I love covering work from home jobs for moms. And, it’s come to my attention that I haven’t covered much on blogging. Which is crazy because I actually have been making money blogging and without my blog I wouldn’t have the writing jobs that I’ve gotten.
The truth is starting a blog is pretty easy, but making money off a blog? That’s some hard work.
Over the years I’ve learned a lot. Today I want to go over the primary ways that you can make money from a blog.
Put Ads on Your Blog
When it comes to running ads on your blog there are three main types: CPC, CPM, and Direct Ads.
The most common ad network in the blogosphere is Google Adsense. (See my top lefthand side bar for an example.) This is called a CPC, or cost per click, ad.
With Google Adsense you get paid every time a reader clicks on one of your ads. The amount you get paid is highly dependent on the particular niche that you’re in. For example, I write a lot about personal finance and since this is such a competitive niche the cost per click (CPC) is higher compared to a blog about knitting sweaters, for example.
Other CPC networks you might be interested in joining are Yahoo/Bing’s ad network, called Media.net
CPM ads are Cost per Thousand. This mean you get paid a set amount of money for every thousand pageviews your blog gets. The amount you get paid per thousand pageviews is once again very dependent upon your niche.
With CPC and CPM ads the higher traffic you have the more money you’ll make. Don’t expect to make more than a handful of pennies if you have low pageviews. On the other hand there’s nothing wrong with going ahead and putting those ads on your blog from the very beginning so that you’re readers are always used to them.
The last type of ad is direct advertising. This is when a company offers to place an ad on your site for a certain amount of money each month.
Affiliate sales occur when you recommend a product to your reader and they sign up using your special affiliate link.
You can become an affiliate for almost everything under the sun. The commissions vary depending on what company you’re promoting. Some of the most common affiliate networks are Amazon Associates and Commission Junction.
You can normally find out how to sign up as an affiliate for a particular company by visiting their website and scrolling all the way to the bottom and looking for the affiliate link.
When you’re promoting affiliate links just be sure to keep it natural and NEVER promote anything that you don’t absolutely love!
Sponsored posts are posts that you write to promote a particular company and are paid for. The amount you get paid for sponsored post can range anywhere from $10-$2,000 depending upon your blog’s traffic and audience.
If you think you’d be a good fit to work with a particular company you can email them with your ideas (I’ve had a ton of success by just asking!) or you can sign up to do sponsored posts at one of these third party places:
Just like with any other blog monetization avenue you should only accept sponsored posts that align closely with your brand and audience of your particular blog. I know how tempting it is to just take the money for anything but that can do more harm than help in the long run.
Selling Your Own Product
Another great monetization method is selling your own product.
This is something I’ll be rolling out and testing in February of 2015. I’ve witnessed other bloggers have huge success with this but since it’s not something I’ve done myself yet I can’t give you a ton of advice.
Some things you can create to sell are printable worksheets, e-books, and courses.
Use Your Blog to Start a Service Based Business
What I have found the most success with is using my blog as a way to find freelance blogging clients. The majority of the money I earn comes from writing and doing virtual assistant for other bloggers. (Click the income reports button in the sidebar to see a breakdown of my online income.) You can see how I was able to launch my freelance blogging business here.
Making money solely from a blog is a long process so if you need immediate cash consider using your blog to start a service based business.
Blogging is Not a Race
Blogging is not a race. If you’re just starting out don’t compare yourself to the huge bloggers. We all start at ground zero!
You’re not going to get rich overnight from blogging. Instead think of a long term plan and start working on getting traffic and gaining readers. After that opportunities will start to find you.
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