Let me start off by saying these are not get rich quick schemes. These are legitimate way to monetize your blog content and earn some extra money. Just because you follow these methods doesn’t mean you will automatically make money. It’s going to take a lot of work.
2 things you must have before you can make money:
- Good Content
- Decent amount of traffic
Assuming you have good content and have built up a decent amount of traffic then let me share with you 5 ways to make money from your blog in 2018.
**Check out my post on 6 places to share your blog content for more traffic.**
Even if you’re just starting out blogging I recommend you go ahead and monetize from the start even if you don’t quite have the traffic yet.
1. Google Adsense
Google Adsense ads are the easiest and most common way of generating income from your blog. You sign-up for an Adsense account and then place the code script they give you on your site and ads will begin to appear.
You can choose from a variety of sizes and shapes to fit your website. I recommend choosing the responsive style of ad so that it automatically adjusts the ad size to fit whatever device it is being viewed on.
Recently Google rolled out Adsense Auto Ads. That is what this site uses. You put one snippet of code on your site and Google decides where to place ads and what size they should be.
Different users will see different ad sizes and positions depending what device they’re using and some other variables.
The biggest drawback to AdSense is that you really have to develop a fair amount of traffic to your site before you can expect to make more than a few cents a day.
2. Affiliate Marketing
Another good way to make money on your blog is through affiliate marketing. This is when you recommend a service or product to your audience using special links, and you earn a commission when someone clicks those links and buys something.
Amazon has one of the most popular affiliate programs called Amazon Associates. You can sell books or anything else on Amazon after you open an affiliate account and put the links on your website.
Supposing you had a blog about food you might want to place some Amazon affiliate links on your site for your favorite cookbooks.
3. Sell Ads Directly
Selling ads directly on your website can be another good way to monetize. If you have a WordPress site (and you should) there are plugins you can download that will let you easily sell ad space on your blog.
You can also sign-up for a service like BuySellAds with a marketplace that matches up site owners with advertisers in your niche. There’s even a BuySellAds WordPress plugin that let’s you easily insert the ads on your site.
**If you’re new to WordPress check out my 4 tips for beginners**
4. Sponsored Posts
If you have a really popular blog there’s usually some companies out there who would be interested in paying you to talk about them. It works similar to the way it does on TV shows or in sports where you see “brought to you by [insert company name].
BuzzFeed is a good site to see how this works. They often work out partnerships with big brands like Coca-Cola or Gillette.
The best way to get started with sponsored posts is by creating a one-page media kit on your site for potential sponsors to look at. It should have detailed traffic stats, social media following, audience demographics, and any other relevant data a sponsor might find appealing.
You always want to make sure you label your sponsored posts clearly so that you don’t break any laws. In the US, you must comply with the FTC’s Endorsement Guides when publishing sponsored posts. Part of that is clearly labeling a post as sponsored.
It goes without saying you will need to have a lot of traffic usually to get someone to pay you to talk about their product or service.
5. Accept Donations
Believe it or not donations is absolutely a valid way to make money on your blog. You simply ask people to donate if they find your blog useful. Some websites will hold a big donation rally maybe once a month and ask their audience to donate if they can.
You can tell your audience your funding goal for this month is $500 to pay your server bills to keep the site running.
You may think this sounds weird or like begging but it’s not at all. The people that love your site and get to consume all your content for free will usually make a donation if you ask.
You don’t need to be pushy. Make it feel like a big group fundraising goal that everyone is invested in and excited to help you reach. You can even put a meter bar showing how close to the donations goal you are.
To accept donations it’s very easy to add a Paypal button or Stripe donate button to a WordPress site.
Donations is the method Wikipedia uses about once a year to raise money to keep the site going.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the ways you can make money from your blog. However, these are some of the most common and easiest ways to make money. I will be doing another post in the near future looking at some other more advanced ways to monetize your blog.
As I stated at the outset no matter how you decide to monetize your blog it still takes a lot of work to make money and it’s not something that will happen overnight.
I hope this post will serve as a handy guide to getting you started.