6 Ways to Monetize Your Blog
If you have a successful blog with a lot of subscribers who look forward to your high quality content – or if your blog is shared frequently via social media – then making money with your blog is a relatively simple process.
Here are some fast and easy ways to make money with your existing blog:
#1: Promote Affiliate Products
Within your blog’s content, you can reference affiliate products that you promote. These can be promoted either within the content itself, or as the focal point of the blog posting, such as product review or an endorsement.
#2: Click-Per-Action Offers
Click-Per-Action, or CPA, is when you get paid by a third party when visitors to your blog or website take a particular action, such as giving you their email address. There are many CPA networks you can go to find CPA offers you can include in our blog.
Some CPA networks offer payouts of just a few cents for every blog reader you get to click through to the offer while others can pay several dollars per click-through. The offers can be related directly to the content of your blog or entirely unrelated.
#3: Brand Placement
When you promote a particular brand or product within your blog, this is known as brand placement. If you have a lot of loyal subscribers, have a reputation as an expert in your field, or have a very popular that is frequently cited in the media, many advertisers will pay to be associated with your blog.
Usually, companies will approach the blogs or websites they want to place their brand or products in. But nothing prevents you from approaching companies and offering to promote their brands within our blog’s content, especially if your blog is already popular.
#4: Add a Mailing List/Newsletter Opt-In Form
Add a mailing list/newsletter opt-in form to your blog. When people sign up, use the subscriber list to promote products and services or sell the list to other bloggers or Internet marketers.
Every online business wants access to large, highly targeted email lists. When you have the addresses of people who proven to be interested in your niche, all you need to do is use your autoresponder to manage an email marketing campaign to promote your own products or services or those of other marketers.
#5: Sell Display Advertising
If your blog is self-hosted, you can sell as much display advertising you want and keep all the profits for yourself. What you can charge for ads depends on how many regular subscribers you have and on your reputation as a blogger
Ads can be placed the ads at the top, in the margins, or at the bottom of your blog page. You can charge advertisers per impression – in other words, a set amount per 1,000 viewers of your blog — or you can charge a fixed rate for an entire month.
#6: In-Text Advertising
Another type of ad you can sell on a self-hosted blog is in-text advertising. Links are placed inside your text and come with a double underline to differentiate them from normal links. When a user rolls the mouse over the link, a pop-up ad will appear that leads viewers to your advertiser’s web page or offer.
Writing blogs to share your specialized knowledge with other people is fun and rewarding. But there’s no reason you shouldn’t make money at the same time, especially given all the hard work and effort that goes into producing, promoting and distributing a high-quality, informative blog.
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