Are you in that point where you are tired of writing for free and you want to make some money with your writings? Is monetization of your blog your long-term goal? If so, you are in the right place!
Before going into the ways you can monetize your blog, you need to understand that you can only do this if you bring some value to your customers.
Be honest and truthful to you and to your readers and make sure that the value they get through your writings is higher than the value of their money. That being said, let’s get into it!
1) Create and sell eBooks
Anything you’re writing about can be transformed into an eBook, which can then be sold to the people interested. You can either do it directly in WordPress (a minimum of Premium plan is required, together with a business PayPal account, which can be achieved without a registered business) or you can use some self-publishing platforms (e.g. Amazon Self-Publishing, it is free, but they do take a commission for every sale you make) and you can post the links towards that.
As I said before, your eBook must bring value to the ones interested, otherwise you will lose the trust of your readers in the long run.
2) Create premium content and sell subscriptions to it
Depending of your niche, if people enjoy your writings, you can do some extra effort to create some additional content and you can restrict the access to only the ones that are willing to pay for it.
Of course, you need to keep up the regular posts as well to keep the readers that don’t have the resources for the premium content (however, if you are confident your readers would pay to read your pieces, you can go full premium and anyone that wants to read your stuff should pay for it.).
3) Do affiliate marketing
You probably heard about affiliate marketing, but if not, affiliate marketing means selling other people’s stuff and getting a commission for doing it. Depending of your niche, you can sell a bunch of stuff (for example, if you have a website about eating healthy or diet, you can sell some courses about weight loss and stuff like that). There probably are courses about pretty much everything. As for where you can find these products, you can try with ClickBank or MaxBounty (or any other similar sites… there are plenty of them). Also, you can try using Amazon Affiliates (however, they pay very low commissions).
I hope these three ways to monetize your website brings more clarity in this monetization area. Yes, it takes time to create a community that will trust you enough to buy things from you. This is why it’s extremely important to be careful what you’re doing. If you give them a bad experience, even if it’s not your own product (e.g. with affiliate marketing), you will still be seen as responsible for what your readers are experiencing.
Have you tried other ways to monetize your blog? How did that work for you?
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