The age old question: When can I start making money from my blog?
So you’ve started blogging. You have clocked a good number of hours working on your layout and design. Maybe you’ve worked out a good logo or catchy name, and you have the content. Now you’re probably asking the same question that many other bloggers are dying to know the answer to: “When can I start making money?”
Money isn’t just going to magically appear in your bank account because you started a blog. There are things you have to do to set the ball rolling. Once you have implemented a good money making strategy, you might be surprised how easy it is making some extra cash by doing exactly what you were already doing without knowing you could profit from it.
Advertising is the main money maker for blogs. Just by letting a company put a small ad on your blog, you could make a few cents . If your page gets a lot of traffic, this could quickly add up to a decent chunk of change. If your page doesn’t get a lot of traffic, perhaps placing an ad could be the catalyst you need to inspire you to do more to increase it, such as search engine optimizing your blog posts or becoming a more widespread voice through your comments on others’ blogs.
Google’s Adsense and other similar advertisement programs place ads relevant to your blog’s content. For example, if your blog post is about cooking and recipes, perhaps you will see an ad on your blog for cookware.
There are a couple different types of agreements you may enter into with advertisers. You get paid every time someone clicks on an ad from your page with a CPC ad network. CPM networks pay you just for someone seeing the ad on your page and taking in the impression. Affiliate product sales actually give you a small commission every time a sale is made based on an advertisement from your website. A good option for blogs that have already gained some notoriety is to sell ad space directly to relevant companies. If you have a very visible, popular blog or website, advertisers could be willing to pay top dollar for the chance to ride your coattails.
Of course, advertising isn’t the only way to profit from a blog these days. Most of the popular blogging programs have add-ons and plug-ins that can put a shopping cart on your blog posts or website and offer secure checkouts. There are Paypal-specific ones, or ones that accept a broad variety of payment methods including checks and money orders. Several of these e-commerce add-ons are complete systems offering inventory, sales statistics, printable invoices, and many other features that could be useful to you.
If you have a product to sell that is relevant to your blog posts, or wish to offer downloadable content for a fee, you can turn your blog into quite a lucrative venture. With so many people on the web, and so many of them looking to make their purchases there, you can really cash in on the traffic and the huge customer base.