Many people start a blog with one goal in mind: to make money. While this is not the only reason to start a blog, it is a nice bonus that comes with creating quality content and maintaining a decent amount of blog traffic.
It’s no secret that you can make money from your blog, but many users struggle with it and eventually give up. When you first start out, you should not expect to make a lot of money. You must make a name for yourself and demonstrate that your blog can stand on its own. While these five ways to monetize your WordPress blog are sure to come in handy, you should also keep in mind the essential tips for building and maintaining a successful blog.
Pay Per Click (PPC)
This is one of the most common ways to monetize a blog and one of the simplest to set up. When a user clicks on one of your pay-per-click ads, also known as PPC, you will earn money. Ads can be displayed in a variety of ways, including banners, sidebar text links, in-text links, full-page ads, pop-ups, and pop-unders. The cost per click varies because some businesses use a bidding system while others use a fixed cost per click.
The success of your PPC ads is heavily dependent on the genre of your blog and the demographics of your audience. To hide ads on all websites, many tech-savvy users use ad-blocking browser extensions such as Adblock and NoScript. If this is the case, these users will not see your ads to click on, and you will lose money.
Google AdSense, Yahoo Publisher Network, and Bidvertiser are the most popular PPC ad companies. Easy Ads is a fantastic WordPress plugin that allows you to easily integrate PPC ads from a variety of providers. You can use it to display ads from AdSense, Chitika, Bidvertiser, and Clicksor. You have complete control over how your ads are displayed and positioned on your blog, as well as widgets that you can use for each provider.
Search Engines That Are Unique
Searching for content on your blog using an integrated search box is one of the best ways for users to find it. Did you know that you can build your own search engine and then get paid every time a user clicks on a sponsored ad that appears in the results? While most blog themes include an integrated search box, it is preferable in the long run to use a custom search engine because you have more control over how it functions.
To include sponsored ads in your blog’s search results, you’ll need to use a tool like Google AdSense for Search or Eurekster Swiki. Gigya Toolbar and Search Integrate are two WordPress plugins that may be useful. With Gigya, a feature that will allow you to earn money when users search on your blog from the integrated search box on the toolbar is coming soon. Search Integrate functions similarly to Google AdSense for search by displaying sponsored results alongside a user’s search results.
This is one of the best ways to monetize your blog if you enjoy writing and are good at it. There are numerous websites that will pay you to blog. These websites act as a go-between for advertisers and publishers. Some allow advertisers to select the publisher with whom they want to work, while others allow the publisher to select the desired advertiser. In either case, you will be compensated for publishing a blog post related to the advertiser’s desired content.
While some sites allow you to negotiate a price, others require you to accept the price set by the advertiser. Some will even set a price for you based on the traffic and page rank of your blog. So, once again, it comes down to rankings, which is why it’s critical to build up your blog for a few months, if not a year, before attempting to monetize it. PayPerPost, SponsoredReviews, ReviewMe, and Smorty are some of the best sites for writing sponsored posts.
Links to Affiliate Programs
Affiliate links are well-known to the majority of people. You join a company as an affiliate and assist them in selling their products. You will receive either a percentage of the sale or a fixed amount set by the company for each sale that results from someone clicking on your link. Many people struggle with affiliate links because it is much more difficult than it appears. Getting sales from affiliate link clicks necessitates some understanding of affiliate marketing. If you don’t know how to properly promote your affiliate links, you’ll be frustrated by a lack of sales and will likely turn off many of your visitors.
Amazon Associates, ClickBank, and Commission Junction are three of the most popular affiliate link programmes. WordPress Amazon Associate and Amazon Product In a Post are two excellent WordPress plugins for the Amazon Associates program. You could use WP ClickBank Ad Display or ClickBank Widget for ClickBank. Each of these allows you to select which products you want to link to on your blog. You can select from a wide range of products based on the niche of your blog.
Finally, there’s the good old-fashioned selling. If you have a large number of supporters, some of them will undoubtedly be willing to support you by purchasing products bearing your blog’s name or logo. CafePress is a fantastic website that allows you to create custom T-shirts, posters, mousepads, mugs, and more by simply uploading a logo or image of your choice; they handle the rest, from product creation to shipping. The CafePress WordPress plugin can then be used to display your products on your blog. Zazzle is another great site that works similarly to CafePress in that it allows you to create custom products using an image of your choice. They also have a WordPress plugin that works similarly to CafePress.
E-books are another popular item to sell. They are much easier to write than books because they are much shorter; they can be as short as 1-2 pages. In most cases, writing an e-book is equivalent to writing a longer, more detailed blog post that is 2-3 times as long. To sell e-books directly from your blog, use the Sell from Blog or Bookshelf plugins in WordPress. You’d be surprised at how many people are willing to pay a reasonable price for a useful e-book.
Now that you’ve got some ideas for monetizing your blog, don’t try to implement them all at once. Too many ads, affiliate links, and obvious sales tactics will irritate your visitors. Try out a couple at a time and see what works best for you. Before you know it, you’ll be making a decent amount of money just by doing something that you love: blogging.