In my previous articles, I have shown you;

What a blog is

What a niche is

And what a keyword is – All of these very relevant and key factors of a blog.

This article is a continuation of the series of articles on blogs. Today I will share with you how to make money with your blog.

 

There are a lot of different ways that one can implement to monetize their blogs, of which some may require a bit more in-depth knowledge of running a blog. I will delve into them in my next article.

For now, I will be dealing with the two most common and easier ways for you to make money with your blog/website.

I am assuming you already have a blog but if you don’t have one, don’t fret. At the end of this article, you will learn how you can start one. Or read how you can start one here.

 

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is when you, the Affiliate, are paid a commission for sales generated through traffic (buyers) sent to them through your website.

An Affiliate promotes products or services through an Affiliate Marketplace. There are millions of products in these marketplaces ready to promote.

 

What is an Affiliate Marketplace

It is a program that has automated technology which allows you to promote the products or services of other companies.

Sales are tracked by use of an affiliate ID which you are assigned when you sign up with a particular marketplace. The ID is normally generated and embedded into your sites’ URL. an example below;

http://yoursite.com/?ref=yourID

When someone visits your site and proceeds to make a purchase through the links you have placed on your website, the affiliate program will recognize your ID and credit the commissions into your affiliate account automatically.

 

Some of the Affiliate Marketplaces.

ClickBank

Amazon Associates

CJ Affiliate Formerly known as commission junction

Share A sale

Ebay

Advangate

E-junkie

 

 

Contextual Advertising

This is when you display targeted Ads on your site from advertising agencies like Google. They could be in form of text, video or image adverts and are always relevant to the content on your website. You earn some amount of money whenever a visitor clicks on an advert.

Contextual advertising means that the Ads will be relevant to the content on each page on your blog.

These agencies will require you to apply for an advertising account and there is a process of pre-qualification when your website is vetted to determine if it can be allowed to display Ads.

 

Some advertising Agencies

Google

Google Adsense is on top of the list when it comes to contextual Ads. People may shy from it due to its overly harsh rules.

Read more about Google Adsense application here

If you have previously signed up for an Adsense account, you don’t have to sign up again. Google policies assign only one account per user – no matter how many Gmail addresses you may have.

The google Adsense application process is pretty easy – the prompts should not be hard to follow – It’s the getting approved that might be harder. But if your site meets the requirements, you shouldn’t have a problem.

 

Media.net 

Media dot net owns Yahoo and Bing search engines, and just like Google, they are powerful search engines in their own right. Bing especially, reaches a huge number of people just as much as Google does, or probably much more according to statistics.

Netizens have been giving Media.net some really good reviews.

Some of the added advantages;

 

Account Manager You will not get an account manager in any of the Ad Networks. Once your account is approved, you will be assigned a dedicated account manager.

Easy To use Dashboard- It will only take you a short while to get accustomed to the Media.net dashboard.

Unlimited Websites for one account- Your other websites will still need to be approved but with the help of your account manager, it should be a smooth process.

Payment options- Payment can be made via Paypal or a bank wire transfer, and the minimum payout is $100.

 

My Thoughts

If you are just starting out with your blog, I would recommend you first try out media.net instead of Google Adsense. The reason is that Google’s policies are a bit tough and you might get frustrated thinking your blog is not up to par.

That is not to say that media.net’s qualification is automatic. There is still a vetting process.

If your preferred route is to make money as an Affiliate – which pays much more than you would earn from displaying Ads – then you might want to check out the Wealthy Affiliate course here. Regardless of if you already have a blog or not, the course will guide you into a proven successful path of running a successful online business through your blog.

 


Have you previously applied for any of the above contextual Ad companies? please share your experience in the comment box.

Or if you have any questions, leave them below and I will get back to them.


 

  1. I appreciate what you have shared here. You have covered it all and made it simple for even a newbie to understand and follow. Thanks for sharing!

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