I’m guessing that you’re writing a blog to earn money, possibly even to earn a living and not just to share fun stories about your family or favorite hobbies. Let’s face it, if you’re doing the work, the research, and growing your audience, you certainly should be paid for your hard work.
But for that to happen, you have to monetize your blog posts. Let’s look at three different ways to do that.
Make Relevant Product Recommendations
One of the easiest things to get started with monetization is to make appropriate recommendations directly in your blog posts. These can either be your own products or something you’re an affiliate for. I have already monetized this post with links to some of my favorite affiliate programs. As you write about things, work in a product recommendation where appropriate. I use “Pretty Links (The Most Powerful Redirection, Link Shrinking and Affiliate Link Management Plugin for WordPress on the market
… Without the High Costs.)”
You might be wondering how to find top-rate affiliate products your audience will love and that will also put money in your PayPal account?
Let me introduce you to Karon Thackston, if you're looking for a proven way to start (or revive) your affiliate marketing efforts, you will love Passive Income Jumpstart: How to Find Profitable Affiliate Products (video course) where you will discover:
- How to choose the best affiliate products to promote that your audience will love.
- Whether various affiliate products are actually worth your while or a great big time suck.
- The warning signs to be aware of. (Better to reject these offers!)
- How to make affiliate revenue a priority and consistently build your passive income month after month.
- Numerous free ways to share affiliate products even if you don't have an email list.
Here is an example of the potential income you could make with affiliate marketing when you make a sale:
- A $27 ebook that paid 50% commissions and sold just 20 copies, that would give you an additional $270!
- A $57 video course that paid 50% commissions and made just 15 sales, you'd have another $427.50!
- A $97 web training that paid 50% commissions and made 10 sales, another $485 would be in your PayPal account!
I love promoting Karon Thackston's products as one of her customers I know that you will not only enjoy her training but be able to put into action what you learned.
I've been doing affiliate marketing for some time, but it has been sporadic. I'd promote a product here and one there. After taking Karon's program, I can now create a strategic plan around affiliate marketing and the commissions I'll earn.
I can use the worksheets and spreadsheet to make sure each affiliate offer has everything I need: a good fit with my audience, great customer service, the right commission, quick payout, etc. — Stacey Myers
Working With Brands
Working with brands is another great option for monetization. Start by making connections via social media or use one of the many large networks that connect bloggers and brands. Depending on your social media reach, they will often pay you to write a blog post that mentions one of their products. In the beginning, you may have to work for free products or low pay. It’s okay to start out that way.
If you’re a new blogger, it will take time to build relationships and show the marketing person you’re working with that you have the reach and the professionalism to influence a large group of people. And as your audience grows, you can expect to get paid better to be a brand ambassador.
Grow Your List and Make Offers Via Email
Hands down, the most effective way to make money from your blog is to focus on getting your blog readers on your email list first. This gives you a chance to build a stronger relationship with your audience and get them back to your blog. As you build a relationship, they’ll become responsive to offers that you make in your emails.
Be sure to keep your email messages entertaining and helpful with some helpful product recommendations thrown in, and you’ll do well. Keep growing your list as your blog grows and your income will follow right along.
Did I mention with Karon's video course there is a Free Bonus: “Email Tips for Affiliate Marketers” ebook (a $29 value) with insightful information about how to write affiliate emails, what to include, when to send, and more.
Are you wondering what email service to use? You have a few options, but these are the services I would recommend ConvertKit
Of course, this is by no means an all-inclusive list. There are a number of ways you can monetize your blog, but these are three simple ways to start. When you grab Karon's video course complete with checklists to quickly outline the process, worksheets to guide your steps, and spreadsheet to track your findings, you will be off to a great start!
Psst… Did you notice all the monetization I sprinkled throughout this post?
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