3 Must-Do’s Before You Monetize Your Blog

At some point in every bloggers journey they start to wonder, “how can I make money doing this”, and begin to explore how much money bloggers really make.  It can be exciting to think about creating an income stream from your blog, but the road can be long and is not easy.  Before you monetize your blog, there are a couple of things to consider.

get the right traffic

You hear people talk about traffic as a determining factor to how much money your blog can make.  The truth is, traffic does matter, but it’s not that simple.  Just because you have a lot of traffic doesn’t mean you will make lots of money.

Do you have the right traffic?

This goes back to SEO 101, where you learn how to attract the right audience to your blog.  Developing a content strategy that focuses on attracting your ideal traffic is an integral part of beginning to monetize your blog.

Don’t just think traffic, think the right traffic.

Get to know your audience.  Studying your analytics, and interacting on social networks with your audience gives you the opportunity to learn more about your audience.  The more you know about them, the better you can serve their needs.  And remember in any attempt to make money online or off, it is always about filling a need and serving others.

I always recommend building a consistent 300+ unique visitors a day before you begin monetizing.  For some tips on building blog traffic go here.

find the right affiliates or partners

Once you get to know who is reading your blog, then you can choose progams and partners that will be of service to your readers.  If you write a blog about finances, then obviously you can partner with programs that deal with finances, such as a credit card you really recommend, or a mutual fund you like to invest in, etc.

The best way to choose affiliate programs to join is to start with products and services that you love and that have added value to you and your blog.  Always be honest, and always disclose that fact that you are using affiliate links.

come up with a monetization strategy

Like always, if you don’t have a strategy you will fail.  Which methods will you be using?  Are you going to be using ads?  What ad network willyou choose?  Will you be developing your own products or services?

These are the questions you will need to ask yourself.

Then come up with a strategy, or a plan, on how you will use the tools to help you monetize.  But first things first, creating content and getting the right traffic.  Without it, your strategies will be worthless.

 

Want more goods? Check out this tutorial on how to make money with your blog.

 


 

 

Comments

  1. says

    Great post Angie!

    It is so very true, we must focus on getting the “right” kinds of traffic and partners. It seems sometimes that we don’t have a laser focus on what the right methods are, and many get caught up and trying a little bit of everything… Which usually leads to not so great results.

    Keep up the great work Angie! :)

    • Angie M Jordan says

      Thank you Paul. Yes, the right kind of traffic and the right partners are definitely key! Thanks for reading!

    • Angie M Jordan says

      It’s so true. I would never recommend something that I didn’t use. I’d feel like a fraud! No, really, I just want my readers to have the best resources. So I share what has worked for me. Maybe it’ll help them too ;-)

  2. says

    As an infant blogger, the figure 300+ unique visitors a day you pointed out, catches me. Now I know, it’s not easy in monetizing a blog but I’m prepared :). Thank you Angie for posting your thoughts. Another learning for me :).

    • Angie M Jordan says

      No it’s not easy, but you can do it. And traffic is a factor, but not always a deciding factor. Meaning, just because you have lots of traffic doesn’t mean you will make more money.

  3. says

    Great advice! Developing our voice and niche is essential to cultivating the right audience for our blog, and you gave us workable steps in doing so. Thanks!

  4. says

    It is so important to do these things in order. Build the traffic and the following first. You can’t make money if there is no one to sell to.

    And then choose your affiliate products carefully. I have received many affiliate offers over the years but there have been very few that I have actually considered featuring on my site.

    And after you develop a strategy, there is an important fourth point–the reality check.

    It takes time to begin making money and it’s not likely to make you rich, especially overnight.

    Good info again, Angie.

    • Angie M Jordan says

      haha! I love that Marie… the reality check. I think we have all been there. Like the wind being knocked out of your sails! It can happen, and if that’s what you want, you can do it… but it’s no get rich quick scheme that’s for sure!

    • Angie M Jordan says

      That’s true Martha! And it doesn’t take a huge readership to make money blogging. As a matter of fact, you can have a huge readership and be making absolutely nothing!

  5. says

    Great post- I’m new to monetization but am getting ready to launch a new site as a business to promote my own ebooks. Would like to have affiliate marketing as well for a revenue stream. Your posts is really practical and helpful. I’ll be back to your site!

    • Angie M Jordan says

      Thank you Glen. Affiliate marketing is a great way monetize your blog. Glad you stopped by, be sure to shoot me and email if you have any questions! xoxo

      Ang

  6. says

    Hi Angie! I am interested in monetizing blogs and help other people figure out how to do it on their own pace. That is why I am oblige to ask this question. Is it possible for people to earn money in blogs using free blog platform?

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>