Is your blog not bringing you the income you were hoping it would?
What is the difference between those who make a huge profit from their blogs and those who don’t? Are you exhausted from doing your own online research; reading forums, articles, posts, eBooks, watching YouTube, webinars and wasting money?
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I was. I knew it was possible to monetize my blog but I wasn’t achieving the results I wanted fast enough. I’m an impatient soul and I knew there was something I was missing, some specific strategy out there I wasn’t following in exactly the right way.
Making money from your blog IS DEFINITELY possible, in fact, you SHOULD be earning an income from every post. And not just a few cents here and there, I’m talking hundreds or even thousands per month.
Once I discovered the formula I turned over $100 in just a few minutes of time. And it’s only continued to grow since. I brought these strategies together from the top mentors in the field and the results have been remarkable.
If you put consistent work into your blog, it’s possible to make $500-$3,000 per month within the first year of starting. But a blog is not a get rich quick venture.
The plus side is that once you know the proper ways to make money from it and implement them, your income can be unlimited.
If you are struggling to turn a profit, there’s a good chance that your blog isn’t monetized properly. Let’s look at the 6 Proven Ways to Monetize Your Blog.
But first things first. The very first thing you need in order to make money blogging is an audience. The way you have an audience is through web traffic. You need to drive traffic to your blog through SEO and social media in order to have readers.
With millions of page views per month you might make in the thousands or even tens of thousands per month advertising with online ad networks, where people with a few hundred or a few thousand page views a month might not even make more than $10 or $20 a month.
Some ad networks perform better than others. You just have to kind of experiment around and see what works best for your blog.
But before you can even sign up you need that TRAFFIC.
Here are two articles to help you get started driving traffic to your website or blog:
While you’re waiting for the search engines to index your site and find you, there are a few things you need to have set up the right way in order to make money blogging, otherwise, you are basically wasting time treading water while other bloggers flourish.
Having any or all of these 6 things active on your blog are sure-fire ways to earn an income:
- AFFILIATE LINKS
- SPONSORED POSTS
- YOUR OWN SERVICES/PRODUCTS
- Sell your ad space directly to advertising agencies
- Working with an ad network who will supply ads to you
- Banner ads are just what they sound like. They’re ads you place in “banner” style, usually in your sidebar. The business sponsoring the ad will often pay you monthly to keep the ad up on your site.
Best Blogger Networks for Bloggers
This is an ad network run by BlogHer, a very popular site for women, and I often see their ads appear on sites geared mostly toward women. It’s an older ad network, having been around since 2006. They have display ads with the BlogHer branding prominently displayed. As part of this network, you may also get invited to do sponsored posts for various companies, so that’s another perk to getting in here.
This is a top notch ad network to be on that has display as well as video ads. You do need to qualify by having at least 25,000 sessions on Google Analytics per month.
AdThrive is a company that has their own ad network that displays family-friendly ads, once you sign up, they will analyze your site and tell you where they think their ads will perform best. Then, they go in and do all the set up for you. AdThrive pays monthly with direct deposit.
They have two levels of service — AdThrive Edge and AdThrive Premium. You will qualify to get in at the AdThrive Edge level if you have at least 100,000 page views per month. You have to have at least 750,000 page views per month to qualify for AdThrive Premium.
Media.net is powered by Yahoo! and Bing. Their ads work to blend well with your site more so than AdSense. They pay monthly with PayPal and you have to meet the $100 minimum in a month’s time in order to get a payment.
Adsense is the most well known ad network. You can customize your ads with colors, fonts, etc. You can block certain ads. They too pay once a month via direct deposit/check. You must earn at least $100 to qualify for a payment.
I used to use adsense but I didn’t care for the look of it on my site so I removed it and the payment threshold wasn’t so good. Some bloggers love it. I guess it all depends upon your style of website. If you have a huge amount of commercial traffic it can be very beneficial to you.
The Blogger Network – Now Monumetric
4 unique programs based on your site’s traffic volume. Each program caters to the varying needs that website owners have during different phases of their business. 10K minimum page views required. $99 one time set up fee just for this tier. Site must be approved by major ad providers.
Flexible solutions for publishers of all sizes to maximize revenue and help monetize content. Experts in Google Ad Manager and Google Ads.
Products and Services
Writing eBooks is a still an incredibly popular way to start selling a unique product in your industry, and it’s ideal for pretty much any niche. With so many self-publishing opportunities available, too, it’s easy to get your book published and ready to sell with major retailers like Amazon.
Creating an Interactive eBook is definitely one of the ways you can stand out as a blogger. Providing your readers with something unique and authentic that provides useful value to them.
The benefits of providing a digital product include:
- You have complete control of the price
- You get 100% of the profits
- You have the option of setting your product up to be an affiliate
- You are not dependent on another company for your revenue
How much money can you make from an eBook? Darren Rowse of ProBlogger reports earning $72,000 in just one week after launching his eBook. If you’re not terribly well-known, you can still make a decent chunk of cash. Steve Gillman reports at The Penny Hoarder that he made about $2,000 from an eBook on ultralight backpacking that he wrote in just a few days.
Remember you need just 500 people to purchase an eBook at $10 to make $5000:)
Paid Online Course
If you sign up with Teachable or Udemy you can build a course yourself and charge for a full package of lessons in an array of subjects from online cooking to photography, digital marketing to philosophy!
You can promote an eCourse on your website offering a variety of consulting services through your contact page, hire me page or through a series of 8 week automated email messages.
When merchants pay a portion of their sales in the form of a commission to a blogger or a website when the visitor clicks on the link and makes a purchase or is referred to them from the website.
The Affiliate industry is estimated to grow to $6.8 billion by 2020 – Forrester Research
If you’re an affiliate for a company or product, you get a special affiliate link that you can use on your blog. Every time somebody purchases the product by going through your link, you receive a commission. The percentage commission have wide ranges, from a few percent to over 50%.
Many affiliate companies offer links that stay active days after the reader clicks through your blog.
Being an affiliate for a product does not increase the cost to your reader. The affiliate company or person is sharing their profits with you as a reward for you bringing them another sale. So in this way it’s a win/win situation.
One of the first companies most bloggers sign up to be an affiliate with is Amazon. It’s quick, easy and free to become part of their affiliate program. They only give you a certain amount of time to make sales so you may want to wait until your traffic levels are up first.
Many bloggers however make a great deal of money from Amazon because they have a million products and can match up well to the various niches. The negative part is the cookie only last 24 hours. Occasionally longer.
Other companies that offer affiliate partnerships are:
ShareASale.com – Merchants like PicMonkey (great for design) and Tailwind (best tool to schedule your Pinterest pins!), Stella & Dot, TruDog, Gazelle Electronics, Craftsy and hundreds more.
FlexOffers.com – Companies like Priceline, Sam’s Club and Swagbucks (120,000+ others!)Amazon.com – Millions of products
Grab my list of 54 Most Profitable Affiliate Products for New Bloggers
When businesses will sponsor a specific post in exchange for a link back to their site. It is an ethical practice to disclose the sponsorship to your readers. Or when the blogger devotes an entire post to review a product or service.
One company that helps creators partner up with well known brands is IZEA.
IZEA connects professional bloggers, photographers and videographers and the like to companies hungry for quality content. They provide paid content creation opportunities working with publishers and brands.
Many bloggers are also freelance writers, and they get paid to write blog content for other people. Other common services include
- speaking engagements
- private coaching
- copy writing
- blog auditing services
- social media consulting
- virtual services
- Pinterest management
Depending on your niche, you can get more specific. A foodie blogger, for instance, might offer catering plan services or party services.
This quick overview should give you lots of confidence that there are many ways to make money with a blog! You can try out multiple methods and they can all bring in an income.
Once you have a few things set up correctly, that blog of yours will be earning you money while you sleep.
This is what’s known as ‘passive income’. The sky’s the limit for how much your blog can earn, in fact.
Silas and Grace of Chasing Foxes make upwards of 50K monthly, Michelle Schroeder Gardner of Making Sense of Cents over 150K just to name a couple.
Another way of earning passive income through Affiliate marketing is by promoting other bloggers and their products. I promote other blogging courses and products like Amy Lynn Andrews Knowtbook and Laura Iancu’s Smart Blog planner.
To be honest I’ve tried a few monetizing methods all from very renowned bloggers. This method just happen to click with me. Affiliate marketing strategies have made me over $3,000 a month on my blog.
Creating Your Own Printables
Many bloggers make a very sweet income creating their own printables, calendars and planners. This is easy to do with a program like Canva or Adobe Creative.
You can create templates and make them customizable for your buyer and easy to download.
Create Your Own Physical Product
If you sell crafts, artwork, beauty products, clothes, food, or other homemade goods display them on your blog with your logo.
These are just some of the ideas that successful bloggers use to make money from their blogs. As you can see the ideas are endless!
What are some of your favorite ways to make money from your blog?
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