Making Money with Your Blog

Making Money with Your Blog

How to Monetize Your Blog

Once you’ve got your blog established you may want to start earning some income from your website. While you may not get rich (at least not right away), it’s very easy to incorporate some income streams into your blog. The two primary ways of making money with your blog are through advertising and affiliate marketing. Both of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages.

Adsense or Affiliate?
The easiest way of implementing ads into your site is through Google Adsense. You just need to sign up with Google and include the Adsense code in your blog. They’ll take care of having the most pertinent ads appear on your website. But while Adsense is easy to implement, unless you have tons of web traffic, you aren’t going to make that much money. These days, web surfers are pretty Adsense resilient and avoid clicking on these ads. You can opt for other forms of display advertising which is often more lucrative. However, your blog will again need significant traffic. The biggest advantage of utilizing advertising is that you can earn money simply from clicks or impressions.

Although ads can be used effectively for many blogs, affiliate marketing can often be more profitable for website owners. As an affiliate publisher, you include links in your blog content that will drive traffic to that company’s website which will lead to a sale conversion. When a sale is made, you earn a commission!

There are tons of affiliate products and services that you can promote through your blog—certainly some that are related to your blog’s niche. In some cases, you can sign up directly as an affiliate with the company selling the product or service. However, the easiest way to get started is to sign up with one of the affiliate networks. Some of the biggest affiliate networks are Amazon, CJ Affiliate, and ShareASale.

I would recommend against trying to implement both advertising and affiliate marketing into your blog. It’s usually better to pick one method and focus on earning money that way. Using ads (particularly Adsense) will divert attention and traffic away from your affiliate offers. While you’re certainly free to do both, my experiences have always been better keeping them separate.

17 Comments

  1. Wow i like the idea but i think it should always be more and more focused on content. If a person writes content on topics that they know on then they may do well with it.

  2. Although ads can be used effectively for many blogs,
    affiliate marketing can often be more profitable for
    website owners.

  3. I use adsense for the moment and do not earn much. About 50 cents a day.

  4. Some nice tips in this article about blog monetization. I find that adsense can be a good way of testing a niche to see if it’s profitable. If it is then you can look into higher paying affiliate programs without having over invested in a site. And don’t forget about developing your products as this can be even more profitable!

  5. ADSense is a great tool for making money! I’ve been reading somethings about it and have always learned more about it. Have no doubts that a good SEO can make the difference for a lifetime of a Blog.

    Congratulations for your blog, thank you!

  6. adsense ads links, banners, affiliate products, targeted traffic to video
    There are many ways to make money with a blog today

  7. Using affiliate marketing in the Netherlands now for about 2 years, I am definately not going back to Adsense!

  8. Thanks for the great info. My blog is only a few months old, but I started incorporating affiliate marketing into my posts by using similarities. For example, if I’m writing about a product, I include a link to a company who sells that product or a similar one. With being so new, I haven’t generated any sales, except for Amazon. So, at least it seem s promising!

  9. adsense ads links, banners, affiliate products, targeted traffic to video
    There are many ways to make money with a blog today

  10. Interesting article indeed. We also agree on that their are many opportunities to monetize your hobby blog, into a revenue generating websites.

    It would be interesting if you could write an article on what niches you would recommend starting a blog in, with the goal to monetize it.

    Thanks for a good blog.

  11. Great Post. Just the information I was looking for. I just started my blog and I will be following your advice. Thank you !

  12. admin if you dont mind me asking, how many visitors would you say your blog would need before making a good earning from adsense? etc.

    i know with affiliate marekting its different because 1 person could buy your product but with adsense wouldnt you need thousands a day?

    1. Author

      Great question! I’m not an Adsense expert, so I don’t have any hard numbers. I do believe that these days it requires quite a bit of traffic to be successful Adsense. As web users have become more resistant to Adsense ads, it certainly is more difficult to make the big money.

  13. Hi,

    In my opinion, the use of third party ads gives considerably less profits than direct placement of ads from marketplaces like – Amazon, ClickBank, Warrior+Plus, PayDotCom, JVZoo, etc.

    Thus, despite the attractiveness and convenience of third party ads approach, you should have at least a small amount of direct promotion from your market niche to improve the revenue.

    Regards

  14. From your description, it is clear that going affiliate way is a much better option to make money through the blog and it makes complete sense as it gives freedom to the blog owner to get the best deal for themselves.

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