If you looking for the top ways to make money online that are not scams, Blogging is one of the best. You can use blogging to earn money online by doing what you love. You can work from home, at your own time, and there is no limit on how much money you can make.
In this article, I will share top proven methods to make money online blogging. These aren’t ‘Get rich quick’ schemes. Some of these methods need some investment of time and money to get started. If you put the consistent effort, you’ll reap the reward.
First, you need to have a blog. Instead of free blogs that lack some advanced options, a self-hosted WordPress blog is the best option and can be started very inexpensively.
1. Display Google AdSense
When you think of money blogging, advertising is the first option that comes to mind. One of the most common ways bloggers make money is through placing ads on their sites. There are two popular types of ads:
CPC/PPC Ads: Cost per click ads are usually banners that you place in your content or sidebar. Each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click.
CPM Ads: CPM means “cost per thousand impressions,” where M is the Roman numeral for 1,000. In this, you’re paid for ad views instead of clicks.
Google Adsense is an easy way to make money from your blog. All you need to do is add a script from Google to your website and start displaying ads. You will get paid for every time a user clicks on the ad. There are countless similar programs available such as Chitika, Infolinks, and Media.net.
2. Sell Ads Directly
Google AdSense is easy to set up, but the amount of money you can earn is limited. Directly selling banner ad space on your website can be more lucrative. Instead of having to rely on an intermediary who takes a cut of the money, you negotiate the price and terms on your own.
Above we mentioned the difference between CPC and CPM ads, where you are paid per click or per thousand views. While you could use one of those models for selling banner ads, most bloggers charge a flat rate instead. Charging a flat rate is easier than keeping track of views or clicks.
Still, directly selling ads takes more work to manage than using Google AdSense. Apart from just adding a bit of code to your website, you’ll have to negotiate the pricing, come up with an agreement and terms, and take care of administrative work like invoicing.
3. Make Money with Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is also another great tool for monetizing your blog. You have to recommend a product or service to your audience using the Affiliate links. Then you will get a commission for every purchase made through your link.
There are affiliate programs available for every industry (niche). First, you need to know the products that your readers are interested in. Then you sign up for a related affiliate program.
Affiliate marketing is the easiest way to make money because you can promote a wide variety of products. Every popular store like Walmart, BestBuy, Amazon, and others have an affiliate program.
You have to include your affiliate link on your site. You can do this directly in the content or through banner ads. If a reader clicks on your unique link and buys the product you have recommended, you earn a percentage of what he purchased.
4. Sell Sponsored Blog Posts
With ad networks, you lose some control over the content displayed on your site. Some readers fell annoyed or offended by ads, and many people are using ad blockers which affects your earning potential. An alternative way to monetize a blog is through sponsorships.
A company pays you to represent their product, talk about it, and promote it to your readers. To get started, it’s a good idea to put together a one-page media kit that details your traffic stats, social media following, audience demographics, and any other data that will make your site more appealing to advertisers. Then, you can approach companies to negotiate a sponsorship deal. When publishing sponsored posts, it’s very important to know about the laws in your area about disclosure.
5. Get Paid to Write Reviews
You can also make money by writing paid reviews on your site. This is a slightly different monetization method than a review site with affiliate links, as mentioned above. Instead, you get to try out products related to your niche for free, and even get paid for writing a review.
The process for doing this can be similar to getting sponsored posts. You’ll want to review products that are relevant to your niche, that your audience would be interested in. You can approach companies for doing paid reviews. There are also websites like PayPerPost that can help to connect you with businesses who may be interested.
6. Sell Digital Products
Many bloggers create and sell their digital products. Digital products are great because they don’t require inventory and can be distributed quickly and easily. There’s no overhead and low risk.
Examples of digital products:
- Online classes or workshops
- Premium Content
- Membership sites
- Audio or video
- Apps, plugins or themes
7. Sell physical products
It is also possible to sell physical products on your blog and to make money that way. Start your online store today to sell your products.
- Handmade Products
- Manufactured Products
A surge of bloggers have started selling physical products the last few years. It can be profitable, but can get complicated with manufacturing, keeping inventory, shipping, returns, etc.
8. Create a Dropshipping Store
Dropshipping is another way you can create an eCommerce store on your website without having to handle inventory or ship items yourself.
With dropshipping, you create the store, manage the website, and customer service. But a dropshipping service will take your orders and ship them out to your customers. They’re an invisible third party that your customers don’t even know about.
9. Offer Freelance Services
As a blogger, you’re already an expert on your niche. You can start earning an income by offering your skills and expertise as a freelancer.
Freelancing is a popular method to make money online because it doesn’t necessarily need any initial investment. You can just start offering your services to your current audience. Web and Graphic designing, Data entry, Content Writing, and Virtual assistance are the most demanding freelance services.
10. Start Your Own Consulting Business
Consulting is another way to make money online from your blog and share your expertise.
Instead of providing your services, a consultant offers advice and strategy to their clients. Like freelancing, it also does not need any startup investment. You can start offering consulting services on your existing blog. All you need is to create a page with a form so users can request more information.
Making money blogging needs a lot of persistence, but it can pay off in the long-run if you’re starting from scratch. Just remember that you don’t have to use all of these money-making ideas at once. Consider what other people in your industry are doing, and start from there.
Successful bloggers don’t start a blog just to make money. Instead, they blog what they truly enjoy and let the money grow naturally. ALL THE BEST.