sabato 3 gennaio 2015

How to Make Money with a Blog

 

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At some point, many stay at home parents want or need to find a source of income, since only one parent is bringing home the income to support the family. Blogging is one of the best ways for a stay at home parent to make money online, since you can work to make money blogging on your favorite topics or popular niches at your own schedule. Many parents blog during the day or night when the kids are sleeping or at school, so there is no excuse to say you have no time to set up a blog, which can take an hour or less,  and you are ready to make make money online. You may be thinking that starting a blog is difficult or expensive, or it’s impossible to make money blogging, and you have no idea what to write about, but you can’t be further from the truth.  Many people are making anywhere from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars each month from their blog.  After you finish this article, you’ll see that learning how to make money with a blog is easy,  and you’ll be ready to make money blogging.

How to Make Money Blogging?

The idea of learning how to make money with a blog is exciting, and the prospect of making a full time income and quitting your day job is pushing millions online.  You won’t make money blogging right away, but by following the tips from real internet entrepreneurs with a little time and a no quit attitude, you will make money with a blog.  The good thing is it won’t cost you too much money to get started online. Most people already own a computer, and this is the most expensive part of starting your online business.

There are many “gurus” who sell push button software programs that claim you can make hundreds or thousands of dollars per month with just a push of a button. These is no such thing. The best way to learn is from someone who is already making a full-time income as an internet marketer.  Rosalind Gardner is a super affiliate, who ranks as one of the top performing affiliates in her niches.  Rosalind went from being an overworked air traffic controller to making over $400,000 a year promoting other people’s products as an affiliate marketer.  Rosalind has gained a reputation as an ethical affiliate marketer who teaches others how other people how to make money from affiliate marketing the right way. Many affiliate marketers, including me, learned about performance marketing from: Rosalind Gardner’s Super Affiliate Handbook.   In her new Rosalind Gardner’s Academy You everything you need to learn how to make money blogging, such as:

  • Best web hosting software programs for bloggers.
  • Discovering your interests and what to write about.
  • Naming your blog and registering a URL
  • Setting up your new WordPress Blog
  • Writing posts and pages for your blog
  • How to get found by the search engines
  • How to monetize your blog

Another popular program to learn how to make money with a blog is Blogging with John Chow.  John is a true rags to riches story.  John grew up in a poor village in China and his family moved to Canada.  After working long hours for little money he learned how to make money online.  He is now one of the most prolific bloggers on the subject of how to make money with a blog. Blogging with John Chow.

John directs you to the web hosting service and tools he uses.  He gets a commission when you sign up, so he doesn’t tell you about other web hosting services available, like Rosalind Gardner does.  On the other hand if he is using them, you know they are the best tools for bloggers.  While Rosalind Gardner walks you through the process of setting up your WP blog, which is pretty easy, for a small fee John Chow will arrange to have your blog set up for you including the most important plug-ins you will need.

John also gives you tips on how to get started, find blogging tips and overcome writer’s block and negativity from family and friends who may try to discourage your passion to make money with a blog full time.

There are three basic ways to make money with a blog

1). You can market and sell your own physical or digital product or service through your blog, which is called Direct Selling.

2). You can market other company’s physical or digital products or services through your blog, which is called Affiliate Marketing. With affiliate marketing, you sign up as an affiliate for the company and are given a unique ID number. Using links, banners, email and other forms of marketing from your blog, you direct traffic to the company’s website and you are paid a commission when a person buys the product, service, or completes a form through your affiliate link.

Affiliate Marketing Companies

There are several affiliate marketing companies looking for publishers to market their products and services.

Here are the leading affiliate marketing companies where you can find thousands of offers to market on your blog.

Just click a link to learn more and sign up.
Amazon.com

Commission Junction

Share a Sale

Linkshare

Pepperjam

(Ebay Enterprises)

Clickbank

Many popular companies have in house affiliate programs, so check the website of your favorite companies to see if they have an affiliate program.  This can be found at the bottom of the website with a link that says Aaffiliates.  Just click the link to sign up.  They will either have an in-house affiliate marketing program, or direct you to one of the companies above that manages their affiliate marketing program.  If you are not an affiliate you will need to first be approved by the affiliate marketing company, and once approved, you can sign up to market their offers.  If you are already an affiliate, then just search for the advertiser and apply.

3). If you are not interested in selling a product on your blog as a direct seller or affiliate, you can still make money online. If you love to write and want to provide information such as product reviews, how to posts or videos, or commentary on a social, business, sports, entertainment or political issue, you can still make money with a blog. By building a popular blog with a large following, companies may seek you out and pay you to host a link, banner, or video on your blog; or they may ask you to write a paid post for them. The company may also send you a product to review and write content for them on your blog to generate interest and sales for the product.

Unlike affiliate marketing where you make a commission when a person buys the product through your link, in this third way to make money with a blog, you make money by hosting the link or banner of a company on your blog, or providing paid content for other blogs or websites.

Here are a few great resources to learn how to sell ad space on your blog. While many companies only look for popular blogs with high traffic and a large regular readership, many companies also look for new blogs with low traffic as well, so don’t be discouraged if you have a new blog. If you get rejected, keep contacting advertisers and a few will give you a chance, though they may not offer too much in return initially. As your traffic and readership grows, you can command more compensation for that ad space.

How to Sell Ad Space on Your Blog
Earn Money Selling Ad space on a blog
Strategies to Sell ad space on a Low Traffic Blog

Best Type of Blog to Use?

If you want to make money online promoting your own product or as an affiliate, your best option is a self hosted blog. This type of blog requires you to have a paid web hosting account, that includes WordPress, and a URL (web address) that you pay for. This is the most preferred type of blog, since they look highly professional, even when using a free or paid theme, and is required if you plan to sign up with affiliate networks and market products or services.

Most affiliate networks require you have a self hosted blog with your own URL, and will not allow you to post affiliate links on free blogging platforms, such as blogger, Tumblr, Weebly or WordPress.com, the free version of a WordPress blog. There are a few exceotions (see below). Self hosted WP blogs are developed by WordPress.org and are available through a number of web hosting services.

If you want to try out blogging before committing to pay for a URL or web hosting account, try one of the many free blogging platforms – blogger, Tumblr, Weebly or WordPress.com, this way you can see if you like it before spending any money. I mentioned most affiliate networks require a self hosted blog. There are a few exceptions – blogger.com and squidoo.com. These are two popular free blogging platforms, which allow you to include your amazon.com or Buy.com (now Rakuten) affiliate links.

You’ll Need a Web Hosting Service

If you plan to use a self hosted WordPress blog, you’ll need a web hosting account. The two most favored web hosting services by bloggers are Bluehost and Go Daddy, but there are many more that will also offer you a free self hosted WP account. Just type in web hosting services and be prepared for your head to start spinning.

After reading this article, you should be ready to learn how to make money with a blog.  Please leave a comment below, and we respond to every comment.

 

Ken Weiss

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