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Do you want to make money blogging? As of late, I’ve been enjoying an increasing level of income from Site Sketch 101. I’m thrilled and excited to announce that I’m truly beginning to make money blogging. Today I’m going to share with you the strategies that have been making that happen.
Amongst most profitable bloggers, income is divided into one of two categories: active and passive. When you make money blogging through active income, it refers to revenue that you work to earn such as hourly wages from a job or the price of some services you render to a client. When you make money blogging through passive income, it refers to revenue that you earn without working such as advertising on your blog, sales from affiliate links, or selling products that you’ve created.
The joy of passive income is that you can literally make money with your blog while you’re sleeping, while you’re in the shower or while you’re in the back yard training a competitive weight pull dog. I often wake up to find out that during the night, I had made several sales of products that I receive a commission to sell such as Elegant Themes, Gravity Forms, Popup Domination, Scribe SEO, WooThemes or others.
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Section #1: Affiliate Programs
Working with affiliate programs is nothing more than receiving a commission for selling another blogger’s products. As you refer your readers to purchase services, e-books, digital products, themes, or anything else, you will receive a percentage of each sale based on the terms of each particular affiliate program that you sign up with.
- Make Money Blogging Tip #1: Sign up for Affiliate Programs
Affiliate sales are the highest source of income at Site Sketch 101. The key to making money through affiliate sales is to expand the number of affiliate programs that you’re a part of quickly. The more programs that you’re apart of, the greater your opportunity to promote an affiliate product when blogging about your site’s various topics. Here’s a short list of a few affiliate programs that are very lucrative here at Site Sketch 101: Scribe SEO, Ninja Affiliate, Gravity Forms, Genesis Theme, Popup Domination, Ramped Reviews, Write for the Web, Trust Agents, Constant Contact, Aweber, Problogger: The Book, Sponsored Tweets, Mind Meister, Woo Themes, Site 5 Hosting, Elegant Themes, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, Theme Forest, and Studio Press.
- Tip #2: Write About Your Affiliate Products
You’ll never make money blogging with affiliate products unless you can get them in front of an audience of people who are specifically looking for the products you’re offering. The most effective method for getting your affiliate products in front is to write articles describing the benefits and drawbacks of using one of the products that you’re promoting. In these reviews, be honest. Don’t just up-sell the item. Mention its drawbacks and what you don’t like about it as well as what you do.
- Tip #3: Casually Mention Your Affiliate Products
Another powerful method for making killer sales is to simply mention the products that you promote when writing about a topic it relates to. For example, if I’m writing an article about setting up a self-hosted WordPress site, I might casually mention that my site is hosted on Site 5 hosting. To simplify this process, an amazing plugin has been built by the good folks over at Max Blog Press. If you’re not already using Ninja Affiliate, you should definitely check it out.
- Tip #4: Use Banner Ads for Your Affiliate Products
Some folks are very graphically oriented, and as such, a beautiful, well-designed banner below the post or in the sidebar is enough to generate the clicks needed to make the next sale.
- Tip #5: Search Target Your Affiliate Links
Open your Google Analytics account and examine the keywords that are being used to send traffic to your website. Once you identify a keyword that’s sending high traffic, figure out which article those browsers are landing on. Use this information to add affiliate products and banners to the article that are specifically targeted to folks who are searching for the keyword phrase that you identified.
Section #2: Your Blog’s Assets
Although you may not realize it, your blog has several assets that can be tapped into to increase the amount of cash flow you’re able to produce.
- Make Money Blogging Tip #6: Sell RSS Advertising
Using Google Adsense, you can insert a small ad into the footer of each post that goes out through RSS. You probably won’t make millions doing this, but if you can make an extra $15 to $25 dollars a month, it will add up over time.
- Tip #7: Sell Advertising Across Your Site
Ads can be annoying to users, so it’s incredibly important that you focus on displaying them in a way that is prominent enough to gain clicks and provide value for the advertisers while also not irritating the reader and driving them to no longer return. The best place to find ads for your site are Google Adsense or BuySellAds.com.
- Tip #8: Sell Post Sponsorships
Another great way to make money blogging is to allow business to sponsor posts that you write. If you do this, you should focus on providing the sponsor with the opportunity to represent the best articles that you produce. Give them access to your link-bait posts so that you’re able to provide them with legitimate value for their investment.
- Tip #9: Sell Sponsored Reviews
Some companies are willing to pay good money for the opportunity to get their products in front of your readers. Sponsored reviews are similar to what we discussed above with writing about affiliate products, but instead of getting paid based on sales, you charge a flat rate per article. There are two important notes that you should always remember with sponsored reviews. First, be honest and talk about the good and the bad. Second, let your audience know that you’re getting paid to review it (it’s the law).
- Tip #10: Sell Sponsored Guest Posts
Very similar to sponsored reviews, some companies will pay for the opportunity to write a guest post in which they can casually mention their product or promote their business. Again, be sure to let your audience know that compensation is involved. There’s absolutely no reason to hide it.
Section #3: You
- Make Money Blogging Tip #11: Sell Self-Made Products
Another very lucrative source of income here at Site Sketch 101 has been sales of “Blogging to the Third Power“, the book that I wrote last year. I’m currently working on writing another book and I’d highly recommend that you do the same. A good product can generate a lot of revenue.
- Tip #12: Sell Your Unique Services
Regardless of the niche in which you blog, there is almost certainly a service or two that you can offer to your audience. With Site Sketch 101, I’m able to offer banner creation services, Facebook page setup, WordPress template modifications and much more. Be creative and come up with something that will work for you and your audience.
- Tip #13: Sell Your Expert Consulting
Consulting within your niche is a great way to monetize your subject authority on a given subject. Setting up sessions to help folks learn at a college level pace is a great way to snag some extra cash at your site.
- Tip #14: Take on Speaking Engagements
Speaking engagements are the next logical step after building a significant level of credibility on your site. As you become more authoritative, you’ll be invited to share your knowledge at conferences, meetings, seminars, webinars and much more. Or you can create your own engagements.
- Tip #15: Accept Donations
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Most bloggers think that as long as they keep writing, money will magically start trickling into their bank accounts, but that’s not how it works. If it’s your goal to make money blogging then that means that you’re turning your blog into a business and that requires planning and hard work. Use this article as a guide to make that happen for you and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can start to making money blogging.