Most beginner bloggersdon’t know where to start with their blogs and don’t even know all ways they can monetize their blogs. Before you start making money from your blog, let’s look at some stats.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is something you absolutely have to become familiar with if you want to monetize your blog. It is a way you can make money by promoting certain products or services on your website for a percentage of commission from the sales.
Affiliate marketing is one of the smartest strategies you can use to start earning money from your blog, and should not be overlooked.
Here are 4 tips you can use that will help you earn money from your blog through affiliate marketing:
Choose the right product or service
You start earning money through affiliate marketing when readers (a) click on hyperlinked text or a hyperlinked visual ad you have on your blog and then (b) purchase the promoted service or product. This is why the product or service you are endorsing needs to be relevant to the content on your blog.
2. Email Marketing
Email marketing is a great way to reach out to your subscribers on a personal level. To start making money of email marketing, you need to use it as a way to promote and sell your own services or products.
One of the great things about email marketing is that it is extremely cheap. Not only is it cheap, but if done the right way it is extremely effective. It allows you to reach your subscribers to provide them with information about your blog, and you can even choose how often you send an email. It is a great way to bring in customers and experience growth in revenue, whether it gets them to click through to your site, purchase a product or service or take interest in your blog.
You can even put affiliate links in the email, which can earn you extra cash.
Make sure that you don’t make your emails look like sales pitches. Personalize them and make them unique to you, your niche, and your voice.
One really great thing about email marketing is that it offers measurable metrics. These metrics let you measure the results of all your email campaigns. These metrics include:
Click-through rate: the number of people who actually clicked on the links provided in the newsletter
Open rate (those who have opened and read the email)
Revenue made (those who actually made a purchase). Some great (and free!) email marketing tools you can use include:
Some great email marketing tools you can use include:
3. Google AdSense
If you want to make direct income from your blog through ads, Google AdSense is something you may want to consider. Google AdSense is a type of advertising program known as CPC (cost per click, also known as pay per click) in which publishers display relevant ads on their websites. It is one of the easiest ways you can make money as a beginner blogger.
After you apply for Google Adsense and place their code on your site, AdSense automatically displays ads on your blog. The ads are geared towards the type of content you have on your website.
Essentially, the ads you place on your blog are placed there by advertisers to earn profit and revenue from the traffic coming to your website. One of the best things about AdSense is that it is completely free. This is a great way to earn extra money as you start to gain more growth and traffic to your website. You can even include AdSense ads (as linked text) in your blog’s internal search engine.
Get started with Google AdSense and get on the path to earning money.
4. Adsense Alternatives (Contextual & PPC)
Contextual & PPC advertising networks and services like Clicksor, Media.net work in a similar fashion to Google AdSense, each with its own set of available advertisers.
There are dozens of alternatives to Adsense, here are the most promising:
Media.net – like Adsense, but Bing and Yahoo Networks
5. Banners Ads & Selling Ad Space
Advertisers can rent space on your blog or website to place a banner with a link to their website. Like other advertisements, the sole purpose of a banner is to get people who are viewing your website to click on the banner, with an ultimate end goal of purchasing a product or service.
Banner ads work much like traditional ads in print (newspaper or magazine), but banner ads can actually physically bring users directly to the website that is being advertised. Banner ads can come in all shapes and sizes and can earn you a good deal of monthly income, all by simply adding a graphic to your blog.
Advertisers measure the success of banner ads a number of ways, including:
Page views: this measures how many visitors are visiting your website and are being exposed to the ad
Cost per sale: how much money is actually spent to make one sale.
Click-throughs: how many people clicked on the advertisement
If you’re interested in putting banner ads on your blog, you can contact businesses yourself to sell space on your site — or join a banner ad network. Besides Google Adsense & alternatives above, many of which have banner advertising, you can also check out:
Pro tip: If you have a website that is very niche or very local, sometimes selling year-long contracts via banner advertising space can be lucrative.
For example, you have a website about tourism in your area — rather than looking to a big advertising network, you would be better off selling space to local related businesses like hotels or B&B's.
Be sure to include a “Advertise on this site” link in your footer and contact page so the right advertisers can find you.
There are many other ways to make money through blogging