If you are looking for a legitimate and real online business to make money online then one of the best ways to do this is to start blogging. While lots of people may have heard of the term blogging and understand that people create a blog and share information, there is often confusion about exactly HOW bloggers actually make their money.
The beautiful thing about blogging is that there are so many different ways to make money with your blog once you start generating some traffic. You can choose which one appeals to you and focus on that, or even better you can monetize your website in a variety of ways and start generating a number of different income streams.
It is completely up to you and the most exciting part is that you can get creative and come up with some really interesting and unique ways to make money from your blog.
The main thing is that as soon as you start generating some traffic to your website you can start to monetize your website.
1 Join an Advertising Program
Joining an advertising program such as Google Adsense, Chitika, Amazon Associates or Infolinks means that you are allowing those platforms to show advertisements in specific places of your choosing on your website.
Depending on the type of ads that are placed on your website you may be paid per views, per clicks or per sale.
2 Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a really awesome way to make some money. Simply search for online stores in your niche that have an affiliate program. Once you have signed up you can promote their products on your blog in a variety of ways such as showing banner ads or writing product reviews, and if anyone buys a product from that store from click through from your website you will earn a commission.
One of the biggest and most well known affiliate program is with Amazon.
3 Get Paid to Review Products
Once you have some traffic to your blog you can offer paid product reviews. Companies will send you products for free and pay you to write a review on your website for those products.
4 Sponsored Content
Companies won’t just want reviews done, they will want various other types of sponsored content too. A good example is if a company is holding a huge event, such as a convention, they may contact you to write about it on your blog and share it with your readers.
5 Youtube Income
You can start a Youtube channel to compliment your blog and add another way to get more traffic, but you can also monetize your Youtube channel and make money from people that watch your Youtube videos. Lots of people only do video blogging which is called vlogging.
You can also charge companies for product placements in your Youtube videos too.
6 Create and Sell ebooks
Since you are writing anyway you can create ebooks and sell them to your readers. You can gather up some of the best information and most popular posts on your website, and create an ebook to sell online, or alternatively you can create some exclusive content that is not available anywhere on your website and sell that to your loyal readers.
7 Sell Advertising Space on your Website
In addition to, or instead of joining an advertising program like Google Adsense, you can sell advertising space on your website. You can either manage this yourself and sell ad space directly to advertisers or you can join a program like BuySellAds.com that will help connect advertisers and publishers.
8 Make Money Being An Online Influencer
If you have a blog you really should have set up some social media accounts and spent time growing your social following. Once you have a decent social following you will be able to add another source of income since big companies will be very interested in having you share content for them on social media.
There are companies you can register with that will take care of all of this for you like Webfluential where you can connect your social media channels and your websites. You set your pricing and if anyone is interested in working with you they can see all your pricing and information and book a job with you that you can then choose to accept or decline.
9 Sell Guest Posts on Your Website
Once your blog is established and has some traffic and authority you will find that there will be loads of bloggers and companies that will pay you to publish their guest posts on your website.
10 Sell Services or Products from your Blog
You can sell services from your blog or actual products that are related to your niche. The sky is the limit here, you can offer content writing services, SEO services and logo design. If you have a niche about dogs you can even start offering dog walking services, dog grooming and dog kennels.
If you have a crafting website, for example about knitting you can make your own knitted products and sell them.
So those are just 1o ways to monetize your blog. Making use of a number of them can not only generate a really good income, but they can also work together in a symbiotic way.
Take making money through Youtube as a good example of this. Setting up your own Youtube channel and adding your own videos to your posts will juice up the SEO of your posts.
By monetizing your channel you have another source of income. Offering paid product placements in your videos adds another source of income.
In addition to this you are reaching a new audience when people find your blog by finding your Youtube video in Youtube search or Google Search.
You can also add affiliate links in your Youtube video description which is another source of income.
You can also charge more for a review or sponsored other sponsored content on your website if you offer to include a Youtube video embedded into the post.
I think you get the idea, so get creative and get blogging!
Steve White is a veteran affiliate marketer and online entrepreneur who delivers a powerful combination of creative marketing skills and business acumen. His website, paypervids.com, helps everyday people learn real ways to make money online.
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