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Top Ten Ways to Quickly Monetize Your Blog

Posted by on 15th Sep 2012 | 13 comments

Blogging may be one of the slowest forms for building a successful brand and business online, but it’s also one with the lowest investment required. Starting your blog only costs a few dollars and that’s mainly to buy your domain name and setup a hosting account for a few dollars a month. The rest of the blogging is up to you, your content and how much time you put into marketing and growing the site.

We all know it will take a lot of time, but once you finally hit those nice traffic levels and gain a solid readership you might start thinking about different ways to monetize your site and traffic. In this post we are going to fly through ten different ways that you can start making money with your blog. Some are ridiculously easy to setup and might help you make a few dollars a day, while others can help you take your blog to the next level and generate three to four figures per month!

Are you ready? Let’s go!

  1. Google Adsense – Obviously the most simple and easy way to make money with your site. Just focus on your content and let Google do all of your ad serving and send you a nice check every month.
  2. Sell Your Own Banners – Forget Google Adsense! Go around the big players who are taking a chunk of your revenue and sell your own advertising directly!
  3. Contextual Advertising – Don’t like ugly banner ads on your site that take up space? Look into contextual advertising and start showing money making ads within your actual blog content.
  4. Write Review Posts – Review posts are an excellent way to make money with your own blog. If you aren’t getting paid to write the reviews, then you can review products that have affiliate programs. Every time someone downloads or buys the product, you would earn a commission.
  5. Affiliate Programs – Whether you are writing a review on a product or service or simply mentioning something with your content, nearly every product or web site has an affiliate program. As an affiliate you will earn a commission every time someone signs up for something or takes an action through your affiliate link.
  6. Amazon Affiliate Program – One of the largest and successful affiliate programs in the game. Link to anything on Amazon.com with your affiliate url and start earning commissions right away.
  7. Build a Mailing List – There is no better way to get people to keep coming back to your site than to get them on a mailing list. Forget just sending them your latest blog content, you can hit your mailing list subscribers with exclusive offers and promotions that will earn you money on every sign up.
  8. Create Your Own eBook to Sell – If people are coming to your blog to read your information, there is a good chance they would pay for premium information as well. Write an ebook with your best blog content and sell it for a few dollars. Lots of sales for a few dollars each can add up quickly!
  9. Sell Yourself! – Don’t want to sell yourself short or waste time writing an ebook, sell yourself! Are you the voice of authority within your niche? If so you can sell consulting, training or many other types of services through your blog. 100% of the profit is yours. You are the product!
  10. Sell Your Blog! – The best way to cash in with your blog is by looking at the big picture and actually selling it! Some web sites are selling for 10-30 times their monthly earnings on Flippa’s online auction marketplace.

There you have it! Ten quick tips to help you make more money with your blog!


Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

13 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Amrik Virdi on 15th Sep 2012

    Thanks for sharing the list. I am sure new bloggers can take advantage of this post and make some big bucks in future.. I am going to share this.
    Thanks!
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  • Posted by Mary W. on 15th Sep 2012

    Hi Zac, this is quite a complete list. I think writing blogs is a great starting point to build information products.
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  • Posted by neu on 16th Sep 2012

    Hi Zac

    For monetization I always keep in mind that reader and traffics is the starting point to build a good income source via blogging. Slowly I try to build traffics and at the same time monetize my site. Thanks for sharing this.
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  • Posted by Toastmaster Sussex on 16th Sep 2012

    Great read, certainly won’t be selling my blog anytime soon, but there are some great tips here. Thank you for giving me the extra insight.

  • Posted by Ehsan Ullah on 16th Sep 2012

    I have been writing review posts on my blog from long time and It is really making me some quick money too. I don’t use Adsense because for Blogging niche It isn’t the right option.

    Great post Zan, I’m surely gonna share it.
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  • Posted by Richard Ng on 16th Sep 2012

    Thanks Zac for sharing this comprehensive list of monetizing our blog.

  • Posted by crazyblogger on 17th Sep 2012

    Adsense has been my main source of revenue for a long time and all of a sudden, its making less than what its used to and I am getting less visitors as well. I hate banner ads because it takes lots of space and slows my site. But if this drop in revenue continues, I will have to consider banner ads as well.

  • Posted by social media manager on 18th Sep 2012

    hi thank you zac for the great information i will love to promote my own blog in a good way. this information is going to help me so much.

  • Posted by Anup Kayastha on 18th Sep 2012

    Hi Zac,

    Great tips! But is the last point ‘sell your blog’ really should be there? I or I’m just wrong. :)

    Cheers!
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  • Posted by James Dean on 18th Sep 2012

    I really like the idea of selling ads, but selling ads do not work until you are also a big player. So just stick to Google Adsense mean while.
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  • Posted by Jeffrey Runey on 20th Sep 2012

    Thanks for sharing the list. I think writing blogs is a great starting point to build information products.

  • Posted by Mitchell Bryan on 20th Sep 2012

    Thanks for sharing. This information is going to help me so much

  • Posted by Paras Kala on 24th Sep 2012

    thanx for posting on this topic.i was searching for special tips which help my blog n make me a good blogger.
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