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Top 4 Ways to Monetize Your Blog

***Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, but it may contain affiliate links. I may receive compensation by clicking and/or purchasing through these links. All reviews and opinions are my own**


Let’s talk about the top 4 ways to monetize your blog. Have you ever read about bloggers quitting their jobs and making money just by blogging? How can you possibly make enough money to cover your monthly expenses? I mean, after all, blogging is just all about sharing lifestyle stories, how to guides, beauty reviews, travel tips and etc. Well, yes and no.


Like most bloggers, I have a full-time job and do this on the side when time permits. Most others are stay at home parents, students, professionals and some are in between jobs. Bloggers are constantly sharing products, places, and services that they like or don’t like. By simply adding links to whatever it is that you’re sharing with your readers, you can earn money on almost every post. A majority of your readers will want to know where you purchased a product or which company you used for certain services, the hotel you’re staying at to the ingredients of recipes you post. By adding affiliate links to keywords (usually products or company name) you can start earning money from doing what you love. The trick is not to overdo it and be honest and upfront so your readers know that you may be earning commission for the links they click on. That’s the key to building trust.


Most people don’t know about affiliate marketing or unsure on how to monetize their blog – these include people who have high engagement on their site and social media. This is the best time to monetize because your readers are clearly interested in what you have to share and want to know where you got that product or want to know about your recommendations. You don’t need to have high traffic to your site but if you’ve got a great blog layout and catchy content, then that’s all you need to get you started. Keep an eye on your stats and check out which posts drive a lot of traffic, these are the ones you need to put special attention to. You’re already getting lots of views, why not add some links or banner to monetize what you’re sharing.


Here are the top 4 ways to monetize your blog, read on and bookmark for future reference.


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1. Affiliate Networks


One of my favorite ways to monetize my blog is using Affiliate Marketing Companies.  These sites have a huge selection of programs you can apply for. They manage a lot of companies like Guess, Tarte Cosmetics, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and more. The process is pretty straightforward and easy. And guess what? Joining is absolutely free! The main information required is your contact details, website info, content niche, and be at least 18 yrs old.  Once you’ve registered, you can start looking for companies you’d like to become affiliated with. Some of the advertisers automatically approve applications based on your original registration information, and some are reviewed by their own marketing manager for approval. Once you’re approved, you can search thru your list of advertisers and find links you want to add your blog – these include text links, banners, search box, videos, etc.


Payments vary for each advertiser and could be a set dollar amount or a commission percentage, then paid out once you’ve met the minimum payment threshold. This information can be found on the Payment FAQ page for most Affiliate Companies.  A great advantage to this form of advertising is that there are also ‘Marketing Managers’ for each company. Based on my experience, these marketing managers will reach out to you directly from time to time, mostly by email, and will offer to collaborate, give you free products to try, offer a higher commission for products that may be on promo or recently launched, or ask you to feature a product or service on your blog or social media site for compensation. Joining an Affiliate Network is probably one of the best ways to earn the most income.


Below are the various networks I’ve registered with and examples of companies that are available to join. These are some of the most popular networks that other bloggers and websites have been using. The list of available merchants are plenty, and so they’ll work for any blog niche.


***Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, but it may contain affiliate links. I may receive compensation by clicking and/or purchasing through these links. All reviews and opinions are my own**


Fitbit, PicMonkey, Pixi Beauty, Gel-V Corp, Warby Parker…


CJ Affiliate by Conversant (Commission Junction)
Murad, Philosophy, The Shopping Channel, The Hudsons Bay, Beach Body…


Guess, Marciano, Steve Madden, Laura Gellar, Macy’s, Nordstrom…


Pepperjam Network
Tarte Cosmetics, Urban Decay, H20, Hautelook, Kate Somerville…


Impact Radius
Target, Too Faced, Vichy, Yves Saint Laurent, Paula’s Choice…


Nike, Nordstrom, eBay, AliExpress, Bebe


I recommend joining several, if not all, of the above Affiliate Networks because not all brands are available under one umbrella. It’ll give you more options for monetizing your site. Depending on what types of ads you’d like to advertise, you also can do some research beforehand to find out which network a company is affiliated with. How do you find out which network a merchant is with? Go to one of your favorite company websites and scroll to the very bottom of the page, there you’ll find a link that says ‘Affiliates’. See picture below. Once you click on that link, it’ll provide you with more information on how you can join their program.  Some websites don’t have this clearly labeled so you may have to check their FAQ page, otherwise, that merchant may not have an affiliate program at all.



2. Google Adsense


This simple to use program provided by Google called Adsense, allows you to place ads on your blog by installing a plugin or a code to your site. You don’t need to pick advertisers or place any ads yourself. Once you apply the code to your site, they will automatically target the visitor based on their internet and shopping habits. Companies pay Google to advertise and you get a very minimal cut of that by placing those ads on your site. Payments are made to the publisher (you) once the minimum threshold is reached, and can be deferred to a higher amount if you prefer to accumulate it first. The amount of income you make thru this format is very minimal compared to the above options, but it’s definitely the easiest. Just place the code on your site one time and it will do the work without you having to update the ads yourself.


3. Skimlinks


Also one of my favorite ways to monetize my blog is using ‘Skimlinks‘. It’s similar to the Affiliate Networks above, except you don’t have to apply to individual merchants and wait to get approved by their affiliate manager. Once you’re approved to the program, you can search pretty much every merchant and start monetizing. The list of merchants available is endless (somewhat). The application process is similar to the Affiliate Networks and works for all types of online publishers and it’s also free to join. You can install the plugin directly to your site or install the Skimlinks Editor to your browser toolbar. Check out their ‘Getting Started‘ page for full information on setting it up.


I highly recommend installing the toolbar because it’s so convenient and saves you so much time. When you visit a site that has an affiliate program, the icon on the toolbar will open up to notify you that an affiliate link is available. The image below shows the Skimlinks Editor toolbar, it shows the amount of commission and a short link for you to use. For example, if you have jeans you purchased thru American Eagle (seen below) and you want to add an affiliate link to a picture on your site, head over to AE’s website, find the item, then use the short link provided by the editor and paste the link to your content (image or word).  That’s it, super easy! Payments are issued after 60 days from the transaction date so they can confirm with the merchant. Then commissions are paid out monthly once you’ve reached the minimum threshold of about $10 USD. Really convenient and user-friendly.



4. Amazon Associates


The Amazon Associates program allows you to get referral fees or commission on products purchased through Amazon. If you share links for items that you’ve purchased or can purchase through Amazon on your site, then you’ll get a commission for what someone buys after going through your link, and it doesn’t have to be for the same product. It’s also free and easy to use. You can even create an aStore showcasing a range of products and post it on your blog. This is a great way to share your wish list, favorite Amazon products, etc. For WordPress users, there’s also a plugin that you can download called the Amazon Associates Link Builder. This plugin allows you to generate links from within your blog while you’re writing up your post. You just highlight a word or a picture and a button will pop up that says ‘create link’, and from there you can search through Amazon products to link to.


There’s even a ‘Bounty Program’ where you can earn fixed fees for certain ads like these:



One format I recommend and have been using on my blog posts – is the customized ad option. This is a great way to recommend similar products that fit your blog post – a product, ebook, audio, service, etc and place it anywhere on the page. I personally prefer it at the very bottom of your post so it looks cleaner and less obtrusive. To create these customized ads, you’ll need to search Amazon to get the product code – best to have a separate tab on your browser so you can do both at the same time. Then find 4 items that you want to recommend.  Afterwards, copy the product code for each item, then add them to your customized ad. Once you have 4 items, it will give you a code that you can embed to your post or page. You can create several customized ads, just keep in mind, your Amazon account doesn’t store these. So once you’ve got your code, it’s probably best to create a title and save it to your notepad in case you need to refer to it in the future.


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Hope these gave you some great insight to get started. I would love to know your progress once you start incorporating these tips into your blog. If you have any success stories or tips you’d like to share, I would love to hear about them too! Feel free to comment below.


Need more tips?  Did you know you can make $50K+ a month from blogging? That’s exactly how much Michelle Schroeder-Gardner makes – and by following the methods from her course as well as checking out my tips below, then you can be on your way too. Go check out her blog, ‘Making Sense of Cents’, and see her monthly income reports. I recently completed her online course called ‘Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing’. I learned a lot about the things I was doing wrong as well as what I wasn’t doing.


Prior to taking this course, I already knew about affiliate marketing – what’s available and how to use them. I honestly thought I knew enough and that the only problem was I didn’t have enough traffic to my site.  I figured I did enough research on my own and didn’t need to learn more, so I was reluctant in purchasing the program. But, after seeing her monthly income reports, I was very intrigued and had to find out how she was doing it and wanted to get some pointers. It’s clear, she knows what she’s doing, her blog has been very successful. I highly recommend taking the course if you know nothing about affiliate marketing or if you need a little boost and guidance. The Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course is definitely worth the price but if it’s out of your budget, read on to find out what I’ve been doing and some tips I learned from her lessons.


In my next post, I’ll be sharing the different ways you can put these affiliate ads to play. How to go about finding blog collaborations and top sites to join for product reviews. So make sure you’re subscribed to my blog and get updates on new posts, giveaways, and highlights. Have a lovely day everyone, I’ll see you soon!


  • Danielle
    Posted at 18:14h, 11 March Reply

    Great post! Definitely bookmarked this and am going to start applying to the sites!

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 15:58h, 13 March Reply

      Thanks Danielle! Have fun affiliating!

  • Caroline Ross
    Posted at 10:38h, 14 March Reply

    what an awesome idea! Thanks for the tips, I can’t wait to start making money blogging!!

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 11:47h, 14 March Reply

      You’re very welcome! Good luck ?

  • Kim Galeta
    Posted at 10:56h, 14 March Reply

    Great job! I’m almost finished with the course as well. Thanks for including some other affiliate networks to consider like CJ. Well done!

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 11:47h, 14 March Reply

      Oh great, I finished the course in a week coz I couldn’t wait ? Good luck with it as well!

  • Radi
    Posted at 17:34h, 11 June Reply

    This was all such useful information. Thanks so much!


    • missmerryl
      Posted at 17:37h, 11 June Reply

      I’m glad it’s helpful for you! Thanks for the feedback ?

  • Emma
    Posted at 14:44h, 03 November Reply

    This was really informative! Thanks.

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 18:24h, 09 November Reply

      You’re welcome! Hope it helps 🙂

  • Brittany
    Posted at 11:19h, 09 November Reply

    These tips are great and really informative! I’m gonna have to reference it this weekend when I’m doing my sponsored post searches! xo, Brittany | http://www.theblistblog.com

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 18:25h, 09 November Reply

      Sounds good! Hope it works great for you! 🙂

  • Michelle
    Posted at 11:57h, 09 November Reply

    Great thorough information

  • imodicaIlene
    Posted at 12:11h, 09 November Reply

    I can’t thank you enough for this post. This is exactly what I am struggling with on my blog. You have given me many ideas – thank you so much! | ouritalianjourney.com

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 18:25h, 09 November Reply

      You’re most welcome, thanks for checking it out! Good luck! XO

  • Ilene
    Posted at 12:15h, 09 November Reply

    I do have a question for you regarding Amazon. I have had people use the ad on my site but they purchased something else. It is not registering any “sale” to me. That’s why I thought they had to buy that specific item. Now I’m wondering how to correct this!

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 18:28h, 09 November Reply

      I suggest logging in to your amazon associates account and make sure you have the correct settings entered ie. website address, also make sure the code is placed in the proper section of your post/blog. Otherwise, contact Amazon and find out what’s wrong, I’ve had people look at some of my posts and ordered something different from what’s on the post and I did receive credit.

  • Ashley Stephenson
    Posted at 13:03h, 09 November Reply

    These are some great websites to look into! I haven’t used my blog to make money but I may start

    • missmerryl
      Posted at 18:28h, 09 November Reply

      You definitely should, doesn’t hurt to try. Good luck 🙂

  • Bryant
    Posted at 19:28h, 09 November Reply

    Bookmarking this post because this is something I am currently trying to do, but haven’t been very successful at it yet. Thanks for the tips.

  • Willow
    Posted at 11:18h, 10 November Reply

    I am an affiliate to quite a few companies. I am mainly a food blogger, so ads make me a lot more money than the affiliates. I do like Amazon though.

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