How to make money online from blogging? Blogs are everywhere on the Internet. You can find tons of blog posts links on top social sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. A blog (web log) is a type of website or a part of a website that publishes regular entries (called as blog posts) in a chronological order. These entries may consist of articles, graphics, videos and other media items. Blogs are run by blogging software, such as WordPress, Blogger, Typepad and Drupal. Blogs have widgets which usually show their recent blog posts and recent comments. The process of maintaining a blog, which includes regular posting of fresh contents like articles, is called blogging. The person who does it is called a blogger.
Before you make money
Before you can monetize your blog and make money from blogging, you should first have a marketable blog. You should have a blog that attracts a decent amount of traffic. This traffic should consist of relevant visitors and satisfied users or readers. In other words, you should be able to create a quality blog that offers usability and draws interest from a wide audience. Remember that blogging is considered as one of the best online businesses anyone can start and work at home. Thus, you should treat your blog readers as your customers and consider your blog posts as your products. If you want to succeed in this online business, you should always provide quality blog posts that can make your audience happy and satisfied. This is hard, but that is success is all about – you need to be patient and hard working.
Monetizing your blog
If you become successful in attracting quality traffic to your blog, then it’s time to invest another hard work and wisdom in converting this traffic into profit. To make money and earn dollars from your blog, you can try and conduct experiments on the following types of blog monetization until you discover the particular schemes or mix of profit making systems that will maximize your earning potentials:
1. Pay Per Click. For me, this is by far the easiest way to monetize a blog. You just need to register an account from top PPC programs, such as Google’s Adsense, Infolinks and Chitika. Once approved, you can already start placing ads provided by these companies in your blog pages. You earn money every time a visitor clicks on those ads. Blogs with high traffic are the ones who benefit most from this kind of monetization program. To effectively implement PPC ads on your blog, you should try to experiment on the placement of these ads. Be sure to also follow the terms and conditions of these PPC companies, especially the Adsense Terms of Services (TOS), which is strictly implemented. There are bloggers who are getting banned from breaking the Adsense TOS, which includes clicking own their own ads, placing ads for more than the minimum number of allowed units, and putting ads on pages that are against the TOS.
2. Affiliate Sales. If you have a niche blog or a blog that focuses on providing specific contents to specific readers, then making money online from selling other products can be your best option. Here, you sell products that you have tested and you think are great. Then you earn a commission income per sale that you made. Making profits from affiliate sales involves creating blog posts that are directly relevant to the affiliate products you are selling. Thus, if you are blogging on accounting topics, you can sell affiliate products and services, such as accounting books and accounting seminars. Among the top affiliate product marketplaces on the Internet are Clickbank, Commission Juction, Amazon and eJunkie.
3. Private / Direct advertising. In direct advertising or leasing your blog page space for banner advertising, you don’t just earn a commission, but you earn the whole income from advertising. Here, you don’t need a third party to monetize your blog. It’s a business between you and your advertising clients. However, you will be the one who will do the job of finding those clients that will advertise on your blog. You will also be the one who will be responsible for administering their ads, billing and collecting their periodic advertising fees. Most of the blogs who enjoy big profit from this system are those blogs which have already established an authority in their field and are attracting several loyal visitors. This monetization is cool because you are just like having a real property like an apartment that earns monthly rental income. That’s a sweet passive income!
In addition to leasing ad space, you can also earn from making paid blog posts or product review posts. There are many companies who want to promote their businesses and products on the blogosphere. Thus, you can charge them for making a blog post or a review of their product. Just make sure to be unbiased to maintain the integrity and reputation of your blog.
4. Selling your own products or services. If you have something to sell, you can make your blog as your online store. If you’re a good writer, you can write an eBook and sell it to your loyal followers at a reasonable price. If you are a professional or if you have some skills, such as accounting, writing, web designing, marketing, then you can also offer these services to your visitors. You’re blog can be transformed to a one stop shop online.
Aside from the above programs and schemes you can implement on your blog to make money online, there are still many other ways to make profit from blogging. You just need to continue experimenting and thinking on how to improve your blog, how to satisfy your visitors, and how to make more money online.