We all like some extra kilometers per liter. This is true even in blogging. I hope that you’re already monetizing your blog using various ad networks like Adsense, Chitika, Media.net etc., even some of you are doing affiliate marketing very well. So, I’m giving you 5 unusual ways to make some extra money from your existing blog.
Important: Before you start making money using my methods, get a Payoneer account or PayPal is also good if you’re confused then check this PayPal vs Payoneer comparison.
1. Make Money from Related Content
Yes, you can make money from the related content widget below every blog post, just install the nRelate Related Content plugin from WordPress plugin directory. This is a very good plugin to show related contents under every blog post. You can choose the thumbnail gallery design from some really good templates. You can also show plain text list of related content rather than thumbnail. You can control the pages on which the related content widget will appear by selecting/deselecting them. There is an option to show advertisement in the related content widget. If you want to make money by advertising in the widget you’ll need to register at nRelate and customize the ad appearance. You can control the number and position of ads to display. By default the ads will have an animated ‘sponsored’ text which can be set to hide. You’ll earn money after every click on ad.
2. Make Money from Images
If your blog has a good number of images then you can earn some extra money from these images integrating in-image advertising. Some popular in-image advertisers are GumGum, Luminate, Vibrant Media etc. GumGum is the leader in this kind of ads. It started in-image ads in 2008 to help publishers pay the image license fee but later the idea was well accepted by industry and a new category of advertisement started.The concept of in-image advertising of all ad networks are nearly same, when visitors mouse over a picture an ad appears, this may be an overlay on the image or a pop-up. Publishers can control the minimum size of picture on which the ad will appear. This is a contextual ad technique and collects data from image and surroundings to show the perfect ad on the image. In-image advertising does not takes additional space, if you’ve some pictures on your blog or have a photo blog then you’ve a great opportunity to earn some extra cash using in-image ads.
3. Make Money from CAPTCHA
No, I’m not joking, it’s true. Almost all of us use CAPTCHA codes to stop spam robots on various services or contents. This may be a contact form or a comment form, CAPTCHA is the most effective way to stop automated robots to harm our blogs but we never thought about monetizing these ugly, weird CAPTCHA codes.Here are some creative CAPTCHA solutions that have converted these ugly CAPTCHA into fun and money-maker too. Solve Media, Minteye and yoCAPTCHA are some leading players in this game. These CAPTCHA solutions have different styles and approaches but the goad is same, all of them use advertisements as CAPTCHA form. The user must read the advertisement to pass the CAPTCHA and hence it’s more powerful than banner ads and gives more ROI to the advertisers. With every CAPTCHA solved you’ll get a commission from the ad. Isn’t is a great way to make some extra bucks from your existing content?
4. Premium Membership
Selling premium membership can be a good idea if you can offer unique high quality content for premium members. You can offer freebies and exclusive case studies for premium only members. There are many WordPress plugins to convert your WordPress blog into a membership based blog. Optimize Press 2.0 Membership Plugin, Digital Access Pass and Magic Members are some of them.
5. Paid Directories
If you have a high traffic niche blog then you can start a paid directory. Businesses related to your niche would not mind to pay you to be listed on the directory. You can also offer featured listing with special price.You can easily test these techniques on your blog to make some extra money as any of these techniques do not need much changes on your blog.Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. If you’ve used any of these ads on your blog please do share your experience with us.