Are you wondering how to make money blogging?
It is only natural to want to be compensated in some way for the hard work and time you have put into creating great content.
In this post, you’re going to learn the baby steps toward how to monetize a blog.
I’m going to show you the simplest and quickest strategies to start implementing today that will lead to you making your first cents!
After you finish with this read, you’ll quickly be on your way to having a well monetized blog!
How to Monetize A Blog
Monetizing a blog means that you have created content with the intent to earn money via affiliate commissions, sponsored posts, digital products or ad networks.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored Posts
- Digital Products
What is the quickest monetizing strategy to make money on my blog?
Affiliate marketing will be the first baby step to start seeing some quick cents made on your blog.
Remember, we are not promising any”get rich quick” schemes here. Making “real” money with a brand new blog and as a new blogger, is no easy task. Unfortunately, retiring your significant other a month or two after you start you blog probably will not happen.
However, making a plan and taking baby steps towards the right affiliate strategies CAN put some dimes in your pocket quickly!
Under the next heading, I’ll give you a short list of affiliate programs to join today that you should see some quick payouts with.
Affiliate Programs to Monetize With:
- Amazon Associates Program
- Ultimate Bundles
How do I join an affiliate program?
Amazon Associates is probably the most popular affiliate program for new bloggers to join. And most likely, this will be where you make your first commission from.
To apply to the Amazon Associates program you can go to google and search “amazon associates.” You will immediately see the Amazon Associates link to click.
Or use this link: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/welcome/getstarted
From there, simply follow the step-by-step directions and create your account. Amazon will need to review your request before admitting you into their program.
Once you have been accepted into their program, you can start adding links to your blog!
The same steps apply for the other two programs listed.
What disclosures do I need to comply with when monetizing my blog?
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) requires bloggers or anyone using means to monetize to the public to adhere to certain disclosures under the law.
To be sure that you are complying with the law, make sure to disclose the use of ads or affiliate links on your blog.
An example of doing so within compliance, looks like this:
“This post may contain affiliate links, I may earn a commissions at no added cost to you.”
This statement should be at the beginning of your content (before any affiliate links.)
Monetizing with Ads
Another quick and easy baby step you can take to monetize your blog is by adding ads.
Google AdSense is available to anyone with a website.
You can get started today and as long as you have some traffic to your blog, you can start earning too!
Here is the link to Google AdSense: Google Adsense Home Page – Get Started
Monetizing with Sponsored Posts
This baby step to monetizing isn’t quite as quick and easy as the other strategies we already went over, but it is an option still worth mentioning!
How do I get a sponsored post?
To get a post sponsored you must be pro-active and reach out to companies who have products you already use, love and write about.
Pitch them what you could offer them and how you will execute those promises and what results they should expect to see from your work.
From there, you can negotiate the monetary value for your time and curated content.
You should be aware that some companies may have a criteria that you need to meet in order to work with them.
If you are far from meeting these criteria, keep working towards the goal.
Building relationships with companies early on will make it much easier to work with them further down the road when you are more established.
Monetizing with Digital Products
Did you know you can easily create your own digital products and sell them on your blog?
It’s true and so simple!
You can download Canva today and start designing any digital product you like.
I recommend keeping your first digital products simple and very specific to your readers and niche.
What type of digital products would people want to buy from me?
You need to really know your audience and what they are asking for.
Is it checklists, info graphs, printable quotes, short ebooks or tutorials?
the options are endless and so is your creative reach if you let it be.
I would recommend starting with a one or two page pdf printable that would help to solve a problem for your readers.
- Meal Plan
- Art Work
- Gift Guide
How do I add my own digital products to my blog?
In order to sell anything on your blog, you need an e-commerce store.
I use Easy Digital Downloads for my online store. You can add this feature as a plug-in on your WordPress site.
Take A Course on Monetizing Your Blog
As we discussed at the beginning of the post, making an income from blogging would be a sweet cherry on top of the hard work you’ve been putting into creating content.
You know the saying, “it takes money to make money”? Well, in this case, that is very true. Investing in yourself as a blogger where you want to succeed the most is crucial.
I want you to succeed at turning a hobby, passion or even past-time into a paycheck!
This is why I am suggesting that you take an online course exclusively about affiliate marketing.
However, not just any course will provide you with the knowledge you will need in order to make your first cents and than some!
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is the course I am highly recommending to you.
It is the first course I myself have ever invested in and it has returned the favor big time!
The creator of this course is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and she is the creator of www.makingsenseofcents.com, a very successful and popular personal finance blog.
She earns over $50,000 per month from affiliate sales alone!
If you want to learn how to do something, learn it from a pro like Michelle!
Final Thoughts on Monetizing A Blog
Monetizing your blog doesn’t have to be intimidating and anyone can do it! I gave you 4 easy and quick baby steps you can take today to get the cents rolling into your pocket in no time! Let’s recap those monetizations strategies one more time.
- Affiliate Marketing like Amazon Associates Program
- Insert ads onto your blog using Google AdSense
- Reach out to companies you love and write sponsored posts
- Create and sell your own digital products
I’m so glad you stopped by!
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- Don’t leave without checking out Michelle’s affiliate marketing course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
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