In one of my previous post, I covered 10 ways to get more traffic to your website. After you have built a solid following and have regular blog traffic you can start to think of ways to make money from your blog. At this point, blogging will likely come naturally. There is no reason you shouldn’t try to capitalize on the great content you share in your niche.
5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog
Here are 5 very easy ways that you can start to make an income from blogging with very little effort. If you have questions please leave a note in the comments below!
- Google Adsense
First go to Google Adsense and sign up for an account. After you are logged in you will be given a variety of ways to place a block of PPC ads on your own website. Once you’ve placed Adsense on your site you simply need to keep producing great content and watch the dollars roll in. Google benefits by having additional web space for their customers to show advertisements. You benefit by getting paid every time someone clicks one of the ads on your site.
- Sell Advertisements Directly
If you have a lot of readers, the real estate on your website can be very valuable. Often times, companies will pay you directly for the ability to put a visual advertisement on your website. These usually go in the sidebar of your site or sometimes as a banner underneath your header. Because you own the site you can set your own rules. That means you decide what you charge as well as how long the ads stay up. Doing this cuts out the middle man.
- Become an Affiliate
Being an affiliate means that you sell products other than your own on your website. This could mean becoming an associate for Amazon.com and selling any variety of their large product catalog. It could also mean finding an expert in your niche that sells products (ex: Business Coach Ali Brown) and becoming an affiliate for them. Either way, all you need to do is promote their products on your site through ads or in blog posts. As people view your content and make purchases with the vendor you are able to collect a portion of their sales.
- Create Your Own Product / Services For Sale
If your blog is about a specific category you could very quickly start your own business by selling related services or items. For example… if you have a blog about writing you could sell your services as a copywriter on the side. Someone who takes pictures and blogs about photography might sell photo sessions or stock photos as a side gig. A vintage clothing buff might purchase items while doing blog research and create a web store on their site to sell really nice pieces for a profit. If you get creative with this the opportunities can be endless.
- Turn Your Blog Into a Membership Website
Why give away all the milk for free? With a few simple plugins, you can turn your blog into a membership website and make visitors pay to read your content. It requires very little extra effort outside of what you will already be doing to keep the blog afloat. Check out this WordPress plugin that will help you turn your blog into a membership website for free.
Have you successfully made money as a blogger? What worked for you? Share your answers in the comments below!