Can you really make money from your blog? Many people are doing just that. So how could YOU profit from your blogging? Do you like the idea of making money from simply writing your blog? Or would you like to blog to support your business. Read on to find out how you can do either of those things.
There are many ways you can profit from blogging, both directly and indirectly. Here are just a few:
1) Promote your offline or online business
This is an indirect way — though it can work quite well. If you blog to promote your business, you give it greater visibility. Blogging also helps you with connecting with leads and potential clients. It is a unique way to display both your expertise and become more of a “real” person to your prospects — and both of these factors combine to make them more likely to become your clients. So blogging can bring you more clients, and with that, it will also bring you more money.
2) Sell your ebooks and other virtual products
Selling your ebooks and other virtual products is a direct way to benefit from blogging. It’s also the fastest way to actually get cash into your bank account. Yes, you can sell your own products on your blog. This works especially well for electronic downloadable products, be they reports, ebooks, audio or even video. They could even be programs and games. And the moment someone buys — there’s money in your PayPal account. What’s not to like about that!
3) Sell your physical products
Of course, you can also sell physical products. There may be the hassle of shipping, but it’s worth it. This approach obviously works well for businesses that sell physical products. You can have extensive product reviews on your blog — or articles that explain how best to select or use some of the products you sell — with links to those products.
4) Sell other people’s virtual or physical products
Selling other people’s virtual or physical products is known as affiliate marketing. You write about products you like and a link takes your visitors to the site that sells that product. Of course, that link is an affiliate link and you’ll get a nice cut of the proceeds. This will take a bit longer because most affiliate programs take a few weeks (and sometimes more than a month) to pay you. But pay you they will if they’re a reputable program. And you shouldn’t work for any other kind.
5) Selling advertising
This really deserves its own article. There’s Google’s AdSense, of course, where you get paid every time someone clicks on your ads. And then there are other advertisers who do the same. Another option is to simply rent out advertising space. This will work well once you have lots of visitors.
And that’s the key. You need visitors to make money. How do you get them? By optimizing your blog so it appears on Google for your keywords, and by driving traffic to your blog in various ways, from pay per click advertising to writing articles or luring your Twitter followers with promises of enticing articles and freebies.