Jun 142010
 

It’s no secret that blogging has become one of the best ways to make money online in recent years, and will probably continue that way for a very long time. Blogs are free or cheap to start, fairly simple to set up, easy to maintain, and offer a great platform for sharing information with the world. Many people blog just for fun but most people these days want at least some profit from their blogging efforts. You can create multiple streams of income with your blog and doing so is probably easier than you might think.

Here are three simple ways to make money blogging:

1) Contextual Advertising

Your blog is probably already filled with links leading to other sites, blogs, forums, and wherever else — right? What if you could earn money every time someone clicked on a link on your blog? That’s what contextual advertising programs can offer you.

You would have to sign up to the program (almost always free) and install some code on the pages of your blog where you want the ad blocks to appear. When visitors click on one of those links, you earn anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars per click.

Some of the more popular contextual ad programs are Google Adsense, Yahoo Publisher Network, Kontera, and Text Link Ads — but there are many more for you to choose from. Just do some searching if you want more options.

2) Affiliate Marketing

There are thousands upon thousands of affiliate programs on the internet for just about any topic you can imagine and you can make money blogging by promoting them in your sidebar, header, footer, or within your posts. No matter the subject of your blog, there are probably several affiliate products that you can promote for profit. Think about ebooks, online courses, products, downloads, memberships, and services that your visitors may find valuable. Then search for affiliate programs that offer them for you to promote.

Make sure you choose targeted products and services that related to the topics of your blog – don’t plaster a bunch of unrelated ads all over your blog because if you do chances are you won’t earn any money from them. Instead, offer products and services that you know your visitors would be interested in. That will boost your conversion rate and greatly increase your earnings.

Search for compatible digital goods on Clickbank, Amazon, PayDotCom, Shareasale, Commission Junction, and numerous other affiliate networks.

3) Physical Products

You don’t have to stop at digital products; people buy plenty of physical products online too. You could join programs to promote everything from household goods, herbal supplements, beauty products, electronics, DVD movies, music CDs – and much more. Again, it’s important to target these offers to your visitors; promote things you know they already have an interest in because they are reading your blog.

Keep in mind that the amount of traffic your blog gets will likely determine the amount of money you can generate from it. When your blog is brand new you may not have the traffic needed to generate a lot of income, but that should keep increasing the more established your blog gets over time through your marketing efforts. Then, you should be able to earn money from your blog using the methods above and many others.