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You have a blog but you have no idea how to make money with it. There are a lot of ways to make money with your blog but I personally know of 5 ways that actually work. In this post, I’m going to share with you 5 ways to make money with blog. These are tried and true ways to make money with a blog.
1. Display Advertising
Now, out of all the ways to make money with your blog this one has got to be my favorite! In fact, my new goal is to get to a point with my blog where I can comfortably add display advertising to this blog.
If you’ve ever been on a site with ads then you probably already know what I’m talking about. But there are websites that you can join that will help you to include ads on your site. They will also pay you for the traffic that you bring to those ads.
Most ad networks have traffic requirements. Some of the ad networks that you can consider joining to make money from your blog are:
- Google Adsense
- Gourmet Ads (for food blogs)
Mediavine is the company that I personally would like to join. However, they do have traffic requirements as I mentioned.
They use to only require a single blog to have 25,000 sessions and then if you had any other blogs you could get them automatically added. Some things have changed.
As of the time that this post is being written, Mediavine now requires every new blog to have at least 50,000 sessions in 30 days before they will even consider accepting you.
However, something really exciting and important that Mediavine is working on for 2022 is a new option where people with new blogs and those who haven’t reached 50k sessions just yet, can still join. I’m totally looking forward to this update.
Whether you are accepted or not depends on several different factors. Ultimately, you won’t know unless you try.
So once you reach 50k sessions, you should go ahead and apply for MediaVine. And stay on the lookout for the new requirements that are expected in 2022.
I’ve heard really great things about AdThrive. This is another ad management service that I would like to eventually join one day.
After reading this article, I would say that AdThrive sounds like a fantastic company. They are known for higher RPM’s than Mediavine which earns them some brownie points with me.
Their traffic requirement happens to be 80,000 sessions. I’m sure you can count but that is 30,000 sessions more than the 50,000 sessions Mediavine is asking for.
In the blogging world, that may or may not be a lot of extra work to some people. If you can easily get 30,000 sessions like that then more power to you.
However, if you are struggling to get traffic like me, then 50,000 sessions is hard enough to obtain, why push it.
I’m not saying get to 50k sessions and drop off. No, don’t do that. You have to keep working hard to maintain your traffic as well as to grow it.
However, you don’t have to wait until you reach 80,000 sessions to start making money from your blog.
Nevertheless, I don’t think you can go wrong with Mediavine or AdThrive.
Ezoic is another ad management network that you may want to consider. Especially if you have access to your Google Adsense account or can create one because you’ve never had one before.
I signed up for this site but when it came time to add the ads, I couldn’t because I don’t have access to my old Google Adsense account. At the time, I wasn’t aware that you could only ever create one Adsense account. Or that you had to close one out to open another.
I don’t have access to my old email so I can’t use Google Adsense.
Ezoic does require you to connect your Adsense account so if you don’t have access to that account, you can scratch Ezoic off your list.
One thing I really liked about Ezoic that made me sign up with them in the first place, is the fact that they have a program for people with low amounts of traffic. There is a program where you need 10,000 sessions but then there is a program that doesn’t have a requirement.
Regardless of how much traffic your blog has, you can apply to Ezoic and try to get into their Access Now program which as I mentioned is for those with less than 10,000 pageviews.
I’ve never used Google Adsense before. I created an account for a YouTube account years ago but never got around to using it.
However, I’ve heard a lot about Adsense from people who have used Google Adsense to make money from their blog. And let me tell you, it’s mostly bad. As in not good.
Google Adsense pays very low amounts and I’ve heard that it has a steep learning curve. It is hard to know how to place the ads.
In fact, one person that used Google Adsense said that the amount you get paid is not the headache or the hassle.
So would I recommend Google Adsense, no not even to my worse enemy. It really does suck that you can’t create a second Google Adsense account which gets even more thumbs down from me. If they would fix this issue such as allowing people to create new accounts they may actually do better but I doubt that will ever happen.
I’ve never used Gourmet Ads so I don’t know anything about them. But I have done research and have learned that this is an ad management network for food blogs.
If you aren’t a food blogger, you may want to skip this section altogether.
Their site specifically says, “we manage thousands of quality food, recipe, and cooking related websites.“
One of the sites in particular that confirms their use of Gourmet Ads is Pinch of Yum in their May Income Report. Judging by this report, it doesn’t seem that Gourmet Ads paid them very much but I still think it is worth looking into.
It may or may not be worth it. I’m not 100% sure as there is not a whole lot of information out about it. This can be a good thing or a bad thing.
Just by looking at their site, it feels very modern-like. It looks nice and is eye-catching. They also have several programs based on your traffic volumes.
Their lowest traffic requirement is 10k pageviews a month. That can be easier to reach than 80k or even 50k. So you can start making income from your blog fairly quickly.
One downside to Monumetric is that there is a $99 setup fee for those in the Propel plan which is 10k-80k pageviews a month. I think this is a little messed up since it seems just about every other ad management platform sets your ads up for free.
However, for most people, $99 is doable. Especially when you stand to make more than that back in your first few months of being with Monumetric.
I think it is worth trying out once you hit 10k pageviews in a month.
Display advertising can be an AMAZING way to make money from your blog. If this is inline with your monetization goals you should do further research on the sites mentioned above. And make an informed decision as to which one fits what you are looking for and which one you are most likely to get approved for.
Keep in mind the traffic requirements as these are set in stone as of now. There is no bending or twisting of these rules. If you have anything less than what they require, your application will be declined.
2. Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts is a good way to make some decent money from your blog. I will say that you’re going to need a good amount of posts and traffic before you can really charge high prices for sponsored posts.
Most companies will not be willing to pay you unless they know that you are good for getting eyes on their products.
There are some established bloggers who charge thousands of dollars for sponsored posts and the companies actually pay.
There are some sites you can join to find sponsored posts. However, as you start to grow and get traffic, you will have some companies contact you directly for sponsored posts.
I have heard some bloggers say that they try to keep sponsored posts to a minimum for whatever reason. So they end up having to turn down a lot of sponsored opportunities. This could be you.
When you get enough requests for your services you know you are doing something right.
Some of the sites you can join to find sponsored posts are:
- Tap Influence
- Blog Meets Brand
- Aspire IQ
I signed up for AmbassadHer but have never applied for any of the opportunities. I get them to my inbox all the time. I think I am going to dig in deeper on this site to see what they have to offer.
This site mentions influencers and from what I’ve observed on the site, this site is mainly for social influencers who post things on social media such as Instagram. They want feedback on their products I’m guessing in the form of a social media post.
Nevertheless, I think this one is worth mentioning still. It may be possible to find paid blogging opportunities on here as well. It just doesn’t say specifically.
Much like Ambassadher, Linqia says it is an influencer marketing platform. So you can post on your social media and your blog, depending on what the opportunity calls for.
They do have some strict requirements. You must have more than 2,500 followers but if your site contains 60%+ of sponsored content you must have 50,000 social followers or unique monthly visitors to join.
You also must be located in the US or Canada. For a full rundown of all the requirements, you should visit their site. It will require you to agree to these requirements before you can sign up to the Linqia platform.
There is not a lot to say about Tap Influence. I searched for reviews and didn’t find a whole lot. So I can’t really speak on how good this site is for finding opportunities. But do your own research before committing to anything.
Acorn works with big name clients such as Nickelodeon, Serta, The Clorox Company and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
If you have a large following you may be able to make a full-time income from Acorn opportunities.
One thing I learned about this company is that you have to pitch ideas to the company. Then wait on them to select you for the post.
This may be a very similar process with the other companies that were mentioned above.
Blog Meets Brand
This one is pretty self explanatory. It is no secret that there is work for bloggers on this website.
Blog Meets Brand also works with big brands like M&M’s, Nutrisystem, American Heart Association and even WalMart. Come on now. Who doesn’t want to work with WalMart? I would love to!
I couldn’t find any requirements but I did see the short application form. This leads me to believe they don’t have such strict requirements as some of the other influencer programs.
Aspire has an overall decent website. They say you can apply to work with your favorite brands. However, I don’t see a list of any of the brands they work with so I can’t say for sure they have reputable brands that they work with.
It is worth doing some more research.
This company works with big brands like Burt’s Bees, Tom’s and Kellogg’s. I found more brands that they work with like Subway, Levi’s, Comcast, Whole Foods Market, Target, and Ebay.
Creating a profile is free. As with many of the other influencer marketing platforms there is not a whole lot of information right off but I always say do your own due diligence and research things for yourself. Don’t just take my word or anyone’s word for it.
This has been described as the leading influencer program. They work in a lot of different industries.
Also, they work with brands around the world. Upon looking at the long list of brands, many of them were not familiar to me. This may be a good or bad thing to you. It just all depends.
Upfluence is an all-in-one marketing platform. This means they give you everything that you need to successfully work with and manage influencers for your business.
What this means for you who are trying to get paid as an influencer is that you can get find work and get paid all on the same platform.
This company works with really big brands as well such as Amazon, Verizon, Zappos, Kayak. It may be a good company to work with.
I would wait until you are somewhat established and have a good amount of followers or traffic before you sign up for any of these sites. If you want to jump the gun and sign up for the ones that will have you, then by all means do it.
I think the lack of information on these influencer marketing platforms is because a lot of people don’t even know about these sites or opportunities. Now that you know about them, use them to your advantage.
Another great way to make money from your blog is to create your own products. These can be digital products or physical products.
Some of the things that bloggers commonly create to sell on their blogs and websites are:
There are a lot of resources that will help you to create either one of these things. Most of these items can be physical or digital.
You can use sites like SendOwl and Podia to host some of your products. You can create courses with Podia, Teachable, or Thinkific.
Selling printable planners and journals on your site is easy but you can also sell them on Etsy if you wanted to expand your reach.
Digital products don’t require you to keep any inventory on hand. This is great if you have limited space or just don’t want to fool with a lot of product.
If you are a coach or freelancer you could offer your services at a price.
You may be a virtual assistant, life coach, business coach, freelance writer, or something else.
There are people willing to pay for a variety of services. There is a whole host of services you could offer.
If you know a lot about digital marketing or business, you could offer consultant services.
5. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is another amazing way to make money from your blog.
With affiliate marketing, you can search for products you truly believe in and promote them.
I wouldn’t promote things that you haven’t personally tried or would personally use yourself. This can make your audience lose trust in you.
When you recommend good and high-quality things on your website, your audience learns to trust you more. Then they’ll want to purchase using your links.
Don’t forget to disclose your affiliate links in every post. This is for legal purposes. You don’t want to get in any legal trouble and have to pay a huge fine.
There are so many affiliate programs on the market. Depending on your niche or industry, you can find a lot of programs related to products you already use.
These are 5 ways to make money from your blog. There are other ways to make money from a blog as well but these are the main ways. If you are thinking about monetizing your blog, I would give a few or all of these a try and let me know in the comments how it has worked out for you.
How are you monetizing your blog? Let me know in the comments below.
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