How To Make Money Online: By Monetising Your Blog
The great thing about making money online is that there isn’t just one way to do it. That means that you could be making multiple streams of income with very little effort. Isn’t that insane?! Like a dream? Dang it, chase that dream!
If it’s done the right way, making passive income or regular income from blogging can be extremely lucrative. Which is why I decided to start helping aspiring Craft Bloggers everywhere make money from their blogs in my new How To Make Money Online series!
8 Ways You Can Monetise Your Blog
Let’s have a look at the 8 different ways through which you can make money from your blog. Today I’m covering the first three.
- Contextual advertising (Google Adsense)
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling Blog Ads
- Sell Digital Products
- Selling your services
- Sell Blogposts/Sponsored Posts/Guest Posts
- Hosting Workshops/Speaking events
- Selling your blog
Some Jargon You Should Know About:
- CPA – means cost per action. With CPA advertising you only get paid if a reader actually performs a specific action e.g. registers with a brand after clicking on the ad.
- CPM – means cost per thousand impressions. CPM advertising is great because you get paid just for displaying the ad and aren’t depending on people to click.
- CPC – means cost per click. With CPC advertising you only get paid if a reader actually clicks on an ad displayed on your blog … (don’t click them yourself else you’ll get in trouble!)
Adsense Ads & Similar Programs You can join
This post is a combination of affiliate programs and Adsense ads but I do hope to earn enough passive income in the future to remove AdSense.
Adsense ads are another way to make money online.
How it works:
- Sign up an account with Google Adsense
- After approval you can log in and get an ad code that you then add to your blog.
- Add it to your posts, pages or sidebar.
- When visitors click on your ads you will get paid for it. The payout to you depends on competition and demand, it varies highly from $0.1 up to $15 – 20 per click.
- You are allowed to add 3 ad blocks to every page/post and you can customise it so that it blends in with your theme and content.
- Please note that If you apply for a new Adsense account you will need your own domain.
I used to use the plugin ”quick adsense” to make it as easy as possible to add the ads where ever I want them. Or, you can use the Simple Hooks plugin if you use the incredible Genisis framework.
Related: 50 Awesome Resources To Jumpstart Your Blogging Career
What other Ad programs are out there similar to AdSense?
Display Ads In your sidebar
You can choose to manage this type of ad yourself (always make it clear that links are nofollow in accordance with Googles guidelines)
Or you can sell through an ad management site like;
I have used Passionfruit ads in the past but I stopped because it was $9 a month I could be using elsewhere. It also seems that Passionfruit ads have started taking a cut of bloggers income without actually telling the bloggers that are already using the service. See Janine Huldie’s story.
- Monumetric (Previously The Blogger Network) –
“Built by bloggers, for bloggers – 100% developed with publishers in mind. With custom-setups built to optimise both your earnings and your reader’s experience, our blend of technology, placements, and premium advertisers are keys to successful monetization.”
I am going to sign up to Monumetric because I like the cut of their jib. I will update this post with any news on my experience 🙂
They do take a 25% commission however and acceptance into the network can be difficult. You can request payment by PayPal with a $20 minimum (which is something I have done with other programs I have joined).
- Approval –
Adproval appears to be very similar to Passionfruit Ads with more customisation options. You can change your ad store to match your blog. Which is a nice perk.
- WP125 –
A free WordPress plugin is an easy solution for those looking to sell only 125×125 banner ads. Though the process isn’t entirely automated, you will need to add purchases manually, WP125 will automatically remove ads after a specified period of time (ex. 30 days).
This is a paid alternative, but it is a one-time purchase only.
- BlogHer –
I am on the BlogHer network for submitted blog posts but I decided against their ads as their publishing guide for ads is rather strict. Take a look at the guide linked above to see if they’re the right fit for you and your blog.
According to WebOPedia
“Webmasters will receive a referral fee or commission from sales when the customer has clicked the affiliate link to get to the merchant’s Web site Web site to perform the desired action, usually make a purchase or fill out a contact form.”
Affiliate Programs To Join
Tools I use in my Biz that offer Affiliate Programs/Referral Programs to Join
Before you go joining all the programs I want you to know that I would happily shout from the roof tops about how much I love the following programs/websites. Don’t join for the sake of being an affiliate. You need to be able to share how much you love them with a little bit of passion.
Some are referral programs, which means you may get discount from your own account with them or a free month of premium membership.
Don’t have a blog yet, but want one so you can start earning?
Check out for my guide on setting up a WordPress blog with Bluehost Hosting in ten minutes or less.
I really hope that the information contained in this post helps you make money online relatively quickly. I can’t stress enough – if you get adsense DO NOT CLICK ON THE ADS. Or get your friends and family to click on them. Google will know and they will ban you. I made that mistake and I was banned for four years! They lifted the ban after I was able to prove that I was ready to get serious.
If you have any questions whatsoever, please get in touch by leaving a comment below or by dropping me an e-mail.
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