How to Monetize Your Blog with @BloggingHerWay #vcbuzz

How to Monetize Your Blog with @BloggingHerWay #vcbuzz

Creating an extra source of income is every blogger’s dream.

Yet, monetization is never easy.

Obvious monetization tactics (like AdSense) no longer bring a huge income, even for high-traffic blogs.

Others methods require a lot of research and monetization.

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About Dale @bloggingherway

Dale is the founder of Blogging Her Way.

Dale started five successful blogs, four of which she later sold for a profit!

She is obsessed with all things blogging, and she loves sharing her best blogging tips and strategies with you.

Questions we discussed

Q1 How did you become a blogger? Please share your career story!

I started blogging during my final year of college. I had tried a number of other online business ideas including web design, before I finally landed on blogging.

Four and a half years later, I have now started and sold a number of blogs in different niches, and quit my corporate consulting job to become a full-time blogger.

Q2 What’s your most successful monetization method?

My most successful monetization method depends on the blog. For some of my blogs, it has been mainly display ads followed by affiliate marketing. For Blogging Her Way, it is evenly split between affiliate marketing and selling my own digital products.

I think the best monetization method for a blog depends on the niche. For example, I had better success with ads/affiliate marketing in the travel and lifestyle niche, whereas digital products are better suited for the online business niche.

Q3 When do you start? Do you start monetizing at the launch or when you see some traffic?

I start monetizing with affiliate marketing from the very beginning when I launch a new blog. I have found affiliate marketing to be the fastest and easiest way to start earning money from a new blog and it can offer good returns even with lower traffic.

For display ads, I wait until I have enough traffic to qualify for an ad network (with my preference being Mediavine.) And for digital products, I would wait until I had an email list with at least 1,000 subscribers before I launched anything. Absolutely awesome ad network! They do require 50,000 monthly sessions to join, but I’ve gotten the best RPMs with them (compared with AdSense and Monumetric) and they have amazing customer service and community.

If you are already getting enough traffic and earning from ads, then it would probably be a quick win to add some affiliate links to your most popular articles and add another income stream.

Q4 Are there new monetization methods you tried or plan to try?

Recently I have done a few blog and newsletter sponsorships, so that is something I would like to do more of going forward.

I’ve noticed a big uptick in newsletter sponsorships from email lists I am subscribed to, and I could see that continuing to grows as a popular form of advertising. (And a great reason for bloggers to start an email list!)

Q5 What are your favorite blogging and digital marketing tools?

ConvertKit is one of my favorite tools I use in my business for managing my email list. I’ve been using them since the beginning and I’ve been continually impressed by everything they offer.

Recently I also discovered RankIQ and it has been a great tool for finding keyword ideas for my blogs. Also one of the most affordably priced SEO tools out there from what I have seen!

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