The Top 3 Ways to Generate Revenue from Your Blog
We’ll get into all of these in much more detail over the next few months, but I wanted to go ahead and give you a quick run-down of the top 3 money-makers for your blog. Keep in mind, though, not to let monetization become your focus.
Dedicated advertisers are usually your best source of revenue. They pay a much better rate, they’re a guaranteed revenue stream every month, and they tend to stick around. The only downside is that you usually need to have really healthy traffic levels to make it worthwhile for advertisers to work with you directly.
Affiliate programs are next, and they may actually outperform advertisers for you if you find ones that are particularly relevant to your readers. Don’t think you can just throw up a banner ad and start raking in the cash, though. Virtually no one makes much with affiliate banners. Instead, text links are your best friend. Sign up with Commission Junction to find advertisers you can promote from right within your posts (like I just did right there).
Surprised that I listed Google AdSense last? It’s the easiest to get started with, and so it’s the one that you see most often, but you’ll almost always make less with AdSense than you do with affiliates and advertisers, plus your monthly earnings can fluctuate significantly. Still, it can be a very healthy revenue stream and it’s super easy to use. You can be generating revenue in literally minutes with very little effort.