This is the fun part about blogging. Even though it takes a long time to get here, making money from blogging is one of the most gratifying things you can possibly do.
I am sure you have heard about some blogger’s success stories by now – people who started a blog and made it rich a few years later.
You can do it too! You can certainly monetize your blog and start bringing in a bit of money if you do it the right way.
But be careful, because if site visitors and the search engines see your site as spammy, Google won’t bring you traffic.
As a new blogger, you have several choices from starting and running a dedicated blogging website or employing popular social media networks to start attracting traffic.
Here’s a guide to the very best ways on how to make money blogging.
1. Direct advertising
Direct advertising is probably the fastest way to get the revenue out of your blog.
An easy definition; you make space open on your blog for external companies (Ex. Google Adsense, Ezoic, Mediavine) to advertise. You get to choose what companies you allow to advertise and how much space they take up on your blog!
Here are some requirements to attract advertisers to your site:
- A blog with a minimum of 1,000 page views per month and good engagement
- A clear and focused niche.
- A professional appearance for your blog.
- A template or theme with space for advertising.
2. Selling Premium Content
If you aren’t happy selling other people’s products, you can create your own.
Ex. a new software, how-to guide, graphic templates
The most popular items are eBooks and instructional videos that you can sell on platforms like Amazon Kindle Publishing.
You can offer an exclusive membership where the best articles or videos are placed. You can attract people to sign up for membership by giving a short excerpt to invite the reader to subscribe.
3. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a performance-based industry where businesses pay people who advertise their products – these people are known as affiliates.
How To Begin?
As new bloggers, the best way to get your foot in the affiliate marketing door is by signing up with affiliate networks.
Here are some of the highest paying Affiliate Marketing Programs/Networks:
- Amazon Associates – One of the biggest affiliate programs on the planet. You can get links on literally everything.
- Commission Junction (CJ Affiliates) – It’s the go-to place to find offers from various vendors.
- ShareASale.com – Shareasale has, even more, offers to choose from than CJ Affiliate (6000 to 3000).
- Awin – part of ShareASale
- Involve Asia – one of my favorites. Check out this guide: Everything You Need to Know About Involve Asia (Shopee & Lazada Affiliate Guide)
Which Affiliate Product To Promote?
Choosing which affiliate product to promote depends on your niche. Look for related affiliate products to support your content creation.
Various types of products have varying levels of affiliate commission. Retail products tend to be meager commissions. Big-ticket commissions are normally for services or digital goods such as subscriptions and software.
To get a better idea of commissions, you can use the data from your affiliate network as a guide.
Remember, your primary focus now is not to make a ton of money but to grow your blog and start to get traffic. By doing so, you’ll be able to make passive income from people who are visiting.
This blogging stuff/affiliate marketing is not a get-rich-quick type of business. It takes a lot of diligence and consistency to succeed.