1. Affiliate Programs
With my colic site, I signed up for affiliate programs. I did a review site and compared the different programs. I found the affiliate programs by typing in the following into Google:
colic + affiliate programs
So your keyword + affiliate program. The first option that shows up is ColicCalm and that is the program that I focused on as my top choice. I had my first $8 from a referral to a wealthy affiliate, To me, it meant that Internet Marketing worked and it can be done and that kept me posting more and more articles on my blog and my websites and interlinking all my posts as well as linking externally.
Other affiliate marketing programs are:
- Commission Junction
- BlueSnap used to be Plimus
These are a few that I have used myself and they work great.
Who Is Your Customer and What Problem Are You Solving?
Two important things to make sure you know are:
1. Who is your customer
2. What problem are you solving
To try and explain this a little better I will give you an example.
The first product that I promoted was a natural colic product for infants. The natural product would ease the stomach ache for babies, it would also help with the baby’s gas problems and this would lead to a happier baby.
I researched websites that talked about colic. I visited forums and chats where parents could talk about their issues, I borrowed books at the library… I have two kids myself so I had some real-life experience as well.
What I found out was that my customer is a woman, mother, age 24 – 35… I created a profile of the typical ”customer”.
The problem I was solving was an emotional problem for the mother and the family. Not being able to help your infant is very difficult for a mother, she feels helpless and wants to do anything she can to ease the pain. The crying also puts a lot of stress on the parents and the rest of the family. So some of the problems I was solving by offering this product were:
- Help the mother feel good about ”fixing the problem”.
- Get rid of the pain and gas problems for the baby.
- Reduce the stress on the whole family
- Also around holidays when you have family events the sales went up. The parents want to be able to be around the rest of the family and relatives without a sad, crying baby.
6 Ways to Make Money with your WordPress Blog
So you have your website set up but how do you start making money with it?
How do you monetize your site? I have seen the question in the chat and forum from new members asking how can I make money with my blog and that is what I will cover in this post.
In this post, I will talk about:
- Who is your customer and what problem are you solving?
- 6 Ways to Make Money with Your WordPress blog
- Affiliate programs
- Adsense ads and other advertising programs
- Building a list
- Amazon products
- Relevant advertisers
- Create your product
2. Adsense Ads and Other Ad Programs
With this sit,e I did not add any Adsense ads but I have other sites that are both a combination of affiliate programs and Adsense ads and I have sites that are plain Adsense Ads sites.
Adsense ads are another way to make money online. You sign up for an account with Google Adsense, after approval you can log in and get an ad code that you add to your site. When you add this ad code ads will show in your post, page,e, or sidebar.
When visitors click on your ads you will get paid for them. The payout to you depends on competition and demand, it varies highly from $0.1 up to $15 – 20 per click.
You are allowed to add 3 ad blocks to every page/post and you can customize it so that it blends in with your theme and content.
I use the plugin ”quick AdSense” to make it as easy as possible to add the ads wherever I want them.
What other Ad programs are out there?
Note: If you apply for a new Adsense account you will need your domain. You can not apply for an Adsense account using a subdomain like siterubix.com.
When your account is approved using your domain you can add Adsense to your siterubix.com site if you would like.
3. Building a List
Another great way to make money with a website is to build a list, by capturing your visitor’s email addresses. By doing this it allows you to keep in contact with your visitors. By giving them value and solutions to their problems you become the person to go to in this field.
The easiest way to capture an email from a visitor is by giving them something in return for their email address. In this case,e I put together a small e-book about colic and different ways to ease colic. They got the e-book for free by leaving their email address. This way I could continue staying in contact with the visitor.
The easiest way to stay in contact and to collect emails is by using a program /software that can help you with this. Personally,y I use Aweber and have done so for years. It is easy to use and it keeps track of your emails, follow-up emails, and broadcast emails to your different lists.
4. Amazon Products
I also added some more colic products for my review sites, some of the products I got from Amazon.com. Since it is a physical product they had a lot of different options to choose from there.
The great thing when you add products from Amazon.com is that you get a commission from any other products your visitor buys when you send through purchase. Starting you will get a 4% commission but the more products you sell the higher commission you will get.
In my case,e the products were not very expensive but if you target more expensive products you can make good money with amazon.com. For example,e a $1200 TV or camera will give you a $48 with a 4% commission. The advantage is as I said before if they purchase anything at all, not even related to your product you still get paid.
5. Relevant Advertisers
Another way to make some money with your site is by contacting relevant companies and ask if they would like to advertise on your site. If this is the direction you want to take I would recommend you have some traffic and stats to show your potential advertisers when you contact them.
A plugin that makes all this very easy that I use myself is OIO publisher, it automates the whole process. You can add the ad blocks where you want them, the advertiser clicks on them and can sign up right there,e and then, payment can be done through Paypal.
If you want to go the easy way you can go through a company like buysellads.com that will connect the two, website owner and advertiser.
6. Create Your Product
If you are completely new to internet marketing I would suggest that you start with affiliate marketing, when you know how to get traffic and turn that traffic into buyers then you might want to move on and create your product.
Don`t get me wrong creating your product is a great way to make money and it should be a long-term goal but getting some experience first will only benefit you.
If you are ready to create your product Carson has a great training on this topic, Product Development
Now I gave you a taste of 6 ways to make money with your website. If you want to dig deeper down in each of these here are some helpful training:
Another great resource on this topic is ”Make Money with WordPress”
Building a list – Email marketing
Amazon products – Top 10 tips to improve your amazon earnings
To be able to make money you need the traffic to your website – 5 Ways to Get Free Traffic to Your Website:
If this is completely new to you then there might be some words or lingo that is not familiar to you, if that is the case check out this Wealthy Affiliate Glossary a lot of the words are explained in there:
Feel free to comment on the comment box below.
from your friend Godspower, have a fruitful adventure online.
4 thoughts on “Ways to Make Money with Your WordPress Blogging”
I am interested in getting started with add programs. It’s a nice way to start generating money from my blog. I have read that Media dot net is a good platform to start with. An I was happy to see it mentioned in the section where you were explaining add programs. I wanted to apply from the very start, but I needed traffic. I already have some traffic, so it’s time to apply.
Thanks so much for stopping by to comment Paolo. I quite agree with you that ads are a nice way to minimize your site as long as you’ve got traffic. But that is not the only requirement. You should make sure you have a handful of articles on your site, say 50 to 100 posts. Also, work on your venues and navigation. Thanks so much and have a great business online.
Great ideas. I have an old WordPress blog that I want to revamp. Do you think it’s a good idea? I want to utilize it for affiliate marketing business. I’m still considering if my current niche (it’s a health blog) is alright. By the way, I live in Asia. Are the affiliate programs you mentioned above can be used for people who live in Asia?
Blue, I am happy to read your comment here. There is no better time to revamp and get consistency with your blog than now. I am not in the health niche, because I was taught to let it be for the professional medical personnel as it concerns life issues and I wouldn’t want to make expensive mistakes. But if you have a health education background, I charge you to go on for health blogs to generate huge revenues.
Finally, if I can enroll in nearly all these affiliate programs from Africa, I don’t think someone from Asia will be rejected. Give it a start and I know you are on your way to success.