Can you get paid to blog? There are so many different ways to make money online. In this article I will discuss specifically how to get paid for blogging. Whether you already have a blog and you’re looking to monetize it, or you’re thinking about getting yourself in the game of blogging, this article will help you get clear on the different ways you can start making money with your blog.
Make Money with Affiliate Sales
In general, being an affiliate, means that you promote other people’s products on your blog. Every time someone navigates from your blog to opt in or purchase that product, you make a percentage of the sale. There are websites like Amazon and Clickbank which offer a large range of different products you can choose from to promote on your blog.
Every time you sign up to sell a specific product on your blog, you get a link that you cut and paste into an article, email newsletter or sidebar. Most of these links have really good tracking, so even if someone clicks your link and purchases the product a week later, you still get that sale.
Choose legitimate products in relation to your niche that you actually think your readers could benefit from. I don’t often go through Amazon or Clickbank to find products, I usually only sign up for affiliate programs with products or services I already use myself. For example, I’m very pro GoDaddy hosting – so I went to their website and navigated around until I found the ‘affiliate’ link at the bottom of their page.
Note: If I can’t find the affiliate signup on a companies website, I google the name, followed by “affiliate program” (EX: “GoDaddy affiliate program”).
Make Money by Selling Your Own Products
If you already have a product you’re probably using Shopify or Etsy, which are both great ways to make money from blogging. If you have a niche blog and you’re not sure what you could create or sell, here are some ideas:
Tshirts and Mugs: Make them fun and clever – 99% of the time no one wants a t-shirt with your blogs name on it. For example, if you have a travel blog, you could create a shirt with a travel quote on it, or a pretty world map you can get made on Fiverr.com. (Make sure you have the rights to sell products with the image on it).
Niche products: Think outside the box, what else is your niche market into? Let’s say you’re blog is about wellness and spirituality, I bet you $10 that at least 1 in every 5 people who read your blog own a mala bracelet or necklace. You could make some yourself or hire someone to make them for you and sell them at a higher price than you purchased them.
EBOOKS: This should be #1 on this list because you can write an eBook about anything! I write how-to eBooks that help people with their blogs, social media and making money online. I have years of experience and knowledge. I also study and test out new methods to see what works for my own businesses and then I share that knowledge with my readers.
There must be something you’re good at! Maybe you’re really great at finding travel deals online or time management. Write an eBook about it!! I know about how to get paid for blogging, so I wrote an ebook about it!
Make Money by Promoting/Reviewing Products
This is a different form of making money with your blog than affiliate sales. It sounds similar, but instead of making a percentage of a product sale, you are being paid a one time fee for mentioning the product or reviewing it. This can also be done on your social media accounts as well as your blog.
Often companies will offer you a free product or service in exchange for an article about it or a review rather than money. Some companies do offer a cash payment for mentioning their product, but it’s not as common as an exchange (which is still pretty great sometimes). When I was traveling, I got a lot of free hotel rooms in exchange to write about my stay there, which definitely helped me save money in certain cities.
To land promos like this, you need to have a decent following/traffic on your blog and social media accounts. It’s also a good idea to reach out to brands as well instead of waiting for them to come to you!
Make Money with Google Adsense
You know those ads on websites that magically show you topics related to your past searches? That’s Google Adsense! It’s a simple sign up and once you’re approved, all you have to do is cut and paste their code into your website. Then you get paid based on how many times people click on those ads displayed on your website.
Keep in mind, Google is smart, you can’t click on the ad yourself 100 times and watch the cash roll in. That being said, it takes A LOT of website traffic to make a decent amount of money off of Google Adsense. So it’s up to you and your discretion to test out if that space which your Google Adsense is would be better used for another type of advertisement or affiliate product.