While most bloggers start out writing their blogs simply because they are passionate about their subject matter and want to share their enthusiasm with others, once they discover how easy it is to start making money from blogging at the same time, they quickly adapt to monetizing their blog.
Blog monetization is actually quite easy, especially once you have yet attracted a large number of followers or have produced a lot of high-value content. It can be a double-edged sword, however, because if your readers start to suspect that you are only blogging for commercial purposes, they may be less likely to follow your blog.
Unless you are creating a blog for your business or organization, a better idea for personal blogs is to follow the 4:1 rule: For every blog that promotes products or services, provide your readers with four blog posts that are non-commercial and simply provide helpful information they can use in their everyday lives. This will make them much more receptive when you do ask them to buy something.
How to Promote Affiliate Products
Affiliate products are those that are promoted by you but are actually sold by somebody else. Whenever one of your readers follows a link and buys the actual product, you receive a percentage of the sale as a commission.
WordPress does not allow you to promote affiliate products if you are using the free service to host your blog, but if you have a self-hosted blog you can do anything you like, even if you use WordPress to create and maintain your blog.
Creating your own blog and monetizing it is not as hard as it may seem. There are many options for creating a blog and many more ways to money from it. A great way to build a free blog is on Blogger by Google. The blogging platform is simple to setup and easy to post in.
Another great free option is Blog.com. Get a free account and start blogging right away. The only problem with many of these free blogging options is that the money you could be making on your own blog is being siphoned by the actual blog owners.
Probably the biggest player in affiliate marketing is Amazon. The world’s largest online retailer has a program called Amazon Associates in which you can sign up for free, select products from among the tens of thousands they offer for sale, and promote those products on your blog posts.