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How to Monetize Your Blog and Start Making Money Online

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Featured Image:  Monica Wang for The Glitter Guide
Article By: Jonnie Davis

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 all the ways you can make money blogging in any niche.

This post contains affiliate links to help keep this blog running.

Preparing Your Blog For Monetization


Overall Brand + Unique Web Design

Investing in a unique design is going to be what makes your blog stand out among the rest. It doesn’t necessarily matter what type of design you choose; you want to make sure the model that is easy to navigate, and personal to you. Using a free theme will work when you first get started, but after a while, you will want to invest in a design that is going to grow your blog’s brand. I started off with a free design because I was on a budget. I updated my design all most two months ago, and I immediately saw a rise in my traffic.

If you are on a budget, there are a lot of inexpensive websites (99designs, Creativemarket, Elegant Themeswhere you can find beautiful designs. If you are on a more flexible budget, a good route would be to hire a designer and a developer to create a unique design. You can then work together with them to create something you love.

Building A Strong Social Media Presence

It is an investment to get your name out there on social media, because of all the time and push it takes to get people to follow you and engage. Having a social media following will help to grow your blog, and with increasing your organic traffic. There are a lot of not authentic ways to gain followers out there. I would recommend steering away from those apps, and follower trains, they won’t help you achieve genuine traffic. With that being said your following won’t grow overnight by the thousands it will take time. Being your authentic self is the best way to gain an audience that follows you because they genuinely want to.

 

How You Can Make Money As a Blogger


1. Add Advertisements to Your Blog

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! When you sign up for an ad network like Google Adsense, Media.net, or Mediavine, they’ll put ads on your site. And when people see and click on it, you’ll get money. There are three types of Ads you can add on your blog; (CPC), cost-per-mille (CPM), or cost-per-action (CPA) advertising.

  • cost-per-click: You get paid for every click you generate.
  • cost-per-mille: CPM advertisements you get paid for every 1,000 (mile) impressions on an advertisement.
  • cost-per-action: You get paid for every action that is completed such as a sale or generating a lead for an advertiser.

2. Affiliate Marketing; Partner with Relevant Brands

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

Awin partners you with a variety of brands worldwide. Many of their brands are known worldwide like Hyatt, Etsy, and Nike. There are brands for every niche travel, lifestyle, finance, and beauty. The best part about joining Awin is the opportunity to promote Etsy products. Etsy is a vast marketplace where individuals can promote and sells their WordPress themes, homemade products, clothing, graphics, stock photos and jewelry there are so many ways you can promote Etsy in a different blog post on your blog. When you sign up, they require you to pay a $5 deposit that can be returned to you in whole later when you get your first payment. Click here to sign up for Affiliate Window (Awin)!

  • Airbnb

I love staying at 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.

If you are signed up with your own hosting company, you can start recommending them to others and earn a commission. My blog is hosted by Siteground, and when you sign up for Siteground’s hosting, you are automatically eligible for their affiliate and referral program.

  • Share A Sale

ShareASale is a great affiliate program for bloggers and influencers. They have numerous well-known brands for bloggers in every niche!

3. Sponsored Post

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:

4. Products

Another way you can monetize your blog is by creating and selling your products. Whether it is an eBook, e-course, or printable, there are plenty of different routes you can take. Not sure if you have anything worth selling? Look through the blog post you already have on your blog can you expand on that topic. Can you package it into a digital product? Are you very creative or have a unique talent? Can you turn that into a printable or worksheet. The options are endless.

This way is probably my favorite way to monetize my blog because you have total control of what you put out, and how you market your product. If you want to help others and create additional income for your blog, this is perfect for you. I am currently working on my digital product right now, and have one product I have already created. My favorite tool when it comes to creating my digital products is hands down SendOwl. They make selling digital products effortlessly, and you can even sign up for fellow bloggers affiliate programs. If you are planning to sell your digital product you must go through SendOwl I couldn’t be more satisfied with their services and customer service team. 

More Helpful Tips

Add a Popular Post Widget + Monetize Popular Post

If you look through your analytics, you may find that some of your posts are more popular than others they may even post you wrote months ago. The best way to get those post out in the open, and readily available to your new readers is to add a Popular Post Widget on your sidebar or home page. The best way to do this is to use a plugin or set it up manually. You can then monetize those post by adding Ads or affiliate links.

Resource page

A resource page is a great way to make good use of affiliate links. Every niche can create a resource page; a resource page is a place your readers can get resources on a particular topic whether it be blogging, or traveling on a budget. You can monetize your resources page with relevant affiliate links.

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14 Comments
  • Melissa
    February 12, 2018

    All the information in this post was so helpful! I’m currently working on monetizing my site and it helped put a few things I need to work a little more on in perspective.

  • Veronica
    February 12, 2018

    This was SUPER helpful! Thanks so much for putting it together! xx Veronica inloveandlacebyvee.com

  • Pujarini
    February 13, 2018

    Very relevant tips..I am saving this one

  • Erika Lancaster
    February 15, 2018

    Thanks so much for this useful information! I just started getting into blogging seriously a few months ago and am now working hard on learning about social media to increase traffic. I’m very much interested in affiliate marketing for products in my niche and selling courses!

  • Nidhi Thawal
    February 17, 2018

    Great tips1 Really helpful for beginners like me 🙂

  • Rawlings sunday
    February 24, 2018

    This is really helpful and insightful post. Really working on social media presence and how to increase my post

    https://rawlingsunday.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/4-ways-to-budget-your-money/

  • aisha
    February 25, 2018

    Extremely helpful. I am a new blogger and still in that learning phase. Your article was so helpful in helping me see exactly where I need to work toward. thank you!

  • Arpita Patel
    March 1, 2018

    Interesting post. And didn’t miss the humor too. I am in this kinda run now. I am relatively new to blogging.

  • Amanda
    March 5, 2018

    Thank you for the info! I’m going to be launching my own blog soon so it’s good to get thinking about this sort of thing

  • Irina
    March 20, 2018

    really helpeful advice in this article!

  • Mae
    April 16, 2018

    Wow! How to Monetize Your Blog and Start Making Money Online. Is a great blog it gives me idea.Thank’s for sharing Jonnie.

  • Brooklyn | La Ti Do
    April 16, 2018

    Is there a free way to start making money on your blog? To get you started?
    <3 Brooklyn | latidoblog.weebly.com

  • Elly's Diary
    April 16, 2018

    Very thorough and detailed article! <3 Thanks for sharing your experience and what you've learnt! 🙂

  • Tawnya
    April 16, 2018

    Thank you for sharing these tips. We aren’t quite ready to start monetizing yet, but we hope to soon and these will really help.

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