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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.

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How to Make a Blog in 15 Minutes:

So you’ve decided that you want to start your own blog. You might have a unique idea to write on or maybe you want to contribute to a particular community you like, e.g. health and fitness. You might want to cash in years of education or expertise in a particular field, all the while making a reputable name in the industry.

You can do all of this, right from your home. With the right guidance and simple to use, inexpensive tools, you can set up your blog in as less than as 15 minutes.

First, let’s talk about a few essential things you will need before starting the process of creating a blog on the web.

The Essentials

  1. A Workable Idea:
    Blogs are hard work. You have to put in a significant amount of work, time and effort into your content and marketing before you see results. Therefore, if you start a blog on an idea that is too narrow, like guitar lessons; or too general, like Literature; or too outdated, like old technology, your blog would not fare well in the ever-developing world of the internet.You need something workable. And you need to have at least a fair amount of passion for it. After all, how long can you successfully work on a personal finances blog if you’re clearly a fitness enthusiast?If you don’t particularly have a passion for something, that’s okay as well. Today, a number of niches are highly popular and if you do it right, you can make money in their global markets. The top topics include blogging about how to make money, health, fitness and fashion, to name a few.
  2. An Internet connection
    This is an obvious one but still worth the mention. Not only will you need an internet connection, it is also advisable to have access to your blog on the go. Our lives are busy; we’re always juggling work with other work along with our homes and social responsibilities. If you have a mobile-friendly blog, you can reply to comments in your spare time, maybe on the bus from work to home or in a café waiting for someone.

How to Get Your Blog Running in Under 15 minutes:

Is this possible? Yes, it is. You can create an initial, basic layout of your blog by following a few, easy steps.

Your blog will be up and running in 15 minutes, tops!  Here’s how:

  1. Decide Your Domain Name
    This is one of the pre-requisites of making a blog. You domain name is what a searcher would type into the URL bar to get to your website. It gives you and your blog an identity on the internet. For example, Facebook’s domain name is facebook.comChoose a name that’s unique and catchy but not too complicated. Your creativity comes into play here! People like funny or eye-catching website names. If you’re a personal brand, your name will make the best domain name. If, however, you have a unique name or difficult spellings, we suggest you customize it to make it easier to remember.Registering a new domain name costs about $10-$15 a year on average. Already registered domain names, which you can get from sites like GoDaddy, iPage, Namecheap etc differ in their rates

    Domain name prices differ because of the a number of reasons such as type of extensions (.com, .net, .org etc), domain registrar and the time period for which you buy the name. For example, GoDaddy’s .com domains retails for $9.99 a year. iPage, on the other hand, sells their .com domain names at $14.99 a year.

    Even though you can change your domain name after setting up your blog, it’s better if you don’t. Chances are you’ll end up confusing some of your audience.

  2. Web Hosting:
    After you have a cool domain name, you’re going to need a web host. Web hosting is a service that lets you put up blogs that people can access through the internet. It makes you visible on the World Wide Web.A renowned web host can take you a long way. The best platform for you doesn’t have to be the priciest. Weebly or Wix, for example, are ideal if you’re a beginner and don’t have a lot of web development knowledge. Both start at $0.00 (yes, free!) a month.Another great platform is Bluehost, which is endorsed by WordPress. It has a reputable name in the industry and is currently offering a 63% discount on its monthly rate. Price starts at just $2.95.

    If you’re looking to land big web hosting services like Google and Amazon, you’ll be paying around $45 for the former and $77 for the latter.

  3. Choose your Blogging Software:
    Blogging software is an application that helps you create content, make web pages for content and run your blog. The good news is that there is a great number of popular blogging platforms that offer their services for free.
    WordPress is probably the most popular of all blogging software. Most web hosting sites offer one-click installation of it. If you’re using BlueHost as your web host, for example, you can easily install WordPress. To beginners the site might be a bit daunting but it’s surprisingly easy to get the hang of. Most established bloggers out there prefer WordPress as their blogging software.Another more social platform is Tumblr. It’s easily customizable and is mobile-friendly. It offers both private and public blogs and bloggers can become followers of their fellow content creators. Tumblr is specifically aimed at micro-blogging and most Tumblr bloggers use audio/video aids with their blogs.Other reliable blogging platforms include Wix, Medium, Blogger, Joomla etc. Some of these platforms like Joomla and Wix offer their own web hosting services as well. Others require a separate web host.

    All blogging software have some basic features. These include various templates to customize your blog with, tools to build your site with, security, storage etc.

After you have a domain name, web host and blogging software, you’re pretty much set to write your first blog post. There are a number of ways to optimize your blog and there’s something new to learn all the time. Remember that consistency is key to a successful blog. With the right tools, you can take your blog’s reputation to great heights.

5 Reasons it’s Impossible to Monetize Your Blog

In today’s modern, web-oriented world, blogging is fast becoming a serious career option for many people. It’s flexible and can be worked on separately or with a day job (whatever suits you). Best of all, it lets you be your own boss.

Many people leave their day jobs to focus completely on building their blogs. When making such a bold move, they usually have high expectations of earning a profit from their blog. However, most bloggers fail to make money from their blogs in at least the first two years. Some blogs go even further and never end up generating any substantial revenue.

In this article, we’ll explore 5 big reasons why it becomes impossible for some bloggers to successfully monetize their blogs.

  1. They blog in the wrong niche:
    Not all ideas you have are worth turning into a solid, money-churning blog. Most bloggers pick any topic from the top of their mind and decide to make the best out of it.Sadly, however, the best of an over-used topic is usually below average in that particular niche. “Continental Food”, for example is not a good option for you if you’re an English literary major unless you have a huge passion for it. This is because there are already hundreds and thousands of writers who have more expertise in the subject than you do.What happens when you choose the wrong niche is that you are unable to create helpful content for your readers. They would lose interest once they realize they can get better, more updated information from someone else. If they’re getting the help they want from other bloggers in the same industry, they won’t read your blog.

    Another mistake that bloggers often make is that they place too much importance on what they’re passionate about. Instead of writing something that can make them some money. Yes, this is somewhat straight forward but it’s important to understand.  There are some topics that simply make a more profitable business than other topics.

    Choose a topic which you know has impact currently and can see it growing further in the years to come. Invest in that idea. It’s even better if you have a good amount of experience in that niche. This will enable you to put forward useful content that your audience would appreciate.

  2. Lack of sufficient traffic
    Sometimes, even after you’re putting out great content regularly, you cannot seem to monetize your blog. If this is the case, you might wanna look at another mistake that new bloggers frequently make.Most bloggers turn their focus entirely to their writing and forget the importance of marketing their blogs to drive traffic to their website. Not having enough traffic is one of the key reasons why blog monetization fails. You need readers to be engaged with your content in order to earn money.Usually, bloggers launch their products before even creating a base audience for that product to launch to. Building a reputation and good relationships with your readers and fellow bloggers is a crucial part of marketing your blog. It’s no longer enough to simply share your blog on your Facebook page. You have to get out there and make people like you and benefit from your advice and help. Then they would actually be interested in reading something you’ve written.

    Another helpful tip to increasing blog traffic is to have more than one sharing platforms. Adding the social media buttons on your blog also helps.

  3. They do not engage with the audience
    Passive readers are no good for a blog. You need active readers that participate in conversations. They share your blogs willingly on other platforms because the content is useful. These are the readers who will eventually buy your products.One factor that makes monetizing your blog difficult is that you don’t make effort to talk to your readers. Usually, when someone comments on your post, they’re helping you make your content better. Even if it’s to correct your grammar or a mistake you made.Instead of ignoring or worse, deleting the comment, talk to your reader. Thank them for helping you and listen to their suggestions. Even if you have a couple of dedicated readers that comment on your posts, they can help take your blog forward.

    How do you build readership? And how do you make sure that you’re engaging with your audience and giving them a reason to come back to your blog?

    Use the give and get rule. Start with social platforms like Quora or LinkedIn where you can become part of bloggers’ communities. Offer help to problems and take time to read other writers’ blogs and comment something appreciative. Take suggestions for your own questions and build relationships with people.

    Remember that those very people can turn into your readers and eventually improve your readership.

  4. Wrong targeted audience
    One thing that more than half the new bloggers overlook is the importance of the right audience. You cannot make the majority of your money selling home cooking eBooks to athletes. They won’t be interested in buying it.

You need to use the right marketing tools and engage in bloggers’ communities that come under your niche. That is what will drive the right traffic to your website.

There are several ways to ensure that the right people are reading your blogs.

Even before you start a blog, you need to put in effort to create a mailing list. This is a list of email addresses of people or influencers who might be interested in your work. Having a mailing list is a great way of getting word out about your blog. Try not to make your emails look like spam and always include links to your blog’s landing page. That way more and more people can visit it easily.

Guest blogging for a related blog also helps build your own audience. Make sure you guest blog for the right people and impress their readers. Offer them great information, write in easy yet effective language and add a clear CTA at the end. They’d want the link to your website in no time.

 

  1. They only use one method of blog monetization:
    Believe it or not, placing ads on your website is not the only way to monetize your blog. The web is crawling with lots of other ways you can make good money from your writing.These include affiliate marketing, guest blogging, selling your products, sponsored posts, email marketing, offering your services, and promoting yourself. Other options are promoting your or other e-books, using content lockers, hosting paid webinars and much more.Different ways of blog monetization vary in their effectiveness. But using more than more techniques can catapult your blog into generating handsome revenue. Give a few of them a try to see what works best for you.

    Monetization methods change and renew over time. This is due to a number of factor including Google rules/algorithms and audience preference. Keep up with the times and stay active in your bloggers community to know what the new ways of monetization are and if they can be incorporated into your plan.

If done right, blogging can become a great and even your primal source of a good income. The difference between a money-generating blog and a failed one depends on how patient the blogger is. Most people expect results too soon and are disappointed when they don’t get them. Others put in sub-par effort. Some have no direction at all and end up working too hard for too little gain. Choosing your way, planning your moves, adapting to circumstances and showing patience are the hallmarks of a successful blogger. All the guidance is there in writing. All you need to do is customize it for you and your blog.