Are you looking to earn money with a blog? If so, 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 straightforward, easy methods for earning money with your blog.
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5 Ways to Earn Money With a Blog
#1 – Pay Per Click Ads
Ads are awesome because they are true passive income. You sign up with a network (like Media.net or Adsense), create an ad block once you're logged into your account (easy to do), and then copy/paste the code on your site.
The ads should start displaying shortly after you've pasted in your code, and you will earn a little money every time they get clicked on by your site visitors. You don't really have to think about them much again once they are in place. However, they won't do much to help you earn money with a blog until you start seeing some regular traffic to your blog.
#2 – In-Text Links
In-text links are those ads that you see inside the text of a blog post, and they usually have a small pop-up window that appears when you hover over a link. 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 in-text links for a while on this blog, and they definitely were a steady little income stream for me. In the few years I used them here, I think I only had maybe two people complain about them.
If you're going to use in-text links on your blog, I recommend Infolinks. That's who I used, and they were easy to set up and very reliable with pay.
#3 – Become an Affiliate
One of the easiest ways to earn money with a blog is to sign up for various affiliate networks and get paid for recommending certain products and services to your readers. If your 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 a commission!
It goes without saying, but please try to do this honestly and stick with recommending things that you feel might actually be worthwhile to your readers. Don't just promote anything and everything so you can make a quick buck.
Most affiliate networks will provide you with affiliate links you can use throughout your content for recommending their products and services, and also banner ads that work similarly to pay per click ads where you just copy/paste the code in on your blog wherever you want the banner to appear. The difference is, with the affiliate banner ads, you only earn money if someone signs up for what you're promoting. Typically, affiliate banners aren't pay per click.
There are a lot of bloggers that make the bulk of their money through affiliate marketing. Here's a list of some good affiliate networks I am a part of, have been paid by, and do recommend:
- shareasale.com – Has a little everything. Pays monthly via direct deposit as long as you've earned at least $100. If you don't earn $100, the money will roll over to the next month.
- Panthera Network – This one has lots of paid survey offers, so it's great if you ever blog about making extra money. They pay monthly via Paypal or check. You need at least $50 earned to get a payment.
- Shop Her – In addition to paid survey offers, ShopHer also has lots of offers that would work well to promote on a freebies, deals, or “mom” type blog. They pay monthly on the 15th with Paypal provided you've earned at least $50 in that month.
I actually wrote a blog post about making money as an affiliate with more detail.
#4 – Sponsored Posts
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 may become suspicious of your honesty. When you write sponsored posts, for sure list all the pros. It's also OK to point out the occasional con if they exist. Try to remain as unbiased as possible, your readers will appreciate it.
Here are sites to join for paid sponsored post opportunities:
#5 – Direct Advertising
Another simple way to earn money with a blog is via direct advertising. Just create an “Advertise here” page on your site with your rates and information. You can view my advertising page here if you want to get an example. Keep in mind that the more traffic you get, the more you should be able to charge for your space. You can visit other blogs and see what their traffic is if they have it posted. Then, try to price your space accordingly if you're unsure what to charge.
Potential advertisers usually want site details, such as your traffic stats and numbers of social media and email subscribers. For this reason, you should make sure the info is visible either on your advertising page or inside a downloadable media kit.
You might want to consider also adding an “Advertise Here!” graphic in your sidebar. If you have one, potential advertisers will know you offer paid space.
So those are five of the most common ways bloggers make money. But the great thing about blogging is that you're the master of your own domain, so you get to choose exactly how you earn.
If you know of some creative ways to earn money with a blog, please share them in the comments below!