All morons hate it when you call them a moron. – Holden Caulfield
This is what everyone wants to know — how to make money from their computer. It has to be the ultimate dream… wake up, commute to your computer, which for me is stretching a little bit to grab my Macbook and then opening it on my chest.
Sometimes I let out a devious laugh when I do it, sometimes it seems to good to be true.
I am still in college though so my life isn’t all peaches and cream.
How To Make Money Blogging For Beginners
There are a ton of ways to make money blogging for beginners, so I’ll go over the most common and most-proven ways to make money from blogging.
Google Adsense. Probably the easiest and fastest way to make money blogging is through Google Adsense. Notice I didn’t say it was the way to make the most money. Because it will take a minute to make a lot of money with Adsense. If you don’t know, Google Adsense is where you put a snippet of code somewhere on your page and then Google automatically decides what ads to place there, and when someone clicks, you make a percentage. A small percentage. Some people make a ton of money with it and you can too once you’re getting thousands of page views.
Affiliate Marketing. This is when you make money promoting someone else’s product. This can be ebooks, hard goods, software, and anything else that people buy with money. The basic idea is to include links to products or services that are related to the content on your website. A few of the biggest and most-well-know affiliate programs are Amazon.com, Clickbank, Commission Junction, and Shareasale. There are tons of others, but those can get you started.
Your Own Products. This will make you the most money. It will also take the most time to implement and to get working properly. So as a general rule, don’t start by creating a product and then trying to build a website around it. You’re much better off to start your blog and spend a few months finding your voice and what you really like to blog about, while acquiring readers along the way. Once you do that, you’ll have a much better idea of what your readers want and would pay for in a product.
To Build An Offline Business. This is probably the most under-used, yet highly effective way to build an offline business. Let’s say you own a small carpet cleaning business in a certain city. By maintaining a consistent blog and doing some basic SEO that involves the keywords that describe your business and the city you’re in, it’s not that hard to dominate the organic rankings in search engines. It doesn’t have to be a local business, either. You’ll notice that almost every well-known business maintains a blog these days. So if you have a cat-sitting business, having an entertaining blog about your cat-sitting business could double,triple, or quadruple the amount of cats that you’re hired to babysit.
Consulting and Speaking Engagements. Once you have an established blog, you’ll start to be viewed as an expert in your area. This can lead to lucrative consulting and speaking gigs, and can even morph into more mainstream opportunities. Take the example of Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary started a video blog about wine, got famous, and now huge corporations pay him ungodly sums to consult and give pep rallys to employees.
Like I said earlier, this is just the tip of the iceberg on how to make money blogging for beginners. People are coming up with new ways to monetize blogs all the time.
What are some of the ways you monetize your blog? Let us know in the comments…