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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