Monetize Your Site

Monetize Your Site by Adding Advertising

If you set up a blog to earn extra money online, you’ll need to find a way to monetize your site. That is, you’ll need to create some way to make money from visitors to your site. Here are MY TOP 3 RECOMMENDATIONS for how to do this:

  • Contextual Ads
  • Affiliate Ads
  • Selling you own products/services

Include Contextual Ads

Contextual ads are one of the easiest ways to begin to make extra money online with your website. Relevant sponsored links appear near the content on your site. Contextual ads are the simplest way to generate revenue, especially if you have a lot of page views.

While you can create your own contextual ads, the most common type is Google AdSense™ advertising service . Google AdSense™ advertising service is probably the easiest to install, and demands very little of your time. Click here to better understand how easily you can use Google AdSense™ advertising service to monetize your site.

Be sure you read and follow all of Google search’s rules since they have the ability to both positively and negatively affect the usefulness of your website. They are quite particular, in fact, about how you use their name. If you plan to mention the GOOGLE search engine on your website, you should read this first.

Another contextual ads publisher you might consider is Kontera. Kontera says it will give partners the best quality technology, and provide very targeted advertisements at the best rate, meaning the payment you receive when someone clicks on the ad. Kontera provides “ContentLink” ads. Certain words in your blog will be highlighed. When a use hovers the computer mouse over that word an ad appears. If the user clicks on the ad and buys the product, you get paid. The advantage of this type of contextual advertising is that it doesn’t take up any space in your blog. It works with the words that are already on the page. You can also incorporate this with Google AdSense™ ads.

Click here to better understand how you can put Kontera contextual ads on your blog.

There are other contextual ad providers, too and you can find them by searching for “contextual ad providers”. Putting contextual ads on your site is free and easy.

A Word of Warning: DON’T CLICK on your own Google AdSense™ or Kontera ads to see if they work!

Use Affiliate Ads

When you become an affiliate for a certain product or service you advertise that product or service on your blog. When your readers click on a text link or banner ad on your site, they will go to the product or service website. If they make a purchase or complete some other action, you get a commission.

Most products and stores have an affiliate program. If you find something great and want to share it with the world put something like, “productname affiliates” into your search engine to find the affiliate program. You can also promote products through an affiliate network. When you join you can look to promote products or services that are relevant to your niche and the purpose of your blog. Here are a few you should consider. Most of these provide commission on sales. CPA networks may provide commission when other actions are taken, like providing an email address, or trying a product.


Commission Junction




CPAJuice (and other Cost Per Action networks)

Amazon Associates

Sign up as an affiliate directly or with a network as a publisher or affiliate. The company or individual offering the product or service (the advertiser) will provide you with an affiliate code. Most affiliate programs provide links, banners, and buttons from which you can choose. You then copy and paste the code to put into a text link or banner ad on your blog.

Can you find any affiliate links or banner ads on this page? Some of the links on this page will take you to other sources of information only. However, some of them will take you to other websites that offer you a product or service that I recommend. I only promote products or service I would use myself, and I suggest you do the same. I used the Ad Squares Widget to add the square banner ads to this page. Do you like it? If so, you can get it free. Search for it from your WordPress admin panel under Add Plugins.

Just like with the Google AdSense™ ad service, the product or service provider tracks the sales and will send you payments automatically. Unlike contextual ads, though, you will need to do a bit more work to get these ads on your blog. The advantage of affiliate ads is that you get to control what kind of content your blog promotes. It’s okay to test the affiliate links you put on your site by clicking on them.

A word of warning: Don’t put too many, intrusive, or annoying ads on your post or page. Visitors may choose to look elsewhere for what they need.

Promote your own product or service

Are you creative? Do you have a product or service you want to sell? You can design the banner or text advertising to use on your blog. You can also have the products you produce shipped directly to your buyers so that you never have to deal with inventory. For instance, CafePress that will produce t-shirts, mugs, and other items with your artwork on them. If you are handy, create an Etsy Shop to sell your handmade items. Link your blog to your shop to create traffic to your money-making site. You can also sign up with affiliate networks as an advertiser rather than a publisher.

There are other ways to monetize your site, but these are the best ones, in my opinion, for those who are just learning to make extra money online.

Note: If you haven’t yet begun to blog for profit, check out
WordPress Setup-10 Steps to Blogging Profits.

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