Hey everyone! Jess here to share with you my tips for monetizing your blog. In case you don’t know me, I am the founder of Paleo Grubs. I started blogging as a complete newbie less than a year ago, and now I am blogging about my passion and make a living doing it.
The below methods are the ways I use to make money with Paleo Grubs. I will take you through different monetization methods for food bloggers, as well as share some of my earnings stats with you and how you can apply my strategies to grow your blog revenue. So sit back, grab your favorite munchies and enjoy!
Food blogging is not all about the money, but it definitely is a strong motivating force. Learning how to properly monetize your blog is important, and something to keep in mind as you take a long-term vision of your venture. Here I’ll show you a number of ways to show yourself the money and make this viable.
Before you make your first dollar with your food blog you’re going to want to fill it with great content. It sounds logical enough, you definitely can’t put the cart before the horse, but you’d be surprised how many bloggers just want to try to make a fast buck. What I did was remember the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner, and change it up a bit: “If you build it, the money will come.”.
Great Content, Added Regularly – With so many different food blogs out there you’ll need to do something to set yourself apart from the crowd. Luckily there are a lot of not-so-good blogs out there, so if you supply awesome recipes, with good writing and pictures, you’ll rise to the top.
Mouthwatering Pictures – The quality of your pictures will be a big boost to your site, both in terms of getting people to your site, and keeping them interested once they’ve arrived. It can’t be overstated, so spend plenty of time perfecting your pictures.
Helpful Answers – There are many questions surrounding food, and your visitors are likely to ask you some. You can either make posts that answer them, or answer direct questions in the comments section. If you don’t know the answer, find it, your visitors will appreciate that you took the time.
Affiliate programs are a great way to earn some solid income from your blog, and there are plenty of food related products out there that will give you a healthy commission for promoting them. Ultimately you will only want to represent products or services that you believe in, because that will give your voice the power it needs to get others excited about it too.
ClickBank – This is a source for digital products, so your visitors will be able to download and start using them immediately. The nice thing about ClickBank is that many product owners will share a chunk of the purchase price with you as your commission.
Amazon – Amazon doesn’t give you the high commission rates you find at ClickBank, but because it’s Amazon you open yourself up to larger and more frequent purchases. It’s easy enough to recommend cookbooks from Amazon, and the bonus is you’ll get commission paid on anything else they add to their cart during checkout.
CJ Affiliate – This is a way of registering at once site and having access to hundreds of different retail and online shops. You’ll recognize some of the big brands here, and this site is a way for you to apply with them, get accepted, and start earning commission from the sale of their items.