I know the frustration that comes when you spend a lot of time blogging, yet nobody cares.
You take your time to craft great content that you think will attract clients, but they don't care.
Then you give up and say blogging isn't meant for you.
Here's the thing; you just haven't done things right on your blog such that it can generate money even while you sleep.
In this post, I will show you how you can make money blogging – even when you're new to blogging!
Let's jump right in.
1. Selling Advertising Space
You have invested in your site, and therefore, it needs to pay you back.
So, how do you earn from your blog without blogging about blogging?
There's good news for you; you can sell advertising space on your blog.
Before you make up your mind to sell advertising space, research to know the following about your site:
What your readers look at when they visit your website
What pages on your blog are the most popular
What pages on your website people stay on the longest
The keywords people use to find your site
After doing your research, you need to get advertisers. So, here's what to do:
First, know which sites links to yours.
Secondly, get the sites (which links to yours) from your analytics.
Next, research on the websites that relate to your site.
Then flip through their pages and know how they work and what they do.
You can also click on site URLs of those commenting on your blog. Get the names of companies they're selling their space to and pitch those companies..
2. Affiliate Marketing
An incredible way to make money through your blog is by marketing what you use and love.
Pat Flynn gives a clear definition of what affiliate marketing is, and this is what he says;
"Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people's products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make."
There are four parties involved in affiliate marketing:
Merchant: Sometimes referred to as the selling entity or vendor. The merchant is the party that creates the products and recruit affiliates to market them.
The consumer: This is the determinant. If he or she buys the product or service, the affiliate system goes around. So, without sales, no commission.
The affiliate: Can either be individuals or companies. They earn commissions from every customer that buys from their affiliate link.
The network: This is the intermediary between the merchant and the affiliate. The network ensures payment and delivery of products. An excellent example of an affiliate network is ClickBank.
So, how do you get started?
Buy your domain name and host your site with the company of your choice. It doesn't matter which company hosts it.
Go to your Google search box and search, "affiliate programs." If you only want to promote products and services specific to your niche, search, "niche+affiliate programs."
Once you sign up for the affiliate programs, select what products and services you'd love to promote.
Craft a content that talks about the product or service and insert hyperlinks. (Note that you should make your readers aware that you'll earn a commission when they click on your links and make a purchase.)
Some of the best affiliate networks include Amazon (that just hit the $1 trillion mark a few days ago), Shareasale and CJ Affiliate.
3. Google AdSense
Google AdSense is a site that allows bloggers to generate income by displaying Google ads on their pages or posts.
The emergence of the Divi theme has simplified displaying ads on your pages. It helps you stay organized on your site.
Divide your pages using the Divi theme builder and set aside a section for displaying ads. Then copy and paste the code to the part you want the ads showed.
There are two ways to earn money through ads:
Impressions: This is based on the number of page views of posts or pages with ads.
Clicks: This is based on how many people click on your ads.
You cannot use a free WordPress site to promote ads, but you can use Blogger – use the monetize tab.
Below is how to get started.
Sign up for AdSense
Copy and paste the code to your site's HTML.
When you reach a minimum of $100, Google pays you. Just as simple as that.
You don't need to be tech-savvy to earn from your blog. Don't pay attention to bloggers who want to make it appear techy.
You need to do things right and build your little money generating machine – that earns you income even while you sleep.
Do you have any other ways that you've made money through your blog? Kindly add to the list in the comments section.