Monetizing Your Blog
Blogs are an incredible platform to share your passions with the world and are becoming increasingly easier to profit from. While there is a myriad of techniques bloggers can employ to fatten their wallets, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the more common and fruitful methods (in our humble opinion).
1. Promote Affiliates
Many companies offer affiliate programs in a “you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours” arrangement. By directing users to a relevant and trusted service provider, you can be compensated by the company should a sale or registration consequently occur. To maximize your earning potential, be sure to keep your affiliates and offerings relevant to your website’s content/genre. Offer services or products you feel your readers would be interested in.
- Webhosting providers such as WP Engine, Hostgator, SiteGround, and Bluehost
- Newsletter and Marketing companies AWeber and ConvertKit
- Travel services like TripAdvisor, AirBnB, and airlines
- Target, Walmart, and other big retailers
- Online marketplaces like Etsy, Envato, and Creative Market
- Image editing & design services such as Canva and PicMonkey
- Even Solo Pine participates in an affiliate program! Recommend one of our themes and you can earn a cut. For more details, check out Solo Pine Referrals & Affiliates
- And more!
Ah, the old standby. Have free space on your blog you’d like to make lucrative? You can quickly and easily add banner, sidebar, and even text ads using networks like Google AdSense or Amazon Associates. Ads can be inserted into your site via code or plugin. Alternatively, consider direct advertising with service or product providers you feel your readers will appreciate. This could mean more control over what appears on your blog, where it appears on your blog, as well as the possibility of negotiating a higher fee.
3. Premium memberships or subscriptions
Countless sites provide free content to users while also offering a premium edition on the side. Thing of a free plugin you’ve used which also had a “Pro” version with more features that costs a fee. Having free, quality content draws users in and can encourage a sense of trust in what you do. Offering an optional membership program or paid subscription on the side granting access to more in-depth or meaty material is a brilliant way to earn income.
4. Product & Service Sales
Consider setting up shop and using your blog as a storefront for selling your artwork, consultation services, or even custom products featuring your designs. Shopify or WooCommerce can help you launch your own webshop.
5. ebooks and Manuals
With the dawn of ebooks, writing and self-publishing your own content has become wildly more accessible for the everyday person. Numerous epublishing services will convert your documents into a variety of ebook formats for free, allow you to set the price, and even provide hosting. Intrigued? Check out Payhip, Barne & Noble Press, and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing to see just how easy it is.
There is no “one way” to successfully monetize your blog; everyone will have their own unique needs and experience. You may have great success with one method or find the magic groove using a combination of them all. Do your research, find what feels best, and give it a go!
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