By far, the one question I get asked the most is: “How do I make money with my blog?” And the honest answer to that question is that there is no single best way to bring in income from your blog. Why? Well, mainly because there is no single best subject to blog about.
I’ve seen blogs about writing, religion, travel, photography, crafts, parenting, design, dating, motorcycles, fashion, hair, cartoons, furniture, child-rearing, fitness… and a zillion other things! And since there are so many different ideas you can build a blog around, there are tons of different ways you can make money with your blog.
…sell information products like courses, ebooks, reports, videos or webinars.
…sell physical products like books or merchandise.
…offer services like design, coaching, planning, consulting, training or other types of freelancing.
…bolster a business you already have.
…set yourself up as an expert in your field.
…or even use your blog to land a new job.
Plus, a lot depends on what your goals are. Are you just looking for a fun and fulfilling hobby that brings in some “walking around” money every month? Are you looking to bring in some extra income that will ease the family budget the same as a part time job would? Or are you looking to start a more intense venture that you hope will eventually replace your full time job?
Take all these things into consideration as you crank up your blog, and remember that there is no set formula for making money with your blog. As you get more experienced and your blog matures you’ll undoubtedly gain new insights, change things around and new ideas for making money will emerge and present themselves. The key is to have fun and keep an open mind. Stay consistent and be persistent!
All that said, I do think there is one best way for BEGINNERS to start
pulling in money with their blog, and that way is to…
SELL ADVERTISING on your blog!
Now, don’t worry; you don’t have to call anybody, email anyone or talk to any “representatives”. Nope, you don’t have to go out and get any advertisers because there is a fantastic program out there that does everything for you. This program is called “Adsense”, it is run by the super-smart folks at Google and it’s 100% FREE to use.
You see, Google has agreements with thousands upon thousands of advertisers and Google will let you run these ads on your blog. Whenever someone clicks on one of these ads, Google gets paid. And when these ads are running on YOUR blog, Google shares this commission with YOU.
Here are some examples of what Adsense ads look like:
These are some of the ad styles that can be displayed on your blog. You control where the ads go and Google decides which ads they believe will entice the most people to click on the ad.
The more traffic your blog gets, the more clicks your ads will generate. The more clicks you get, the more money Google pays you. How much does Google pay for each click? Well that depends on several different factors, but the Adsense ads on my sites have traditionally been in a range of between 15 – 50 cents per click. (I’ve had some $5 – $10 clicks before, but those are very rare.)
As you get more and more people to your blog, you should get more and more clicks, and earn more and more commissions. Google pays you by either sending you a check or depositing your earnings directly into your bank account. Google keeps track of all this for you and you can check on your earnings any time you want.
When your blog is new and you are just starting to increase the number of visitors that you get, Adsense is a great way to get started down the path to making money with your blog.
Keep in mind that the more visitors you can get to your blog, the greater your blog’s potential for profit will be.
Visitors = Money
So be sure to not miss the section in this guide about Making Your Blog Popular!