In the past blogging was about expressing ones ideas and opinions. Today, it is a big money maker – there are bloggers who make 6 figure incomes every year. As a blogger you can enjoy the same good fortune if you monetize your blog in the right way. Here are the top 10 ways that you can do that:
- Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing has been one of the best ways to make money online. It involves selling another person’s products or service and then earning a commission for it. The amount of commission that you make depends on the product or service that you are selling. The only thing you have to do is establish a blog that discusses a topic that is relevant to the product or service that you want to sell. If you already have a blog you should look for a product that is relevant to the content that you have been blogging about.
- Sell a Service
This is by far the easiest way to make money blogging. If you have a certain skill set you can set up a blog where you discuss it but at the same time sell your services. If, for example, you are a lawyer you can start a legal blog and write on different aspects of the law while at the same time offering your services. Anyone on your blog who needs legal representation will contact you and you can make money for representing them. You can make money this way with any skill that you have – it can be plumbing, carpentry, teaching, cooking and so on.
- Premium Products
These are products that you will design on your own and sell on your blog. They can be anything from e-books to plug-ins. The product that you come up with has to offer real value otherwise visitors to your site will not be interested in buying it. A good example is a travel guide. If you come from a part of the world that attracts tourists you can come up with a comprehensive guide that you offer on a blog that talks about tourism or related topics. Anyone who wants to tour your part of the world will be interested in buying your travel guide.
- Product Reviews
This is a great way to make money from a blog. All you need to do is review products and get paid for it, In fact it is better than most other monetizing methods because you get to keep the products that you review. Here is how it works: you make a deal with a product manufacturer and then they send you the product to review. You try out a product and then write a review about it on your blog. The manufacturer then pays you for the review.
- Ad Space
You can sell space to businesses to place their ads on your website. You need to get a lot of followers before you can monetize your blog like this but it is an extremely effective method. In fact, you can start to sell ad spots in advance so that you always have clients on a wait list.
- PPC and Google AdSense
When people pay Google for ads they have to be placed somewhere, and if they are placed on your site you get paid for each time one of the ads is clicked on.
It may not sound like a very good thing to do but there are people making money online through donations. If you provide very good content that users find useful you can ask them to donate to your blog – you will need to place a donate button that visitors can use.
- Build an Email List
If you have tons of visitors to your blog you can collate an email list which you can use to sell many different kinds of products. You need to find a compelling reason to get visitors to leave you their email address. Also, never let your list fall into the wrong hands.
- Sponsored Posts
This means that you will publish a post on behalf of someone else and get paid for it.
- Sell Your Blog
If you have a blog with lots and lots of visitors there are many who would be happy to buy it from you.