There is no doubt about it that many bloggers are into the business just to educate and help humanity on how to do certain things that are difficult to do or step by step guide on how to do certain things but it should not end there because setting up a professional blog is not free and writing articles is time-consuming too and because of these, I support finding a way to make money with your blog.
This article will guide you on how to make money with your blog or how to monetize your blog. But before you start thinking of how you can make money through your blog, make sure you have good contents on your blog post and also, make sure your blog is properly set up with good interface.
Now, let’s go into the business of the day.
1. Sell Private Ads
With your blog, you can sell private ads.
If you end up with enough traffic, advertisers may come directly to you and ask you to place their ad on your site.
Another way you can do this is by contacting advertisers yourself. The good part of this is that there is no middle man, which means you can set your own ad rates.
Selling private ads can come in the form of banners, buttons, or links. You can even make money writing sponsored posts where you write about or give a review of an advertiser’s product or service.
The ways you make money by selling private ads can vary. For instance, you might charge a one-time fee for a link within a post. If you are hosting banner ads, you might charge your partner hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
2. Monetize with CPC or CPM Ads
Another way you can make money with your blog is through CPC or CPM.
I will take my time to explain what they mean.
Also, it is one of the most common ways bloggers make money online. It is easy to do and less time-consuming.
In this category, remember we have two popular types of ads which I have mentioned above and I want to take my time to explain each of them.
– CPC/PPC Ads: Cost per click (also known as pay per click) is the ads that usually place in the content or sidebar.
In most cases, it is in the form of link or banner but the good side of it is that each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click.
That is all.
– CPM Ads: CPM Ads, or “cost per 1,000 impressions,” are ads that pay you a fixed amount of money based on how many people view the ads.
CPM advertising pays you according to the number of impressions received in an advertisement. One thing I like about the CPM is that, even if your readers are not clicking on your blog’s ads, with CPM ads, you can still get paid because CPM advertising pays you according to the number of impressions received on an advertisement.
Perhaps the most popular network for placing these types of ads is Google AdSense, Chitika, Infolinks, PropellerAds, HillTopAds, AdBuff (Offering $25 as a bonus if your site is approved), ClickADu (Do not use this with AdSense), Conversant Media, Exponential, and Media.net.
With this program, you do not need to be in direct contact with advertisers; you simply place the banner on your site, and those sites choose ads relevant to your content or blog.
3. Include Affiliate Links in Your Content
Affiliate marketing is also another great tool for monetizing your blog.
If you do not know how to go about it, here is how affiliate marketing works.
First, you need an advertiser to work with and once you find one, go into agreement with the advertiser.
This advertiser will give you a unique link that tracks your affiliate code. That way, he or she knows when a buyer used your link to make a purchase and you get a commission from each sale if the buyer is coming from your site.
So, once you have the link, you can include the affiliate link on your site or in your blog post. You can do this directly in the content or through banner ads. If a reader clicks on your unique link and buys the product you have recommended, you earn a percentage of what he or she purchased.
There are many affiliate market you can work with. I use Amazon Associates and other trusted affiliate market websites.
You too can create private partnerships with advertisers and businesses with an affiliate program.
4. Sell Memberships
Another option to make money is to sell memberships to exclusive corners of your website.
For instance, a career blog might charge a certain amount per month for users to gain access to their job board.
A startup business blog might sell memberships to their forums where people can get personalized advice about their business.
The key here is that your exclusive membership has to be more valuable than something your visitors can find for free somewhere else.
Make sure you are developing something of value and worth the price.
5. Sell Digital Products
Selling digital products is another form of making money with your blog. Should in case you do not want to advertise other people’s products on your blog or you want to add another means of earning money with your blog together with other steps I have outlined above, selling digital products should be considered.
These digital products could be:
– Online courses/workshops
– Images, video, or music people can use in their own content
– Apps, plugins, or themes
6. Use it as a generating tool for your Business
You can also use your blog to sell physical products.
Instead of thinking of it as making money from your blog, however, think of your blog as a content marketing tool that will drive visitors to your business website just like we are using this blog to promote October 12 Concepts (a twins brother company)
What you can sell is unlimited. It could be hand-made products, books, manufactured products, and so much more. Or you already have a business and decide to start a blog to convert leads into paid customers.
For example, let’s say you are selling smartphones. You can use your blog to attract visitors to your website where you list your current phones for sale.
This concept can also be applied to services in all types of industries. Also, you can use the same blogging concept to increase brand awareness and convert more clients.
7. Use it to Build Your Credibility
Blogging to build credibility can lead to many money-making opportunities.
For instance, let us say you start a blog in the fin-tech, people start reading your content, and your blog becomes very popular. You can become a recognized figure in the fin-tech industry.
Once you have that authority, people will start approaching you for projects that will fetch you more money.
8. Create Quality Content
You are not going to make any money from your blog if people don’t read it. After all, your readers are the ones who are going to make you money, whether they’re clicking on your ads or buying your products. Always put your readers first.
Developing a successful blog has a lot to do with building relationships. That can include relationships with sponsors, affiliate partners, or simply other bloggers who will direct traffic to your blog. Be sure some of your time is spent on forums and other blogs (or whatever works for you) to build these relationships and your blog.
10. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
Not all of these tips and avenues of income are going to work for you. Don’t be afraid to tweak your methods to see what works best for you and your readers.
Making money blogging can take a lot of persistence, but it can pay off in the long-run if you’re starting out from scratch. Just remember that you don’t have to use all of these money-making avenues at once. Consider what other people in your industry are doing, and start from there.