5 Ways Monetize A Small BlogHow To Make Money From Your Blog Right Away 1. You are not too small to start earning from some sources right away.I highly recommend all new bloggers sign up for the Amazon affiliate program as well as Google Adsense in the first month or two of blogging.
You probably won’t earn much the first year, but it will help you get you used to placing advertising in your sidebars and placing affiliate links in your posts.
It will also get your readers used to them. I have heard from other bloggers who waited to add advertising that their readers complained when they did, yet without them bloggers are not paid for their time–and believe me, a lot of time goes into producing a blog.
2. At first you will be too small for some income sources, but don’t get discouragedI applied for some bigger affiliate networks right away when I started blogging but was turned down. After reading the fine print I realized some affiliate networks out there have a 10,000 unique visitor minimum, others have a 50,000 unique visitor minimum, and still others are as high as 150,000 unique visitors per month.
Instead of getting discouraged by these large numbers, start thinking outside the box for ways you can make money as well as looking for ways to increase the size of your audience so you can eventually sign up for these programs. The last 3 points of this article will help you with these 2 things.
3. Use referral links for companies you loveI have used point reward programs to help out my family’s tight budget for years so before I started blogging I was familiar with referral credits.
When I had the blog up and running I put a few ads for and from these companies in my sidebar and linked to them in posts whenever it made sense.
The key to sharing referral links is to share them for companies that either your family has personally used and loved or at the very least those that come highly recommended by people you know, love and trust.
If I share a referral link for a company I have not used personally yet, I disclose that I have researched it (because I do spend time reading reviews) but haven’t personally used it yet.
Point Programs That Offer Referral Links
(psst…as I find more companies with sharable referral links I like I update the list above so make sure to pin this article and check back in later for updates)
These companies pay me in various ways, from points I can cash in for gift cards to store credits I can use to purchase items on their site. It is not exactly money in the bank, but it does help my family out financially. However, some of the programs (like Swagbucks andibotta) have an option to convert your points to PayPal cash so then it truly is money in the bank.
Check out your favorite point programs, daily deal sites, and more and see if they perhaps offer a sharable referral link.
4. Sign up for affiliate programs for e-books you loveIf you find an e-book you love by another blogger that is sold directly on that blogger’s site, check to see if they have a affiliate program you can join and earn as much as 50% commission if someone buys it through the link on your blog. These programs usually don’t require you to have certain amount of unique monthly visitors.
5. Spend The Majority Of Your Time Learning How To Build Traffic(this is an update added in my 4th year of blogging; this post was originally posted after 1 year of blogging)
Now that I have been blogging a few years I know that with traffic comes income. But to get more traffic you have to do a lot more than just write good blog posts–you have to market them well. Below I am going to share a few resources that helped me learn how to market my blog posts better.
Once I hit 2 1/2 years of blogging I was about to give up on blogging all together once again due to feeling like I was getting no where in the area of earning an income from my blog.
That very week How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul came out and by following the tips found in the book I was able to double my Pinterest account, double my unique monthly visitors , and double my income within 30 days.
I highly recommend this e-book to bloggers wanting to increase the size of their blog as well as the profit it produces. I wish it had been available to me when I first started blogging.
I also just recently finished reading Delicious Blogging: The Ingredients That You Need To Create A Better Blog and found myself thinking over and over I wish I had this e-book during my first year of blogging: it would have saved me a lot of time in setting my blog up to have the right ingredients for success. Even as a blogger in her 4th year of blogging I picked up some new tips to try that I am sure will help my blog both in growth and profit.
For more of my favorite e-books for growing a blog, check out 5 e-books That Have Grown My Blog.
Another of my favorite ways to learn about growing and marketing my blog are podcasts. To check out some of my favorite podcasts on blogging, visit 3 Podcasts on Blogging, as well as My Advice To All Bloggers Wanting To Grow Their Blog.
Pinterest is another great site for finding articles about growing a blog. I pin the ones I find to my Blogging Tips board and I would love to have you follow it.
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