How to Make Money as a Blogger for Beginners


These are the best and easiest ways to make money as a blogger:


1.Use affiliate marketing on your blog

Affiliate marketing works by adding tracked affiliate links into the text of your blog. You can make a small commission every time a reader clicks through to a site you recommend and makes a purchase.
The links will lead readers to the website of a brand, and the money you receive is to say 'thanks for sending some of your lovely readers to their site.
Almost all online eCommerce websites have an affiliate program of some sort, like  AmazonTopshopASOS, and Apple.
Sign up to Affiliate Window – a huge affiliate network where you can promote thousands of well-known brands and services from around the world.
Money-saving blogger, Claire Roach from MoneySavingCentral, revealed:
 
We mainly use affiliate marketing as our main source of revenue, although there's also Google AdSense on there for an extra few pounds each month.
Affiliate marketing is a natural fit for many bloggers. As Ceri Jones from ceriwrites.com suggested:
 
As a blogger, you're always recommending products and services to your readers. A lot of companies offer affiliate programs so it's really easy to find relevant programs to join and start earning a commission.

The key is to be authentic and genuine with affiliate marketing. Write reviews and articles with your honest opinions and only encourage your readers to buy something if you think it's a good product or service for them.


2.Add banner adverts to your website - Adsense

 

As a more visual way of advertising, you can sell banner advertising space on your blog page to brands that relate to your readers.

Adverts can be placed anywhere, but they're commonly found across the top of blog pages or in the sidebar.

You can earn income in one of two ways. CPC (cost per click) means you'll get a set payment for every reader who clicks the advert, while CPM (cost per thousand) means you'll negotiate a set payment for every 1,000 ‘impressions’ the ad gets.

With the growth of AdBlocker plugins, the CPC and CPM can below, but it does depend on your industry, and there's little harm in trying them out.

A quick way to get started is creating an account with Google AdSense.


3.Write guest blog posts for media outlets

Occasionally, members of the press (or even brands who have a blog of their own) will reach out to you if you’re an authority on a certain topic, asking you to make a little cameo appearance on their website.

If you’re particularly knowledgeable on cooking on a budget, for example, a newspaper might get in touch and ask you to contribute some budget-friendly recipes to their cooking magazine.

Don't be shy in pitching ideas to publications either – if editors don't know who you are, a quick email intro is a great way of getting your blog's name out there.


4.The charge for sponsored social media posts

 

If you have a strong social media presence, you’ll be very attractive to brands. Some people actually make their entire blogging income through sponsored posts on social media. You can charge per post/re-post and the fees can be surprisingly high.

You’ll just have to work hard on building your followers first – your 'social proof' (or how many people follow you on social media) is seen by brands as evidence that readers will like what you post about them, too.


5.Write advertorials and sponsored content

 

According to the bloggers we spoke to, one of the best ways of monetizing a blog is through offering sponsored content opportunities (or advertorials). These are essentially adverts in the form of a paid-for article or blog post.

As an example, if Adidas brings out a new swimwear line and you have a blog on women’s sportswear, they might offer to pay you to write an article about their range. You may also be able to add some affiliate links on top.

This monetization method usually works best when you have a strong niche audience. Once you’ve grown your readership, brands will often approach you to discuss sponsored posts.


6.Work with an agency to build your blog

 

Believe it or not, blogging's become so popular in the advertising world that there are now agencies exclusively catered to promoting bloggers to big brands.

Working with an agency can be super lucrative and it offers you security, but you’ll need to have a pretty decent following to be scooped up in the first place.

Agency fees are also incredibly high, meaning only the biggest brands will be able to afford to work with you, and smaller independent ones will be scared off.

Depending on the kind of blogging business you're aiming for, this may or not work to your advantage – to use the example of ethical fashion blogging again, agency fees might prevent you from working with the small independent designers you really want to promote.


7.Sell digital products on your blog

If you have skills or advice to offer, another option is to charge a fee for access to eBooks, video tutorials, courses, or workshops.

In order to make this option work, you need to be able to show you’re extremely good at what you do, or that your content has proven to be incredibly valuable.

 

This isn't easy.

It can be pretty difficult to convince online communities to pay up, as there's a tendency for people to think everything online should be free of charge. Worth a try though, right?


8.Get employers' attention as a blogger

Using your blog to market your own business or maybe land yourself employment is another (albeit indirect) thanks to making additional cash together with your blog.

If you're one among the various students selling stuff online, your blog is that the perfect platform to market what you've got to supply (although don't enter too hard, or you'll put readers off).

You can also use your blog as a kind of online profile – you'll build your credibility on there, show your skills and hopefully get an honest job out of it.

Think of it this way: your blog is like your own small business in itself, and by showing potential employers that you simply can do that successfully, you're showing that you've got got an entrepreneurial mind, and skills to realize success with it.


9.Sell your blog's newsletter space

It's also a choice to charge a brand for either advertising space or a mention in your weekly/monthly newsletter (if you've got one!). It'll take little or no time to try to, and you'll get a good amount for it.
However, you’ll get to build up an honest size list for brands to think about this.

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