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Other Ways to Make Money with Your Blog

Making money online with a blog is real. It’s not a scam and it’s not that hard. I’ve outlined my favorite ways to make money online in the previous pages, but there are myriad more I haven’t touched on. Think outside the box. People are creating new blog monetization methods every day. Here are a few more to get the brainstorming started:

Flipping Blogs

A lucrative blog money making method is blog flipping. The steps are simple:

  1. Create a niche blog
  2. Provide content
  3. Earn a respectable page rank
  4. Sell the blog
  5. Rinse and repeat

The key is to learn how to quickly and efficiently gain page rank and to automate a great deal of the process.

Classifieds

Run a classified ad program related to your blog niche. Charge a small weekly or monthly fee for ad insertion. Win-with-1 can build that functionality right in to your custom site!

Rewards Programs

There are a handful of online programs that pay users to complete certain actions like searching the web, taking surveys, watching videos. While these aren’t blog-centric, then can be combined with your blogging efforts. While you’re online writing, commenting, and collecting resources, use the paid tools to do so. Some rewards programs have affiliate programs you can promote on your blog as well.

I don’t use any rewards programs, but the two referred to me in the most positive terms are SwagBucks and iRazoo. Check out the program details to see if they fit your blog monetization plan.

SwagBucks    iRazoo

Selling Domains

While this isn’t so much a blog technique, it’s a great source of income if you know what you’re doing. And it can be connected to blog creation, because blog branding can increase the value of a domain. There are two steps:

  1. Find great domain names
  2. Resell the domains at a profit

I’ve only done this once, but it brought a nice return. I bought WarStorm.com for less than $10 per year. A couple of years later I sold it for $10,000.

Business Promotion

While many people use a blog as the primary business model, just as many use blogs to promote and monetize their regular websites. If you have a business — brick and mortar or virtual — blogging is a great way to get traffic and create buzz.

A favorite client and marketing genius, Kelly Lester, uses her It’s not Just Lunch blog to promote her Easy Lunchboxes system. Just look at all the amazing tips, photos, videos, and generally good information she provies to her customers and fans!

In a similar vein, I have used a backend blog here to promote my affordable websites.

Selling Themes

A WordPress theme is the software that produces the look and feel users see. It include sidebar placement, text styling, colors, navigation bar placement, etc. While this may seem out of your realm, you might be surprised at home much you learn about code over your blogging carrier.

Selling Plugins

Another area that requires some technical expertise, plugins are little bits of software that add special functionality to blogs. If you need a blog function that you can’t find, why not create it? The longer you blog, the more understandable these functions become. You may be surprised that taking the step to premium plug creation isn’t as unattainable as you might think.