The following post is from James of Brooks Web Services:
Having a blog is not just a really fun and easy way to start telling your story to friends and family that you might not have physically close to you or share your interests while you connect with a community that is into the same thing, they can also be a really fun and easy way to make a bit of extra cash. It is not like you have to work very hard to do it, although it does take a bit more work to start up than it does to maintain it.
You can, as most people choose to do, sell adspace, but a profitable and often overlooked way to monetize your blog is by doing it with products. For this to work, you will need to have a certain amount of loyal readers and followers. It needs to be emphasized that even when you start selling products, the quality of your blog and what you bring to your readers should not drop. Instead, your readers should feel more connected with you than ever.
Planning What You Are Going to Sell
There are a million things you could sell and they are all highly dependent on the type of blog you have. If you have a blog dedicated to making arts and crafts with your children and people seem rather impressed by them, you can go one or two ways: compile an e-book with all your arts and crafts with step-by-step pictures and project descriptions, You can add a direct link to on your blog or sell the end product as a standalone novelty item.
You would be surprised at how much money you can end up making when you start putting your blog into products. If your blog is big enough, you might want to start creating your own physical merchandise with your blog’s logo on it. If it is a fashion blog, maybe you can experiment with putting your logo on handbags, and if it is a cooking blog, you might want to give it a go with mugs. Do a little bit of research when it comes to the website you want to launch your products on. Many do not have costs unless someone buys from you, and all you have to do is add a link to your shop on your blog.
Diversifying Isn’t Just Fun – It Is a Must
You need to diversify what you offer on your website. It does not only have to be e-books, you can go a little crazy with it, too. If you have a website dedicated to fashion and dressing well you might want to give a “How to Dress” course for a small fee. People are likely to see how dedicated you are, and if your product is good quality, they are willing to spend money on it.You could also try selling CDs and DVDs, because sometimes people like to have a physical copy of the information you can provide even when they can’t access your website.
Remember that starting up a blog is really simple and monetizing it is surprisingly simple too. All you have to do to ensure that you earn a bit of extra cash every month is keep your blog updated regularly, make sure that you deliver quality content, especially when it comes to your own products and pick the right product. Remember that quality comes first and your blog needs to provide top quality content if you want to earn money from it.
Now I’d love to hear from you. In what ways do you, or would you like to monetize your blog? Let me know in the comments below!
|James Brooks is a professional blogger, web designer and social media consultant based on the South West coast of England. As well as being a co-founder of GPlusTuts, a blog about Google+, James also enjoys blogging about technology, food and tea!|