by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Money Columnist
Published in Money on 30th July, 2018
The strain of standard work can become very tiresome on those who are seeking a little bit more freedom. As a result, more and more people are looking for ways they can make money outside of their regular 9-5.
You can be among them by using your very own blog to bring in more passive income, and these 10 tips for making money through blogging can help! Read on and enjoy!
Ads are the number one way for most blog owners to bring in some extra cash, and there are a number of ways you can use ads to benefit yourself. The first is to make use of Google AdSense, which allows you to simply get a script through Google to show ads on your own site. Everytime someone visiting your blog clicks on that ad, you'll get a small amount of money. Over time, that can really add up!
Another option is to make use of affiliate marketing, which includes not only talking about a certain service or product, but also using special links to allow for a small slice of the cost to go to you when someone makes a purchase using that link. If you're looking to try out something a little more difficult that could bring in more funds, then selling ads directly to other companies can be an ideal option.
Writing reviews can be a particularly fun option because it can allow you to try out various products for free. Once you've had some time to figure out the product and decide how you feel about it, you can then write a review about it to show customers what the product can do for them. On top of that, you get paid for writing about the product.
In addition, this option can also make use of the links that allow you to get a slice whenever someone purchases that product through your link. Ultimately, it's going to depend on the company you're working with what kinds of perks you'll get and how much you'll make. So make sure that you achieve an agreement that works for you as well as the business.
Selling Ebooks is an ideal option for those who tend to blog on one specific subject. Over time, you can gather together the information you have on that subject and sell it as a unique Ebook for one set price. This tends to be an option that is pretty simple and inexpensive to create, and even easier to sell since it doesn't include the shipping of any real-world products.
Furthermore, this can be a solid way to get your name out there as an author as well as a blogger. Consequently, that can eventually open up another realm of potential income that will get you on the route to full-tim self employment. The most important aspect is to make sure that your Ebook is professional and full of information that is useful to readers, or it may not sell as well.
Whether it's product reviews, freelance articles or blog posts, selling your writing services can be a great way to make some extra money from your blog. There might be some other blog owners who check out your blog and want you to do a paid guest post for them, or it might do a good job of selling your writing to business who may be in need of a freelance writer.
If you find that you are a fan of freelance writing, then you can take that route through freelancing websites and other resources to gain money in a whole new way. It may even prove to be a great way to support yourself while your blog is still growing in membership. For those who are keen on writing and can do it well, it's certainly a great option to take a look into.
Another option you can provide is taking a look into guiding others through coaching. This might include assisting people with general life goals or focusing in on a more specific region such as writing, education, or any other kind of goalsetting that you feel you have some experience on. Using this method, you'll then provide help one-on-one with people who are seeking added direction in their lives.
What's even more perfect about this option, is that you can do it however you want to. It can be through emails, phone or Skype calls, or videos designed to guide that person toward a better path. If you aren't sure how to get started, then take a look at some of the blogs and websites already in existence for other coaches out there.
Taking donations is one of the most obvious ways to earn some money that will help to keep your blog afloat, but it may not be the most lucrative. This can really depend on how many people follow your blog and how intent they are on ensuring that it's able to keep providing them information or entertainment in the future.
Generally speaking, this is a great option to always have available on your blog, just in case some followers might want to donate to the cause. It certainly doesn't have to be the only way that your blog makes money. On top of this option, you can use ads, ebooks or selling services as a means to increase the income your blog is able to provide.
Sponsorship is another way to sell ad space that may not be as annoying to those who read your blog. Instead of having to look at ads, they can just read something similar to what you already blog about, and simply note that particular post as being sponsored by a certain company. Seeing that the company helps to support a blog they care about may spur interest in the company itself.
This method can require you to essentially write a small ad for the company, with some words and phrases they'll be likely to provide you to get you going. Though it may not be favored by all readers, some may find that you talking about a specific product provides some credibility to it, and makes them more interested in checking it out.
Some blogs may choose to provide bonus content to users who pay for a membership, or who donate at least a certain amount. This can be a great way to motivate followers to help support the blog, knowing that they'll get more than the average listener in return. Depending on what kind of blog you run, this can range from t-shirts and hats to copies of an Ebook or other perks.
If you decide to go with this option, you'll want to make sure that the price is fair and that you're able to provide some good value in the goodies that readers get in return. Remember that these users are choosing to support your blog, so make sure to make it worth their while.
If it's suitable to your blog topic, you can also look into allowing certain job sites to post some of their listings on your blog. This can be a great way to help those who follow your blog to earn jobs in certain fields that may be related to the blog itself. For example, if you write about psychology, then you could allow some job postings for open positions in psychology fields.
What's great about this option is that it doesn't just ask the reader to buy a product or service, but offers them a way to earn money through a job they enjoy. Furthermore, it may be an option that some readers didn't know about before, providing opportunities where there weren't ones before. Eventually, you may become a go-to resource for people looking for certain kinds of jobs.
Instead of selling an Ebook, you can also consider selling a full course. This is a great option if you have something you want to teach to others out there. Oftentimes, it allows you to make a little more money than an ebook alone and can help others in certain ways. Whether it's training certain career skills or guiding them through some kind of self-help, it's a great way to earn extra funds.
What's important with this option is marketing it in a way that clearly displays what the course is meant to do, and ensuring that it does everything possible to complete that goal. Otherwise, some customers may be left feeling like the course is just a cheap attempt at taking their money.
There are so many ways you can earn money through blogging, but it's important to be aware that most of them take a little time to get going. The most important thing you'll want to do when you're getting started is gain a readership. Make entertaining and informative posts, build up a loyal following and there'll be no stopping you!