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Whether you have a small or large podcast, you can make money from it. While this is not an exhaustive list, Daniel J. Lewis shares his top five ways to monetize the content you're posting on the Internet in your podcast or blog.

1. Premium stuff

Charging a price for something that isn't available for free.

  • Full access for members and limited access to nonmembers
  • Bonus features or content
  • No ads

2. Donations

When you ask people to give money or buy something for you.

3. Ads and affiliates

Typically products or services you advertise but have no relationship or long-term agreement with the company. These can be text or banners on your site or spoken in your podcast.

  • Sales are when someone buys something.
  • Leads are when someone visits or joins without parting with money.

Popular places for affiliate links

Use Pretty Link to “mask” your affiliate links to prevent their being blocked by ad-blockers. Pretty Link can also tell you how many people click through that link.

4. Sponsorships

Typically when there is a relationship or long-term agreement with a sponsor for regular inclusion in your podcast or blog.

Three models of sponsorship

  1. CPM—cost per thousand downloads
  2. CPA/CPC—cost per action / cost per click
  3. Flat rate—paid no matter how many downloads or actions

5. Self-promotion

Promoting something that you offer and furthering your own brand.

  • Products—something you sell, like digital products, physical products, fan “swag”
  • Services—something you do, like photography, baking, consulting, etc.

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I quit my job to be self-employed

After ten years in a nonprofit ministry and fulfilling my goals there, I saw God blessing my life in another direction. So I am officially resigning to pursue self-employment as a web designer, apologetics and social-media speaker, and podcast consultant.

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About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.
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13 years ago

Congrats on launching into self-employment! I hope to do the same myself in the next year or so. May God bless your efforts. Keep up the great work. I'm glad you'll be returning to a weekly schedule and am looking forward to the more frequent content. Thanks Daniel!____-JD

Jeremy Sarber
13 years ago

I think it's great that you're pursuing your dreams. I wish you the best of success. May God bless your efforts.

13 years ago

I have a small network of podcasts that focus on various topics from a Christian and/or family friendly viewpoint. We are also working on a live stream of Christian music. The network site is at

My goal is to be able to do this full-time eventually. I am just still working on the ways to monetize these efforts and/or offer some other product or service in order to support my family. I absolutely love podcasting and I am excited about the prospect of being able to focus more time and energy on content creation. I have several more show ideas that I’d love to be able to work on, but don’t have the time to do so.

I’m sure you can relate to that! Once you've been bitten by the podcasting bug, you never stop thinking about it. You hear or see something and you think "That'd be a great podcast topic/theme." 🙂


13 years ago

Exactly. That is always a concern.

What are some of the resources or people from which/whom you have obtained guidance, help, or inspiration for launching and growing your business?

I am a listener of Dan Miller's podcast and have also just purchased his 48 Days book and am currently reading it.

13 years ago

Hey Dan!

The sponsorship element is an interesting one. I'm consulting right now with an advertiser who is tetchy about committing spend to a range of podcasts.

Fair enough, I say. Different strokes for different folks. I talked to some of my podcasting clients and suggested they consider a 'CPC' style sponsorship package whereby they get paid when listeners use their hop/affiliate link designated by the sponsor.

As far as I know this is pretty radical but one that works for both parties if the podcast has garnered a solid reputation among its audience as an authority.

I'll let you know how it pans out!

Some other podcaster
Some other podcaster
12 years ago

Seriously? This is basic information. Way to reblog other ppl's work!

Dave Jackson
12 years ago

Don't forget when it comes to ads, you can sell ads on your website as well. Some podcasters use that as a package. Buy X amount of episodes, and have this size ad on the website, as well as an ad in the newsletter, etc. Whatever format you are putting your content out as, you can put a sponsor. The key to sponsorship is the product HAS to match your audience.


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kevin redman
11 years ago

What a great podcast I have been podcasting for 9 months and have learnt quite a bit

New Podcaster
New Podcaster
4 years ago

I have a small podcast and we have been offered our first sponsorship opportunity and will be charging a flat rate for ads as our CPM/CPA are not sufficient yet. The money received will only cover operating expenses and won’t provide any profits. Is this still considered taxable income?

Nathan Singer
Nathan Singer
4 years ago

I’m starting a sports podcast where I wish to offer an annual subscription to my listeners to have full access to my data and metrics used to help predict the outcomes of games. Do I need to form a business entity to collect the money I make from this subscription based plan? Or can I simply set this up without a formal business entity and write off any money I make on my taxes?

If I pursue to make money in other ways from my podcast in the future (selling physical products, sponsorships, etc), at what point should I turn this into a business entity?

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

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