One of the most discouraging things about blogging for money is that perseverance alone won’t bring in the big dollars — you can’t just write more or write better to make more money. It can sometimes feel like an exclusive club to which you don’t have access because your name wasn’t on the list.
Let me assure you, though: while there are some blog monetization tricks you need to learn (kind of like secret handshakes or passwords) to get access to the party, the tricks are simple and, once you implement them, you will see radical results.
So, instead of perpetually smashing your fingers into your keyboard harder and harder as you don’t get the income you had hoped for, try one (or all) of these secret handshakes the next time you go to the party. Your wallet will thank you later.
1. The Sell-Out
You might be resistant to the idea of adding Google Adsense, on the grounds that it is selling out. Don’t be. It might be selling out, but selling out is one of the only ways to make money online. In fact, it is the way to make money — if you aren’t selling something, how are you going to make money?
It is possible to add Adsense to your site in an attractive, non-distracting way; you just have to be economical with your “real estate management,” so to speak.
The bottom line is that Google Adsense can substantially contribute to your total income, and no one will hold it against you for using it.
2. The Lord of the Links
Links can make or break your monetization dreams. What they link to, how you display them on pages, whether you make use of add-ons; there are several factors that impact the success of your links, and, by extension, how successful your blog is at bringing home the bacon.
A few quick tips:
• Utilize the sidebar. Because it’s visible on every one of your pages, you can use the sidebar as a dedicated way to link to some affiliated products you’re selling, to products of your own, etc. all at the click of a mouse. Try having a sidebar tab that links to your personal favourite products.
• Bury some deep links into your posts. Nothing can beat a link to a onion blossom maker in a post about onion blossoms.
• Use add-ons to get the most out of your links. Amazon has add-ons that send global readers of your blog to the branch of Amazon nearest them, such as amazon.co.uk.
3. The Trail Blazer
As good as it is to be an affiliate marketer, selling your own wares shows your readers that you are dedicated to your niche, so much so that you have something real to contribute to it. Tailor your product to your blog: if your blog is about search engine optimization, write a detailed e-booklet about SEO and sell it. And make sure to link to it.
These monetization methods won’t make you a millionaire, but they will help boost your income little by little. Keep reading, keep working, and keep trying new things, and you will eventually get to where you want to be.