I know what it’s like to get started. As a blogger myself, I was in beginner’s shoes once. Starting as a new mom who hired a website designer, I quickly discovered that I wanted to make it easy, convenient, and simple for anyone to start their own boss babe empire or develop their passion.
When I started blogging back in 2011, the blogosphere had already taken off. Bloggers were making money simply by placing ads on their site. But then something happened.
Google changed the game rules and suddenly making money by placing ads on a website wasn’t as profitable as it had been before.
Some bloggers threw in the towel and went on to other ventures. Other bloggers took the bull by the horns and created their own money maker.
And something else happened too.
Big brands started to realize the kind of influence bloggers had on an audience and the next thing you know they’re reaching out to bloggers to promote their products. Okay so Kim Kardashian is still a major influencer but hey, who says you can’t become just as big, right?
But if you do have a passion for writing and have a knack for it you should give freelance writing a try.
As a freelance writer you get to choose whatever topic you want to write about – so long as you have some know-how about it.
To get started, you’ll need to set up a blog to display a portfolio of your work. A blog is also good to create content around your niche – which also makes great writing practice. You can also put your contact information, display social proof (think testimonials) and build credibility as a freelance writer.
The next thing you want to do is determine who your ideal client will be. Do you want to work with bloggers, B2B companies, online businesses, big brands?
Finally, it’s time to start looking for freelance writing gigs. Here are some places to start looking:
Like I mentioned earlier, brands now recognize how much influence a blogger has. And now they are willing to pay bloggers like you to get the word out about their product.
Marketing campaigns normally include content and social media marketing. Think email marketing (affiliate) blog posts, tweets and Facebook posts. These posts are shared on your blog’s social media pages in hopes you will influence your audience to purchase or try a brand’s product.
Here is a list of Influencer Networks to connect with your favorite brands:
Or, you can search on a brand’s website to learn about their affiliate or publisher programs.
6. Ad Placement
I know I said there really isn’t much money to be made with ad placement but it does add to your bottom line.
Sites like Google Adsense and Media.net provides you with code snippets to place on your site to generate ads based on the content of your site.
The threshold for payout is $100 and unless you have a high volume of traffic, it might take anywhere from 2-3 months to reach it…but remember the bottom line.
7. Rent Ad Space
Once you have a steady stream of traffic on your site, you can advertise ad space for rent on your website.
The most common ad space that’s purchased is “above the fold” which is the upper half of a webpage. And the reason why this area is in high demand is because it is front and center – and that makes it visible to site visitors.
When you create an advertising page on your site remember to list the sizes of the ads, rates and contact information.
8. Membership Sites
Membership sites can be a great way for a blogger to earn passive income.
Here’s how it works…People will sign up and pay a monthly fee to get access to premium content and other digital products.
The most popular types of membership sites are:
Digital Products – think graphic design, web design, and eBooks
You can also sign up to sites that pay $25 to $100+ to publish their content on your site. Sites like Guest Crew, BlogDash, Valued Voice and PostJoint offer paid content for bloggers in just about every niche.
Things to Do To
Before I close up this post I want to go over several things you should do to increase your chances of making money:
Determine what kind of advertising opportunities you want and set rates
Create an Advertising page and include advertising opps, rates, stats and disclosures about your terms
Promote your advertising page on social media to let brands and marketers know about your advertising opportunities
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Over To You
So those are the ways you can make money blogging.
My good friend and mentor Donna Merrill has said “never put all your eggs in one basket.” Her point is that you don’t want to rely on just one stream of income. You want to try different approaches that will ultimately add to your bottom line.
Now let’s chat!
What are some of the ways you’re making money as a blogger? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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