When it comes to earning cash online, there are plenty of ways to do it. Whether you’re a blogger – somebody who creates content for their own website or the sites of others – or you’re a vlogger (pretty much the same thing, but with videos) you’ve probably heard of all the ways in which you can make a bit of money from the content that you’re creating. However, if you’re going into the world of blogging and vlogging without a clue how to monetize it, you may be quite confused. Here are some things to consider.

Bloggers: Add some banner ads to your site

Making cash as a blogger is easy, and it doesn’t necessarily have to compromise the user experience on your site. Banner ads will sit on the top or bottom of your blog, and still allow your readers to access your content without any inconveniences. However, they help you to boost your income, so it’s worth looking into the ads that you can use. This is most effective if you have a lot of traffic on your site.

Vloggers: Look into affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing sounds like – and is – a mouthful, but it’s not as complicated as you may think. If you work with a business as an affiliate, then you will be given your own affiliate link that takes your viewers to the company’s website. If your viewers buy something from the site as a result, then you get some cash for referring them there. Read up on affiliate marketing on YouTube, and see how it could benefit you.

Bloggers: Think about sponsored content

Writing sponsored content is a great way to boost the income of your blog, and it’s perfect if you have a specific audience who would be interested in what you’re writing about. For example, if you have a blog about beauty and a company approach you (or you approach them) about their latest skincare range, then you essentially do a writeup about it and get paid to do so. Interesting for your readers, it’s also good for your bank account!

Vloggers: Get cash through donations and merch

Whilst this only really works if you have quite a big following, there is plenty of money to be made through donations and merch if you’re a well-established YouTuber. If people like your content and you’re making high quality videos on a regular basis, then you can be pretty certain that you’ll have some donations coming in. Where merch is concerned, if you get a name for yourself within these communities it will sell like hot cakes.

Bloggers: Write guest posts for other blogs

Not only does writing guest posts help you to get your name out there into the blogging world, but it also allows you to earn a bit of extra cash. Think about the blogs that your expertise could be useful for, and get in touch with them with some ideas. In some circumstances, they will reach out to you, but either way, this will give you a boost to your income and improve your online reach. Win-win, right?

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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