How to Make Money Blogging in a Variety of Ways
Interested in finding a variety of ways to make money from your blog? Then you are in the right place!
Blogging is a great way to share your knowledge of something you are passionate about. Every time someone asks me ” What do you do?” and I say I'm a blogger, there's always a blank stare. The very next question is “How do you make money?”.
Many people don't realize the time and dedication it takes to even see results from blogging. The first step is starting a blog which only takes 15 minutes or less. The next thing to focus on is writing good quality content. That's how you will build up steady traffic over time.
Thousands of bloggers like myself have tried many blog monetization methods to determine what works and what don't. This step is critical when it comes to how you're going to be successful.
Here are different ways you can make money with your blog.
Variety of Ways To Make Money Blogging
1. Online Advertising
A lot of blog owners solely rely on online ads to make money from their blogs because it is easy to set up your blog for displaying different types of online ads on it. The most popular online advertising model is PPC, which stands for Pay Per Click. Google AdSense is possibly the most popular PPC ad network.
So how does it really work…..
Each time a visitor to your blog clicks on an ad, you earn a certain amount of money. Google AdSense also pays blog site owners on ad impressions, popularly known as CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions) with ‘M” being the Roman numeral for 1,000. If an advertiser or an ad network like Google Affiliate Network offers $5 CPM to show ads on your blog, it means you will get paid $5 if an ad is shown on your blog 1,000 times.
The best PPC (Pay per click) ad networks include:
Here is the list of best CPM (Cost per Impression) ad networks:
The more visitors you get to your blog, the more money you make from both PPC and CPM ad models.
2. Affiliate Programs
To earn money with Affiliate programs, you need a niche that can build a significant following of readers over time. You can earn money when any reader purchases a product or service through a related affiliate link on your blog. You can promote affiliate products and services by writing articles, blog posts, reviews, etc about the products or services. For example, if you are an affiliate marketer for ClickBank, you can get paid when a user or reader purchases an ebook or more at ClickBank through your affiliate link. You can become an affiliate for most products online and get paid for generating sales and other specific actions for merchants or businesses that are looking for action-based performances from your audience.
It is important to write quality content on your site or blog and build a loyal following of audience when it comes to promoting affiliate products and services. If you can build a significant amount of traffic to your site and relationship with your readership, monetizing your blog through affiliate programs will become fruitful easily. Some of the best affiliate advertisers and networks include:
- Panthera Network -(I've been with them for 5 years. Payments are always on time.)
- MaxBounty ( New affiliates get $1000 sign on bonus after 90 days)
- Amazon Associates
- Amazon Associates
- CJ Affiliate ( Commission Junction)
3. Sell Ad Space on Your Blog
This is a great way to earn money from your blog, but you will need to have a decent amount of traffic to the blog. Many advertisers will contact you directly to purchase space on your blog to display their ads if the niche of your blog is relevant to their business, products or services. For example, if you are blogging about healthy living, a company selling healthy foods may contact you to buy ad space on your blog to promote their products. You can also contact companies and individuals to find out if they are interested in purchasing ad space. Another way is to sign up with an ad network like BuySaleAds hat will find advertisers on behalf of you. You have to share the revenue with them.
4. Sell Your Own Products
You could use your blog as a great platform to sell your own products. You can sell both physical and digital products, but physical products must be shippable. You must have a way to accept payments online from your potential customers. The easiest and best way probably would be to use one of PayPal’s Buy Now buttons to collect payments if you want to sell individual items. However, if you want to sell more items, and if the volume of products increases, it is recommended to get your own merchant account and set up a shopping cart to sell your products and collect payments efficiently and quickly.
5. Offer Your Services
You can use your blog to promote your service business and make money when a person or a company purchases your service. You need to build an attractive blog site and write quality blog posts that show off your expertise in a field or more.
If you have a way with words, you can offer writing services. If you are bilingual, you can offer translation services. You can offer to work as a virtual assistant if you possess time management, organizational, and administrative skills.
Create a “Hire Me” page to advertise your expertise and offer your services to earn extra money or even an income. If someone is interested in your service business, they will contact you and probably use your expertise they need.
6. Sell Digital Products
Many bloggers earn a decent amount of money by selling their own digital products on their blog. E-books are possibly the most popular digital product to sell. You can create an e-book about a topic you are knowledgeable in and sell it on your own blog.
Other types of popular digital products are online courses, articles, DVDs, MP3s, podcasts, software, etc. You can receive payments through PayPal or E-junkie among other payment processors. If you want to sell more items to a wider audience, consider adding a shopping cart, especially a paid one, to your blog site to sell faster and receive payments quicker at lower transaction fees.
You can also sell your e-books through Kindle, or ClickBank among other services by linking to the e-books from your blog. You will earn a royalty on each sale.
7. Put up a Donation Button
Well, many bloggers may not find this idea of making money blogging a good choice. Also, some readers may not like it if you are asking for donations, but there are many readers, especially loyal fans who will not mind donating to your site. After all, you are providing helpful information for free, solving problems your audience may have, so why not ask them to pay to keep the site live.
If you provide high-quality content and engage your readers, you never know who may be generous donors on your blog. You can add a PayPal Donate Button easily on your blog.
Among other blog monetization methods include:
- Writing Sponsored Posts (make sure to follow Google’s guidelines to write and post sponsored content on your blog)
- Running an Online Store
- Creating a Job Board
- Audio Ads
- Video Ads
- Email Marketing
The key to earning a blogging income is to build a decent amount of traffic over time. For myself, it took around 4 months to start seeing results and believe me it was not enough to support my family. If really takes dedication, time, and hard work. If you can stick to those principles, there's no doubt you can turn blogging into a full-time career