This is one of the most frequent questions I hear… How can I make money with a WordPress blog? After all, who doesn’t want to make some money while indulging in what interests them?
Here’s the good news… There is no shortage of ways to monetize a blog.
Here’s the bad news… It’s highly unlikely you’ll make any sort of quick money with a brand new blog.
That being said, if you’re committed to building for the long term, by providing great content, there are a few different ways you can make money with a blog.
You’ve probably heard about affiliate marketing, it’s one of the most popular methods of making money online. As an affiliate for a company, you’ll promote its products or services through your marketing efforts. With any luck, you’ll then get a percentage of the sales you make or sometimes a fixed amount per sale. Your success in affiliate marketing depends on the company that you choose to represent and your own marketing skills.
One application would be creating a “review” style WordPress site. Then filling it with quality reviews that are filled with your affiliate links. Here’s a theme built exclusively for creating a hosting company review site… it’ll give you a few ideas.
As a WordPress blogger, you’ll want to be aware of plugins you can use to place ads on your blog. You can find ads on places like Commission Junction, Clickbank or even Amazon. Take a look the Smart Ads plugin or Ad Squares. Both allow you to add advertisements easily to your blog. When you start to build traffic you can even make money by charging for those ad spaces!
Pay-per-click advertisements allow you to earn some money in the form of commissions each time a visitor clicks on the advertisement links. You can add advertisements in a sidebar text widget, banners, in-text links, pop-ups, full-page ads or pop-unders. The commission that you earn depends on the kind of system you use and the company’s guidelines. The success of your pay-per-click campaign depends on the ads you place on your blog and the kind of visitors your blog attracts. Services like Google Adwords can help you get started.
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One Final Tip…
If you want to make money with a blog, get very good at building a community and giving them great offers. It doesn’t matter which method you choose to do that… they all come down to giving your visitors share-worthy content so they keep coming back (and bring their friends back with them!).
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