You’ve got a blog, an idea, a theme and all the time in the world. You’re ready to grab the bull by the horns and start putting your skills to use.
Your website layout is terrific, the content is chic and interesting, you’ve got all your friends and their moms linking to your blog on their social media pages — but you’re not making any money. Sound familiar?
Well, you’re not alone.
Millions of blogs are being written every year. People all around the world are taking to the internet to post about their lives, their interests, and their hobbies. People are also using social media more than ever before to promote themselves and share their lives with the world.
How can a beginner blogger make money and be unique if there are already millions of other people in the world doing the exact same thing? These fears are not unrealistic.
Most beginner bloggers don’t know where to start with their blogs and don’t even know all the ways they can monetize their blogs. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how you can start making money from your blog, let’s look at some stats.
Current Blog Stats: Holy Moly!
Did you know that Tumblr’s cumulative total number of blogs from May 2011 to October 2017 is a whopping 373 million blog accounts? And that’s just Tumblr! There are countless other blogging websites on the internet that people from all across the globe are using.
So how do you set yourself apart from the millions of other bloggers out there and monetize your blog? It’s not easy…but with the right tools, skills, knowledge (and maybe even a little bit of luck), you can make decent money from your blog.
Just like any other business, blogging can earn you some good cash flow — if done the right way.
There are certain things you can (and should) do to make money off your blog. Some ways are easy, while others require effort, time and care. If you care about your blog and its success, these strategies and tools will guide you in the right direction and start earning you cash in no time. There are many simple, effective and downright easy ways to earn money off your blog.
It’s just about using the right tools and knowing what to do with these tools to be successful.
Part One: Money Making Methods
Affiliate Marketing is something you absolutely have to become familiar with if you want to monetize your blog. It is a way you can make money by promoting certain products or services on your website for a percentage of commission from the sales.
Affiliate marketing is one of the smartest strategies you can use to start earning money from your blog, and should not be overlooked.
Choose the right product or service
You start earning money through affiliate marketing when readers (a) the click on hyperlinked text or a hyperlinked visual ad you have on your blog and then (b) purchase the promoted service or product. This is why the product or service you are endorsing needs to be relevant to the content on your blog.
Be genuine. Be yourself.
For example, if you have a blog dedicated to health and fitness, you might want to affiliate with a health food website that sells health products or even a website that promotes healthy workout guides.
Ask yourself: What’s relevant and valuable to my audience?
Make your content engaging
Don’t just throw in a random link to one of your affiliate websites. Most readers will see right through this.
If your readers don’t find value in clicking the link you posted, they won’t click it. Write a compelling review or interesting anecdote about how a certain product or service helped you, and explain how it can help your readers.
Make sure you’re genuine and that you are being yourself. Your readers trust you. They will trust a product that you endorse if you are 100% open and honest about it.