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Monetizing is the reason why so many food bloggers get into blogging. Some food bloggers do it for the love of sharing their food creations. Some want to cook, share and make a few extra bucks along the way. …And then you have the hardcore group who are really good in the kitchen, tech savvy, enjoy writing, love photography and know they have what it takes to turn this into a career they love. We’re in the middle group. Liz and I both enjoy photography, Liz loves to write, I love to cook and I’m a bit of a web/tech geek. Our goal is to have fun doing something together and hopefully make a few extra dollars with our hobby. There’s really no hunger to turn this into full time for us because we both love our days jobs.
There’s are many opportunities to make money blogging. I’ll list a few here, but you’ll have to do your own research. Here’s a list of some of the opportunities for monetizing from your blog:
Ad Networks: Placing ads on your website. Once you have decent traffic flow (people visiting your website), you can partner with ad networks to place ads on your site. Some ads are based on clicks and others are dependent on how many people visit the page with the specific ad. Some Ad Networks will only accept your registration once you have a certain number of views. AdSense by Google is usually a good place to get started. They will usually accept your registration with very few views. They don’t pay very much and their ads aren’t always very related to your content, but it’s a good place to get started. Once you have a substantial amount of traffic, you can then apply to larger Ad Networks like BlogHer, Glam Media, Marth’s Circle, Conversant, Gourmet Ads, Sovrn. There are many more out there, but this is a good list to start with for your own research.
Here are a few key terms that might come in handy:
- PPC – Pay Per Click. You get paid only when people click on your ads.
- CPM – Cost Per Thousand. You get paid a rate for every 1,000 views of an ad.
Affiliate Programs: You place an a link on your blog and then in some cases get paid if people click on it or if a purchase is completed on the vendor’s website. Amazon has an affiliate program. You can place links to products on your blog almost like having a store. If someone clicks on a product and makes a purchase, you get a commission.
Sponsored Posts: You create a relationship with a company or brand. In some cases they’ll pay you to mention their product in one of your posts. In other cases they may give you a product to test and write about. You then get to keep the product i.e. a blender.
Books: Some food bloggers make quite a bit of money by selling books they’ve written. These books include topics such as recipes, photography, social media and even blogging.
Starting a Blog Series: