A big consideration when you start a blog is whether you will be blogging to make money or not.  There are a lot of people who start blogs without considering whether they might be able to earn any money from them, particularly if they use some of the free blogging platforms that do not allow advertising.  Maybe there is something to be said for building up a following before trying to sell your readers anything, but not monetizing your blog is an opportunity missed.

There are many ways to make money from your blog.  Google runs a programme called Adsense and you will get paid a very small fee each time someone clicks any of the ads in the Google advert bars they place on your site.  When you sign up for Adsense you will create a small piece of code that you will add to your site code.  This allows Google to place adverts that are relevant to your content into specified spaces on your blog.  You can dictate where the ads show using tick boxes in WordPress, but for the greatest opportunity for revenue it is wise to allow all of the Adsense areas to be used.  Unfortunately with Adsense some very odd advertising topics appear from time to time.  For example, my personal blog is a self help blog, however my surname is Allen, and I constantly get Adsense adverts for Allen Keys showing!  You will find some of the ads pick up words and take them completely out of context!

Possibly a better advertising option is to use an ad rotator that allows you to choose the types or categories of adverts you show.  These applications constantly change the adverts on display and the potential revenue to be earned is much much more than anything you can earn from Adsense.  One great ad rotator is CB Ad Rotator.  This programme offers links to Clickbank products that you can earn an affiliate commission from.  They offer a free version too, although the options are much more limited in the free version and the commission earned from any sales is lower too.  You will need a Clickbank ID to participate in the programme, however this is also free to sign up for..

A great way to make money though is to review products and promote them to your readers so you can earn an affiliate commission on any sales made.  The way to achieve this is to:

  • choose good quality products – the best products to choose are items you have used before and benefited from; personal experience is always a big plus when writing a review
  • sign up for the affiliate programmes
  • write a good review for each one (avoid using the pre-prepared text supplied with the affiliate programme, but by all means use it as a prompt if necessary)
  • post the reviews to your blog with a hyperlink to the product sales pages that includes your affiliate ID – each time a sale is made through the link from your site you will get paid a commission

Your sidebars can be used to promote affiliate links too.  Just choose some products from the Clickbank Marketplace and add the hoplinks to your sidebar.

Of course possibly the most lucrative way to make money from your blog is to build a list of subscribers to promote to.  You can achieve this by signing up to an autoresponder programme, like Aweber (who are by far the best service available).  You will add an opt in box to your site to allow readers to join your list.

A great incentive to get sign ups is to offer a free report when someone joins your list.  Choose a good quality report with information related to your blog topic.  You will then be able to email your list and offer them either your own products or products that you are an affiliate for.  In order to retain sign ups on your list you should be clear to offer good quality information and mix your sales emails with free content, otherwise your subscribers may leave your list believing you only ever send emails trying to sell them something.

Follow any or all of these strategies if you are blogging to make money.

25 Comments

  • hi, Thank for sharing that information about bloging. This is good for making money and also good for advertisement.

  • Hi Mandy:

    I could not miss you as I came to Barry’s site and saw the excitement he had about winning a prize. This made me excited and decided to share more of the excitement.

    Randy’s party was a great invitation to you all as every one got to meet in person.

    Now about the post, you do have a great blog post. I noticed you have changed the font of your post. What font you are using now ? Is it Ariel ?

    According to my information people who get minimum of 20,000 visitors every month to their blog make good money with ad-sense.

    Mandy, you are doing good, as a blogger who has started making money, and you are moving further up. It is an awesome step to be the mentor.

    Keep up the good work

    Fran A

    • mandy

      Reply Reply June 13, 2011

      Hi Fran, thanks for visiting. This is a page, rather than a post, and I didn’t realise I had it in a different font! Thanks for pointing it out.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Matt

    Reply Reply June 13, 2011

    Yes, Clickbank has a huge range of products so you’re sure to find something that will fit in nicely with pretty much any blog’s content. But you should also check out E-Junkie if you haven’t already. They have less stuff to promote but it does seem to be of a higher quality and therefore easier to sell.

    • mandy

      Reply Reply June 13, 2011

      Ah, thank you, Matt, I will certainly look into that site.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Is adSense really worth it? Is it really worth sending potential customers to someone else’s site for a few pennies?

    And I also hear it is difficult to convert Clickbank sales without a pre-sales page. Is that true?

    Thanks for a great blog.

    • mandy

      Reply Reply June 30, 2011

      I do believe that targeted keywords can create a great income from adsense, and after all, without it there is no income from it.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • David Jubb

    Reply Reply October 19, 2012

    Hi Mandy

    I am one of David Walker’s Students. Wow what a professional Blog.

    All very enjoyable reading.

    Have a good time, David

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply November 9, 2012

      Hi David, thanks for visiting. I hope you find what you are looking for on David’s course. He’s a great teacher.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Jay Mueller
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    Reply Reply December 18, 2012

    Hi Mandy,

    Having a blog is a good way to gain the interest of visitors to your niche. You get to post a topics and your readers have the chance to comment and again you get the chance to connect to your readers on a personal level.

    By having a connection to your readers it is important to remember to take a certain care with the products you promote on your site. Take the time to use the the products you are promoting and ensure it will be worth the cost your readers will pay for it as well as do what the product promises.

    A far as your site and niche here on blogging, there are so many products to choose from and make a little bit of money. Your AWeber advice is brilliant. Having a list to keep your readers informed and promote deals on products is a key tool that EVERYONE needs.

    Jay
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply January 10, 2013

      Hi Jay, lovely to see you here, thanks for visiting. It’s essential to have a plan and not get drawn into everything on offer, don’t you think.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Koj T. Tajo
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    Reply Reply April 5, 2013

    Hey Mandy first congrats for 4 years of glorious blogging (mandyallen.com) and then I have just started blogging and would love to follow your beautiful tips to move forward while monetizing it.
    Regards – Koj
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 7, 2013

      Hi Koj, thanks for visiting. I wish you well with your blogging and monetising. Steve King and I have just launched our new membership site, Marketing Miniclasses which is aimed at new bloggers. Maybe you would like to take a look, so I put a link in here for you.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Robin Khokhar
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    Reply Reply March 6, 2016

    Hi Many,
    This is my first visit to your site and I am really enjoying reading your blog. And I must tell you that personally I like Google AdSense than any other affiliate programs.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      Thanks for your comment, Robin, nice to see you here!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Santanu
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    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    Really liked the content. Affiliate marketing is a great way to make huge money, but it is very much hard to make money. Rather than adsense is an easy way to monetize your blog content if you have good traffic. Thanks for this wonderful share.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply June 1, 2016

      Hi Santanu, thanks for visiting. You are right, it is hard to make money online, you have to have a plan and work through it.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Wonderful tips. It is always so important to assess your goals.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply July 18, 2016

      Hi Elise, thanks for visiting. Goals are important. I recently was reading a blog and they were offering a mid year goals planner. It was really useful to fill it in and look back at what I had accomplished over the first 6 months of the year.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Usman
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    Reply Reply November 16, 2016

    Affiliate marketing is getting greater day by day in the terms of money making.
    However, is AdSense really worth it? I guess, Click Bank is going really up the aisle for now. Targeted keywords might make AdSense work but I think its slowing down.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Usman, thanks for visiting. I don’t know that Adsense is worth it, you’re right to say that. It took me a year to get my first Adsense cheque for just $50 and I find many of the ads are not in the least bit related to my blog or topics so I would rather not have them on there.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • Usman
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    Reply Reply November 25, 2016

    Thanks for this amazing content.

    I personally think Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money fast.
    One can easily start promoting products right away from clickbank or Amazon.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi Usman, thanks for visiting. Affiliate marketing is a very good way to make fast cash. If you have a good product to sell and a good way to sell it then you should always make money from this type of marketing.

      Enjoy the journey!
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  • DeeDee Lynn
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    Reply Reply November 25, 2016

    Hi Mandy. These are some great ideas. My plan is to make money from my blog, although I’m planning to work slow and steady over the next few years. I didn’t know there was a ClickBank rotator, so thanks for that. I am about ready to re-apply to Adsense and some other related affiliate programs. It used to be that you could apply to just about any affiliate program and get accepted, but they are getting a lot more picky now. Thanks for your input.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply December 3, 2016

      Hi DeeDee, thanks for visiting. Sellers are getting more picky because they have had some bad experiences with marketers, sadly. There is no reason you should not be accepted though if you are an honest marketer and especially if you have a good track record with sellers.

      Enjoy the journey!
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