While there are some people who are completely happy blogging for the sake of blogging, most people who choose to start blogging do so with the hopes of one day being able to make some money off of their work. However, this usually won’t happen all on its own. You’ve got to put in the effort to find ways to make your blog profitable for you.
If you’ve been struggling with this in the past, here are three tips from the business experts at Brand Stories to help you start making more money from your blog.
Run Ads On Your Blog
One of the easiest ways you can start making money off your blog while putting in very little work on your side is by opening up the pages of your blog as ad space.
According to Brian Edmonson, a contributor to The Balance Small Business, Google AdSense is a great place to start as a beginner. With this ad placement, you allow Google to choose ads that are relevant to your blog and then have them placed at certain places on your blog pages. Then, when someone clicks on that ad, you’ll get a small percentage of what that ad costs for that person or business to place it within your blog pages.
With this passive form of income, you could start making some money off of your blog until you find a way to make your writing more profitable on your own merits.
Become An Affiliate
Another option for making money through your blog is to become an affiliate for various products or services. When you become an affiliate, you’re partnered with a specific company who you promote. Then, when someone makes a purchase from that company based on your recommendation, you get paid from the company.
To make the most of this, John Rampton, a contributor to Forbes.com, recommends that you try to become an affiliate with businesses that have higher price points so you can make more money off each sale. Just make sure, however, that you don’t oversaturate your content with affiliate links or you might alienate your readership.
Sell Your Own Products
If you’re wanting to make money off of your blog based solely on what you have to offer your readers rather than through selling other people’s products or services, then you have to come up with a way to sell your own products or services.
Depending on what your blog is about and what your skills or abilities are, you might have tons of options for things you can sell through your blog. But if you’re out of ideas, Jessica Knapp, a contributor to BloggingBasics101.com, shares that you can always sell digital products or access to additional content that you’ve created.
If you want to turn your blog into more of a business for yourself, here are three ways you can start to make some money from your blog.