Whether you have been blogging for a long time or just starting out there are 5 excellent ways to Monetize your blog.
The first thing you have to do in order to make money from your blog is to have traffic.
This means you have to have real people coming to visit your website.
Without people you do not have an online economy.
Assuming you don’t have a product and are looking for ways to generate income using promotional methods here are:
The top 5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog
1. Skimlinks (Skimwords)
Since Amazon was made to remove certain States from their affiliate program because of tax legislation. Some people were heavily hit by this loss of income.
Basically the way it works is you just link to a participating advertiser and your link automatically turns into an affiliate link.
They also offer “Skimwords” ability which will search your content for you and select appropriate words to link to the advertising merchants.
It really is an amazing tool. Pretty close to set and forget.
Find out more about skimlinks / skimwords on their site. Once you are accepted its quick to get started.
2. Google AdSense
Depending on what your blog is about there is money to be made or money to be lost.
Google AdSense and similar alternatives like Infolinks and Bidvertiser place ads on your website where you place their script. Advertisers pay them and in turn they try to do a niche match to your blog content.
Your revenue earned is based on clicks.
When you are just starting out a few pennies is exciting. After a while, when your traffic is up, you might want to consider switching to a higher paying venture.
For example; if your site is about baby needs, you will notice the AdSense advertisers will be in a similar niche. People will leave your website for a couple of pennies and then buy something worth several dollars, even hundreds of dollars.
If you were the direct affiliate of that company you could have had the full commission rather than the nickle you get instead.
3. Sell Ad Space on Your Website
On your site you have valuable places of real estate to put ads. You can sell these premium spots for hundred of dollars a month.
You can advertise the premium spots on your site by using signage or a link to a cost of advertising page. You can also sign up sign up as a “publisher” with companies like BuySellAds
4. Review Affiliate Products
This is a popular model because you can monetize your reviews in different ways.
A. Sign up for places like reviewme.com and get paid $20 – $200 to write a review.
B. Review a product and become an affiliate of that product so if someone uses your link off your review you get paid for every sale.
C. Review a product and become a drop-shipper for that product. This one involves a little more organization because you are considered the actual seller and will have to collect the money – then arrange for shipping.
People are starting successful business’s as FBA or drop-shippers using the Amazon shopping network. Find out more about having an Amazon business.
5. In-Text Advertising
A cross between AdSense and Skimlinks. Words and phrases on your website are turned into links to advertisers pages. You are paid for clicks.
Two of the leading companies for this service are Kontera and Infolinks.
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Best Way to Monetize Your Blog
Often people get anxious trying to choose what to do. They want to do what will bring in the MOST money and that is understandable.
The online business is the perfect place to leverage what is called MSI’s or Multiple Sources of Income.
Pennies add up and it’s fun getting money deposited into your PayPal account or receiving cheques in the mail – even if they are only for $10
Most of the in-text scripts allow you to select blog pages that the links won’t appear on. That way you can write reviews and link out using your affiliate link so you will get credited for the sale.
You don’t need to pick just one way – why not try them all? Be aware though, some of them have their in-house rules and won’t allow you to double up. For example; Kontera will not allow you to also run Infolinks on the same blog.