Most bloggers create and maintain a blog for the purpose of making money, although some people do it for pleasure or to keep in touch with friends and family. However, the vast majority of bloggers set out with the intention to make a profit. Fortunately, if you are looking at ways to make some extra money, adding profit streams to your blog is really easy.
Selling advertising space is one of the most common ways to profit from your blog. A good example of this is Google Adsense. Google Adsense is so easy to apply to your blog that there is no reason for the serious blogger not to use it. All that is required is to add a small snippet of code to the blog. The advertisements are then added automatically. Furthermore, the adverts are highly-targeted because they match the content of the page.
The reason bloggers choose to apply advertising to their blog is because it is a passive form of income once the traffic has been established. Although it takes work to look for advertisers, other than Google Adsense, and maintain the adverts on the blog, those who achieve it can gain a reasonable amount of profit for very little work. Compared to other forms of monetisation, selling advertising space can be one of the most consistent streams of revenue.
On the negative side, selling advertising space requires you to have some kind of established traffic. You might find it hard to sell advertising space without traffic and it will most likely not produce much revenue. Additionally, the blog must have a target audience, or niche, in order to achieve the maximum amount of profit for advertising space.
Affiliate programs are also a major source of profit for bloggers. Affiliate programs are excellent because they give you the opportunity to make a profit even if your blog has a small audience. However, the negative aspect of affiliate programs is that there can be instances where you cannot make any profit at all.
Clickbank and Paydotcom are good places to visit if you are looking to apply some affiliate adverts to your blog. You can manage all of your affiliate products from one easy-to-use interface, and any sales you make are pooled together rather than spread over several different merchants.
Bloggers who offer some form of product or service have an excellent opportunity to bring in more clients. Creating and maintaining a blog that focuses on your particular area of expertise can help you become a recognized authority in your field. You can also benefit from an increase in demand for your services and improved reputation that you build, which will enable you to charge more.
Aside from promoting your services, selling premium content is also a good way to profit from your blog. Blogs are a huge source of information, and remember that not everything has to be free. Although selling premium content is possible in any field, you must have the capability to offer something to the reader that is worth paying for.
Setting up and maintaining your own blog, or network of blogs, offers you an easy way to make some extra money. This can be done at virtually no cost, other than time. How much money you make is entirely up to you, depending on the effort you put in.
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By: Ian Basford
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