7 Proven ways to monetize a blog (Small)

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If you have started your blog and want to make money from it, In other words, if you want to know the ways to monetize a blog then you are in the right place.

We all do blogging for making money but the harsh truth is it takes a lot of time and effort to make money from blogging.

The basic monetization processes are easy but the main problem is generating traffic.

Many of the bloggers even don’t know ” How to write quality content” but they want to make money from blogging.

For monetizing a blog properly A blogger needs to know every pros and cons about blogging.

What do you have to know to monetize a blog?

  • How to write quality content
  • The basic layout of a blog
  • How to bring traffic from Pinterest
  • How to do SEO for a blog
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These are the basic requirements that you must need to know about blogging.

From my point of view, Blogging is a 9 months – 12 months process. You have to wait patiently and work hard for at least 9 months. After 6 months you’ll automatically know everything about blogging.

If you can bring traffic you’ll have money. It is as simple as that.

So the main point is, Don’t focus on making money, Just focus on quality content and bringing Traffic. The money will come automatically to you.

Basic Monetization Fundamentals

#1. A niche that converts

If you are researching about blogging then you might be heard about Niche.

Yes, it is the first step you have to take to enter in the blogging world.

But if you really want to make money from online you have to Pick a niche that converts very well.

Converting means “getting more sales or have value in the market”.

What are the best Niches for Monetization?

  • Health and Fitness
  • Gardening
  • Home Decor
  • Food Blogging
  • Traveling
  • Tech-based
  • Fashion
  • There are many more

These are the best Niches for monetization. If you don’t have any idea about blog post Ideas then read this “200+ blog post ideas that generate more traffic”

#2. Quality content

In Blogging “Content is the King”.

No matter what are you doing for promoting your blog or thinking about monetization, If you don’t have quality content your blog is a total wastage.

After writing a few articles people try to make money from their blog.

But there is no benefit in this process.

You have to make at least 50-60 quality articles for monetization.

It takes at least 6-9 months to write 50 articles.

That’s why you have to work hard for 6-9 months without thinking about monetization.

You need to focus on quality content.

Here is an article about “11 ways to write articles that people want to read”

By reading that article you will have proper knowledge of quality content.

#3. Patience for at least 9-12 months

It is one of the most common reasons why bloggers failed to make money from blogging.

Because they don’t have the patience for this period of a long time. Everyone is looking for a get rich quick method.

But blogging isn’t that kind of method.

Yes, Bloggers like Neil Patel, createandgo, Brian Dean, etc are making up to 10,000 per month through blogging.

But at the beginning period they haven’t seen any money.

They have work hard without thinking about monetization.

According to Mile Beckler “Blogging is a 9-month Process”. You have to work for at least 9 months to see some results.

But it is not the case for every one.

Many of bloggers see success within only 3 months and many of bloggers see success after 2 years.

But if you work consistently you will definitely see success.

#4. Pinterest for promoting

If you don’t know about “How to implement SEO in a Blog” then you have to learn it.

It is a must for monetization.

Because you need traffic to generate money. By implementing SEO you can rank on Google’s top page, that’s how you will generate traffic.

But it takes a lot of time and efforts to take off SEO.

SEO is a long term process.

You won’t see any pleasant traffic at the beginning (at least 3-4 months).

So the solution is Pinterest.

Pinterest is an Visual search engine like Google.

but it is more likely social media. You just have to upload images related to your niche and link to your article.

It is very easy to bring free traffic from Pinterest.

In my first month, I got 100k+ monthly viewers on Pinterest. My blog got 1k+ free traffic in the first month.

If I can do as a beginner you can do also.

I have seen many bloggers who had just focused on Pinterest and they are getting over 100k visitors per month on their blog.

They only focused on promoting their blog on Pinterest.

Related Articles:

  1. 12 tips for creating the best Pinterest marketing strategy
  2. How to make money from Pinterest
  3. How to Drive Traffic from Pinterest

So these are the basic things that you have to keep in mind before thinking about monetization.

Now let’s talk about 10 powerful ways to monetize a blog.

#1. Monetize a blog with Ads

This is the most common ways to monetize a blog.

About 80% bloggers monetize their blogs by putting ads on their blog.

There are different ad networks available on the Internet.

The most widely used by bloggers is Google Adsense.

You just need to follow their rules and instructions and then apply for aproval.

Once they have given you the permission you can put their ads on your blog and make money from it.

What is the money making process through ads?

If a reader comes to your blog and by seeing some banner ads he/she click on that banner and take some action then you will make money.

Suppose a brand like shopify is running a ads in Google Adwords for more sign up.

Now if any reader see a ad on behalf of Shopify and then end up signing in to Shopify you will make money.

With pay-per-impression (or cost-per-impression, CPM), the advertiser pays a fee each time an ad is displayed, regardless of whether the user clicks on it.

That means it doesn’t matter a reader clicks on the ad or not. If it is displayed to them you will make money.

This kind of ads network is PropellerAds.

Another model, pay-per-click (or PPC or CPC) has the advertiser paying the publisher each time the ad is clicked.

This kind of ads network are Adsense, Mediavine, Monumetric, etc.

Ads are profitable when your blog’s traffic is about (50k-100k). You can easily earn up to $1000 with this amount of traffic.

#2.Affiliate Marketing

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Many bloggers don’t want to put ads on their blogs and wonder how to monetize a blog without ads.

This is one of my favorite ways to monetize a blog even it is small.

By doing proper affiliate marketing you can make passive income easily.

According to Neil Patel: Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.

So basically your job is promoting other people’ product to your audience.

You might have a website, you can write a review post of a product or service and you will put your affiliate link on that article.

If someone go through the links, you will earn some commission.

It is as simple as that.

But you need to apply some affiliate marketing strategies to earn consistent passive income

What are the Affiliate Marketing strategies that work

  1. You can choose a profitable niche and write review posts of good products around the niche.
  2. Make a whole blog around amazon products and focus only on promoting Amazon Products.
  3. Promote Digital products that have recurring commissions. Such as Hosting, Themes, Plugins, etc.
  4. Make a Sales Funnel and use Fb ads or Google ads. Capture the leads and promote other products using any email autoresponder.
  5. Promote upcoming products. It’s easy to rank on Google about upcoming products keyword (Lunch Jacking Method )

You don’t have to follow all of these Affiliate marketing strategies to monetize a blog.

You should follow one strategies and focus on that strategy for at least 6-9 months.

If you can catch one strategy then you can scale it and make passive income from it.

I am following only one strategy for this blog which is promoting digital products that have recurring commissions.

But I only promote those products which I have used and believe in.

Because if that product worked for me that means it will work for other people as well.

Check the Blogging Tools and Resources that I use to grow my Blog.

#3. Own Digital Products

According to me this the most profitable way to monetize a blog.

You can easily create your own digital products.

It can be anything like E-books, Canva Templates, Printables, Planner, etc.

Let me tell you some strategies that I apply to create Digital Products.

I don’t sell them I Giveaway them for FREE. Check Here for free Gifts.

So basically I promote my blog on Pinterest and I have been using Pinterest for quite long.

That’s why I have to make thousands o images daily.

I pick some contrasting images and make them as a template in CANVA.

You can make Canva templates for Pinterest and sell them on Etsy or in your own blog.

You can write E-book also very easily.

Let me share you my secret strategy of creating a powerful e-book that will help a lot of people.

I am writing on different topics like Pinterest marketing, Email Marketing, Blogging, etc in this blog.

All of the articles are up to 4000 words.

I can simply copy my whole blog’s articles and make a E-book about Blogging.

So that I don’t have to write again for ebook.

I have already written many articles on this blog. I can simply copy them and organize them in Ebook.

That’s how I can give 100% valuable content without any copyright as well as I can earn money from it.

So these are the basic strategies that I follow to create Digital Products.

If you want,

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  • 5 HTML coded Email Templates
  • A six-figure blogging Ebook
  • A blog post checklist
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#4. Offer some services

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There are many ways to monetize a blog. It is one of them.

So basically you can monetize a blog by offering some services such as web designing, Fb ads, Email Marketing, Virtual Assistant, etc.

Many bloggers don’t know how to design SEO friendly Blogs, You can offer them your web design service where you will design a whole blog and create them for money.

You can easily earn up to 500$ by making other people’s profitable blog.

There are many bloggers on Internet whom are doing blogging part time.

So that they don’t have enough time to handle all the stuff alone. That’s why they hire Virtual assistant for them for handling all the stuff.

Pinterest VA is high demanding job and You can charge $500-$1000 easily.

All you have to do is Manage their Pinterest Profile, Upload pins on a daily basis. That’s all.

How you should approach your services to mass targeted audience?

You can make a simple HIRE ME page and in that page you can create different services of yours.

Write every pros and cons of your services. Tell them in details of your works

Whenever your traffic will off the ground you will get tons of readers from Google as well as from Pinterest (If you are promoting so).

From that 1000 readers you might get only one client who will pay you $500/one service.

That’s how you will generate more money from your blog.

But this process is difficult for a new blog.

Because at the beginning we can’t generate enough traffic to get clients.

In the beginning, you shouldn’t focus on offering services. You need to create lots of high-quality content first.

In the beginning, you can offer your services in the freelance marketplace like Fiver, Upwork, Freelancer, etc.

#5. Sponsored Posts

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It is also a way to monetize a blog but not for a small blog.

If your blog is getting at least 10,000 visitors per month then you can monetize a blog this way.

When your traffic will start rolling many brands will approach you to write a post behalf of them.

It is highly seen at Affiliate websites.

Whenever brands see that your blog is getting consistent sales to the targeted audience they will offer you to write review posts on behalf of their products.

There are another scenario of sponsored posts which is called “Paid guest posting”

If your DA and PA are high enough then many new bloggers will get in touch with you to write guest posts for your blog.

You can charge up to $100 per Guest post.

We know that guest posting is beneficial for increasing domain authority. That’s why every blogger wants to write guest posts for High Domain authority websites.

It’s a great way of monetization.

Because you don’t need to write content anymore. People will write content for you as well as they will pay you for writing content.

You can simply create a page, especially for the brands. Let them know about you and about your blog.

Upload a perfect media kit in your blog for the brands.

Apply brands as much as possible. Because in the beginning, no one knows you. You have to go in front of them.

If you have quality posts and if brands think that you will be a perfect fit for them then they will hire you.

How should you charge for a sponsored post?

I will recommend to charge not below of $250.

#6. Email marketing

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It is the most powerful way to monetize a blog.

It is not directly associated with blogging but it is mandatory for any online business.

If you want to make money online then your email list is your biggest assets.

You should build an email list from day-1.

What is email marketing?

Promoting products to people’s personal email is called email marketing.

It is as simple as that.

Suppose someone has an email list of 10,000 people.

If that person promotes one product of $100 to the email list and from 10,000 people only 100 people buy that product then the owner of that email list is making ($100*100=$1,000).

That’s much powerful email marketing is!

I know you will be wondering How you will grow your email list to 10,000 people.

I have an in-depth article on “15 Email Marketing Strategies for getting 4x more subscribers in 60 days “. You should read that.

Basically the best strategy to gain email subscribers from your blog is giveaway something valuable on behalf of their personal email.

You can give E-books, checklists, Courses, Planner, etc for free.

Such as I am giving away,

  • 10 Canva Templates for Pinterest
  • 05 HTML Coded Email Templates
  • A six-figure blogging Ebook
  • An SEO friendly Blog post checklist
  • 20 background images without copyright

If you want all of these, just Give your Name and Email Address below.

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You can giveaway something like this to your blog.

But first of all, you will need an Email Autoresponder.

I prefer ConvertKit for an Email Marketing Tool. It’s Free but you can upgrade to use their pro features.

Why ConvertKit?

  • Beginner Friendly
  • Free Email Marketing Tool
  • You can create landing pages with their Domain and Hosting
  • You can automate the full email sending process.
  • Pretty Cheap than other email providers.
  • High converting pre-made templates available.

#7. Online Courses

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If you are a camera-friendly person and an extrovert person then this process will be one of the easiest ways to monetize a blog.

If you can talk without shyness in front of the camera then it’s a big asset for you. For this one reason, success is a matter of time.

If you can make videos then you can become a youtuber also.

Just do simple videos and upload it to Youtube.

You can embed uploaded Youtube videos in your articles also. That’s how you can decrease the bounce rate of your blog.

Bounce Rate is defined as the percentage of visitors that leave a webpage without taking an action, such as clicking on a link, filling out a form, etc.

If someone comes to read your article and in the middle of reading if they find valuable video content then they will definitely watch that video.

That’s how they will stay longer period of time in your blog.

The main benefit of making videos is making passive income with Online Courses.

You can make a full in-depth valuable course for your reader and you can generate money passively.

For making courses, Teachable is a Great platform.

Teachable helps you create & sell your online course

With their easy-to-use online course creation platform, you can create courses without ever having to worry about tech, hosting, design, or marketing integrations.

It’s so easy that over 68,000 instructors have made over $338m in course sales by using Teachable.

If you are a Fitness coach, Marketer, Influencer, etc then it’s a huge opportunity for you to monetize a blog through Online Courses.


So, the topic “ways to monetize a blog or How to monetize a blog” comes to an end.

By following these 7 ways to monetize a blog you can make consistent passive income.

If you are searching for quality ways to monetize a blog without ads or with ads for fast growth then I assure you, Your time has not wasted by reading this article.

I am not a pro but I have researched quite hard for you.

When I was a beginner, I had a lot of confusion in my head.

I wasn’t able to solve myself. I had studied tons of articles. Combined them all and found these easy actionable 7 ways to monetize a blog even if it is small.

But, I don’t want you to hustle and waste a lot of time. Read one article and start monetizing your blog.

Please comment here if you know any other ways to monetize a blog.

So that we can add to this list which we might have forgotten.

A quote from me?

  • I am not a pro but I am in this particular field for many years. That’s why I thought that I can teach you through my articles and that’s why I did some research and wrote about these 7 ways to monetize a blog that worked for me.
  • I am personally a blogger, I like to write so much and  I hope this article will help you to learn something from me, and by reading this whole article you can have enough knowledge about How to monetize a blog.

Like this article writing training? Want to read more stuff?

I am a full-time blogger and solving your all kind of problems related to website stuff and queries like “ways to monetize a blog“.

I write articles every single day.

You can find me constantly with different ideas, tips, and tricks.

I have also an article about How to Start a Free Blog for Beginners. Make sure you check this out if you have a passion for being a blogger.

I have a free Blog post checklist for you! Don’t forget to read that also.

Please let me know your thoughts about this post in the comment section. It will inspire me to bring more content like this.

And yes, please tell me what is your monetization process in the comment. That’s how we can know each other better.

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