Profiting off your blog seems to be a highly controversial topic in the blogosphere. Some people view it as wrong and unfair to readers. Others see it as a smart way to receive compensation for the work you’ve put into your site.
When it comes down to it, I personally see nothing wrong with trying to make a little money off your blog. As long as you’re transparent with your readers about the content you’re being compensated for, it seems perfectly fine to me. We have all bills to pay. And if you’re able to make money doing something you love, I don’t see why not.
Whether you agree with bloggers earning money from their blogs or not, I think it’s an interesting topic to at least explore. That’s why today I am going to be sharing some of the simplest ways to make money from your blog.
Before I get into this, I’d like to throw out the fact that these methods will NOT get you rich overnight, or anything in that vein. There are no instant money makers. In fact, it will probably take a while for you to make a profit from them.
HOWEVER, the key thing to remember is that eventually you could make a profit. And given the choice to not make a profit or to make a profit over a long period of time, I have a feeling most of us wouldn’t hesitate to select the latter.
Now, I should mention that one of the absolute easiest ways to earn money from your blog is through WordAds.
If you’re a WordPress blogger on the premium plan or above, you can use WordAds to make money off your blog, which is simply a program that allows WordPress to show advertisements on your site. It’s honestly the easiest thing ever. Once you enable WordAds, that’s it. No work, no hassle.
Before we discuss the other sites and programs I’ve used for making money off my blog, let’s talk about AFFILIATE LINKS.
If you’re already familiar with affiliate links, you might as well skip these next couple paragraphs. For those of you who haven’t heard of them or need a little refresher, keep reading.
In essence, an affiliate link is a link used by a blogger or influencer that earns them money each time it is clicked.
It’s how many full-time bloggers are able to make enough of an income to support themselves. (FYI: I am not a full-time blogger myself; I just know this from research).
If you read a post containing affiliate links (see here), and you decide to click on one of said links, the blogger who wrote the post will make money off it. And if you decide to buy an item using an affiliate link, the blogger will make even more money off it.
Sounds pretty cool, right?
So, how do I get affiliate links?
There are bunches of affiliate programs out there, waiting for bloggers to join. Now, some of them require you to have a certain amount of followers, but there are ones that you can use without any regard to your numbers.
One of my favorites is Shop Style Collective.
Shop Style Collective is perfect for the fashion and lifestyle bloggers out there.
If you blog about one of those topics, chances are you’ve done an OOTD post. And if you’ve done an OOTD post, you might have included a link to what you’re wearing or something similar.
Shop Style Collective allows you to monetize those links. Using this program, you can find items similar to the ones you’ve got or even the exact matches. In my opinion, it’s a cool way to make money off something you’d probably already be including in your blog post.
One thing I should mention about Shop Style Collective though is to check prices before you link anything. Items on there can get fairly pricey, and if you’re a blogger who likes to emphasize budget fashion, it might not be the best to give your readers a link to a $500 pair of boots.
Another neat affiliate program for bloggers is Amazon’s affiliate program. This is an easy one to use because, as I am sure you know, Amazon sells just about anything and everything. Clothes. Food. Candles. Mugs. Dish soap. You name it.
The Amazon affiliate program works really similarly to the Shop Style Collective one. All you have to do is find the items you’re looking for and create the link. Once you’ve inserted it in your post and it has gone live, you can use the program to track the number of clicks. It’s kind of an interesting feature if you’ve ever been curious about how many of your readers are clicking the things you post.
Anyway, I think I am going to wrap it up for now. There are so many ways to make money off your blog, and this post merely scraps the surface. I hope you enjoyed reading, and that you learned something you may have not already known.
Do you use any programs to make money off your blog?