Have you been blogging for a while, and are now considering monetizing? If your blog is a part-time (or full-time!) hobby, monetizing can be a way to make a little extra cash on the side for your blogging efforts. Here are 5 easy ways to monetize your blog:
1. Advertising Space
You can sell advertising space on your site. Potential clients would provide you with a banner to display for a specific time period (usually monthly) and then pay you for that space. Pricing varies, and depends on the amount of traffic your blog gets. If that’s something you are interested in doing, make sure to make it visible on your site that you have open space.
2. Pay Per Click Advertising
By using Google Adsense, you can get paid for each click every visitor makes on your site. Adsense will display targeted ads (that are relevant to your site) next to your content. You can fully customize the ads to make sure they fit well with the layout of your blog.
3. Affiliate Marketing
With affiliate marketing, you earn a commission for every sale that is resulted by clicking on links you recommended. Many companies provide this service, including Skimlinks, rewardStyle, ShopSense, and many more.
4. Sponsored Post & Product Reviews
Brands and PR companies can pay you to review a product, try a service, etc. Most companies will probably be interested in seeing your media kit (which we’ll cover in a future Blogger U). Make sure you are on the same page as the client and discuss all the terms of the review, as in how much you charge and when will the review be live.
5. Event Hosting
Are you a social butterfly? Well you can get paid to host events for brands and smaller boutiques. If your following is growing, you can first reach out to local brands to see if they are interested in you hosting an event in their space. If you do book an event, of course you promote it on your blog and social media, attend the event, and interact with the attendees. Keep in mind you are getting paid for this and this is not just a party– so stay classy.
Rachelle blogs at Pinksole and is an ambassador for The Blogger Collective.