How To Make Money With A Blog

by The Smarter Wallet on June 15, 2010

Here’s one way to make money online

I’ve long been an advocate of niche blogging, and for more than one reason. For starters it gives you the chance to blog about a subject you love. In addition to this you can appeal to an audience that is going to be very receptive to what you have to show them in terms of products and advertisements.

A lot of people think you have to get a lot of traffic to a niche blog in order to make money. But let me give you a personal example that disproves this. I have a single web page online -– not even a full fledged blog –- that focuses on a specific niche. This page gets about 100 visitors a week. That figure can vary from week to week but that is pretty much the average figure. And every week I make sales and affiliate commissions from that page. These commissions can add up to $100 or more per month.

Now this isn’t a huge sum of money but it just goes to show what is possible with such a small stream of traffic. I don’t do a lot to promote it either -– I simply used the right mix of keywords, added links to it from several places and that’s pretty much it. To be honest it was more of an experiment on writing about a particular subject and I only added in some affiliate links virtually as an afterthought. I’m still amazed at the response it gets. If you’re ready to establish an income channel while working from home, then do read on!

How To Make Money With A Blog

A niche blog gives you the chance to connect with a responsive audience in this way. For example let’s suppose you put together a blog on fishing rods. This is way more specific than simply writing about fishing, and it means you can work at focusing on an audience that is looking for fishing rods. If they are looking that closely at fishing rods they are far more likely to be in the frame of mind to buy one than someone who just wants to learn more about fishing.

Can you see where I’m going with this? Niche blogging is often talked about but a lot of people don’t even try it because they don’t think they could get the traffic or the income they would want. But as you can see from the example I gave above, there is every chance of successfully putting together a site that you don’t really need to get tons of traffic to.

Let’s say I created ten sites on niche topics that each receive only 100 visitors a week. And let’s say they all perform as well as the page I already have; in fact, let’s suppose they only earn $50 a month each. That totals up to $500 a month from just those ten sites. Can you imagine what would be possible if I managed to get upwards of 100 visitors a week, which really isn’t that hard to do?

This is where the secret and the power of niche blogging lies. The more you can do to focus on an eager audience that is ready to think about buying something related to your niche topic, the more successful you will be. Wouldn’t you rather have a dozen small sites bringing in a small amount each than try to build a huge website with thousands upon thousands of visitors each day?

So would I.

How About Monetizing Your Blog?

Allow me to close with some ideas for monetizing your blog. Earn money online with these methods:

  1. Direct advertising – this can work out if an advertiser finds your site and decides to work out a deal with you to put up an ad on your site. You can work out a flat fee or use a CPM formula for this.
  2. Google Adsense – one of my favorite ways to make money. Simply install Adsense boxes on your blog and whenever anyone clicks on an ad, you get a small amount of money.
  3. Affiliate Programs – you can sign up with an affiliate network and see if you can promote any of the products and programs that are in the network. A popular network that I use is
  4. Sponsored Posts – you get paid to write about a product or service.
  5. Sell Your Own Products – if you have a great product or service to sell, you can use your blog to promote this. Lots of book authors go this route. 🙂

With all this as “icing on the cake”, this should make it clear why I love to blog!

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1 CreditShout June 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

This is great! Thanks for sharing your secrets. I would take an extra $100 a month, that would pay my utilities every month! I am going to bookmark this page so I can go back to it soon. Thanks again!

2 red June 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Can you explain what kind of niche blog that brings more money?

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