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10 Effective Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

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10 Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

Every day people ask me “how do you make money with your blog”, so today I wanted to go over my top ways to monetize your blog.

First thing you should know is if you want to make money with your blog long term, then you will need more then one way to monetize it. You know the old saying mom used to say “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” lol  who knew moms advise would come in handy with my blog :)

You need to understand that “blogging” alone will not make you money, but using some or all of the ways I share below will get you on track to making money. You can also set up something like a ecommerce platform that you can sell your stuff on.

My list includes some fast to start ways and some long term with a little effort ways to monetize your blog. So regardless of where you stand with your blog today, you can see results. make money, make money blogging, blog for money, make money online

Also the list will help you whether you have a lot of traffic or not so much traffic.

Ex: Google Adsense will make you more money if you have a lot of traffic.

But selling an ebook with a high converting rate will make you money even with a small targeted amount of traffic.

Your goal should be to drive HUGE amount of traffic, because then even a small converting percentage will still make you a good amount of money.

Top 10 Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

1. Google Adsense

This is the easiest way to start making money with your blog, and it is very simple to set up. But the two biggest issues I have with Adsense is.

It takes a lot of traffic to make some decent money with Adsense.

If your selling your own product or affiliate products then you want to see what is being sold in your Adsense ads, chances are it will be in direct competition with your product.

I go into more detail on why this is bad here Stop Stealing Your Own Sales

What I have used instead that I am happy with is Chitika Ads

Cool thing about Chitika ads is they look similar to Adsense but they ONLY show up for traffic that comes from search engines.

So your regular readers never see the ads, great Adsense alternative.

2. Banner Advertising

Ok, I have a love hate relationship with selling advertising on my blog. I do it and I do pretty well with it, but at the same time selling ad space is not the best long term way to monetize your blog.  I much rather you sell your own product and use the ad space to promote your own products, this way you will make more money and won’t have to worry about always attracting advertisers.

Banner advertising also needs a big following on your blog to attract the big advertisers and make decent money.

Another issue with selling ads is it can be a pain to track all your advertisers and when they need to repay or end an ad.  Unless you use something like OIO Publisher that will control all your ad selling tasks automatically, they even find you advertisers in their marketplace.

3. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of my favorite ways to make money.  Affiliate marketing works like this… someone has a product and they let you sell the product for a commission and the best part, is they have marketing material and websites for the product that you can use, also they do all the follow up and or customer service needed.

This is the best and fastest way to make money with your blog, and you don’t need a big following to start making good money. As long as your product is targeted to your blog readers you can get a decent conversion and you will be in the money.

I talked about this on Breaking Into Top Internet Marketers With No List

Best places to go to find high quality affiliate products is ClickBank or Commission Junction

4. Sponsored Reviews

Getting paid to write a sponsored review on a product or website is another great way to make money with your blog. Some people have issue with this because a review should come from honest use of the product or service, others who have no issue with this do very well.

I have written a sponsored review and see no problem as long as you have at least reviewed the service or product and feel it is something you would review any way, and that you state that it is a Sponsored Review so your readers know this up front.

Sponsored Reviews and ReviewMe are two places you can get set up to do sponsored review posts.

I recommend you offer this as a service on your blog and collect all the commission.

5. Selling an eBook

Selling ebooks on your blog has been around for ever and there is good reason…It Works!

I Launched My First eBook a few months ago, and have been very happy with the results.

I suggest that you first build some success and have proof of that success before you set out to write and sell an eBook.  Selling an eBook that is solid and helpful will make it much easier for you to sell to those visitors again in the future.

6. Selling WordPress Themes

This is something I am working on releasing soon. Once you have a nice theme or brand you can them build a WP theme around it and offer it up for a small price.

There are 3 BIG benefits to selling a WP theme…

You make money :)

It is a great way to build backlinks to your blog. Since each theme sold will have a link back your blog as a reference.

This is also nice way to get some free advertising and traffic.

Nice 1-2-3 Punch…right?

7. Offering Consulting Services

Once you see some results with your blog then you can start to offer consulting services to help people get the same results you have gotten.

Again I have to emphasize that you need to FIRST have some success and proof in the service you are offering.

This is a great way to offer support to your readers and also get paid for your time.

I offer my services offline, since most offline business don’t have a blog or social media presence, so taking it offline has big potential for you..

8. Build Your Email List

We all know how powerful email marketing is and will continue to be. Once you connect and build that relationship with your list, it is the best way to make money online…Period!

Building a list takes time and patience, but great way to help the process go faster is to put that sign up box right in your readers eye balls over and over.

Make it the first thing they see and the last thing they see… Guys think of it as a hot girl, you know what we see when she walks towards us, and you know what we see when she walks past, right? Lol  Ladies this works for you to ha ha.

Now that you have visitor’s seeing the list form, you have to be offering something so good they have to opt in.  Keep your offer very targeted to your blog, and make it great… this will be your first impression to new opt ins, and this will make or break your ability to sell to them in the future.

9.  Merchandise

This is a simple way to make some money with your blog, you won’t get rich, but any money is nice.

Selling t-shirts with your blogs logo can work and if you use a site like Zazzle.com they make it very easy to design sell and even set up your own store front… very cool.

10. Donations

Yes asking for a donation does work, again this won’t make you a huge amount of money, but even if you made enough to cover gas each week it would be helpful.

If your readers enjoy your content and learn something from it, then they will be more motivated to donate.

I have used tipit.to on this blog and on my other sites before and have made enough for my DD Ice Coffee addiction each week…lol

So set it up and place your “Donate” button on your blog and see what happens.

Ok so that’s my small but loooooong list of ways you can make money with your blog.

Like I said earlier, there are many ways to make money, just try not to focus on just one way.

Your goal is to get to the point where the only things your sell or promote on your blog are all yours. So that way you can make 100% of the commission.

Have any different ways to make money? Let me know in comments.

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  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    I agree.. Chikita isnt perfect but they are good at popping up for ONLY Google traffic and not your normal traffic or SM traffic. I get turned off by to many ads in posts to.. looks like crap and makes you feel the bloggers cares more about making money from u and not sharing.. There has to be a happy medium to both.

  • http://twitter.com/chrismeyer24 Chris Meyer

    Some of the sites you tell of are not longer in exsistanse man. namely tipitto is gone!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hey Chris Yea that post is like a year old.

    But you can do the donation thing with just a Paypal button… or Google other tipping sites.

    I believe theres a wordpress plugin called, Buy Me A Coffee or something.

  • Kathy

    Hey. Can you let me know your thoughts on giving away ebooks instead of selling them? I understand giving them away helps add value to the site but once you’ve done that you can’t make money out of it right? Kathy

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Kathy giving away ebooks is great way to give back to your readers. But once that book is given out free.. you cant then try to sell it.

    I say put together a small ebook with good info and give that free.. then write a more detailed longer ebook and sell that.. that way you are giving back to your readers and proven you know what your talking about all in the free ebook. So when you come back with a paid ebook it will be much easier to make sales.

  • http://www.createfinancialwealth.com/about-us Dave Allred

    Some great ideas Paul. I’ve done almost everything on the list and so far, the most profitable have been Adsense, Banner ads and Sponsored Reviews. However, I think I’ll take your advice and offer the reviews as a service instead of relying on Sponsored Review Networks to find the clients for me.

    Also, another idea for monetizing your blog would be to offer a home based business opportunity on it. I use my homepage as a splash page and have many of my blog generating traffic to it.

    Thanks for the post once again!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    It all comes down to the type of blog you have and the type of traffic. Some work well for me, may not work for you.. so test test.

    I woudn’t promo a home biz program unless my blog ONLY about having a home biz.. if not then dont do it. It will come off spammy.

  • http://www.electroknol.com/ Technology,Social Media Blog

    Hi Paul all the earning methods are proven and you described very well.
    It will help People .

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks Sunil.. Hope they help.

  • Anonymous

    Hi John Paul,

    Thanks for the tips. I am still trying to make my athletic site more successful for distance runners. Fortunately, more experienced bloggers such as yourself can teach greenhorns like me how to make it a success. 

    Appreciate your time.
    Nate

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Nate we were all green horns at one point haha

    Keep reading and learnign and your site will be killin it the way you want.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    All you can do man.. try test and keep working :)

  • http://www.tightwadprofits.com/ Scott Cofer

    Awesome list here, John! Glad to see you recommended Adsense as an option (as well as Chitika). So many people really dog Adsense, but it’s a great way for folks to monetize …especially if you are offering free information/tips/services.

    Ever read the story of Markus Frind, founder of Plenty of Fish? His business model was to offer a service for free that people were paying for, then pay for the site with advertising. As the site grew so did his Adsense revenue – to over 5 figures per day.

    Granted that is certainly not the norm, but inspiring nonetheless …

    Best,
    Scott

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Scott Adsense is a good option but it has to be on the right type of site. If it’s on a matched site, you can do really well.

  • http://www.santelphin.com/ Santel Phin

    Hi John,

    You are right. A lot of people are struggling in finding good way to make money from their blogs. Some blog could make money directly from their blogs, some can make it in indirect ways but your tips here cover them all.

    I don’t think I could make any improvement in Adsense. You need to have a heavy traffic to make a living with Adsense. This is a clear message.

    I will focus more on affiliate and find clients for my WordPress Installation services and consulting.

    Cheers to you!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Every blog can make money as long as they have build up enough of a following and they find the best way to make money for THEIR blog.