Have a Blog? Here's How You Can Profit from Your Existing Content
In case you have been blogging for years just for fun -- or to connect with like minded people -- chances are that you already have built-in audience ready to listen to your opinion and recommendations. It might be time to take the next step and monetize your website to earn some extra cash while you do what you enjoy. While many websites tell you you can make money by setting up your blog, only a few experts talk about using your existing content to create profits. Read on to get some ideas.
Compile an eBook
If you have enough content on a certain topic, you could easily create a guide or an ebook you can sell online. While you might need to do some editing and extra writing, making use of your free content this way can prove to be profitable long term.
Here are two of my ebooks:
Turn Articles Into a Video Training
Apart from ebooks, you can also create your own video training that you sell on your own site or through affiliates. Whichever method you use, make sure you get a professional camera (or a phone with a really good camera) and write your scripts before you sit down.
Practice video creation through blogging, and invest in editing software to make your product professionally finished.
I put my videos on SkillShare and make money from ad views. Here's a look at my playlist for writers on SkillShare. I've had a lot of luck posting there.
Offer Paid Guest Posts
Having a lot of subscribers and comments on your blog doesn’t only make you feel good, but it can also help you get the attention of companies looking to place their links and ads on your site. Advertise your site on different platforms and offer a flat rate for article placements.
Be sure the company has strict guidelines and they don’t intend to spam your site with low quality links.
Add Affiliate Links or Google Adwords
The simplest way of monetizing your website is by adding Google ads or affiliate links to your page. Sign up for a CPA affiliate network and choose the offers that are most relevant to the topics you regularly feature on your blog.
If you use WordPress as your blogging platform, you might be able to automatically place your link in each past post based on the right keywords using a plugin.
Some places to get affiliate links are:
Set Up a Side Business and Promote Products
If you regularly write about home improvements and furnishings, and you have your favorite items, you can create a store on your blog where your visitors can purchase the items through you. The good news is that you don’t have to deal with shipment and administration if you use a dropshipping service.