad space.

More Tips To Sell Ads Faster

Many people fail to sell ads on their blog from their blog. Here are a few tips that you can use to sell all the ad spaces from your blog.

Write Original Quality Content If you want to be one the top bloggers on the internet then you need to write original and top quality content for your blog. No one would want to advertise on a blog that has duplicate or stolen content. Also aim to write high quality content, this will help to make your blog more successful.

Publish Regularly Remember publishing regular will help to inform advertisers that you are an active blogger. Doing this will make them want to advertise on your blog without even hesitating to purchase.

Increase Your Blog Traffic As I mentioned above, traffic is really important when it comes to selling ads on your blog. People advertise so that they can gain traffic to their website, blog or online businesses. If your blog doesn’t have much traffic then it will hardly have any success in selling ads.

Advertisement Location Place advertisements for sale in location where people want to get their banners shown. Header, sidebar and near the content area are great places to advertise.

Let Advertisers Choose Location Most times I make money selling ads on my blog because the advertiser want their ad to be shown in specific place on my blog. Let them choose where they want to advertise and then work out a price, if this is comfortable to you.

Don’t Over-Crowd If you place too much advertise here banners all over your blog then chances are that you will fail to sell even one of that ad space. Having too much ads on your blog can make your blog look like a messy billboard.

Also having a few ads on your blog will make the advertisers rush to buy that ad space, because they want to get it before someone else. After that ad space is sold then you may add a few more if you wish.

Your Advertise Here Page Helps On this page you can give reasons and benefits why advertisers must advertise on your blog. State your traffic stats, Alexa rank, price, size and location. Also leave a contact forum on that page so that advertisers can contact you if they want to purchase from another location on your blog.

In Conclusion

Many people sell ads on their blog and this helps to pay the monthly bills. Others do it and make a living. Selling ads from your website or blog can get you lots of money online.

I sell ads on my blog to help pay for tools online which help to make this blog better each day and also to put a little money in my pocket.

Are you selling ads on your blog? If yes, how has it been so far?

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  1. This is basically encouraging post as new idea of business is written in this post.I have a question on which mode of payment you sell advertisement as some countries do not have the facility of paypal.

    • Well most of my advertisers have PayPal, so that is my main way of accepting payments.

      If the advertiser doesn’t have access to PayPal then other offline payments can be implemented such as Western Union.

      Thanks for your comment.

      • Do you think that advertisers would be willing to go to all the trouble of using Western Union? Seems like a lot of work to get a little advertising.


        • Well if you are collecting lots of money and the advertiser is able to pay via Western Union then it can work.

          For example a person wants to advertise on your site and knows that your site has tons of traffic. The person can do a 6 month payment plan and the ads will be active for 6 months. Then you can collect through Western Union.

          But if it is a small amount then I don’t see the sense.

          Thanks for the comment.

  2. Hey Kharim,
    it is very good to see you again with a very good post.

    OIO Publisher wordpress plugin is too good and its features are awesome. Prices are too good.Your tips to selling ads are outstanding and will great work for me.Thanks for the valuable info.


    • You are welcome Bhushan.

      I paid $37 for OIO Publisher and so far it has helped me to make way more than that $37. It has tons of features and can also be used as an affiliate for your readers and coupon codes as well.

      Thanks for the comment pal.

  3. Amrik Virdi says:

    Sеllіng аdvеrtіѕіng ѕрасе уоurѕеlf іѕ dеfіnіtеlу mоrе tіmе соnѕumіng. OIO Publisher WordPress plugin is a good choice especially if you do blogging for money.
    I really enjoyed reading your post.
    Good luck.

    Best regards,
    Amrik Virdi

    • Thanks very much Amrik. OIO Publisher has helped me out in great ways to make money from this blog and I love using the plugin.

      Each time they release an update it has more great features.

      Thanks for the comment.

  4. To be honest, I have not set my blog up for advertising but in the near future this is something I will need to do. I like the idea of allowing advertisers to choose the ads themselves. OIO ad manager seems promising, I can see myself using a tool like that, thanks for mentioning.

    • Hey Shalu,

      OIO is one of my favorite WordPress plugins right now. It has helped me to sell my ads automated. Also allowing advertiser to choose their own location can be great and also mean more money.

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  5. Thanks for the article, Kharim – it was a good read, and thumbs up to you for making money on selling ads 🙂

    I just wanted to point out that as I scrolled further down on your page, this lower-right-corner popup “Recommended article” appears, and it recommends that I read… *drum roll* the article “How to make money from your blog selling advertisements” 🙂 Maybe a bug in the plugin or something, that it would display the same thing that I’m currently on? Just thought you should know.

  6. Right now I just really want to focus on trying to gain traffic for my blog. But one day I really do hope I can make money out of advertising. And I’m sure these tips can help.

    • Yeah that’s right. Try to get as much traffic as possible, so when you decide to sell ads then it will be much more easier for you.

      Thanks for the comment and best of luck to you.

  7. san francisco seo says:

    Sеllіng аdvеrtіѕіng ѕрасе уоurѕеlf іѕ dеfіnіtеlу mоrе tіmе соnѕumіng. OIO Designer WordPress device is the best choice especially if you do operating a weblog for money. I really knowledgeable learning your post.

  8. Hey Kharim,

    This post is nice because it shows that you can indeed make money from your blog, just by offering advertising space. You have the traffic so it’s not surprising but hopefully other will realise that they can achieve the same thing as well.

    Selling independantly or via BuySellAds I would suggest. Pretty much anything to automate the whole process is a winner.

    • Well with selling ads one thing that does it great is to have tons of daily traffic for your blog. Once you have traffic then you are good to go.

      Thanks for the comment bro.

  9. Alina Sofia says:

    As far as business is concerned advertising techniques are very important in making your business rewarding.

  10. san francisco seo says:

    Right now I just really want to pay attention to trying to acquire guests for my web page. But one day I really do wish I can generate a living out of marketing. And I’m sure these recommendations can help.

    • And in order for that to happen then you need to build up traffic and guest post so that new visitors will come to your blog.

      After that you can announce that you are accepting guest bloggers.

      Thanks for your comment.

  11. You are perfectly right.
    This is a great post. Thanks for the info

  12. Thanks for the great tips. I have been working up to the point where ic an sell ad space on my site. Just a few more kinks to work out and I will be ready to try all this out.

  13. Rajkumar Jonnala says:

    Hey kharim Nice post, as far is i know selling ads space income would be more than adsense income. But its a difficult task to me. recently i have sign up for buy sell ads … and used on my blog for a month but its doesn’t generated any income i.e my ads are not getting sell. hope i will try your tips to get rid of this.

    • You are so right about that pal.

      When I had Adsense on this blog, I had to wait on my visitors to make clicks on my Adsense units. Then I had to wait until that add up to $100 before I get paid the following month.

      With selling my own ads, I can sell one ad space on my blog and get paid $100 immediately.

      One thing you need to do pal is increase your traffic. I tried to sell ads on this blog in the early stages as well but was unsuccessfull in doing it.

      Once I increased my traffic then it got easier.

      Thanks for your comment.

  14. I am actually a fresher and this was awesome guidance. i was just thinking to start the selling advertisement and you helped me with this. appreciate your patience!!

  15. thanks for the many tips about making money from blogs.
    ill surely check out the plugin you mentioned it may help alot.


  16. I have not set my blog up for advertising but in the near future this is something I will need to do.

  17. Pauline R says:

    I had never heard about this plugin before. I was looking for something similar for my blog that could help me organize my ads properly. I may try this out.

  18. great tips for earning via your own blog, thank you for share this, God bless you

  19. Great post pal 🙂 Really you’ve compiled so much information at one place, I’ve bookmarked this (I loved it actually).
    BTW, little correction on title, How to make money from your blog by selling ads… (‘by ‘ is missing)

    One question, how much daily traffic do you think gives a decent money from ads?

  20. Brian Harry says:

    I wanted to sell ads like you do but first I need more traffic about thousands of them to get more advertisers. I have tried e-business and business to business techniques that doesn’t work consistently only to know I did it the wrong way. Need your advice on that too seems you know so well.

    • Hey Brian… You are right pal. It is always best to improve your blog traffic… This will make it even easier for you to sell your ad space.

      Thanks for the comment.

  21. Anthony Swenski says:

    Thanks webmaster-success for this great post, for a website like this, how much does it make from google adsense only excluding all the other ads, and what’s the max amount i should charge for a private partner wanting to advertise on my blog?

  22. Mike Howg says:

    These are great tips for everyone with a blog. Monetizing your blog is an excellent way of making some extra income or even earning a full-time living from home. I personally prefer Google AdSense over trying to sell space on my blog directly but both or decent strategies for making money.

    • I got banned from Google Adsense for what I don’t know, so I decided to sell advertisement. So that makes me get $100 in one month instead of waiting on Google Adsense to pay me when I get clicks.

      Plus most of my Adsense units hardly got clicked.

      Thanks for your comment.

  23. Cazare pensiuni says:

    Congrats for your 90$ 😉 you should do this more often 😛

  24. Hi kharim,

    Advertising is a good way to make money from blog.One can make a good amount from it.But there has to be some limit while placing ads and selling them through blog.And most importantly one has to keep in mind the ads being placed should have relevancy and placed on proper niche.

    • You are right. I have made a great amount of money on this blog selling ads.

      Well ads doesn’t really have to be niche related. Once the site being advertised on my blog is not adult content, scam or hacking, gambling or promotion violence or hatred then it can be advertised on my blog.

      Thanks for your comment Aditya.

      • You may be right Kharim as different people have different perceptions.But i will only place ads which are related to my niche and its worth it.For Example,There is no use of placing ads of technology on motivational blogs.Because they are here for motivation not technology.

        I may be wrong but its the way i think will work.

        • You are right about that. Placing ads on none related niches aren’t very effective for the advertiser.

          But then again, you may never know who is interested in your content. So if a site has a bit of similarities then I guess you can place the ad there if the advertiser insist on having his ad displayed on your blog.

          Thanks for your input Aditya.

  25. Shumaila Kamal says:

    So nice informative post it is. I got so much information from this post. Good luck the admin! It is one of the great posts. i was in search of such kind of information since long. i am happy to find mine required information here.Please continue your struggle in this regard. Tnks the admin!

  26. Hello Kharim
    I agree with you but for advertising a lot of traffic should be on your site and all traffic should be organic.

  27. Do you know what is the formula of making $$$ from a blog? Write content(C) + Build Traffic (T) + Proper placement of Ads (A) = Money!!

  28. This is really an awesome idea, nowadays popular blogs earn mainly from advertisements only , this is a great revenue for online business, thanks for sharing this useful information with us

  29. thanks for the tips
    ads represent a little part of my revenue
    i should focus on them more

    • Hey… I think you should do more to monetize your blog by selling ads. This is a great way to get lots of money fast and this really works.

      Try out the plugin and see how it works.

  30. Gary Tyrrell says:

    Selling advertising can be your first step into monetizing your website. It will require a lot of work and some strategy but once you have it going, you can literally sit back and enjoy incoming revenues.

    • You are right about that pal. It does take lots of work and effort to sell your first ad. But once you get the picture then it will be more easier to sell ads.

      Thanks for your comment.

  31. Well yes, “Advertise Here” page plays a vital role in selling advertisements on blog as well and location and pricing also matters, so listing the location of ads and pricing is really important. Thanks Kharim for the list plugins and for this wonderful post 🙂

    • The “Advertise Here” page does work. It is like inviting the advertiser to come and place their ads on your blog.

      This is what has also helped me to sell ads on this blog.

      Thanks for the comment.

  32. Making Money From Blog isn’t that easy but once you generate good regular traffic and have get some advertisers then you get confidence and after that its much easier 🙂

    • You are right, Saad. Making money from a blog isn’t all that easy else tons of people would be doing it.

      But once you build up traffic then this will help to make things easy.

      Thanks for your input on my article.

  33. very nice blog..really you should should be proud as you have stated yourself as Proud owner..will be a regular visitor now.

    • I am proud to be the owner of this blog. It has really done a lot for me.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope to see you again.

  34. Mark Brook says:

    This is one of the best article to make money with blogging and advertisements I have read some comments also, regarding about payment methods that could be any we are just concern with making money.

    • One should have lots of payment methods so as to help sell ads. Paypal which is one of the most popular means of collecting payments is not available in every country.

      so we have to therefore think about these type of advertisers who can’t access Paypal.

      Thanks for the comment.

  35. I have been approved by buysellads but i do not get ads by advertisement

    • Well all you have to do now is to place your ads in a nice spot and set the right price. If you have traffic then you are sure to make money selling ads.

  36. Thanks for the great info, i have had a couple offers from people who want to advertise on my site and have started think about adding them to my site but wasn’t sure what plugins to check out.

  37. This is good stuff bro. I like the advice on not stuffing the site with ads. Doing this will really be a bad practice.

  38. Shumaila Kamal says:

    Oh Really a very good Information about selling ads. I appreciate you dear to give me such a nice information. Thanks

  39. Shumaila Kamal says:

    Dear, Kharim Tomlinson
    Plz tell me how i can get back links for mine websites at free. The links must be effective. Is One Way Traffic is better for the purpose of back links?

    • You can get backlinks by doing blog comments, guest posting which is really effective in getting backlinks, forum posting and also submitting your blog to social bookmarking sites or social networking sites.

      Anything else I can help you with?

  40. Hey,

    Your tip of selling advertisement is great and will work for my blog.


  41. Sometimes even without having much traffic but with good alexa and high pr you can still sell advertisements because some people buy ad space in the form of links..
    I recently sold ad space for 150$ on my blog which has pr3 and good alexa.. But was hit by penguin update…

    • you are so right about that. Lots of blogs don’t have much traffic but a great Alexa rank and this is what helps them to sell their ads.

      Thanks for the comment.

  42. Suresh Khanal says:

    Worthy discussion about selling ads directly. I’m still trying to increase traffic so that the ad spots are lucrative to the advertisers.

    I guess oio is far better than ither options for this purpose. Let me see it.

    • Hello Suresh,

      You are doing the best thing pal. Increase your blog traffic is the best way to go at it if you want to sell the ad spots on your blog.

      OIO Plugin is really great. So you can try it out.

      Thanks for the comment.

  43. Akos Fintor says:

    Hey Kharim,

    Excellent tips on monetizing a blog.
    thanks for the share!

    Btw I just saw Ziggy Marley performing a week ago here in California. It was the BOMB! Jamaica all the way!

  44. Jay cutler says:

    This is really awesome post kharim your all post and tips great.
    Thanks for the sharing.

    • Hello Jay,

      Well I tried my best to make this article beneficial to all who read it. I hope that you have benefited and I hope that you apply my tips and have great success with them.

      Thanks for the comment.

  45. About the OIO wordpress plugin, if you buy the plugin @$47, is it a one-time fee or a recurring fee per month?

  46. very nice article these tips are very helpful thanks for sharing

  47. A very good article. Selling ads on your site can be a little tricky. If you are going to use Google ads, you really need a lot of traffic.

    I like the OiO publisher, I would love to keep all my money as well.

    • Hey Michael,

      You are so true about that.

      In order for Google Adsense to work, you need lots of traffic. I use OIO Publisher on my blog and trust me, it is a plugin worth having 😀

      Thanks for the comment.

  48. this is good information for all those who want to earn from add but there are many who use blog as there sharing of knowledge.

  49. Again, thanks for this information. I am trying to get into blogging and reading some of your articles – and this one caught my attention, as I surely want to generate some revenue! I will be bookmarking this page for future references.

  50. It is good to give selling of advertisement spaces a trial, because Google Adsense is too slow to yield any tangible income for bloggers who don’t have tonnes of traffic.

    • You are so right about that pal.

      Google Adsense is really slow. You have to wait a long while to make $100 to get payout, while selling ads on your blog you can sell 1 ad for $100 and get paid instantly.

      Thanks for the comment bro.

  51. Rajkumar Jonnala says:

    this is really a good idea thanks for sharing this information with us keep going

  52. If your blog traffic is above 2500 or 3000 then you can get advertisers for your blog at a high rate.

  53. great these steps are really helpful and i must say great blog.keep updating more !!

  54. OIO Publisher WordPress plugin is a good choice especially if you do blogging for money.
    I really enjoyed reading your post.
    Thanks for sharing such a usefull POST

  55. frank joseph says:

    This post might be a little old, but it is still golden! Getting advertisers for your blog, the first thing you will have to do is get traffic to your website.
    Thank you for taking the time to explain everything.
    Am always looking for more advertisers for my blog 😀

    • Hi Frank,

      Yes advertisers want to increase their traffic and if your blog has lots of traffic then they will pay to advertise with you. So this is why traffic is important.

      Thanks for the comment.

  56. I am really looking for ways to optimize my blog this time 🙂 This is very a timely post for me. However, can you make a post on how to put ads on blogger?


    • Hi Lornajane,

      So happy that this post came in handy to you even though it had been posted for some time now. Not sure about blogger, I am a WordPress user.

      Thanks for the comment.

  57. Well selling advertisements is the best way to make money from our blogs and its my favorite too.


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