Blogging Corner: 5 Proven Ways to Monetize Your Blog
So, you started a blog and want to make money from it. I’m not going to lie to you. If you want to earn money while blogging, you need to diligently put time and energy into it. Check out this article to learn how to monetize your blog.
Blog Monetizing Topics discussed in this article:
· Educational Content
· Online Media Content
· Amazon Associates
· Digital Influencer
Bloggers worry about a lot of things when blogging like security, their competitors, changes to the Google algorithm, legal issues, and platform changes. However, 54.9 percent of bloggers are concerned about lack of earnings from their blog and 69.4 percent worry about how to increase their readership base.
Use These Strategies to Monetize Your Blog
Now, these strategies are proven and have worked for many people—including me. However, you’re not going to start earning the big bucks after posting your first blog. It’s simply not going to happen. Sure, you may be the one in a millionth person that strikes it rich right away.
But that is not the normal way things happen. Be prepared to do your homework. Learn all you can about SEO and how to rank higher in search engine results pages (SERP). Seek out expert advice from well-trafficked blogs.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Keep writing original content that showcases your unique tone and educates the reader. That is what readers and the updated Google search engine algorithm are looking for when giving sites page quality ratings.
1. Provide Educational Content
Now, providing educational content such as eBooks and courses is not the easiest place to start when trying to monetize your blog—but it’s a great way to showcase your legitimacy as a professional blogger.
Educational content can consist of a PDF document of a white paper that provides authoritative information on a complex issue in a concise matter that the reader can understand. You can offer this PDF as a freebie to try to gain leads for your email list or to cultivate reader loyalty when they subscribe to your daily posting list.
These whitepapers can be available at a small cost as well so you can start to generate income from your blog. If you are ambitious and have the knowledge of a specific field of expertise, consider writing an eBook that is available for purchase only on your website or through a course—like my Blogger Mentoring & SEO Strategies course. My eBook consists of 18 chapters that are reviewed and studied during a 9-week mentoring course. The book is slightly over 16,000 words.
Just remember that the Google algorithm ranks educational content higher according to their E-A-T guidelines—expertise, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness.
You should have both paid and free educational content available on your website or blog which meets these guidelines. This can help you cultivate loyalty among your readership base, increase subscribers and site members, and boost earnings.
2. Join an Online Media Content Venue
You can further establish yourself as a professional blogger and content creator by joining an online media content venue such as SubscribeStar. The amount of money you make depends upon the number of subscribers you have and varies depending on your different subscription tiers.
SubscribeStar is an independent membership platform that allows users to publish content such as videos, whitepapers, PDFs, etc. and then get paid for it. I started on Patreon first, but then I heard that they were censoring conservatives. At the time, I was only on their platform for a month and didn’t have any subscribers, so it was easy to make the switch to SubscribeStar. I like them better. They don’t censor content like Patreon was doing.
3. Become an Amazon Associate
Amazon Associates is a free affiliate marketing program for bloggers and website owners. Basically, you place advertisements for Amazon products on your website—in the sidebar, footer, or in the content of blog posts—and when people click on the links to buy the product, you get a commission.
It sounds simple, but it’s not. It’s only simple if you have a lot of traffic going to your site.
After you go through the set up process (see this comprehensive article from HubSpot that provides instructions), you need to make at least one sale during the 180 day initial approval process.
I did not have a lot of traffic to my blog when I first set up my Amazon Associates account. I took a gamble. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a sale, but I got two sales during the first 45 days. I was amazed and excited, so I was able to continue as an associate.
The user interface is simple and you can check to see if you are getting any clicks on advertisements and if any sales were made.
I have a small banner ad near the header of my site for visitors to have easy access to Amazon. I also place personalized ads at the end of each blog post and before the author bio.
Some people like to place the ads in the middle of the content. However, I feel that disrupts the reader experience and a positive user experience (UX) is an important factor in increasing page ranking. I may be missing out on sales, but I still get ad clicks daily.
I post book reviews 2-3 times a month at my magazine. I post the cover art ad for the book from the Amazon Associates code I get in the back office. Since my book reviews get good traffic, I increase my chances of making commissions because people can now click on the cover art ad and purchase the book.
4. Develop Your Brand as a Digital Influencer
You may be able to make money as a digital influencer with companies like The Sway Network. This network works with content creators like bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, and writers who have a following on social media and a readership base on their blogs.
There are other such networks like IZEA, Linquia, TapInfluence, and Tomoson that I signed up for. Some of them don’t offer a lot of high paying opportunities and some sites like Linquia are not optimized for mobile viewing so you can’t easily check for opportunities on your phone and must log in on a laptop or PC.
I recently heard about The Sway Network. The signup process was simple, and they offer a variety of opportunities for content creators. For example, one opportunity consisted of posting two tweets (text provided) during a specific three-day period and you would earn $40. Now, the general processing time for payment is between 30-60 days, but if you were accepted for multiple opportunities on this site, the money would add up.
5. Earn from Affiliate Marketing and Other Ads
Now, Amazon Associates is an affiliate marketing program, but I consider them to be extremely legitimate and with the right amount of traffic to your site—very profitable. That is why they warranted their own section for description in this article.
Basically, with affiliate marketing, you earn commissions on links clicked or products sold when you advertise a merchant’s products on your blog or website.
Some popular affiliate marketing opportunities include: ShareASale, CJ Affiliate, and Rakuten.
On my website and blog, I am an Amazon Associate, and affiliate with the following: Thin Optics, Boxed, Rakuten, Gillette On Demand, Ambit, Young Living, and Success with Paula.
Your call-to-action (CTA) today is to start implementing these five proven ways to monetize your blog and do them in whatever order works best for you. I started with affiliate marketing and advertisements and became an Amazon Associate. Now, I have a well-trafficked site that is getting new subscribers and site members and is steadily increasing in SERP ranking each day.
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About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.