Why I Learned to Love my Money Making Blog
First Off… I really love my Money Making Blog, I really do it’s just the word “Blog” that I’ve grown to hate.
I really dislike how certain folks can have kidnapped the English language and are holding it hostage, until we meet their demands.
When I attended College in the late 70’s, I was a Theater Major. Now I’ll wait for all the snickering to stop… OKAY. Let’s go on. As I was saying I was a Theater Major. Not Acting, Singing or Dancing I wanted to design Scenery and Lighting. I was pretty good at it. My goal was to design elaborate sets like the ones used in BenHur… not this latest piece of CG (Computer Generated) green screen crap, but actual Old School Architectural Marvels. That’s when it happened. The Director of a Play called me a “Techie”, I have never been more offended in my life.
So why does being call a “Techie” Offend Me?
I take very seriously what I do. I don’t play games. I understand that what I do as a Back Stage Technician, Stagehand, Designer, Builder, Painter, Light Board or Sound Board Operator enhances the experience of the theater going public. To be “schleped off” by some no name Director is an insult.
Though some people may find it “Endearing” to call a Big Burly Cigar Chewing Stage Hand a “Techie”, trust me I for one do not. But some jackass in the 1970’s thought it would be “cute” to call all back stage workers “Techies”. To this day, that term is stilled used. Now I know why my uncle, who was a Law Enforcement Officer, hated being called “Cop”.
So what does this have to do with Loving My Blog?
I take my Websites very seriously. Every website that I have launched has impacted lives in some manner or form. I write from my heart and to “Schlep Off” my Website as a “Blog” offends me. No matter how good a “Content Creator” I am, I’m still a “Blogger”. No matter how good of a Coach I am, I’m still a “Blogger”. No matter how many Products I’ve launched and many thousands of dollars I’ve made for myself and my clients, I’m still a “Blogger”.
Since so many web designers, such as myself, have embraced WordPress as the Platform of the Future I guess I have no one to blame but myself. So if you are a Website Owner and find your website being called a “Blog” here are 7 Ways to make Money from your Blog.
7 Ways to Make Money from Your Blog
Initially, finding high-quality content for your blog and then getting people to see that content is the most important thing you can do with your time. However, as your blog evolves and your readership grows, you have to put some time into monetizing the blog correctly.
Here I will explain 7 ways in which you can convert you website into a money making blog.
1. Use Google AdSense
For starters, you should consider putting up Google AdSense ads. AdSense is one of Googles most reliable services. There are many plug-ins and themes for WordPress and other platforms, which only needs you to insert your Google AdSense code. All you have to do is create an AdSense account, generate some lines of code, and then place those lines of code in your website.
There are some downsides of using Google AdSense. You will probably earn pennies per click, you will also have less control over what ads are displayed on your site and a Google AdSense Ad my compete with an Affiliate Product you are also promoting.
2. Sell Advertising Space in your Niche Market
In generally, this won’t work well for low traffic niche sites. However, if your website/blog receives a lot of traffic and you can back this up with documentation, such as traffic records, then selling advertising space may be a lucrative option.
When it comes to selling ad space, you will have a few different options. You can choose between text ads, banner ads, and image ads. Folks that sell products in your niche will pay for space. Charge a Premium Price of Premium Locations. WordPress has several plugins that allows you to rotate ads.
3. Seek Out Sponsorship Opportunities
In addition to (or as an alternative to) selling ad space on your site, you might consider seeking out sponsors. Sponsors don’t just end with Ad Space. A sponsor could provide a free prize to your reading in the form of a contest on your blog. This will increase viewership as well as create “Top of Mind” awareness for your sponsor in exchange for being mentioned on your blog.
You should look to build long term sponsorship for your website or blog. Finding a sponsor who makes a monthly donation in exchange for your promoting their products periodically is the best kind of sponsor.
4. Sell Your Own Products/Services
Another way to generate revenue through your website or blog is to create your own products or to sell existing products. If you don’t already have products, you might consider creating some kind of “Digital Product”. An ebook, a short report, or video or audio content promoted properly will generate some revenue for your website or blog. If you don’t feel comfortable creating these products yourself, then you can hire a freelancer at sites like www.fiverr.com to create the product for you.
Once the product is ready, you can sell it on your website or blog by accepting payments via PayPal.com. You might want to start by introducing your product through a blog entry; however, at a later point, you may want to relegate it to a permanent position on your blog, such as in a top banner or in the sidebar.
5. Promote Affiliate Products/Services
An alternative to actually creating products to sell or selling existing products that you own is to promote products as an affiliate. Regardless of what niche you are in, you should be able to find affiliate programs to join with lucrative and timely payments. In fact, even if you have your own products to sell, it may still be a better idea to sell affiliate products. If you buy products online from your niche products providers, look at the bottom of their pages for an “Affiliate Link”. There you will find everything you need to sell their products.
6. Post Paid Reviews
Another way in which you can monetize your website or blog is to join a “pay per post” program. These will allow you to post positive reviews about products in exchange for monetary compensation. At first, you might think this is unethical to pretend a product is good in order to get money in exchange. But, in fact, you don’t need to do this at all.
Instead, what you can do is focus on products that you have already used and would recommend to your blog readers. You can then recommend it as you would, but you’ll now receive compensation for doing so. Here is a link to a site that facilitate pay-per-post exchanges http://www.payperpost.com
7. Offer Premium Membership Content
The term “Membership Site” refers to a business model where the basic content or service is free, but Premium Featured Content requires visitors to pay a “Membership Fee”. This approach can be successfully extended to blogs in the following way:
- First, let your usual posts and content make up the “Free” Content part.
- Next, add some “Premium” content, such as a exclusive posts, graphic design items, cheatsheets, coupons, reports, or WordPress themes. Anything that your readers want so badly can be premium.
- Only allow paid subscribers to access your premium section.
From there, you should make attempts to promote your paid section to your free members, so that more and more of them move into that group over time. Additionally, consider making entry fee very low (perhaps $5/month), so that visitors don’t need to think very hard about the decision.
So in Conclusion
So if you or other call your website a Blog or not, no website or blog can experience true success if it isn’t monetized correctly. It doesn’t matter how much traffic you’re getting and how good your content is, this will always be the case. Without monetization, you won’t have profits and without profits, there will be no reason to maintain the blog.
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