Monetization

On this page you will find the best and most lucrative ways of monetizing your blog or website. I have tested almost every reasonable affiliate network, CPC, CPM, CPA network or monetization method out there in the world wide web and compiled a list of the best monetization systems here for you. Start earning money from your blog or website or optimize the revenues from your internet operations.

I myself earn about 3,000 USD per month just using this monetization methods in my blog and website network.

Affiliate Networks

Affiliate marketing is quite simple to explain: you promote and market a product or company in return for a commission if a sale or lead is made from your marketing efforts. With online affiliate marketing you simply place your affiliate ID embedded links on your web pages and if a customer clicks your link and proceeds to that designated company’s site and makes a purchase or signs up for a service, you earn a commission.

Affiliate marketing, if done right, can prove to be a very lucrative venture. Commissions can run anywhere from a few pennies to thousands of dollars for just one click or sale. Professional marketers develop affiliate relationships with hundreds of companies and build sites to promote these companies and products.

An affiliate network is a third party facilitator which brings affiliates and companies together. It connects Advertisers (companies with products or services to sell) together with Publishers (those who display and promote these products or services) so they can do business. The affiliate network does all the tracking, accounting and payment of commissions.

I earn about 1,500 USD with affiliate programs and networks, that is 50% of my total revenues. So here is the list of the best affiliate networks to my experiences and opinion:

1. Commission Junction (www.cj.com)

Now owned by ValueClick, Commission Junction was one of the first affiliate networks. It is also one of the most important with many of the Top Fortune 500 companies listed here.

CJ is an international network with excellent stats and tracking (some of the best you will find), along with regular monthly payments makes this the obvious first choice for anyone wishing to try affiliate marketing.

For those new or old at affiliate marketing, CJ also holds regular seminars and training sessions.

2. ClickBank (www.clickbank.com)

ClickBank is another professional affiliate network with excellent stats and tracking. Easy to use and pays every two weeks.

3. LinkShare (www.linkshare.com)

LinkShare is another excellent affiliate network. It is one of the oldest affiliate networks on the web. LinkShare was recently acquired by the Japanese Portal Rakuten, with a price tag of $425 million.

4. Affiliate Window (www.affiliatewindow.com)

Affiliate Window is an UK based affiliate network which offers top brand companies and good commission rates. Pays once a month and has excellent stats.

5. Amazon (www.amazon.com)

Amazon is another excellent affiliate network to join if you want to sell products from your site or blog. Amazon has excellent stats and the links are very easy to create and place on your web pages.

6. Shareasale (www.shareasale.com)

Shareasale is yet another easy system to work with good stats and simple to create links. With 1,700+ merchants to choose from, Shareasale is another good affiliate network to promote.

7. LinkConnector (www.linkconnector.com)

LinkConnector is a relatively new affiliate network which launched in 2004. It has Pay Per Click, Pay Per Sale and Pay Per Lead. Good stats and reporting. Worth checking out for their different types of new affiliate technology such as Direct Linking which passes pagerank along to the merchant’s site.

8. CPA Empire (www.cpaempire.com)

Great CPA (Cost Per Action) network especially if you do a lot of email marketing and promotions. Geared towards acquiring leads and sign-ups but does offer other merchants as well. Good stats and reporting.

Benefits of Affiliate Networks: High Revenue Shares and a huge variety of affiliate programs in one place. Excellent statistics.

Paid to Promote/Write (Paid Articles, Blog Posts or Advertorials)

You ideally have a blog or a website where you post articles? Why not getting paid for writing reviews or articles. That is a perfect way of monetizing your blog or website. There are a score of websites offering exact this monetization method. I earn up to 200 USD for writing an article or a review on a product or service. That is good money for relatively easy work. If you don’t like to write yourself, you may outsource the writing to Textbroker, Elance or Odesk. There you get an article of about 500 words for 5-10 USD.

Here is my list of the best paid to write networks and websites:

1. ReviewMe

To my opinion the best paying paid to write website to be found in the internet. It has been the US original and one of the first supplier in this market. It has a wide range of offers for bloggers and website owners. If you have a PR4 blog you may earn up to 50-100 USD per article.

2. Associated Content

This is the leading media network on the internet. Here you can find just about any information you are looking for. The panel of ‘content producers’ is always growing, therefore the content itself is always expanding. There are a vast amount of topics for you to publish content on. Stick to your area of expertise, and produce helpful articles for Associated Content and you can expect to get paid $3-$10 per article!

3. Constant Content

This is a website where you can post your articles and set your own selling price. Websites can buy your article for usage or for full rights, and if you are not submitting something that has been listed as requested content than it can be quite a wait for your article to be bought at all.

4. Epinions

Epinions is a place for you to share your opinion on products, movies, etc. Basically, you are writing a review to help others… potential consumers… and your content is limited to those reviews. While this is certainly not a website to write for if you are hoping to make some money… this is a website that does pay you for your opinion. The pay is very small, however there are often promotions and bonuses on a monthly basis.

5. EHow

EHow is another great website where you can share advice and be paid a little bit, depending mainly on how helpful your input is rated by others. Just like Epinions is a great place to look if you are considering buying a digital camera and want to do a little research, EHow is where you would go if you want to learn how to do something. This website is strictly ‘how to guides’ for helping others, and if you have something to share you absolutely should!

Again, I would not recommend this as a way to make money, but if you do enjoy writing or if you do have advice to share in a how-to form then your submission should being in a little money, shouldn’t it?

6. Helium

Finally, there is Helium.Once again this is not a site you want to write for the sole purpose of making money. The best way to describe Helium is to call it a forum, where members can post topics in a large variety of channels and either begin or enter a discussion by writing an article on that topic. Your article is rated by members as well, and quite simply the more helpful your article is, the higher it is rated… the more you will be paid.

This could be the difference between your article paying one cent or ten cents. However, your article continuously generates money, everytime it is rated higher than another article in the same topic. (The rating involves reading article A and article B then choosing which you prefer.)

Benefits of Paid to Write Websites: Good relation and ratio between effort and revenues. Advertising doesn’t look as advertising and may be blended into the blog or website quite well.

Selling Links

Another great way of monetizing your blog or website is selling links on it. Therefore, however, you should have a PageRank of at least 1 or 2 te get reasonble rates for a link on your site. If you have a PageRank 3 or better, it gets really lucrative to sell links. You will get paid without any work done, besides placing the link. I offer links on my blogs (sitewide) for the following rates:

PR0: 3 USD/month

PR1: 5 USD/month

PR2: 8 USD/month

PR3: 12 USD/month

PR4: 18 USD/month

PR5: 26 USD/month

If you would like to earn more money by selling links, try to offer presell pages. In this case, the advertiser provides content with links for one of your pages. It doesn’t look like advertising this way and more natural to Google.

Here are my favourite places to sell links, if you don’t like to sell them directly:

1. Textlinkbrokers.com – Sell Links, Presell Pages and much more

2. Inlinks.com – Allows you to sell textlinks within the content of your blog or website.

3. Backlinks.com

4. SeLinks.com

5. Linkadage.com

Benefits of Selling Links: Easy Integration into your blog or website and good money for almost zero effort or work. But be carefull: don’t sell to many links so that Google punishes your website. Additionally, if you sell too many links, the link price per link will decline. I sell about 4-6 sitewide links per blog and some more with Inlinks within the content of my blog posts.

Pay Per Click (PPC) Networks

It is quite easy to integrate PPC advertisements into your website or blog and to a large extent it is optimizing itself without you doing all the work. The following PPC networks are really worth to be recommended, especially to new bloggers and websites owners with small user bases. Here, traffic will be the most important driver in determining your revenues.

1. Google-AdSense

The largest PPC network with millions of participants. I earn up to 350 USD per month with Google AdSense. It optimizes according to the content of your webpage so that it becomes relevant to the visitor browsing your pages.

2. Kontera

3. Bidvertizer

Benefits of PPC networks: Easy to be integrated. No minimum requirements and almost no maintainance work required. It optimizes itself on the basis of performance and content relevancy.

Directly selling Ad Space

It is highly effective to sell advertising space on your blogs and websites directly to the advertisers. So you don’t need to pay a share to a network or a service provider and you will earn 100% of the advertising money spent by the advertiser. It is an important way of monetizing your blog or website, if they are already established and have a decent number of visitors, PageRank and RSS subscribers. You can offer your ad space as banners, text links, videos, pop unders, pop ups, interstitials and so on. You may also choose to get paid by CPM (cost per mille) or CPC (cost per click). I earn up to 10 USD per 1000 ad views for my established blogs.

I personally recommend to use an ad server to manage the ads on your blogs. So you have reports on one place and may optimize ad space utilization. Further, you can target better and thus charge a higher CPM rate. I have tested the open source ad server openX and Google’s DoubleClickPublisher. I highly recommend DoubleClickPublisher, as it is free of charge and is already hosted and installed. You only need to register with Google and configure your ad server.

If you are not established enough to sell ad space directly to your audience you may choose to enter one of the following ad networks to sell your ad spaces to the customers and advertisers there.

1. valueclickmedia.com

2. belboon.com

3. Smowtion media

4. AdBrite

Benefits of selling ad space directly: You get 100% of the advertising revenues and using an ad server you are in full control of the ads displayed on your site.