You probably started your blog with the intention of making money in the not too distant future.
I’m going to go back to square one, and remind you that blogging isn’t a short term, “gimme dough now” kind of endeavor. You’re gonna need to be patient like a mofo if you’re gonna see this thing through to it’s money making days 🙂
When you start your new blog, there aren’t really a ton of options with regard to monetizing it. With every blog that I build, I add Adsense, because really…it’s a no-brainer. Yes, you’ll make pennies a day (sometimes you’ll make nothing), but pennies per day are better than absolutely nothing to a new blog.
Think about it; would you rather make nothing, or pennies daily for doing absolutely nothing once the post is written?
Yeah I know. You would rather make hundreds (minimum) a day, but it’s coming. Baby steps.
Let’s get to it.
You’ve probably noticed that there are ads on this blog. You’ll find a couple in the sidebar, and there’s at least one in this post. When your readers go to your posts that have ads in them, you make money. If they click on those ads, you make more money, but don’t get excited. It ain’t much more. Instead of making 3 cents, you might make something in the double digits (I’m talking double digits like cents. Not double digits like dollars…yet.)
Some bloggers will tell you that you shouldn’t monetize your blog with ads, but I think if your intention with your blog is to make money, ads are the easiest way to start. They’re the best way to make blog income that’s passive. You don’t have to create an e-book or course, or grow your subscriber list to make money with ads.
The best way to put ads on your blog / website is to join an ad network.
What is an ad network?
An advertising network, also known as an ad network is a company that connects advertisers to website owners who want to host advertisements on their blogs / websites. The key function of an ad network is to be an aggregation of ad supply (or ad space) from publishers and matching it with advertiser’s demand.
There are lots of ad networks for blog owners to join, and they all have different traffic requirements for registration. But because your blog is new, you won’t be accepted into the ‘bigger’ ad networks, so new bloggers start out with Google’s Adsense program.
I’ve read in forums and on Reddit that Adsense is difficult for some bloggers to get into. But I haven’t had any issues getting into the Adsense program for any of my blogs. So I have no idea what kind of blog those who’re having difficulty are running.
My advice would be to start and grow the blog to the point where you’ve maybe got 5 or 6 posts, then apply to get an Adsense account. While you’re at it, register your blog for a Google Analytics account as well.
If you already have a gmail account (or a Google account…same thing), setting up your Google account for analytics and Adsense is much easier. If you want to sign up without a Gmail account, you’ll need to enter a current email address to associate with the account.
In order to create a Google account, you’ll need to enter some information, like your name, birth date, and location. Creating a Google account will automatically create a Gmail email address.
If you have a gmail account, all you need to do, is:
Open your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.)
Go to the Google home page (google.com).
Locate and select the Sign in button in the top-right corner of the page.
Click Create an account.
The signup form will appear. Follow the directions by entering the required information, like your name, birth date, and gender.
The Create your profile page will appear. Click Add a photo if you want to add a photo to your profile. If you don’t want to set a profile photo at this time, click Next step.
Your account will be created, and the Google welcome page will appear.
Just like with any online service, it’s important to choose a strong password—in other words, one that’s difficult for someone else to guess.
How to Apply for Adsense
Once you’ve created a Google account, you’ll want to apply to the Adsense program. There’s so much information out there on how to apply for the Adsense program, that I’m simply going to add this link that you can go to. It’ll walk you through exactly how you should apply to Adsense for your blog.
Next: Let’s put those ads on your blog, shall we?