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It’s a debate that has been going on for years. Should you monetize your blog. Should you turn your writing space into a way of creating passive income. And the answer to that question is, Yes…or No. When you break it down, it is your space and that decision should not be based on the decisions of others, but left completely up to you.
Do you want to turn your creative space into a work space? If so, then here are a few ways that I myself have monetized my website, but to be clear, it’s not just my website that I’ve turned into a business, it is my entire online presence. It is no longer a blog when I want to kind of gig…it is full of deadlines and marketing, and it isn’t always easy.
First of all lets chat about ad space & networks, and affiliate programs.
I use the SheBlogs ad network. You’ll see three prominent ads on A Busy Mommy, and that space belongs to them. For me, it has worked out well, monthly passive income as well as campaign work. It’s not a huge amount of money, but depending on the traffic to your website, it can likely pay your blogging bills and more. There are quite a few Ad Networks available to Canadian Bloggers. I suggest doing your homework to find the one that works best for you and your website.
Whether you have an ad network or not, there are ways you can either sell your own ads or use sites such as LinkWorth to sell them. Again, pricing is based on your traffic, so posting quality content is essential. With these you are usually offered a price per month, and they will continue the ad until they no longer want it running.
When selling your own ads, you’ll want to take some time to decide what space you want to dedicate to ads, what genre’s of sites you are willing to link to, and come up with a generic contract for your potential customers, and get your pricing down pat.
If you have a blank ad spot, affiliate ads can fill in those blanks very well. I use Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, and shareasale.com to fill in my ad spots. Affiliate networks usually will pay you a percentage of a sale, or a flat “lead” rate.
A very good thing about Affiliate programs is that you can also write posts that provide great content and include links. Remember to read the terms of the programs you are accepted in as most will require some disclosure. My favorite program so far is the Craftsy Affiliate Program! The site is free to sign up to, and you make a commission for every single sign up through your link! Their program is run through the above mentioned shareasale.com.
There are many other ways to monetize your blog’s content, but the most effective way I’ve found to date is through campaigns that big brands are running. To get on the radar for these campaigns sign up to sites like Mom Central and Mom Central Canada, YMC Community, and keep up with the work. The more you do, the more companies radar’s you will find yourself on.
In the USA there are a lot of other programs but as I am in Canada I have only listed the ones that I am currently active in. If you have some great programs to add (Both US or Canada) please leave them in the comments and I will update this post with them.
Other Ways To Monetize
Aside from writing on your personal blog, as you grow your online presence you may find yourself being offered programs and opportunities that are on other sites and platforms. From guest posting, to print articles, twitter and facebook parties, to content creation on other’s sites. This I’ve found is the best way to monetize, as you are not only working for yourself, but building your name and reputation.
Last but not least…
Make sure you meet your deadlines and be accountable for your actions.