As a blogger, you may get several emails monthly, weekly, or even daily from companies offering to work with you in exchange for a sponsored post. For many bloggers, having multiple streams of revenue is the main way they are able to pursue their goal of blogging instead of being your typical worker bee.
But if you are the type who doesn’t want to do sponsored posts, then there is good news; you don’t have to. There are lots of ways for bloggers to make decent money every month, without having to peddle posts for various companies.
Most commonly bloggers will do affiliate programs, sell their own products or sell ad space on their blogs. I do a combination of everything.
I am going to go into detail with each one and tell you how you can earn income as a blogger without having to do sponsored posts.
Your Own Product
I’m starting with this tidbit because this is the way that most bloggers make the most money. I have created three products:
and one eCourse
All of my eBooks also come as bundles with worksheet guides and comprehensive audits.
Pricing your own products can be tricky, but you have to take into account the amount of time and effort you put into them. I have taken six months to get my eBooks written and my courses developed. I also put them through extensive testing with other bloggers, so I know the product is good. The main thing I have learned is value your work.
If you create a great product and are knowledgeable about the subject, people will pay.
Affiliate links can be a hit or miss for a lot of people. However, if you know how to correctly do them, it can add a nice chunk of change to your revenue stream.
Currently, I am an affiliate for Bluehost, Dreamhost, Shareasale, and Amazon.
How to use affiliate links
In order to be successful with affiliate links, the key is to NOT be overbearing. Your audience doesn’t want to feel as if you are constantly trying to sell them products. It’s best to recommend products that you either actually use or find useful, not ones that will just bring in major dollars for you.
Bluehost is probably one of the most popular web hosting companies since they are the easiest to get set up for a WordPress bl0g. Therefore, it is also one of the easiest platforms to earn affiliate commission off of as well. Most blogging platforms have affiliate programs so I encourage you to check it out. One of my biggest money makers is my How To Set Up Your WordPress Blog. I also have an in-depth course on Teachable.
Shopstyle is an affiliate program that primarily is used by fashion bloggers. However, you can create a great list that you can use to drive sales and earn affiliate income.
This isn’t a big money maker for me, but it can be lucrative if you do it correctly. Simply add affiliate links to your post for varying products.
Ads are a decent source of revenue. While it won’t make you a six figure blogger, it will help you bring in a few extra dollars every month.
This is normally the go-to for many starter blogs. Google does have requirements that state you must be at least 6 months old, however, there have been people who have been approved earlier than this. What I do like about Adsense is that I can track my Google Analytics along with it. This helps me to see which pages get more traffic and ultimately are more profitable than others.
While most new bloggers will not get approved for AdThrive (the minimum pageviews are 100,000), it is a platform to consider as your blog continues to grow. AdThrive is more family friendly, so if that is your blog’s niche, this may be an ideal network for you.
I haven’t heard a ton of good things about this one (as they require a one year contract), however, if this is something you are interested in, feel free to research and find out more.
This is another network that most new bloggers will not be able to take advantage of just yet. However, I have heard wonderful things about this network, and I definitely have them on my list one I meet the UVM requirement.
There are lots of ways that bloggers can monetize their blog, without inundating it with sponsored post. Ultimately the decision is yours. Make sure you have a goal set for yourself and your blog; this will help you determine the right course of action to take.
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