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How to Monetize Your Blog in 2021 [ 14 Proven Methods] [Ultimate Guide]

How to Monetize Your Blog in 2021 [15 Proven Methods] [Ultimate Guide]

Most people who start a blog do it to earn decent money in their blogging journey. In this guide, I’m going to show you 15 proven ways to monetize a blog in 2021 and make decent money in 2021, which, let’s face it, will be a difficult one.

But let’s not despair. There still are businesses you can start in 2021 with almost no money that can bring you good profits.

I will also help you decide which monetization method should work great for your blog.

Some of these monetization methods don’t require too much traffic for making a decent profit. With a pretty new blog, you can make a couple of hundred dollars by selling advertising or offering sponsored content. In contrast, you can make thousands with an established one by providing online courses or affiliate marketing.

Oh, You don’t have a blog yet?

Here I show you step by step in a complete guide and start a successful money-making blog. Read that guide before proceeding any further with this one. Or you can also try some of these monetization methods like writing and selling an ebook or offer paid consultations with a Facebook group or a Youtube channel.

Here at Monetize.info, we help website owners, and companies to grow and monetize their websites. Whether you’re new to affiliate marketing or looking to dip your toes into growth strategies, we’re here to support your needs. See how we can help you.

Let’s start:

1. Affiliate Marketing

Generating income through affiliate marketing is when you earn a commission by promoting someone else’s products on your site. It’s similar to advertising because it’s a passive income stream, and you don’t have to produce goods or services, but unlike advertising, you only get the income if your affiliate makes a sale.

If you don’t know yet much about affiliate marketing, you should check our affiliate marketing for beginners’ complete guide.

Also, here is a list of 65+ affiliate marketing high-paying programs that can inspire you. Now you should know enough about affiliate marketing, so check the best 21 affiliate marketing networks you can signup for.

Affiliate Marketing PROs

  • High revenue if you do it right.
  • You can outsource most of the work.
  • A low upfront investment is needed.
  • It can be used along with other monetization methods.

Affiliate Marketing CONs

  • I need to spend much time on research.
  • There is much work involved.
  • You don’t have control of the products.
  • No guaranteed returns.

Though high-traffic websites are more likely to earn money through an affiliate program, affiliate income can be more profitable for a blog as it’s building traffic than advertising income because it doesn’t rely strictly on site-view numbers.

The Amazon Affiliate Program

Amazon’s affiliate program is the best-known and is likely the best place to start. It’s easy to sign up for, and the site has such a vast array of products for sale that you’re very likely to find something that relates to your niche.

Though you can treat affiliate links like advertising and make them a passive element of your page, affiliate products are more likely to sell if you review them or promote them with an actual post.

Endorse products that you believe will help your readers if you want to maintain their trust and loyalty. You should also make sure that the product connects logically to your chosen niche.

There are several ways you can advertise Amazon products to your audience: 

  1. Write extensive reviews about the products. Example: Review of the KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Series.
  2. Create a shop with the products you recommend and redirect users to Amazon for purchase. Example: Love and Lemons Shop.
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Love and Lemons Amazon Shop
Blogs that generate income primarily through affiliate marketing: Monetize.info, Ryan Robinson, Matthew Woodward, ZacJohnson.com

How much can I make with affiliate marketing?

This depends a lot on the traffic and the readers’ trust you get. Also, the niche and the way you promote the products have a significant impact on your earnings. Approximately 15 percent of the digital media industry’s revenue comes from affiliate marketing. A blog with 10K  monthly visitors in digital marketing or blogging niche can make between $500 to $2500 without spending on ads.

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How to start monetizing your blog with affiliate marketing?

First of all, you should analyze your audience well to understand their purchasing behavior, their problems, and what products can solve them. Then join an affiliate program or, better, an affiliate network like Amazon Associates, ShareASale, or Impact.

Look at the products, the affiliate commission, payment terms, how well it performs, and choose the best for your audience. You can post the link directly and the banner on your blog or write a blog post or a review to introduce them to your readers. Don’t forget to read the FTC rules regarding affiliate marketing.

2. CPA Marketing

The term CPA stands for Cost Per Action. It’s also called Pay Per Lead, in short PPL. CPA marketing is relatively easier than selling products.

The main difference between CPA marketing and affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to generate a sale to get money in CPA. You can get paid for generation actions like submitting an email address, filling up a form, download an app, submitting a pin code, submitting a mobile number, or getting a sale.

People are more likely to get free products rather than spending their earned money. Thus driving your traffic to a particular task can lead you to money. Generally, you can make $0.50 – $50 per CPA offer. The high-paying niches like payday loans, investments, or gambling can generate even more than this.

CPA Marketing PROs

  • Work best for readers that don’t spend money
  • A low upfront investment is needed.
  • Lower work involvement.
  • It can be used along with other monetization methods.

CPA Marketing CONs

  • There is a learning curve for getting good results.
  • Spend enough time on research.
  • Some offers have very restrictive rules (source of traffic, country, way of advertising, etc.)
  • No guaranteed returns

Don’t know much about CPA marketing? Check our complete CPA marketing guide for beginners, or take a CPA marketing course to give you a complete road map on monetizing your blog.

Blogs that generate income through CPA marketing: Money Saving Expert, JohnChow.com 

How much can I make with CPA marketing?

This depends a lot on the traffic and the readers’ trust you get. Also, the niche and the way you promote the offers have a huge impact on your earnings. A blog with 10K monthly visitors in the financial niche can make between $500 to $1500 with CPA marketing without any advertising spending.

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How to start monetizing your blog with CPA marketing?

First of all, you should analyze your audience well to understand their purchasing behavior, their problems, and what products can solve them. Then join a CPA network like MyLead, Gambling. Pro, etc.

Look at the offers, the commissions, and most important to their restriction of promotions (source of traffic, promotional methods approved) and choose the best for your audience. You can post the offer link directly on your blog or, better, write a blog post to introduce it to your readers.

3. Offer Sponsored Posts

Native Advertising is a rapidly growing strategy. Mostly because it builds trust and rapport with readers before you’ve even found out they’re selling to you.

Sponsored posts are used mostly by companies that want to show their products or services to your audience. These companies are interested in placing advertorials on your blog, especially if you have enough traffic and appealing SEO metrics. Keep in mind that the FTC cracks down on marketing products and services, including articles sponsored when they’re passed off as organic. Google also cares acutely about sponsored links and will penalize you if you’re selling links along with penalizing the site that you’re linking to

Sponsored Posts PROs

  • Easy money for bloggers.
  • It works in almost all niches.
  • You have editorial control of the content.
  • It can be used along with other monetization methods.

Sponsored Posts CONs

  • They can get a Google penalty if they don’t follow their rules.
  • May annoy your readers and make them leave.
  • Not much profit if you don’t have attractive SEO metrics nor traffic.
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Add your Blog to Outreach.Buzz
Blogs that generate income by offering sponsored posts: Monetize.info,  Daily Money Saving, The Bragging Mommy, Social Lifestyle Mag, JeffBullas.com

How much can I make offering Sponsored posts?

There isn’t a fixed price on how much you should ask for adding a sponsored post to your blog. For comparison, a blog with a DA35 that gets 10K monthly visitors in the financial niche can ask up to $250 for a sponsored post, but most companies will offer between $80 and $150. You can easily make up to 2,5K monthly by offering sponsored posts.

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How to start monetizing my blog with sponsored posts?

The first step is to design your write for us page to add details about what kind of posts you accept. (Examples: Write for DailyMoneySaving, Write for Outreach. Buzz). Keep in mind that you can’t place too many sponsored posts without hitting your readership. I suggest you have at least 4-5 non-promotional posts for each sponsored post you add to your blog.

There are several marketplaces where you can list your blog, sponsored articles, but I recommend our Outreach. Buzz as is Google-friendly, and you don’t risk being penalized.

4. Offer services in your niche

As a blogger, you can easily offer services to your audience. You can do content writing (you are a blogger after all, aren’t you?), digital marketing, or other niche-specific services. For instance, here on Monetize.info, we offer Competitive intelligence, SEO, affiliate marketing, and website monetization.

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Craig Campbell is offering SEO services.

Offering your services PROs

  • Easy money for bloggers.
  • You will bank on your reputation and expertise.
  • It can be used along with other monetization methods.

Offering your services CONs

  • It would help if you spent time creating the offer, adding case studies, etc.
  • It may need an advertising budget to get your 1st clients.
  • You’ll not make much if you don’t have a solid reputation.
  • Can’t scale it easily
Blogs that generate income by offering services (freelancing): Monetize.info, Matthew Woodward, VideoCreators.com, Frugal Beautiful, CNewcomer.com.

How much can I make offering services?

It isn’t easy to estimate how much you can make by selling services. It depends a lot on the expertise, reputation, audience, and the services you are offering.

How to start offering services on my blog?

Make sure you’re good at what you’re doing first. Then it would help if you spent some time researching and putting together the services you are going to offer to your readers. Create a services page where you explain what you’re doing, your past customers, and your achievements. Outline the benefits for the customer and then start to advertise the page to your readers.

5. Offering paid consultations

While it does seem like coaching services are infiltrating every aspect of the market these days, selling coaching services through your blog can be a lucrative prospect. As you build your authority and share knowledge with your readership, supplement your content with one-on-one coaching sessions.

Offering paid consultations PROs

  • Easy money for bloggers.
  • You will bank on your reputation and expertise.
  • It can be used along with other monetization methods.

Offering paid consultations CONs.

  • It would help if you spent time creating the offer, adding case studies, etc.
  • You’ll not make much if you don’t have substantial expertise.
  • It’s not easy to scale up as you sell your time.
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Blogger Offering Paid Consultation

Here is an article where we show you how to turn free consultations into paying customers. Whether you set yourself up as a life coach, career coach, or business development coach, you can earn a significant income through just a handful of clients.

I recommend checking into Clarity. fm.

Clarity is the marketplace to get one-on-one expert advice on a wide variety of business topics. The site was established in 2012 by Dan Martell and now boasts more than 30,000 experts and facilitates more than 12,000 consulting calls every month.

You can literally start your $100 an hour consulting business in less than 30 minutes.

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Clarity.fm – Signup and get paid for offering consultations
Bloggers that generate income by offering paid consultations: Monetize.info, VideoCreators.com, Chad Barr, Jacq Hackett, Lilach Bullock.

How much can I make offering paid consultations?

Again it isn’t easy to estimate how much you can make by offering paid consultations. It depends a lot on the expertise, reputation, audience, and the services you are offering. Tim Schmoyer, a certified Youtube growing consultant, asks for $597 per coaching session.

How to start offering paid consultations on my blog?

Make sure you’re good at what you’re doing first. Decide on several packages, and do your best to ensure that you address any objections upfront. Create a paid consultation page where you explain what you’re doing, your past customers, and your achievements. Outline the benefits for the customer and then start to advertise the page to your audience.

Also, check Clarity. fm, a service where people look for consultants on various topics like Digital Marketing, Finance, etc.

6. Start Reviewing Products and Services

As you build your authority and share knowledge with your readership, you should supplement your income with product reviews. You may review physical products, online services, digital products, books, SaaSes, etc.

There are two ways you can monetize reviews. You may sign up to the product seller’s affiliate program if they have one, or you can get paid by the seller to review their products for your audience.

Writing Reviews PROs

  • Easy money for bloggers.
  • You will bank on your reputation and expertise.
  • It can be used along with other monetization methods.

Writing Reviews CONs

  • It would help if you spent time creating the offer, adding case studies, etc.
  • You’ll not make much if you don’t have substantial expertise.
  • It’s not easy to scale up as you sell your time.

It’s mandatory to keep your reputation intact when doing reviews. So you should outline the not-so-good aspects of the product as well. You may think that if you make the product look fantastic to the audience, you will sell more, but being fair will give your readers the trust to purchase the product.

Here are several reviews we’ve done: SEMrush review, Gambling.PRO review, SEO Power Suite

Bloggers that generate income by writing reviews: Monetize.info, Lilach Bulloch, AffiliateBay.net, Marketing With Joy.

How much can I make writing reviews?

If you decide to charge the seller a fee instead of signing up to their affiliate program, you can easily make between $250 up to $1000.  For example, Matthew Woodward, who charges close to $1000 for a sponsored review, clearly points out that a paid review doesn’t mean a good review on his advertising page.

How to start making money by writing reviews on my blog?

If you decide to review products for commissions, you should look into affiliate marketing for tips. Signup for an affiliate marketing network or an affiliate program, write the review and then work your SEO to get visitors. On the other hand, if you look to get paid for reviews, you should look for companies that want you to run an article about their product. They’ll usually give you free access, and you can give your honest opinion.

7. Apply to Google AdSense

The largest ad network for blogs and other websites currently on the internet is Google AdSense. It’s the one that many new bloggers turn to because it has an open acceptance policy in regards to different niches and traffic levels. A slower blog will make less money than a high-traffic site, of course, and some ad formats are only available to people with higher viewership counts.

AdSense PROs

  • Easy to signup and place ad codes on your website.
  • They have ads for most of the niches and traffic sources.
  • No minimum traffic is required.

AdSense CONs

  • The earning rates aren’t great.
  • The adblockers suppress Adsense by default.
  • You need good traffic figures to make decent money.
  • The support is lacking.
  • They may close your account for policy violations.

AdSense is easy to use in comparison to most ad networks. Of course, the flip side of this ease is that Google takes a cut of the advertiser’s money as a commission for providing the ad service—about 32% of what the advertiser pays per click goes straight to Google.

Blogs that make money using Google Adsense: Ten.info, Business Insider, Dooce.com, LifeHacker.com.

How much can I make with Google Adsense?

Because it’s so easy to use (and generates a lot of income in the right circumstances), Google AdSense is often the way to go if you have around 10,000 page views per month and are just starting to work with advertising as an income stream.

The exact amount you can make using Google AdSense varies depending on the size and style of ad you use, what niche your blog is in, and how much traffic you get.

How to start making money with Adsense on my blog?

Check the acceptance guidelines of Google Adsense first and make sure you comply, then signup here. The next step is to add your websites to the system, and after acceptance, you can get the banner codes and place them on your website.

8. Other advertising networks

Many other ad networks are available for bloggers, most of which will ask for higher minimum traffic than Google AdSense. Some are highly selective. Some don’t require a minimum traffic number to use, making them most useful for new bloggers.

Advertising networks PROs

  • Most of them offer higher paying rates than Adsense.
  • They will work with you to improve your site and rankings.
  • The support is better.

Advertising networks CONs

  • Some of them have more demanding acceptance conditions (traffic, content quality).
  • Some ads may be intrusive or have low quality.
  • There are advertising networks that want the exclusivity of your advertising spaces.
Blogs that make money using other advertising networks: PinchOfYum.com (AdThrive), Wise Old Sayings (Ezoic), Love and Lemons (AdThrive), GimmeSomeOven.com (AdThrive), A Passion and a Passport (MediaVine),

Do some research before signing up with a new ad network. Check out sites that use it to see how it shows up on their pages, and if you can talk to other bloggers about their experience with the site, that’s even better.

Keep in mind that the more exclusive ad networks have limited access for a reason. Their advertisers are likely to pay more money in exchange for a guarantee of higher viewership. As your traffic grows, considering better ad networks could be an excellent way to increase your profit.

Read more: Best Ad Networks For Publishers [Top 21]

A word about native advertising

I encourage you to look into native advertising, and these usually offer better rates to bloggers and are less intrusive. Check our complete guide on native advertising to find out what native ads are, the PROs and CONs of native advertising, the best practices, etc. Also, we have a detailed section on the best native advertising platforms you should use.

Read more: Native Advertising Guide for 2021 [Examples, Networks, Best Practices]

How much can I make with Advertising networks?

Like Google Adsense, the exact amount you can make using advertising networks varies depending on what size and style of ad you use, what niche your blog is in, and how much traffic you get. You can generally make at least 2-3 times more than with Google Adsense with the same traffic amount.

How to start making money with advertising networks on my blog?

Check our advertising networks guide for bloggers and seek the network that fits your requirements best. Signup, add your website and then place the ads on your site. Monitor the earnings and visitors’ experience for some weeks and decide if you’re happy with the results and keep it or switch to a new one.

Further readings to monetize your blog through selling advertising:

9. Sell advertising directly

Ad networks run on a middle-man profit model. They do the work of finding advertisers and arranging payment, and in exchange, they take a percentage of the money for themselves. Communicating directly with an advertiser means you get to keep all of the money, but it also means you have to deal directly with the companies and negotiate rates and terms.

Sell advertising directly PROs

  • Charge more as you cut the middleman.
  • You have the final decision of what ads appear on your website.
  • Have the flexibility to choose the ad sizes and ad types you take.
  • You can place the banners in ways that are not suppressed by adblockers.

Sell advertising directly CONs

  • You have to search for clients for your ad space actively.
  • Need technical knowledge to install an ad management plugin.

Most of the direct advertisers will want to see higher traffic numbers than ad networks before committing.  Because of this, direct advertisers are typically a late-stage addition to a blogger’s income streams.

While direct ads tend to be employed by established blogs, don’t rule the idea out if a potential opportunity comes along.

Blogs that make money by selling advertising directly: TopGoldForum, Monetize.info, The Work At Home Woman, SearchEngineJournal.com, SmallBizzTrends.com

How much can I make by selling advertising directly?

Like Google Adsense, the exact amount you can make using advertising networks varies depending on what size and style of ad you use, what niche your blog is in, and how much traffic you get. You can generally make at least 2-3 times more than with Google Adsense with the same traffic amount.

How to start making money by selling advertising on my blog?

The first step is to analyze your audience (traffic figures, demographics, etc.) and create a media kit for your blog. Here is a media kit creation guide. Alternatively, you may create an advertising page that your readers can easily find. Check ours here. The next step is to install an ad management solution on your blog and configure everything. If you don’t have any orders, you may place affiliate banners. The final step is to outreach to potential customers for your ad space.

10. Write and Sell an Ebook

The most successful eBooks come from bloggers whose brand is based on expertise. You can either release the eBook as a PDF directly from your site or through a retailer like Amazon for almost no financial investment.

You want to make sure it contains new material that’s not just a re-hash of the information readers can get on your blog for free. A compelling eBook topic might be an in-depth analysis of a trend in your field or a comprehensive how-to solution to a common problem.

Sell Ebooks PROs

  • Make money almost on autopilot (create once sell for years to come).
  • You establish yourself as an expert in your niche.
  • Make more money than selling ads.

Sell Ebooks CONs

  • I need to spend time researching and writing the book.
  • You will need to respond to customer questions.

Income from an eBook tends to reach its highest levels shortly after its initial release. Referencing the book in your future posts or running a promotion could cause spikes in sales, but if you’re marketing the book, right the bulk of your subscribers will buy it right off the bat if they’re going to. Subsequent spikes in sales tend to be from new readers who have come to you since the initial release.

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Bloggers selling recipes ebook – unicornsuperfoods.com
Bloggers that make money by selling ebooks: Unicorn Super Foods, Goats on the Road, Shout Me Loud, Pat Flynn.

How much can I make by writing and selling an ebook?

According to WiseBread.com, of about 200,000 authors selling ebooks on Amazon, only about 5,000 — less than 3% — consistently earn $10,000 a year or better. So if you don’t write like George R.R. Martin and have a strong publisher, you will not get reach by writing a book. Yet you can still make a decent income, like $300 – $1000 each month.

How to start making money by writing and selling ebooks on my blog?

Selling ebooks isn’t restricted to a particular niche. There are ebooks on blogging, photography, fitness, and anything you can think of. For example, if you had a blog that taught gardening, you can sell an ebook that led your audience in more detail on how to grow their gardens or a particular plant.

You can then choose to sell your ebook directly on your blog or through platforms like Gumroad or Podia. Selling your ebook on your site can be advantageous, as you get to keep 100% of the profits. You can easily do this with WooCommerce or the Easy Digital Downloads WordPress plugin.

11. Create an Online course

More people are taking online courses than ever before. The e-learning industry is expected to grow to about $325 billion by 2025. Online courses can take many forms for a blogger. The easiest way to make a course is to write it as a series of PDF documents that your reader purchases and studies on their own—very much like an eBook, but with exercises and extra resources explicitly designed to educate the reader.

Recording media to accompany the course can make it feel more personal and gives the course more value. Whether you do it as an audio file or a video, people who buy the class will benefit from hearing you explain the concepts aloud. Video can be beneficial for physical or visual niches, like fitness or design, were demonstrating the idea can be easier than explaining it.

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Pat Flynn sell courses from $249 to $999

The most time-intensive course style is to meet with the students in real-time through a chat room or online education portal. The disadvantage of this class style is that it requires people to be available at a specific time to attend, limiting interest and attendance.

Online Courses PROs

  • Video online courses are selling like hotcakes now.
  • You can add more content like quizzes, tests, checklists, etc.

Online Courses CONs

  • For video courses, you need professional equipment to record.
  • Also, your spoken English should be good enough.
  • Requires discipline.

How much can I make by creating and selling an online course?

As I said, the e-learning industry is expected to grow to about $325 billion by 2025. There are people like Joseph Michael, who made $40k as a newbie teaching writers how to use Scrivener’s popular writing software. As you can see, the possibilities of selling online courses are endless.

How to start making money by creating and selling an online course on my blog?

Selling online courses isn’t restricted to a particular niche. There are ebooks on blogging, photography, fitness, and anything you can think of. You don’t need to be a certified chef to create a course that teaches people how to cook. If you can cook better than most people, make your course material in a way that can truly teach people how to cook, then there’s nothing holding you back from creating your course.

Come up with a great course idea, ask for feedback, create the course, ask for feedback again :), do the final touches and then host it on a 3rd party platform like Teachable or Udemi. If you prefer to host it locally, use a WordPress plugin like WP Courseware or Memberpress and start selling.

12. Add a Paid Membership Section

A paid section of your site can be an excellent way to provide more value to your readers while expanding your income streams. It may be useful for a blog in a smaller niche whose readership is of a small, dedicated variety. The caveat to this is that you want to make sure that a paid membership site truly provides a significant increase in value over your free content, or you’ll risk leaving your most dedicated readers feeling ripped off.

Paid Membership PROs

  • It works even for smaller readerships.
  • Leverage your content and earn even more.
  • Recurring payments increase your income.
  • Membership sites can be automated.

Paid Membership CONs

  • You need to create content always; otherwise, the members will stop paying.
  • I need Some technical knowledge to set up everything.
  • You have to create content even better than the one you’re offering for free.

There are many kinds of member-only sites. Forums and directories are popular formats. For some ideas on creating a paid section of your blog, check our top affiliate marketing forums, where some forum admins ask for anywhere between $20 – $99 for a monthly membership. While a member’s only site doesn’t require you to make any physical products, it will also require more complex coding than your typical blog page.

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LadyBoss Paid Membership Program

How much can I make by adding a paid membership section to my blog?

You should take into consideration many things. Your expertise, the niche you’re in, the traffic figures are just some of them. For example, Jeff Goins’s Tribe Writers is a membership site that only opens three or four times a year. He charges upwards of $100 per month membership; it only lets 150-200 students on average.

How to start making money by adding a paid membership section?

Decide first on the content you are going to offer for the monthly fee. It can be digital courses, exclusive forum access, ebooks, reports, the ones that I’ve told you about before, but now you pack them in a monthly membership. Use a membership plugin like Memberpress, put everything together, and inform your members they can get access to even more great content of yours.

13. Start selling physical products

An online shop might be something you never even considered. But, through the power of affiliate sales – and marketing – it’s a great place to put the products your readers might need; right next to the content they love.

Selling Physical Products PROs

  • Get higher rates than through affiliate marketing.
  • You can easily change the products.
  • Have total control of the orders.

Selling Physical Products CONs

  • You should deal with packing, selling, refunds, etc.
  • You need to take care of the inventory.
  • Should invest in advertising and marketing to generate orders.
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KirstenAndCo Shop

14. Sell your blog for profit

Believe it or not, an authority website can sell for around 35x-40x of monthly profit. That’s around 3 years of upcoming profits.

If you decided to sell your blog, there are several places where you can do it. Besides the usual marketplaces, I suggest you first contact companies or competitors from your niche, especially if your niche is not so popular as digital marketing or finance. That’s because these companies know the value of your blog and how to monetize it properly, so they will usually pay more.

Selling your blog PROs

  • Get up to 36x of your monthly income.
  • Get free time to pursue other money-making opportunities.
  • Will have connections in the industry.

Selling your blog CONs.

  • You need to document well income documents, traffic stats, etc.
  • You will lose a money-making income stream.
  • Extensive due diligence on the buyer is required to avoid getting scammed.

The process of the sale of a blog isn’t something that you can do overnight. It requires an investment of both time and money. If your goal is to sell your blog and cash out, make sure you prepare for any legal issues well before posting your blog up for sale. This way, everything will go much smoother and with less last-minute hustle.

How much can I make by selling my blog?

Most of the blogs sell for up to 36x of their monthly profit. You may get much more if the blog is well established in your industry and have a decent, constant readership.

How to sell my blog?

You should do extensive research on website marketplaces to see how much others sold similar blogs. Ask for a professional evaluation. We can do it.  MotionInvest also does it. Prepare all the documents (financial, marketing, traffic stats) for at least one year before the date of selling as the buyers will want to do their due diligence. I suggest using an escrow service like Escrow.com for doing transactions.

Check also our article on how to sell your blog. Many tips will help you in selling your blog.

15. Accept donations

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How to accept donations on your blog

Is your blog new, or is it not easily monetizable? You should consider accepting donations. If your readers love your content, sometimes they’ll give you money if you ask for it.

When you’re providing entertaining and valuable content to people for free, there’s nothing wrong with asking for donations. Even popular websites like Wikipedia or Archive.org ask for donations from their users.

Accepting Donations PROs

  • Supplement your income and cover your blog expenses.
  • Allow you to be totally independent and don’t have to push people to purchase something.

Accepting Donation CONs.

  • You can’t mix donations with high rewarding monetization methods
  • Doesn’t work for some niches. You can’t teach people to make money online or trade and ask for donations.

To collect donations from your readers, you can create a donation form using Gravity Forms.

You can try other monetization methods:  [16] create a private forum, [17] host a paid webinar.

Blog Monetization FAQ

What's the best blog monetization method?

That’s a great question because each blog has its own traffic figures. Is it in a different evolution stage, niche, etc.? So I’m going to recommend based on some concrete situations you may be in your journey.

Ultimately you should test which blog monetization method works best for you.

How Much Does a Blogger Earn Per Month?

Blogging isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. If anyone is telling you the opposite, then he’s lying. It can take a lot of time and effort before making a substantial income from your blog. The amount of money you make as a blogger depends on many factors: the blog monetization strategies you use, what niche you’re in, how much work you put into it, and more.

But to have some figures you can guide yourself on, most bloggers earn around $500 – $1000 per month in their first 2-3 years of blogging but then when they gather a solid readership can make anywhere between $10K to $100K every month. So hard work and persistence are paying off.

Which Types of Blogs are Most Popular?

According to data, the most profitable blogging niches in 2021 are personal health, weight loss, cryptocurrencies finance, loans,  and a few others. But for most people, trying to start a blog in one of those niches won’t work out.

Instead, you should choose a blogging niche that has the potential to be profitable, and you are passionate about researching and writing.

How Do I Start a Successful Blog?

So now you know that starting a blog and monetizing it properly and can make you earn good money. But if you’re new to the world of blogging, you might be thinking, “Where do I even begin?”

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to start a blog in 2021. Then in a couple of weeks, when you have traffic, come back to this article and start implementing one or two monetization methods to start making money.

Top 3 Blog Monetization Mistakes

Here are the top 3 blog monetization mistakes we encounter:

  • You should not expect any quick returns.  It can take up to several months before you see any significant response from your visitors. Be patient!
  • If you are an affiliate, don’t hide that. Put a disclaimer of some sort somewhere for the sake of transparency with your readership. Google has explicitly said this is necessary if you’re going to sell via affiliate marketing. They’ll reward you with higher rankings if you do.
  • Don’t put your faith in one method. For instance, you need a lot of traffic to make money from Google Ads. You need to be more creative than that! Test and combine to find the best monetization methods for your blog.

Vote for your favourite

Conclusion

So you made it till the end. Congrats for that.

Now you know 15 methods to monetize your blog in 2021. Some of them are easy to implement (taking sponsored posts, joining an advertising network). In contrast, others require more work (offering paid consultations, creating ebooks, creating online courses) but are way more lucrative.

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Why don’t you let me know what works for you and whatnot by writing a comment below? I am eager to read your opinion.

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About Daniel S.

Daniel is the founder of MediaDigi.com digital agency and digital marketing manager here at Monetize.info. For over 14 years he has helped hundreds of customers to establish a presence online and win the digital race.

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