5 ways to make money from your blog
Blogging is something that a lot of people are doing these days. It can start as a hobby for many, as it can be a fun way to write, share thoughts and opinions, as well as capture your own online journal. However, there is a lot of money that can be made through blogging and from getting a following with what you do. So even if it starts out as a hobby, you could then make an income on the side that could potentially grow and grow.
In order to make money from blogging, you need to have a decent amount of traffic coming to the website. You aren’t going to make very much if no-one is actually coming to your site and clicking through any ad links. So to start off with, finding your niche and writing interesting content that people are going to want to search for online is really key. Then when you’ve got a following and have some good website traffic, you can step things up. Here are some of the ways that you can earn from your blog, both actively and passively, depending on how much time you want to dedicate to it.
1. Use affiliate links
To understand how you would be able to make money from this, you need to understand how affiliate marketing works. The brand you tie up with gives you a specific link that when clicked on and through which a purchase is made, earns you a percentage commission. When you have a following that is interested in what you write about and promote, you can earn money through this quite easily.
If you are a book blogger, for example, you could sign up with Amazon’s affiliate program. You can then add links to the books you are reviewing and for every purchase made, you get a small amount of money, at no extra cost to the buyer. There are so many affiliate schemes that you can sign-up to, including brands like Apple and John Lewis. Fashion and beauty bloggers are some of the best earners through affiliate links, as it is quite visual and if someone likes what they see, they will click through to buy it.
It can also be worth approaching a brand about an affiliate partnership, depending on what your niche is and what you could offer the brand. If you have a local days out blog, then you could share reviews of days out, such as a local farm or soft play, and then earn a commission when someone books tickets.
2. Banner adverts
You can earn a passive income through banner adverts on your blog. This is something that is visual to your readers, so if they like the look of what they see and click through, you can then earn money per click. You can also earn money for the number of impressions that an ad gets, which is great if you have a website that gets a lot of traffic or experiences some viral content. Some web users will have ad blockers on their computers, but having banner ads is easy and can be a way to earn a small passive income.
3. Write sponsored articles
If you are blogging for the love of writing, then getting paid to write is a dream! This is where a brand will ask you to create a post around a particular topic, and then mention them within the post. This could also be in the form of a review post, or a specific advertorial for a new product or initiative. The brand will then pay for your time, as well as the link and mention that is in the article. This can be quite lucrative, depending on your website traffic and other statistics such as your blog’s domain authority.
You could also charge for social media posts when working with a brand. This will work best when you have a large following, which can come as a result of having your blog. You can usually charge around 10% of the number of followers that you have.
4. Sell digital products
Having a blog is great because it allows you to have a platform, and it is yours to do with it as required. You can use the blog as a platform to write, but also a place to sell from. For example, if you are a food blogger, you could sell an eBook of your original recipes that can’t be found on your blog. You could sell a course or workshops, depending on what you do and what your blog is about.
5. Add a donate button
One thing that a lot of creators do is to have a donate button on the sidebar of their blog. This is because there is so much free content that has been provided, such as free printables for recipes, that if someone wants to donate through it as a way to say thank you, then it makes it easy for them. There are PayPal buttons you can add, as well as creating your own. If you created a USD bank account online, then it could also increase who you can take payments from, especially if you have a global audience. There is also a website called Ko-Fi which is another link or button that you could use to accept donations.
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