6 Ways To Monetize Your Blog
Once you start compiling your content and adding it to your blog, it’s time to start thinking about how to monetize your blog with your new found information. Here are 6 ways to monetize your blog with your incredible content. So let’s get to it – I know that is what you were waiting on wasn’t it?
Promote Affiliate Programs
Finding products you can promote within your content is a great way to monetize your blog. One way to do this is to sign up for an affiliate program for the items you would like to promote. Once you have found them and signed up you will receive a link (your affiliate link) that you can use to send your blog readers to the product. When they make a purchase using your link, you will be rewarded with commissions.
When posting your content, think of items that will complement the content and search for affiliate programs for those types of products. For instance, if you are posting an article that discusses using video online, you could promote the software you use to create your own videos. Do you have a product or service you love and couldn’t live without? Put together a product review and use your affiliate link to send your reader to the company’s website. A word of caution with reviews – a reader can tell if you are just pushing a product to make a sale, so be honest. If there is something you don’t like about it, tell them. In other words, give a balanced review.
You can find affiliate programs in many places, but here are a few I recommend:
The company’s website – More and more business owners are realizing just how much creating an affiliate program for their products and services can increase business. Check right on the company’s website for information on how to sign up for their affiliate program.
Affiliate Networks – You can find tons of products in every market you could dream of here. Just sign up for a free publishers account, locate products you would like to promote. That’s all there is to it. www.ClickBank.com
Free affiliate articles – If you are looking for content that is ready for affiliate links visit www.FreeAffiliateArticles.com and you will find a bunch.
Mom Affiliate Network – if you cater to the mom market, I highly recommend checking this site out for family friendly products. You will also find programs to help Internet Marketers and those who want to work from home here. www.MomAffiliateNetwork.com
Search Engines – Many times you can put the type of product you are looking to promote plus the words “affiliate program” into your browser’s search feature and you will find lots of options.
This is the first set of 6 ways to monetize your blog.
The second set of 6 ways to monetize your blog involves Google Adsense. What is this?
Do you see those blocks of ads on blogs (including this one) and websites throughout the web that has “Ads by Google” at the bottom? Those are ads published via Google’s Adsense program.
Google sends targeted ads based on the content that appears on your blog. You can sign up for an account with Google’s Adsense program for free. Once you sign up you will be able to set up the type of ads you would like fed to your blog (text ads, block ads, banner ads, and more). As the content on your blog changes, Google changes the ads and you are paid whenever someone clicks on the ads. Please do not click on the ads on your blog or website, this is not allowed.
When done correctly, you can make very good money with Adsense, but it does take a bit of testing and tweaking to find the combination of ads that will work best for your individual blog. People are used to seeing these ads and although many people do ignore them, there are many more who will click the links and you will be compensated when they do.
Resale Rights Content
Resale rights content is another way to monetize your blog. This is content you purchase similar to PLR but with one exception. You usually don’t have the right to alter the content in anyway. You purchase the content for your use and are given the rights to resell it, which allows you to then turn around and sell the product yourself.
Normally, you will receive not only the product, but also the sales page and other web copy to add to your own website. You simply change the payment link to have it paid to you and whenever someone buys the product you get all the profits.
Master Resale Rights Content
If resale rights content isn’t good enough, there is also content you can purchase that comes with what’s known as Master Resale Rights. The difference between master resale rights and regular resale rights is:
Resale Rights – you can sell the product but you cannot pass those same rights on to your customers.
Master Resale Rights – You can not only sell the product and keep the profits, but you also have the ability to pass resale rights onto your customers. They can in turn sell the product as their own.
Each product has specific rules on how you can and cannot use the content no matter which type you are given. Due to this make certain you take the time to read the rules before just throwing the product up for sale or offering rights to others.
Here are some examples of products that offer resale rights you might want to try for your blog:
Create and sell Your own Info Products
Another idea is to create your own Info Products. Ok, I know you are probably shaking your head after reading number 4. You are probably wondering how in the world you would have the time to write your own information products when you are trying to save time and energy by not writing all your own blog posts. Hear me out, I promise it will be worth it.
Just like your blog posts, you can create information products that you can sell to your readers without writing all the content yourself. The absolute best and easiest way to do this is by purchasing PLR content that centers around the topic of the info product you would like to create and rework it a bit and compile it to create an eBook or guide you can then put up for sale. Here’s an example of what I mean:
Let’s say you have a blog about Green Living. One thing your readers would love to know is how to live a greener life without paying tons of money on things like solar panels, costly home additions, etc. You have decided you would like to create an eBook to help them go green by making small changes to their everyday lifestyles without breaking the bank. You would also like to show them ways they can not only live a greener life but even save in the process. We’ll call the product “Go Green without Breaking the Bank: Small Changes you can make to Live an Echo-Friendly Life while Saving Money”.
The first thing you would do is start searching for private label rights content that fits your subject. Next, you will want to compile all the PLR you have purchased into a logical, valuable document. Now, it’s time to add your own advice, tips, knowledge, etc. on the subject and form your finished product.
You have now created an entire eBook without having to write the majority of it yourself. Save your brain power for marketing your newly created product. Just remember, make any PLR you purchase your own by reworking it to fit your need and add or take away information as necessary.
Bonus Tip: To add value to your information product, record an audio version of your eBook and package it with the written version. You can also interview others in your field and add that too.
eCourse and Newsletters
Another great way to monetize your blog content is by adding free courses to your arsenal. You can put together courses that will give your readers further information about the topic of your blog.
For instance, if you run a blog about Labrador Retrievers, why not create a short 5 day course that tells owners of Lab puppies the best tips and tricks for house training the newest members of their family, Or create a course that gives important information on raising Labs specifically.
You can use PLR content or take content you have previously posted on your blog to create your courses.
Grab pre-written PLR courses on Internet Marketing topics at MostlySanePLR.com
This brings me to the next step in making money with your blog – bringing in visitors.
Ad networks are programs that serve ads onto your blog. Normally they pay per thousand impressions (usually described as CPM). So, an ad network that pays $3 CPM would pay $3 for every 1000 times the ad was viewed.
There are many sites like this online and you can find them by searching Google.
Donation / Becoming a Sponsor
Asking readers to donate to your site is another method of monetization. Be aware that it is not easy to make money with, unless you have a sponsor who donates a lot. Before making requests for donation, your readers need to know why you need it. Some possible reasons could be:
New product creation
Researching costs, etc.
There are tools available to collect your donations via credit card through your website. These include Click and Pledge, Network for Good and Gift Tool. Promotion of your site with donation as an option has to be done to encourage potential donors to go there. When promoting your blog for donation be sure to use big, bold and beautiful buttons to make it easy to find the ‘donate’ option on your blog.