I decided to make a huge list of resources today for anyone who either already has a blog or is thinking about starting one. The following are several ways you can make money with your blog, and after I’m done I’m going to more or less copy and paste this list of resources over onto the “Blogging” section of my directory so it will all be there for easy future reference.
Please keep in mind that if your site is very new, you may not be able to get in on some of the affiliate programs I mention. Some of those do require that your site is at least a few months old before they will accept you.
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Ad Networks to Join
- Google Adsense – Adsense is PPC (pay per click). Some of the ads may also pay per impression (a set amount depending on how many times they are viewed). You cannot click your own ads and you cannot ask others to click for you or you’ll get banned from the program. More people use Adsense than any other network. You can get paid via check or direct deposit once you have accumulated $100.
- Media.net – Delivers targeted ads based on the content on each page. This company pays net 30 if you have $100 accumulated via wire transfer or Paypal. High volume publishers can possibly get paid net 7 after their fourth payment.
- The Blogger Network – I don’t know a ton about this ad network, but it comes highly recommended by some bloggers.
- AdThrive – I use this network and have been very happy with them. They install and manage the ads themselves for you, so you don’t have to worry with it. They are pay per impression and mine has been higher than it is with other networks. You do have to have at least 100,000 page views per month to qualify to join.
Other Popular Publisher Ad Networks
- BlogHer Publishing Network – This one is very popular for blogs geared toward women. Ads are pay per impression. You have to place their ads near the top of the page (above the fold). Your blog must be at least 90 days old to be considered. They pay 45 days after the close of each month as long as you have earned more than $25. Pay is by check or Paypal.
- Federated Media – This one is used by many blogs with very high traffic, and it’s not easy to get in.
- Lijit – This one is owned by Federated Media and works with more “small-time” bloggers. Pays every 30 days.
- Glam Media – Can’t find a lot of details on this one. You need over 100K page views per month to get in.
These are the little ads that pop-up within the text when you hover your mouse over them. Lots of people find them annoying, but they can definitely earn you money.
- Infolinks – This is the one I use and recommend. They are easy to get in with and pay monthly with Paypal, bank transfer, Payoneer, ACH, or via Infolinks prepaid Mastercard. They also have lots of options for tweaking the ads to make them look how you want. $50 minimum payout.
- Vibrant Media – Has in-text ads and also display and in-image ads.
Popular Affiliate Networks
When you sign up to be an affiliate, you earn money (either per lead or per sale) when your readers sign up for something you recommend. There are several different networks to join with hundreds of campaigns you can pick and choose from to promote. Always try to do this honestly and only promote things you feel are worth recommending. Some of these networks might not take you if your site is very new, but you can try again when it has some age on it.
- Panthera Network – Lots of offers for surveys, get paid to sites as well as many other things. They pay with a $50 minimum via check or Paypal.
- ShopHer – ShopHer pays like clockwork on the 15th of each month via Paypal. They have lots of money-saving and paid survey type offers. Usually great for mom, money-making, and/or deal blogs.
- Share a Sale – This is a very large network with a huge variety of offers, similar in many ways to Commission Junction. They pay monthly as long as you’ve accumulated $50.
- Escalate Media – This network is popular among “mommy” and “deal” bloggers because they have a lot of offers that fit with those kinds of sites, but you may find a lot you can use there even if you don’t have a site like that. Pretty easy to get accepted and they pay monthly via Paypal with just a $25 minimum.
- Linkshare – Like Commission Junction and Share a Sale, this one has a little of everything.
- Amazon Associates – Earn a commission on Amazon product sales. Pretty easy to get in. Not available in some states.
- Commission Junction – A huge network with hundreds and hundreds of offers available in every category you can imagine. Payment minimum is $50.
If you can’t find something you’d like to get paid for promoting inside one of the above networks, send an email to see if the company has an affiliate program you can sign up for, or check their company website to see if there is one. Many companies manage their own affiliate programs independently.
Automated Affiliate Marketing Options
If you are intimidated by affiliate marketing or you can’t get in with some of the networks you want in on, you might want to think about automating the process. Programs like the ones mentioned below will affiliate any and all relevant links on your blog so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. Just write your content and relax knowing that these programs are working in the background. You can also use these even if you are comfortable with affiliate marketing just to ensure there are no missed opportunities.
- Viglink – It’s very easy to set this up on your blog, and if you get any earnings they will send them to you monthly no matter how small. Tons of major partners including Amazon, Ebay, Wal-Mart, etc.
- SkimLinks – I haven’t tried this company, but they are similar to Viglink.
Selling Ad Space On Your Blog
- Blogads – Another network that lets you set up ad space on your blog and set your own price. According to Blogads, you need at least 30,000 page impressions per month to attract many advertisers. Seventy percent of the revenue you earn goes to you and payments are made net 30.
- BuySellAds – Sell ad space on your blog, set your own rates, and have the freedom to decline the ads you don’t want. They take a 25 percent commission on your sales.
You can sell ad space on your site completely manually without using any service at all.
Writing Sponsored Posts
A lot of bloggers make extra cash by writing sponsored posts for companies. If you are interested in doing that, here are some sites to sign up with:
- Linqia – Sign up to be a “storyteller” and get invited to do paying sponsored posts for brands on your blog.
- Tomoson – I’ve signed up here and done some sponsored posts. You will either get paid in the form of an item to review on your blog, or monetary compensation.
- Business2Blogger – Register and browse their job board for sponsored post opportunities that interest you, then apply.
- LinkWorth – This company lets you sign up to write sponsored posts in addition to several other things.
Product Reviews & Giveaway Blogging
This is super popular with mom and deal bloggers and sort of ties in with sponsored posts mentioned above. Very close to the same thing. Get a product in the mail, write a review, maybe hold a giveaway … and in return you either get paid and/or keep the product. From what I understand, in many cases the only reward you get is the free product. Still, if this sort of thing interests you, here are some sites to apply with that can help you connect to relevant advertisers:
Misc. Ways to Earn From Your Blog
These options don’t really fit into one category:
Sometimes you need a helpful, written guide to understand how to get a blog going and start seeing a return with it. If you want to read some books on it, these are the three I recommend that helped me a ton:
- How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul
- How to Make Money Blogging – How I Replaced My Day Job With My Blog
- Pro-Blogging Secrets: Strategies, Tips, and Answers You Need to Grow Your Blog and Earn More Money
There is only one blogging course I’ve taken personally and highly recommend, and this is Elite Blog Academy. It’s not open all the time — usually just a few times per year — but it is fantastic and I credit it completely for taking me from 300,000 page views per month to nearly 800,000 page views per month in just one years time.
I will be adding to this list as I come across more options! Feel free to chime in with your recommendations. 🙂 I also encourage you to visit the blogging page in my directory for a more thorough list.
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