Advertising and affiliate services for use on blogs

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So you have chosen a platform, decided on a theme, started blogging, maybe even for some time now and your audience is slowly growing? As you begin to develop your voice and find your niche you may decide that you want to try and earn an income from your blogging pursuits. 

There are many things to consider in monetizing your blog but you can start early even with a modest readership. You will learn a lot about how it all works and what works best for your blog, your readers will get use to seeing advertising and sponsored content on your blog and you may slowly begin to earn some income. It certainly takes time to build a community and a readership that will engage with you and your blog content, so don’t expect to be making the big bucks overnight. There are many amazing stories of bloggers who earn great incomes from their blogs but they are the minority and the journey has often been one that has taken some years, such as these bloggers who share their blogging income reports.

If you think that going down the monetizing path is for you, there are many amazing services available to help you manage your own advertisers on your blog or companies that offer affiliate advertising and display ad services for use on your blog.

Affiliate advertising is a paid-on-performance online marketing system that rewards affiliates for generating transactions and new customers to online stores and other services and products. There are services that have thousands of affiliates on their books so that you can choose the right advertiser for your blog and make money when your readers engage with these ads and purchase products. Many of the affiliate services are free to use.

NUFFNANG

Nuffnang is a world leading blog advertising community, for people who have a passion for blogging. The Nuffnang community currently reaches out to 1, 000, 000 bloggers in 8 countries and regions.

At Nuffnang, bloggers generate income through blog ads placed by various brands, and become part of a close-knit community through a vast range of exclusive events and contests that are organised.

When you sign up with Nuffnang they provide you with access to exclusive events just for bloggers such as themed parties, blockbuster premieres and product launches. Bloggers also receive special opportunities to review new products and services as well as chances to win prizes.

ADPROVAL

Adproval is an very helpful tool that allows bloggers to set up a store specifically to sell advertisements, run giveaways, featured posts and reviews plus offer ad swaps all from the pages of their own blog.

The companies aim is to simplify the sale, setup, and payment process for bloggers and their sponsors. They also believe that the relationship between a blogger and their sponsor is about much more than just a static sidebar ad and so their goal is to provide the tools that bloggers need to form sustainable sponsor relationships, build community around a blog, and spend more time creating, all while making some money in the process.

Cost – Adproval takes 10% from every paid transaction through their service. Ad swapping is free of charge.

Platform – Built for WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Squarespace

PASSIONFRUIT

Passionfruit is another amazing service that allows bloggers to manage blog ads, posts, mentions, services and sponsorships all in one spot. This service takes out the tedious email chain with advertisers and lets your advertisers buy directly from your site and create their ad by themselves. Passionfruit deals with all the invoicing and allows you to accept all major credit cards and PayPal payments securely right from your site. They will also send those somewhat awkward reminders to your sponsors to thank and politely ask them to renew their sponsorships.

They are currently adding a feature that will allow you to view full statistics on ad views and clicks on a special dashboard.

Cost – $9 per month, all inclusive fee. No % off ad sales are taken. Ads you sell during the week are paid every Friday into your PayPal account, with no fees.

GOOGLE ADSENSE

Google AdSense provides a free, flexible way to earn money from your blog, website, mobile site, and site search results with relevant and engaging ads. The system works by displaying ads on your website that are suited to your audience’s interests, and you earn from valid clicks or impressions that your audience makes on these ads.

You are also able to connect your mobile users with the right ad at the right time as they seek information on the go, add a custom search engine to your site, and earn from ads on the search results pages.

Cost – This is a free service.

Payment – Google Adsense handle the process of billing all advertisers and networks for the ads displayed on your site, and then they will pay you directly.

AMAZON AFFILIATE PROGRAM

The Amazon Associates affiliate program works by allowing you to choose from over a million products to advertise to your customers and you collect a percentage fee should your visitors buy a product you have advertised, or in fact any product from Amazon. The fees vary and can be viewed here.

This program is suitable for large networks, websites or blogs and offers simple linking tools to help you monetize your online space through advertisements relevant to your niche market. You can earn advertising fees from Qualifying Purchases, not just the products you have advertised. There is also no third-party advertiser approvals needed which is the case with some affiliate programs.

Cost – This is a free service.

Payment – Fees are paid out on a monthly basis, approximately 60 days after the end of each month. Payment is withheld until the total amount due is $100 for checks and $10 for gift cards and direct deposit.

CLICKBANK

ClickBank is an affiliate service that uses an innovative online platform that gives you the tools, training and access to a global network of over 100,000 affiliate marketers so that you can profitably market unique and useful information products to your niche audience all around the world.

The key focus of Clickbank is on monetizing information—one that enables repeat sales over time, across the broadest range of content delivery options and form-factors available today. From documents and audio files to videos and membership sites, the ways in which an blogger can capture, sell, and deliver information and make money from blogging are continually expanding.

Cost – $47 per month which includes a website and pitch page to sell your products, hosting and file storage, unlimited free product activation, a mailing list builder, integrated membership tools, call center and customer support plus additional features.

COMMISSION FACTORY

Commission Factory is an Australian affiliate program that is superbly designed and offers an ever-growing range of merchants with a large focus on quality and the ability to convert. They offer creative ways that you can use the affiliate merchants, such as display advertising, data feeds, dynamic tools, video content and high converting coupon codes.

The portfolio of affiliates is continually increasing in large, trusted brands that have a consumer following and a history of good customer service and performance, thus offering advertisements that will be more appealing to your blog and website readers.

Cost – This is a free service.

Payment – A weekly payment solution via PayPal is available as well as a monthly Direct Deposit option for Australian affiliates.

CHITIKA

Chitika is online advertising network that works in a similar way to Google Adsense and is known as one of the more popular alternatives. The system works by displaying ads on your website that are suited to your audience’s interests, and you earn from valid clicks or impressions that your audience makes on these ads.

Chitika ads don’t appear directly on your website until you go to your website through a search engine. When a person has searched on Google for example and then comes to your website, ads will appear on your website based on what this visitor has recently searched for.

Cost – This is a free service.

Payment – Chitika provides advertising rates and revenue ranging from: Low $0.02-$0.06, Average $0.30 to $0.60, & Highest $3

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*Please note that the details and fees and charges could change at any time. Please check out the company sites for the most up to date info.

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