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How to Earn Money from Your Blog in 2019

It’s the first month of the New Year.  Already a great number of new bloggers are starting their blogs with the vision of success in their mind. But what actually defines success in the blogging world? Is it the number of followers or the quality of content? Is it being happy in helping people or generating a 5-figure income?

No matter which side you choose, money is a big factor in how successful your blog is. Generating a steady stream of revenue, however, isn’t as easy as it seem to be. In a year, less than half the bloggers who start their blogs give up too soon because of disappointing results. Their blogs fail.

But we’re not here to discuss that. Instead, we’re going to talk about how you can make it into the small percentage of bloggers who do make good bucks from their writing. The word you need to focus on is monetization. This refers to converting your blog into a source of income.

Here are 6 ways you can successfully monetize your blog. If you keep at it consistently and don’t lose hope, you’re sure to succeed. Patience is crucial.

  1. Affiliate marketing:
    Affiliate marketing is the first step in blog monetizing, because it is generally the easiest and simplest to start with. It is the process where you become an affiliate for a product. When it makes a sale because of you, you get a commission. This commission depends on the deal between the affiliate and the product creator and/or seller.The first step in affiliate marketing is to decide the product. Once you do, you have several options to choose from. You can either be a direct affiliate which involves a personal deal between affiliate and seller. You can work with affiliate networks, which connect you with people who want to get their products affiliated. You can also consult shopping sites i.e. e-commerce websites that offer affiliate programs.The final step is to devise a plan to promote the product.  This is where your blog comes in. It’s the toughest part of the whole process. Many variables such as your blog’s content (theme) and its relevance with the promoting product, traffic, audience’s interest in the product, etc. play a part.

    However, this poses a problem. The consumer’s bad experience could result in a bad name for your own blog because it was recommended by you. A workaround for this is that every product you affiliate yourself with, should be relevant to your blog’s content. Also, you should promote a product which you yourself would or have used and genuinely like.

  2. Advertisement:
    Another way to monetize your blog is through advertisements. In fact, it’s one of the first options that come to people’s minds when they think about blog monetization.Put simply, people interact with ads on your site and you earn money through that. This interaction can happen in many ways. These include seeing the ad, clicking on the ad, clicking and completing a procedure given by the advertiser company etc. Similarly, there are many such deals which you can make with the advertiser.However, due to complexities, you’ll have to create a proper plan for setting up and running these ads. The process may seem easy, but it takes time, patience and hard work to get to the point where you have regular, steady traffic that can help you earn a good amount of revenue.

Ad networks like Google AdSense, Infolinks, and Media.net can be used to get these ads on your site. The networks can be used solely, or even in a combination with one another for maximum revenue.

  1. Sponsorships:
    A sponsorship is basically a direct, public advertisement. Sponsorships are highly effective for making money. They can also make your blog more famous and direct more traffic than before.The usual procedure is to approach someone to sponsor your blog. But sometimes a sponsor may approach you too, if they like your content and want to work with you. Either way, it benefits both parties in earning money and getting more audience, especially the smaller one.The best sponsors for your blog are those, which are relatable and relevant to the content you make. For example a blog about health could be sponsored by sports brands, equipment companies, nutrition brands, etc. It may seem tough in some specific niches, but if done right, has unlimited potential for your blog’s exposure.

    The one thing you must be careful about is to clearly mention your sponsor. Hiding it can be problematic for your credibility and sometimes, your blog’s.

  2. Exclusive products:
    A great option for making money is to create and sell exclusive (also called premium) products. As the name implies, these products are basically products that you create specially. You make them available to, and sell exclusively to your audience.These could be physical and/or digital.

For physical products, it could be as simple as fun merchandise to a series of books related to your content.

For digital products, it could be a digital copy of a book you wrote, mobile phone apps, resources etc. Any downloadable content that you could make money from works.

Though it depends on the audience you’re targeting, digital material is preferred in today’s age.  It has shown exponential growth over the last few years. Selling the product is very simple. You could sell it yourself directly and handle all the process.  Or partner with a seller to forward it to your consumers.

Nevertheless, it is a process that takes time. Good reputation and a large number of loyal audience who find your material credible and worthy enough to be paid for are important.

  1. Freelancing and services:
    This is another effective approach towards making money. This is easier for bloggers who have niches that can be freelanced. You advertise your skills to your audience and are then hired for specific jobs that your client needs.This is also one of the options that you can utilize right from the start. It’s highly helpful in advertising your blog in the aforementioned case.Another strength you’ll have in this case is that you won’t have to worry much about the material.  It will be from the content you’re comfortable and confident about, making it easier to deliver the best possible material. This would ensure that your clients would come back to you for more, once they get familiar with the quality of your work.

    The only thing you need to be careful about in this option is to work on your blog with the same dedication. This ensures that you gather potential clients from your blog’s content too.

Courses:
Creating courses is generally considered to be the toughest option in blog monetization. You create and sell specific courses related to your blog content.

To attract clients, your material should be better and more helpful than your competitors. It is then sold to audience who pay for it. These courses could be completely paid from the start, or could be “unlockable” content. This refers to something that is free for a time period or for specific material but then is to be paid for.

The best advantage about selling courses is that they’re successful in almost every niche. This makes them a potentially profitable monetization option. The only problem with creating courses is that it takes a lot of time and effort to create a close to perfect course that is applicable and useful to everyone who buys it.

But even with all the issues, it is a very productive option for potential revenue.

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5 Best Ad-Networks for New Bloggers

An advertisement network is a company that acts as broker between a publisher and an advertiser.

The ads, a very common and usual part of today’s age, can be seen in lots of places. These include spaces of desktop and mobile web pages, instant messaging apps, e-mails, loading intervals between video games etc. Virtually any type of software that requires visual attention uses ads.

A blogger’s biggest aim is to monetize his blog or website to generate revenue from it. Becoming an ad publisher is one of the ways for blog monetization. Publishers are owners of a website, especially blogs, who run ads on their sites.

5 ad networks for new bloggers:

Choosing an ad network may be difficult for new bloggers. There are a ton of options and each of them has its own pros and cons. However, it is important to note that sometimes a publisher may have to use not only one, but a combination of different ad networks for maximum possible revenue.

  1. Google AdSense:
    AdSense is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about ad networks. It is considered by many, the best and largest ad network in the digital world. It’s free to use and there is no minimum traffic limit to apply for it.The best thing about AdSense is that it only places the highest paying ads on your website, giving you maximum revenue. These ads are also always relevant to your own content, and come in different resolution (size) options.However, the only issue with AdSense is that they have a long approval time.  Moreover, the criteria described in their Terms of Service (TOS) are usually tough to meet and adhere to.The minimum threshold is $100, paid by cheque, direct deposits, or wire transfers.
  2. Infolinks:
    Infolinks provides the best in-text ads in all of the available ad networks. They have various options that don’t feel as intrusive or vexing like other ads on pages. They’re free, have a simple integration, and have no minimum traffic limit.Infolinks currently works with the biggest advertisers such as Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, eBay and Pizza Hut.The greatest selling point for Infolinks is that their ads don’t cover spaces in the form of banners. This allows for using it alone, or alternatively, with another ad network for additional revenue.The minimum threshold is $50, paid by PayPal, Payoneer, wire transfers or eCheck.
  3. net
    The strongest rival of Google AdSense, Media.net is a worthy name in the ad network market. They use the Yahoo! Bing network in helping you serve contextual ads. They ensure 100% fill rate across vertical and other ad formats.It is free, and another ad network that requires no minimum traffic limit for placement. Its publishers include giants like Forbes, Reuters, MSN, Elle, Esquire and CNN.Though Media.net is called a Google AdSense alternative, it is also be effectively along with AdSense. It doesn’t use the space of AdSense, making it a great option for additional ad revenue too.The minimum threshold is also $100, paid by PayPal and wire transfers.
  4. Chitika:
    Chitika is also one of the top ad networks and alternative to Google AdSense. It monetizes search traffic, so if you have decent amount of search traffic, this should be an option to consider.Their approvals are pretty quick and easy, and require no minimum traffic limit. Both are excellent starting options for new and upcoming publishers. Chitika is partnered in advertising with companies like Yahoo!, SuperMedia, Hibu and HomeAdvisor.It is similar to AdSense in a lot of aspects and is also a noteworthy alternative to Google’s service. Like others, it can also be used alongside AdSense, making it a solo service that could also complement AdSense.
  5. PropellerAds:
    PropellerAds is the self-service ad network that is up to speed with the constantly evolving digital age. It has the most modern options among all ad networks.They are most famous for their pop-under ads. But with time they’ve brought ad formats that are exclusive to their service only. That makes it an impressive inclusion on this list.They are also known to have a great dashboard. It has automatic optimization for various tasks that are otherwise manual in other ad network control panels or dashboards. They also have great fill rate for Tier 2 and Tier 3 countries.PropellerAds’ partners include e-commerce companies like Alibaba and Snapdeal. The minimum threshold is $25, paid by PayPal, Payoneer, ePayments and wire transfers.

Monetizing your blog through placing ads on your site is effective, especially if you’re a beginner. It’s one of the less technical ways to earn money through your blog. Although your site should not be crawling with ads, a few placements can be effective in increasing your overall revenue. For newbies, it’s a good move to look over these advertisement websites for more information before choosing which ad company you want to work with.