Referral Links

Referral links are a great way to make money from visitors to your brand, by posting links to products or service that are relevant to your brand this can be useful for your users to show them products and services they will be interested in and also allows you to earn a fee for referring them.

Most established companies offer referral links through affiliate schemes, these can be found by searching the company name followed by affiliate. 

Each affiliate may offer a different payment scheme some give a flat fee for each users you sign up and others give a percentage of earnings from the user you sign up. Be sure to read all the terms and conditions of the affiliate schemes you choose to use as if these aren’t followed you may not get paid and make sure the brands you promote are relevant to your own brand. 

There are also affiliate companies who handle affiliate schemes for multiple companies which can be useful for finding affiliate schemes. One is CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction).

Adding Ads To Your Website/Blog

Once you have regular views on your blog you can start to convert those views to money.

Serving ads to your users is one of the oldest ways to make money online, advertising giants like google allow you to set up Adsense which enables you to add adverts to your website/blog with ease and start making money. 

There are also a number of other providers who will pay you for having their ads on your website. Which you can find on the web.

These advertisements tend to pay either per click or per impression, be sure to read the terms and conditions to understand the payment structure of the advertisements you decide to use.

Always ensure that ads are relevant to your brand, this will help you and the advertiser as it helps the advertiser reach the right kind of people and shows your users content they may actually be interested in. 

Also try to ensure that ads are not to intrusive as this may lead to users using your site less or not at all!

Another less common way of making money through ads is through sponsors, you can ask companies and brands related to your brand if they would like to sponsor your website/blog. This will mean you will sell them some advertisment space on your website for a fixed period of time and they will pay you for this. 

Social Followings – Building A Brand

I’m sure everyone is familiar with social networks, but did you know you can use your followings to make money?
Advertisement is all about reaching people who would buy your products/services. Social media is one of the latest ways companies are using to reach people. After all nearly everyone is on social media right?

So how can you use social media to make money?

All you have to do is create content that interesting, exciting or relatable and gets shared lots. This over time will gain you followers. Once you have enough followers companies will be willing to pay you money to advertise their products/services through your social media.

Initially to build your brand the best way tends to be through your friends and family by asking them to share your content and follow your brand. Hashtags can also be a good way to grow your brand as people will use them to find content they are interested in.

Once you have an initial following, there are lots of different methods to help grow your social media following, one I like is offering a giveaway, particularly one relevant to your brand. The best way to market this is to ask people to share you post and follow your page to be entered for a chance to win a prize related to your brand. By giving away something which is essentially free to enter this means lots of people will be willing to share the post and follow your page. in addition to this as the item you are giving away is relevant to your brand this helps ensure that you attract the right kind of people to your page who will be genuinely interested in your future content.

You can also go down the root of targeted ads using google/facebook or even instagram with promoted posts by people relevant to your brand or paid ads that the platforms provide. Ensuring that you target the right people is very important, this can be done using the platforms targeting tools or by getting a promoted post to someone relevant to your brand. For example if your brand is all about fishing it would be a good idea to get a promoted post from someone well established in the fishing world.

Once you have attracted people to your website/social media site from targeted ads or promoted posts you want to ensure they come back. You can do this by having lots of engaging and interesting content and making it an easy as possible for them to share it with others. If your current user base share your content with others this helps you to get more genuinely interested followers and allows you to follow up with these users to keep them engages. Sharing on social media is one of the most powerful ways to get people to view your content so make sure its easy for people to share, having follow buttons and share buttons on any content you create on blog/website is very important.

Once you have an established following there are many different ways you can convert this to real money, read more here.

Attracting Visitors To Your Blog

Attracting visitors to your blog is one of the most important things you need to do. It is no use having loads of great content if no one knows about it. So what do you have to do? How do you attract visitors to your site?

In order to attract visitors you need to increase your online presence and build your image.

Social Media

You do this by creating social media profiles and commenting on topics relevant to your blog and then direct people to your blog to read related details.

Social media is one of your most important marketing tools, be sure to post to your social media profiles each time you publish a new blog post. You need to let people know about your articles and give them any easy way to share your content via retweets/shares of your post. Also add social media sharing buttons to your blog if you don’t have them already, this allows people to easily share your content with their followers, which in turn brings more people to your blog.

You can also use social media to remind people of your older posts or let people know when they have been updated to bring old visitors back and raise awareness of your older articles that your followers may be interested in.

Advertisement

You can also use social media advertisements, social media advertisements can be an excellent way to initially attract traffic to your site. Although there may be cost involved its an excellent way to kick start a following and once you have an initial following you can then use this to attract more and more visitors.

You can also advertise your blog by doing guest posts on someone else’s blog. If you see a blog that focuses on a topic similar to the topic of your blog, don’t be afraid to leave a comment for the owner asking if you could do a guest post on their site and in return offer to let them do one on your site.

Mailing lists are another great way to advertise your blog, you can either buy an existing list or build your own. Once you have a list you just need to write captivating emails and provide lots of links to your site and provide enough information to capture the readers interest but not enough that they don’t need to visit your site.

Monetise Your Blog

So you’ve started a blog, written a few posts and gained a small following. Whats next? In this article we will explain a number of different methods you can use to make your blog into a passive income source.

  1. Google Ads.

The first and most simple way to make money from your blog is to include Google ads on your blog pages. You can do this very easily, signing up to Google is a simple process and can be done using a new or existing Google account. You do have to go through the approval process, so make sure your site is regularly updated, uses good English and has lots of interesting posts that are viewed.

2. Affiliate Schemes

Another way to make money from a blog is to use affiliate schemes. This is covered in another post, but overall the idea is you can sign up to sell services for other companies and receive a commission for getting people signed up to their service. They provide you with links and special content to use to help you attract customers to their business and you get a commission if they sign up. You can use this content on your blog if its reverent to your content.

3. Product Reviews

You can feature reviews on your blog about products relevant to the topic of your blog. Some companies may approach you to ask for these or you can approach them and ask if they would like you to review their product for a fee. You can also use this to promote products your selling on your Shopify store. You can read more about Shopify stores in our article here.

 

How To Make Money With Marketing

Marketing.

The process of attracting prospective customers and raising awareness of a product or service.

Marketing is one of the biggest source of income online, all it involves is reach the right people online and introducing them to a product or service.

By doing this you can make money and there is many ways that you can get started very easily.

Affiliate Schemes

One of the main ways you can use marketing to make money is through affiliate schemes. For the majority of internet services you can find an affiliate scheme that you can sign up to you and get started straight away.

For those of you who aren’t aware of what an affiliate scheme is allow me to explain.

All companies want to attract new customers, one of the ways they do this is through affiliate schemes, this means that you get a customer to sign up to their service using your special link and you get paid commission for giving them a new customer. It’s that simple!

Some affiliate schemes even provide content you can use on your site such as banners or images which help to attract people to use your links.

There two ways of finding affiliate schemes, you can either search for <company name> affiliates using a search engine or you can sign up to CJ affiliate which is a company who provides access to thousands of affiliate schemes. You can simply search the site and find the affiliate schemes you want to use and get referral links and earn money.

Another way you can make money with marketing is by starting an online store, you can find out more in our article about it here.

Marketing Methods

The internet is full of advertisements at the moment and you can utilise many of the different services available to help you market your products or services to customers. Below is a few that we think are useful to get you started.

Facebook Ads
Facebook Ads

Facebook has over a billion users a day! Thats a huge audience that you can promote your product too. Facebooks Business Manager Adverts facility also allows you to target specific demographics that are suitable to the product you are marketing and set a daily budget for how much you want to spend targeting these people.

Google Adwords
Google Adwords

Google is one of the biggest advertisement platforms on the internet. Google will provide you with the ability to target potential customers based on specific keywords and specific countries and like Facebook set a daily spend amount for your advertisement.

Social Media Promotion
Social Media Promotion

Asides from the normal advertisement platforms provided on social media sites another method of advertisement is through paid posts. You can contact pages that have lots of followers who you think would be interested in your products and pay them upwards of £50 for them to do a post promoting your product.