Have you ever thought about how you can make money blogging? Sure, it’s nice to know there is money to be made, but how do you get around to actually making it? Making money through a blog comes down to several different options, not just one. It’s important to realize this as you create a blog and then look at ways to start earning an income from it.
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When I first started blogging in 2010 things were a bit different. Blogs were more about your day to day life and less about making money. Things have really changed. Now you can talk about your passion and make money too. Brands love to work with bloggers, we are the REAL people of the web.
Blogging is a REAL full time job. If you have been blogging for any length of time you know that it is A LOT of work and the learning curve is never ending. With the changing of algorithms, rules and regulations, you have to stay on top of things to keep up. Blogging is an ever-changing business, but there is absolutely money in it. And for me making extra money doing something I love and helps others is a WIN WIN!
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- Google AdSense/Ad Manager
- Affiliate Links
- Advertising/Banner Ads
- Sponsored Posts
- Reviewing Products
- Selling Digital Products
- One-On-One Coaching
How to Make Money Blogging
Google AdSense/Ad Manager
This is one of the most lucrative ways you can make money blogging. You apply to be a part of the program, they would either deny or approve you. After this, you will have a HTML code to place on your site. This code places ads on your website from Google. Or you can use a plugin if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.
Google is pretty picky about who they choose. I learned the hard way to not apply until your blog has a decent amount of content on it because they will deny you. They also deny you for other reasons, but this is what of the top things they look at.
There are other networks out there that can help you make money, but this is a really good place to start! After you get traffic built up you can venture out and apply for Mediavine or Ad Thrive if you want.
This is a HUGE way to make money from blogging as well. Affiliate links are when you partner with a brand. You get a percentage of the money for selling something on their behalf. Links are placed inside of your blog posts. One of the most popular affiliate programs for bloggers is Amazon.
You will notice that Amazon will pay you when you drive traffic to their website and someone purchases something because of your link. It’s not a ton of money from Amazon. But there are dozens of affiliate link options out there.
Just make sure that you’re disclosing that there are affiliate links on your website as this is an important FTC (Federal Trade Commission). The main goal of the FTC is to eliminate and prevent bad business practices. You’ll learn a lot about them as you continue to make money from blogging.
Sometimes there are companies that will pay you to place an ad on YOUR website. Pretty cool, huh? This is a private transaction based on what you decide. You may let a company place a banner ad on your website and they pay you $30 a month. That’s a $1 a day for something with little effort.
Don’t go bananas with ads, it can really take away from the overall look and feel of the blog. You don’t want to look spammy, so I would pick a limit of ad spaces you offer and stick with it.
The choice is yours with private ads and making money. You do need to be careful because you want to put ads on your website that align with your niche or what you provide your readers. Some readers can be put off by certain ads, just keep this in mind as you move forward with different ways you can make money.
Make Money from your Blog using Sponsored Posts
A sponsored post is usually a post that tells a story, which also includes a related link to a brand. It’s not a review, but rather just a mention of a product within a post.
For example, if the brand is Pepsi, you would write a blog post about anything related to your niche and just tie the brand Pepsi into it.
What you charge for these is absolutely up to you. Keep in mind the research, time and energy you will have to put into this post and then calculate, what that time and energy is worth to you.
You will need to disclose within the post that this is a sponsored post.
There is money in trying out products related to your niche and writing a review post on your blog. And yes, you can get paid for this. You get the full product and you charge for research, time and energy that goes into writing the post and sharing the product with your audience.
There are 2 types of Review Posts
1) Basic Review Post
A basic review is pretty self explanatory, it’s a post written specifically about the product. In this post you will explain your experiences, likes, dislikes, pros, cons and opinions about that product.
2) Evergreen Review Post
This is similar to the sponsored post, but the story revolves more around the product you are reviewing. But the content isn’t completely about the product. Example – if you were reviewing a planner, you could make the title of the post 5 effective ways to plan your day, and make 1 of the ways specifically about the planner you are reviewing, placing all your opinions and experiences about that specific planner in there as well.
You will need to disclose within review posts that you were given the product and compensated for your time within this post.
Make Money Blogging by Selling Digital Products
Something you will notice is that digital products are all the rage right now to make money blogging. People are highly into learning how to do something themselves, be inspired, and just do better. If you have something digital that you can sell your audience, then go for it.
Some digital products you may consider selling are:
- Recipe books
- Limited memberships
This is the course I took to learn how to make printables. If you have the right audience, you can sell anything! Keep in mind that the general public loves to save money, so make sure you’re offering a good deal and something that keeps them coming back. Take good care of your people.
Time with YOU – One-On-One Coaching
Most readers love all that other stuff, but really they want more of YOU! That may sound kind of creepy, but most readers follow you because they enjoy what you have to say and are gleaning from all of your amazing content!
These days, since everything is online, you can sell your time. If someone wants to get inside your head and understand what you’re offering the world, then why not make money at the same time?
This isn’t being greedy! You can’t give the knowledge away in your head for free forever. Think of it as a live personalized course of sorts.
Your blog already offers good information, right? If people want more of that time with you, then become a coach! You can coach them through whatever you want to. Blogging? Homeschooling? Business Owner? The options are endless!
Making money with your blog is going to be work. You will to have to invest a ton of your time in the beginning, but once you start making some money you can hire a VA. Actually, I do some VA work for bloggers on the side as well. Mostly graphic design, but it’s something I enjoy doing and helps to add another stream of income.
I wish you all the best in your new endeavor.
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