Most of us have a list of blogs we turn to regularly for entertainment, helpful tips, news, or social purposes. You may even already have a blog of your own, and enjoy posting articles and responding to comments from your readers. Have you ever thought about turning your interest in blogging into a side stream of income? Although it’s unlikely that you will “get rich quick” from blogging, there are certainly many ways to monetise your blog which are worth thinking about.
Sign Up for Advertising
One of the quickest and easiest ways to start making money from your blog is to sign up for programs like Google Adsense. What’s important to realise with advertising is that it may take some time to start making money. If you are just starting out and don’t have many readers, your pay from advertising will be quite low, because it is based on the number of page views your site gets. Stick with it and you’ll see your revenue start to rise. It’s helpful to look at ways to increase your site traffic. These on page SEO guidelines are a great place to start, for example.
This option is similar to advertising, but the payment procedure is slightly different. Rather than getting paid according to the number of page views your blog receives, you are only paid when visitors click on the banners or ads placed on your website. When a visitor sees the ad or badge on your blog and clicks through to the advertiser’s website, you are then paid either a flat fee or percentage of the resulting sale. Like advertising, this can take some time before you start to see results. Yet if you keep advertisements small and related to the content of your blog, it can do no harm to try.
Another popular option as your site traffic grows is to start accepting sponsored posts. Businesses may ask you to write an article on their behalf, with some mention of their product or that link back to their company website. They may also write to you asking if they can put up a guest post. The type of content you accept for your blog is up to you. You’ll need to walk the line between providing content that your readers will enjoy and accepting payments from sponsors for posting outbound links.
Posting Reviews of Free Products
Although this isn’t really a way to make money, a nice little side bonus of blogging is that businesses may offer you freebies as a way to gain exposure for their products or services. This can take some time to get into, but once you have started reviewing a few products you’ll probably find that the offers start rolling in.
You can increase your chances of making money by consistently working on expanding your audience multiple streams of income. A business will be far more willing to pay you top dollar for a sponsored post or product review if they know you have a large readership. One way to do this is by using SEO keyword research ideas as the basis for your posts to improve your search ranking. Another option is to use social media to promote each of your posts, and invite your readers to share with their network. With consistent, high-quality posting and utilising some of these techniques, you’ll find that your blog provides you with a nice side stream of income.
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Definitely a must read for bloggers! Awesome post!
Simon @ Modest Money says
Blog monetization 101 indeed!
All in all, patience is key…almost everything here takes time and lots of effort to materialize.
KK @ Student Debt Survivor says
Good tips. Over the past few months I’ve been thinking more about ways I can monetize a little bit and make a little money for all the time I put into blogging. To get paid to do something I love is a win-win for me.
Justin @ RootofGood says
Good post! Blogging is easy and fun. It lets you flex your creative muscles. You get to share your knowledge with the world! And yes, if you can get advertisers on your blog, you can make some money on the side. I’m doing adsense right now on my site and there are good days and bad. I should be able to pay my internet hosting fees with the income earned so far, so I guess that isn’t a bad first month of blogging!
jefferson @SeeDebtRun says
No doubt, that patience is the key.
Years after kicking off See Debt Run, we are still struggling to consistently generate any affiliate income.. But that doesn’t mean that we wont keep trying!
Derek @ MoneyAhoy.com says
I agree with Jefferson – patience is really the key with blogging income. I’ve heard that you really won’t make much of anything in the first 6 months – 1 year. If you can stick with it, your earnings can start to grow exponentially.
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super post so useful.
Mandy Yanga says
A lot of patience is needed but do not worry because everything will pay off and will be worth it! Anyways, great post!