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5 Easy Ways You Can Monetize Your Blog As A Beginner

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Monetizing your blog is not as hard as it seems. You can monetize your blog even as a beginner right from the start.

One of the major reasons people start their own blogs is so that they can be able to generate some revenue either as a side hustle or a major income earner.

In this article, I am breaking down 5 major ways that you can monetize your blog right from the start. These simple ways are beginner friendly and will get you some cash flow even without a huge audience.

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How to Start a Financial Blog/ Financial Blogging For Beginners

1. Affiliate Programs

Affiliate marketing has been around for a very long time. In this day and age it is quite refreshing to see that you don’t have to meet some academic requirements to become an online marketer.

I have even seen 16 year olds make thousands of dollars just through affiliate marketing.

So how do you start affiliate marketing and how do you become a successful affiliate marketer by using it to monetize your blog?

Well the easiest way to start affiliate marketing is to start with items you are familiar with.

Look around you. What products do you use? Both physical and non tangible. Name them. Write a list. Whether it’s your earphones, your mobile device, your laptop, software, skin products, kitchen products etc.

List like 10 products you use. Now next thing to do is to analyze these products.

What do you like about them?

What DON’T you like about them?

Why do you use these products?

Would you recommend them to anyone?

Who would you recommend them to?

These questions will form the basis of your review. See how easy it was to get descriptive about something you like or use?

We can use that as a starting point. Let’s say you use these awesome Apple AirPods. Now try to recommend them to someone.

Really, just do it practically with a friend or relative that doesn’t live with you.

I bet that among the questions the will ask you is “Where did you buy them?”. If you tell them where you bought them and they actually go and buy the airpods at the same store, you will have earned that store a customer.

Now imagine you walking up to that store and telling them “Hey, you see that customer that just walked in here and bought the Apple AirPods? I referred them to you. Recently, I bought my AirPods here a few months ago and they are great, I love them. I told her about them and she bought them just to experience the product herself.”

Then the manager of the store goes, “Wow! Thank you for bringing in a customer for us. Here’s x dollars from that sale. Tell you what, if you bring us more customers, we will give you x amount from their sales. How about that?”

See that? That’s an affiliate marketing visual. Now hold your horses, don’t go to that store just yet, there’s an easier way to go about it (and they probably won’t believe your narrative anyway).

Thanks to technology and all, instead of going to the store where you bought the airpods, you can look for an online store that sells them.

Let’s say you look up Amazon. You will have to approach them with the offer of promoting their items in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds from the sales.

For Amazon you will have to fill out an application and state your website. Once they approve your application, they will give you access to links for the products you are trying to promote.

In this case, the airpods. Next stage is now sharing this link. You will need some sort of traffic to your link in order to get people to buy the product.

Traffic to your site can be gotten through social media like Facebook and Pinterest or through Youtube as well.

Remember the questions we asked above to describe the product? You can use that to create an article about the product or do a video talking about the product.

Then paste the link to the product in your article or in the description of your video. After you start getting traffic to your link, you will start to see sales when people click on the link to buy the product.

The best part for Amazon is that any sale made within 24 hours (even if it’s not what you were promoting) will earn you a commission. As long as your link was the last link the buyer clicked directing them to the store, you will get a cut.

Some of the best affiliate marketing programs for beginners include Amazon, Ebay and Digistore.

Once you start getting the hang of affiliate marketing, you can sign up with more advanced programs like CJ Affiliates, Clickbank and JVZoo.

2. Selling your own products

Selling your own products online is a good way of getting some good revenue even as a beginner.

The products you sell online can determine your success rate and the business scalability as well.

Some of the products you can sell online include design templates, digital products, courses, physical products etc.

design templates

When determining what to sell online, try to have a few things in mind. First ask yourself whether what you are selling is scalable.

Also is there demand for the product you are selling? How is the supply for the product in the market currently?

Is it something that will require your active management and if so, can you keep up? Can the product sell itself on autopilot after some requirements are met?

Considering these questions is important in determining the type of product you would like to sell.

Some products (especially physical products) require active management not to mention you will be dealing with customer service yourself initially.

Other products like courses are good for passive income but will require a lot of input initially.

Not to mention the cost you put on your course might also determine your success rate. If your course is too expensive, it will have to meet the expectations of the buyers who may be few because of the price. They might also need you to answer any more questions if they are not satisfied.

On the other hand, if your course it too cheap, it might require a lot of effort from yourself to sell a huge number of units to get a good amount of return. For this reason, put a lot of consideration when pricing your courses.

Other products might require some design skills, e.g. design templates or print on demand products. However you can keep it simple at first and once you get the first few sales, you can think of advancing your skills or hiring a skilled designer.

There is no limit to what products you can sell on your blog so you can sell as many different types as you’d like.

Just be sure to see which products have a higher profit margin and retain them for the long run.

3. Partnering with brands

Partnering with brands may not be as easy as influencers make it look on Instagram. Unless you are super famous, brands will not approach you.

You will be the one to approach brands.

What many of these influencers don’t tell people is that it actually takes proper planning and effort to approach brands.

You cant just walk up to their marketing manager and tell them that you are super popular and people will buy stuff if you promote them.

Nope!

And be wary if the process is that simple. It could mean that either the product is whack or they probably won’t pay you much.

So the first thing you need to do when preparing to approach brands is to come up with a pitch.

A pitch is like a hook. What is in it for them if they partner with you? What value are you bringing to the table? How big is your audience?

Before brands agree to partner with you ,they will look deeper into your portfolio, previous works if any and verify your numbers before they give you an offer.

As a beginner, you may be shortchanged a lot before you realize your worth. But not to worry, its all part of the process and if you are good at negotiation, then this probably won’t even happen.

The experience will enable you to learn what to charge according to the audience you have and the value you bring. It will build your negotiation skills and also help you brand yourself better.

Also, there are social media agencies that connect influencers to brands if you feel like the hustle might wear you out in the beginning. You can look up local ones for starters.

Some of the mistakes I see new bloggers making is that they partner with any and every brand, whether they pay peanuts or even whether they have terrible products.

Do not do this.

Do some research on the brands you would like to partner with. Make sure they have great products.

Also check the brand’s customer service. Make sure it is top notch so that you don’t get complaints that come your way too if you partner with them.

Try buying a product as a normal customer and asses the process personally. Be honest to them if they have terrible customer service or products.

You can let them know so that they may consider improving their process or product.

If your experience is good, you can approach them for a partnership. This way, when you give your opinion, it will be from an honest point of view.

Even after the partnership is sealed, don’t be afraid to let a brand know when you find an issue with their products or services.

Probably a lot of people have a similar issue but are not able to raise their concerns effectively.

4. Apply for Google Adsense

Google AdSense is a good way for any beginner to monetize their blog.

It’s important to note that it may not be the best paying in the market but it works well enough just to get your feet in the water.

Before you apply for Google AdSense, there a few things you need to know to get accepted.

First, your website needs to be on a paid platform. If you don’t have a paid platform and would like to move from your free platform, you can do so here.

Also, you need to have a good amount of content on your blog. 10 articles should be fine for starters. But the more quality content you have the better.

Another thing is your blog needs to look great. I know that is a very general word to use but make sure that your font is readable and your site does not look spammy.

Ensure you have vital pages in place such as the privacy policy and disclosure pages.

5. Offering Services

Offering services is one of the reasons some websites are started. If your website is primarily for something else, you can still offer services.

Some of the services that one can offer include coaching, teaching certain skills, accounting services, marketing services, social media management and more.

If you can’t think of any service you can offer you can opt to partner with someone who can offer the services on your website and pay you a commission.

Offering services on your website can also help you build a personal brand which will in turn let you dictate your own prices.

So those are the 5 simple ways that you can use to monetize your blog as a beginner. There are several other ways that you may stumble upon along your blogging journey but you can stick to these ones for starters.

Once your blog starts making a substantial amount of money you can think of scaling the different ways or branching out to other money making activities on your blog.

Let me know in the comments below, which one seems like the easiest to start with? Have you started yet?

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