Are you wondering how to make money from a website? Do you know how much do bloggers make money online? There are many examples of successful blogs who are generating very good revenue form their blog or website.
Before starting this article, let me tell you that I am able to make some decent amount of money from this blog. I mostly monetize my blog traffic through affiliate marketing programs. I also use Google Adsense program on a different website and earn money form that website.
If you are also a blogger and wondering how to monetize your blog traffic, then you are in the right place. If your blog traffic is very low, then the best way to how to monetize your website is through affiliate marketing. As to use Google Adsense or other impression based or CTR based advertising networks you need a high traffic website.
How Much Traffic Does a Website Need To Make Money in 2020
There is no such formula that how much traffic you need to make $100/day or $1000/day etc. Your blog income will totally depend upon how well the traffic is targetted to make more conversion.
In many cases, we found websites with huge traffic but able to make any money. Because the majority of the traffic is coming just to get or read some information. Not with an intention to buy anything.
Even if you have monetized your blog with Google Adsense, there is no guarantee that your millions of traffic will end up making a very low income. The reason is your traffic may not be coming from high CPC AdSense countries.
In the same time, a well-optimized affiliate website can easily make millions with highly targetted traffic. There are many such good examples of Amazon affiliate websites where you can find people are making serious money.
So, if you compare both Google Adsense Vs. Affiliate marketing, it is ways better to go with affiliate marketing techniques to earn passive income. But remember what the way it is, you have to put real efforts to rank your articles on top of Google search. As the organic traffic is the main source of income.
Top 9 Ways to Monetize a Blog With Low Traffic in 2020
Although monetizing should not be your first preference if you are targetting for Google Adsense. As you have to write quality articles around low competition, but high search volumes. This will help you to fetch huge traffic. But in the case of affiliate marketing, I think from day one can insert affiliate links, but not overdoing it.
If you don’t have a website yet and you are reading this article, then you are missing out so many things my dear friend. You must create a website and grow it to make money from blogging. Anyway, let’s explore the 10 awesome ways to make money from your website in 2020.
1) Advertising Networks [Google Adsense, Media.Net etc]
The best way to make money from your website is showing display or text advertisements. I am sure you are aware of the advertisements & banners showing on every website. This is one of the best ways to make huge money from your website, but you need huge traffic at the same time.
The process is very simple. You have to apply for Google Adsense or Media.net or InfoLinks etc with your website. The approval process of Google AdSense is not that easy as you have to follow certain guidelines.
On successful approval, you can create ads as per your preferred size and then generate HTML code. Now put the code in your website which will find out relevant advertisements as per your content niche.
If you are using Google AdSense, the try Google Auto-Ads feature powered by Ai (Artificial Intelligence). This will dynamically find out where the users click most and accordingly display ads.
Which Is The Best Ad Network For Publishers?
Without any doubt, AdSense is everyone’s first priority. But due to if your AdSense account got banned you can use all these below mentioned AdSense alternatives in 2020.
- Propeller Ads
- Hilltop Ads
Note: Read the AdSense Terms & Conditions carefully before applying.
2) Create Online Courses & Sell Them From Your Blog
Do you know Ramit Sethi? Then I am sure you will find this information mind-blowing.
Ramit Sethi is the founder of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, outlines his process for building a successful business. He made $5 million in just 1 week by selling courses.
Do you think you are expert in any subject? Then you can create some awesome courses sitting at your home only. To learn more about how to create a better course, spend some time on the internet, prepare an outline and create courses.
There are plenty of awesome WordPress plugins available which will help you to create courses easily. Not only that you can also start selling them online and track everything.
9 Best WordPress LMS Plugins to Create and Sell Courses Online
- Lifter LMS
- CoursePress Pro
- WP Courseware
- Good LMS
- Namaste! LMS
- MasterStudy LMS
3) Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is the most popular way to make money online. You can see that on this website I am talking about web hosting services, WordPress & blogging tools and occasionally link to their website.
This way if some buy any product, I will earn some commission. Affiliate marketing is very powerful if you can do it properly. In fact, the best part of affiliate marketing is that you can recommend things from your own experience.
E.g. recently I have migrated from Bluehost to SiteGround. And joined their affiliate program as well. In the next 2 days, I was able to achieve a page-speed less than 1 second, which is simply awesome. And when I shared the story on social media I was able to make few sales. You can also join the SiteGround affiliate program.
So, you have to find out the suitable product and then join their affiliate programs. Write about their products in your website or blog and then put affiliate links within content.
E.g. if you are planning to promote web hosting programs, then make sure you check out my article on highest paying web hosting affiliate programs list for 2020. I picked some popular web hosting and shared their special discounts. Check this Bluehost coupons post which helped me to make some awesome sales. Read my Bluehost affiliate review post as well with exact income proof screenshots/pictures.
But what are the best places to find out high commission affiliate programs? Let’s explore the best places you must join.
The Best Affiliate Networks For Bloggers
- ShareASale Affiliates [My Best Pick]
- Amazon Associates
- Rakuten Marketing Affiliates
- CJ Affiliate Publisher’s Program
- Impact Radius
Check my detailed guide on starting your own blog and make money.
4) Sell eBooks/ Digital Products From Your Website
If you have a good website with loyal traffic, then you can create useful ebooks about your life, experience or any product or any tutorial as per your blogging niche.
Do you know Ryan Biddulph? He is an awesome blogger and one of my blogging friend who runs an awesome blog https://www.bloggingfromparadise.com. He is an expert writer and published many of his experiences of blogging and life as an eBook. Check out his latest eBook on How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging.
That means, if you can document your experiences of learning into an eBook then you can easily convert your visitors into buyer and make a good amount of recurring income.
Not only eBook, but you can also even launch any digital product like any software or a course or any WordPress plugin etc. E.g. Istiak Ryan of RoadToBlogging.com has launched an awesome plugin called https://wpcouponsdeals.com. I am one of the users of this plugin, which is simply awesome.
5) Paid Guest Post & Sponsored Posts
If you have good domain authority like 30+ then you can make serious income by accepting the paid guest post. It is very easy to find your targetted customer. Just go to Facebook and join some guest post related groups. You can also provide service through Fiverr or SEOclerks platforms.
Few of the Best Facebook Groups for WordPress Bloggers to Find Guest Post Opportunity
- Free guest posting
- Authority Guest Post Marketplace
- Guest Posting Opportunities
- Guest Post Network
- Blogging SEO Content guest posting.
- Guest Post Network – Free & Paid
Just visit Facebook and search with “Guest Post” or “Guest Blogging” and you will find many more such groups. Just joined them and on approval put your website details like you are accepting the paid guest post or sponsored post.
How much can I charge someone who wants to do a guest post on my Blog
Generally, a quality 50+ DA website can ask something from $75 – $250 or even more, depending on traffic, website niche and other factors. In case you have just started, then try to increase the domain authority of your website at least until 25+ to start accepting paid guest posts.
Note: Although accepting guest post is a good way to publish regular content in your website, but make sure you keep a note of the key points as per Google’s T&C to make things safe. Read this: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/guest-blogging/
If you have a product based website or any profitable niche website (E.g. tech blogs) then you can attract many sponsored posts from many companies. Generally, they want you to write a review and pay you good money.
They will give you the content where they shared some product review or tutorial about their product with a link back to their website and pay for the same to you for publishing on your website.
One of my blogging friend Gaurav Kumar of easkme.com has shared an awesome opportunity to make money through his sponsored post program. You can join that and make money utilizing your blog traffic.
6) Start Vip/Membership Site & Offer Paid Content
If you are an expert in the niche then you can start your own membership area within your website where you will share paid content. Only people who subscribe your membership can read such exclusive tutorials.
To build such a website, first of all, you have to establish your name as such an influential person so that people trust you and want to pay to read your content.
E.g. you can check out the website sridharkattakam.com where he is charging $555 for every month subscription. He is an expert in Genesis theme customization. Genesis Framework is one of the best WordPress theme frameworks and if you want to become an expert in this domain, you can subscribe to that and learn more customization tricks.
7) Sell Banner Advertising space
You might have seen many websites displaying banner advertising in the sidebar of the header area. If you have a high traffic website, then you can sell website space to advertisers. You can do your own by creating a dedicated advertising page or you can also join programs like BuySellAds.com.
But if you are running your blog on WordPress platform, then there are many awesome plugins & tools which will help you to manage various display advertising options on your website.
Best Advertising Management Plugins For WordPress
- Ads Pro Plugin
- WP PRO Advertising System
- WP In Post Ads
- WP QUADS
- Elite Video Player
- WordPress Ad Widget
- Advanced Ads
- Ultimate Ads Manager
8) Use your blog as a portfolio and Offer services on Fiverr
If you have a blog with good content, loyal audience and good engagement then you can use this as your biodata and get quality content writing or blog consulting. You can teach people about blogging, SEO or how to blog etc and earn money. You can also create an awesome HireMe page, which can convert well.
Besides that, if you want to exploit the various freelance websites to sell your service, then here is the list of popular websites to look for freelance work of all types.
- People per Hour
- Freelance Writing Gigs
- Simply Hired
9) Flip Your Website [Website Selling business]
This is a growing market where you can create an awesome website and then sell it online. You can’t believe that people are selling websites and making huge money. There are many platforms where you can list your website and put an asking price.
But it is not that easy, as you have to build a website which is worth selling. If you can create multiple websites of this quality, then definitely it is a good way to generate huge income.
Best Marketplaces for Website Flipping
- Digital Point Forum
- Warrior Forum
- Web Hosting Talk
- Website Broker
So, which one is your favorite ways to make money from your website? As I said already I mostly concentrate on affiliate marketing and write various contents, product reviews, tutorials to share my experience.
You can also write a comment below and share your best website monetizing techniques to generate income from your website. I hope this article will be helpful for beginners to start a blog in 2020 & make money blogging.
Praveen Verma says
Awesome post and it will be very helpful for bloggers especially for newbies. You have listed great ways to make money from blogging and I will share this post on my social media accounts.
Yes, Firstly we should make an effort to bring traffic to the website and then do monitization.
Thanks for this informative post.
Have a great day.
Santanu Debnath says
Thank you Praveen,
Traffic is the ultimate goal of every blog as without organic traffic, it will be very difficult to generate conversation and make money.
Very nice and helpful information has been given in this article.It will be very helpful for bloggers especially for newbies. keep posting .
Thanks for sharing.
Santanu Debnath says
Many thanks, Priyanka for these words. I am trying to improve this article with more such money making options. Hope this article will be more useful.
Ryan K Biddulph says
This post is excellent Santanu. Thanks for the eBook mention too. Wanna hear something neat? Yaro Starak – the guy in the video as you know – actually endorsed that eBook LOL. You’ll find him on that page. What a small world!
Thanks, when I was writing that point only your name came into my mind and I thought you are the best example to make money by selling ebooks 🙂
Anupam Sethi says
Happy to find all these money making ideas.
Thanks for this…
Ravi Singh says
That is some great tips Santanu. In my opinion, you can earn most from Affiliate marketing and selling ebooks and course. The other option to earn money is to do freelance work and do a small project like building or setting up a website.
The online forum is a great place to get clients.
Many thanks, Ravi for sharing your valuable feedback. 🙂
Lorraine Reguly says
There are so many people earning a full-time living (and then some!) JUST from blogging. It’s unbelievable, really, and I’m proud to be one of them!
Thanks for the link to my site, too. I’ve increased my income streams to the double digits now, and I plan on adding even more in 2019!
This is a great post for anyone thinking about starting a blog (and doubting themselves) and for bloggers who wish to earn even more with or through their websites!
Thanks, Lorraine for sharing your experiences and influence readers with your positive voice. Good luck for your all blogging plans in 2019.
Vishwajeet Kumar says
Awesome tips, you have shared here. Blogging is really a great way to earn money online. The most important thing is that you have to monetize your blog in a right way which helps your readers to buy genuine offers. You first have to understand the needs of your readers and it will help you to monetize your blog in a right way. Google AdSense and selling your own products is a great way to monetize your blog. Thanks for sharing this awesome post.
Thank Viswa for sharing your valuable inputs.
ranjot singh says
hi santanu !
such a great article thanks for sharing , and i want to write guest post for your blog can you tell me where i send guest post
You can reach out to me via contact us page. But I generally accept very few guest post and that is also based out of my choice, relevancy etc.
Hello santanu sir!
Very useful tips you made in this post i have learnt many things from this post.
In my point of view, Affiliate marketing and our own products generates more revenue than other monetization methods..
Thanks for sharing the post very usefull
Affiliate marketing is the real goldmine if you can do it properly.
Helo santanu, Thanks for your beautiful help. your article helped me a lot and clear all my doubts. Your writing style is very impressive and effective. Keep up your good work. Thanks for sharing.
malik sanwal says
Such a nice and perfect blog with high length. Thanks a lot for sharing the informative and unique blog. All the information is best for us.
very helpful and interesting article. Thanks for sharing such a nice information with us
You are most welcome.
thank you santanu for sharing nice article. I am regular on you your blog
Many thanks for finding this useful.
Nicole Garaham says
Very Good Article. I really appreciate it.
Well researched article. Now you got one regular visitor to your website for new topics. Keep up the Good Work Thanks for always sharing.
Thank you very much, Nicole, for these words. It means a lot to me.
I was confused about selecting an advertising network. But Your post has cleared my confusion. Really helpful post for people like me who are confused. Thanks a lot brother.
I am happy to know that my article solved your queries.
Yes, if one is not able to make a good amount of money from Google Adsense or Affiliates. He or she can earn a good amount of money by flipping their websites. Recently we sold a garbage website to our client for 200$. It was never updated after 2010. Thnx for the valuable info.
That’s an awesome experience buddy. Would love to know more about your experiences and learning.
Santanu Debnath says
Thanks for sharing your comment & feedback. Making Money Online in 2020 is not at all a big deal as everyone can see the potential of blogging. But people have to accept the fact that it’s not a few months of activity. You have to work hard to create a valuable blog that actually helps people and then you can definitely earn money from your blog in 2020 down the line.
Santanu Debnath says
Affiliate marketing is the best way to generate income from your blog in 2020. But the problem with affiliate marketing to find the right product for your audience. You can’t sell something which is not related to your blog niche. So try to find out products as per your blog topic and try to incorporate them and showcase how exactly that product is helping you. Then only people will get convinced and make a purchase. Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money from your blog in 2020 compared to Google AdSense. You can do wonder with a very low traffic as well.
Waqas Mushtaq says
Very Nice article i like Your every article which u post
Thanks for this article
Very Nice Blog of 2020
U share relevant post for me i learn blogging from this website.
and this post is motivational for me.
Santanu Debnath says
Thank you for all your kind words.
Very nice blog post. I enjoyed reading this blog post. One mistake that many newbie bloggers often make when deciding what to blog is they select a niche that is profitable however they are not passionate about it. When you are select a niche to blog about it is important that you should select a niche in which you add value to the audience. You should solve a problem for your audience.
It is important that you blog regularly, however, bloggers should understand that create high-quality content is just half the job done. They should spend 80% of their time in promoting this high-quality content.
Santanu Debnath says
Correct. It’s all about consistency and reaching out to the right audience. Thanks a lot for reading and finding this article useful.
Santanu Debnath says
I am very happy to read such amazing comments. Thanks for giving your time to read this article.