What mostly comes to mind for bloggers when it comes to monetizing their blog is AdSense. It is no surprise as AdSense is one of the best contextual online advertising networks for any blog as well as one of the safest blog monetization networks available to today, thanks to the quality of Ads and the recurring income it generates.
Blogging newbies, however, do not stand a chance with this. Basically, to earn tangible income through AdSense, a blogger’s traffic must be in tens of thousands, nothing less, and new bloggers find this very frustrating and discouraging. Luckily, there are other ways bloggers looking to make a substantial income with their blogs can monetize their blogs without AdSense. Here are 3 ways on how they can make this happen.
- Paid adverts
With LindaIkeji and BellaNaija blogs at the forefront, lots of blogs are already benefiting from this. What it takes is for the bloggers to sell spaces on their sites for advertisers to display banners. Deals are worked out so that an advertiser can display an ad for a fixed amount of time for an agreed fee with the blog manager. This method allows you to cut out the middleman and charge what you want for other people to advertise on your site.
- Affiliate marketing
In this process, the blogger places ads or links of chosen affiliate products/services on the blog site. When a reader clicks on these links and makes a purchase, the blogger gets a paid commission from the product/service provider. It, however, requires researching and analyzing your niche to understand what your readers are looking to buy. Blog managers need to be smart in choosing the product or service they want to promote, and they also have to make sure they do not overdo the promotion and lose their readers. Jumia, Jovago, and Dealdey, for example, are some popular affiliate networks. Other affiliate programs offered by websites that bloggers can join include ClickBank, ShareASale, Skimlinks, AffiliateWindow, and so on.
- Sell your own product
Instead of blogging exclusively about something, why not sell the product, service or skill directly on your website? If you are a beautician and have whipped up a product that can help people track with skin issues or you are a good cook or chef who has a special spice mix that you use in your recipes, you could sell these products on your blog for a reasonable fee. Maybe you are a writer and you have short fiction stories or you are a programmer and you design apps, you can upload your work or designs on the site and allow people to download them for a fee. From designing the product, to pricing and marketing it, you are the boss of it all. With time, your services and blog gain popularity and becomes a full-time business for you.