If I had a $ for every time I’ve heard some blogger talk / ask about Ad Sense, I’ll be a billionaire.
Ever since Linda Ikeji became a household name in blogging, it’s like Ad Sense became the new heroin for bloggers.
Somewhere online I’m sure there’s a group of bloggers ganging up to go HAM on Ad Sense… like “Ad Sense this.. Ad Sense that.”
Okay, enough clowning.
I’m not saying Ad Sense isn’t great, because it is.
All I’m saying is too many bloggers focus all their attention and efforts on Adsense hoping they would become billionaires overnight.
That just does not compute.
Ad Sense is great, but it’s only one way to make money from your website.
If you’re one of those Ad Sense-centric bloggers, this post is for you.
This is about “tearing you that dirty slap” that will open your eyes to other money making, bank-account-shattering ways to make money from your site.
Well, at least that’s the general idea.
5 Ways to Make Money From Your Site
” If money no be the topic, I no dey enter the group chat.” – Ice Prince
If you’re running an online business, and not making money,and have no plans to make money from it, then I have news for you.
You’re not running a business, you’re running a hobby.
Okay, if you’ve been blogging for a while now, you’ve definitely heard about Ad Sense. If you haven’t, the basic gist of it is that you build a high traffic site, and then you cut a deal with Google to put ads on your site, in return for which you get paid.
Now, this was probably a great idea in the beginning, but nowadays, when customers can see ads coming from a mile away, it’s really not.
No offence, Google.
Plus, there’s also the fact that you have no control over what ads are displayed on your site and where.
Many a great site’s awesomeness has been destroyed by “Hyper-Ad-itis“.
Which is why I want to quickly tell you about 5 more ways to make money from your website.
This is non-niche specific. Meaning if you blog about food, dance, sneakers or whatever, you can make money from creating an ebook.
That might be an oversimplification; let me explain a bit.
The process starts with becoming a perceived authority in your niche.
This usually happens almost on autopilot, when you post content that’s relevant to your audience on a regular basis, and promote this content like a hustler.
You would need to do a bit of email marketing, but in the end if you build the right audience, and build authority in the niche you have chosen, you can make $$$ by selling an ebook or more on your site.
Everybody has a different learning style.
Some people learn from books. Others prefer to take a course.
Normally you can’t be everywhere at the same time. But with the internet, you can.
You can create an eCourse in your chosen niche, put it up online and practically be in every country (with an internet connection) at the same time.
Fine, it would take some time investment and maybe a screen recording software or a good camera… but fact is, it’s well worth it, considering some courses can be sold at prices all the way from $100- $1000 and some even more.
Imagine having your course selling in different countries all at the same time.
Mehnn, the sky is
the limit not even a limit because you can keep building different courses and selling them.
The important thing to remember is you need to really deliver a lot of value in whatever course you offer.
#3. SEO, Business, or Any-Type-Of-Consultant
I know… there was a time where you had to spend many years learning in a particular field before you could give advice to anyone about that field.
Thankfully, with the Internet, that game has changed.
Sure, certifications are great.
But, the fact is, if you learn enough about a field (using free online resources), create enough relevant, unique content in a particular niche, you will become a perceived expert. And you also get bonus points if you have produced results for clients.
Now, you may have to do a few free consultations or more to put yourself on the map, but if you can get results for clients, very few people would care whether you have some certification or not.
Many online marketing gurus started off that way. And it’s a better way to start while you pick up the hands on experience as you go.
Sure, you’d make mistakes, but you’d get in business much quicker and you can still get the certifications you need as you go on.
#4. Affiliate Marketing
I know some people reading this are probably thinking:
“Isn’t this the same thing as AdSense?”
No, it isn’t. Affiliate marketing (the way I see it) is about marketing products related to your niche, that have been produced by other people.
The beauty of this model is that you don’t have to build an actual product. You can just market some one else’s product and get paid anytime they make a sale.
You need to ensure, however, that whatever product you are promoting, is in the same niche as your site and the content you create.
This way, your visitors don’t get a bit ticked off cos your ads are not in line with your content.
#5. Create Branded Products
You then leverage your brand, and following to sell those products.
This one is not for the newcomers though. You need to first build the audience and the following to be able to do this.
There are a lot more, like creating mobile software, etcetera shmetcetera, but these 5 should get you thinking beyond the “Ad Sense Blog Business Model”.
So yeah, Ad Sense is a beautiful way to make money from your site, but it aint the only way. Forreal.
Keeping it 500,
Author: Tomi Joshua
Tomi is a case.
A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).
Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.
He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.