Who do you go to whenever you have a question? Your family and friends are solid answers. But so is Google. If you don’t have your own blog where you can help contribute online by solving questions, consider doing so. A blog can go beyond being useful, it can make you money. In this post, we discuss food blog monetization tactics that anyone can start today. Even if your blog isn’t about food, you can probably learn a thing, or three.
Help companies sell their products through affiliate marketing
If you’ve looked for product reviews online, chances are that you’ve been able to find tons on specific products. While some bloggers may be reviewing products for fun, or to inform others, some are doing so because they can make a few dollars convincing you to make a purchase.
An affiliate program you can participate in is Amazon.com Associates. In this program, Amazon pays you a commission on online orders you help convert. If a website visitor clicks on one of your affiliate links and buys a product from Amazon, you get rewarded. The commission paid varies by product but it is usually based on a percentage of the item price. The best part is that you don’t just get paid if you help sell one particular product in an online order. In fact, you get paid on the whole order.
Let’s say that you did a review on a really cool blender. If a website visitor read your blog post, clicked on your affiliate link, added the blender as well as some books, movies, etc. to the order, you get a percentage of sales on the ENTIRE order (minus shipping, taxes, and other charges discussed in their agreement).
Check out this video by the Deadbeatsuperaffiliate to learn more:
Other affiliate programs for food blog monetization that you should check out:
- Fiverr – Assists people get projects (logos, menus, websites, and more) done for as low as $5
- Clickbank – Supports companies in selling their digital products online
Show your readers relevant ads with Google Adsense
Blogs with thousands of website visitors can make money by placing ads on their websites. Google Adsense provides website owners with a snippet of code that generates ads for website visitors. Google pays the website owner whenever a visitor views an ad or clicks on an ad. The best part is that ads are tailored by Google, to the specific visitor. This means that the ads can provide viewers with tons of value and may help keep them on your website longer.
Many large companies participate in Google Adsense since it can provide them with a lot of advertising revenue.
This short video by Google shows you how Adsense works:
As for food blog monetization on your website, imagine your visitors reading about a certain recipe and then seeing ads that promote utensils they had realized they’d need. While Google Adsense may show ads that don’t have to do with food, they can be tailored to other items that your visitors may have been searching for, such as books. As long as people keep visiting your site, you can make some dough (pun intended).
Leverage your brand for monetization using an online store
As a blogger, you might develop a large base of followers that will listen to you on various topics. These followers may even be interested in buying into your brand. Bloggers with engaged followers can earn money selling their own merchandise.
For example, a food blog can create apparel that focuses on funny phrases that are popular with their followers. With the existence of programs like drop shipping, you don’t even need money to start (see infographic below). Another product that the food blog can sell is a how-to course to teach website visitors how to become a restaurant chef. If the trust is there, then it might be easy to convert visitors to customers. In this example, we’ve easily covered two revenue streams for this food blog. There are many more out there. Ask your visitors what they’d be interested in purchasing.
What do you think about this food blog monetization article? Have you tried any of the 3 ways listed above? Let me know if this has been helpful.