I’m, by no means, an expert in monetizing a blog, but this blog does help pay for my hosting and domain registration fees somehow. Occasionally, it also allows me purchase items and review them for my site visitors. A couple of years ago, donations even paid for my 5k race entry fees. Visit the Hall of Fame, for a list of all of those wonderful people.
There are some programs I’ve joined that have helped me in this endeavor, and I’m going to list them below. Referral links, when applicable, will be included. If you sign up and prosper, I get a “thank you” as well.
So here we go!
1. Google Adsense. I’m still trying to perfect it, but this ad program has been very good to me over the years. Not as much as it used to with the widespread popularity of Ad Blockers. Just remember that the more quality traffic your blog receives, the better! Google pays a month after your reach the $100 threshold.
2. Blogsvertise: It took a while for me to get going with this, and I still have some issues w/ how they runs their program, but overall I like it. It’s a pay to blog site, and the offers are assigned to you. You can also visit your “grab bag” to get addition tasks. They pay out, via Paypal, once you earn $50.
3. Payperpost: Similar to Blogsvertise, but in my opinion, you don’t get as many tasks from this company. But that may just be my experience. The difference is IZEA (parent company) will also pay out 30 days after your post is approved, regardless of how much you’ve earned. If your total is less than $50, they’ll just charge you a $2 fee (Paypal). I like having the option of getting my money on demand and would gladly accept a cash out fee from Blogsvertise.
4. SwagBucks: You can earn “Swag Bucks” just for using their search engine like you would Google. You can also complete offers if you like, run their mobile apps, and earn SwagBucks for shopping online at your normal retailers and earn SwagBucks. And once you get a certain number of points, you can redeem them for Gift Cards or even a Paypal cash gift. I tend to cash mine in for lots of Amazon.com e-gift cards. You can stack them, so it adds up! This has been my most steady earner over the years. When other sites hit lean times, Swagbucks stays pretty consistent.
5. Amazon, Linkshare, etc.: These popular affiliate programs give you custom tracking links so that when a visitor clicks on them, and visit, you get a commission. Doesn’t hurt if you were going to already be linking to a certain product, right?
6. Ebates: Admittedly, I don’t use this program as much as I should, but I’m going to start to. Much like I mentioned with SwagBucks above, Ebates gives you cash back when you shop online. If you were already going to buy something online, just go through Ebates. You’ll get paid via check or Paypal. I signed up in 2001, so they’ve been around a long time!
7. Ibotta: A relative newcomer to the game, but I’m loving it so far. I’ve already gotten cash from them, so they’re legit. Ibotta is a mobile app that pays you back for buying grocery items that you were probably going to buy already. You need to scan your receipt and bar code of the item, or add your shopper card number, but it works!
8. Earndit: Calling all fitness freaks! With Earndit (rebranded HIGI), you connect to your fitness tracking app of choice I use Runkeeper) and the more activities you log, the more points you earn. These, in turn, can be redeemed for rewards like shoes, snacks, and other gift cards.
9. Opinion Outpost: Take surveys, earn points, redeem them for cash. Easy!
10. Shopkick: How about racking up points, referred to as “kicks” in this app ecosystem, just for walking in a store? You don’t even have to buy anything! Just visit a store and get valuable points that can be easily redeemed for gift cards to popular retailers. It really doesn’t get much easier than this, folks! Try it!
That’s all I can think of right now, but I’ll update this post as I remember more programs that I’m participating in. But remember, if there are enough drops in the bucket, the bucket will overflow!