Every day there are tens of thousands of websites and blogs created. Many of these sites were created by an owner hopeful of making money through their blog. While it is very possible to make money through a blog it’s also a lot hard work. Hard work that some just aren’t up for.
If you’re thinking about starting a blog to make money you need to develop a thick skin and a lot of patience. You should expect to put a minimum of five hours a week in your blog and not expect to make a dime until you’re six months in.
Before you can make money through your blog you need to have a lot of traffic and good stats. This process requires a lot of guest posting, marketing, and networking. Once you have this down you can begin to make money.
Here are a few ways to make money through your blog.
An affiliate is someone who represents a company and offers that company’s products to its readers. Almost every store or brand you can think of has an affiliate program.
You can work with companies who are related to your niche and promote their products. If you make a sale you’ll get a small percentage. Working as an affiliate is basically the same as working on commission. The more sales you make the more money you get.
CPC and CPA Advertising
You’ve likely heard of Google AdSense and other advertising companies. Basically Google AdSense allows you to display ads on your blog and you’re paid every time a user clicks the ad. This is considered a CPC (cost per click) ad. The ad payout depends upon which ad was clicked. There are many other CPC companies besides Google AdSense that you can use on your blog.
Another advertising option is CPA (cost per action). With CPA ads you get paid when your readers click through the ad and perform the desired action. The desired action could be signing up for an email newsletter, taking a survey, or something different. CPA ads are different than affiliate ads because your reader is not required to make a purchase.
When your blog really grows you will be approached by companies who want to advertise on your sidebar or through blog posts. Direct advertising can be very lucrative.
The company may even send you free products for you to review. The pay for direct advertising will be negotiated through you and the company’s ad representative.
If you’re not keen on selling merchandise of others or advertising companies, you can create and sell your own information products. These products can be eBooks, courses, forums, worksheets, or something else. Since it’s your blog you have the ability to dream up and create any information product you see fit.
And, since you don’t have to split the profit with a company selling your own info products can bring you in the most money.
If you have the patience to pursue blogging full time it can really pay off. There is a lot of money to be made through blogs but it comes with time and hard work. To make money from your blog you can dabble in CPC or CPA ads, direct advertising, affiliate sales, info products or a mixture of a few different methods.
It’ll take some work before you find the right monetization method but with time and experimentation you’ll get there.