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How to Blog and Get Paid

How to Blog and Get Paid

1. Promote an affiliate product on your site

Joining another company’s affiliate program is one of the simplest ways to get started with internet advertising. While affiliate links aren’t technically ads, they allow you to make money by promoting someone else’s product. As an affiliate, you earn a commission each time someone you’ve referred makes a purchase. To encourage sales, you might post a banner on your site that links to the affiliate site or publish a newsletter article about their product.

Different affiliate programs offer different payout options. Some might offer 10 percent commission for each sale, while others pay up to 50 percent of each sale. You’ll want to shop around for the best deal for you and the best fit for your site. To find good affiliate programs, check out the following directories:

Read: Do This First, and the Money Will Follow

Some internet advertising pros are actually making all their income from signing on with multiple affiliate programs. They don’t even have a product of their own! This isn’t a strategy for beginners, however, so take some time to check out different programs before committing to this option.

2. Use targeted advertising with Google AdSense

Google’s AdSense program allows you to make money advertising on your site by placing targeted text ads generated by Google on your pages. The ads appear in rectangular boxes running down the side or across the bottom of a web page with the words “Ads by Google” over the top. These ads are paid for by businesses that use Google’s pay-per-click program, AdWords. These ads reflect the content on your site, so if your site sells a book on how to recognize authentic baseball cards, for example, the ads that appear on your site might be for baseball card retailers.

As a Google AdSense publisher, you earn money every time a visitor to your site clicks on one of the AdWords ads on your site. If you’re getting a lot of targeted traffic–and if these visitors are interested in the products being advertised–that could mean a healthy new source of extra income for you.

Best of all, Google AdSense is free to join. It’s easy, too. Google does all the work of finding relevant ads for your site–you just collect the payments.

A word of warning: Google ads don’t work for all sites, so if you add them, be sure to test them. You don’t want to lose credibility with your target market.

3. Approach companies directly to ask if you can advertise for them

If your site is already getting lots of traffic, try looking for sites that offer complementary products and target the same niche market as you do. For instance, if you own a bridal shop, you could approach a local florist to see if they’d like to advertise their wedding bouquets on your site. An ad on your site would also be seen as an implicit recommendation of their product, and it could send a ton of brides to their site. And the more successful your ads are, the more you can charge for them.

Be sure to contact potential internet advertising partners in a professional manner. Call them on the phone instead of just e-mailing them so your communication is more personal and professional. Be ready to supply them with information about your business and your site traffic. The more information you can give them, the more likely they’ll be to consider your offer. And above all, make sure they have a solid reputation. If you partner with a questionable company, their activities could reflect poorly on your business.

Read: 4 Ways to Make Money Advertising on Your Blog

4. Sign up for a blog-specific ad program.

If you have a blog, consider signing up to feature blog-specific ads on your site. The key is to consider the kinds of ads your target audience will find valuable. Here are some great ways to attract advertisers to your blog:

  • Sign up with a context-based ad program like Google’s AdSense that will automatically generate ads for your site that you can put up within minutes of being accepted to their program. Crisp Ads offers a similar program, but only for blogs.
  • Place Amazon Associates ads on your site, and feature ads for products you personally use or are happy to endorse. That way, your customers are responding to your recommendations.
  • Get advertisers interested in your blog with a link they can use to contact you for rates and requirements. This link can be a simple message saying “Click here to find out how to advertise on this blog!” That way, anyone visiting your site is free to discuss advertising opportunities with you.
  • Sign up with an advertiser-publisher connection program likeΒ BlogAds or AdBrite, and get listed in their publishers’ directory. One important note: With these types of ads, the advertisers look through listings of thousands of blogs to choose the right people to promote their products. Unless you’re getting thousands of visitors a day, they might not be all that interested in doing business with you.
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75 thoughts on “How to Blog and Get Paid”

  1. I have been struggling with how to monetize my page. unfortunately in my country there is not a real culture of sponsoring or advertising yet, any tips on how to get advertising abroad? will leave my site here in case you might have any other suggestions πŸ™‚ kindfoodlove.com

  2. Thanks for the post. We were wondering when the best time to start monetising our blog. Some people say when you have traffic, others state to do it as you are growing, so you can learn (and earn a little- hopefully) as you grow. We went to Amazon too early initially and they said the blog wasn’t ready, so now just not sure when or if to reapply.

    1. I had also the same concern with you. I wanted to have an affiliate program with amazon but also afraid if it’s the right time for me with the traffic I have right now.

  3. All of these are great ways to make money. However, please keep in mind that you won’t be able to employ most of these methods unless if you use a host besides WordPress. WordPress.com is fairly restrictive in what it lets you do with advertising, even when you pay for the premium version. WordPress.org, on the other hand, will let you do basically whatever you want.

    Also, none of these methods are “easy” ways to make money. You will really need to work hard and stay determined through tough times. With that said, the money will come if you keep on persevering!

  4. I started trying CJ Affiliates and haven’t had any luck with it yet… I am also a very new blogger. Anyone have experience with this ad source? If so I would love to know your thoughts!

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  6. β€œThe purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

    ? Ralph Waldo Emerson

  7. Great tips for beginners and those like me that have been blogging for a while and yet to start earning!

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