Most people don’t start blogs with monetization on the brain but it absolutely does become something to think about! But here’s the thing… blogging doesn’t equal an easy way to get rich. It takes time, dedication and the understanding that you’re going to work more than you’ll get paid. Which is why it’s important to start your blog with intention and passion.
In this episode of the Blog Fuel podcast, Kirsten and I are going to share some popular ways to get started with monetization and how to do it without feeling sleazy.
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- Blogging is not an overnight, get rich quick game. It takes quite a while to make even average monetary results. The ones that strike it big quick are not the norm.
- A great first step is affiliate marketing. Amazon Affiliates is an excellent place to begin and is so so easy to set up. You can also inquire about affiliate programs with businesses and companies you already love.
- Disclosure isn’t just important, it’s the law. You need to ensure that you disclosures are within close proximity to your actual link. Kirsten recommends having it easily seen within the window that the affiliate link is in.
- NOTE: You cannot use Amazon Affiliate links in your emails. Please make sure to read all affiliate guidelines before actually using the links so you don’t end up losing your affiliate status.
- Many people love using ads on their site. They’re easy to place and forget about.
- Like every other form of monetization, keep it in moderation. You don’t want your ads to disrupt from your readers experience on your site. That won’t make you money, it will cause you to lose readers.
- If you are promoting a product or service, make sure the ads are cohesive with your brand. You can easily create ads within PicMonkey or Canva to suit your needs.
- If you wouldn’t work with a brand for free, don’t do it for money. And if a product doesn’t fit your brand, don’t try to force it just to make a paycheck. This doesn’t allow for reader trust to build.
- Have yet to start doing sponsored posts? Create a few “faux sponsored” posts to get the practice in and to show brands what you have to offer them!
- Sponsored Content networks are amazing. Social Fabric, Media Vine and Tap Influence are often recommended.
- Don’t be afraid to do content for product posts. Not every bit of compensation is monetary and some of the products are worth more than you’d be paid anyway!
- Creating your own products is an option and no matter what niche you’re in, you can make it happen!