Make Money Blogging: 35 Ways How to Make Money From Blog 2017
Are you trying to find ways to monetize your blog? If yes, then you have come to the right place. There are several ways how to make money blogging, and I want to share to you the most popular ways.
I assume you have already created your own blog.
But just in case you haven’t created yet and want to start a blog, you can read my step-by-step guide on how to create a blog site on WordPress.
How to Make Money Blogging
I’ve already mentioned that there are several ways on how to make money blogging, but not all of them would be applicable on your site. You should also analyze your niche and what would be the best option to monetize your blog.
Here are the top 5 ways how to make money blogging:
- Sponsored Post
Okay. Let’s see more details about these options.
Most blogs you are seeing on the internet are running with advertisement. This is the most popular way to monetize your blog.
In terms of advertising, Google AdSense is the most popular and effective ad network. Compared to other network, Google AdSense has higher CPC, CTR, and eCPM which are tough to beat.
Publishers can get 68% share with AdSense.
So what are the payment methods?
Once you have reach the minimum threshold of $100, they will automatically transfer the payment to your preferred payment method. It can be through Western Union, check, or wire transfer (selected states only).
It is very easy to install. You just need to generate the code and copy paste it to on your site.
But for new bloggers, it’s kind a hard to get approved though. So, I suggest to try other Ad Network below in case you are not approved in Google AdSense.
Infolinks is the most popular in text-link advertising. And this could also be one the best alternative to Google Adsense.
So if you haven’t been approved in Google Adsense yet, then you should apply on Infolinks.
And the best part is?….
If you are approved by Google Adsense, you can use them both. That means you have two passive income streams on your blogs.
The payment method is via eCheck / local bank transfer, wire transfer, PayPal, or Payoneer prepaid debit card.
The payment will be processed once you reached the threshold of $50.
Yllix is an international ad network. If you fail to get an approval from Google AdSense or any ad network, then Yllix should be the answer. Why?
Because they have an instant account approval. Once you create your account, you are ready to display ads.
Payment is via Paypal, Payza, Skrill, or Bank Wire.
You can also request payment daily as little as $1 minimum payout.
Chitika is a contextual ad network which show ads relevant to your site. So if you know how Google Adsense work, they are more likely the same.
Question: Can I use Chitika with Google AdSense?
Yes. Chitika is also a certified publishing partner by Google. You can use them both on your blogs.
The payment method is via PayPal or Check.
And the minimum payout is $10 for PayPal and $50 for Check.
I know you have been using Yahoo and Bing for quite a while. Media.Net is also a contextual ad network which is powered by Yahoo and Bing.
Media.Net is also one of the best Google Adsense alternative you could find. They have a low traffic requirement which is good for new bloggers who just started their blog. You can also see high quality and high paying ads through Media.Net.
The payment method is via PayPal or Wire Transfer.
And the minimum payout threshold is $100.
There are several ways how to make money blogging, you just need to find what will work on your niche.
AdverSal is a CPM Ad Network. CPM stands for Cost Per Impression, meaning you are getting paid for every 1,000 ads displayed on your blog.
And it is kind a hard to get approved in AdverSal because they require your blog to have at least 50,000 pageviews per month.
PayPal is the only available payment method and a minimum payout of $20.
RevContent is the fastest growing native ad network. They are currently serving some of the big names like NBC news, Forbes, CBC and many more.
Just like the Adversal, your blog must have at least 50,000 pageviews per month or more.
Payment method is through PayPal.
And the minimum threshold is $50.
MatomySEO is specializing in text-link ads which connects to high-quality advertisers that value your audience.
Payment method is Paypal, Check, or Payoneer.
You can request payout once you have already reach the minimum threshold of $25.
BuySellAds is an online advertising network. A martketplace where advertisers and publisher meet. Publisher (blog owners) add their available inventories, and the advertisers purchase it based on your right price of CPM.
You decide your price based on the impression you get per month.
Payment method is via Paypal, check, or wire. And the threshold is $20 for PayPal, $50 for check, $500 for wire.
By the way, I have seen a lot of blogger using BuySellAds and Google Ads. So it should also be compatible with Google Ads.
AdThrive started as a family blog. They have their own ad network that displays friendly ads. Plus, AdThrive is a certified Google Publishing Partner.
They also set up a DFP (Double Click for Publisher) on their ads once installed on your blog.
But if your blog is below 100,000 pageviews per month, then AdThrive may not be for you.
One of the best ways on how to make money blogging is through affiliate marketing. You can make money through selling their products and getting a portion (commission) for each sale.
No doubt that Amazon is the biggest eCommerce site that runs an affiliate program. There are millions of products available on Amazon for you to sell.
Once your application is approved, you will gain access to their product links, banners, native shopping ads, mobile popular, link to any page, or even create your own aStore.
Marketing materials from Amazon contains your affiliate ID number and that helps them track who referred the customer back to their site and what purchases were made by your referred customers.
The payment method is via Check, Direct Deposit, or Gift Certificate.
You can request the payment once you reach $100 or more.
Just like Amazon, eBay is also one of the biggest eCommerce site. I actually consider eBay as Amazon’s rival.
Partners of eBay can earn 50%-70% of revenue. But it still depends on the category of item purchased.
Paid via Direct Deposit once you reached $25 sale.
Target offers an 8% commission on popular categories. It also has a 7-day cookie just in case your customer will come back and decide to purchase the product at a later time.
Plus, they also sends out a weekly newsletter with updates on promotions, contests and sales opportunities to help you with your marketing strategy.
If your niche is on kiddies or babies, then you should apply with ToysRUs. They sure have the best kiddie toys that your audience will love.
ToysRUs is available in 37 countries.
And the commission rate varies on the products.
The eCommerce listed above is where you apply directly to the company. But there are also companies which partnered with different advertisers/merchants to help them promote their products.
By signing up with these, make money blogging would be much more easier as you can reach out/promote different merchants offered by these affiliate networks without applying every single merchant you want to promote (although there are instances that you’ll be required to apply to especially with bigger merchants).
Below are the top 5 of them.
If you want to manage Amazon, or eBay in just one place. Then you should try registering to VigLink.
VigLink top merchant includes, Amazon, eBay, Nike, 99Designs, AliExpress and more.
And you don’t have to be part these affiliates to get a commission. VigLink already takes care of those.
So how does it work?
It simply converts your normal links to affiliate links. And if your readers made a purchase, you get a commission.
Payouts are via PayPal.
ShareASale hosts almost 4000 affiliate programs spanning from 40 different categories. Most of the popular ones are WordPress tools such as OptinMonster, Tailwind, and many more.
ShareASale has been in the business for 17 years and counting.
You can request a payment via Check or Direct Deposit once you reach the minimum threshold $50.
CJ Affiliate has over 3000+ affiliate programs including the popular web hosting and domain registrar, GoDaddy, 1&1 and many more products under different categories.
Payment method is via Check or Direct Deposit.
And the minimum payout is $100.
Earn up to 50% of the FlexOffers profit. They have over 10,000 advertisers for you to choose. Featured merchants are BestBuy, Target, Barnes & Noble and more.
Payment is weekly via Check, Direct Deposit, PayPal, or Wire Transfer.
Clickbank is one of the largest affiliate marketing network. There are a lot of products to choose under a different categories depending on your niche.
Payment is via check and you can change the threshold from $10 to $1,000,000.
Another way on how to make money blogging is through sponsored posts where the advertisers pay you for a content that links back to their site.
Most companies would send you a product to review “for free” in exchange of a 300-1,000 word blog post with links back to their site; depending on what has been agreed by the sponsor company and the blogger.
BlogDash is a great way to reach the advertisers. Once you created your account, your profile will be visible to all advertisers and they can start pitching you for the opportunity to work with them.
The pay varies; depending on how much the advertisers will pay you for a content on your blog.
You will also receive specific instruction from advertisers like how many words there should be and the type of photo that you can include in the blog post.
The payment method is via PayPal, Check, Direct Deposit, or Wire Transfer.
Sponsored post / content is one of the many ways to make money blogging.
I’ve listed similar program that works like BlogDash, where you get paid on creating a content on your blog site for various products.
One of the highly-recommended ways to make money from blog is creating your own products. Successful bloggers that I followed, like Mariah Coz and Ruth Soukup, suggest that bloggers should not rely on selling other companies’ products to their readers.
Imagine the effort you’ve put up to build a community of well-engaged readers on your blog and ended up endorsing products made by other bloggers.
There’s nothing wrong in selling other products as long as you know that it will help your readers. Most beginners actually do this to make money blogging.
But if you do it through the entire course of your blogging life, then you’re pushing away one reader at a time to other sites.
You know better on what exactly your readers need. So instead of referring them to buy other products, why not create a product for them to bridge the gap.
It’s easier for you to build a product that they really want ‘coz you’ve known your readers long enough through the comments and post shares you get from them.
Here are a list of products that you can make money blogging:
Unlike the traditional published books, eBooks have higher sales conversion rate due to the fact that they are accessible through various devices and more affordable.
After completing their purchase, customers can download an eBook in just a click without waiting for several days before receiving the purchased product, as compared to buying physical products.
In making an eBook, make sure that it reflects your blog niche. It doesn’t make sense when you have a tech blog and your eBook is about parenting, does it?
How do you know what topic to write on your eBook?
Ask your readers on what topics would interest them and if they will buy a book about XYZ if it’s available.
If you don’t have a big readership yet, you can check big forums like Reddit and do your research on what questions (relating to your niche) that get high replies or which questions often pop ups once you search them.
If you have an in-depth knowledge of something that can help or change your reader’s life for the better, you can turn it into an eCourse. An eCourse could include video tutorials, articles, or printable like workbook and checklist.
Mariah Coz is the best example among prominent bloggers who make thousands of dollars per year by selling courses.
And you’ll definitely know that she’s an expert in her field when you watch her free webinars. Her free webinars are better than those paid courses out there. To sell a successful course, Mariah’s rule of thumb is:
“It’s a good idea to keep a balance between promotion and providing valuable content. 80% content and 20% selling — or even 90% free content and 10% selling — is a good rule of thumb.”
Most bloggers out there conduct FREE webinars (online seminars) which are mostly 30% content and 70% product pitching. It sucks! Not to mention it’s wasting ton of our time attending a webinar that begs us to buy their courses.
Some developers have their own blogs about basic programming tutorials and software development. It also serve as their portfolio when applying for freelance jobs. But selling a software isn’t exclusively for developer/IT bloggers.
Brian Clark of Copyblogger.com (digital marketing blog) and Michael Hyatt of MichaelHyatt.com (personal development blog — my go-to growth mentor) are both selling digital platforms relating to their niche.
Of course, they have a team of web designers who do it for them.
Do you have a good eye for picturesque shots? Then you can add a stock photo page with your professional photos on your blog.
Kayla, from IvoryMix, has a visually appealing blog that teaches you about creative branding tips and tutorials while offering creative courses, free stock photos and paid stock photo subscription.
I have been using her free stock photos (yeah, I have “this thing” for free stuff *winks*) on my other blog and they look so neat and sharp….and did I say it’s FREE?
Her blog is an example on how you can make money blogging while pursuing your passion in photography.
It’s no secret that it takes time to make money from blogging. Some earned a decent income from their blog after a year or two while others got it lucky just after a few months of blogging.
While you still work your ass off in building a money machine blog, you can actually start make money blogging and pay your monthly blog maintenance.
You offer services.
Other bloggers like you are also looking for an extra hand to grow their online business. If you have certain expertise, then why not offer your service and make that “HIRE ME” loud and bold on the top corner of your blog.
Below are few of the services that you can offer while you’re still trying to get a good foothold in this online business.
The internet has a growing number of freelancers year after year. Even big companies are offering telecommuting or work-from-home option to some of their employees. While the competition may be tough, you can always refer your client back to your blog and assess how you work.
Most of the common freelance positions are content writer, copywriter, proofreader, virtual assistant, social media marketer, researcher and more. UpWork and Freelancer are just among the top freelance job sites that you can bid for jobs.
Business, life, money, health, dating and even pleasure coach (for real! it does exist..) — getting a mentor is just a click away. Now, you can get a coach online to achieve something that you’ve been struggling to for years.
If you love helping others and you have the years of expertise or training to validate your profession, then you can definitely launch a coaching blog.
People these days want to get better all the time, especially in this noisy digital world. A coach like you could perhaps help them make a difference in their lives.
Learning is everywhere and it doesn’t have to be in the four walls of a classroom. With the surge of technology, learning is now within everyone’s reach. Many professionals and recent college graduates take online learning to polish their knowledge or learn more.
If you have certain skills, then it’s easy for you to create an online academy and teach others.
Whether it’s a body-building training program or a learn-to-write training, you can offer it on your blog (as long as its’ niche-related). The possibilities are endless.
Tim Ferriss, Neil Patel and Brian Dean are among the top guys that small businesses and big corporates asked to for advice on how to grow their business. Not everyone maybe qualified to be a consultant, but you can do so if you have that years of experience and a proven system that aides a company’s success.
My personal advise is to start with advertisement and affiliates, but creating a product on your site will be your goal. The rest will follow once you build your authority and audience.
But it will also depend on your blog niche. Analyze what is the right way to monetize your blog through tracking your earnings and promotion strategies.
How would you want to monetize your blog?
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