A lot of people, who are new to online money-making opportunities or new to blogging per se, wonder how an income can be made just by blogging. I was one of them. What I love about blogging is that the blogger or owner of the blog is not stuck with just one income stream. There are literally multiple creative ways to make money. Best of all, the income that you earn is passive! You can be sleeping and earn while you sleep for as long as you have traffic! (This is true, no exaggeration!)
I know what you're screaming in your head now…"Lynne! Just tell me how I can make money!"
Before I do, I want to suggest how to finish reading this post all the way to the end, before you start clicking on the links here. Keep your focus here first then read it for the second time while going through the links and signing up with the networks I mentioned. That way you don't get distracted and before you knew it, it took you two hours to finish reading. With that said, here are some of the ways you can monetize on your blog.
Adsense is Google's contextual advertising program. This is the fastest way to get started in monetizing your blog. Most beginners take advantage of this very simple program. It's free to sign-up with Google and it's easy to get started. Once you're signed up, your next step is to generate the code and embed the code in your blog.
Although Google Adsense is easy and simple to use, strategies must still be in place for higher click-thru rates. Since you get paid per cilck on the ad, you want as many legitimate clicks on the ads as possible. I highly recommend Joel Comm's Adsense Secrets 4 to learn more in depth about Adsense and how you can leverage for maximum earnings in your blog.
2. Cost Per Acquisition or Cost Per Action Programs
Cost per action/acquisition simply means that the advertiser pays for every lead generated based on the action defined. For example, an advertiser would like to pay the publisher (in this case, you the owner of the blog) for every sign-up for a free trial offer. If someone signed up from the link on your website, then you will get paid for it. The action can be as simple as just entering a zip code or email address also, depending on the type of offer. So the good thing about CPA is that you don't necessarily always have to make a sale to make a commission. To get started, you must sign-up with a CPA network. Just like Adsense, it's free to sign-up, however, some CPA networks can be strict. They usually require that you have an experience in CPA or at least make it sound like you do have an experience during the interview process (By the way, there are networks that conduct interviews and there are that don't.) . Do not let the interview process intimidate you. This is just an action on their part to ensure that they are acquiring affiliates who are serious about making money and bringing them business. I will cover CPA more in depth on another blog post. Stay tuned for that.
3. Other Contextual Advertising
I mentioned at the beginning that Google Adsense is a contextual advertising. Although it is the leader in this field, to other bloggers, some CPC or Cost Per Click networks perform better than Adsense, depending on your niche. Below are some CPC networks that are worth checking out. I suggest to sign-up with all of them. Test one out every two or three weeks and evaluate how well each one performs. As soon as you find the winning network, stick with it. If for whatever reason, the network of your choice performs poorly towards the end or at anytime, try rotating with the other networks again.
– Low minimum payout of $10 paid through Paypal.
– Displays only the highest bidders on your website.
– Customizable layout of ads to match your blog's color scheming/style.
– Allows you to block any unwanted ad.
– Claims to display quality ads from top name brands such as Nation, Verizon, & Chevrolet.
– Different ad formats such as: text ads, banners, inline ads, full page ads.
– Ads can also be customized.
– Approve or reject ads.
– Works alongside with other programs.
– Boasts 11,000 campaigns in their network.
– Minimum payout of $50 and pays every 15 days.
– Receive up to 60% revenue share of advertising revenue
– Kontera is unique from all of the above in the sense that it takes certain words or keywords on your blog and attach it to an advertisement.
– High click-thru rates because the links are disguised.
– Non-intrusive contextual advertisements
– Huge advertising inventory from large advertising networks.
Text Link Ads
– Control on what ad links appear on your site.
– Can be run alongside other ad networks.
– Payment sent every 1st of the month and if you're using Paypal, there is no minimum payout.
– 50/50 revenue share on ads sold.
4. Affiliate Programs
Some people interchange CPA (Cost Per Acquisition/Cost Per Action) and just the plain old Affiliate programs. Although CPA is a type of an affiliate platform, with the traditional affiliate program, you have to make a sale period, in order to earn a commission. To get started, you have to sign-up with an affiliate company. If you have a favorite product or a product in mind that you want to endorse, you can also check with the vendor if they have an affiliate program.
Below are some of my recommended affiliate companies:
– Biggest and most popular site that connects digital product vendors and affiliates (bloggers/internet marketers)
– Different digital product niche categories from fashion, photography, to internet marketing and other business related materials. They have a broad range of niche to choose from.
– In my opinion, the biggest affiliate network outside the digital world.
– They have wide selection of niche/product categories.
– Commission Junction is very much trusted both by advertisers and publishers in the affiliate industry.
Google Affiliate Network
A couple of years ago, Google acquired DoubleClick which offers a pay per performance program called Performics. They since renamed it to Google Affiliate Network.
– Claims to have Walmart, iTunes, Orbitz, Office Depot, and Petsmart as some of their biggest clients.
– Offers training and educational tools for their affiliates.
– Direct deposit for payments with $1 threshold
Although Amazon sells a wide range of products from fashion, accessories, books, to electronics, I mostly use Amazon for books that I've read, reviewed, and would like to endorse.
5. Widget-Based Programs
If your niche is shopping, fashion, or product reviews, then using widget-based affiliate programs might work for you. Below are some of the networks that have widgets. This platform is pay-per-click basis. Unlike Kontera and Text Link Ads, these have photos of the products and some text.
6. Sponsored Review/Pay Per Post
Pay per post or Sponsored review simply means that a company, individual, or business owner pays you, the blogger, or website owner, to write a review of their products or services.
There are two ways you can do this:
1. Joining a Pay-Per-Post network which I have listed some of them below. Some of these websites require that your blog has certain number of visits every month. All of these are free to sign-up. As always, when joining any network or website, be sure to check out their
2. Offering the service directly on your website. However, if you're just starting, you're probably better off joining a network first to gain more experience.
Although sponsored review is one of the ways you can make money from your blog, I do not recommend that you do this all the time. Remember that your goal in your blog is to provide value and not bombard your readers blog posts that they may not necessarily always be interested at. Another tip is if you're accepting a sponsored review assignment, make sure that the product or service is still related to your niche. You still want to provide values to your readers even though it's a sponsored review and at the same time, you would like to provide a good ROI to the company that paid you to do the review.
7. Direct Advertisers
The more that you deal directly with advertisers, the bigger the profit margin that you have. This usually comes later in your blogging business once you're driving huge traffic to your blog. Direct deals are usually better because you can command your own price. However, you must keep this to a minimum. You don't want to distract and turn off your visitors by putting a ton of advertisements on your blog.
These are just an overview of ways that you can make money from your blog. In the next few days, I will cover more ways to make serious passive income from blogging!
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