By Holly Reisem Hanna
When I began my blogging journey, I knew that I wanted to monetize my blog. I started off with direct ad sales which did really well, but I only had seven spaces for image ads which greatly hindered how much I earned. So I decided to add Google Adsense (an ad network) to the mix and this too did well, until my site was hacked and I was banned from Google Adsense for invalid click activity which was not my doing. Again, I needed to diversify my income streams, so I focused on affiliate marketing.
As you can see things are constantly changing on the web, and if you want to make it as a monetized blogger, you need to heavily diversify your revenue streams. While direct ad sales and ad networks are great places to start, you’ll want to make sure that your eyes are open to all of the different opportunities out there.
Here are 44 ways you can earn income with your blog:
Sponsored Blog Content
Blogvertise allows you to make money by placing sponsored blog content, text links, social conversations, and banner ads on your blog. You have the ability to choose which campaigns you promote. Most tasks pay $4 – $25 and payments are made via PayPal 30 days after your assigned task has been approved. Payout rates will vary and will depend on the quality of your work and the popularity of your blog. Current companies working with Blogvertise include Totsy, Groupon, Vista Print, and Jenny Craig.
Link Worth is a Dallas-based company that connects major brands to publishers. Through Link Worth, bloggers can get paid for text link ads, paid blog reviews, in-text links, in-content pay per click ads, rotating text ads, hosted content pages, and article submissions. As the publisher, you will name your ad rates, and Link Worth will split the payment with you 50/50. Payments can be made through direct deposit, PayPal, check or wire transfer, varying fees, and payment thresholds will apply for all methods.
PayPerPost is an online marketplace that connects you with advertisers who will pay you to write blog posts about their products, services, and companies on your blog. Opportunities will be presented and you have the option of accepting, declining or negotiating the terms with them. Depending on the opportunities you will be paid per word or per post, and you get to set your own prices. Payments are made via PayPal once you've reached a $50.00 threshold.
Pay U2 Blog is a third party company that connects businesses to bloggers. Bloggers can get paid every two weeks via PayPal for writing sponsored blog posts, hosting sponsored banner ads, videos, and podcasts. Assignment payouts will vary depending on the project, previous work history and number of bloggers enrolled.
Launched in 2012, Purple Camel Media connect bloggers to brands for sponsored blog posts. From the email I received, each sponsored post pays $100. If you'd like to be considered, shoot them an email via their contact form.
Review Me is strictly for paid reviews. Just sign up for an account, then advertisers will contact you to participate in reviews. You decide whether or not to accept the assignment; payout ranges from $20.00 to $200.00 for each completed review that you post on your site. Payments are made the first of the month via PayPal, check or debit card.
Sponsored Reviews is a third party platform that connects you with major advertisers who will pay you for write or post sponsored content on your blog. Advertisers pay anywhere from $5 – $1,000 per post depending on the quality and popularity of your site. Payments are made via PayPal every two weeks.
Social Spark is an online platform that connects bloggers, publishers, and website owners with major brands. Simply set up your account, set your price per post, pick which advertisers you’d like to work with, write your post, and then get paid via PayPal. Current companies working with Social Spark are HP, Overstock, AT&T, Microsoft, Beaches Resorts, Hilton, Kraft, and many more. Typical pay ranges from $25 – $200 per post, and you have total control over who you work with.
Viral Planet is a UK based company that is strictly for video content. Sign up for an account, display video content via your blog or social media accounts and get paid per view. Couldn't find any information on how often publishers get paid, how much or what methods. One current advertiser that they are working with is Huggies.
Written has a unique approach for paying bloggers for content. At Written they pay you on a monthly basis, for licensing articles from your site to help companies with their content marketing strategies. To get started, sign up for an account and connect it to Google Analytics. Once a company sees an article that they like on your blog, they make an offer to license it on their site for a set period of time, for a certain amount of money each month. During this time the article is redirected from your site to the advertiser's site. When the contract is over the article is redirected back to your site. Payments are made monthly via PayPal.
Affiliate Marketing and Sales:
Affiliate marketing is a way that publishers can earn income by referring and recommending products and services on their blog. Say for instance you have a website on fashion trends, as an affiliate marketer you would place banner ads, blog posts, reviews, and/or send out newsletter promos, or social media updates for fashion related products and services free of charge. In return you will earn a commission on every product that is sold through your affiliate link, or on every lead that is generated through your site. While you can search on your own for affiliate programs, the providers below offer some of the best affiliate programs on the web – make sure to check them out.
FlexOffers is an affiliate marketing network, where publishers can gain access to millions of products and services that can be promoted through text links, banner ads, templates, and other applications. Payments are made via check or direct deposit, weekly and monthly, once you hit a $100 threshold. Some companies that are part of the FlexOffers family are Macy's, Target, Best Buy, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and many more. This platform is easy to use, but I find that FlexOffers pays less to affiliates than some of the other big platforms. Bottom line, shop around to see which affiliate network offers the best payouts.
Share A Sale is an affiliate network where bloggers and publishers can connect with thousands of big name brands, in fact there are over 2,500 merchants to connect with. Each of these companies has a different type of product that they are selling, and their ready to send money your way for each customer that you bring to them. Payments are made via check and direct deposit monthly, once you've reached a $100 threshold. Current merchants include Adidas, Zulily, Craftsy, Johnston & Murphy, Tiny Prints and many more. One of my favorite affiliate networks, easy to use, tons of great merchants to choose from, and I never have a problem meeting the monthly payment threshold.
Skimlinks is another automated affiliate platform. Bloggers can apply for approval into the network, once you’re approved simply paste a special code on to your site and you’re ready to go. Links will automatically be added to your content, and you’ll start making money from clicks. Refer other bloggers into the program and double your earnings.
Viglink is an easy way for bloggers and online publishers to automate their affiliate marketing. Simply sign up and paste the dedicated code that they give you on to your website. When these links are clicked on and your readers make a purchase, you’ll earn cash. You can earn even money money by adding Viglinks to your Facebook and Twitter updates or through your email account. Viglink works with companies like Amazon, Anthropologie, Avon… in fact they have over 30,000 companies that they are affiliated with. Refer other bloggers and friends to sign up for Viglink and make even more money.
Check out this post for more reputable affiliate networks.
Working with Brands:
Working with brands on various promotional campaigns can be a great way to earn money through your blog. Many companies will pay for sponsored blog posts, Twitter parties, as well as giveaways and review opportunities. While you can contact companies on your own, it can be difficult to break in — this is where third party connectors can help aid in the process. While your earnings will tend to be less when you work with a third party connector, it does get your foot in the door. And depending on the success of your promotion, you could be asked to become a brand ambassador or blogger for the company, which means stable income.
Here are some of the major third party connectors you can sign up with.
- Blog Dash
- Blog Friendly PR
- Blog Insiders
- Blog Meets Brand
- Bookie Boo
- Brand Meets Blog
- Business 2 Blogger
- Clever Girls
- Double Duty Divas
- Find Your Influence
- Massive Sway
- Mom Bloggers Club
- Mom Central
- Mom Impact
- Mom It Forward
- Mom Spark Media
- Mom Trends Media
- One2One Network
- Pollinate Media
- PTPA Media
- Social Fabric
- Social Moms
- The Brand Connection
- The Motherhood
- Weave Made Media
For more information for working with brands and making money with direct ad sales, make sure to check out these helpful articles:
- How to Work with Brands: Learning the Ropes of PR Friendly Blogging
- Tips for Becoming a PR Friendly Blogger
- How to Get Companies to Purchase Advertising Space on Your Blog
- How Two Moms Are Earning Over $40,000 a Year By Blogging
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