So you started a blog since you’ve discovered content creation around targeted keywords is the best way to engage your target audience and obtain new clients, but now we are going to explore other methods to monetize it.
No matter which group you’re in, making money with a blog is possible. It’s not a get rich quick ordeal, but in the event that you do it right, you can make enough to support your family and much more. Let’s dive in and see how you can make a profit by means of your site.
Monetize with CPC or CPM Ads
Some of the very most common ways bloggers make money is through placing ads on their site.
There are two popular types of advertisements:
- CPC/PPC Ads: Cost per click (also called pay per click) advertising is usually banners that you place in your content or sidebar. Every time a reader clicks on the advertisement, you are paid for that click.
- CPM Ads: CPM Ads, or “price per 1,000 impressions,” are ads that pay you a fixed amount of money based on how many people see your advertisement.
Google AdSense is the most popular network for placing these sorts of advertisements. With this specific program, you do not need to be in direct contact with advertisers; you simply place the banner ad in your site, Google chooses advertisements useful to your content. There are countless similar programs available should you find that AdSense doesn’t function for you, such as Chitika, Infolinks, and Media.net.
Sell Private Ads. As it pertains to selling advertisements, working with advertising networks isn’t your only alternative. Advertisers may come to you and ask you to put their ad in your site, in case you wind up with enough traffic. You may also contact advertisers yourself. The biggest difference from the previously listed option is that there is no middle man, which means you can set your own advertising rates.
Selling private advertisements can come in the type of banner ads, buttons, or links. You may also make money writing – where you write sponsored posts, publish guest post, give written interviews or give a review of an advertiser’s product or service.
The ways you make money with this particular can vary. For example, you might charge a one-time fee for a link within a post or you might bill monthly, in case you are hosting banner ads.
Insert Affiliate Links in Your Content
Affiliate marketing is also another great tool for monetizing your blog.
Here is how affiliate marketing functions:
- An advertiser has a product she wants to sell. She agrees to give you a commission from every sale if the purchaser is coming from your site. (on example is Amazon)
- She gives you a unique link that monitors your affiliate code. When a buyer used your link to make a buy, its tracked so you can get paid.
- You include your affiliate link on your site. You can certainly do this directly in the content or through banner ads. If a reader buys the merchandise you’ve recommended and clicks on your unique link, you make a portion of what was purchased.
Internet affiliate marketing can be utilized by you through ad networks like Amazon Associates, or you also can make private partnerships with advertisers and businesses (like Keen) with an affiliate application.
TIP: A number of the autoblogging plugin alternatives like WP Robot allow you to incorporate your affiliate marketing automatically within post templates, alternatively you may use Ad Management plugins (like Ad Inserter) to add HTML code within specific post or pages.
Simple Ads Manager offers you more options and functionality than you’ll see in WordPress Ad Widget. The primary element in Simple Ads Manager is the Ad Place. Each Ad Place is a group of advertising that you can upload on your site in either a shortcode, through a widget, or by adding PHP code to your theme. You can also assign each advertising a weight. Advertising with a higher weight will be shown more often.
Additionally, Simple Ads Manager allows you to create Ad Zones. Each Ad Zone enables you to set what Ad Place will be shown on which kind of page or post. For example, you can establish one for 404 pages, along with a specific Ad Place for category pages.
It’s also possible for you to track all your advertisements’ hits, clicks, and earnings to see which are your best performing ads.
Ultimately, a feature I found incredibly useful, is the auto-insert ad functionality. You can have the plugin automatically add advertising into pages or posts before and following the content, along with in the middle of content.
Ad Inserter is another easy plugin to use, it allows you to add ads at any stage in your post. The complimentary variant of the plugin enables you to fit up to 16 code blocks and supports conditional display logic, i.e. you can filter out post kinds, tags, groups and viewports from exhibiting your ads.
And guess what? Ad Inserter is formally backed by Amazon to add Native Shopping Ads to WordPress posts. Ad Inserter Pro starts at $20 (for a double site license) which allows you to show geo-targeted advertisements and supports IP blacklisting, amongst other useful attributes.
Selling Digital Products
If you would rather not advertise other people’s products on your website, or in the event you are looking for another stream of income. This can include digital products like:
- Autoresponder series or online classes/workshops
- Images & video
Just remember that in case you are going to pick one of these paths that you just make it applicable and useful to your readers. A lot of bloggers make the error of assuming they are developing a product their readers desire. Listen to your readers first (hence this updated eBook) then, create a digital product..
TIP: I highly recommend WooCommerce all around for Booking clients, selling digital downloads and physical products. I Do Not recommend Easy Digital Downloads as many of my buyer never got their download link so I had to email it after purchase.
Sell Physical Products Or Use Dropshipping
The options are almost endless when it comes to creating a business site.
TIP: If you want to try dropshipping (or just buy yourself cheap metaphysical items like crystals) I recommend AliExpress.com. Just make sure the suppliers delivery time to the United States is 20 days or less. To help with importing products from AliExpress, I recommend Ali2Woo Plugin.
Another option to make money is to sell memberships to exclusive corners of your website. For example, a psychic reading site might charge $10 per-month for users to gain access to their free reading forum or one question each month.
Use it to Build Your Credibility
Blogging to build credibility can lead to many money-making opportunities. Besides new clients, if your site becomes very popular, you’re now a recognized figure in the spiritual niche.
After you have that authority, you might be approached to coauthor a publication or advertise.
With your blog established you’re going to want to build quality backlinks so your post and pages appear in search results and point people interested in your target market to your services.