Four ways to earn revenue with your blog

It’s no secret that running a blog can get quite expensive, especially when you have a large readership and the standard web hosting plan just doesn’t cut it.

It would be nice if the blog could sustain itself and cover its fees, right? Let’s take a look into the options you have as a blog owner to earn some cash whilst doing what you love.

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Ad networks­­

Ad networks are probably the most common source of income on most websites out of all of these methods. Ad networks such as Google AdWords and BuySellAds allow the blog owner to sell a location on their blog to ad advertiser so they can place a banner there to advertise their product or business. You would then earn revenue based on the number of clicks the ads get – if you have a large readership then your chances for a higher click through rate will increase, so it’s worth thinking about once your website gets off the ground.

Private ads

Private ads work in a similar way to ad networks like Google AdSense, except they are direct between the buyer and seller rather than having a company like Google or BSA in the middle. With this method, you have more flexibility over what you charge, as well as over what content displays on the site. With the ad networks, you are unable to choose which products are being advertised on your site, but with a private ad you can freely decide what you want to advertise, for how long and for how much.

Sponsored content

Sponsored articles are often a great way of making revenue on a blog without it looking too obvious. If you’ve not come across a sponsored blog before, it is basically a normal article link any other, but with one or more links nestled inside it inconspicuously. The purpose is for the article to look as normal as possible so it is not a disturbance for the readers, and will be in the same niche as the rest of the content so that it’s relevant.

There will often be at least one link within the article tied to a specific keyword/phrase, i.e. the phrase “LED lights” on a technology blog to a website selling the lights.

These can often be good earners for your blog and if you have a steady stream of this content coming through, this could cover your costs on it’s own and leave you with enough money to buy a coffee.

Affiliate links

Affiliate links are not always a direct source of income, but will often save you money in the future. An affiliate link is essentially your backing for a brand or service by sharing a customised URL to that website (or app) that can be tracked by the company. If someone visits the website from your link and makes a purchase, you are often rewarded with cash or a discount. This is often done with website hosting and domain name providers who have strong competition, so it’s a good incentive for people to switch over if it means there’s a potential for them to earn some scratch.

For example, see my Links page. This has affiliate links to both my hosting provider and domain name registrar, as well as a few other links in there. If you were to make a purchase, it would give me some discount in the future on hosting and domains (hint hint).

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In conclusion

I hope you all found this quick guide useful – these are just four methods that I have used in the past on various websites and blogs of mine. Some I have had more success with than others, but in most cases they require a bit of experimentation to see which works best for you and for your readers (don’t forget your readers).

The only method I use here at jdab.co.uk currently is affiliate links as mentioned – I don’t plan on implementing any ads any time soon as I want the user experience to be at its highest. I may consider sponsored content in the future, but we’ll see what happens!

Do let me know – what methods have you used to earn money for your blog, forum or website?

13 Comments

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