Introduction to Monetizing Your Blog
Monetizing your blog is always what blogging for profit is all about. So, make sure your blog is set up for just that. You do this by adding monetization opportunities such as Google’s AdSense program to your site, and also marketing affiliate products.
You know people will be interested in “buying” if they come to your product-oriented blog. But some may still be investigating even though they came to your blog.
You fix this offering a link to a product in just about every single post. If you don’t give people an option to buy something, then you’re wasting space.
For your problem-oriented blog, it’ll be much easier. You know just about every post will have something about a product on it, so it’ll be easier for you.
You can find products to advertise on sites like ClickBank or Amazon, and depending on what you want to sell, there’s also the eBay affiliate network.
Unless you have a huge network of sites, AdSense doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense; but it doesn’t hurt to put it in. You do this by finding the right theme that will insert AdSense code in the right places. Then you just configure by adding your AdSense ID. You’ll be all set up for when your network is in full swing.
Monetizing Your Blog: TRAFFIC FOR YOUR BLOG
There are plenty of free ways to get traffic to your site, and you should use a good mixture of a bunch of them. We’ve already covered SEO so I’ll spare you that explanation. Here are a couple of other methods that will help in generating your traffic.
Monetizing Your Blog: ARTICLE MARKETING
Since you’re already writing articles or getting them outsourced anyway, this is a good source. You can submit to various article directories to get traffic to your site. They give you free article space while you get free traffic through a bio box.
The bio box will have a short message about you and you will be able to have usually two links, one to an article on your site and one to your site’s main page.
The linking inside the bio box is really important; don’t fall into the trap to let people “click here”. As a general rule, you should probably link to the page by its topic.
Monetizing Your Blog: WEB 2.0
Another set of authority sites would be those famous Web 2.0 (or user contributed content sites) such as Squidoo and HubPages. You can quickly and easily create a “site” on their site, and using their ranking, you can link to your site. Squidoo is pretty conservative on linking, while HubPages isn’t, but HubPages is more open about its topics.
Be warned, though, these sites are user moderated, and if they feel your site is spammy, you will get reported and your presence on the Web 2.0 sites will be deleted.
Monetizing Your Blog: OTHER TRAFFIC METHODS
You can get into other methods for your traffic, such as link, banner, or traffic exchanges and even Pay per Click. You can also purchase traffic directly.
While I have stated before that you should be willing to give up some cash, to ask that you give up hundreds of dollars on a relatively new blog won’t accomplish anything.
Pay per Click is a potentially dangerous game and requires some serious planning for it to be done correctly, so you should read up on that before trying it.
I told you blogging was easy. If you spent just an hour per day writing some content and posting it to your blog, you will find that revenue stream you’ve been looking for.
Depending on the popularity of your topics, this really could happen within a week. But by the same token, you shouldn’t expect a poorly designed blog to do much of anything.
Always keep your content looking and reading really well. This can’t be stressed enough. The search engines check all sites through an algorithm they have that puts professional sites like CNN or Amazon as the baseline. And, how you compare to these sites will determine how “professional” you are.
This is done in a way that isn’t prejudiced to anything except poor planning. I’ve already told you how to avoid that.