5 Creative Ideas to Make Money Blogging
If you have decided to make money from blogging, you have to appreciate that it takes a lot of hard work to get there. Of course you have done some research and at the top of your role model list are bloggers like Ewdison Then of SlashGear, Matt Marshall of VentureBeat, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch and Pete Cashmore of the tech blog Mashable. These are some of the highest earning bloggers and truth be told, they have got to the top through hard work and a lot of sweat. What they do might look easy but if you look back to where they were a few years back when starting, you get the motivation that blogging can actually earn you good money.
There are many other bloggers out there making something from a few hundred thousand dollars a month to thousands of dollars. The main focus should not be on what Mario Lavanderia of Perez Hilton is doing today but what the blogger has been doing since 2005 to get to this position. The prospects of earning over $200,000 will definitely entice you into becoming a blogger, but it is important to start with the basics.
Now that you have already selected your niche, blogging platform, hosting package and you have started publishing, it is time to start actualizing your monetization dream. At the beginning, you might feel like the few friends and family members visiting your blog are not enough of a foundation to start making money, but you are wrong.
If you are stuck on how to start making money from your blog, you are not alone. Truth be told, creating a blog is easy and fast but making money form it will take more effort. Below are some simple ideas that will guide you on your journey to monetizing your blog. Good luck!
- Advertising Programs
As more businesses realize the potential in the internet market, they are willing to pay top dollar for Ads placement. There are different advertising programs which you can register your blog for including:
- Text Link Ads
- Google AdSense
These Ad networks provide an avenue for popular blogs to make money. Basically, you have to work on your blog’s visibility in order to make good returns. The more the traffic to your blog the better the ROI; payments are based on the number of clicks and for this to work for you, make sure you have a strategy that is already driving traffic to your website. There are also programs that pay based in impressions (say the number of page views).
- Coaching Services
There is no denying that everyone is looking for a way to make their life better. The internet has come as a Godsend for people of all walks of life. From people looking for language training to new mothers looking for tips to bring up their babies, there is no dearth of areas you can focus on. E-coaching is a blossoming industry and it works by making it possible for anyone to get coaching on various skills that they would otherwise have problems finding. TheBlogMaven.com is a good example of a blog making money by offering a popular skill online. This blog was established by Jenni Elliot to help would-be bloggers. With e-coaching, you need to identify an area where your skills are greatly needed and targeting motivated clients. To make it as an e-coach, make sure you create great content on topics that matter greatly to your target audience. You need a strong value proposition to convince people that they should come to you and not other coaches.
Consultancy is an innovative way to make money from your expertise in any area. You will charge a fee to provide feedback to readers. With the advent of Skype and other such services, it is now possible to share your expertise with clients from across the world and make good money while at it. You can charge per hour or per session and now that online payments are easy, you won’t experience any hitches. Jim Connolly of Jim’s Marketing Blog and Sophie Lizard of Be a Freelance Blogger are good examples of consultant bloggers making money from providing expert feedback to clients.
- Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is without doubt one of the most widely recognized ways of making money online. These programs are straightforward and you are able to make money depending on how popular your blog is. In essence, you will get commissions from other companies for helping to sell their products or services.
Your task is simply to drive traffic to these affiliate websites’ landing pages through your own marketing techniques on your blog. You will place any type of content that invites visitors to your blog to check out the client’s company website. If they do and make a purchase or perform another form of pre-agreed action, you get paid.
Some of the most established affiliate networks include Amazon, Linkshare, Clickbank, Rakuten, eBay, ShareaSale, Flexoffers, Avangate, and RevenueWire among others. You can start making money by joining one of these.
- Selling a Specific Service
This is the ultimate reason for blogging though it has now mutated into many others. Take, for instance, if you have a passion for vintage cars. If you are constantly restoring these cars, why not start a blog and start selling them? The same applies to any other product or service that you can sell to make money. There is no limit to what you can sell and in fact, many home-based businesses are leveraging the power of blogging to sell their merchandise.
There are many other ways to monetize your blog including selling intellectual property rights such as eBooks, and tele-courses. You can also make money by working as a freelance blogger where you provide high-quality content for blogs in different industries. Whatever method you choose to make money for your blog, make sure you are consistent in order to build a loyal following. More importantly, create helpful content that guarantees to change the lives of readers as this is the only way your blog posts will be shared. So which type of blog are you starting? A niche travel, recipe blog, fashion blog, parenting blog? Whichever it is, use these tips to start making money from blogging.
James Anthonio is a web marketing specialist based in Manhattan. He boasts over 18 years’ experience in internet marketing solutions and shares his thoughts through blogging. This article is from a series of webinars titled ‘creating a blog is easy and fast’ published online.