If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about using Google Adsense to make money from your blog.
Heck, you may have already created an account and sprinkled some ads in various places around your own blog. But answer me this:
How much money are you actually making off of those ads?
$10/month? $100/month? $1,000/month?
Perhaps the greater question is, could you be making much more money by using that ad space for something else?
Now, I’m not here to bash on Google Adsense. Many bloggers actually do make good money that way.
But– if you’re struggling to make a substantial income from your blog, it may be time to look at some other, more profitable options.
Ready to learn 3 ways to make more money from your blog? Let’s go…
1. Promoting Affiliate Products
Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income makes the majority of his 6-figure monthly income from promoting products he uses and loves. In October 2015 alone, he made $87,484.49 in affiliate commissions (compared to only $1,493.01 that he made in Adsense revenue)!
So yeah, obviously it works… and not just for Pat. It can work in any niche.
Just browse through the dozens of categories at a free affiliate network like ClickBank, or search Google for “affiliate program <your niche/topic>”. You’ll find many opportunities to earn affiliate commissions, across multiple industries.
But there’s a right way to do it.
For instance, Pat doesn’t put Bluehost banner ads in his header or sidebar.
He does create helpful, free tutorials like “How to Build a Blog in Less than 4 Minutes”. Within that tutorial, he links to an essential resource needed to complete the process (Bluehost blog hosting) using his own unique affiliate link, and earns a commission for every person that signs up through his link.
(Note: Make sure to disclose that you use affiliate links. At the bottom of the post is fine, or in a “Disclosure” page on your blog.)
2. Selling Your Services
“Sell my services? What services?”, you might be asking.
After all, if you don’t have an obvious skill like programming or graphic design, you might think that you just don’t fall into the offering-services-for-money camp.
But you’re wrong.
Blogging is the perfect platform for teaching others what you know on a one-to-many scale. So teach!
Jon Morrow of Boost Blog Traffic (a $100K+/month blog) says:
“You’re not just a blogger. You’re an expert, a teacher, a mentor, maybe even an entrepreneur. Your blog is simply a launchpad for all those things.”
To get started, Jon recommends asking your subscribers a simple question:
“What’s your biggest frustration with right now?”
Look for the most common frustrations, and then offer a paid solution. It could be private coaching, or a “done-for-you” service.
3. Selling Your Own Course
The market for information products (teaching what you know via an online course) is projected to top $100 billion in 2015. Now don’t tell me you don’t want a piece of that pie!
And before you talk yourself out of this by thinking you can’t possibly create a course of your own– stop. You can do it.
Derek Halpern of Social Triggers kept his first course super simple: just 3 videos and a worksheet. He went on to generate 6-figures in revenue!
Your first course can be as basic as an email series, or a 2-3 part video series. Whatever the format, Derek recommends starting small.
Challenge time: Choose just one of these methods I mentioned and learn more about it today. These methods certainly take more upfront work than throwing up some Google ads, but they have the potential to make your blog much more profitable.