Monetizing Blog Content
There are over 600,000 million blogs currently online, and that number continues to grow. Blogs are popular, and there’s never been a better time to monetize your content.
#1 Experiment With Affiliate
Affiliate advertising is probably the easiest way to monetize your blog. There are plenty of affiliate sites available (Amazon being the most popular), but the process is the same for each. You select a product, write about it, include an affiliate link, and then receive a commission every time somebody follows through and makes a purchase. Affiliate is simple, easy, but there are many nuances, and it can take time to be truly successful.
#2 Publish An Ebook
It’s a time-intensive process, but publishing an ebook can generate some high passive income in the long run. Once the book is published, you don’t need to do anything else. Just advertise it via your blog posts. Amazon KDP has made publishing ebooks more effortless than ever, and self-publishing is currently booming. There’s never been a better time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write your book.
#3 Sell Themed Merchandise
Usually reserved for blogs with a strong identity or large readership, merchandise can be lucrative if leveraged correctly. Plenty of blogs go down the route of t-shirts, mugs, and stickers, but it pays to be more specific. Sell merchandise that’s related to your niche. If you’re blogging about travel, for example, you’ll have far more success with travel-themed merchandise. The same applies to popular blog themes like parenthood and cookery.
#4 Launch Paid Membership
A paid membership is the next level of blogging. If your blog is successful, you can branch out into offering paid subscriptions to a member’s only website. You’ll need to provide real value to coax people into subscribing, but value takes many forms. Access to exclusive forums, podcasts, coaching, and fully-fledged courses are fantastic ideas for a paid membership. As your blog develops into digital infrastructure, it’s worth considering an IT management firm to create an online strategy, a support network, and provide some additional cybersecurity.
#5 Use Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts are just that: you’ll write a blog to advertise a product, company or service, and then reap the rewards. These posts differ from affiliate advertising in that you’ll charge a flat rate regardless of click conversion, and the person sponsoring the post will pay upfront. Posts can be anything from reviews to guides, but they represent a (reasonably) steady and reliable form of income.
#6 Be A Guest Writer
If you love blogging, then why limit yourself to your website? Of course, it makes sense to save the best content and ideas for your page, but writing guest blogs can be fun and profitable. There are two ways to go about this. First, you can include a contact form and price list on your blog and hope that potential customers reach out to you or dabble with cold pitching. Cold pitching is an art form in and of itself, but it involves approaching your favorite blogs and offering to write for them. Of course, you might receive some rejections, but that’s all part of the process.
So what are you waiting for? Start now! You, too, can make money from home by creating a blog and monetizing.