Once you’ve got your own Bluehost website online there’s an endless stream of opportunities to start making money!
It’s not uncommon for committed bloggers to give up their day jobs after a couple of months. I did!
In this guide I’ll be sharing some of the best ways for you to monetise your website, with plenty of practical tips and resources to get started from day one.
But don’t chase them all at once! I strongly suggest picking one or two from this list that resonate with you and your website – and really focusing on them first.
Let’s get started (in no particular order) with my 20 ways you can monetise a website!
* Affiliate marketing
Being an affiliate means you promote a product or service to your website’s visitors in return for earning a commission if a purchase occurs through your link.
Join the Awin network to access thousands of affiliate programs, including major brands like ASOS, EE and Expedia.
Then simply include an affiliate link (provided by Awin) when mentioning products from your chosen partners on your website.
* Use Skimlinks
Skimlinks is fairly similar to Awin (and other affiliate networks), in that it allows you to earn commission on purchases made through links on your site.
The key difference is that, as well as allowing you to create individual affiliate links as and when you’d like, Skimlinks can also be installed on your website toautomatically monetise your content.
If you link to a merchant in your content that’s part of the Skimlinks network, Skimlinks will automatically convert the link into an affiliate link!
You’ll get paid if a visitor makes a purchase via your link, and commissions vary from 2% – 10%.
* Use text link advertising
Sell basic text links to an advertiser’s website (in-content advertising) and charge a fixed rate per month (e.g. £20). Alternatively, you could charge per click.
There are plenty of marketplaces such as Backlinks and LinksPanel where you can both buy and sell links.
* Sell to email subscribers
The biggest regret we hear from bloggers is not starting an email list sooner.
So get an account with A Weber from day one to capture your audience and communicate with them after they’ve left the site!
You can then email them with recommended products that they might be interested in (affiliate promotion), and earn various commissions if they sign up or buy something.
* Review products
This one is especially applicable if you’ve got a niche readership, like new parents or keen gamers.
But even if your readers aren’t from a specific pool, you can still get on the product testing gravy train. As long as you’re happy to write a review of the product after trying it out, companies will be more than happy to send some freebies your way – and possibly even pay you!