How to Make Your Blog Profitable
Blogging for money has arguably never been easier than it is right now. You do not have to be a big famous star like Gwyneth Paltrow or have hundreds of thousands of regular viewers like Mashable to make a decent living from your writing, and this is why starting a blog has become so attractive to so many.
If you have a blog, or you’re thinking of starting one, and you want to be able to use it to boost your bank balance, here are some very effective things you should try:
Add an Advertising Program
It might not always be as lucrative as it once was now that ad blocking programs are so ubiquitous, but advertising programs like Google Adsense, Chikita, and BlogAds, are still high earners for a great many people. The key is to use them sparingly and experiment with placement until you find the perfect combination that gets clicks and converts for you.
Profit from Your Photos
ClickaSnap is free to use, paid per view, photo hosting that is a boon for bloggers who enjoy taking their own photos as images for their sites. It enables you to upload your images and earn money for every view that they receive if you like, but even better, they enable you to sell prints of your best pictures to anyone who falls in love with them. If you have something like a travel blog, which is very visual, this is an excellent way to make more money from your art.
Get Sponsorship from a Company
Company sponsorship is arguably one of the best ways to make more money from your blog because it is a secure gig that benefits you both. The company in question gets lots of free advertising and you get paid to post their logo or endorse their products. Of course, you need to feel comfortable about endorsing the company in question, and you’ll only really make money if the company’s niche and your blog’s niche mesh, but it is a very effective form of earning money and you really don’t have to be a huge blog with massive amounts of traffic to attract a sponsor – your content just has to be good.
Use Your Blog to Find Work
Going in another direction, if you have a blog, or you decide to start one, instead of trying to make money directly from that blog, you could instead use it as a stepping stone to finding paid gigs. For example, if you write a blog, chances are you have a way with words, so you could include a hire me button on your homepage, offering your services as a freelance writer to other companies. In this case, your blog would be more like a living portfolio that shows what you can do.
Create a Product or Service
Another thing you could do is create a product or service to sell on your blog. For example, if you’re a keen photographer and your blog is filled with examples of your photos, you could create a video photography course, or if your blog is all about knitting, you could create an email course on “Knitting 101” or similar.
Blogging can be very lucrative, especially if you think outside the box and set up multiple sources of revenue.
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