Monetize a blog like a pro blogger.
First off we need to discuss what a blog is for those who do not know. A Blog is like a online diary of thought and blogs are widely considered the New Media allowing the average person to become a source for news, opinion, and invention. Bloggers are working hard to turn ideas into workable plans to solve a wide range of social and political issues. As a result blogs and bloggers build a following of subscribers who share similar thoughts and feelings to the author.
Monetizing a blog takes time as traffic and readership increase. The methods however are as follows.
- Pay Per Click Advertising – Google Adsense will display ads related to the content on the blog and when a reader clicks on the advertising and is sent to the advertisers website the blogger is credited with a portion of the bid price for that click. Adsense pays when you reach $100 in earned revenue.
- Pay Per Post sponsoring – I am a member of SocialSpark.com and PayPerPost.com which match bloggers with advertisers looking for blog’s to review their company or products. Payment can range from $5-$50+ per post.
- Static Ad Placements are places on the blog that can be leased on a per month basis for a set fee. I have planned 6 spots 250px by 250px that will cost around $40 per month and will be rotated to show 3 ads randomly to each visitor.
- Affiliate Marketing – You can also join affiliate marketing services like JVZoo, Amazon, Ebay, and Clickbank or Linkshare and Commission Junction to find companies offering products related to your blog’s content. When readers click your unique links to these offers and make a purchase you will get paid a predetermined commission. Some of these offers will pay you a commission for as long as the customer or member is active with that company making for sizable residual income.
In addition to the blog based earnings I am currently developing a website to offer social media marketing and search engine optimization services.
My marketing methods are through professional relationship building and direct sales with online business owners via social network websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In addition I utilize e-mail marketing and visitor exchange services to increase the total number of site visits and introduce new prospects to my sites.
Had I never started a blog I would have probably never learned Search Engine Optimization or Social Media Marketing, both of which can generate over 1,000 per month per corporate client and a few hundred per month per small business client. Within the next year I expect to be earning 5-6 figures from social media marketing and SEO services alone.
Blogging is a learning process and that learning should never stop.
Bloggers are the ultimate brokers of information and getting blog post ideas can be as simple as following the interest of your social media contacts, or running a simple poll of potential topics, and finding research to compile a series of informative post. Doing so will bring in plenty of new followers and ideas, and opportunities to turn small pieces of Virtual Real Estate into a virtual blogging goldmine.