I know it’s tough to earn online but I find it VERY hard to believe that more than 80% of bloggers never make more than $100 from blogging. I have met a lot of promising bloggers and I know firsthand how much hours they put into their blogs. So this idea that a majority of them don’t pan out and end up quitting gives me the impression that they are doing something wrong. Most blog experts don’t like to say it but I personally feel that money is a good scale to determine whether you are successful or not. If you have great site and great content but are not making money online then in my eyes you are a failure. You have to learn to grow your income at the same pace that you grow your blog. So if you want to increase your earnings online, I encourage you to keep reading and try to implement the following strategies in your blog.
Just like how you can’t harvest crop without planting and nurturing it. You can’t start milking your blog (…I love farm metaphors) until you reach a certain point. So as a general guideline try to hit the targets below before beginning to monetize your blog.
If you reach the goals, the rest of the monetization procedure should be a lot easier and you will begin to see results right away.
Google Adsense is one of my biggest streams for earning online and I continue to use Adsense with amazing effects on my blogs. It has a lot of great features and it’s in my opinion the best fit for new bloggers. While I strongly recommend you apply to the AdSense program right now. Here are some benefits you should know if you’re still not sure:
While it’s always great to be the middleman and get a cut from selling other peoples products, you always make more money from selling directly to the consumer. So as I mentioned in the preliminary steps above you should eventually aim to have a good product that you can sell to your users. But just like everything else this also has a procedure that you have to follow before making any money.
While you won’t make the same money selling someone else’s products over your own, being an affiliate does have its benefits.
So if this seems like something you would want to do I’d highly recommend it. I personally like this way to earn the best just because it runs to a certain degree on autopilot and if you have the traffic it brings in a lot more revenue than AdSense. While it’s always best to target particular affiliate programs for your niche you can start your search in some of the larger affiliate networks like Linkshare, Clickbank and Commission Junction. Recommended Affiliate Guides
Amazon can be a great source of income for your blog especially if your topic includes particular products over ideas. The reason behind this is that by being an Amazon affiliate you don’t promote the Amazon brand but instead you promote particular products. That’s why while it is tricky; it has the potential to make you a lot of money. Recommended Guides This guide by Darren Rowse from Problogger.net is one of the best I’ve seen and you should surely check it out: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money with the Amazon Affiliate Program
With the right amount of traffic selling ad space on your site is a great way to make money from blogging. While this isn’t a constant stream of revenue as most ad spots are term based it can provide big boosts of income throughout the year. So while it’s easy to set up I don’t recommend you implement this on your blog until you are receiving a constant large flow of traffic because unlike Adsense ads they don’t just come to you. You’ll have to go out and convince companies that your blog is a good fit to advertise their product or service. Other Methods that Do WORK While these methods aren’t as traditional, they might work better for your type of blog.
Just make a goal that you want to be the top 2%. It won’t come overnight but with persistence and a lot of hard work you can and will get there. Good Luck!