Monetizing your blog is something you probably had in mind when you first started writing articles to publish online. Or probably you haven’t. Nevertheless, it is an action that becomes very intriguing after a while, especially after you build yourself a strong online community of readers who like what you write about and follow your blog on a regular basis.
There are a lot of bloggers who make a fair living out of blogging. A very tempting activity, I have to admit. But to get there, there is a lot of work to be done and simply writing content is not always the way to go. Your content needs a little technical help especially if you are using WordPress.
- Smart Ads. This is a very simple to use plugin and what it actually does it automatically adding ads before and after your post’s page content. It features a built-in shortcode which allows you to add custom ads.
- AffiLinker Affiliate. A premium WordPress plugin to monetize your blog instantly. It converts the given keywords into profitable Affiliate Links through out the blog post, pages. You can also show colorful Affiliate Link as a Tag Cloud on the sidebar. There is a built-in tracker which shows stats on total number of clicks, unique number of clicks on each Affiliate Link.
- SEO Smart Links. This is actually an internal linking plugin. You would ask “what can this help me with in monetization?”. Well, the interesting thing about this plugin is that it also allows you to link to external affiliate offers or even your own sales pages on other websites. A very effective idea I would say.
- Ad Rotate plugin. This neat little plugin analyses the conversion rate of all your ads and it rotates them according to their effectiveness. You can also see the clickthrough rates of every banner. You can simply insert a bunch of banner ads and test them for …let’s say a month or two and after that you can decide which of them really help and which of them you should eliminate.
- Yoast WordPress SEO. I really hope that it’s clear for everyone that high quality traffic results in a higher conversion rate in the end. Nothing beats organic traffic coming from search engines. But to get there, you need to optimize each and every post and page of your blog/website to be search-engine friendly. I’m talking about meta tags, page and post titles, keyword placement and density, sitemaps and other such aspects. Yoast’s SEO plug-in makes editing these settings a lot easier by allowing you to do this right after you write your posts.
- Ad Injection. Simply the best monetization plugin for any kind of ads. It helps you add either text or banner ads. The real innovation of this plugin is the ability to control who can see certain ads on your website. You can control which ads are displayed based on the length of the posts, the referrer’s address, the visitor’s IP address and more. You can also display category-targeted ads for each of your posts, giving a huge boost to your conversion rate by giving each reader category exactly what they want.
- W3 Total Cache. “What? A caching plugin? I thought we were talking about monetization here, what the deuce is this?” Well, we ARE talking about monetization. Let’s make a quick exercise: Imagine a website which loads in around 20 seconds. Now tell me the conversion rate it has for the ads. Exactly, you can’t. We can’t even think of monetization on a blog that is not optimized for speed in the 1st place. A classic among the WordPress plugins, W3 Total Cache is recommended by various hosting companies around the world and it deserves the recognition. This little plugin caches every little part of your website and significantly increases the loading time, saving up to 80% of the bandwidth your website would normally require to load.
I would say, monetizing your blog is an easier task but when it comes to making money, you have to work a lot for your blog. Add lot of useful content, spread your blog link as much as possible, drive lot of visitors then only you can make money from your blog !
You can also check out some other plugins which can really help your blog grow, on my personal website.