While many website administrators maintain their blogs for recreational purposes, others may wish to earn money for their efforts. Many free blogging services, including Blogger and WordPress, allow you to set up various mechanisms for passive and active moneymaking on your pages. You won't be able to register and use a domain name of your own unless you're ready to spend some money, and that may limit how professional your readers perceive you to be. However, you can still make money blogging for free. Creating a successful income stream consists of applying services and practices which are tightly related to your blog’s primary focus.
Allowing advertisers to display promotional ads is a common way to make money from blogs. The Web offers a variety of contextual ad programs that automatically show dynamic advertisements targeted at your website’s niche. Popular programs include AdSense, Chitika and ADBrite. After you sign up, implement the designated code provided by the program through your blog’s general settings or HTML editor, then allow for compliant ads to populate.
Affiliate marketing consists of products or premium services where you receive a commission with each successful sale. Programs such as LinkShare.com and CommissionJunction.com are prominent examples, allowing you to earn from hundreds of niche products and services. Select from the promotional banners typically available and insert it into your blog. Each sale successfully earns you a specified amount of money.
Cost per Action, or CPA, is similar to affiliate marketing models; however, you receive payment for completing a task for companies and advertisers. These may include having users provide their contact information to receive future offers, as well as downloading a program to their computer. Much like other promotional methods, select the offer you wish to advertise on your blog through hyperlinks or through banner ads as provided by the advertiser.
Products and Services
If your blog receives a steady amount of traffic, sell your own products or services to loyal visitors. Establish a trusted relationship and offer any particular gig such as writing services, Web design or photo editing. Provide examples of your work to impress potential customers or approach other tactics such as one-time free services to new clients.
Join paid blog networks and earn money by writing for fellow bloggers or promoting their content on your blog. Your job generally consists of writing about any particular topic based on the advertiser’s criteria. If the post is accepted, you are subsequently paid a specified amount. Prominent blog networks include PayPerPost.com, Blogsvertise.com and SponsoredReviews.com.
If you consistently provide valuable information to your readers, consider adding a way to receive donations from users. Many bloggers practice this method successfully, as people generally appreciate the information you provide to loyal readers free of charge. Prominent ecommerce sources such as PayPal and Payza offer customizable donation buttons you can place into your blog’s HTML editor or main widget screen.