Once you’ve got your blog all set up and raring to go, you’ll probably find yourself wondering how you can begin to monetise it. Plenty of bloggers are making money from blogging these days – both big time and small time bloggers. Some are even earning more than enough to live off comfortably. If you want to follow in their footsteps, you can start by using the following 10 ways to monetise your blog:
AdSense is one of the most popular ad networks, and you can use it to display ads on your site and get paid. This will either be based on the number of impressions on your site or the number of clicks you get on your ads.
Affiliate Marketing is something many bloggers use; your reader clicks a link within your content, and if they make a purchase, you’ll receive a cut. Make sure you only promote products relevant to your niche, and that you’d actually recommend them so you don’t damage your credibility. Include a disclaimer to let people know that you’re an affiliate too. Amazon Associates and LinkShare are just two of the most popular programs.
Paid Reviews/Banner Ads
A business may want to pay you monthly to have an ad on your website or want to pay you to write a review of their product. Bear in mind you’re under no obligation to write a positive review if you don’t like the product! Being authentic is key.
Create And Sell Your Own Product
Many bloggers who become popular choose to create and sell their very own product. Just look at Zoella! She has books, cosmetics, and more.
Become A Consultant
If you have industry specific knowledge and you have established your blog, you could become a consultant. You could offer sessions over Skype to help people, for example, in health and fitness. This isn’t something you can really do starting out, but something to aim for in the future.
Selling Your Skills/Services
Perhaps you’re great on an instrument (how about becoming a teacher, or composing music for different purposes?), a brilliant illustrator (logos, books, and more), or just a great writer/proofreader. Advertise your services on your blog and you could start making a lot of money!
Sell Your Custom Template Or Theme
You could consider selling a custom template or theme that you made yourself, as there’s a huge demand for more templates these days. The amount you charge depends on your skills.
Ask For Donations
You could get a ‘donate’ button from PayPal and place it on your site. This could help to pay for the upkeep of your site if it’s small, but even bigger sites have these in place. If people feel you have helped them in some way, they might want to donate!
Build An Email List
Build your list by giving something away for free, and keep people updated with what’s going on with you and your blog in your emails, as well as marketing your products/services.
Write And Sell An Ebook
Just about anybody can write and sell an Ebook these days. Make sure it is aligned with the content on your blog, and then promote it directly through your platform. These are fairly simple to make and will sell if you help to teach something that people struggle with.
Get started now, and in a few years time you could be making as much as some of your industry’s top bloggers!