You got banned from your account? Oops, sorry! Find another gig. You won’t make money through your website anymore.
Yeah right, as if that was already making us six figures!
By bowing down to Google Adsense and letting it be “the boss of all” you’re making a huge mistake. First of all, in order to get “approved” you’re literally kissin’ butt. And when you’re finally in, don’t forget the fine print!
Oh you don’t like you’re pay? Nobody cares!
And when you’re finally out because you “forgot the fine print”, thank you, but good bye!
Thankfully, though Google Adsense is not the only way! Here’s what other tip-givers always miss out about making money through your blog. And the best part? You get to be your own boss!
You can thank us later when you’re cashing in.
Just think about this, how many popular blogs have you visited that didn’t have a banner ad? Probably zero! Using banner ads is a norm. However, you must make sure your website is not filled with banner ads or the ads must not interfere with the UX of your website.
If you have a solid number of followers and impressive analytics, you could attract the attention of entrepreneurs or organizations that would like to promote their products on your website using your banner ads or blog.
This is a serious way to earn an income which could be even higher than what you get through Adsense. However, this requires an accomplished blog and substantial audience. The plus side to this method is that you get to choose how you want to be paid (per click, amount of “space the banner takes up”, etc).
Remember that Google Adsense is simply the “middle man” that connects advertisers and bloggers. So, why not search for advertisers yourself? Look for event planners, entrepreneurs, app developers, and ebook authors who may be willing to post a direct ad to your blog. Even if you manage to find one or two, you’re good to go.
Using Alternative Ad Networks:
Of course Google Adsense is not the only one with a huge ad network. There are many others as well. One of the most popular service with huge ad network is Chitika. They allow you to customize your ads and pay you via Paypal (minimum $10 USD). Other good alternatives include Amazon Associates, Revenue Hits, and Tribal Fusion.
Affiliate marketing can be a lot like direct ads. The idea is to market products and services that others have made. However, how you choose to “market” it depends on you, unlike direct ads where you are using advertisements only. For example, you could market a product by recommending it to your followers. Perhaps, you quote your experience with the products or service and dedicate a post to it. This is also known as a “paid review”.
However, be careful with this tactic. Make sure you’re not driving your followers away with this type of marketing. As the recommender you have a responsibility towards your audience to be honest and less “gimmicky”. Also, it is best to pick products that relate to your own niche if you want to try affiliate marketing. So, in a way you choose to “affiliate” with someone that compliments (or supplements) you or your offerings.
In Text Ads:
You might already be familiar with in-text advertisements. These are carefully placed in-text links in your content that direct the reader towards a landing page. The landing page promotes the product of service your advertiser is looking forward to selling. This is another lucrative method to make a good amount of money. Based on the platform you use, you may get paid per click (usually a few cents per click) or a sum per month. The links you provide will boost the conversion rate, and increase the propensity to earn more revenue (including your commission).
Another way to earn from you blog is to post sponsored articles on your blog. A sponsored article is not different from your regular blog posts, except it is written by another person (the sponsor) who just wants get a link from your blog or share a little information about their product.
This may seem similar to affiliate marketing, but it’s not. A sponsored post may not be about any specific product or offering of the advertiser. Here you are only getting paid for someone else to write a blog post for your blog.
We’ve listed down six ways you can monetize your blog without Adsense. If you don’t mind the extra effort required to search for advertisers, create new accounts, market in new ways, or create your own products, these are certainly some concrete and lucrative ways to earn from blogging.
What are few other ways you’ve used to earn an income on your blog?
Share in the comments below!
Edward Warner is a blogger at Logo Gulf, a logo design Dubai company. He mainly blogs on topics related to designing, freelancing and marketing. He has also done ad copies for local commercials and print ads.