If you have a blog (or you plan to start blogging) and you are trying to figure out how it can earn you some money, here are ten suggestions.
Many companies pay people to do product reviews. You don’t earn a lot of money but if you like to write about the things you buy anyway, it makes sense to buy products from companies that will pay you to write about them.
Google AdSense has become the standard for blog writers. The earnings are typically nickels and dimes per click but you see very few blogs without Google AdSense ads. You get paid every time someone clicks on an ad that is posted on your blog, whether or not the “clicker” buys anything. It can quickly add up if you get a lot of traffic.
Affiliate marketing works a lot like Google AdSense, except that the person clicking on the link must buy something from the website it leads to in order for you to earn anything. There are thousands of affiliate marketing programs out there. You need to choose one (or more) that is relevant to what you blog about if you want to be successful.
With merchandising, you find products that you can make (or buy and resell with a mark-up) to advertise on your blog. There are e-commerce options for beginners that allow you to create a check-out system and get notifications when someone places an order.
Many bloggers make money by attracting advertisers. This typically takes a little time. The blog must enjoy some degree of success before advertisers are willing to spend a few dollars for a banner ad. But over time, advertising for other companies can be lucrative.
Networking or network marketing, as it is sometimes called, allows you to make money by selling to your network of friends and family members. Today, people’s networks are larger than ever before because of all the social networks. At the very least, you will want to use your social networks for advertising your blog.
Depending on the subject of your blog, you may eventually be able to drum up some business as a coach or a counselor. Once you are established as an expert in your field, people will want to pick your brain. You can conduct counseling or coaching via email and charge a fee for your services.
Memberships work well for counseling or coaching in many fields. A person who paid a membership fee for a year could ask you questions throughout the year without paying the coaching fee.
Info-marketing refers to selling your knowledge through e-books or print books. E-books are easiest to sell online.
Sell the Blog
As time goes by, your blog may be earning enough money to make it a business that people would want to buy. So, when you get bored with writing about one subject, you can put that blog up for sale and start a new one.