Blogging is one of the most powerful, and popular forms of writing.
Blogging proved effective and powerful when leading political revolution, generating awareness for social issue, creating brand awareness, etc.
A blog helps a blogger in many ways; you can grow your creativity from regular writing, build up a following, and earn casual dollars.
Blogger’s finance-generating potential is somewhat unexplored, and scary to a lot.
If it is done the correct way, can change your life, and yield extra cash along the way.
If you are passionate about blogging, and you have decent writing skills, it could pave a different career path for you.
I began blogging in 2009 out of curiosity after being fascinated with the medium from another blog. Gradually I started monetizing my blog, and my income grew.
In this article, I discoursed at the ways you can make money from blogging.
Considering monetizing your blog may result in a fight with your conscience. The idea may seem a bit frightening to you.
You may have fear of losing readers, or being labelled a sell out.
But, for starters — your readers do not just appreciate the commercial aspect of blogging, they need it.
Monetizing a blog will actually introduce your audience to products they may find useful. These products may help them achieve their goals.
Let’s explore the most powerful ways you can use to monetize your blog.
Pay Per Click Advertising
Pay per click?
Never heard of it?
It is okay if you did not.
You know when making queries into Google, or your favorite search engine, you get see tiny boxes at the top and another one down the right hand side.
These boxes contain ads that are paid for. That is what Pay Per Click is.
People will pay you money to advertise their products. When you do, you get paid for every click a visitor makes on those ads.
To enjoy this feature, you subscribe to a provider like Google Adsense, and they give you a code to attach onto your site. The provider will send ads (either image or text based) to display on your site.
The provider may send you (if their algorithm are top notch) the ads that are related to the content of your site. Pay Per Click depends on the amount of website traffic your blog can generate.
Not everyone who visits your blog will click on these ads. So, in order to actually earn, you need a lot of traffic. Also, ad types determine the amount of money you could make. Pricy products’ ads will generate money per click than cheap products.
Writing product reviews is a simple yet effective method for monetizing a blog.
If there is a product that is similar to your niche, why not write a review about it?
This will also help your readers. Ask yourself if there are any books, DVDs, physical products, or online services that you can write a review for, and at the same time can benefit your readers from knowing?
If so, this is actually an effective way to monetize your blog.
Udemy is a website that allows anyone to teach and learn online. It was lunched in 2010, and now created an effective platform for making online education available.
You can create video courses fast and easily to help people in your niche.
It is like running your own school, but from the comfort of your couch.
Publishing your courses with Udemy offers additional benefits, and money can be made with less commitment.
For instance – you could be an expert photographer. You could set up a 2-week online video course detailing how to be a better photographer.
Text Link Ads
You can place the text based ads within the text of your articles with this type of advertising.
For instance, if you are writing an article about a piece of software, you can place text-link ads attached to your posts that could guide your viewers to that certain product.
Infolinks is one of the leading Text Link Ads provider of this decade.
This is relatively a new method to monetize a blog. Many people are increasingly using widgets on their websites to make some money.
These widgets can be appended onto a website easily. These widgets are designed to display text link ads, and affiliate programs.
Just find any offer related to your blog from a CPA Network like Peerfly; then make a widget on your blog’s sidebar and put the offer link there.
Pay per Play are audio ads that are played when someone visits your blog.
This type of ads lasts for a few seconds.
And, the viewer cannot stop it.
This provides 100% conversion rate opportunity.
You can get $3-$5 per visit.
However, this method may seem heckling to your visitors, and put down them from a return visit.
Audio Ad is the leading advertisers from where you will get the tools and other guidelines to get started.
Affiliate marketing is a popular way to monetize a blog.
For example, if you have a photography blog, you could research affiliate programs that offer products related to photography.
Maybe someone wants to advertise their new photography lens. Then, you could entry a blog titled ‘What to Look for When Buying a Camera Lens’.
In this way, you could promote the affiliate product, and get a commission with every sale made from your recommendation.
You can easily get started with Amazon, JVZoo and Ebay Partners.
Write an eBook
We all like to write long essays.
Everybody wants to write an eBook these days.
You could write an eBook based on almost everything. Perhaps you are good at DIY.
You could write an eBook about designing a house for party, renovating a house that people may find helpful.
You can sell it through Apple iStore, or on Amazon Kindle store or Amazon directly.
You could also sell it directly from your website by highlighting it on your blog.
Bottom Line – all these 8 techniques described here are proven and effective ways to monetize a blog.
They may seem complicated, or overwhelming at a time. But, they are actually aren’t.
It all comes down to understanding the true purpose of the blog, and leveraging its utility to erect what you intend to build.