4 Smart Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

We’re in business to make money, right?

But several bloggers still find it difficult to make money online, what exactly is wrong?

When I started blogging, I thought it was a hit-and-run thing.

I never knew that blogging is pure hard work.

But here is the shocking truth: If you can stay focused, a time will come when making money online becomes your second nature.

Oh, I’m so sure about that!

If you earned $699 last month and $299 this month, it shows that something is wrong.

And you need to study the situation first, before taking further steps. Because, if you plunge into the next business, a lot can go wrong.

Challenge yourself

Are you blogging for fun or to make money? If you truly want to generate staggering income with your blog, then you’ve to change your approach.

It’s not enough to write new blog posts daily and wait for the cash to roll in. There is more to that. You’ve to sell, and sell until you become a proficient salesperson. If you’re scared or ashamed to sell, you might not earn a living online, except…..**

Most people are afraid to ask their audience to buy a product or service. But this feeling of losing self-respect is only present in online businesses.

In a brick and mortar business, we always want to sell and sell some more. The beauty of running an internet business is that you can sell more professionally – how do you ensure that?

1 – Sell your services    sell your service

The truth is, everyone is good at something.

What you may not understand is that you’ve some unique skills, style and voice that your target audience can pay for.

In fact, they’re dying to buy into it.

I didn’t realize how special I am when I launched my blog.

And I kept chasing after the next ‘money making loophole.’

Have you discovered your unique skills?

Why not bring it to the table? Use your blog as a platform to sell your skills.

As a freelance writer, I sell my time and skill. And I must say; freelance writing is a cool business to be in.

In all, determine what you’re good at and start selling (marketing).

2 – Sell a product

What problem is your audience facing? The best time to offer value and solve their problem is now. Create a short report and sell to them.

The hidden truth is that short reports are great money makers. Instead of writing a 105 e-book about internet marketing for instance, break it down. Write a 37-page report on how to build an email list, another 27 page report on how to generate traffic to a new blog.

You’ll make more money with this strategy. You’ll also become a proud owner of 2 or more info products. This is priceless!

3 – Sell Advertising

A few weeks ago, 3 entrepreneurs contacted me. They were interested in advertising on my blog, because they discovered I had no banners at the sidebar. I didn’t accept the offer, because my blog is a copywriting service blog, not for advertising.

But this scenario is relative. If you’re not selling a product or offering any specific service, advertising can be great for you.

Of course, you could combine selling a product and selling ads on your blog. If you place 4 – 6 Ad banners on the sidebar for $50, you’d earn approximately $200 or more by month end.

That is a good start. From there, you can increase your earnings as your blog grows and becomes an authority in its niche.

4 – Sell affiliate offers

And finally, you could earn extra income from your blog by promoting affiliate offers. It’s so simple to get started.

You don’t have to worry about overhead cost, or delivering the product. Your duty as an affiliate is to refer the right buyer. You’ll earn commissions, when a sale is completed.

I started out promoting other people’s product. It’s fun and lucrative.

Although, selling your product or service can provide more benefits, but rather than give excuses why your blog isn’t earning some cool dollars, start off with affiliate marketing.

What’s stopping you?

My question to you today is, “what is stopping you from making money as a blogger?”Are you willing to share your thoughts?

As they say, “Two heads are better than one.” Let’s talk about your challenges – leave a comment and I’d reply as soon as I can. Do you want to make money with content marketing? See this.

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38 thoughts on “4 Smart Ways To Make Money With Your Blog”

  1. Edward says:

    exceptional advice as always bitch

    1. Ben Troy says:

      I prefer Blogging for money using affiliate programs. With affiliate marketing, got paid a commission for helping to sell merchant’s products. Visitors see the company’s ad on your Web pages and, if they click through to the company’s Website and do a particular thing, and get paid. The particular thing the visitor has to do varies; some affiliate programs pay per click while others pay per lead or even per sale.I use affiliate and pay per click as two main monetizing methods .

      1. Surely we can use the 4 tips stated above in our sites. But of course whichever is more convenient for you to use as long as you are getting results from it is alright.

  2. great advice. Many bloggers do not lose by reading articles like this. Congratulations!

  3. Kunal says:

    Hi John,
    Really an inspiring article. I am blogging since long now but I have not been able to drive enough of traffic yet. I am maintaining a tech news blog. As you said daily updating your blog is not the issue, but for a tech blog it is I guess. No traffic means no money. Will you pen down some words of suggestion?

    1. If you want more targeted traffic, I suggest you write more guest posts. Also, write cornerstone contents that are detailed. Optimize your posts for search engines and people. I hope this helps!

      1. Kunal says:

        Thanks Michael,
        I will try to concentrate on more guest posting and notice the result. Thanks for the advice.

  4. I agree with you Michael. You have to know what makes you special, what makes you stand out from the crowd. Then you use that your advantage.

    1. Know where your strength lies and scale it up. I’m glad you agreed with me.

  5. Nishant says:

    Great post, thankyou for this useful information

  6. These are solid points. As soon as you are having consistent traffic, you are sure to use these smart ways to make even more money.

    1. I’m glad you liked the post. Thank you Enstine.

  7. In answer to your question, traffic ^^

  8. Great tips…Selling your own product is key and brings in the real cash. I am working on my first product…Can’t wait to lunch it.

  9. Seb says:

    Use good plugins 🙂

  10. Whitney says:

    Great post…my personal favorite way of making money blogging is affiliate offers 🙂 It’s easy and you get nice commissions!

  11. John bico says:

    your always nailing it to the head. i’m learning and taking it one step at a time

  12. Zarada says:

    I agree with you, no traffic means no money ;D

  13. Nicole says:

    Its great that you’re giving out valuable advice like this. I’m into blogging too, but the money initially was too less, so I’ve tried a few other techniques with greater success.

  14. Suresh says:

    The tips are great and informative. Thanks for the useful post.

  15. Richard says:

    Hi ,

    With your internet marketing traffic experience , is this traffic volume ok or need bigger traffic volume to develop advertisement sales with our webpage , please advise us

    Month Unique visitors Number of visits Pages Hits Bandwidth
    Jan 2012 9,316 25,816 78,401 187,474 13.67 GB
    Feb 2012 8,206 25,264 72,190 174,794 15.51 GB
    Mar 2012 5,579 17,417 57,858 118,398 11.47 GB
    Apr 2012 4,847 12,347 35,326 140,524 6.61 GB
    May 2012 4,307 13,302 60,004 181,082 12.32 GB
    Jun 2012 5,132 17,169 86,552 225,133 13.02 GB
    Jul 2012 6,833 19,080 82,922 350,679 14.67 GB

  16. A very good article / blog post. I have made money with my blogs from using Adsense – who would have thought that such a thing could be possible!

  17. Johnny says:

    Yes, agreed, but the hard part is get the traffic to the blog when start out. Without enough traffic, nothing will work.

    Thanks for your nice article.

  18. Ehsan Ullah says:

    Those are four great and simple ways to make money with a blog, I like the 4th one which is the most easiest method. We just need to select a right affiliate product related to our niche to promote. That is enough.

    BTW, I’ve been also contacted from many people who were interested in advertising on my blog and buying a review, but I accepted the money he was paying me for reviewing his product, but I didn’t accept the advertising offer.

    Great post Michael.

  19. I think that before you make any money you’ll have to master the art of generating traffic. True, everyone should have a blog but its no point if no one is getting there.

  20. Solavei says:

    I agree with Kevin… It’s so competitive out there that if you don’t generate a following first you will be spinning your wheels. Patience is also a key because generating a following really takes time.

  21. faisal says:

    How much do you price a 37 page book?

    1. It depends on the quality and niche. I’d have to write a post on that.

  22. Kyle Taylor says:

    What’s the deal with the Empowerment Network. I’ve been slammed this week with affiliate links to sign up for this blogging network. One even from you John. If the likes of JC are late to the game, then I think it’s probably over sold. I’d rather see people take your free WP install and blog on their own than simply dishing an affiliate link that everyone seems to be hyping? Is anyone having a good experience with EN for their own products or just to resell the affiliate package?

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  24. Paul M says:

    Nice article, I have had success with adsense and affiliate products. I like what you said in no. 2 about doing some e-books.

    I already did one e-book on How to Build a Powerful Email List. Time to start working on my second!

  25. Very interesting article, but sometimes we know what we should do exactly, it’s just very hard to do it, for instance, how can you convince people to buy your services if you don’t have enough traffic on your site ? it’s always the same problem, i think that the focus should be on getting tageted traffic on ” no matter what your niche was “, then you can move to the next level, which is what you have mentioned on this post !

  26. Cute-Pets says:

    Great tips. Many of these I was aware of before, but at the same time re-reading it kind of reinforced some of the ideas I use on CutePets. Thanks for the tips!

  27. Josh Liu says:

    Another great article, John.

    I and other friends are working on a startup idea around your first suggestion ” Sell Your Service”.
    We are building “Webex-as-a-widget” for professionals and bloggers to sell advice directly from your blogs. We talked to many bloggers, and they liked it. John, you are a guru in this field. I will really appreciate your comments on our idea.

    Thanks a lot.


  28. Swaroop says:

    Nice Tips, I use direct advertising ad managing tool to monetize my blog. It pays me more than Adsense. Selling services can also be used but I don’t have much idea about it. Thanks.

  29. This articles explains in a very easy way how easy is to earn money blogging. Its just a matter of time if you keep focusing.
    Alex Hurtado

  30. Very good and accurate this article, I’m trying to make money online with affiliate programs but really do not get it, I will study well these 4 points to see which would be best maybe put advertising on my blog, many thanks for these very useful tips my friend

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