Of course, nothing in life is easy, and that includes starting a blog. Making a living off your blog is even more complicated than that. Of course, if you are willing to drive yourself towards success, anything is possible. Keep reading to find out more about how you can turn your passion for blogging into a full-time gig.
When it comes to making money on your site, you have to embrace ads. “Selling out” may make you feel morally questionable, but the fact is that you deserve to be paid for the time and effort you put into your blog. Why should you do it for free? It is only fair that you get some sort of compensation! You’re paying bills for your hosting costs, plus you spend a ton of time talking to readers, posting and marketing your site. Remember that the money you get in return is like a thank you for being as awesome as you are.
Banner ads are a simple way to start making money off your site. Every time someone clicks them, you’ll be paid. Start with Google’s AdSense service so that you can get a feel for how to place the ads on your site, how to watch your statistics and how much clicking actually goes on. Once you feel comfortable with their system, consider selling banner ads directly to companies. This allows you to make the most off the ad, plus you control who is advertising on your site.
Affiliate ads are another way to easily make money off commissions on items bought through ads on your site. For example, if you write a review of a lawnmower and then link to it on Amazon, anyone who purchases that monitor thanks to your review will reward you with a commission. You will have to consciously consider if any post you make could have an affiliate link in it, and when you join multiple affiliate programs, that could become overwhelming. Focus on a single, reputable firm, like Amazon, and then only add new affiliate programs if you think you can make a lot of money with them and you have the time to truly dedicate to making the program work for you.
If ads just aren’t your thing, then paid reviews might be another option you can pursue. Either you contact a company, or they contact you, and in exchange for free product (and/or cash) you write a review of what they sell. You can start this process on a site like BzzAgent.com and then start contacting companies on your own once you have a feel for what will be required of you.
You may not become a millionaire overnight, but you can start earning a secondary income today. All you need to do is follow along with the tips in this article and start to implement them on your site. Once you do, money will start to trickle in and you can focus on building it into a real money maker.