Once you create your blog you will be looking at income streams recommended for bloggers. Creating a blog really has a lot of meaning so let me back up just a minute.
Before you do that you will need to have a content management system in place. It could be something as simple as you writing and publishing one article a day, or one new article per week.
You need content on your blog before you can monetize it. Once you have content going into your blog you will be focusing on other things.
You need traffic, backlinks, page rank, social media marketing and so on. As you can see making money is not what to focus on right away.
OK, you have content and traffic coming in. Now it is time to put some focus on making money.
Here Are Your Income Streams Recommended For Bloggers
You can use these one or more of these income streams to get money coming in which is why you are doing this in the first place. I will also show you my number one recommendation that is working for me and thousands of and other members from all walks of life.
Here they are…
1. Affiliate Networks
I like affiliate networks as a go-to source for multiple affiliate programs and products. You join the network and get access to money-making products relevant to your niche. If you do not have a niche don’t worry, the community that I would recommend you to join at the bottom of this post will show you exactly how to pick the right niche to make money from your blog.
First of all, I would say to join Clickbank. With one i.d. number you insert to any product URL you are ready to start promoting it. There are millions of affiliates making money with Clickbank.
Clickbank provides digital products to sell. The commissions are generally high, in the 50-75% range. You can literally make $1,000.00 commission from a single sale.
Amazon has the best network for finding physical products to sell. The commission is lower, around 5%.
However, the volume of traffic more than makes up for that. People come to Amazon in a buying mood. Selling products as an affiliate can make a lot of sense to many bloggers.
There are other affiliate networks to join. Most of these will be in the pay per click or cost per action affiliate method. I like Offer Vault as a go-to resource for many things relating to affiliate marketing and cost per action programs.
Affiliate networks will provide you with some of the best tracking tools and other resources to use on your blog to generate revenue.
2. Display Advertising
Ads are a common source of revenue for bloggers. Many blogs have gone through a long journey so they can become a Google AdSense affiliate. You should get 30-40 pages of content published before you apply.
Here is how this works and why it is so enticing to bloggers.
You focus on quality content and getting traffic to your blog. As an Adsense affiliate, you will place a piece of code between the headline tags.
You can do this on your affiliate website or you can build a separate website just to focus on google Adsense so that in the beginning of your niche website it would not affect your bounce rate by people clicking on the AdSense ads and not staying long on your website which can hurt your rankings.
3. Adsense Auto Ads
Google sells the ads for you. They now have a new version of Auto Ads.
Google will match the advertisers to the content on your blog so your readers are seeing only relevant ads.
They will also place these on your blog in strategic places and blend the color as well. This makes the ads seem part of the blog post.
It also increases the click-through rate which is what both Google and you are interested in. This is how you make money.
When someone clicks on an ad Google bills them for the click. They, in turn, pay you 68% of the billed amount.
That is it. You do no selling, or getting leads. You concentrate on blogging and adding quality content.
The more the better. The more posts you have the more ads are being shown and the more ads are being clicked on.
4. Sell Advertising
With Adsense Google sells the ads. You can also sell advertising space on your blog directly to advertisers if you have a blog getting traffic.
Your blog post becomes virtual real estate you can monetize. Look at this way.
With Adsense Google pays you 68%. When you sell the ads you keep 100%.
This is not without its own problems including selling the ads, so many bloggers avoid this. In the early days of your blog this may not be feasible, but long term it is worth looking at.
5. Provide A Service
For more income streams recommended for bloggers use your blog to sell a service to other bloggers. Certainly, blog writing would be at the top of the list.
So are other services such as website design, blog set up, getting backlinks, creating YouTube videos, doing a podcast and so on.
The bottom line is this. If a blogger needs something done you can make money doing it for them.
Use your blog to highlight your work. Add testimonials so potential customers hear from your satisfied customers.
6. Banner Ads
There are a couple of ways to make money on your blog from banner ads.
1. Promote an affiliate product.
2. Promote someone else’s product.
As an affiliate marketer, you will have banners for products you can place on your blog. Put them where they will be seen and people will click on them.
I have always liked to place my banners right at the top of my blog above the fold where they’ll be seen. Then it becomes strictly a numbers game where a certain number of people will click on that banner and perform the required action.
You will primarily be selling a product for the affiliate merchant or you will be getting them to fill out an online form such as a lead form. These are also called landing pages. The merchant has them already set up and your banner sends them to that page.
Presell Your Reader
One proven way to make money with banner ads is to put them on presell pages. This is where you are pre-selling a specific product before sending your reader away to your affiliate sales page.
When the banner clicks through to the sales page if somebody’s reading your pre-sell blog post it’s natural for them to click on the banner and you’ve already got them into a buying mode. As you can see there is an art to this.
Promote Other Affiliate Banners
Affiliates are always looking for places to promote their affiliate products. If your blog gets the traffic you can sell them a spot for their banner on your blog.
They pay you and provide the banner. You place it on your blog and again focus on blogging and getting traffic.
7. Sponsored Posts
This is a very direct way to make money from one specific post. Here is how it works.
You write a post with a specif product in mind. Often this is a review of that product, but it can be content focusing on a specific theme that would lead the reader to want to check out the product.
Why would someone want to sponsor this post? The key is to get it ranked at the top of Google.
This way it is getting a lot of traffic so there is value in someone sponsoring that post for a set fee. You can charge by the month and create a residual income for your blog just from that one post.
8. Local Business Sponsored Post
I see real potential doing these. You write a post about a specific need in a local community.
Let’s say you write a tips article about how to hire a landscaper. Your end goal is to get that post ranked on Google for that local need.
You sell the post to local business and put “brought to you by XYZ landscaping” at the top and the bottom of the post.
9. Lead Generation
I cannot think of a better way to build an income stream from a blog than lead generation. Again you could approach this in a couple of ways.
1. Pay Per Lead Affiliate Marketing
You join an affiliate program and promote your landing page. For each form filled out you earn a commission.
The longer the form the more you will be paid. A short form of something like just an email address might only pay you $1. A longer form of several pages could pay you $200 or more.
You are basically building someone else’s list for them. Of course, you are not selling anything so that is a big benefit to making money this way.
Local Business Leads
Blog with the goal of getting leads for a local business. You need to either have knowledge on that specific topic or hire a freelance writer.
We all know that people come online all day long looking for information. By zeroing in on a local market you can give them information and then ask for there contact info and sell it to a local business.
There is a skill to this, but I never see this type of income stream ever going away. Local businesses will always need leads and you can make money giving it to them.
This is an old phrase that came from a shortened version of the electronic magazine. Today we just call it a newsletter, or email newsletter, or mailing list.
Whatever you call it this can be a great income stream from your blog. You build an email list from your blog and make money selling in the mailings you send out. you probably heard this phrase, ” The Money is in the List.’
There are many of these newsletters that go out every week and generate $1 in income per subscriber. Do the math. If your list is 1000 people you could be earning $1k a week which is $50K a year for sending out one mailing.
Combo The Newsletter and Blog
On top of the regular newsletter, these same bloggers will send out mailings throughout the week announcing a new post on their blog.
They very simply put the first 2-3 sentences for the blog post and the words read more. These link back to the blog post.
It is a great way to keep people coming back to your blog. It is also a great way to pre-sell a product before passing the reader through to your sales page.
11. Sell A Newsletter Subscription
AdamNolan.com promotes this idea very effectively. You charge for your newsletter.
It does not have to be much, as little as $5 a month would work. Especially when you get 1000 paid subscribers or 10,000 paid subscribers.
You use your blog to build your paid subscriber base. Then you focus on putting out a high-quality newsletter that people would want to pay for.
As you can see an ezine is a good compliment to a blog. I had to include it in my recommended income streams for bloggers.
Summary on My 11 Income Streams Recommended for Bloggers
I have seen articles where they list a much larger number of income streams recommended for bloggers. The list grows with links to many more programs.
I focus on what I see are the top products and programs you should be joining as a blogger. Of course, my list leans heavily on affiliate marketing because I think it is the best way for a blogger to make money.
It does not get much simpler than affiliate marketing, blogging, and list building. Learn how to do this and you will be off and running. and I can work with you to show you step by step how it is done. you will have that opportunity at the end of this post.
I can help you learn the skills to combine blogging and affiliate marketing. I will show you exactly the steps you need to take to build your business online through blogging the right way. You have the opportunity to start for free, taking the risk away and for you to have complete knowledge of what this blogging business is all about before you make any investment.
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