YouTube stars are the self-made celebrities of today: People who have earned an audience by creating content geared toward teaching, entertaining, reviewing, and being awesome on the internet. Having said that, with the proliferation of advertisers using ‘retargetting’ ads, you will find that even long term readers start to click the ads therefore giving you more adsense revenue.I don’t feel there’s anything wrong at all in putting ads on your site as you are spending a hell of a lot of time writing and developing your blog, so why not make it work for you at the same time.
For example, if you’re aspiring to do something that many, many other people want to do (so much so that they do it for free, as a hobby) then it will be far more challenging for you to make money doing it. On the other hand, if you do something that most people don’t want to do, or if you get very good at doing something most people don’t do all that well, then you can make a whole lot more money.
As a blogger, you have complete control over what products and services you want to promote as an affiliate, so it is possible to only recommend things you approve of. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a fantastic eCourse I recommend if you want to learn more about it. This course helped me increase my income from affiliates by almost $2,000 over what I usually earn in a single month.
This includes affiliate marketing, ads, sponsorships, consultation, membership sites, courses and webinars, offering unique services, selling unique products, speaking at conferences, publishing books, and the list goes on. These are all viable means of monetization, but they all target different metrics and engage with different marketing strategies.
A lot of people try to say ‘oh I’m going to build an online course’ or ‘I’m going to create a software solution’ but without diving into the problems first… You need to understand what the problems are that you’re solving before you can build the right solution or put yourself on the right platform in order to understand how to actually deliver something that people will want to pay for.
Turn your photographs into cash via sites like Fine Art America, which lets you upload your images to sell as prints, t-shirts, phone cases and more. This is simple actually – just find software, plugins, or online course that pays a decent commission and affiliate with them. Your blogging success will depend on your writing talent, whether your blog covers a popular subject and the popularity of the links you include (whether backlinks or pay-per-click links, like Google AdWords).