How to Earn Passive Income with your Blog in 2018
So, I hear you are ready to monetize your site’s traffic?
The goal is passive income, right?
Getting a paycheck every month with only working 1-3 days a week sounds fun right?
Awesome! You are in the perfect mindset.
In the guide you’re about to read, I will discuss the different types of ads, different programs you can join, along with placement on your blog.
Once you understand the differences within each section, you can structure which ads to place along with where within your blog
Also, if you still need to build your Blog check out these articles (For structuring, building, and quick how-to’s to blogging):
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. Nothing in this post hasn’t already been utilized or tested by myself before said post.
Type 1: Advertisements
Online marketing is used to drive traffic to your website, landing pages, and various media profiles; all in the hopes to create some way to earn a buck.
Before I go into specifics of each Ad-Type, it would be a good idea for you to learn the terminology for future use:
- PPC—Pay Per Click
- PPV—Pay Per View
- CPV—Cost Per View
- CPA—Cost Per Action
- PPA—Pay Per Action
Even though some of these abbreviations are kind of obvious, let me break it down.
PPC—Pay Per Click:
- Ads Placed on Site>>Only charged upon a click (for Merchants)
- If someone views your post/page but doesn’t click>>No monies
- Geared towards targeted niches (ie. travel ads on a travel blog)
- The Pricing can range from $0.01 per click to roughly $14—depending on competition and traffic numbers
- Seen often through sites like Google and Facebook
PPV/CPV—Pay Per View—Cost Per View:
- Both are the same, the amount received for hosting these—same
- Normally these ads are charged in groups of traffic (ie. $0.25 Per 1000 views)
- These ads are a cheaper way for merchants in advertising
- Usually catchy due to higher average cost if there is less action to it
- Facebook Ads are Prime examples of both PPV and PPC—compare them
CPA/PPA—Cost Per Action—Pay Per Action:
- CPA and PPA are the same, just like PPV/CPV
- Amount Payed for purposed actions from site traffic (joining a program, forms, etc)
- These Ads are similar to affiliate programs>>longer term benefits
- PPA is costlier to merchants, great for bloggers who lead generate
- Following through from lead generation to sale (Whole Action)
Now that you know the differences between each ad type, it’s time to introduce you to the Top 5 Ad Networks for Beginner Bloggers and why they work.
Of course, you know Adsense, because it’s Google; the most well-known network ever. Those who use Adsense on a regular basis agree their ads perform the best.
You can fully customize your Ads; difference sizes, text displays, colors, you name it Google Adsense does it.
They pay their users one a month through either direct deposit or mailed check, the catch is you need to earn at least $100 to get your first payment.
Like Adsense, Media.net is an ad network that is powered by Yahoo/Bing. This network uses colored keyword-blocks to help blend them into your site. Most of the time these ads will blend into your current color/theme scheme to create a cohesive look.
These ads will compliment your existing/future Google Adsense ads, mostly because of the dynamic nature of both.
Media.net pays their users monthly through Paypal, and not unlike Adsense you need to reach a $100 minimum before the payment is issued.
AdThrive is a company that is focused on the up-and-coming bloggers. They use their own ad network to display family-styled ads + a DFP (Double-Click Publishing) once they make it onto your site.
Again, they are display ads that use data from your website that will go through and analyze the site + suggest where/which ads will perform the best.
Just like Google Adsense and Media.net’s payment style, AdThrive has a monthly direct deposit setup.
This program is very competitive and has issued a waiting list, so be patient. They feature two types of services for your blog; AdThrive Edge (100k views per month) and AdThrive Premium (750k views per month).
It may seem like a lot now, but after you score that one ‘viral’ post/pin, you’ll steamroll into the Edge program.
Mediavine is a strategic ad-network that focuses on In-Content Ads which over the years has become very effective in the online marketing game.
Pros to Mediavine:
- They’re more engaging (By following the rule of 3—Satisfying the publisher, the readers, and the advertisers themselves).
- There are few mobile competitors within the ad-market (No sidebar? No problem).
- They are content creators (The core value is bloggers supporting bloggers).
Cons to Mediavine:
- 25k sessions monthly is a minimum entry requirement.
- They are an exclusive network (can’t couple with other networks like Adsense).
The final advertisement network is pretty interesting.
Mostly geared towards female sites but being part of this network does have some cool perks:
- You may get invited to do a sponsored blog post with various companies, neat!
- Minimum threshold for monthly payment is $25, so 4x less than these other networks.
Even though the above are cool, there’s a few catches to this network:
- You sign a one-year contract when you join.
- Their ads will appear at the top of every post/page (deal-breaker for me).
Everyone knows Amazon, and I mean everyone; from foodies to diy-bloggers, to your grandmother living next door. Amazon.com Associates is one of the biggest (If not the biggest) affiliate programs throughout the globe and hosts various products that fit all people.
Since this is a site that is so well known, your viewers will be more likely to purchase the displayed products; because they know it’s fast, reliable, and relatively low-priced.
Other benefits Amazon Associate has in their arsenal are: Product Links, Banners, Mobile Integration, Bounty Programs, International Selling, and much much more. (I mean c’mon, it’s Amazon!)
This next gem is similar to Amazon in it’s variety of products and 3rd-party sellers.
With ShareASale you don’t need to have a ton of traffic, or a cult following to sell products. Most of the business with this network are smaller and are geared towards forming relationships with their affiliates.
The setup for this network is simple:
1: Sign up on ShareASale + Setup Payment/Tax Forms
2: Find Merchants that fit your niche/site +wait for approval
3: Once approved, find the Links/Banners of theirs you want to use
4: Copy + Paste into your posts/widgets/pages
5: Collect Your Paycheck
Ultimate Bundles is insane on how they practically give away digital products. Each bundle of products that come through this program every month can be tailored to various niches.
Example: June 11-12 they’re offering the ‘Ultimate Photography Bundle Flash Sale’ set which is normally several thousands of dollars for a fraction of the cost.
Being accepted into this program was by far the best decision I could’ve made as a blogger, and I’ve been able to help spread knowledge and profits far and wide.
It’s time for you to get started on the monetization of your site’s traffic.
You understand the lingo.
You’ve seen the different Ad-Programs.
I bet by now you’ve joined the Best Affiliate Programs.
All you have to do is set these up, tailor the links into your posts, set up banners, etc.
Make me proud, make some money!
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