Blogging is an excellent way to earn money working from home. However, many people get lost when setting up their blogs. There are some things you need to know before you get started. First of all, you need to make the blog successful. It takes an average of 3 months before blogs begin to see any real traffic. This means you’ll need to stick with it, even though you’re not seeing any money. Second, you need to search out money making opportunities. Let’s take a closer look at five things you can do to monetize your blog.
Use Google Adsense
Google Adsense is one of the easiest programs to use. Once you sign up and place ad markers on your blog, Google will look at the keywords used in your posts and select relevant ads to add to your blog. You do need to be careful when using Google Adsense and avoid over-saturation. Too many ads can be annoying to the readers. Space your ads out by using relevant gadgets and place ads between posts.
Sign Up With Affiliates
There are a number of affiliate markets on the internet. The key is to choose affiliates that match your blog’s niche. After all, you want something that is interesting to the reader so that they click on the link. For example, if your blog is about books, you might sign up with Barnes and Noble and Amazon. When someone buys something through your link, you’ll get a small percentage of the order total.
Add a Donation Button
Bloggers have mixed opinions about adding a donation button to a blog. It can also be a turn off to some readers who believe bloggers make a killing from ads (which they usually don’t). However, a PayPal donation button gives your readers the chance to show appreciation for your work. You’d be surprised at how many people are willing to pay you for your information, if it’s unique and useful.
There are a number of things you can sell through your blog. For example, many bloggers sell ebooks. If you don’t have time to sit down and write a book, don’t worry. You can also create a t-shirt shop that revolves around the niche of your blog and create products that will interest your readers. Create a link to the shop by using a picture of one of the products and wait for the orders to roll in.
Offer Services Through Fiverr
Last, but not least, you can offer services through Fiverr to help monetize your blog. For example, if your blog is about jewelry, you might create a gig in which you will promote someone’s jewelry line through your blog. Basically, you’re getting paid to advertize products on your blog.
There are a number of ways to monetize your blog and some are better than others. However, you have the ability to try out each option and see what works for your blog.
About the Author: Ji Kunka is a blogger and designer who enjoys focusing on aesthetic appeal. He uses jquery slider plugins and other tools to make each site he designs look as wonderful as possible, ensuring the monetization of his blogs is easier to incorporate later on!