Your blog might have started out life as an online diary but if you take the right steps it has the potential to become a money making magnet. The following five methods will help you to make money from your blog no matter how you are currently using it or what niche you happen to be in.
1. As an affiliate
One of the easiest ways to make money from your blog is by becoming an affiliate. Start by finding affiliate programmes with products that are suitable for your target audience. If you'd like to promote digital products then head to the Clickbank marketplace, Commission Junction is a great place to start if you'd prefer to promote tangible products.
Once you have selected a product you can then promote it by including adverts on your blog, or more effectively by writing honest reviews of the products you are promoting and then including your affiliate link.
The great thing about affiliate marketing is that you don't need your own product to sell so it's really easy to get started.
2. As a product owner
If you have been blogging for a long time then you probably have enough valuable content of your own to create an ebook or audio/video course that you can then sell to your readers. As you have already built up a trusted relationship they are likely to buy your product.
3. As an advertiser
There are a number of Cost per Action or Text Link providers who will pay you a commission when a reader takes action or clicks on a link. The great thing is that you don't even have to go to a lot of effort, you simply add a little bit of code to your blog and all of the relevant words are automatically converted into text link adverts.
4. As an Adsenser
Google Adsense and other pay per click advertising programmes provide you with a piece of code that you can insert into your blog posts and sidebars to display which are relevant to your site content. Whenever a reader clicks on a link you are paid a small fee. The niche that you are targeting will have an effect on the amount of money you can earn for a click.
5. As an associate
If you have a popular blog with a strong readership then you can sign up to an associate programme where product owners will pay you to write a review of their product. You will receive a flat fee payment for the review so you don't need to worry about whether anyone actually goes onto buy the product or now. You will need to make sure that the product is appropriate for your audience or you risk upsetting your readers.