How to blog to make money

Turn your idea or passion into an online business

How would you like to be able to make some money with your blog? Depending on your subject matter, it is possible. Let’s look at three ways you can begin to earn income from your blog.

In the past there's been a lot of hype about turning your blog into a cash machine! Many of the ebooks and programs promoted were pretty scammy in general and involved using blogs to generate huge amounts of replicated content and then filling the pages with contextual advertising programs. :(

I recommend something else completely, as those kinds of tricks never work in the long run (or even in the short run). Only when you give people excellent information that they want and need - for free (!) will you stand any chance of success with making money with your blog.

The best way to make money is to learn to build your blog, or better still - a static website - from the bottom up.

I didn't even start to blog to make money, but you can read all about how I did become successful at generating a full-time income - here.

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Already blogging to promote your business?

If you’re blogging to help in promoting your business, you may already feel like you’re making money from your blog since you’re pulling in traffic and talking about your business. You could further monetize your efforts in the following ways.

Using affiliate programs

If you want to use affiliate programs to generate income from your blog, grabbing a banner or button from an affiliate to post on your blog is not the way to do it!

People visit blogs to read the blogs – not look at advertisements. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use affiliate programs to earn extra money.

What you do need to do is blog about the programs that you want to promote. Keep it real, honest, and share a personal experience. Talk about how you use the product. And don’t just post about it once. Revisit a favorite product a few weeks down the road, and then again the next month. Don’t be spammy and hit your visitors over the head with sales messages. Just let them know how much you like it.

Contextual advertising

Google Adsense performs anywhere from great to abysmally depending of course on your niche, traffic numbers and the type of traffic. Yet, it’s the easiest to incorporate and a few have indicated that they do earn a steady if small income from their blog ad units.

There are other ad networks you could try, but in our experience these perform even less.

The biggest drawback in ad units is that you never know what might show up on your blog. You’ll have to decide if the profit earned is worth the space you give.

The best way to learn how to get going is with Google Adsense's own resources. Watch this video for starters...

Serve your own ads

If you find that serving ads for others is unprofitable, consider creating your own text ads and promote your own items and affiliate products in that space.

OR link to...

  1. your newsletter list
  2. a free report
  3. a lead generation form

All three give you the opportunity to serve your readers by offering high quality information in exchange for their e-mail address. This allows you to further build relationships with your visitors, which is what blogging and good business is all about!

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