So you’ve started your blog. You’ve bought your hosting package, written a few posts, and now you’re wondering how to start making a profit. It can be overwhelming to get started. There is a lot of information out there on how to monetize, let’s face it this probably isn’t the first article you’ve come across. That’s why I want to make things easy. I’m going to break it down into three simple ways to monetize your blog.
Monetize your Blog with These Three Options
The three main ways to monetize are ads, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts. Yes, there are other options, but these are the easiest and in my experience the most profitable.
Google Adsense is the obvious choice for ads. It’s easy to set up, you can chose your ad placement to find the most unobtrusive, and most profitable, locations for the ads, and it requires very little upkeep on your part. Now you probably won’t see massive returns on day one if you’re new to blogging, but don’t worry, your ad revenue will grow a long with your audience.
If you’re not into Google Adsense, or you’re looking for a second option for ads, you can get started with Adsterra just as easily.
2. Affiliate Marketing to Monetize your Blog
Affiliate marketing is arguably the best way to monetize your blog. You get a percentage of the sale for products you promote on your blog if you’re readers use the link you provide. There are a number of affiliate programs to choose from, but the most common is Amazon Associates.
The thing I like most about Amazon is their wide range of products. It’s great for any niche, no matter how broad or specific, because you can find almost anything on Amazon. You can even get a small commission for providing your readers with some freebies.
If you click the banner above, you can get a free trial for Amazon Fresh – and I earn a small commission, and all I had to do was copy past the code from my Amazon Associates account.
3. Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts are a great way to get started with monetization. Pick a product that fits you’re niche and write a post to promote it. It sounds simple, and it is, but I bet you’re wondering where to find products you can get paid to promote.
My go to is Intellifluence. Another site that’s simple, and free to sign up for. You just list your blog, and your social profiles (if you want), and they list offers for sponsored posts. Another perk is that many of the products listed for review offer monetary compensation as well as a free product. The pay ranges pretty widely, anywhere from a few dollars and a product to hundreds of dollars. Intellifluence is great because you have a lot of options to chose from, so you can pick products and services that fit within your niche and that will be genuinely beneficial to you readers.
The best part about these sponsored posts is that you still get paid wether or not you make any sales. They are great when you’re first getting started. Just remember to chose products you’re comfortable promoting to your readers, because you want to keep a high level of trust with your audience.
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