If you have a blog and you want to make money from it, you have several different options available. However, if you are like many people, you are limited in the amount of time you can invest into your blog, especially if you only write part time while still working another full time job. These ways to make money from your blog without investing a great deal of time could be the perfect solution.
# 1: Advertising
Placing ads on your site is one of the easiest ways to earn money from a blog. Ideally, these ads will make you money 24/7. There are many ad platforms that will allow you to easily place ads on your blog; Google Adsense is one of the most popular. With most platforms, when people go to your blog and click on ads, you will earn money. If your blog attracts a significant readership, this can turn into a significant passive income without requiring much additional time or effort on your part.
# 2: Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make additional money from your blog. Instead of being paid when people click on an ad, you are paid when they purchase a product to which you directed them. Many major retailers allow you to join affiliate programs and then place affiliate links in your blog posts. When your readers buy something after clicking on one of these links, you will earn money. If your blog features videos as well as written posts, you can include links to affiliate sites on these videos as well.
# 3: Product Recommendations
Product recommendations are similar to affiliate marketing, but more extensive and in-depth.
Some companies will pay you to blog about their products. This is very easy to do and there are many sites that can connect you to these companies. Once you have joined such sites you will then be able to write posts for the companies with which they are affiliated. This may seem time consuming, but think of it as simply inspiration for your ordinary blog posts rather than an additional work on top of creating them.
# 4: Promote via Social Media
No matter what moneymaking strategies you employ on your blog, you can greatly boost their effectiveness by promoting your blog through social media sites. For example, create a fan page for your blog on Facebook. Regularly post links to and information from new blog posts on this fan page. This technique can help you drastically increase the traffic to your blog, which also increases the money it earns, without requiring much additional time.
# 5: Promote via Advertising
If you have available room in your budget, advertise your blog. Much like promoting your blog via social media, advertising your blog will help you generate a lot of traffic to your blog which you can then monetize as you wish. Pay-per-click advertising on relevant search engine keywords can be a particularly effective way to attract already interested readers. Of course, without plenty of readers, your blog will not earn money.
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