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Article By: Jonnie Davis
Did you know some bloggers make a 6 figure income all from running their blog? Blogging is not only lucrative, but it can be a fun way to share what you know all while connecting with other people. Blogging is how I make a living and it is one of the best decisions I could have made. I earn over $3,000 a month from my blog. You can learn how to create your own blog here with my easy-to-use tutorial. You can start your blog for as low as $3.95 per month plus you get a free domain if you sign-up through my tutorial!
Blogging can be a fun and exciting hobby, but it can also be a great side hustle and a way to make a Passive Income. In today’s post, I share with you over 50+ networks to join for paid blogging opportunities. Whether you have just created your first blog or you have been blogging for a while you will someday want to monetize your blog and successfully cover your blogging expenses.
Luckily there are numerous ways to get paid blogging opportunities
This post may contain affiliate links to keep this blog running
Affiliate marketing is when you promote a company’s service or product. You can promote a product through a unique text link or a banner. Each link is tracked via a unique link, so companies know when to pay you. Every time a reader clicks your link or banner and makes a purchase, you receive a small commission, and sometimes a compensation depending on the company. It is essential that you choose an affiliate partnership that is right for you and your audience. Below are some of my favorite affiliate programs and a good place to start if you are a new blogger.
Awin: A large affiliate network that partners you with a variety of brands worldwide. Many of their brands are well worldwide such as Hyatt, Etsy, and Nike. The best part about joining Awin is the opportunity to promote Etsy products.
ShareASale: A huge affiliate network where you can find thousands of merchants that work for any niche. Beauty, fashion, DIY, decor, travel, etc. It’s free to sign and then you get access to a ton of different affiliate programs.
Ultimate Bundles: These are resources for bloggers of all niches. They have bundles for blogging, crafts, homemaking, health, writing, and photography! The bundles sell once per year, and you make 40% commission on each sale that you make.
Amazon Affiliates: You can earn commission on any product on Amazon.
SiteGround: Website hosting, $50 per sign-up and higher.
Ebates: Money saving website, pays $5 per sign-up
Airbnb: I love staying in an Airbnb; They offer great alternatives to staying at a hotel or hostel. You can extend your readers $40 in travel credit. After they book their first trip, you get $20 of travel credit The perfect travel niche affiliate program.
Tailwind: A Pinterest scheduling tool, $0.50 per lead and 15% commission
SendOwl: Platform for hosting digital products, 20% recurring commission
Elegant Themes: WordPress themes for bloggers, 50% commission
Swagbucks: A survey website, pays $3 per lead (email sign-up)
Etsy: Online craft marketplace, 4% commission
Creative Market: Online marketplace selling digital goods, 10% commission
Influencer Marketing Networks
You can work with companies to write up sponsored post; you will then be compensated in some way to write the post. Reaching out to your favorite brands to get the opportunity to work with them is a great way to get a sponsored post. Or you can sign up for blogger networks that connect you to advertisers who want to work with bloggers and social media influencers. You usually won’t start working with brands until you get a good following. Until then you can work on making quality, and valuable blog post. Some blogger networks to join:
- Pollinate Media
- Activate (Bloglovin’)
- Weave Made Media
- Social Insiders
- Blog Meets Brand
- Bloggers Required
- Sway Group
- The Brand Connection
- Clever Girls Collective
- Find Your Influence
- Everywhere Society
- Collective Bias (Social Fabric)
- Global Influence
This strategy is one of the easiest ways to make a profit from your blog. Placing Ads on your blog is my favorite type of monetization because once you add them, you don’t have to do anything else. You literally can make money while you are fast asleep!
- Google Adsense
- Mad Ads Media
- Matomy Media Group
- Media Nexus
- Project Wonderful
- Passionfruit Ads
- Mediavine (You’ll need 30,000 page views monthly)
- AdThrive (You’ll need 100,000 pageviews monthly)
DO’S & DON’TS For Monetizing Your Blog
– DON’T Break Your Readers’ Trust
This just means don’t sell out to make a quick buck. You may be tempted to write a blog post full of affiliate links, so you can make as much as possible. This is not the right way to start earning if you are pushing links on to your readers every post. It will be very transparent, and your readers may start not to trust what you recommend because it doesn’t feel genuine. You will potentially be earning money from what someone buys during their session. So you want to make sure your recommendations are genuine. If you are recommending any old items for the sake of earning money, you may be responsible for someone spending money on a crappy product. A fun way to promote a product is to Show your readers how a product can benefit them by writing a “how-to” guide.
– DON’T Forget About Old Post
When I first started utilizing affiliate links I went back to your old blog post to see if there were any opportunities to place a link. There were a lot of places where I had talked about a product, so I was able to go back and insert a link to that product. If you are just starting out, there is a high chance you previously written a post that can be updated and monetized.
– DO Talk About What You Know
If you have a product you absolutely love, don’t be afraid to let your readers know why you love it. The best thing to do is to write a paragraph about your experience with the product, instead of just inserting a single link. Connect with readers by providing a personal experience with the company, or a photo of you using the product! This shows your readers that you actually know what you are talking about. Not only will it show them you previously purchased it, but that you actually use the item. When you write about your personal experience with the product you sound less like a commercial, but more like a friend who is just recommending a product to another friend because you yourself had such a good experience. You want your readers to trust you, not to pull away from you.
– DO Find Your Balance
The last thing you want to do is crowd your content with affiliate links. A blog post that has affiliate links in every sentence is very off-putting and distracting to your audience. Your audience will lose trust in your recommendations and lose interest in your content. It is only necessary to include one text link for each product or service that is mentioned. When you include too many affiliate links in your post you run the risk of getting flagged by search engines as spam, and you do not want this for obvious reasons. Before you decide to monetize your blog with affiliate links you should come up with a plan. Decide when, where, and how many affiliate links you will let yourself use. Always keep your audience in mind before your personal income when making this plan.
You will potentially be earning money from what someone buys during their session. So you want to make sure your recommendations are genuine. If you are recommending any old items for the sake of earning money, you may be responsible for someone spending money on a crappy product. A fun way to promote a product is to Show your readers how a product can benefit them by writing a “how-to” guide.
Interested in starting a blog, but don’t know how? Check out this beginners guide to starting your own blog.