Best Methods for Making Money with a Blog in 2018

As bloggers and content creators, one of the ultimate goals is to successfully make money with your blog. For this to happen, you need to not only have really great content, you also need to have a decent amount of traffic flowing through your site at all times. It also helps to have content that ranks in the search results and building a mailing list over time.

When it comes to actually making money with your blog, you have plenty of options to choose from. I’ve gone ahead and listed five of the best ways to make money with a blog for you below.

1 – Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is the concept of getting paid a commission for referring a sale or lead to another site or business. Since everything on the internet is trackable and makes it easy for companies and brands to tell where leads and sales are coming from, this is simply one of the best ways for site owners and bloggers to make money by recommending real products and services through their content. Best of all, nearly any product or brand you can think of already has an affiliate program.

2 – Google Adsense

Google generates billions of dollars every year through the paid advertisers that pay to rank at the top of the search results. In addition to having ad placements in the search results, Google also has millions of site partners across the internet who make money through their Google Adsense rev-share program. The great thing about Google Adsense is that it’s extremely easy to use and they will do all of the ad serving for you, based on the existing content found on your site. The not-so-good thing about making money with Adsense is that you might be losing visitors to your site and only earning a few pennies per click. Earnings with Google Adsense will fluctuate heavily based on your audience, the content on your site and where your traffic is coming from.

3 – Amazon Affiliate Program

Amazon is the largest online store in the world. This is also due in part to them having an affiliate program of their own, where site owners can refer customers to the site and earn a commission every time a sale takes place — even if they are an existing customer. This means bloggers and site owners can link to any product on Amazon and earn a commission if someone was to add it to their shopping cart and complete a purchase. Commission rates will vary depending on the products sold and the actual amount of sales referred to their site. The huge benefit of working with Amazon as a site partner is that nearly everyone is already a customer of their site and trusts their brand — which makes it an easy sale.

4 – Selling Ad Space on Your Blog

Affiliate marketing is great, but if you can figure out ways to make money through selling ad space on your blog, you will earn a much higher commission percentage — usually 100%. Ad space can be sold on blogs in many different ways, but usually in the form of banner advertisements. Some advertisers may request written reviews as well. There are also ad networks and marketplaces that you can join, where you can list your blog, it’s current traffic levels and what type of ad space you might have for sale. When selling ad space directly, you would earn 100% of the revenue. When selling through a marketplace, you may have a 30-50% rev-share split that covers that cost of bringing in new advertisers, accepting payments and handling the tracking and transactions.

5 – Create Your Own Products and Services

Probably the best way to make money with a website or blog is to have a product or service that you can actually sell. The benefit here is that it’s something you own and will earn 100% commission on. At the same time, if the product sells well enough, you may want to consider starting an affiliate program of your own and recruiting other sites to help sell more. Many blogs will start off as information based sites and as they continue to grow in size and content, they will often package up their best work and sell it as an ebook or an online course. The option for creating a membership site is always there as well. No matter what route you are taking when launching your own product or service, be sure to test it with a small market before going live and also make sure it’s completely relevant to the content of your blog and its’s audience.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make money online with a blog. Start off slow and make sure the content of your site provides real value to your audience. As you increase content and site traffic, you should then start implementing different monetization methods into your site.