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Monetizing your blog is possible from day one. Now, I say it’s possible. I don’t say you’ll be an overnight millionaire. Now, if you have had that kind of success, please e-mail me! Because, I’m pretty sure you’re the cousin who borrowed $20k from me a few years ago. All jokes aside, monetizing your blog is a process. You should look forward to long nights. Some days you may even feel like giving up. But, if you truly believe blogging is your passion – work for it! Because it is true that if you love what you do – you’ll never work a day in your life.
Technically, I became a “blogger” 14 years ago. I was the generation who survived on daily doses of FreeOpenDiary, LiveJournal, Xanga, and MySpace. But, that’s another story for another day. I didn’t realize you could make money blogging until about two years ago. That’s when I started my first blog. Many of ya’ll may be here from that blog: The Southern Bark. The Southern Bark hung around for about a year. But, my audience wasn’t where I wanted it to be. Believe me when I say it’s sort of difficult to create content in such a little space. I was focusing on pet owners, of course. Which we all know is huge. But, I was really only trying to target pet owners in the South. My audience needed to be widespread.
But, I still found ways to monetize The Southern Bark. Even if, in a year, my page views didn’t reach 5k. To be honest, I didn’t monetize the blog per say. I monetized the the blog presence on social media. Once again, that’s another story for another day. Then I began The Thrifty Bark. Another pet focused blog. But, it wasn’t narrowed down to one region. That blog is still up and hanging in there. (Visit The Thrifty Bark) Although I should add content more frequently to it. I have monetized that blog somewhat. Mostly in product reviews.
My real hero came when I created this blog, Dogs + Kids. I believe I have found my “comfort point.” With this blog I am able to combine my three greatest passions. My kids, the pet industry, and writing. Plus, children and pets reach a large audience, too. Who doesn’t love cute babies and puppies?! Since my focus is wider I can create more content, too. I’m far from rich. You can see HERE I only made $1074.38 in my first 10 months when I began monetizing my blog. Now that I am 100% dedicated to my blog, more opportunities have came around.
Yep. Blogging is my FULL TIME job!
So, if you’re ready to monetize your blog, here’s a quick guide to get you started.
Always remember: you have to work to see progress in your blogging. You have to dedicate time, sweat, and sometimes tears. But, in the end, if it’s your passion, it’ll be worth it. You’ll have no problem monetizing your blog!
Quick Guide: Monetizing Your Blog
If you’re looking for a genius in affiliate marketing, I’m not your girl. I mean, I know what they are. I know where to find them. But, I don’t do well on making money from them. But, it’s a learning process. I’m getting there. I will be successful!
So, what are affiliate programs? Affiliate programs are where you are advertising someone else’s product. It may be a digital download, clothes, jewelry, pet supplies, the choices are endless.
There are many different ways you can incorporate affiliate links into your blog posts.
Incorporating Affiliate Links Into Your Blog Content
- Text Links Adding affiliate text links are a great way to earn money by sharing products you love. For example, you’re writing a great DIY post. Let’s say you have to have a pair of scissors to do this project. It just happens that you have a brand of scissors you love. Suggest those scissors in your post. Provide an affiliate link in the post so your audience can buy the scissors. Plus, you’ll earn a percentage from the sale, too!
- Banner Ads Banner ads are a great visual placement. Many affiliate programs provide their affiliates with eye catching banners. These can be placed on side bars, in headers and footers, or even throughout pages and posts. Let’s say you’re a member of the Cricut affiliate program. You write a post on the awesome shirt you made thank to your Cricut machine. You can place creative banners throughout your post. Some may even feature special discount codes for your audience only.
Trusted Affiliate Programs
Conversant, formerly Commission Junction, is another trusted affiliate program. There are major brands part of their network, too. You can find Stitch Fix there!
Sponsored (Paid) Posts
I’ve done my fair share of sponsored/paid posts. I’ll break it down as easy as I can as to what these posts are:
- Brand has a product/service/information they think would be valuable to your blog audience.
- You contact brand/brand contacts you
- They tell you what all is expected of you (length of post, how many posts, if there will be a giveaway, social shares, etc.)
- They discuss compensation (I have seen compensation for sponsored posts $1000+)
- They give you a deadline or you give the brand a deadline.
- You do what is expected of you and send the brand the links.
- Brand gives you feedback
- You get paid!
The most frequent piece of advice I hear in reference to sponsored posts is that most bloggers have success reaching out to brands. Not waiting for them to come to you.
Now, I have reached out to a few brands. But, have not asked for compensation other than a product to review. Some have happily provided me with a product. Some have told me they couldn’t.
Rejection is just part of the game!
There are some GREAT networks out there for bloggers. Networks that will connect you with brands for sponsored post or paid social media shares. I have a post that I created a few months ago that lists networks that I know help bloggers connect with brands.
There are many other ways that will help you monetize your blog. Including just placing advertisements on your blog. But, most of these require you to have quite a bit of traffic to see any income. If you monetize your blog, how do you do it?