3 extra streams to earn money from blogging

Many bloggers have shared that they earn big money from AdSense and affiliate ads. However, in the case of most other bloggers, that may not earn enough to take up blogging as full-time enterprise. Therefore, if you are not able to earn much from advertising alone, you must explore other activities that complement the blog and in turn get complemented by the blog.

We present here three such activities:

Review products or services to supplement blog income.

This is one of the surest ways of blog monetization. But before going for it, have a look at your blog's theme and the market it is linked with. You can review products that go with your blog's theme. If you have one on photography, you can review cameras; if on travel, review hotels; if on food, review restaurants; if on literature, review books...

Yes, what do you do if you already have a blog on a subject that does not have good association with such products or services? Examine it more thoroughly and you might find some link. You can think of expanding the niche itself (e.g. if the blog is on shoes and if you feel the market for shoes is saturated, go for bags, even accessories and garments; if it is on meditation, expand to emotinal well-being). 

If there is no way that you can get a product that is amenable to review, start a new blog.

Reviews on the blog can really earn you decent money!

You need to (i) very regularly, (ii) intelligently, and (iii) honestly keep reviewing the products or services that are (iv) well associated with your blog's subject. After you have a good number of free reviews, you can contact product/ service sellers if they are interested in a review of their stuff on your blog. If your blog is popular and your reviews are of good standard, chances are that sellers or their agents will come to you on their own.

You, however, need to be patient. You also have to decide whether your blog will be only a review blog or it will have a lot of other useful matter on the blog. As compared to just reviews, expert views on related subjects are taken more seriously. This is no bookish philosophy; this has actually been found to have generated good money for reviewers.

When you review a product or service on payment, mention it clearly on the post. Also, let the review not be influenced by such considerations. This might wean some prospective seller away from you but it will pay you much more in the long run.

Have direct dealings with brands and businesses.

Dealing directly with businesses connected with your blog makes great sense. This mostly helps bloggers when their blog deals with local matters or things in which very few people are interested (e.g. rare musical instruments, rare paintings, very elite merchandise). 

There are many ways, businesses and brands can agree to have a direct dealing with you. They may put their ads on your blog, pay for special events/ competitions held on your blog, sponsor a blog meet that you organize, ask you to hold events for their products on your blog/ under your blog's banner, etc.

Sell your own services and products through blog. 

That's pretty straight. Sell your product or service through your blog. 

Use blog as a landing page or let blog lead to the landing page.

Published authors, photographers, musicians, painters... professionals and creative persons can use blog in great many ways to promote as well as sell their creations. 

Coders and tech experts can eminently sell their expertise through the blog.

Similarly, doctors and yoga/ alternative medicine experts can offer advice and consultation on payment.

Many bloggers that we have studied for their incomes offer classes. 

We have also seen a number of fashion and food bloggers who run boutiques, eateries, spice stores etc and very successfully get customers through their blogs.

Blogs not only support other money making activities as listed above, they help businesses by directly bringing in more customers, explaining how products work, providing a place for interaction with customers, getting feedback and so on. Even big company portals are found to be benefited in many ways by having a blog. Since these are business matters, we have discussed them separately on Top Blogs. For now, thanks for your visit, and we wish you happy blogging!