Blogging for money doesn't have to be hard nor is it complicated. The essence of blogging is writing content, create readers (hence a lot of traffic) and monetize the traffic through paid advertisement, sponsored posts and affiliated promotion.
Long are the days when you just stick a Google adsense ad on your blog and wait for money (that was so 2004!)
For you part-time bloggers out there, I recommend using Google's service, Blogger, to start up your blog. Then register a domain name (cost $10) and then search the Internet for a professional looking template (you can get most nice looking templates for free, by the way . . . )
Now you're in business!
You want to write good content, have people link to your blog and increase your PR ranking. This is done by getting one way links. For example, Bob likes your blog about cars and adds you to his blogroll. You got a 1 way link, which increase your PR ranking.
And why am I mumbling about PR ranking? Hehe, because the higher your PR ranking is, the more you get paid for sponsored posts, web site will rank higher for search engine results thus more visitors.
Just remember this basic formula for making money online:
Blog Traffic Monetization = Profit
If you break the formula down and just focus on one aspect at a time, blogging for money doesn't appear to be hard anymore :)
Note: I noticed a lot of people under-monetize their blog by just having 1 type of ad. Be sure to add more income streams to your blog such as sponsorship posts, private advertisements, affiliate products and even consultation.
Ken Nubo has been making a living online since 2005. You can visit his website for his Mini-course, “How to make your first $100 blogging in 5 easy steps" by clicking here: http://kennubo.com/makemoneywithken.html