Are you a dedicated blogger, that just wants to make some extra money?
Ok, you are a blogger and want to get paid for your efforts. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you are passionate about your topic. Your passion and dedication will be the lifeline of your blog.
If your primary goal is to blog for money, then stop, right now. You are going about it the wrong way, and you will end up with poor results. For the best results, you have to be passionate and well-educated about your topic. People want to read blogs that are well-written, helpful, and educating not some half-fast blog.
Now, that we have got that out of the way. It’s time to go over the many ways you can make money with your blog.
Affiliate programs are the most common way to make money. There are so many affiliate programs out there, in just about every type of market. Affiliate programs will pay you a percentage of any sale that is generated from your blog. There are many types of affiliate programs, pay per call, pay per click, pay per lead, and pay per sale, are the most common.
If you don’t know where to go to find a good reputable affiliate program, then I would try using an affiliate network like Commission Junction, Linkshare, and Clickbank. I would be cautious with Clickbank, most of their products are garbage, but there are a few good ones.
When selecting products/services to promote, make sure they are reputable and are with your blog’s theme. This means, that if your blog is about dog grooming, then you shouldn’t be promoting real estate items. The products/services you promote should be theme-related, and provide a good user experience.
Amazon has the largest and most popular affiliate program online. Amazon sells just about any product there is to sell under the sun. So, it is very easy to find a lot of good products to promote on your blog. Amazon has also a very detailed affiliate area with lots of goodies to help you promote the right product that suits your blogging needs.
Google’s Adsense is another great way to make money with your blog. Google delivers ads to your blog and pays you a share of the cost per click. Google Adsense has several different ad sizes that can easily look natural and boost your revenue. You can also change the colours of the ads, to make them match your blog’s design, making it very easy to blend in and appear natural.
If you do decide to use Google’s Adsense program, make sure you thoroughly read their terms of service. Google is very stringent about how and where its ads are being delivered. So, read, note, and obey their terms of service, or you will be deactivated.
If you have a blog that has a decent following and/or gets a decent amount of traffic, you can always sell ad spots. Depending on your traffic volume, you can sell advertising space for as much as $200 per ad, per month. If you have a lot of volumes, you can charge a lot more.
If you decide to go this way, make sure that you don’t overdo it, and stay on topic with the ads. There are so many logistics I could get involved with, but I won’t. Just make sure not to have too many ads, or disrupt the design and flow of your blog. Some people put so many ads on their blog, it’s not very attractive, and frankly scares visitors away. A lot of ads scream, amateur.
My final thoughts, every ad, and/or affiliate you display, is like a recommendation. The ads you place will reflect on you and your blog. So, don’t put ANY products and/or services that you wouldn’t personally recommend yourself.