For some, blogging has become something of a career (lucky them!). It seems that the blogosphere has cultivated some virtual internet stars, with many of these writers/ vloggers / keyboard-tappers becoming famous in their own right.
When you’re in the ‘famous blogger’ league (which takes years of practice), it really does become a full-time job to pay the bills. But what about all the other bloggers out there? Just because you’re not an internet celeb yet doesn’t mean you can’t make a little bit of money too. So here are 5 quick ways you could make money from your blog:
1. Sell Links
Selling links is the easiest way to make money on your blog. Once your website gains some traction and you have built upon your website authority or Google PR Rank, digital agencies will want to pay for links on your website. Alternatively, if you don’t want to wait for the offers to roll in, join affiliate marketing networks such as Skimlinks.
2. Offer Digital Advertising Space
Another option is digital advertising space. Much like links, you can charge marketing agencies / brands to pay for real estate on your website. This can come in the form of banners or side widgets or maybe even an advertising blog post. To find out more, read How to Add Banner Advertising to Your Site For Extra Income by Matthew Woodward.
3. Do Product Reviews
Approaching brands can be a great way of getting your name out to important PRs and press departments – so even if they don’t take up your offer, it’s still worth making an introduction. Offer product reviews (in exchange of the product) or for a fee. Remember not to pitch yourself too high if you’re a new blogger though.
4. Create an Online Shop
If you have a significant amount of traffic coming to your website each day, adding an online shop could a great way of earning some extra cash. Blog sales are extremely popular (use the hashtag #blogsale to promote on Twitter) or you could add a shopping cart function to your site. If you are selling large or heavy items, be sure to research delivery costs – find out more about large parcels on TNT Direct.
5. Sell Yourself!
Do you have a skillset that could benefit an online business? Could someone out there benefit from your services? Digital marketers, SEO specialists, PPC experts, website developers, designers or copywriters often find clients through their blogs. If you are qualified in any of these areas, be sure to provide your business contact details on your website and promote yourself at every opportunity.