Once you own a blog or website, I know the very first question that will always come to your mind is how will earn money from my Blog? This is a result of the fact earning money is one of the key reasons for creating the Blog in the first place. There is an endless stream of opportunities to earn money online, in as much you own a blog. Am not saying this means you can quit your normal 7 – 5 job instantly, but after several outcomes, I can guarantee you will.
In this article, I’ll be sharing some of the top best ways for you to earn money from your blog, with a step-by-step guide for you to kick start. Nonetheless, I will advise you not to venture into them all at once! But suggest picking one or two from this list that you are versatile with and know will work well with your blog particularly your niche. Below is my best top 16 ways to earn money from your blog or website:
1. Affiliate Marketing
Being an affiliate means you promote a product or service to your website’s visitors in return for earning a commission if a purchase occurs through your link. There are thousands of affiliate programs, all you need is to register and simply include any of your affiliate link into your blog or website and promote it to your followers or readers.
There are many affiliate networks on the internet you can benefit from. E.g. Skimlinks is a fair affiliate network that allows you to earn commission on purchases made through links on your site. One of Skimlinks’ key features is that it allows you to create individual affiliate links as and when you’d like, Skimlinks can also be installed on your website to automatically monetize your content.
If you link to a merchant in your content that’s part of the Skimlinks network, Skimlinks will automatically convert the link into an affiliate link, and you’ll get paid if a visitor makes a purchase via your link, and commissions vary from 2% – 10%.
You can easily earn money from your blog by getting adverts from top Adsense networks like Google Adsense or Media.net just by copying and pasting code into your site to create adverts that are relevant to a visitor’s who recently search for it on the internet. Another increasingly popular service for you to earn money from your blog content is Taboola. It works by displaying relevant articles (rather than banners) from advertisers on their network.
These networks will pay you every time a visitor clicks on an advert (cost per click, or CPC), or per 1,000 impressions (cost per impression, or CPM). You can also sell banner ads directly to companies with a relevant product/service. This option can be much more profitable as, not only will you set the rates yourself, but the advertiser will (hopefully) know that your audience is one that they’d like to target!
3. Sell to Email Subscribers
An email list is a special use of email that allows for widespread distribution of information to many Internet users. Many bloggers regret not starting an email list sooner because Email marketing helps you build a relationship with your customers. All you need is to get an account with AWeber from day one to capture your audience and communicate with them after they’ve left the site!
You can then email them with recommended products that they might be interested in (affiliate promotion), and earn various commissions if they sign up or buy something.
4. Publish Sponsored Posts
A sponsored post, also known as a promoted post, are articles that a blogger or website owner is paid to publish on their own sites by companies, businesses, and brands related to that site’s niche or topic. You can earn thousands for a sponsored post, depending on your website’s popularity. Join blogger network groups on Facebook and share your website, as that’s where the advertisers are looking!
5. Sell Physical Products
Use your website as a base to sell your own physical products. For example, you can create designs for T-shirts or mugs with your site’s branding on it, if you think people would buy it! Or create handmade products to sell on eBay or other sites like Etsy. But wherever you’re selling, just make sure you add a link to the marketplace from your site – straight off the bat, that’ll give you an advantage over the other sellers on the platform.
6. Sell Digital Products
eBooks, printables, graphics, templates, and podcasts are all examples of digital products that can help you earn a passive income from your blog site. You could charge as much as you like for a 5,000 word eBook – it doesn’t sound like much, but 20 eBook sales per month will soon add up! Check out the Envato Marketplace for inspiration and ideas.
7. Review Products
Products Review is a way of giving customers an opportunity to rate and comment on products they have purchased, right on the product page. So that other consumers can read these when making a purchase decision. This one is especially applicable if you’ve got a niche readership, like new parents or keen gamers.
But even if your readers aren’t from a specific pool, you can still get on the product testing gravy train. As long as you’re happy to write a review of the product after trying it out, companies will be more than happy to send some freebies your way and possibly even pay you! Sign up with product review platforms today and start to earn through your blog.
8. Include a Business Directory
You can set up a business directory page, where companies pay you a set fee to have their business listed. You could charge a monthly or annual listing fee and charge thousands per year, depending on your site’s traffic levels.
For example, say you had a blog reviewing different kinds of products. Assuming that the likes of eBay and Amazon are probably already pretty popular, you could charge independent retailers (both offline and online) to feature such products on your blog page listing places in the market where customers can find such quality products.
9. Create an Online Course
Create an online course as an add-on for your website. This is another type of paid premium content where visitors pay to access additional information. The course can be delivered automatically via AWeber to those who’ve paid and subscribed to their email address, or you can add it to Udemy to reach a wider customer base.
There are many guides to free online courses on the internet if you’re looking for some source of inspiration, or just have a think about what your readers might be interested in. If your website is about arts and crafts, for example, you could have a course teaching people how to crochet.
10. Add a Membership Forum
Membership Forum is a way to increase engagement, and building a community where members can engage with each other is a natural way. You can add a ‘members-only’ forum to your site through the use of free WordPress plugins like bbPress. You can then monetize this by charging a regular subscription, or a one-off access fee.
Crucially, the amount you can earn depends on how much value you can create for forum members. If you can turn your forum members into a real community – one that networks and shares tips – you’re onto a winner.
11. Publish Premium Articles
If you can create incredibly useful content, you can earn from it. Let’s say you have a gaming website, and you’re able to share some little known strategies in an article. You can hook the visitor in by sharing a few tips, then linking to a password protected page (this is an option within WordPress) for the most valuable information.
The reader gets the password to unlock the premium content once they’ve paid a fee to you via Stripe, PayPal, or Bitcoin. Charge what you like, although shouldn’t be too high at a realistic price for a premium article. You may have seen some of the big media outlets, like The Telegraph and The Times, using this strategy in recent years, so clearly it’s got some merit!
12. Create your own Affiliate Program
Once you’ve created your own website product(s), such as a course or an eBook, you can create your own affiliate program and recruit affiliates to help spread the word. This can lead to more product sales and more traffic for your website. It’s a win-win, and there are plenty of free WordPress plugins to get you started.
There is a lot of programs to work with to achieve your affiliate marketing, some of this includes networks like Awin while others include Amazon, most notably!). But whichever one you felt like using either way, can work.
13. Create an Amazon Store Page
The beauty of Amazon is that it sells pretty much everything you could ever want. So no matter what your website is about, there’s a good chance that Amazon sells relevant products, and as such is a unique way to earn money from your blog just by easily adding a separate Amazon store page to your website, and if people see you as an authority on your topic, they’ll listen to your recommendations about which products to try that are relevant to them.
Amazon has its own affiliate program (which you can join here), and you’ll earn anything from 1% – 10% commission on product sales if one of your readers buys something through your link.
14. Create YouTube Video Content
Creating video content for your blog will not only help you to keep visitors entertained – it could earn you cash too. One of the ways you can monetize video content is by uploading it to YouTube and setting up Google Adsense (Google has a handy guide on how to do that). And while you’re at it, check out our guide to making money from YouTube.
Once you’ve created your video content, you can then embed your YouTube videos onto your blog. If your video goes viral, you can earn money in ad revenue.
15. Become a Consultant
If you’re an expert in a field, why not share your knowledge in return for an hourly consultancy fee? Advertise via your blog and deliver your expertise through monetized webinars and podcasts, or even a Skype call where visitors pay upfront to benefit from your knowledge.
Whatever channel you choose, if people come to your website for your expert explanations and opinions, you should definitely consider charging for some tailored advice.
16. Website Flipping
Website flipping is the act of buying, improving, and selling websites. The term comes from the property industry where investors will buy a property, renovate it to add value, and then sell it at a higher price. Website flipping is essentially the same process online. As with any asset, your website can be sold and, when the time is right, websites like Flippa and the aptly named BusinessesForSale.com are there to help you find a buyer.
Expect to earn 6–10 times your website’s monthly profit if you decide to sell.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Its purpose is to inspire you to take real action and get your blog going, knowing there’s a HUGE opportunity to earn down the line.
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