To monetize means TO MAKE MONEY ON YOUR BLOG. Yes, it’s possible without private sponsors or paychecks from big companies. You can do affiliate marketing on almost every post. Ready to hear how I monetize my posts?
Monetizing New Posts
When I write a post I see as evergreen content (any of my party posts, Disney posts, Christmas posts or how-to’s), I try to monetize them because I know at some point, I’ll get some traffic on them. And I might as well make money on it as have it sit there.
Sometimes I even think up posts that will be great for monetizing: a book list, an ebook list or best iPad apps. (OK, I haven’t done that yet, but it’s a good idea!) Of course, these posts are real and appropriate–things I’d write even if I weren’t making money on them.
Monetizing Old Posts
When I was at Blissdom last year, my biggest take-home was from Sarah. She said she heavily monetizes old posts that get big traffic.
For example, my Creative Guest Book post is my most-read post ever. I get hundreds of hits on it every day. In fact, I get more traffic on it now than I did the first few months it was posted. So, I put some regular Google-type ads on it and other affiliates ads–the type of ads I don’t want to have on my normal, everyday posts.
I know that most of the people reading that post are just going to click away quickly after reading, so I’d rather them click away on an ad than something else!
How I Use Affiliate Links
Affiliate programs are awesome because many of them don’t care what kind of blog you are. Big or small, old or new, they’ll take you because basically you’re giving them cheap advertising!
I’m an Amazon Associate because they have EVERYTHING known to man. So, if I mention a book, a movie or even a kind of craft supply, I link to it on Amazon. Also, on my party posts, I usually make a widget with additional party supplies not mentioned in my post. (See?)
My Wedding Guest Book post has Tiny Prints wedding invitation affiliate links.
Whenever I mention food or menu planning, usually put in a link to eMeals.
I just look for appropriate (and non-spammy) spots to add links that will make me money! People are gonna click anyway, so you might as well make money on it!
Is it Worth It?
I think so. I’d say I make $50-100 on Amazon per month (and better at Christmas-time!). My last e-mealz check was $50. I’d be linking to these things anyway. So, it’s not much more work anyway.
So, look through your stats. What’s your top post? Add some money-making links!
Here are some fabulous make-money-blogging posts for your perusal:
How To Make Money Blogging series at Money Saving Mom
Affiliate Marketing from Blogging With Amy
Earning Online Through Affiliate Marketing and Why Affiliate Programs Work Well for Mom Bloggers at Savvy Blogging
How To Use Affiliate Marketing by moi!
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