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Monetizing a blog in the right way can do wonders!
If you haven’t started making money, don’t get disheartened. Always bear in mind that your patience, hard work and resolution to succeed and make money will do the magic sooner or later. Don’t give up and leave where you have started.
Be optimistic and try to utilize every opportunity that comes in your way.
Experiment and evaluate the leading ways of monetizing a blog. Give time and take time until you find the rightful way to monetize your blog. Remember, with the right direction, planning and a little bit of logic this can be achieved quicker.All that matters is the path you chose for website monetization.
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Top 8 Ways of Monetizing Your blog
There are ‘N’ number of ways to monetize a blog. But today, I’m not going to list them only, just the ones which are proven to be profitable and highly recommended by successful bloggers for making money from a blog.
Try to find out the best that suits your blog and work on it, you will definitely succeed in making money from your blog. Lets begin with the least effective and move on to the most lucrative ones…
8) Google Adsense
Google Adsense is still the most popular way to monetizing a blog.
All you need to do is Sign Up for Google Adsense Account. Once you get AdSense approval you can place a code on your website that will start displaying relevant ads on your website. You make money when your visitor clicks on that ad to go to another website, driven by contextual relevancy.
This is the easiest business model to make money through website monetization. Google Adsense is one such source of website income which you can never neglect even though there are many other alternatives.
But is also likely a low earner compared to the potential of some of the other business models like affiliate marketing, services, email marketing and selling products.
You get decent money once your blog starts getting massive traffic.
If you’re struggling to reach payout with Google Adsense you can try below ways or opt for other Adsense alternatives like Bing Contextual Ads, Infolinks.
Hot Tip: If you are trying to sell a product or service on your website, try not to put Google AdSense ads or, in fact, any advertisements at all. There are a couple of reasons for this:
- If your competitor places an ad that Google finds relevant for your page then their ad will appear on your page. You may thus lose sales to that competitor as a result of the ads.
- Ads distract your visitors from the real focus of your site. By clicking on these links your visitors might go to some other site even if those links do not lead to your competitors.
7) Selling Advertisement Space
You can start monetizing a blog by selling advertisements when you have a reasonable traffic to your blog. However, the thought of Selling advertising on a website or a blog with limited or no traffic isn’t silly. Though its true that most advertisers are interested in putting their product in front of the highest number of eyeballs possible. Some advertisers find many good reasons to sell ad space on low-traffic websites.
You can still succeed with limited traffic by delivering the right type of customer.Ultimately what interests the advertiser is the conversions and clicks.
But before you go in search of an advertiser, get a good understanding of your website’s traffic. Do a bit of research on your google analytic stats. The factors like number of unique daily visitors, average actions per visit, bounce rate and page views help you when you are ready to approach your advertiser. You can also fix the amount you prefer to charge for your ad space, based on these stats.
Once you’re ready it’s time to look for advertisers and draft your first advertising offer.The banner ad price might vary from $10/month to as much as $5000 per month depending on your website performance.
You can start Selling Advertisements directly or as part of an ad network. Each has its pros and cons. Some large networks may not give you the opportunity if you don’t have enough traffic. Many sites make more profit from direct ad sales than from AdSense, but it is more work managing selling ads directly.
While, Ad networks can put you in touch with many more advertisers, but they also take a chunk of your profit. Often this chunk will be negligible, considering the network will allow you to sell more ad space.
Another tip: Think before you leap! Be careful with your advertising and chose only those ads appropriate for your audience. Always remember that any advertisement that drives away traffic from your website, even if it pays wells, will ultimately hurt rather than help.
6) Embed YouTube Videos
Here’s another thought-provoking way to monetizing a blog. This is a trending and productive money-making strategy applied and tested by many successful bloggers.
Embed Your YouTube videos on your blog!
Videos speak louder than content!
If you understand this then you’ll easily be able to understand the marketing strategy behind this monetization technique.
You might be wondering what to produce. Produce videos related to your niche/products/services anything.
You can make money by selling advertising on these YouTube videos.Besides that, there are several other ways to earn money from your YouTube videos. The intriguing feature about this is that you can earn extra revenue from both, your blog and videos.
By default, YouTube automatically enables ads on all monetized video clips on which you’ve enabled monetization.
The prime reason behind the success of this method is the interlinking of your income sources (blog & YouTube).
Start making money Embedding YouTube Videos on Your Blog
Sponsorships are when a company will pay you to review and promote a product. I’ve seen many pro bloggers make good money accepting sponsored posts and posting product reviews on their blogs. With sponsorships there are benefits for you and the company sponsoring you may earn a percentage of the sales that come from your viewers.
Gaining sponsorships is not always easy and some sponsorships may be harder to get than others.The first factor companies will look at is your viewer and subscriber base.
The best way to gain sponsorship will be to contact companies yourself.Email them, call them and if you are close then drop in. During the chat, explain that you want sponsorship then explain how your website is marketable and how you will help them. Tell them how many subscribers you have and how many monthly views you get and then explain what you would like such as a discount code or a product to review.
Remember, do not charge heavily, especially if you are a small channel.If a company declines you, you can retry when you grow more and apply to different companies for acceptance.
4) Affiliate Marketing
What if you don’t have products and services to sell? What should you do then?
Well, you can also make money blogging by selling someone else’s products and services (aka affiliate marketing). All you need to do is sign up for an affiliate program, start promoting products with your affiliate link on receiving approval.
Affiliate marketing is a good way to start with. Here at Hearmefolks, I mostly promote products that I use and make a tidy sum promoting them.
Many successful bloggers have made good money with affiliate marketing from selling real users products and services. For instance, Michelle from Making Sense of Cents makes over 50K solely from affiliate income which is just insane and she shares the secrets in her course. Her course, ‘Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing’ takes you step-by-step through the entire affiliate marketing process. If you’re planning to get into affiliate marketing, I would definitely recommend you to get it right now!
Instead of approaching each and every affiliate program individually, you can straightaway apply for some leading marketing networks like Shareasale, Commission Junction, Max Bounty that run an in-house affiliate program. Upon approval, search for the products and services which are relevant to your niche and join them.
The merchant will provide you with a special link that contains a unique referral code assigned to you to track conversions. If people click that unique link and buy the product or service you get a commission on the sale.
Making money from affiliate recommendations is hard work but it generates steady passive income, unlike other ad-based models you only get paid when one of your visitors actually converts.
In order to begin generating those passive sales, you’ll need to put in a few years of hard work to generate the brand and audience.
3) Offer Consultancy Services
Are you an expert in your niche, then you can start promoting your consulting services. You can offer consulting services via email, forum, and Skype on an hourly basis and get paid for your knowledge. Many pro-bloggers offer consulting and one-one coaching services and make a hell lot of money.
Create and upload a short video which demonstrates what you offer your potential clients. Something like a motivational lecture, perhaps, a slide show or something similar might serve the purpose.You can use the video to establish your expert status and thereby expand your consulting services.
Moreover, this method isn’t suitable for start-ups, unless you excel in a field. If you can showcase your talents and skills to the public, you can straightaway start offering consultancy services. Otherwise, you need to gain expertise and then aim for offering such services in the future as you grow your website.
2) Email Marketing
Email marketing is often reported as the second most effective online marketing tactic. All you need to do is build your email list.
Remember, it’s not direct money and you won’t get rich by sending emails. It’s an indirect way of monetizing a blog. The results of which show up in the long-term.
Email marketing helps you first create relationships with your followers by simply offering great information and/or help either paid or free. Spamming through emails is never a good idea.
This method is considered fairly mandatory for any type of product sales. With email marketing, you can reach substantial numbers of email subscribers who have opted in (i.e., consented) to receive email communications from your website.
It’s better late than never! If you haven’t, start building your email list from today, otherwise your definitely lose a valuable portion of your customers.
1) Sell Your Own Products
The #1 way to make big money from a blog is by creating and selling Products your Audience will Love (and buy!).
YOU will make SO MUCH MORE MONEY as a creator than the affiliates and ad-sellers ever will.
You will make more money (10x more money) selling your own products in your own sidebar than selling someone else’s.
All you need is a loving audience and a product.
Once you have products to sell, simply create a landing page describing the benefits of owning it. Start marketing your products via blog posts and videos to reach a larger audience.
For Example: If you’re an author with books to sell, you can excerpt a small portion the book. Likewise, if you’re an artist, you might produce a photo slideshow of his work, and the crafts-maker might upload a short video walk-through of the crafts she has for sale. Let your promotions do the sales for you.
To start selling, create the order form, and the auto email order confirmation.Then setup a Merchant PayPal account to receive money.Finally, track the costs and revenue of selling a product online. Worried then start selling your digital products by partnering with an e-commerce platform like Sendowl that cares about conversion rates and ease of use.
If you have a great product and a solid marketing plan, you can set up an online e-commerce store.
This form of website monetization is the toughest of all since it involves all the work from production to promotion. But, it’s the most productive way of monetizing a blog. Once you get reasonable traffic and deliver good sales pitch it turns simple.
In my opinion, these are the most popular ways of monetizing a blog that yields reasonable or huge profits. But that’s not all to the list.
In my upcoming posts, I wish to add some more ways of making money from your blog. They are in no way connected with the ones listed above and are totally “out of the box”.
Figuring out what works for you and your website doesn’t mean picking one strategy and sticking with it. Try multiple approaches, and track the results.
Whether you prefer to sell your own products, partner with other ad networks, mix and match methods to create a strategy that works for you.
Show some patience and wait for the time to come.Your hard work will definitely repay itself.
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