When I started blogging, AdSense was the only known blog monetization way to me. At that time, it was not so tough to get approved by AdSense as it’s now. I got my AdSense approval with a Weebly site.
Later I moved to self-hosted WordPress blog and started blogging more seriously. Soon I realized that AdSense is not generating much revenue for me. I started looking for other monetization ways for my blog.
And I found a lot of ways. Some of them work great for me.
If you don’t get AdSense approval, or you got banned, or AdSense doesn’t work for you, read on. In this post, I will be sharing 10 Proven Ways To Monetize Your Blog Without AdSense.
Let’s get started.
1. Other Advertising Networks
AdSense is still the best advertising network. But it’s not the only one. There are a plenty of Ad Networks for bloggers other than AdSense. And they are doing pretty good.
But it’s tough to say which ad network will work for you. Because what works for me, might not work for you and what works for you, might not work for me. It mainly depends on the nature of the blog.
In my research, I’ve found that Media.net performs better than others. But that might not be the same for you.
So what I’d recommend you to do some experiments with Ad Networks and find out what works for you. You can try these programs initially.
- Amazon Native Ads
Also Check: 15 Best Google AdSense Alternatives For Bloggers
2. Affiliate Marketing
If you want to monetize your blog without Ads, Affiliate Marketing is the best way to do it. In fact, it is the most lucrative way to make money blogging. And it’s easier than you think.
You don’t need to have any products/services. All you have to do is, promote others’ products/services and get the commission when someone buys the product/service through your link.
Here’s how affiliate marketing works.
However, affiliate marketing takes time. You cannot expect quick success in affiliate marketing. There are some online courses that claim to make you multi-millionaire within no time. All of these are scams. Stay away from them.
To get success in affiliate marketing, work consistently on your blog. You can get started with affiliate marketing with affiliate networks like –
- Impact Radius
You can also check our affiliate marketing posts here. There are plenty of good resources.
3. Selling Ad Spaces
It’s like direct advertising. You don’t need to have any third party. All you need to do is, convince the advertisers to put ad directly on your blog.
This way you will get the full control of ads like where and how the ads will appear. And you’ll get the full money.
But if you’ve just started a new blog, this might not be the right option for you. You need to have a decent traffic to attract advertisers.
Here are some tips to sell ad spaces on your blog:
- Create an ‘Advertise’ page with information of your Blog stats, Audience profile, Advertising options, etc.
- Use Ads Pro Plugin to manage your ads.
- Visit other blogs related to your niche and check who are advertising on those blogs. Try to contact those advertisers.
- Join forums like Digital Point to find advertisers.
- Contact with potential advertisers directly.
You can also try BuySellAds to sell your ad spaces. As a media, it will take a cut from your revenue.
Product owners or service providers pay bloggers to write about them. It could be a sponsored review or post.
In sponsored review, product owners will ask you to write a review of their product. And the sponsored post is about publishing paid post on a company or product. It may be written by you or by the advertisers.
There is no harm in publishing sponsored posts or reviews if you do it right. In fact, it can generate a good amount of money for you.
But you need to be careful about sponsored posts. Here are a few things you need to consider before writing sponsored reviews/posts.
- The post should be related to your niche.
- Never accept casino or gambling sites.
- Add “nofollow” tag to the advertiser link.
- Don’t write false information about the product/service.
- And disclose that it’s a sponsored post/review.
Here are some of the sites from which you can get Sponsored Posts.
5. Sell Your Own Digital Products
Selling your own digital products is another lucrative way to make money without AdSense. You create it once and you can sell it for unlimited times. That’s the beauty of digital products.
If you are following Harsh Agrawal’s blog, you might have already noticed that how much he is making by selling eBooks only.
Selling eBooks is just an example. Here are some other examples of digital products that you can sell on your blog.
- Design Work
- WordPress Theme/Plugin
- Video Content
- Photographic Prints
- Excel Templates
- Website Templates and more.
You can use Easy Digital Downloads WordPress plugin to sell your digital products easily.
6. Sell Physical Products
Like digital products, you can also sell physical products on your blog.
Selling digital products can be a bit tougher. But if you have an engaged audience, it might be easier for you to sell physical products.
A great example is Legion Athletics who sells fitness products. Most of their sales come from the blog section.
Here are some of the physical products you can sell on your blog.
- Book (hardcover)
- Scrapbook Supplies
- Skincare Products
- Handmade Soap
- Vintage Clothing
- Food Items
- Diet Products
- Jewelry and many more.
These are just some ideas. You can sell anything which is related to your niche.
You use WordPress eCommerce plugins like WooCommerce to sell your physical products.
7. Sell Services
If you have expertise in anything, you can sell your expertise on your blog.
Yes, you can sell services like designing, development, freelance writing, etc and generate a good revenue from your blog. A great example is Fabrizio Van Marciano, the founder of Magnet4Blogging. He provides WordPress Design, Graphic Design, & Video Editing services on his blog.
So if you are an expert in anything, start selling your own services.
8. Offer Consulting
Similar to services, you can offer consulting service on your blog. It could be anything based on your expertise.
A great example is Chris Lema, A WordPress Business Advisor. He charges $6.67/min to consult with him.
If you believe that you can help others by consulting, you can offer consulting service on your blog. You can make money by helping others.
9. Paid Membership
Offering paid membership is another great way to make money from your blog. It’s very profitable if you can do it right.
Pradeep Goyal of CashOverflow was able to generate $3000/month from mailing list subscribers.
You can start a paid membership program if you have a good community around your blog.
10. Accept Donations
This is something that we don’t see that much these days. But it used to be a good source of income in earlier days.
However, you can still ask for donations, but in a different way. Here’s how Ilean Smith of BasicBlogTips do it. She asks her readers to pledge their support for her on Patreon. In return, she provides access to free courses, tools, consultancy, etc.
If you think you can add value to your audience, you can ask them to support you.
Over to You
So these are some best ways to earn money from your blog without AdSense.
Trying all of them at a time will be overwhelming. So I’d recommend you to try 2-3 ways and find what works for you. For me, Affiliate Marketing works great.
Now let us know if you use any other ways to make money without Google AdSense.
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