If you're reading this then you have probably already started your blog and now you are looking for ways to generate income with it. Blogging about something you love and getting paid for it is one of the most awesome jobs you can have. But don't forget it is definitely a job. With the right tips and the right audience, you can make an income with your blog! Here's some ideas on how to monetise your blog:
The first and most obvious option are ad networks. The most popular among bloggers is Google Adsense. The popularity comes from how simple it is to use and it is fairly successful. All you have to do is sign up for free and answer a few simple questions. Once you're done with that you can then create a new ad. There are many choices when you are creating ads, you have control over the broad subject you would like the ads to cover but Google ultimately decides what ads will be used on your site. A simple code is generated for you to throw anywhere on your blog, like the sidebar, in posts, etc. That's all it takes for ads. There are many ad networks out there and it is absolutely worth looking into each one's pros and cons.
Affiliate marketing is basically advertising with links. For example, you can become an Amazon affiliate and sell advertise products that pertain to your particular audience. For example, if you run a blog about fashion or something of the sort you can throw in a simple link to a makeup pallet. You'll receive a commission based on whether someone buys and you may even make some money from the advertising that is already on Amazon.
You can also become a member of the affiliate window (for the US, click HERE)which gives you access to a multitude of sites that offer affiliate programmes that work in much the same way that Amazon does. They include sites like Etsy and the like.
Merchandise is sort of tricky. It is admittedly a little tougher for a newer blog to sell merchandise. However, those with an established or a rapidly growing audience will find that offering merchandise is a great way to add a stream of income to your site. You can offer a lot of different products depending on your audience. Some examples include things like wearable merchandise like t-shirts or bags, or even eBooks.
When it comes to making money off of your blog or website there are so many options for everyone. While not every option will work for everyone, some combination may work for you better than another. Knowing how to monetise your blog will help you if you want to turn your passion into a steady income. Remember to get into every stream of income that you can handle. With each one trickling in small numbers, it will add up over time and you will be successful.
If you have questions feel free to leave them down in the comments.