So now that you have your blog set up, it’s time to monetize your blog! Here are a few ways you can monetize your blog:
1. Affiliate Income
It doesn’t matter if your blog is about fashion, natural hair or keto meals, you can include affiliate links such as Amazon Associates in your posts.
A lot of websites and apps even offer affiliate programs these days! I’ve made hundreds of dollars referring people to eBates, Siteground, honey, and Dosh. I use these apps often so why not earn a little money when you’re recommending a product you already love?
When someone buys the product or service you recommended on your blog, you earn a percentage. The great thing about Amazon Associates is that you earn on the total purchase, not just what someone clicks on from your link. So if someone buys a lipstick you recommended on your blog, but also has mascara, a pair of shoes, and a phone charger in their cart, you’ll earn a percentage on all those items!
The great thing about Affiliate links is you don’t need thousands of people coming to your blog in order to earn money nor do you have to spend any money to do it! You really only need one person to click your affiliate link and purchase something to make income with affiliate programs!
2. Digital Products
Some examples of digital products you can create:
- Creating a course on beginning cooking basics with your food blog.
- Writing a book on how to grow natural hair with your hair blog
- Creating a template for those who want to be better at pivot tables in excel for your technology blog
- Creating a cheat sheet guide for photographers who want to learn different camera settings for your photography blog
Check out my blog post all about 4 profitable digital products you can create in one weekend!
Providing a service is one of the most profitable ways to make money because you don’t need a large audience. For example, if you’re a wellness coach who charges $3,500 for your coaching package, you only need 3 people to join your program to hit $10,000 month!
You can get the word out about your services by creating blog posts that align.
4. Physical Products
Sell your physical products! For example, I use to have a lipstick line because I was a beauty blogger and YouTuber. It was easy to create a beauty look, finish off with my lipstick, and provide a link to my lipstick line.
5. Ad Revenue
You can install ads on your site via Google Adsense at any time. Just be careful not to overdo it. If your blog is full of ads, it takes away from the design of the blog and may deter readers away.
You can secure collaborations with brands for paid and gifted campaigns.
Gifted campaigns mean you receive the product with no additional compensation and if you have a small audience, don’t be afraid to participate in gifted sponsorships.
If you would have bought something anyway, and you are able to get it for free, I personally think you are monetizing by saving money!
Additionally, you CAN sell the items from your sponsorship! As a beauty influencer, I would receive so many cosmetics since I was on a lot of beauty brand’s PR List. Often times I would receive shades that I would never wear (such as a pastel pink or a super-light color foundation). I would either donate items or sell them. Think outside of the box when it comes to ways to monetize your blog.
If you’re gifted shoes and clothing, sell on sites like Poshmark, Facebook, and eBay. If you receive a ton of products from a gifted sponsorship that you won’t use or need, sell them, and make a little money from it.
It’s not too late to start a profitable blog from scratch and I hope this step by step guide will help you collect the coins this year as a blogger! If you’re ready to start a profitable blog or ready to make money with your blog, share your blog URL below!