How To Make Money From Blogging (The Best 5 Ways)
A lot of people start a blog with the intention to make money from blogging but end up not achieving this goal.
I’ll admit, making money through blogging isn’t an easy task and certainly not the easiest way to making money online.
First, you’ll have to create a blog, write good articles, start growing your traffic and social media followers, then start trying out various monetization techniques for your blog.
Believe me, it can be very frustrating and tiring most of the time. Yes, I know this because I have been there.
However, one thing I can assure you is that blogging is for sure one of the most reliable ways to make money, and definitely worth all the stress and investment because it sure pays, and very well at that.
There are many reasons why most people end up not making money online or from their blogs.
One of them is a lack of knowledge. Yes, a lot of persons have been able to get their blog up and running, apply for Google Adsense, but don’t know there are other great ways to monetize their blogs.
Hence, they end up not trying other ways to make money from their blogs.
If you are reading this article, It means you really want to make money from blogging; and you certainly will, provided you take action right away and try out some of the ways to make money from blogging that I’ll be sharing pretty soon.
5 Reliable Ways To Make Money From Blogging
Since this is a quiet lengthy article, we have added a table of contents for easier navigation.
Below are 5 fail-proof ways you can make money from your blog.
1. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest and most reliable ways to make money on your blog.
Here is how affiliate marketing works:
First, a company has a product they sell on their website and need more people to know about this product so they can make more sales.
Because of this need, they partner with you to help them get the word out to your audience (friends, families, etc) and agree they pay you a certain commission (an agreed amount of money) for each person you are able to bring to buy their product.
In order for them to know the sales that are coming from you since you probably ain’t the only partner or affiliate marketer they have, they give you a unique code or link.
Each time a buyer uses this your code or link and successfully purchase their product, they pay you the agreed commission.
There are many affiliate marketing sites out there. For a start, you can try out the Amazon Affiliate program.
After you sign up for an affiliate marketing program, like I explained above, you will be given a unique referral code.
One of the ways to utilize your referral code or links is to start including them in your content.
Also, if the affiliate program you sign for has banners, you can simply add the banners to strategic positions on your site with your affiliate links.
The best way to automatically include banners or affiliate links on your site if you are on a site is a self-hosted WordPress blog is through a plugin called Ad Inserter. It is the best so far, and it is what we use here at Naijatechnews
Another way to promote your affiliate links is by writing an honest and authentic review and article about the product if you are sure the product is worth telling people about.
Then include your affiliate link on the review, so that those who have an interest in trying out the product can simply click on the link from your article or review.
2. Online Ads Network
Placing ads on your blog through ads networks is another great means you can make money from blogging.
Ads network or online advertising network is a company that connects a publisher with an advertiser.
Simply put, the company that connects a person that wants to advertise his brand or products, and a site owner who is willing to allow this brand or product to be advertised on his site for earnings.
There are many ads network that a blogger can use to monetize his blog. Examples of ads network programs are:
- Google Adsense
- Propeller Ads
Google Adsense is an online ads network and program owned and managed by Google.
Adsense is the best and most popular ads network program in the world. Google Adsense is CPC (Cost Per Clicks) based.
That means when a person clicks on an ad displayed by Google on your blog, you get paid.
It’s a little bit difficult to get Adsense approval for a blog, however, I believe it’s worth the try as you can earn some cool cash from it.
Media.net is another top ads network that you can use and monetize your blog. Media net is the second-largest ads network, after Google Adsense.
Media.net is a contextual ads network that is owned by Yahoo and Bing. By contextual ads, I mean that the advertisement that will be displayed on your site will directly relate to the content on the page.
For you to be accepted on Media.net, among other things, your site’s primary language has to be English.
3. Sponsored Posts
Another way you can make money from blogging is by publishing sponsored posts on your blog.
Sponsored posts or promoted posts are posts which an individual or a company pays a site owner to publish on their site.
Depending on your agreement with the individual or company requesting to promote a post on your site, the post can be written by you or them.
Sponsored posts can be in the form of articles, reviews, offers, announcements, videos, infographics, etc.
If your site is new, you are likely not going to have anyone offering to pay you money to have their content promoted on your site.
However, as your traffic increases, you will get tons and tons of companies and individuals offering to sponsor a post on your blog.
4. Sell Digital Products
Another top way you can make money from blogging is by selling digital products on your blog.
If you are extremely good at a particular thing you can create a PDF on it, and sell to your site visitors on your blog.
Examples of other digital products you can sell on your site are:
- Online courses
Headsup, for the start, people might find it difficult to buy your digital product. However, don’t give up.
If what you are selling is very good and cannot be easily found free elsewhere, then people will have no choice but to pay for it.
5. Sell Memberships
Aside from selling digital products, another way you can make money as a blogger is to restrict a particular section of your blog and make it accessible only to paid members.
For example, If you are running a business/investment blog, you could restrict a particular section on where people can get exclusive tips on business startup.
By so doing, they have to become premium members of your blog to access certain areas.
However, If you are going to do that, ensure that the content you wish to restrict to only paid members is worth paying for.
For a start, give them some premium content for free, let them have a taste of what you are offering them.
When they are now fully aware that you have the tips and tutorials they need, you can now restrict certain content to paid members only.
What this means is that the content you are providing for paid members has to be more valuable and priceless that you can’t just easily find it free elsewhere.
I hope this article on how to make make money from blogging was helpful?
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