5 WAYS TO MONETIZE YOUR BLOG – HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH A WEBSITE

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How to make money with a website: 5 ways to Monetize Your Blog


Do you want to monetize your website? There are many different avenues you could take if you want to gain financially from your blog. Here are 5 different ideas on how to make money with a website. You could do any or all of these to start ramping up your online business and earning money with your website today!

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  1. Google AdSense

  2. Affiliate Programs

  3. Amazon Associates

  4. Newsletter and Email List

  5. Create your own product

 

1. Let’s talk Google AdSense


By far, the easiest route to start monetizing your website is to install Google AdSense. Let’s face it, Google dominates the search engine industry and having them on your side is always a win! With AdSense, you are simply ‘renting out ad space’ on your website to Google.

 

I installed Google AdSense on a personal blog over two years ago. This was before I knew anything about blogging and I eventually gave up on it. I re-opened my account for this website and found out I had made over $2 with my old blog.

 

That doesn’t seem like much, but for just sitting on the internet without being touched is pretty good! I’ll take that!

 

Pros:

  • It’s easy to get approved

  • It’s easy to install

  • It’s easy money

  • Once approved, you can add this to multiple websites

  • Google controls the ads based on the users search history – so they should be relevant to each user

 

Cons:

  • You have to make $100 before you get paid

  • You get paid every time someone clicks on your ad, so that nice – but the payout is small compared to affiliate programs. Most clicks are only a few cents.

  • You DO have to have your own domain name before approval – but if you get approved once, you can add it to multiple sites

  • You have no control over what the ads are that are showing up on your website

 

2. Affiliate Programs


By adding affiliate programs to your website, you can control which ads are placed on your website and where. Affiliates are great way to sell other people’s products online. The difference between affiliates and AdSense is that the customer has to buy something before you get paid.

 

To find affiliates for your website simply search “product name + affiliate.”

 

Some Popular Affiliate Websites include: ShareaSale, CJ Affiliate, Rakuten, Clickbank

 

Pros:

  • You make more money with Affiliates

  • You have control over what ads go on your website

  • There are many programs to choose from

 

Cons:

  • Getting approved for most affiliates is hard without some existing traffic

  • People have to buy the product before you get paid

  • Affiliate sites can be confusing and hard to navigate without proper training – especially if you’re a newbie or don’t have previous knowledge about affiliate marketing

 

3. Amazon Associates


Amazon is another leading industry in the online marketing world. The Amazon Associates Program is similar to affiliate marketing, except that when you are approved, you can advertise ANY and ALL of Amazon’s items.

 

This is a huge advantage because almost everything you can think of is listed on Amazon. Plus, if someone heads to Amazon from your site, they don’t have to buy the product you advertised. If they buy ANYTHING from Amazon within your cookie duration, (usually 18 hours), then you will get credit for that sale!

 

Pros:

  • Easy to get approved

  • Easy to find items to place on your website

  • Have a Huge Selection of items to choose from

  • Minimum payout is only $10 (by direct deposit or Amazon Gift Card)

 

Cons:

  • Has a smaller cookie duration than other Affiliates

  • You don’t make as much commission with Amazon as other programs

  • If you don’t make a sale within your first 6 months, your account will become invalid

  • If you want to receive a check, minimum payout is $100 with a $15 processing fee

 

4. Newsletter and Email list


If you haven’t started capturing your visitor’s emails – you should start. Programs like Sumo and Mail Chimp offer features that can give visitors the option of signing up for your newsletter or to receive an email notification every time you create a new post.

 

This will allow you to stay in contact with your readers and give them a reminder that you are still there!

 

5. Sell Your own products or Products You Buy!


Yes, you can come up with your own products.

 

These can physical products you make (See how to sell on Etsy) or you can go out and buy cheap products to resell (see how to sell on Amazon.)

 

You can also offer your own ‘How To’ manuals, courses or eBooks.

Here’s a lesson on How to Add a PayPal Shopping Cart to your website!

 

 

Bonus Ninja:


bonus ninjaYou can choose to be an affiliate only website, an AdSense only website, or utilize both! This is YOUR website. Just make sure you create a fantastic ‘user’ experience.

 

Make sure you are solving the reader’s problems and showing them WHY they should listen to you.

 

If you can create a faithful audience who trusts you, then you will be able to sell them your products. You need to become an authority on the topics you are discussing.

 

To get a faithful audience to your website, you will need TRAFFIC! This means, you need SEO KEYWORDS.

 

To learn more about creating keywords to optimize your website, click HERE!

 

Only sell products you endorse! Don’t try and sell items you wouldn’t buy – you will lose trust with your audience real quick if you do!

 

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If you have any questions or comments, please drop them in the comment section below. If you’re just getting started and need more advice, ask away! I’d love to help any way I can!

 

Now that you’ve learned how to make money with a website, go start monetizing your blog today!

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6 Comments to 5 WAYS TO MONETIZE YOUR BLOG – HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH A WEBSITE

  1. Israel says:

    Hi Kayla!

    I’m always looking for new ways to monetize my site.

    I’m into amazon affiliate marketing now, but as you say amazon 24h cookie is not what you’d expect to make sales… but still, it’s the biggest online shop on the Internet, so I guess the effort will pay off in the end 😉

    I didn’t know AdSense also had a minimum to get paid, do you recommend to wait till you got a high amount of traffic to use this one or just do it right away?

    Thanks for the tips!

    Cheers!

    • Kayla says:

      Hey Israel!

      Thanks for your comment. Amazon Associates is nice, but yes, it is hard to make a lot of money through them. But I have a little success here and there. If you really go after their sales and deep discounts in the right seasons, ie. Christmas, Black Friday, etc.. then you can make a little more promoting deals around that time. 

      As for Adsense, I would go ahead and install that right away. You have to get approved, but it’s better to make a little bit now as you continue to work on it and then you’ll see those numbers increase as you drive more traffic to your website. 

      Good luck on your blog! I appreciate you taking the time to read my post! 

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi there! I just finished reading your article on how to monetize a blog and thought I would just drop you a quick comment to say thanks.

    I have been running a blog now for a couple of years and although it makes a bit of money, I would like it to earn more for the time that I put it. Blogging is hard work keeping on top of everything cam be time consuming I find.

    At the moment I have been doing a bit of affiliate marketing since I tried Google Adsense a few years ago and found it very difficult to make more than pennies.

    I was wondering about trying Amazon affiliates? The only thing that puts me off is that I have heard the commission levels are quite low. Have you had any experience of this and could you give me any advice?

    • Kayla says:

      Andrew, 

      You are very welcome and thanks for your comment! Yes, Blogging is hard work and can be VERY time consuming! 

      Yes, AdSense is difficult to make more than a few pennies here and there, but they do add up as your traffic increases over time. Also, make sure you have placed the ads in ‘hot spots’ where they are more likely to be clicked. (usually in the center of an article is the best, followed by the top, then the bottom)

      Amazon associates is a good program, but they do have low commissions. When adding Amazon, it’s best to do a product review of something you are promoting. Also, really target the hot season items around Christmas, etc.. Back to School Season is really HOT right now, so that’s where I would start if I were you. 

      Let me know if I can help answer anything else! I appreciate your feedback and comment! 

      Go rock today!

  3. Ralph says:

    I am just starting to research affiliate programs to join, and I’m amazed at the fact that you can get paid to promote company products with a blog. I did look into amazon and compared to other companies, their cookie life is crazy short. Not sure how much I will use amazon in my blog, but i will definitely use it as a source. This was very helpful information. Thanks!

    • Kayla says:

      Hey Ralph! 

      Thanks for you comment on my website! I appreciate your feedback. I wish you the best of luck in your affiliate marketing journey! You can read more about affiliate marketing HERE with this post. I list some popular companies that you can sign up for and find affiliates within your niche! They offer so many of them – some you have to wait to be approved, but others you can be approved right away and start marketing them now!

      Let me know if you have any questions, or if I can help in any way! 

      ~Kayla

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