There are tons of people all over the Internet that have blogs that they use to express themselves, to sell things from, to inform people, etc. Whatever the need, it's out there and covered by one blog or another. Are you one of those people? Do you have your own blog or thinking of setting one up? If so, did you know that you can make your blog bring in some extra cash as well?
This is not a new idea, making money with your blog, in fact people have been doing for quite some time. Some people run their entire businesses off of their blog and others use them strictly for advertising while others use it for direct sales. It's all up to the person and what they are trying to achieve. If you have never done this before, here are a few ways that your blog can make you some money.
- Google Adsense and Pay Per Click. These are services that advertise and they will pay you a certain amount of cash each time a person on your site clicks on the links they have given you to place on your blog. Once you sign up, they will give you a small code to paste into your blog and that's it. So, when someone comes to your blog for a visit and they happen to click on the Adsense or PPC ads you just earned yourself some money.
- Affiliate Programs. This is another popular way to earn money from your blog. When you join one of these programs you will earn money or a percentage of sales for any time a person who clicks on your link you provide and either signs up for something or buys something from the link they clicked on. This is a great way to sell products that you like without having to provide the product to the customer yourself and you still get a commission from the sales.
- Drop Shipping. You can make money off of your blog by actually selling products from your site and not providing links to other companies. Here you actually buy products to sell at wholesale, add money to the wholesale price which becomes the retail price and your profit off of the product. Then the warehouse that carries the product will ship the items out to your customers.
- Text Link Sales. If you happen to have a popular blog already but just isn't set up to make money yet, you might try advertising spots for people to purchase from your blog. Allow them to have text ad space on your blog for a fee that you choose. This way those who visit your site will have the option to visit the company advertising on your blog. You will not receive a percentage of the sales just what you charge them for using your blog to advertise on.
No matter what method you pick to use to get your blog to start making money for you, understand that this is not going to happen overnight and it's going to take a lot of time and patience on your part. But once it starts to take off, you'll be glad you did it.