I’ve seen a lot of blogs not monetizing their content because they are waiting for some point in time when their blog will be “ready for it”. So they wait to have 30 posts published, or 100 visitors a day or something else.
However, the mistake here is that once you have 100 visitors a day, for example, a lot of them will be the returning ones, and they will be used to the clean look of your blog and no monetization.
So even though it is your blog and you can do with it what ever you want, when you do monetize it and change what people are used to, some of them will get upset.
Now, if you are like me, you won’t really care if someone is upset because you can’t make everyone happy. But some people care, so if you are one of those… avoid it by monetizing from day one.
Looking at this blog and my blog, people who comment here and so on, I think majority of the readers are those blogging about – blogging, or other related topics. So here are my 4 favorite monetization ideas for blogs like those:
#1 Theme affiliate
Every one of us loves to have a pretty blog and if you are using one of the premium themes that has an affiliate program (and most of them do), recommend it to your readers. I make sure to put “Powered by Genesis Framework” affiliate link in the footer of my blog, to make sure it is always there. Of course, creating tutorials and reviews about the theme, helps make sales as well.
#2 Tracking tools affiliate
Some of the best (and my favorite) tracking tools have affiliate programs you can benefit from.
Clicky is one of those and I not only highly recommend using it, but also becoming an affiliate for it. Referring your readers to this great tool can only help your reputation, because the product is great. At the same time, you will probably never have to pay for it again, considering that it converts great and it will make you more money then your bill with them wil be!
#3 Email marketing tools affiliate
Every blogger should have an email list and who better to “sell” them the tool than those using it.
When I first started using Aweber as my tool of choice, I loved it so I recommended it to my readers. Then I kept discovering how to do certain things and get my sign up numbers up, so I shared what I learned with my readers and all those how tos resulted in new Aweber customers, referred by me.
As a thank you to those who are on the edge of starting to make a list but are worried how to do it, I even created this very long tutorial on email marketing and using Aweber (check it out!).
This goes for any email marketing service you may be using, I am sure they all have affiliate programs.
#4 Plugin affiliate
Yes, I hear you “Who pays for plugins today when you can do it all with free tools…” Well, I do.
And I know a lot of other people don’t just pick any free plugin and install it on their blog. Some features premium plugins offer are available in free versions, but instead of having them all in one plugin, they are spread through 4 or 5 of the free plugins.
A great example I like to use is WP Subscribers plugin, that lets you create any imaginable opt in form with additional features. You probably could not find all those features for free and I know for sure that another premium plugin I tried before costs as much as WP Subscribers, even though it offers a single feature!
So pick a few great plugins and start promoting them.
Let me know, are you using any of these monetization methods?