These days blogs are a dime a dozen. It seems that everyone has a blog, but not everyone is able to make money from blogging. Successful blogs are able to bring in money from a variety of sources. Some of the most successful bloggers are able to make an entire income just from their blogs. Their efforts are inspiring, and anyone can make money from their blog if you follow the right tips.
While you may not be able to bring in a full-time income from your blog, these tips will help you bring in some side income so you can have a little extra cash at home.
1. Place Affiliate Ads On Your Blog
Affiliate ads are some of the oldest forms of blog-style advertisements. These are easy to set up. All you do is sign up with an ad network and place the ads you are eligible for on your blog. Affiliate ads can be Google-style, where random ads related to your content are placed on the pages of your blog. They can also be gathered through an affiliate site, like Commission Junction or Click Bank.
These ads offer two campaign types:
- Pay per click: With pay per click ads, you get a small amount of money each time someone clicks an ad on your site. Sometimes, these ads also store cookies from your site so that when the visitor ever visits the sponsor’s site again, you receive a commission. This is the easiest way to bring in income, but it also pays the least amount.
- Pay per sale: With pay per sale, you are only paid if a customer buys a product. The commissions for these ads are much higher, but fewer people make a purchase than click on an ad.
2. Get Sponsors
Sponsors are another way to make money on your blog. A sponsor pays for the ability to place an ad on your site. In some cases, they may also pay an affiliate commission, but in others, they may simply pay to place ad space on your site. Usually, you can only get sponsors if you have a large amount of traffic. Large sponsors may give you money or products to review their products, host giveaways, or mention their products in posts.
3. Sell Products On Your Blog
Another way to bring in income from a blog is by selling products. You can make products, like ebooks, printables, graphic designs, organizational tools, crafts, or a huge variety of other products.
This blog is an example of one that sells a product. Diana Urban, the founder of this blog, sells marketing ebooks including guides to Facebook and blogging. You can see that at the bottom of most of her blog posts (including this one), she has a call-to-action linking to the sell-page for a relevant ebook. But on blog posts that don’t have a corresponding ebook, there’s a CTA for some other free offer, or no CTA at all. This is an example of using effective targeting to drive sales from each of your blog posts.
You can also sell the products of friends or sponsors on your blog for a commission. All you have to do is join their individual affiliate network and place the unique affiliate URL on your site. The best way to make these types of affiliate sales is to write a review or how-to article for that product on your blog.
Blogging gives you the ability to make money from anywhere. However, when you are limited to traditional networks, it can be a challenge to work on the go. Luckily, mobile internet providers enable bloggers to create their own Internet connection wherever they are. With an income-producing blog, you truly have the freedom to live the life you always wanted, or at least the extra income to pay for your next vacation.