Everyone wants to make money, and the best opportunity to make money is online. So how do you turn your blog into a money making machine, well, to be honest, it is really hard. Making money from your blog will take time and effort, and it will take a long time before you start making some decent amounts. I know you heard all those self proclaimed super affiliates telling you they have tons of great products that you just install on your blog and watch the money pour in, well, that is not true, you have to work and you have to work hard if you want your blog to make money.

In this post we will go over the basics of website monetization, what are your options and how to make sure you get the most of your blog. There are several ways to monetize your blog; I will go just over the basic ones. You all heard about Adsense, and you probably think this is an easy way to make money fast. Throw up a few blogs put some content and you have money rolling in every month. No, it doesn’t work like that; it doesn’t work like that at all.

The next option is to promote affiliate products on your blog. You can sign up for a major affiliate website like Click Bank or Commission Junction and sign up for companies whose products you are interested to promote. Once approved you get the link for a text ad or a banner that you put on your website. The difference can be great because some of the companies will pay you for leads while other will pay you a percentage of the sales with recurring commission.

Commission Junction
The third and my favorite way to monetize a blog is by selling direct advertising space on your blog. This way you will know that you are getting paid. You provide space for companies to place their ads or banners on your website, the better the position of the banner and depending on the length of your agreement you can charge the company anywhere from $200 to $20,000 a month to place their ad on your websites.

Of course you can always try to sell your own product, but we will talk about that some other time. All of the above mentioned methods can make you money and make the idea of making money from your blog a reality. Make money blogging has been done for over a decade now and some people live off of it really nice, but we are talking about a handful of people. So what should you do to make money from your blog? I’ll go over the basic points of making money from your blog here, if you want detailed instructions you can get them in the following posts, each post will be dedicated to one of the methods mentioned here:

–    Make Money with Adsense Monetization

–    Make Money with Affiliate Products

–    Make Money with Selling Ad Space

–    Make Money from Your Own Product

Back to the basic idea so you would know what to expect if you plan to venture into one of the above mentioned ways to make money with your blog. A blog set up with some content is as good as invisible, which means low traffic and low income from adsense. Also affiliates will not approve your website as they will feel that they have nothing to gain from your blog. And selling ad space, you can forget it. Advertisers want to place their ads on high traffic websites and blogs; they will only lose money if they pay you to put their banner on a blog that gets only 1,000 visitors a month.

So, in order to earn money blogging you need to have traffic and to get traffic you need good content and SEO, which brings us to practical SEO once again. Whatever you plan to use your site for, whether that is to promote a brick and mortar business or earn money from affiliate products you need traffic, and the only way to get traffic is by providing a useful website or blog that can help people understand a few things, and after that you can make them an offer they can’t refuse. If you are interested in one of the above mentioned ways to make money from your blog be sure to check the updates in the next few days and learn all about making money from your blog.