It’s possible that when you heard you could make money from writing online, your red flags went up.
We can blame events like Y2K for the fear (an understandable one) that many people have of digital media and technological advances. There used to be a point when it was almost a fictitious idea to be making money as a blogger or any other kind of internet entrepreneur.
Those days aren’t that long gone. For all the times that I have explained to others what I do for a living, I’m positive to this very day that some of them only thought I was another spammer.
I would imagine that you probably know quite differently about the lifestyle of being a blogger. You’re here now to learn of the easiest ways to make money with your blog.
Tune out the naysayers and keep reading, then.
Write and Link to Revenue Share Articles
Sites like Bubblews and HubPages are among the many revenue sharing platforms that writers love, but not only writers–virtually anyone with expertise they want to get paid for sharing. Every platform is different. Generally, blogs and articles written on revenue sharing platforms get their earnings much like pay-per-click (PPC, or CPC – cost per click) ads, which you see here on Yahoo! Voices as well.
When someone out there in cyber space clicks the link to one of these articles, the person who wrote it gets paid. Including links to revenue share articles on a blog is a really really good idea, especially if that blog has an engaged audience or a lot of traffic. If you find this method promising, all it takes is a little creative cross-promotion and you’ll have yourself one simple way to pick up some extra dollars from your blog.
Host Ads on the Blog
Google AdSense and Chitika are two popular advertising networks that allow bloggers to host CPC advertisements directly on their blogs. Of course, the earnings from ads and revenue share articles will rely primarily on whether or not users click. That’s why it’s essential for bloggers to interact with their audience proactively, encourage engagement with action phrases like “Tell me what you think” or “Click here to read more.”
Phrases like those invite users to participate and also tap into the innate human curiosity to learn and explore. You can use these factors to your advantage by linking revenue share articles that are relevant to a blog post, or by customizing your ads to target your ideal audience.
Promote Other Products
If you want to sell products on your blog but don’t have the time to become a craftsman, seamstress, author (whatever it is), just sell other people’s stuff. Amazon’s affiliate program has made that particularly easy for thousands of bloggers across the globe. You can be another.
The best part is that you can do a lot to customize and select the products you want to promote. If your blog is a niche website about fiction novels, for example, you could use keywords like “mystery romance bestsellers” and then generate based on that term links to products, search listings, and an aStore (this acts like an online store that you can link to or embed from a website). You have a world of endless possibilities with Amazon. It’s a good place to start so why not give it try?
What do you currently do to make money with your blog? Have you tried any of these methods and do you use any other platforms that I didn’t mention. Send me a tweet and tell me about it.
I hope this helps. Good luck to you!