If you are reading this post, that means you are interested learning ways to monetize your blog. It doesn’t matter if you just started a blog or if you’ve been at it for a while. In my opinion, everyone has potential to earn money with their blogs.
I have been blogging for over two and a half years and have tried various methods of monetization. Today, I am excited to share with you all the ways you can implement income strategies so that you can start earning money.
Ad revenue is a top source of income for bloggers. The trick with ad revenue is that your earning potential relies on the amount of traffic your blog gets. The more traffic, the more money you earn. This is probably not a surprise to hear.
For new bloggers starting out, high traffic might not be there yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t one day achieve high traffic. I have taken a handful of online e-courses on how to grow traffic, and the best results I have ever received are from Carly Campbell’s Pinteresting Strategies ebook.
Full disclosure, I am now an affiliate for Carly’s ebook, which means if you purchase it, I will receive a commission. Now, keep in mind I am an affiliate for two other ebooks, but I am only suggesting this one because it has actually given me results.
What Are The Ad Agencies I Can Apply To?
There are so many different ad agencies available to apply to, but all have different criteria for being accepted as well as specific revenue guidelines. I am going to break down the various ad agencies depending on blog traffic requirements.
Small Blog Traffic
I love that there are ad agencies that accept blogs with small amounts of traffic. The benefit is that you can start to work with ad agencies, play with ad placements and still earn some income through ads.
One of the most popular ways to monetize your beginner blog is with Google Adsense. There is not a minimum requirement of page views needed to be accepted, which makes this an attractive option for blogs with low traffic counts.
The minimum payout is $100.
Media.net does not have any minimum requirements to get started. This is great because whether you have 100 page views per day or 3000 you can be accepted.
The minimum payout is a threshold of $100. That means, until your generated ad revenue reaches $100 you won’t get that money in your pocket.
I started using Media.net recently and so far I am happy with how easy it is to place ads.
After signing up you will need to install the plugin called “Media.net Ads Manager”. This plugin allows you to select where on your blog you want ads to show up and what size you want the ads to be.
I was hesitant at first with putting ads on my website, afraid that it would take away from the reader experience. But to my surprise it has had zero impact on my traffic. In fact, the amount of time readers are staying on my website has increased.
I don’t have any pop-up ads except my newsletter pop-up that will show up once. If you choose not to sign up it won’t show up again until 30 days later if you return to my site.
Final thoughts on Media.net
This is a great gateway ad agency to start using right away that can bring in revenue.
Big Blog Traffic
Mediavine requires 25,000 sessions within a 28 day period to qualify. While this can seem unreachable when you are a beginner I can assure you that if you keep at it, you can get there.
If you break it down, you need to be getting an average of about 800 page views per day to qualify.
25,000 / 31 (days) = 806
AdThrive requires 100,000 page views per month, with the majority of traffic coming from the United States.
Is It Too Early To Monetize If I Just Started A Blog?
A lot of people wonder if monetizing a blog from the beginning is a good idea or not. The upside to putting monetization strategies in place from the beginning will allow you to feel comfortable with ad agencies, affiliate marketing and selling products.
The downside is that in order to generate high revenue you will need to obtain a lot of traffic. But, I say don’t let that get you down. Implement ads on your blog, and it will grow with you.
Web Hosting Affiliate
One of the top ways to monetize your blog is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is a great passive income strategy that requires some work initially but then allows you to earn passively.
I have seen that a lot of bloggers make a decent amount of affiliate income by promoting their blog hosting platforms for which they are affiliates for.
I know that is the case for me. For example, I host my blog with Siteground, and when someone starts a blog with my affiliate link, I earn a commission.
The commission with Siteground is very good. Here’s what I mean:
- 1-5 sales per month – $50 commission each
- 6-10 sales per month -$75 commission each
- 11 and up – $100 commission each
I can’t speak for other popular hosting affiliates like Blue Host and Wix, but I can tell you that Siteground is very generous with commissions.
Shop Style Collective Affiliate
I recently got accepted to become an affiliate for Shop Style Collective. I had tried once three months ago and got denied, but after working on increasing my blog traffic, thanks to Carly Campbell’s Pinteresting Strategies eBook, I re-applied and got accepted!
If you love fashion you will love being an affiliate for Shop Style Collective. You can earn a commission through some of your favorite popular brands such as J.Crew, Madewell, etc.
Even if you don’t have a fashion blog niche, I think that Shop Style Collective can work with a lot of blog niches such as budgeting, travel and fitness.
The key is just finding ways to incorporate an outfit suggestion with your blog post.
In my blog post titled The TWA Hotel At The JFK Airport = Exciting Layovers you will see imbedded in the middle and bottom of the post where I incorporate some of the suggested style looks for traveling in NYC.
Remember, it is never too early or too late to think about the ways to monetize your blog.
Focus on building your blog traffic and your revenue with both ads and affiliates will grow.
If you are serious about increasing your blog traffic, seriously consider purchasing Carly Campbell’s Pinteresting Strategies ebook. Again, I am only promoting this because her strategies work.
I wish I would have purchased it the first year I started blogging, because I can’t imagine how much farther along I would have been.