By now you have a good start on your blog. Now it’s time to start thinking about how to make money from all of your hard work. I’ve composed a list of websites that offer different opportunities to monetize your blog.
1. Affiliate Marketing
ShareASale: One of the largest Affiliate Networks around, ShareASale has more that 3,900 brands you can work with and promote through your blog, social media, your newsletter, etc. To my knowledge, there is not a minimum requirement for bloggers to join ShareASale, so if you are a brand new blogger, you can start promoting brands and products you love immediately, regardless of traffic, social media followers, etc.
I made an entire post about Making Money with ShareASale, so be sure to check it out and get in with some great brands right off the bat!
Amazon Associates: Another popular Affiliate Network with no minimum requirements is Amazon Associates. You can make decent money with Amazon, as a lot of people already shop on Amazon, and if they click through your link and then purchase something else, you will still get commission for it. Be warned though: commission is low unless you are selling massive amounts of product.
CJ Affiliate: Commission Junction is another large scale affiliate network you may consider joining. While there are no minimum requirements to join, you may want to wait until you have established a good source of loyal readers before joining because if you generate no commissionable transactions during your first 6 months with them, they will cancel your account and stick you with a $10 Dormant Account Fee.
2. Ad Networks
Google AdSense: This is probably one of the most recognized ad networks in the blogging industry. They pay publishers (bloggers) based on the number of impressions and clicks an ad gets. This can add up to a lot if you have a lot of traffic and if you’re ad layout is favorable to clicks. If you are looking to monetize your blog from the get-go though, this
may not be the place to start. They can be rather picky with who they accept into their program, and in all honesty, unless you are banking a LOT of traffic, you just aren’t going to see the money roll in. Still, it’s not a bad option. I run AdSense on For the Love of Crust currently and it’s a little extra money each month.
InfoLinks: Infolinks has no minimum requirements and also pays based on impressions and clicks. They have timely payouts, trusted advertisers, and they newbie blogger friendly. Yay! If you want to get started with ads from the moment you publish yur blog, be sure to check out InfoLinks.
PopAds: Much like InfoLinks, this advertising network has no minimum traffic requirements and their minimum payout is exceptionally low at $5, in comparison to other ad networks. However, the only method of payment they offer is PayPal, and I know for some people that can be a touchy issue.
3. Sponsored Posts
Social Fabric: This is currently where I get most of my sponsored post opportunities. I love working with Social Fabric.They employ a number of fun, enthusiastic, knowledgeable women who are there to help and everything is very clear. I know what is expected of me when I accept a sponsored post, and it makes the whole process run a lot smoother. Social Fabric doesn’t have a set number of page views or followers that you must have in order to join, although I have heard they can be a little picky, so I would wait until my readership was larger before trying to join. Typically, in my experience so far, sponsored posts range from $150-$400 per post, depending on what’s required. For a recipe and blog post, you can expect to receive less than the blogger who is doing a party tutorial and blog post. Once you are in, you can see a list of open campaigns and apply for those that fit your blog and your audience.
Massive Sway: I have not actually done any sponsored work with Massive Sway, although I am a publisher with them. They don’t offer tons of campaigns at a time and sometimes campaigns have page view requirements or follower requirements. However, they do have sponsored material that pays higher than Social Fabric from time to time, depending on your audience size and what is required. Also, there is no approval process. Anyone can be approved, and the wait time is super short.
4. Social Media Influencer
Collabor8: This is specifically for iPhone users, as it’s an Apple App (sorry Samsung Galaxy lovers). It’s an app whereyou set up a profile with your social media channels and following, as well as a few images and a short bio of what you do niche wise. Then you find and reach out to brands that are suitable for you and your blog or social media accounts and collaborate with them. This may be in the form of a giveaway or a product review or some other form of payment. It’s super easy to use and it’s one of those things where I occasionally browse through the brands on the app and hit ‘Collaborate’ when I see something I’m interested in.
BlogHer: I haven’t personally done any Social Media Influencer Campaigns with BlogHer, but I am a member and have a couple approved Social Media Channels. The more followers you have on a social media channel, the better your chances of getting offered a campaign. So, if you have a large Instagram following, you may be eligible, based on your niche for certain campaigns. Campaigns are paid a flat fee, which is pre-set when you are offered the opportunity, and then payment occurs within 60 days after the end of the month that the campaign was in. NOTE: You do not need a blog to be a part of the BlogHer Social Media Influencer Network.
5. Pay-Per-Click Promotions
Linqia: Linqia is similar to a Social Fabric and Massive Sway in that they offer sponsored opportunities from brands.Often times this entails writing a blog post and syndicating it across multiple social media platforms. What’s different about Linqia is that all of their sponsored posts are offered directly to you; you don’t have to apply for campaigns. Then, once you accept a campaign your goal is hit a certain number of clicks on a link(s) that they give you. They base that number on your website statistics and social media following. If you exceed your click goal, you are only paid for the number of clicks you were initially assigned. If you are short, you are still paid, but only for the number of clicks you received. It’s extra incentive to get out there and really promote your material.
6. Product Reviews/Giveaways
Tomoson: This is a new site for me. I am still getting the feel for it, but it seems to be a pretty cool way to work with brands, receive products, make some money, etc. Once you become a member of Tomoson, you can apply for tons, and I mean TONS of different opportunities. Each opportunity posted by a brand has certain requirements. Some want you to post to Facebook, your blog, and Twitter, while others may require an additional YouTube video or Instagram photo and tag. Some posts offer monetary compensation, which is based on your total reach (blog traffic + social media followers), while others offer free products.
While it may not be the best way to make thousands every month, it is a great way to link up with brands, establish relationships, get some sweet new products, run a few giveaways, etc.
7. Reach Out To Brands
This is, of course, still an option. Don’t neglect the effectiveness of a solid email and pitch. You can offer to do a sponsored post for a brand you really love and trust, setting up a payment agreement without the help of a third-party. Or you could just ask for a free product in exchange for a review. Ask to run a giveaway to bring in more traffic to your site while promoting their brand.
If I had to pick my favorite ways to monetize my blog I would say Affiliate Marketing through ShareASale and Sponsored Posts through Social Fabric are at the top of my list. Affiliate Marketing is by far one of the leading ways bloggers make money because you can be an affiliate for just about any big brand out there. Think of all the products you love and then check out those brands’ websites to see if they have an affiliate program. It’s usually at the very bottom of the page in the area that contains the About section and Contact info.
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