Blogging, it seems easy enough, but the truth is that very few people truly make money from it. In some cases, it is because they have run out of things to say, while others get sidetracked and don’t spend enough time creating content. Either way, turning your blog into a money-making machine requires hard work and a bit of luck.
While the tips below might not help you to be luckier, they might put your blog in a position to get noticed and from there, anything can happen. With that in mind, here are some ideas on how to turn your blog into a money-making machine.
- Use Ad Networks
You don’t need to be the next Hemingway to make money from your writing. In fact, sometimes all you can do is make money from the traffic your blog generates. While that is not the same thing as getting paid for writing; does it really matter when you are laughing all the way to the bank?
As such, you want to lean on ad networks such as Google AdSense to monetize where people go to after they visit your blog. It doesn’t matter if you host your blog on a virtual private server or some other service, getting approved by an ad network all you need to do is insert their code and the network will do the rest – it’s that simple.
- Go Direct
While ad networks are a great way to make money, you must keep in mind that whoever is organizing the network is going to keep most of the revenue from the ad sales. As such, you might want to look for ways to capture more of a target’s online advertising revenue by going direct.
This happens when you sell ad space on your website directly. While this might seem easy to do, it does require some forethought. For example, is there a specific geography or industry to which your blog caters to? Also, have you baked in keywords which will increase the relevance of the ad?
This will ensure that the blog page or pages for which you sell ads will align with the ads you are selling. If not, then the advertisers might not be satisfied with click-through rates they achieve.
By the way, when it comes to selling the ad space, you don’t have to do this by yourself. In fact, there are several platforms which address this need by putting ad buyers together with sellers.
- Get Affiliated
If you want to kick things up a notch, then affiliated links are the way to go. These links will help your blog to generate passive income while helping you to build your audience. In some cases, you can even get a percent of the sales from an affiliate link with companies such as Amazon.
To get started you will want to see if the influencers in your industry run affiliate programs. If they do, then you will want to sign up right away. Doing so will not only help to build relationships with influencers but it will help you generate something every blogger wants – traffic.
Once you are ready to go, then all you need to do is place these links in strategic locations on your website. If you want to take it to the next level, then use video to draw visitors in and then place a link in the description or better yet via a button in the video itself.
- Get Sponsored
You don’t need to have 10 million followers to get paid for creating content on your blog. In fact, you don’t even need 10 thousand. Instead, you need to be able to create compelling content and then price your services at a level which others would be willing to pay for you. Sure, you might only write a handful of paid articles per month, but every little bit helps.
- Simply Ask
Your blog might never go viral, but it might have a loyal following. If this is the case, then you all you need to do is to ask your followers to support your endeavors. This can be made by either making individual donations or signing up for a monthly subscription.
You might not retire a millionaire from your blog but using the above tips to monetize your site can make you a thousandaire. As such, use all of these tips and you will see your blog transformed into a money-making machine.