20. Cha-Ching! Money From Blogging For Beginners

Blogging for profit for beginners.

Ever ask yourself “How do people make money blogging?”  Profiting from your blog can be done.

You have have been researching “blogging” and the first rule you learn is blog because you enjoy it.  I would like to say that anything you do, you should do because you enjoy it.  That is a given.  It is even more important with blogging because profiting from your blog will take time.  You will not see over night results.  No matter how valuable you think your content is, content alone will make you nothing.  There isn’t any information you could provide that would entice would-be customers to pay you to access your content out the gate.  There is a way of making money off content but we will save that for another day.  Think of this as a starting point.  A guide to where to start to make money blogging from home.

You need to plan on going in the red or negative when starting out.  You have site hosting and page design to consider.  If you go the same route I have (creating and maintaining your own site) you have to consider the value of your time.  This is subjective but is something you still need to consider.

How much money do you make blogging?  In the beginning, very little.

High level blogging process:

  1. Create site
  2. Create content to present to traffic
  3. Generate traffic
  4. Make money
  5. Generate subscriber list
  6. Make even more money

Ways to make Money blogging:

  1. Affiliate marketing (short goal)
  2. Content marketing (long goal)

This first article will cover specifically affiliate marketing.  This is a good place to start when you first begin your blogging adventure.  This will allow you generate some revenue without having a large subscriber list or marketable content (content you can provide subscribers for a cost).  Though you will not see millions roll in overnight, it will be rewarding to see some fruits of your blogging labor.  This is something you can set up right away and include in your first live blog post.

Affiliate Marketing

PPC (pay per click)

You place adds on your site that drive revenue when folks click on the add.  The amount of revenue generated varies from $.01 on up.  I have received some PPC payouts over the $6 mark.  Even at that, we aren’t talking huge amounts of money here.  These adds are the most dynamic and are geared to be targeted directly to the specific reader.  Google Adsense is an example.  You can sign up at their website here – GoogleAdsense.

Example:

PPS (pay per sale)

You place adds on your site and revenue is generated only when a sale is made.  A unique identifier is passed through the link to the merchant or affiliate network.  This identifier is usually stored in a cookie on the user’s machine to allow you to earn money for some time after they leave your site.  In other words, if they leave your site and visit the merchant site and make a purchase before the cookie expires, you still get paid.  The time frame varies and is completely dependent on whether the user keeps the cookies on their computer or not.  Payout is generally a percentage of the sale.

Example:

PPL (pay per lead)

These programs are a little different.  You place the add on your site.  When the reader clicks on the add, they are usually taken to a site which requires them to sign up for something.  If and when their email is verified, you get paid.  This is usually a flat rate per lead generated.

Example:

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As you can see, there are a variety of affiliate marketing options out there.  Now that you have an idea of what options are available, you need to determine how to get signed up and approved.

Sign up on merchant websites – If there is a specific company you would like to affiliate with, there is usually a link at the bottom of their website.  Look for the word “affiliate” or “partner”.  The link provide will prompt you to sign up  if an affiliate opportunity is available.

Affiliate Networks – Affiliate networks make managing different advertisers easier.  You may also find that the merchants you go through forward you to an affiliate network site.  These sites “broker” (for lack of a better word) for advertisers.  The present you with a list of advertisers you can apply for.  You can apply for as many as you would like.  Approval is on an advertiser by advertiser basis.  Once approved, you are provided with code you simply drop into your site.  This code ties you to the add.  It contains your affiliate ID which is passed back to the affiliate network site so they can pay you.  Affiiate networks make it easy to manage and track payouts for multiple affiliates in one location.

One of many affiliate networks.


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