There are a myriad of ways to make money off your online blog. If you are an avid blogger, then exploring ways to generate income from doing something you enjoy is a smart financial move. We will discuss some of the ways you can make money from your blog and some of them can be combined to bring in different revenue streams from the same blog. If you do not have a blog, but would like to try it there are a few sites that make it simple. The most well-known is Word Press. Just go to wordpress.com, take the time to do a little research and read instructions, sign up, and you are ready to get started. Medium is another popular place for bloggers. Once you have your blog set up, and you have an idea about the kind of content you would like to write, it is time to start figuring out how to generate some income.

• Display Google AdSense. This is probably one of the simplest ways to generate a little extra income. You allow Google to display text, image, video and other interactive advertisements on your blog. If you display quality content that does not violate any of Google’s terms and conditions then you can join AdSense. Google matches their ads to your site’s content, which often helps your followers feel like they are getting a more comprehensive experience by visiting your blog.
• Sell direct ads. To be able to sell direct ads to advertising networks, you will first need to establish a significant amount of traffic to your blog. There are many tips and tricks to getting more traffic. One of the most basic is to use SEO (search engine optimization) content. In simple terms, this is using certain keywords related to the content of your blog to help you appear higher in the search results when someone searches for similar content.

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• Create members-only content. The general idea is that you first put up enough quality content that you are seeing significant traffic. Then you develop a library of content material for members only. The idea is to have good content that is fresh and engaging on your regular site. Then promote the idea of specialized content only available to paying members. Just make sure your members are getting value for their money. This could mean making some of your regular content downloadable in an easy to use format like an eBook. You can also add more in-depth content for members, and basically use the open part of your blog for teasers of what you have in the paid section. You can also add a private forum for members only.
• Start an eCommerce business on your blog. With sites like Word Press, you can create an online store and there are various plugins to help you convert your blog into a store that accepts payments through different platforms like PayPal. Ecommerce is a rapidly expanding market and the potential is unlimited. People are using their blogs to successfully sell everything from home-made soaps to legal consulting.

These are some of the simplest ways to start making money from your blog. If you think you have created something special, odds are there are others who will find it special too.