You know what really grinds my gears?
When I go to a new blog to read something that caught my interest, but the article is littered with ads.
What makes it worse is when the blog loads slowly and I accidentally click on the ads and get taken to another website.
Guess what I’m not going to bother doing…
If you guessed “going back to that website” you’re absolutely correct.
There are many better ways to make money blogging without Adsense or any other paid to click advertising networks, and that’s what I’m going to talk about right now.
1. Sell Your Own Products
Whether you make physical products, digital products, or offer a service, selling your own products is one of the best ways to make money blogging.
Not only do you get paid a lot more than the $0.01 to $0.50 per click that you’re sending away from your own website, but you’ll tend to help your visitors more in the process.
Oh and believe me, the advertisers paying you those pennies per click are making a lot more from your traffic than they’re paying you.
Sure, it’ll take more work but it will be much more rewarding.
Even if you sell some sort of private label product, it will be much better in the long run.
2. Sell Other People’s Products
My favorite way to make money with a blog has always been affiliate marketing.
Once you become an affiliate for a product, you can promote a link and earn a commission for selling another product.
The split can be anywhere from 1% to 100% depending on the type of product.
For example, I’m an affiliate for my blog theme called Marketers Delight because I love the product, and every sale I make I’ll earn 30% commission.
Sure, I’d make more money selling my own product, but it’s much easier to sell something time tested and proven, especially when you’re new.
3. Sell Advertising Directly
Instead of using a service like AdSense, you can sell advertising direct to companies.
You can offer dedicated banner ads, sponsored posts, and more but you have to be very careful on how you disclose these sponsorships (the same goes for affiliate marketing).
With this strategy, you’re just cutting out the middleman and taking all the revenue directly.
You’ll likely make a lot more money this way, but you also have to be able to deliver traffic to your advertisers website or they won’t keep paying you.
They do have responsibility to create a good ad, but even bad ads will get clicks if you are getting enough visitors to your blog.
How Do You Monetize Your Blog?
Like I said before, I prefer affiliate marketing as my main way to monetize.
It’s the easiest to set up, easiest to sell, and still can create a solid income stream when you do it right.
Let me know how you monetize your blog in the comment section below.
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