How To Monetize Your Blog

Monetize Your BlogBlogs mean many things to many people. Some enjoy the freedom of expression a blog allows. Getting to voice your opinion with those around you that may share a similar feeling or viewpoint. Expressing your love, hate, admiration, and appreciation for pretty much anything you can think of. Creating a blog or simply commenting on one is a great way to discover and contribute to people, places, and events that you feel passionate about. Nowadays, the joy of blogs extends past mere participation and into the world of business. And blogs are big business in today’s Internet driven society. Bloggers are not just utilizing their skills as content creators for fun anymore, but applying what they love to make themselves six-figure incomes.

The “blogosphere” grows wider everyday as new people see an opportunity to showcase their talents, discuss something they love, and also add or create an income stream they never had before. There are a number of highly successful ways to make money from your blog, and many of them are easier than you think.

Best Ways to Monetize Your Blog

Ads

This is usually the first and most obvious way people look to make money from their blog. Ads are often the bread and butter of blogging income. They can be overt, or more subtle so as not annoy your core readers. Ads range from contextual ads like Yahoo! Publisher Network, to RSS ads like CripsAds, and text based ads like Google’s extremely successful and profitable Google AdSense™ or any other Google Adsense alternatives. As your blog grows in readership, you can begin to sell your own ads.

Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs offer a great way for bloggers to drop product names while also getting paid for it. The most efficient way to utilize this strategy is to keep the affiliate programs reader-friendly. Offer your readers products that are relevant. Amazon Associates is a great option, while Chitika offers a number of different affiliate programs. Mix and match until you find the right blend without going overboard.

Donations

While you may feel uncomfortable asking for money from your readers, there is nothing wrong with wanting compensation for your hard work and contribution. PayPal offers an easy way to add a donation button to your blog.

Paid Content

Offering your readers different items they can purchase that contain useful information, which includes E-books, mini-guides, tutorials, and podcasts is another very useful way to make money with your blog.

Merchandise

As your blog grows and readers become more fond of you as a blogger, take advantage by offering merchandise. CafePress and Printfection are great sites that allow you to design and sell your own products from shirts, mugs, keychains, and bags.

Comments

  1. Mahesh Malakar says:

    I think affiliate programs are best to make big amount of money.

  2. Affiliate programs are the better way to earn money :).
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  3. dude, you missed the selling or private ads by a blogger
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  4. All are good points except the third one.I think no one will going to pay you for your hard work.

  5. blinkky says:

    For me, I prefer ads =)
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  6. Affiliate program always a good way to earn money but it need a huge community around the blog where Adsense need great traffic from search engine.
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    • What you have said is absolutely right Arafat.So why it is not easy to make money with affiliate programs or adsense.Hope to see you soon.

  7. I found your post pretty useful! Merchandise though, as you have mentioned, is not for even moderately popular bloggers. You need to have a sort of cult following for that to actually make any money. Affiliate programs are in fact the best, since even Adsense cannot provide you 100% relevant ads for a similar income. However, having both Adsense and your affiliate ads is definitely more beneficial than either of them individually.
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  8. I’ve been trying to monetize my blog thru ads and affiliates but the income flow is quite slow. Maybe I should try Paid Content when I have enough time to write.
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    • I have started using paid content and It is good.It is not easy to make good income with affiliate programs or adsense.Success always comes after hard work.So Marlene keep it up.

  9. Great job brother. I think all these matters helps you to earn more.

  10. From all of these, I think paid content is the best way to make money.
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  11. Sandeep Singh says:

    Out of all these think affliate program scores out !! thats the best suited fr me so far :D

  12. I used to have donations up, but I took them down to make the space available for direct ad sales slots. I like the combo of offerings I have up.
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  13. I am starting to offer services to businesses that don’t have the time to set up and maintain their own blog. I have found this is a needed niche as newspapers and yellow page ads are not bringing customers in like they used to.

    Anything that brings residual income is good. I have several niche sites. It seems like the smaller the niche, the better the income possibilities.
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  14. Affiliate marketing could take a while to pick up but with Adsense you can start earning right away with just the right amount of search engine traffic ;-)

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  15. I tried Advertisements and even donations worked for me but never tried my hands on affiliate marketing.
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  16. I just try affiliate 2 months ago and i got $100 :)
    but i think before you want to monetize your blog, you need traffic, backlinks, content etc.
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  17. Thanks actually the method of make money blogging vary according to traffic types. If your blog get most of traffic from google then ads is best not affiliate program. But if most of your blog reader are loyal readers then affiliate program is best for you. Thanks

  18. it is not always very easy to earn money online, it is a lot of work too..”-

  19. Thanks for the article! It was an interesting read. In my opinion the best monetization model is without a doubt affiliate marketing. My blog is at early stage yet and so I’m only using ads, but I plan on adding affiliate products later on. Paid content is also a concept with potential. I once discovered a site that paid for creating reviews on various products. Will have to check those opportunities once again.
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  21. TechDubDoob says:

    There are tons of ways to monetize but most people can’t get the traffic to make anything of it. That, or they’re not getting targeted traffic.
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  22. i also want to earn money online that is why i make lots of webpages and monetize them.:,,

  23. what is the best SEO Book for beginner anyway ? i downloaded some free SEO Books online”`: