Blogging has fast become more than a hobby for some people as people are now considering turning a blog into a full-time job by monetising their ramblings on many subjects online. Years ago, people weren’t too familiar with the blogging concept, but it has now swept the nation as more people are creating their own online spaces and using them as a creative outlet. But if you want to take the leap and turn your blog into a business how can you make money from it? I thought I would share with you five ways you can do it.
Consider affiliate marketing
When you blog, you may find that you are promoting products and services that you use. Some people are sent things for review, but you may just be sharing your thoughts because you love the product so much. So why not make money from this? You may be wondering how you can do that. But linking to the product through the way of an affiliate link can help. You need to be honest about including affiliate links online, but all it does it give you a commision if someone clicks through that link and goes on to buy the item you were promoting. You can look online for the best affiliate programs out there. If you are already promoting it, you may as well try and get something from it.
Working with brands on sponsored advertising campaigns
These days brands are seeing the power that online influencers like bloggers can have when it comes to advertising and promotion, so you may find that working with them in regards to sponsored content or campaigns could be an ideal way to monetise your blog. Sponsored content or campaigns are information that a rand wants to be promoted and subsequently pay for it to be promoted. It may be an article, a link to be included or even promoting their campaigns for raising awareness.
Social media could be an earner
These days you might not even have a physical blog, just a popular social media platform with a good audience reach, and you will still be able to make some money from it. An image promoting a product, for example, on Instagram could be all the brand wants. So it may be worth making more of your platforms and trying to create your own brand from there.
Advertising on your website
A quick and simple way to monetise your blog is to add clickable ads to it. It could be that you like the simplicity of a banner ad which sits at the bottom of your blog, or a square side ad which doesn’t interfere too much with your content. The ads are there, but you only get paid if someone clicks on to them and is directed to the advertising site.
Becoming a brand ambassador
Finally, if you really feel passionate about a brand or you have worked with them before, you may find that they may want you to become a brand ambassador for them. This normally means an agreement on posts and promotion, that could mean free products or monetary gain, depending on what sort of agreement you put in place.
I hope that this has inspired you to make more from your blog hobby and turn it into a money maker.