There are many kinds of online ventures.
Starting a blog and monetizing is one of the most popular online business models.
With a blog, the monetization possibilities are endless.
So go grab a cup of coffee because this is going to be a long post, one that might jumpstart your online business in 2019.
When it comes to monetizing your blog, you have a plethora of options, as you are about to see.
If you are planning to start a blog, be sure to read our step-by-step guide.
A proven method of monetizing a blog, selling advertising space comes in many forms and shapes.
1. Google Adsense
This is the most widely known advertising outlet for bloggers and online hustlers.
Google Adsense works on a pay-per-click basis and displays ads that might catch your blog visitors’ attention.
You can choose where to display the ads and even block those you don’t like.
Of course, in order to generate a decent income from ads, you need to have sizeable traffic.
So if you have just started your blog, you can save that option for when you have accumulated a good amount of recurrent traffic.
2. Display Ads on a Public Forum
Let’s say that a couple of years down the line, you have grown a sizeable community and decided to add a forum section to your blog.
A forum with consistent traffic is an additional ad space waiting to be sold to advertisers.
Many bloggers dismiss the idea of adding a forum to their blogs, thus missing the opportunity to significantly increase their ad revenue.
If people engage in conversations in your comment sections, it’s time to move this activity to a forum where you can display more ads while relying on user-generated content.
3. BuySellAds Pro
BuySellAds Pro works as a marketplace where you can list your blog and sell ad space to advertisers.
You have the freedom to choose ads that are relevant to your niche and which can interest your audience.
As for you, you simply sign up, past code on your page’s HTML code, and monetize your blog from the ads displayed on it.
Smaato is a platform focusing on mobile advertising.
Advertisers and publishers work together to display ads to audiences and split the revenue.
If the majority of your audience accesses your blog from mobile devices, you might want to browse Smaato for selling ad space.
6. Carbon Ads
If your niche is design or development, you’re going to love Carbon Ads.
Carbons Ads target designers and developers, showing them ads of products and solutions they may find useful.
The ads will appear next to your blog posts in a non-intrusive yet appealing way.
7. Sponsored Ads
Simply put, an advertiser pays you to mention his products or services on your blog.
How much you get paid depends on your blog’s traffic, audience reach and level of social media influence.
Deals vary greatly and it all depends on how big the potential returns are for the advertiser.
The advertiser’s offer should be brought up in a natural way.
Sponsored ads are great for bypass ad blockers which are becoming increasingly more common.
8. E-Mail Ads
Your blog allows you to grow a sizeable email list, and you can partner with an advertiser to display ads directly on the inbox of your subscribers.
Just make sure the ads are not too frequent or aggressive.
Sell Your Services
9. Promote Your Professional Services with Your Blog
If you are a professional trying to leverage the internet to get more clients, a blog is a great outlet to do that.
Whether you are a doctor, lawyer, chiropractor, business consultant or anything else, insightful blog posts will do your marketing for you without coming off as too salesy.
Use them as a way to establish your expertise and then include a call to action at the end of each one to pitch your services.
That’s the essence of content marketing: when potential clients see that you know what you are talking about, they are more likely to hire you.
10. Offer Private Coaching
If you have proven time and again your expertise in a certain field, and your readers have openly acknowledged it, you can start offering them private consultations.
Your coaching could be fitness, personal finance, lifestyle, business, or any other topic – provided your audience considers you an authority on it.
Simply let your readers know that you are open to one-on-one coaching sessions via Skype, email, and other means of communication.
11. Sell SEO Services
As you grow your blog, you will have to learn about many SEO strategies.
Eventually, you will know enough about SEO to be able to do it for individual and businesses that need it.
Leverage your blog as a track record to show your SEO skills and pitch them to potential clients.
12. Productize Your Services
If that sounds confusing, don’t worry: it’s actually very simple.
You just organize your services into distinct offers that clients choose from.
Productized services have a clear scope and price. This makes it the selling process faster and easier for you and sets clear expectations for clients.
Sell Digital Products
13. Write an eBook
A staple of making money online, eBooks are still profitable nowadays, provided you have original and useful insights to share.
While eBooks are rarely sold at high prices, this means they are an easy buying decision for new visitors.
Eventually, you can even write a second and third eBooks and cross-sell them with your first.
That said, it would be better to ask your audience if they would be interested in an eBook before starting to write one.
14. Publish Your eBook on Amazon
Amazon is the third biggest search engine in the world, right after Google and YouTube.
If you have written eBook for your blog readers, why not publish it on Amazon as well?
You will expand your reach to an audience that wouldn’t find out otherwise, and redirect it to your blog by mentioning it at the end of the eBook.
15. Make an Audiobook
If you are thinking about writing a book, then consider making an Audiobook version of it to attract more buyers.
Some people don’t have the time or willingness to sit and read books and prefer to listen to Audiobooks while driving, working out, or doing housework.
If you decide to go that route, team up with a professional Audiobook narrator and publish your Audiobook on platforms like Audible and iTunes.
16. Create a Course
Courses are quite popular these days since people crave video content.
Courses can be trickier to make than eBooks, but they also sell at much higher prices.
With courses, you can convey your expertise on a topic without worrying about editing, proofreading, and formatting.
What’s more, you can also make demonstrations and tutorials of how to use tools and software without having to make a myriad of screenshots.
17. Make a Udemy Course
If you have a series of in-depth blog posts that cover a certain topic in all its facets, you can transform that content into a Udemy Course.
People go to Udemy to buy courses on all subjects, so it makes for an opportunity to monetize your blog through content you have already created.
18. Host Your Course on Teachable
If selling a course sounds exciting to you, remember to check Teachable.
It’s a course hosting platform that makes it easy for you to create and host your courses, thanks to an intuitive interface and plenty of support and resources.
Skillshare is one of the most popular places for buying and selling courses.
It works best for teaching creative skills like photography or painting.
Not only you can find buyers for your course, but you also get to lead them back to your blog as well.
20. Sell Courses on Coursera
Coursera is another marketplace for courses, so you want to have your courses there.
Beyond your blog readers and email subscribers, it allows you to reach new potential buyers.
21. Sell Courses on OpenSesame
If your expertise can be learned and used by corporate employees, try OpenSesame.
This course marketplace focuses on developing the skills of workforces around the world.
22. Sell Courses on Digital Chalk
If your knowledge is valuable for company staffs, make a course and sell it on Digital Chalk.
23. Make a “Best-of” of Your Blog Posts
Take your most popular blog posts as well as your personal favorite ones and compile them.
You can turn these blog posts into an eBook along with a paperback version.
Publishing that eBook outside your blog (like on Amazon) can help bring new visitors to your blog, where they will discover your other offers.
24. Create a Digital Magazine
Did you know that digital magazines are on the rise?
More and more people are craving the experience of reading a magazine – a periodical publication with quality content and slick presentation.
With a large audience, you can start charging access for an exclusive digital magazine that can be read either on a web browser or its own dedicated app.
25. Sell Ad Space on that Digital Magazine
If your digital magazine is a success, with a consistent readership, you can start looking for advertisers.
Keep the ads relevant to the topics in the magazine and cohesive with its look and feel.
26. Make a Mobile App
You can create a more immersive, exclusive and distraction-free content experience through a mobile app.
An app for your blog reinforces your brand and creates a more intimate connection with your readers.
And once your app is accessible on Google Play and/or App Store, it’ll attract more visitors to your blog.
27. Sell Ads on the Mobile App
This is a viable option if your app happens to attract large numbers of users.
But try to keep the ads from popping up too frequently or taking a large space.
28. Create Bundles of Your Products
Once you have accumulated two, three or more products, you can start making bundles that combine them.
Your audience saves money while accessing the bulk your work, and you make more money from products that are already there – it’s win-win for everyone.
Remember also to offer discounts during holidays to sweeten the deal even more.
29. Update Your Digital Products
Eventually, some of the content in information products can become a bit obsolete.
In that case, you can update your products with new insights, updated metrics, and a revamped presentation.
Not only you keep your products valuable for your audience, you can also make a mini-event out of it and re-ignite sales.
30. Start a Podcast
If you are good at speaking into a microphone, you might want to try podcasting.
Record your podcast, make a transcript of it and use it as a blog post.
31. Monetize Your Podcast with Sponsorships
As you grow your audience, you can monetize your podcast by mentioning businesses and their offers.
Of course, your podcast should have a large and consistent number of listeners before you can find sponsorship opportunities.
32. Promote Your Own Products and Services on Your Podcast
Listeners who may not be familiar with your blog and your offers can discover them through your podcast.
Be sure to always remind the audience that you are selling products and services that may be relevant to them.
33. Charge for a Paid Premium Podcast
You can keep your best podcasts for the portion of your audience who is willing to pay for it.
While most podcasts are free, with a strong brand and a supportive audience you can monetize your blog by selling premium podcasts that deliver the most insight and value.
34. Create a “How to Start Your Blog” Resource
A few years down the line, you will have accumulated a lot of experience in blogging.
By that point, you will be able to create a product for aspiring bloggers.
You can share your experience and tips in the form of an eBook, course, or any other content format.
35. Create Plugins and Add-ons
If you’re a coder, you might be tempted to come up with your own plugins and add-ons that fit your specific needs for your blog.
In that case, go to sites like CodeCanyon to sell your creation.
36. Create Your Own WordPress Theme
If you’re not satisfied with available WordPress themes and you have the skills to make your own, go right ahead.
Sell Photography That You Use for Your Blog
If your blog is about travel, fashion, lifestyle or other niches that include lots of visual content, chances are you are going to take your own photos at some point.
On top of using these photos for your blog, you can sell them on sites like iStockPhoto.
To multiply your chances of selling your photos, it’s best to have them on different sites.
BigStockPhoto is another place people go to in order to find professional pictures.
Bloggers looking for good-looking images are familiar with Shutterstock.
Upload your photos on Shutterstock and become the one providing fellow bloggers with the images they need.
If you have high-resolution, original pictures at your disposal, try SnapWire.
They require high-quality photos but also pay more for them than other sites.
41. Adobe Stock (formerly Fotolia)
Previously known as Fotolia, Adobe Stock pays a royalty 33% for images downloaded by subscribed users.
You have nothing to lose by uploading your photos there, so keep it in mind as you grow your blog.
For each sale made, Dreamstime pays you at least $0.25.
In addition to pictures, you can also sell any kind of vector or illustration you have to make for your blog.
Like the other sites, Crestock lets you monetize your photos – royalties range from 20 to 40%.
Note that your photos have to be reviewed and accepted before they are published on the site.
Nothing really unique about Alamy, you can sell your pictures there like on other sites.
But it’s a good idea to have your photos on more platforms to reach more potential buyers.
Try 500px if your pictures are more unconventional than the average stock image.
The pictures displayed for buyers are often of high quality and quite original in their content, so be sure to have really eye-catching pictures if you want to get noticed.
One of the most widely known (and oldest) methods of monetizing a blog, affiliate marketing still offers good monetizing opportunities – if you know how to go about it.
Possibly the most well-known website that offers affiliate programs for both vendors and publishers (as a blogger, you belong to the latter).
Head over to ClickBank and browse their vast library of products to find those that you and your audience can find useful.
47. CJ Affiliate (Formerly Known as Commission Junction)
Another giant of affiliate marketing, you can find products in about any industry you can think of.
Advertisers and publisher meet in CJ Affiliate to make affiliate deals, so if you’re looking for an advertiser to work with, be sure to check that platform.
Share a Sale is another affiliate marketing platform that’s worth considering.
It works under the same premise as similar platforms: merchants and affiliate can connect to share profits.
There is a large variety of products ranging from fashion, home furniture, business solutions, and more.
FlexOffers has over 12,000 advertisers across all industries ready to partner with affiliates.
50. Become an Affiliate for Your Hosting Provider
All blogs are hosted on hosting platforms, so why not monetize your blog by recommending the web host you rely on?
Nearly all web hosts offer affiliate programs.
Find the affiliate program that your web host offers and write a review of your experience with it where you drop the affiliate link.
If you are looking for an affordable and reliable web host, be sure to check out Bluehost.
51. Become an Affiliate for Your Email Autoresponder
Building an email list is an important part of staying connected with your blog readers.
Whichever email autoresponder you use, it’s a good opportunity to start an affiliate partnership to monetize your blog every time one of your readers decides to use it based on your recommendation.
If you want an easy-to-use reliable email autoresponder, sign up for a free trial of ConvertKit here.
52. Become an Affiliate for Your Landing Page and Opt-in Builder
If you visit blogs regularly, surely you have noticed the boxes that pop up and ask for your email address in exchange for a freebie.
As you run your own blog, you are going to need a solution to do that for you, as well as help you build landing pages for your upcoming products.
53. Use PicMonkey to Edit Your Images
A successful blog always needs good-looking images.
If you haven’t heard of PicMonkey, it’s an intuitive photo editing and graphic design tool that you can use on your browser.
As you get familiar with it and start uploading your own custom images on your blog, you can recommend it to your audience.
54. Review Amazon Products
Everyone uses Amazon to buy something; you might as well monetize your blog off items you bought and liked.
You used a product related to your niche and it’s available on Amazon?
That’s an affiliate opportunity.
Granted, the income is not thrilling at first, but the more traffic your blog attracts and the more affiliate links you add, the more your affiliate income adds up.
Just remember to include a disclaimer to let readers know that you are using affiliate links.
55. Write Product Reviews
Write blog posts on products you bought; explain your experience with them and how you have benefited from using them.
Include affiliate links (and a disclaimer) in that review and you’re good to go.
Make a list of all the products you bought and which could interest your audience.
You can also look for new products to try and review.
Products don’t need to be featured on Amazon or affiliate sites; you can contact the businesses that make them and offer an affiliate partnership.
56. Become an Affiliate for a WordPress Theme
If you are using WordPress for your blog, why not become an affiliate for the theme you are using?
You can write a full review of that theme or simply mention it in your blog posts.
If you are looking for a great WordPress theme that’s easy to use and allows layout customization, try Divi by Elegant themes.
57. Use and Recommend Ibotta to your Readers
If your blog is about making and saving money, Ibotta is for you.
Ibotta is a shopping app that lets you earn money back on your purchases with coupons.
58. Do the Same with Ebates
Another handy app for getting cash back, Ebates boasts an intuitive UI and great customer service.
59. Invest with Acorns and Tell Your Readers to Do So
Acorns is a handy app for you and your readers, especially if you’re in the personal finance niche.
It lets you easily invest spare change in stocks and bonds and build a portfolio that can generate a good sum of money over time.
60. Become an Affiliate for Rakuten Marketing
Rakuten Marketing has a large affiliate network with many well-known brands.
They have quality affiliates, comprehensive tools, and highly dedicated support.
61. Create Your Own Affiliate Program
After you have established yourself as an authority in your niche and created your own product, this is the next logical step.
Set up your affiliate program and share the profits with people who promote your product.
Some of your readers could be interested; on the other hand, you can reach out to people on the web and ask them if they would like to take a commission from promoting your product.
62. Create a Private Forum
If at some point, your blog features a consistent stream of insightful comments, with a good number of returning readers, then there is probably potential for a forum.
You can create a private forum and charge for access to it.
Market it as an exclusive club of like-minded individuals who exchange insights that can’t be found elsewhere.
A private forum is a great place to develop a loyal customer base and foster a strong sense of community.
Furthermore, discussing with your most engaged readers will give you lots of ideas on where to take your blog and what kind of products your audience would be interested in purchasing.
63. Create a Paid Mastermind Group
Mastermind groups do well because they convey a sense of exclusivity, accountability, and high-level networking.
You can organize individual and group live sessions with a handful of select members.
The level of information exchanged in that club must be much higher than what is freely available on your blog.
64. Add a Job Board
This is another option that is best left until you have large traffic coming to your blog.
If visitors view your blog as a trusted source of information for a certain industry, you can offer them a space where they can create and respond to job advertisements.
Companies would have to pay a fee in order to create their advertisements, knowing that a good amount of visitors will potentially apply for them.
65. Host a Webinar
You can take advantage of the sense of scarcity (limited spots) and urgency (book your spot before the webinar starts) to drive sales.
You can share exclusive insights, go in-depth with certain topics, as well as answer your audience’s hot questions.
Hosting webinars is also a great way to hone your public speaking skills, which you can use for the next step…
66. Host a Seminar
While you don’t sell a seminar directly on your blog, the public for a seminar will be your blog readers.
Find out which city is accessible for most of your readers and invite them to come to your seminar at a set date and place.
This is another effective way of strengthening your bond with your tribe and diversify your sources of income.
Beyond monetizing your blog, you will experience the joy and fulfillment of meeting people in real life and nurturing a community.
67. Pitch Your Offers in Your Emails
Write emails to your audience consistently, with a mix of insight and entertainment.
If you can teach your readers while entertaining, then they won’t mind your pitches at the end of each email.
Using emails in conjunction with your blog lets maximize your profits by reaching those who are missing out on one medium or the other.
68. Promote Affiliate Products in Your Newsletter
First, your blog leads readers to sign up to your newsletter.
Then you promote affiliate products in your emails, after warming up readers with value and entertainment.
Email marketing is a powerful marketing tool and will continue to be that way in 2019.
69. Sell a Private Newsletter
Subscribing to a newsletter is usually free, but sometimes content creators offer an exclusive private newsletter to the most dedicated subscribers.
You can save your most valuable nuggets of content for readers who are ready to pay to get them.
Sell Physical Products
70. Sell Paperback or Hardcover Books
If your eBooks are successful, you should consider making a physical version.
Many readers prefer to own a book as opposed to its digital counterpart.
That said, you must be able to deliver quality printing and handle orders and shipping.
71. Create an Online Shop
With SEO done right, your blog posts will attract potential clients to your online shop where they will buy your products.
You can also partner with businesses to sell their products – assuming they are related to your blog niche.
72. Set Up a Shopify Store
Shopify is an e-commerce platform that’s rich with features and provides a smooth customer experience.
It can work back-to-back with your blog to grow an e-commerce business where the blog works as content marketing for your Shopify store.
It’s easy to use and has features like mobile templates, gift certificates, and wish lists.
Magento is an open source e-commerce platform where you can not only build a store but also find products to sell and partners to team up with.
There’s also an active community and a resource library to help you make your online store a success.
E-Junkie is popular for selling digital products, but physical ones do well there as well.
You can set up your shop as well as sell directly on your blog or social media.
Gumroad is a more comprehensive solution for selling your products.
On top of physical goods, you can sell digital products, bundles, and subscriptions as well as allow pre-orders and issue license keys.
WooCommerce is considered by many as the leading e-commerce plugin for WordPress.
If you prefer to have your products directly displayed on your blog, WooCommerce is for you.
78. Sell T-Shirts
Selling your own t-shirts allows you to reinforce your brand while creating a new stream of revenue.
It’s also a great way to stay present in the minds of your customers.
Use your logo, tagline, memorable quotes, and even images of you to design and sell t-shirts.
79. Sell Mugs
A popular way of monetizing a brand, mugs sell well because everyone uses them.
Once your blog evolves its own distinct brand, it’s time to jump into merchandise.
Your biggest fans will be happy to buy mugs featuring your brand.
80. Sell Training Gear
If your blog deals with fitness and health and you have a strong brand, your readers will be interested in training clothes that come from you.
You can partner with a manufacturer or simply use a site like Teespring to design your own tank tops and leggings.
Indirect Ways to Monetize Your Blog
81. Write an Outstanding Tutorial or How-to Guide
This can work as an indirect way to monetize a blog.
The post doesn’t make you money by itself, instead, it leads readers to your blog, where you display your offers.
Pick a topic people are searching and write the ultimate blog post about it while making sure it’s SEO-optimized.
82. Find Freelance Blogging Opportunities
Use your blog post as a way to show your expertise in writing blog posts.
Then reach out to companies and individuals who need quality blog posts on a regular basis.
Your blog will go a long way to prove your experience and talent.
You may get one-off projects or even better – negotiate monthly retainers.
Conduct Surveys and Polls
You can monetize your blog simply by asking your audience to answer questions.
83. Google Consumer Surveys
You can earn $0.05 per question, so by asking your audience to fill the survey, the revenue can add up.
Plus, you also get insights into what your audience thinks and wants.
Swagbucks allows you to complete surveys and accumulate swag points by which you can convert to money.
Payment starts at $0.52 per survey and the average survey takes 10 to 20 minutes to fill.
85. Branded Surveys
Branded Surveys works with the same principle: collect points by filling surveys and redeem money.
It’s easy to use for you and your audience, and lets you make a nice pocket change on top of learning more about your audience.
PrizeRebel is a legit platform for online surveys as well, and the payout takes less than 24 hours.
So sign up, make your own survey and let your audience complete it to earn some extra cash.
Be Active on Social Media
87. Join Communities on Facebook
Join Facebook groups related to your niche and contribute to the ongoing discussions.
Just make sure there’s a link to your blog on your profile, and mention it casually without trying to pitch your offers.
As you demonstrate your expertise, the more people will visit your blog or reach out to you in private for work opportunities.
88. Create Your Own Facebook Group
You can also create an exclusive group for your audience.
There you can drop excerpts from your blog, hold Q&A sessions or show previews of your upcoming products.
To monetize that group, you can sell exclusive content, one-on-one coaching sessions, etc.
89. Promote Your Blog on Instagram
Instagram is really powerful when it comes to growing and following – you might as well use it for your blog.
Use a mix of appealing, funny, and inspiring images to express your message.
Fill the descriptions with sections from your blog posts, and pick a good amount of relevant hashtags.
Lastly, include calls to action in your posts and stories to tell followers to check your blog.
90. Build an Audience on Twitter
Sign up for Twitter and start following and interacting with people in your niche.
Retweet and reply with insightful comments consistently and people will start noticing you.
Next, repurpose your blog posts into concise Twitter threads and include call to actions at the end of them.
Get people to join your email list where you will notify them of your latest blog posts and promote your offers.
91. Start a YouTube Channel
As with other social media, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel here.
Starting a YouTube Channel allows you to connect with people who prefer that platform to find answers to their questions.
Take your blog posts and repurpose them into videos so that you reach a bigger audience and direct them to your blog.
92. Network on LinkedIn
Like other social media, you can take some of your blog posts and publish them on LinkedIn to establish your expertise.
With a strong LinkedIn profile, the more people you reach out to and the more discussions you take part in, the more business opportunities will come your way.
93. Drive Traffic from Pinterest to Your Blog
If your blog features a lot of visual – preferably original – content, start a Pinterest account and create boards.
As Pinterest users stumble upon your images, they will notice the source – your blog – and check it.
There you can capture their interest with your blog posts, opt-ins, etc.
Ask for Reader Support
Set up a Patreon account and ask for donations at the end of your blog posts.
Your most loyal readers will be happy to support your work.
To encourage reader support, you can offer incentives like exclusive content or private polls to decide what kind of content you make next.
Similarly, you can ask for donations made through PayPal.
Not everyone wants or can become a Patron who contributes regularly, so giving your readers more options results in bigger financial support.
Payoneer works more or less like PayPal.
Some people don’t use PayPal and just want to make a one-time donation; in that case, Payoneer can work for them.
The idea is to give them the means to support you through their platform of choice.
Another platform for supporting content creators, Tipeee works well for bloggers too.
With a sizeable community, you can get frequent “tips” for new blog posts and other content pieces.
Sell Your Blog
If eventually, you want to start new ventures, you can resort to the ultimate way to monetize your blog: selling it.
98. Empire Flippers
Instead of letting your blog die or giving it away for you free, it’s better to sell it to someone on Empire Flippers.
Take the time to figure out what your blog is worth, taking into account factors like the size of your audience, the revenue stream, and the potential for growth.
If you ever reach the end of your blogging journey, head over to Flippa and look for a potential buyer.
All sorts of businesses are sold and bought there, including profitable blogs.
100. FE International
FE International is another great place to find someone to hand over your blog to.
For your information, the profit made from selling a successful blog can range from five to six figures – in some cases, even seven!
You can then take the money you make to finance new businesses.
Contrary to what some may say, blogging is alive and well. People are still actively looking for insightful blog posts on all conceivable topics.
And as you have seen in this post, there are many ways to monetize your blog, but you must be able to deliver quality content at a consistent pace.
Blogging will remain a profitable and steady online business model, but only for bloggers who know how to handle it.
Experiment with the methods listed above and find out which ones work best for you.
Which of these monetization methods are you most interested in? And do you have other methods to suggest? Let us know in a comment below!
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