Monday, November 30, 2015

Monetizing Your Blog

As a blogger, you spend a lot of time curating posts, taking photos, sharing, and networking. You do all of this, and you do it for free. So that's when monetizing your blog comes into play. By monetizing your blog, you set yourself up to earn money for your time and efforts in a variety of ways.

I'm going to share a few of the "traditional" ways that I monetize my blog. Do I make a living off it, no. At least not yet anyways. But it sure does help offset the costs associated with a blog (and time!).

The first thing I signed up for was Google Adsense. It made sense to me to allow Google to place ads on my blog that were relevant to the search history of the user who visits me. There are many people who earn hundreds per day on Adsense. I don't. And that's OK.

In-text Ads
You've probably seen these on a variety of websites. A few words per post is dounle-underlined. It's a link leading to something pertaining to that word. For example, the word "bathtime" may link to a coupon to get $1 off Johnson's Baby Wash.

Sponsored Posts
Occassionally, you'll see a post that a brand/company has paid me to post. Now, that post could have been written by me, or written by the brand (or one of the memnbeers of their writing team). I alwasys make sure that the ad is relevant to my readers in some way. There are other bloggers who
will just accept it for the money. I've turned down many sponsored posts because they do not fit my brand. There are a variety of ways to find sponsored posts. There are companies like the ones in my post about Monetizing with Affiliates, and sometimes these companies will find you and then contact you. This is why it is important to have your contact information listed.

There are so many ways to monetize your blog. My next post will be about using affiliate links and other monetizing ways.

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This blog is monetized through the use of affiliate links and sponsored posts. What does this mean for you?
Affiliate links: Any time you click one of these affiliate links and make a purchase, I'll make a small percentage from that sale. This is at no cost to you!
Sponsored Posts: Advertisers have paid to place posts that are relevant to my blog/readers. They want *YOU* to see their post. I am paid by the advertiser to place the post on my blog.
For more information, please see my disclosure policy here.