10 Ways You Can Safely and Instantly Monetize Your Blog
If this is your landing page with the keyword “make money online”, or “how to monetize your blog”, May I advice you to take some time and read the primer on how to make money online from here. It will get your mind in the right mood and with a better understanding on why you need it and how you intend to get the job done right.
Once you’ve got your blog in place and have added plenty of quality, search-engine optimized content, you may be wondering when the money will start rolling in.
If only it were that easy. Fortunately you can make it easy on yourself using the simple techniques mentioned in this eBook.
The thing about making money on your blog is that blogging is the vehicle for your actual business, not the business itself. Let’s say you own a flower shop. You have the physical location, you decorate it all cute, and you install a cash register and take out ads in the local paper (Classified or Regular Advertisement). You even stand outside the door, handing out tiny blossoms and business cards to people who walk by. That’s all well and good, but until you start actually providing value to your market, you’re not really in business.
The same is true for your blog. Until you actually provide a product or service that people can pay money for, you’re not in business.
This short report will give a brief overview of the top ten proven ways you can make money from your blog. Not every method may be right for you, right now – and that’s okay. Read through all ten, make notes, and pick one or two to start with. Then you can add on additional methods until you’re well on your way to making money from your very own online business – your blog. Here we go…
- Sell Your Own Physical Products
- Become an Affiliate
- Promote Online Auctions
- Sell Information Products
- Join an Advertising Network
- Accept Paid Advertising
- Provide Paid Sponsorships
- Offer Coaching
- Restrict Access to Premium Content
- Sell Technology
Details on How to Make Money Blogging
1. Sell Your Own Physical Products
Possibly the oldest and the best proven business model of all-time. It is also the most familiar: Selling your own physical products. It’s a concept we’re all familiar with, and we see it play out from the corner lemonade stand to Mrs. Fields Cookies. I have something you want, so I sell it to you. Very simple! To sell products online, you have to ask yourself few questions as listed below:
1. What are you going to sell?
2. How are you going to accept payment?
3. How will you let people know about your products?
4. How will you handle fulfillment and customer service?
Let’s look at each of these questions individually.
1. What are you going to sell? Choose a product that is of interest to the majority of your readers. For instance, if you have a Hawaiian vacation blog, your readers won’t necessarily come to you for the brand-new flea collar you invented. A few might be interested, but keeping synergy between your blog theme and your product is essential. Any disconnect will lead to confusion on the part of your blog readers, and confusion leads to distrust. Sell those Hawaiian vacation dreamers your own ukelele music CD, or your audio guide to the Big Island, or posters you’ve made from photographs you took on your last excursion to Maui.
2. How are you going to accept payment? Ten years ago, would-be online entrepreneurs would have had to dream up some complicated work-around for customers to get them cash. Now, we’ve got a number of options. The easiest is PayPal, which will allow your customers to pay using their credit card, debit card, or PayPal balance. Go to www.paypal.com and click on “Business” for more information. PayPal can help you create “buy now” buttons for your site, issue invoices, and more, and it is easily integrated into your blog.
If you outgrow PayPal, there are a number of shopping cart services you can check out, including 1shoppingcart.com, Americart.com, vshoppingcart.com, and many more. These services are more expensive than PayPal, but will add functionality you may eventually desire, such as affiliate management.
3. How will you let people know about your products? This is the tricky part of the business. Marketing your wares is an essential part of your business plan. No matter how good your mousetrap, ukelele CD, or homemade cookies are, if no one knows about them, no one can buy them. You can spread the word through forums, search engine optimization (SEO), Google AdWords, Facebook advertisements, and a number of other methods. Check my book on “How to Get Unstoppable Traffic to Your Blog” The key is to know beforehand how you’re going to tell people about your products.
4. How will you handle fulfillment and customer service? Unless you enjoy making numerous trips to the post office and answering calls 24/7, as you grow you will need to have a scalable plan for shipping out orders and handling customer questions and complaints. You can outsource fulfillment to a local business or individual (try Craigslist.com), or through a service like Amazon’s amazonservices.com. Likewise, you can outsource customer service to a virtual assistant, or to a company that specializes in customer service.
Selling your own goods online can be a profitable and satisfying way to make your mark on the online world – and to make money! Many businesses of all sizes incorporate a physical sales component to their offerings.