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14/05/2013 11:30 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

How To Make Money Blogging

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Increasing numbers of bloggers also earn money by writing "sponsored posts" for brands or hosting "guest posts" written by a brand on a topic related to their company. Fees for these posts can range from £40 up to £200, if your blog is a good match for the product.

If you are interested in writing these kinds of posts, registering with the Tots100 and Foodies100 is a good place to start. You should also state on your "About" page that you accept these posts.

If you don't want to publish advertisements and advertorial on your blog, then you might consider whether you can create something to sell on your site. Many enterprising UK bloggers have created e-books of recipes, craft activities, knitting patterns and even short stories, which they sell through their blogs, using Paypal.

Creating an e-book needn't be complicated, and can be done using programmes such as Microsoft Word, although you'll make more money if you invest some time in designing your e-book with pictures and an enticing cover.

Don't forget that if you do start making money as a blogger, then your blog will almost certainly be viewed as a 'trade' and you should register as self-employed.

You may need to file a tax-return, so it's important to keep records of everything you are paid, as well as any expenses you incur in running your blog – such as buying software or paying for domains and email services. If in doubt about any tax issues, you should take advice from a professional.

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