There are so many ways to monetize your blog. Sometimes it’s about thinking of something different, but when you’re first starting out, the tried and tested methods are often a good starting point because we know they get results.
In this post I am sharing with you 3 easy ways to begin monetizing your blog and make money online.
Having adverts on your blog is a low maintenance way of monetizing your blog. It wn’t make you rich, but it is very little work.
The easiest way to do this is to sign up to Google AdSense. Once you sign up, they do all the work and you receive payment every time someone clicks on the ad.
If you want a little more control over the ads on your site, you could offer bloggers advertising space for their blogs in your sidebar. Decide what you will offer – The size of the ad and positioning. Will you write a post about them? Promote them on social media?
Once you decide what you are offering, and how much you want to charge you can go two ways. Either do it all yourself and accept Paypal payments. You can manage all your ads in one easy place and you receive payment through them. They do charge a monthly membership fee though, so it’s worth having a think about whether you want to go it alone.
Another easy way of monetizing your blog is to use affiliate links. This is a good one if you regularly review
products, especially books as Amazon has a really good affiliate scheme.
It works like this – if you are including a link to a product or service, you use the affiliate link instead and every time someone uses that link to make a purchase, you get a % of the payment. It doesn’t cost the buyer any extra.
You can use as many or as few as you want, so you could limit it to products you talk about anyway, or specifically talk about something to use the link.
Don’t go overboard though – no one wants to read a blog that sounds like a constant sales pitch. Only use it for things you would genuinely recommend, otherwise you will lose all credibility with your readers.
Be sure to include a disclaimer somewhere informing people it’s an affiliate link. These could also include promo codes.
A sponsored post is when a brand pays you to write a blog post about their company or a specific product. I would advise you to only work with brands you actually like – remember by posting about a brand, you are effectively recommending them to your readers. As with affiliate links, don’t go overboard. Your readers will get bored if every post you write is a post promoting a brand.
You will find over time and as your blog gets more popular, brands will often approach you. In the meantime, or if there’s a brand you particularly want to work with, why not contact them? The worst they can do is say no!
If you choose to contact a brand, do a bit of research so your email goes to the right person. Use their name in the email, not “Dear sir/madam”. Tell the brand a bit about you and a bit about your blog, then tell them what you are offering. What’s your USP? Do you have stunning photography skills? Has your blog won a writing award? Sell yourself to the brand. Let them know exactly why they choose to work with you.
My main advice here is don’t sell yourself short. If you feel the offer is too low, make a counter offer or politely decline. Even if the offer was really low, be polite when you turn it down – you never know when that PR person may have another opportunity for you! Some brands will pay you to allow them to write a guest post for you. I would be wary of this as it’s going to come across as a giant advert. However, if you do choose to offer this service, ensure you have full editorial rights over the article.
There are so many ways of monetizing your blog if you are willing to put the time and effort in. I have listed three simple ways for you to make a start on it. Do you monetize your blog? What tips would you give to someone just starting out? Let me know in the comments
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