If you’re new to blogging and are interested in making money doing it, trying to figure out exactly how to make that happen can be an overwhelming process. Also, keep in mind that if your blog is very new, it might take a while to see much return on your efforts no matter what money-earning avenues you take. Still, it’s very much worth it if you just keep plugging away.
Here is a list of some of the most popular methods for earning money with your blog:
Pay Per Click Ads
You can create an account with Google Adsense (the most popular network) or other places and put ads on your blog. These are often pay per click, though some might be pay per impression. The amount you get per click will vary depending on what ad is displayed. As stated above, most people use Google Adsense, but if that won’t work for you, you can try Chitika ads. Another good one that I’ve had decent luck with is Media.net. Next to Google, Media.net is my favorite.
In-text links are those that you see inside the text of a blog post. Yes, I know they can be annoying to some people (OK, maybe most people), but if you need to make money with your blog, you may want to consider using them because they do pay off. I used them for a while on this blog, and they were a steady little income stream for me. If you’re going to go that route, I recommend Infolinks. Other options are Kontera and Vibrant Media.
Become an Affiliate
You can register your site with some companies/affiliate networks and get paid for recommending certain products and services to your readers. If you readers take action on something you’ve recommended, either by signing up with their email address (pay per lead) or by actually making a purchase (pay per sale), then you get paid! But please try to do this honestly and stick with recommending things that you feel might actually be worthwhile to at least some of your readers.
There are a lot of bloggers that make the bulk of their money through affiliate marketing. I’m about to give you a list of some popular affiliate networks to join, but keep in mind that some of them are very picky when it comes to getting approved. They usually want to know how old your site is, how much traffic you get, etc. So don’t be disappointed if you don’t get approved immediately by some. Just try again in a few more months:
- Commission Junction
- Escalate Network
- Panthera Network
- Logical Media
- My Savings Media
- Amazon Associates
I actually wrote a blog post about making money as an affiliate that goes into more detail if you want to read that.
Some companies/brands will pay you to write posts about them on your blog! Again, the honesty rule applies. If you only write glowing reviews about all these random brands, your readers will begin to suspect that you’re not being totally honest. When you write sponsored posts, for sure list all the pros, but don’t be afraid to point out the occasional con just because you’re being paid for the post. Try to remain as unbiased as possible, your readers will appreciate it.
If you want to start doing some sponsored posts, try listing your blog with some of these sites:
You can read what I wrote about writing sponsored blog posts if you need more detail on how that works.
You can also earn money offering paid advertising space anywhere on your blog. Just create an “Advertise here” page on your site with the rates and information. You can view my advertising page here if you want to get an example. Make sure the page contains details regarding how much you charge for different ad sizes (125×125, 250×250, 468×60, and 728×90 are four popular sizes if you’re not familiar with that aspect of it).
Potential advertisers sometimes want to know details about your site, such as how much traffic you get each month and also your Alexa and PR (Page Rank). So find out what your stats are on these things and list that on your page. When it comes to Alexa rankings, the lower the better. With PR, the higher the better. If your site is very new, you are probably going to have a lower PR and a higher Alexa, but you’ll most likely see these numbers rise as you add more content and your site ages.
You might want to consider also adding an “Advertise Here!” graphic in your sidebar so that potential advertisers will know that you offer paid space. Try to make the graphic link back to the “Advertising” page you created.
Do you know of any other ways to make money blogging? Please share!