How to monetize a blog and start making some real money online?
We all know that there are so many ways to money from blogging, but most of them are outdated and won’t work now.
So I won’t be sharing them here, instead, I’ll give you some real ways to make money from blogging. Let’s get into it.
If you look up for the ways to make money online, I am pretty sure that you will find tons of different ways like display advertising, affiliate marketing, text-link advertisements, sponsored posts and reviews and lots more. And if you have a blog, then you can use a combination of different sources to maximize your revenue.
But do you know that there is a way to earn money online by just referring publishers and then not doing anything on your part? This particular method is called Referral marketing where you can refer publishers and make a percentage of their earnings.
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Do you want to earn from your blog from this very moment?
I am damn sure AdSense isn’t making up your coffee prices as well.
Are you looking for a blog revenue program better than AdSense?
If you just nodded your head to say “um hmm” all the three times, this post is for you.
In this post, I am going to show an effective blog monetization technique that is often under the radar because the big bloggers using this won’t want you to know this.
Blogging is for sure a passion for many of us. But let’s face it, you cannot stick to your passion and give it full time unless it is the source of your bread and butter.
But what if your blog has no decent traffic and or is not yet approved by AdSense?
Here is a source that accounted for almost 40% of my earnings in December 2014, an approx of 470$/ Rs.28,000.00 (I know it’s not huge but is enough for many.)
I don’t believe in eating up my blogs estate or in decreasing my readers UX with serving cheap ads. It’s when I started using this program.
Although I use various noticeable monetization programs to monetize BloggerTipsTricks that includes:
But Affiliate marketing worked best for me last month. I don’t brag about my
I joined ShareASale after I saw the earnings report of a popular blogger.
Here are a few screenshots that prove my claims:
Note: $155.98 is finalized payment of month November 2014 which I received on Dec 20th, 2014 and I made over $470 in Dec 2014 which I will receive this month i.e. Jan 2015.
The program that accounted for 40% of my income in Dec 2014 is ShareAsale.
Shareasale is an affiliate program that pays you to promote the products registered with them.
It is a two-way program in which merchants register their products on the platform and affiliate marketers like me, and you sign up to promote these products and get paid for each sale made. Read these basics of affiliate marketing before you get started.
There are many great marketplaces like Commission Junction, Clickbank, etc. from where internet marketers can pick and promote the products that suit to their blog audience but the reasons I recommend to use Shareasale are:
Anyone can join ShareASale; you only need to have a medium to reach your audience to sell them.
If you have a blog, no matter in which niche, you can join ShareASale.
ShareAsale has a wide range of products you can choose to promote.
Here is the list of few of the products/services you can start promoting right away based on your blog niche:
While using ShareASale is not very cheesy, I am presenting you a guide to using ShareASale as easily as possible.
STEP 1: Signing up:
1. Go to Shareasale website by clicking here.
2. You will be guided through five steps that are pretty self-explanatory. After completion of the signup process, you will have to wait for confirmation and account approval.
3. If you use an email id from the domain of a site you are going to promote it (like email@example.com), then it is approved fast. However, you can sign up with a simple email service like Gmail, or Outlook id.
4. If you have signed up from a normal email id, you need to confirm that you own your website.
STEP 2: Confirmation and account approval:
Confirming can be done easily by either clicking an approval link sent to the email address registered with the domain or by placing a custom text code between the <head> and
STEP 3: The dashboard:
The dashboard is as easy to navigate as it could be.
1. The first thing you notice is a to-do-list that enables you to find what incomplete tasks you need to perform.
2. In the given screenshot, I need to confirm my tax details as well as verify my website as I have signed up through my Gmail account that is no harm.
3. Shareasale supports direct transfer of balance to the banks of many countries including India, so if you are from one of the countries that comply with their payment
4. ShareASale bank
5. The threshold payment for ShareASale is 50$ only. This is easily attainable by any blogger. Sometimes a single sale makes more than 100$ alone. The payment is made on 20th of each month.
6. You can check out your earnings daily.
STEP 4: Getting started with ShareASale Affiliate Network:
For new publishers (we, the affiliate marketers) we have the merchants section where you can hunt the top merchants (the companies whose products will be promoted by you).
You can then sign up for the merchants individually; if their products interest you to promote them.
Some affiliate products require a confirmation from the merchant to enable you to promote it. For example - Hootsuite, Hootsuite pays a pretty good recurring commission on every signup, and I was interested and decided to join it. Now when I signed up for the product, I had to wait for a day to get approved by them before I could promote them.
After getting approval from merchants, you can get your affiliate links/banners from Links section to promote on your blog.
Also, you can join the ShareASale “Aquarium”, the other name for the forum, where you can interact with other brands and find better merchants.
Some Tips to Get More Affiliate Sales:
Are you worried how to get more income from ShareASale? In this section, I will explain how I made money by promoting products through ShareASale affiliate network.
Where to promote your product:
You can always promote your product on your blog, on a fan page, on landing pages, in forums that allow affiliate links.
You can be innovative as to where you can promote your product. Just be creative for promoting them on your blog, for example, write a review of the product (see a live example of a successful review post here), or make a list post list including that product (see this example). You can also create a Toolbox page.
Over to you
I think promoting products that you have personally used and benefitted from is the most powerful secret to affiliate marketing. I have always practiced it.
If you want to make money from initial blog stage with less traffic, you can do it also with ShareASale.
It’s because though your audience is small you should keep it dedicated and promote the products that are a part of their niche.
So, what are you waiting for?
Are you all ready to make your first dollar online?
Sign up for a ShareASale account here and start earning online passively.
Earlier I had discussed on monetizing a blog without spending any money. If you haven’t read that post then I suggest you read it now by clicking here.
In that post, I had mentioned about Google Adsense as one of the way to make money from a blog.
But one of my reader who had recently started a blog, got rejected by Adsense twice. After applying third time, he did get accepted but just after few days he got his Google Adsense account banned due to violating one the many strict Adsense policies.
Since most new blogs don’t receive banner advertising, sponsored reviews and have less knowledge about affiliate marketing or selling their own products, they fail to make any money from their blog.
But Adsense is not the end to monetize a blog, there are different Google Adsense Alternatives, which can be used to monetize a blog. One advertising network that has been able to show its mettle over a short span of time is Infolinks.
Blogs who may or may not use Google Adsense, use Infolinks as it’s the best Google Adsense Alternative and an easy way to make money from a blog. The best part is using Infolinks alongside Adsense does not violate its strict policies and can help you make extra income. For those who got rejected or banned from Adsense, Infolinks is must.
Before I discuss something about this best Google Adsense Alternative, let me answer a simple question…
To be honest, it’s the best alternative to Google Adsense and does not have strict policies like Google Adsense does. Compared to Adsense, it’s easier to get approved by Infolinks and always works on benefiting the publisher by bringing in new ideas and methods to increase publisher’s revenue.
Unlike Google Adsense, Infolinks does not require any space on your blog to display advertisements. What Infolinks does is it converts some keywords from your articles into a link. When a visitor hovers over the link, an advertisement is displayed and you make money.
Here’s an example…
It provides you more power than Adsense itself. If you have many websites, you can monetize all of them with Infolinks once your one site gets approved.
What you saw above was an example of in-text advertising. Listed below are the other types of ads from the stable of Infolinks.
It’s easy to display Infolinks ads on your website. Visit infolinks.com and click on the ‘Get now‘ button, enter the details required and Infolinks will verify your site. You will receive an email from them within 72 hours about approval or rejection. Once approved, you can log into the thoughtful and beautifully designed Publisher dashboard.
Next to Integrate, there’s a Customize tab through which you can explicitly customize the types of ads you want to display on your site.
Unlike Google Adsense, Infolinks is hell bound on increasing the revenue of publishers by introducing a new way to make more money. On their blog they bring in new offers every now and then which help publishers like us make more money. This is the main reason why I believe it’s one of the best Google Adsense Alternatives for bloggers as Adsense only offers optimizing tricks to its Premium Publishers.
Unlike other advertising networks, this directs us to place their integration code at the end of the website. Due to this, website content is loaded first and later advertisements. So it does not affect website loading speed as Infolinks ad elements are the last thing that get loaded on a webpage. Isn’t this awesome?
Infolinks is great if you receive traffic from US, UK and Canada. For Asian traffic, you might not earn much but if your site gets huge traffic from US, UK and Canada and other European countries, you can expect a good income from it.
Compared to Google Adsense and other Google Adsense Alternatives, Infolinks is…
If you compare the cons of Infolinks with Adsense, there are very few and can be easily worked upon.
Infolinks has been working for many years and has built trust among different ad publishers. Yes! They do pay on time, which is 45 days after reaching payment threshold. Here is the payment proof of Infolinks.
There are many other Google Adsense Alternatives but I believe Infolinks is the best.
At last, I want to know your take on Infolinks, if you’re using it let me know your experience with them.
Let me know which advertising you use and what your experience with them is.
I’m looking forward to your responses. Thanks!