You’re passionate and excited about your niche topic, so why shouldn’t you be as passionate about finding ways to monetize it?
Sure, there are hobby blogs that don’t make any money and a blog that’s filled with ads can look tacky and cheap, but your months and years of hard work deserve some payoff. Even if you use a free site like Blogger, you still have to purchase a domain name and hosting site, so the cost of running your blog can be up to $100 a year on the cheapest sites. Use some of the newest up-to-date tools for monetizing your blog to start earning back some of your investment.
Soar Higher With Rafflecopter
Rafflecopter is a hugely popular new tool that gives blog owners the ability to hold giveaways tied to Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. You choose the rules for entry, such as liking your Facebook page, retweeting one of your tweets or even following your blog posts.
You can offer multiple contest entries for readers who do two or more tasks, and you choose the number of prizes and the length of the contest. The tool is completely free and the increased traffic to your blog will be attractive to advertisers and can increase your basic AdWords income or that of any other pay-per-click program you have running.
If your blog has relevant video content you can find and post on your site, you can’t afford to pass up the Viewbix Video Marketing app. Viewbix allows you to take any common video from YouTube, Facebook or any other popular site and add a custom made skin. This skin is clickable and can be aimed at giveaways, sales pages, marketing ads or any number of other money-making opportunities.
If your readers share your video on Facebook or elsewhere, the skin and its functionality remain, giving you the added bonus of advertising to everyone on their friends list. Find a video that most of your readers want to pass on and this app can create a huge marketing opportunity for you. Viewbix offers a two-viewer trial to test it out, and the paid programs begin at a reasonable $10 a year.
Keep Your Widgets Updated
The problem with many advertising widgets is that when suppliers change inventory, your link and widget no longer work. With ShareASale Widgets, you can tie in an ad for a general product and the program will continue to fill the ad space with updated and relevant products to sell.
You’ll always have the bestselling products on your page and are guaranteed that they’ll be in tune with your blog post topics as well as enticing to your readers. The ShareASale widget doesn’t require any coding or special knowledge to insert in onto your blog. If you can cut and paste information, you’ve got the skills to add the newest sales ads to your blog in about 10 minutes.
Make it to Go
More readers mean more customers, and the newest way to find them now is to optimize your site for mobile devices. Host your site with a multi-use host such as Sharepoint hosting and they’ll make sure your blog looks good no matter how your readers view it.