Monetizing Your Blog

Last Updated on January 17, 2013 by Michael Brockbank

There are two major ways you can make money from your blog website without investing money.  You can advertise using affiliate marketing and/or promote Google Adsense.  Both of these methods have proven to work and they can for you as well.  Here is how…

 

Your Blog
By keeping a steady flow of posts on your blog, you can keep Google indexing your content regularly.  This helps greatly in the promotion of your blog.  You can’t just write one or two posts per month and expect to become an overnight sensation.  On the contrary, it takes many posts in order to build a strong visitor-base.

Many successful bloggers will post between three and five pages per day.  Although this depends greatly on how much time you have, but any niche can have constant content written about it.  The more content you have on your blog or article website, the better it will perform.  This is true with any kind of a site you may have.  Whether it is eCommerce, product reviews, or a blog about random live happenings, it is the content that drives the visitors.

For the most part, you may not see much of an income until you have 150 or more posts on your website.  Some of the more successful sites have thousands of pages of content.  It’s not a get rich quick scheme.  Having your own blog takes a lot of hard work and determination.

Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is where you show banners or links for a specific company on your website.  If one of your visitors clicks on the banner or link and purchases something, you make a commission from the sale.  It’s an easy way to make money without having to hold inventory or worry about customer support.

This method of making money is completely dependent on the quality of the visitors to your website.  In order for affiliate marketing to be worthwhile to use on your blog, you need to match your content to that of the company you are affiliated with.  For instance, if you want Best Buy as your affiliate, it would make sense if your blog centered around technology and consumer electronics.

Reviews of specific products work well for enticing a sale, but you don’t want your content to be too salesy.  You don’t want your blog to become nothing more than a craig’s list hawking wares for other people.  Write a well thought out review of a specific product or service provided by your affiliate, but try not to mention them too much in the post.

Google Adsense
Adding Google Adsense to your blog is another superb way to make money on it.  By adding Google’s code for the Adsense platform, you have the potential to make money by people simply clicking on the link.

On the right side of this page is an area that is showing Google ads.  This is an example of what Adsense looks like on your website.  There are many variations to choose from and you can easily find a design that fits your blogs look and feel.

When someone clicks on these ads, you are paid a certain percentage of what the ad was worth.  This value is completely between Google and the advertiser.  Each ad is paid for using Adwords for a certain amount.  Sometimes you may get two or three cents, and then there are times where you’ll receive a few dollars from the click.

Google Adsense will adjust the ads it shows on your website as you develop content.  This helps both yourself and Google make money.  If someone is visiting your website for the content, showing ads related to that content has a better chance of having the visitor click on it.  The more relevant content you have on your website, the greater are your chances for making money with Adsense.

Don’t be discouraged if your blog isn’t receiving thousands of visitors per day.  It takes time and vigilance to become a success.  Keep writing your content and practicing good SEO strategies and the visitors will come.

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Michael has been a freelance writer since January of 2012. He has completed more than 8,000 jobs for a variety of clients ranging from animals to travel. Currently, he is the Content Marketing Team Lead of GreenGeeks Web Hosting.

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