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07.24.2020 / Lifestyles « Back to all articles

Monetizing Your Lifestyle Blog
Monetizing Your Lifestyle Blog

Making Money with a Blog 

A lifestyle blog is a very broad term that includes anybody who posts about their lifestyle online.  Most people begin blogging for fun, but it has become easier and easier to make a little money on the side through monetization.  There are plenty of unique ways to do this, but these are some of the most common. 

 

Preparing the Blog for Monetization 

Before attempting to make any money off the blog, it needs to be evaluated to see if it is ready for monetization.  Especially if outside advertisers are involved, if the website is not clean and high-quality, it is unlikely to attract any attention.  Posting regularly and posting well are the best ways to build the prestige of the blog.  Regular social media engagement is important, as well.  As things begin to pick up, with more readers and unique visits, the opportunities will begin to present themselves. 

 

Affiliate Links  

One very common way to make money off a lifestyle blog is to link up with an affiliate program and offer links on the blog.  This is often a discount code given for an outside website, or maybe a link to a specific product.  Affiliate networks work to link products to appropriate outlets and can be found through a general wide search. Alternately, looking on similar blogs to see what they are linking to could be a way to narrow the search and see what your audience is interested in. 

 

Sponsored Content 

Sponsored content is more direct than affiliate links.  This would be, for example, a post about a product that reviews it or recommends it to the audience.  Sometimes a company will send a sample to receive a review, sometimes they will be more specific about what they want.  Be sure to decide how best to go about this.  Many audience members will be turned off by phony reviews or by too many of them.  Be sure to link up with a company that matches the tone of the blog already. 

 

Sell Your Own Services 

Or skip using a third-party altogether, and just market goods and services from the blog directly.  Offering digital content for paid downloads can be a great way to bring in some extra revenue, such as eBooks or a high-quality set of video tutorials.  Taking orders for the services taught on the blog, whether photography or graphic design, can be another source.  And finally, selling merchandise such as t-shirts and stickers might work, too. 

 

The Wrong Way to Do It 

The so-called “standard” way to advertise on a lifestyle blog is to link up with an advertising network and run banner or pop-up ads on the site.  However, the Internet has moved past this, and people hate it.  Another frustrating choice is to put some of the best content behind a paywall.  This might work for huge brands, but for a smaller blog, most folks will move right along without giving your site a second thought. 

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07.24.2020 / Lifestyles « Back to all articles

Monetizing Your Lifestyle Blog
Monetizing Your Lifestyle Blog

Making Money with a Blog 

A lifestyle blog is a very broad term that includes anybody who posts about their lifestyle online.  Most people begin blogging for fun, but it has become easier and easier to make a little money on the side through monetization.  There are plenty of unique ways to do this, but these are some of the most common. 

 

Preparing the Blog for Monetization 

Before attempting to make any money off the blog, it needs to be evaluated to see if it is ready for monetization.  Especially if outside advertisers are involved, if the website is not clean and high-quality, it is unlikely to attract any attention.  Posting regularly and posting well are the best ways to build the prestige of the blog.  Regular social media engagement is important, as well.  As things begin to pick up, with more readers and unique visits, the opportunities will begin to present themselves. 

 

Affiliate Links  

One very common way to make money off a lifestyle blog is to link up with an affiliate program and offer links on the blog.  This is often a discount code given for an outside website, or maybe a link to a specific product.  Affiliate networks work to link products to appropriate outlets and can be found through a general wide search. Alternately, looking on similar blogs to see what they are linking to could be a way to narrow the search and see what your audience is interested in. 

 

Sponsored Content 

Sponsored content is more direct than affiliate links.  This would be, for example, a post about a product that reviews it or recommends it to the audience.  Sometimes a company will send a sample to receive a review, sometimes they will be more specific about what they want.  Be sure to decide how best to go about this.  Many audience members will be turned off by phony reviews or by too many of them.  Be sure to link up with a company that matches the tone of the blog already. 

 

Sell Your Own Services 

Or skip using a third-party altogether, and just market goods and services from the blog directly.  Offering digital content for paid downloads can be a great way to bring in some extra revenue, such as eBooks or a high-quality set of video tutorials.  Taking orders for the services taught on the blog, whether photography or graphic design, can be another source.  And finally, selling merchandise such as t-shirts and stickers might work, too. 

 

The Wrong Way to Do It 

The so-called “standard” way to advertise on a lifestyle blog is to link up with an advertising network and run banner or pop-up ads on the site.  However, the Internet has moved past this, and people hate it.  Another frustrating choice is to put some of the best content behind a paywall.  This might work for huge brands, but for a smaller blog, most folks will move right along without giving your site a second thought. 

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