Blogs are so popular these days. They can be a hobby, a source of entertainment, or a source of valuable information – moreover, they can also become a way to earn a living. If you’ve been thinking how to earn money while doing what you love, blogging can become an amazing opportunity for you, but only if you learn how to monetize it right.
There are so many ways to monetize your writing skills with the help of your blog – however, today I want to focus on 7 most popular ones.
1. Freelance blogging.
If you have a blog that is already quite popular, you can offer your blogging services to clients and companies. In this case, your blog can be viewed as a portfolio as well as a way to draw more clients to you (especially if your search engines ranking is quite high).
That’s why, if you don’t mind working for other people and writing articles on given topics, this could be a great opportunity for you to monetize your writing skills.
If you are a professional in your niche and have a lot of things to share with your audience, you can write an eBook and sell it with the help of your blog (or on Amazon, using your blog for a promotion). Novel writers can consider this option too: many online writers these days have their own blogs where they share various tips and tricks as well as some information about the upcoming books.
This would be especially great if you want to become a novelist but struggle with finding a publisher: in this case, you can build a loyal audience with the help of your blog and ensure that even self-publishing will pay off.
Some niche experts offer their tutoring or coaching services to their readers for a reasonable price (for example, they can give a paid lesson on writing skills or offer a business coaching session). Of course, you have to be skilled and popular enough to seriously consider this option. Make sure that you do have things you can share to make people’s lives better. Also, think about whether it will be easy for you or not.
Some people are good at communicating and explaining things to the others, while some find it too energy-consuming and complicated. If you are one of the first ones, this is definitely an option for you.
4. Banner ads.
While various banner ads don’t give you too much money, they are one of the best options for beginner bloggers. You can start using them almost right away and if you choose to partner with banner services, the whole process will be automatic – and very easy.
So if you’re looking for a way to earn some extra money while promoting your blog and making it more popular, this could be a nice option.
5. Product reviews.
Popular bloggers can earn money for writing paid reviews for certain products. Some bloggers do it in exchange for the gifts, but if your blog is popular enough, you can definitely go bigger and start charging money for such services.
Of course, your profit will depend on a niche you’re working in, but some niches are easier to monetize than the others.
6. Selling your own products or services.
Maybe you’re a photographer running a photo blog or a creator of amazing handmade jewelry who has a blog about handmade stuff? In this case, you can use your blog to offer your products or services to the readers. Moreover, even if you don’t have your own products yet, you can create them later – for example, some beauty bloggers start with reviews and tutorials but end up creating their own cosmetic products.
7. Premium content.
Most beginner bloggers offer premium content in exchange for email subscription, but if your audience is very big and loyal, you can go further and offer some kind of a paid premium content. For example, this could be some kind of a digital product: a video tutorial or a lecture, a pattern set, a schedule for something, or some interesting articles. The price of such content may vary depending on its value, starting from a dollar or a few per download.
The only important thing here is to set the price right as well as ensure that this content is definitely valuable (otherwise, your audience might feel disappointed).
As you see, you can monetize your blog in many ways, which depend on your niche, on what you can offer, and on how popular your blog actually is. You could focus on one of these options only or choose to combine a few of them if you want. Either way, I wish you to succeed in your blogging career!
Sophia Clark graduated from the University in the City of New York with B.A. in Journalism, 2011. She is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers, now she writes for BeforeWriting. In her free time she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter .