Sunday, September 13, 2009

Earn Money Online: Blogging as an Online Business

One of the many ways to earn online is to create and maintain a blog, and then attract a lot of visitors to your site.

To do this, you have to love the internet and you must enjoy publishing your thoughts online, about any topic (but you have to choose a specific niche. For example, dog training, software development, free online games, etc.). You also need to learn some techniques on search engine optimization but we’ll discuss that some other time.

For now, let’s just focus on the many ways you can turn your blog into your online business. Below is a list of blog monetization methods perfect for individuals who want to work at home.

Promote Affiliate Products

You can be an affiliate marketer. Look for an affiliate network or advertisers. Some of the most popular sites that you can join are Clickbank, Commission Junction, and Shareasale.

Basically, all you have to do is to promote the products of the advertiser in your blog, attract as many customers as you can, and then direct the traffic to the advertiser’s page where they can purchase the products. Your earnings will be on commission basis.

Use Google Adsense

This is probably the simplest way to earn through your blog. But I have to warn you, you’ll not earn much if you’ll just rely on Adsense.

When you use Google Adsense, you agree to put Google ads on your blog in exchange for pay-per-click earnings. What’s good about this option however, is the fact that you can customize the ads so that it simply blends in with rest of your web content.

Get Paid to Post or Review

If your blog is quite popular, then this can be your fulltime work at home job. You can allow sponsor posting. This means that you’ll write posts in your blog (like product reviews, news reports, and advertorials), and ‘advertisers’ will pay you for the write-ups.

There are many paid-to-blog sites that you can find online. Some of these are payperpost, buyblogreviews, bloggerwave, and more. Next time, I’ll post a list of paid-to-blog sites that you can try.