Blogging 101 | Top 5 ways to monetise a blog

November 6, 2020

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So, you’ve started your blog as a part-time venture to share your stories with others and now that’s gaining some traction, you are wondering if you could ever do this as a full-time job. The answer is yes! There are many ways to monetise a blog and make it your full-time job or just a part-time job that gives you some extra money at the end of the month. 

1. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to monetise a blog and is one of the best ways to earn passive income. As this article on Medium mentions, there are various affiliate programmes available where companies that have products that they “would like you to promote on your blog, and pay you every sale conversion they get from your visitors.” Plus, you can recommend products that you already love – win, win! 

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2. Google AdSense

Google AdSense is another easy way to make money from your blog. The only thing you need to do is to add a code into your website and ads will start appearing on your blog. You’ll get paid every time someone clicks on the ads. One of the good things about AdSense is that the ads that appear will be relevant to your content and audience, and if you are not happy with an ad, you can easily block it.

3. Create your own products

Now that you’ve gained a regular audience, why not sell your branded physical products? This article on Forbes states that this is how many successful bloggers earn most of their income, “through sales of online courses, books, training programs, coaching packages, software tools or otherwise.”

Ad Lab Magento agency in London recommends creating a separate eCommerce store to sell your products. This can be done through WooCommerce or Magento, depending on the number of products you are thinking of selling. Both are great platforms to sell your products, however, both have their pros and cons. 

4. Sponsorships

Bloggers with a big audience will have companies get in touch with you to create content about their brand or product. Bloggers can make sponsored posts, videos, photos, social media posts and much more. If you have a small audience, you can still do sponsored posts but will have to do a little bit more leg work to get sponsored. For instance, you can pitch to brands your ideas or you can join influencer marketing networks, where sponsor jobs are available.

5. Offer your own services

Once you’re confident with your writing and blogging techniques, you can add a “hire me” or influencer spotlight page on your blog and start looking for people to work with. You could offer writing services, social media services, photography services and more, plus you can show your blog as the work you’ve published so far.

  • Sarupa Shah March 10, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    These are great tips – so many people ask how to monetise their blog as the shock comes when they realise having a blog alone wasn’t enough – I set my blog up to compliment my already existing business so I guess I went in a different order –

  • Roger Willis March 10, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    This post is just in time for me! I’ve been working on monetizing my blog. Your tips are a blessing! Now, to get to work on these! Thanks!

  • Yeah Lifestyle March 10, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Some great tips here, I don’t have a hire-me page on my website and this post has made me consider having one as I am always looking at making extra money from my blog

  • Rhian Westbury March 11, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve debated about doing Google Adsense or advertising but I’ve not found it generates enough for the change in the way my blog looks x

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN March 11, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    That reminds me I applied for adsense and got a code ages ago and forgot to add it to my blog. I wonder how well it’ll work. These are all great and I really must try to do more myself.

  • Kara Guppy March 11, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    I have never really managed to get anywhere with affiliate marketing with my blog, good tips though

  • Anosa March 11, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    It can take time to make money from your blog but patience is a virtue! These are great tips for anyone starting out.

  • Laura March 11, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Love this list of tips, monetising my blog is the thing I am looking to start doing in the next quarter of the year, so thank you for sharing ways that I could.

  • Valerie March 12, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Anyone that wants to monetize but hasn’t started before can benefit from learning about it from folks like you that have tried different things.

  • Jessica March 12, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Do you have any advice on getting your blog approved by Google Adsense?

  • Jade Braham March 13, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Great ideas! Could you give me more information as to where to find influencer networks?

  • Tash @boundforsomewhere March 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Some great tips here. As a fairly new blogger to the scene I am grateful for all your tips, thanks 🙂

  • Karen Langridge March 15, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Handy blog post to read, I have been thinking I need to find new ways to make money on my blog.

  • Lyanna Soria March 16, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Those are some great tips to keep in mind. I usually have Affiliate marketing or sponsorship on my blog.

  • Leila March 19, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Great tips here, def will consider offering my own service. Thanks for sharing.

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