To understand how to make money blogging you have to first understand what the word “blogging” actually means.
Blogging is the activity of adding to your Weblog and the term Web Log was a way of logging activity or online journaling. This was truncated to “blog”.
Some of the first and more famous Weblogs were inspirations for movies like Julie & Julia.
Does Blogging Make Money?
Yes. This blog makes money as do my others in different niches. There are several ways to monetize your blogs. These can be categorized as:
advertising – where people pay to put ads on your site
affiliate marketing – where you do reviews for products and people will then click your link and buy
eCommerce – where you refer and sell physical products
sell a service – people buy an online service like web development or digital design services.
sell your own digital product – make something people want in a niche and sell it.
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Advertisers that Pay
I will tell you right now from first hand experience – this is one really great way to get ripped off! When finding advertising companies as a publisher pick one that’s been around for awhile. Many open up and close up shop and never pay out their commissions.
Find out how you are getting paid and what is the minimum payout. When you are talking pennies a click it can take awhile to add up to $20.
AdWords certainly does payout but – big BUT – you have to follow
Other ways to advertise is to offer some prime banner ad areas on your site. Once you start generating traffic you will become attractive to other sites in your niche. Contact them with an offer or put an ad on your own site with “This Space for Rent” and your contact information.
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Product Reviews for Money
This method can generate an income in several ways. You can actually get quite innovative about it if you are willing to put in the effort.
The more common way is to do affiliate reviews on digital or physical products. It’s a dog eat dog world using that method but there are ways to get your blog to rank higher than the others so this method will be profitable. If you build your blog in a profitable niche that isn’t highly competitive then you have a really good chance.
This ties in affiliate marketing in general. Using your blog with the other methods used in affiliate marketing can really get things moving in the right direction.
Making Money in eCommerce by Blogging
In the past couple of years the line between eCommerce sites and blogging sites have become blurred. Once you have your niche chosen and have started to blog about it – why not add an eCommerce site to your creation? Blogging brings in the traffic and finding physical products that you can re-sell or dropship are pretty easy.
Just go to your neighbourhood retailer who carries the products you are interested in and ask “Do you want to sell more of those?” After that setting up an eCommerce site is REALLY easy. PLUS it’s great to be able to take credit cards anywhere. If you use Shopify you get a eCard reader to plug into your smartphone and can process a person’s credit cards anytime you have your phone with you.
Which brings me to my next way of monetizing your Blog.
Blogging to Sell a Service
Blogging brings in money whether you are selling a digital service like web development or a physical service like lawn care or housecleaning. If you choose to start a digital service business – you don’t need to know how to design a website to sell this service either, you can outsource the work.
The reason why blogging is effective in making money is because it is a content creator. When relying on organic traffic you want to be constantly creating new and unique content. For whatever reason it seems the big ‘G’ values yickety yackety websites over what is valid and truthful information. I assume that is all part of the fact that we have now stepped out of the information age and smack into the entertainment age. The truth and news has taken a backseat to new and entertaining.
So get prolific and watch your site rise to the top. Here are some ideas on how to generate article topics to write about on your blog.