Time To Monetize

When Should I Monetize My Blog To Maximize Blog Earnings?

The question “how should I monetize my blog€ or how do I make money from my blog?”€ is one of the most commonly asked questions about make money blogging. And also one of the topics that have been written on the most in the industry and this post: When And How To Monetize A Blog on Hot Blog Tips is one of such articles; which was written to answer a direct question from Michael.

I read the post and thought it gave a nice general requirement of how to start and grow a blog before monetizing it. The post ended with:

The answer on, How do I make money blogging€ can only be addressed after, €œWhen should I start monetizing my blog?€ is answered.

But actually it’s the other way around.

How do I monetize my blog?

How do I monetize my blog?” is one of the most important questions you should ask yourself before even setting up your blog.

I know if you’re asking the same question you’ve likely already set up your blog with many posts on it which defeats what I am trying to teach here; but I am sure you will still find some tips to put to use right away on your blog. And, even better, you can do things right when you start your next blog.

If you’ve yet to start your blog, this post will help you at least get one thing right when you start your blog.

Online Business Is Business

You see, when you decide you want to start a blog to make money you’re deciding to start a home based business. The fact that it is online doesn’t change it from being a business. Anything you want to start with the intention of generating an income is a business. And to succeed and actually have the venture make you money, you must follow the same process of building a successful business.

If you want to start an offline business when do you decide ‘How‘ you’re going to make money from it? Is it after you start the business or before?

Rob Merlino and Joona Tuunanen put it best in their comments on the article written by David Risley titled: Why The Make Money Blogging Niche Is Broken.

Bloggers who blog about making money blogging” niche has always made me smile just a bit.

The reason is, nobody ever goes beneath the surface. What you need to do first, if you want to make money, is decide how.

– Rob Merlino

But could you imagine a store opening their doors, getting people in and only after that start thinking about what they are going to sell? Unlikely.

– Joona Tuunanen

In fact I couldn’t have put it any better.

Misinformation and Misconceptions

There are so many misconceptions/incomplete information about make money blogging that has greatly prevented many bloggers from making a profit from blogging; and the ones making money it has greatly limited their blogs income potential.

Something like…

‘If you start with the goal of making money blogging then you won’t.€™

But why won’t you? Why do you want to go into a business if your goal is not to make money?

Many misconceptions like this or sometimes incomplete information promoted by the early bloggers and passed down to other bloggers are what is making it difficult for many who start a blog to make money. And the ones who make money can be making much more. And the make money blogging gurus wonder why their products are not having much effect.

You can’t start a business by first testing the waters else you’ve set out to fail already; except if there is no one competing with you.

The resulting effect of these misconceptions and incomplete information is that we now have bloggers who rush to start a blog on basically anything without first carrying out a detailed research on the niche they want to enter to make such it will be profitable for them.

And many bloggers get thousands of visitors each month yet they only make few hundred dollars from their blogs.

Yes, you can start a blog on literally anything; but if you want to make money from blogging then you shouldn’t. There are many interesting topics that don’t have any advertisers, almost meaning products won’t do well too and if products don’t do well, you think consulting will?

Failure to first think of the ‘how‘ do I make money blogging’ before starting has resulted in some bloggers working hard to write and grow their blog traffic only to realize later that there’s hardly any monetization model profitable with their blog’s topic. And when they can’t make money they complain that blogging isn’t the best way to make money online.

Have you ever wondered why it seems the more pro blogging products that are released promising to reveal blogging success secrets the more bloggers are failing with their blogs?

This is so because all these blogging products, even the most expensive ones fail to discuss in detail the basic foundation for successful blogging. They often just brush past the subject.

If your foundation is not strong, no matter how beautiful the building is, it will collapse eventually.

You should know that not all the blogs not making money lack good traffic or an audience.

No matter how well you market and network, if you fail to get the first step to business success right, which is proper planning before-hand (knowing your niche can make you money and determining how you’ll earn) then you’€™ll continue to struggle for success; because what use is your traffic if they’re just there to read for fun? What good is building relationship with related niche bloggers if you can’t convert that somehow to achieving your bottom line?

Take Action

How I see it is, if you want to start a blog to make money then start right and make sure you achieve your goal. If you want to blog for fun by all means do. But don’t sit on the fence and expect to enjoy both worlds while waiting for the big money.

Again I found someone who put this right.

If you think monetizing your site is wonderful, fine.  If you think it’s evil, fine.  But make up your mind before you seriously consider starting down this path.

If you do decide to generate income from your blog, then don’t be shy about it.  If you’re going to put up ads, then really put up ads.  Don’t just stick a puny little ad square in a remote corner somewhere.  If you’re going to request donations, then really request donations.  Don’t put up a barely visible Donate€ link and pray for the best.  If you’re going to sell products, then really sell them.  Create or acquire the best quality products you can, and give your visitors compelling reasons to buy.  If you’re going to do this, then fully commit to it.  Don’t take a half-assed approach.  Either be full-assed or no-assed.

– Steve Pavlina

I couldn’t stop laughing reading that. LOL

I just love posts that are so down to earth like that. It hits hard but that’s how it must be to really help those who want to succeed in this business. Don’t pamper readers in the bid not to scare them. Business is tough; if not everyone will be self employed and rich. So I’m with the group that tells it the way it is and believe that those who want to learn will appreciate me for it, and those who will be scared by it likely doesn’t have what it takes. Thank God there are people who like to hear it the way it is!

The system of make money blogging already creates room for you to have fun. You don’t need to set out to have fun.  To be successful in blogging you must have some interest in your topic which should keep you motivated and make business fun.

Moreover you’re in the business of helping people get solution to a problem. That alone is self fulfilling and fun. I get a thank you message from a reader and I feel fulfilled.

Honestly to be able to write content that add value to lives and make money while doing that is a real blessing.

And planning for your business allows you to do this properly since you’ll be able to better target your audience and make sure the posts you write and resources you provide (which are monetization models for you) are targeted only to their needs therefore ensuring they get all the help that they need and you convert better and maximize your blog income.

I read from a mentor that the minimum acceptable return for your traffic if you’re trying to build a business is a 1:1 ratio. That is if you’re getting 1,000/day visitors you should at least be earning $1,000/month. If you’re not then you’re under monetizing your blog.

I know you might have heard many times that a blog is not a business. While I agree that a blog in itself can’t make a real business, your desire to start a blog to make money makes it a business venture; directly (through blog advertisements) and indirectly (through products and services) your blog is a business.

And to start a business to succeed especially to maximize profit there are several questions you must ask and have clear answers to before deciding whether a niche is viable for you to start a blog on; and one of those important questions is:

Can this niche be monetized in at least 3 profitable ways?

Monetization is something that grows as your blog grows. As a blog grows it often opens doors for monetization models you’d never thought of. So you likely can’t pin down all the monetization models of a blog before you start.

But the point here is that you want to be sure of at least 3 ways you’ll like to monetize the blog and make sure the topic you’ve decided to blog about is profitable with those monetization models.

It’s like in offline business, most times the business starts with just one offer and then expand later; sometimes into areas it never planned going into. But it definitely had a plan what to offer as it opened for business. And the success of the first business often leads to other business areas.

Forget About Internet Business. It’€™s Just Business.

– David Risley

Having a clear plan how you want to make money from a blog doesn’t prevent you from making money. On the contrary, it helps you structure the way you deliver your blog content to ensure you achieve your financial goal for the blog; and prevent you from regrets such as the one below.

I am so sick of it all I could puke.  I have worked my fanny off, provided tons of good, free content, and at most, I made enough $ to barely survive and pay rent.  And I did better than most people out there, but my banker would still tell me I have failed!  The banker is right.  I often feel like I have ruined my life because I got into internet marketing and believed it could really work.

– Lorraine Grul

If your goal is to make a full time income from your blog then make sure your blog topic is profitable with some high income monetization models.

When you’re brainstorming for a blog topic, also be thinking alongside it possible monetization models. I plan to start working on my second authority site by December. It’s still some months away but I already know of at least 3 high income monetization models that will do well for the topic even without much research yet.

So to make money blogging and to maximize your blog income, you need to start thinking of monetization as you’re brainstorming for which topic to blog about. Then when your blog is ready for monetization, all you do is just implement them. Not wait till your blog is getting good traffic before you start to wonder about How Should I Monetize My Blog?

Let’s talk more in the comment section.


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  1. Thank you Karo, Thanks for this important post.

    I’ll be the first to admit there’s no point in building traffic to a dead or over-saturated niche. I started a niche blog about Government Appliance Rebates at the perfect time and made thousands of dollars from very little work. The same thing with the Cash For Clunkers program, there was money to be made and I grabbed my share. Then…

    I was able to secure HighspeedRailNetwork.com just before the national effort took off. Great domain name right? So why is it sitting there unranked and idle? There’s no retail product to offer. AdSense won’t even work with it.

    That should have been my first question, how will I profit from it?

    What products will I offer?
    Is there a market for those products?
    How much competition is there?
    How much investment is required, both in time and money?

  2. Lewis LaLanne says

    I too am fond of the Pavlina approach.

    I don’t know if I missed it or not but one of the benefits of full frontal monetizing right from the start is that you won’t experience the blow back you would had you nurtured an audience for months or years on just pure content and then *GASP* you offered them something to buy.

    What monetizing up front also does is it keeps the people who opposed to investing both time and money into improving their situation in life, off your list in the first place.

    I mean, who cares how big of a list of subscribers/emails you’ve got if you want to monetize their eyeballs and you can’t without fear of the crowd rioting on you?

    One of the most important life lessons I’ve ever learned is that you teach people how to treat you. If people would take this into consideration when starting a blog as you recommend here they wouldn’t even have to ask the “when” question at all. Thank you for reminding me of such an important lesson. 🙂

    • You’re welcome Lewis and thanks so much for your input.

      Yes I agree sometimes it’s best to start monetizing very early so that your visitors get used to it than just letting them think all you’re all about is free that they eventually want to riot when you get monetizing.

      I think it’s not nearly as important though when you choose to monetize your blog as it is making sure that your topic can be monetized in the first place. As long as you’re sure it can be monetized and you’re sure what monetization models will be profitable with it, then anytime you monetize whether very early or later you’ll be sure of making money IF you already have some traffic.

      I usually encourage monetizing when you start to get between 150-300/day visitors. But as long as you don’t allow yourself to get distracted by it and expect to make money when you don’t have any traffic then you can start monetizing your blog as early as when you set up your blog.

      However it’s best to wait to start getting some traffic first.

      Talking about attracting freebie seekers to your list. I think that’s our own fault. We use it so much to tempt them into our list that most of them now expect everything to be free forgetting that we have expenses to pay.

      I am trying to push away some of those types of people now. For example I used to offer a freebie for signup. I noticed I was getting lots of unsubscribes. It was like they were opting out immediately they’ve downloaded my ebook.

      So now for my newsletter sign up I have removed the freebie and offered it for download without opt-in. And I emphasized on my newsletter page that they should only subscribe IF they wish to get exclusive updates from me. I don’t promote anything really to my list though. But I think people who would subscribe to get a download then opt out immediately without even given you a chance are the same people that wouldn’t open your newsletters. So what’s the point?

      I’ll rather have a list of 100 serious minded people than have a list of 1000 cold subscribers.

  3. Wow Brian, Nice work I love the neat formatting!

    It’s my pleasure really to be given the opportunity here to share my ideas. And thank you for not breaking the article into two parts. I guess this must be the longest article here, well you know how I am already 🙂

    Yes Brian I agree. An over saturated niche is tough really to succeed in. It’s like having to work 5 times harder and even at that you’ll still be hardly able to maximize your blog income.

    Even though I have a strong desire to clear up the misconceptions about make money blogging and guide beginners right on how to blog to really make money (which is what keeps me going) it’s been a real challenge for me in this blogging niche. I know with lesser effort in another niche I would be doing far better.

    That is why whenever there’s an opportunity for it I often beg beginners not to start a blog on blogging. It’s just too saturated now and to be honest even though I know I don’t write generic content it’s still not a good feeling knowing I am writing on a topic several thousands of blogs are writing on too.

    Again you’re right about your HighspeedRailNetwork.com blog. That should have been the first question. But I think most of us sometimes get sentimental when choosing a blog topic. That we are quick to act before thinking about whether or not the topic will be able to make us money.

    But the important thing is there’s always room for improvement. No venture is really a waste of time because even though we don’t succeed we get to learn and can benefit more later as a result of what we’ve learned.

  4. Rashmi Sinha says

    Some people are blogging for fun, other do it for money. I think it is very healthy to do it for both. Thanks for this great post, lots of great tips!

    • Hello Rashmi,
      I am not so much agree with you that blogging is for fun,can you tell me this time is for fun and how can you say that some do this for fun.it firstly relates with passion.then come money but One can monetize itself if he/she completed dedicated for dream…..

    • Rashmi yes different people have different goals for blogging as you’ll see here https://hotblogtips.com/blogging-to-quit-your-day-job . It’s great if you can do both without sacrificing the business aspect. But what’s common is that people sacrifice the business aspect of blogging when trying to blog for fun. So I always advice that a blogger be sure of he or she goal for blogging. If you want to make money blogging, then make sure you plan your blogging in a way that you achieve your goal. And if you want to blog for fun then do so but don’t miss business with pleasure else you’ll not completely achieve neither of your objectives.

      My understanding of blogging for money and for fun at the same time is very different from how many people in the blogosphere understand it.

      For me blogging for fun and money means picking a topic you’re good at so that work becomes fun. It has nothing to do with the way you blog. Just that you blog about something you love or at least that interests you so that writing regularly doesn’t become a burden on you.

      I’m glad Rashmi that you appreciate the post and I hope you put the tips to you.

  5. Some for my blog sites are making money now. Your tips are great for beginngers. I think a blog site that wants to make money must focus on two aspects: a steady amount of traffic and PR3+. Traffic and links are what people want from you. When a blog site peforms good in traffic and links, it’s good enough to monetize the blog.

    • Morris are you sure all that a site needs is traffic? I can pick out some sites that have great traffic but not making any significant income. Some don’t make any income at all.

      Just because you write interestingly or people come to your blog to read your content doesn’t mean you can monetize the content. It’s one thing to monetize a blog it’s another for you to actually earn through those monetization models. So for more people to finally start making money blogging we have to start paying more attention to the basics of making money blogging else nothing will change no matter how hard we try. There will continue to be much more people not making money blogging even after putting much effort.

  6. Great information!
    I agree with the author that the blog can make money on if it is monetized for the same purpose. Some people blog only for money and those quit blogging as they can’t earn during the beginning. If we are with an aim to earn good through blog, patience is important. And mostly the topic selected must be interested globally. It may drive huge traffic and thus sponsors and thus money.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Ajay for your comment. I wish I understand what you meant with your first sentence though. But anyway when you decide to blog you must recognize that blogging for money is somewhat based on the principle of help and be helped. You need to first patiently help others (your blog visitors) before expecting to be helped, that is have your visitors make you money. This requires patience just like every business venture does.

      Hmmm… mostly a topic must have a global audience to do well? Is that what you mean? I hope not, because some if not most of the sites that do really well are sites that are very targeted to a country or state even. But it’s better not to limit your type of audience to much. That is if a niche is too tight the income potential of the site will likely be very tight.

      Take note though that people only buy advertisement from a blog or sponsor a blog because they are sure the visitors of such blogs will be interested in what they offer. When sponsors don’t get value for their money they will not continue their business relationship with you. So it still comes down to the basics. The only way to guarantee that after you start getting good traffic you can get sponsors and give them satisfaction for their money is if you do a proper research of the market you’re going into and be sure there are advertisers for your market before going ahead with the topic.

  7. I’ve already been a huge supporter of having ads right away. I don’t like pop up ads or too many ads but I think it’s beneficial to start monetizing when you initially create your blog. When you have a blog and a group of readers on your site that are used to an add free environment you can potentially lose readers when you do add the advertisements.

    • The article is not about when is it right to monetize. However I see that as a personal decision. Though from my experience it is very distracting to monetize when you have less than 100 visitors. I remember when I was getting only 20 visitors or so to my first blog and went ahead to monetize with adsense. I was always checking my adsense account everyday expecting to see money there. And it always sucks my enthusiasm when I find $00.00 in my account.

      So except you use a static website where you have to rebuild your pages when you want to add advertisements I’ll say wait for some traffic, at least 100/day before monetizing your blog. I mean less than that will hardly make you any money anyway. So what’s the rush.

      • This makes a lot of sense. I don’t have any revenue-generating ads on my blog (well, there are ads, but they’re not revenue-generating, LOL). Partially because my traffic is not substantial enough. I’ve seen a lot of newbie bloggers who want to monetize their blogs right off the bat. Good thing there are more experienced bloggers like yourself who are always ready with a dose or two of good advice.

    • I use the same technique when launching a blog. Incorporate the ads (tastefully and within reason) into the blog design from the start.

      1. Visitors are accustomed to seeing your ads right from the start. No risk of losing them when ads appear later on in a sites life.

      2. No need to adjust your theme later on when you decide it’s time to start showing ads. I find by building the ads into my theme at the same time as I’m doing all the other tweaks it just easier.

      Great article too. I’m going to have to reread it a couple of times to make sure I get it all.

      • Yeah it makes sense Steve though I wonder why many of you are talking about when to monetize when that is not what the article is about. The title is misleading I know and if you don’t read the article word for word you will likely miss the real message the article is passing across.

        So I think it’s a good idea Steve that you re-read the article because it pointed out a serious basic information vital to making money blogging than something as simple as when to monetize a blog. Honestly to me the topic when to monetize a blog shouldn’t even be discussed as a topic because it really has no effect on whether or not you make money from your blog and I often don’t like discussing topics that are not important to an end result.

        When to monetize a blog is really a personal discussion, whatever you feel comfortable with and seem easier for you. As long as you don’t expect to earn when you monetize a blog with zero traffic.

  8. The question is really right! When do you start monetizing your blog, before you know how to make money from the blog. Both should be learnt before you start blogging.

    The post is literally elaborate and would have loved to read in full if time permits. But what is the bottom line? How can I do SEO without putting a penny in risk? What about non-native English readers ? How can they start earning just like their Western partners ?

    • Thanks Karri for your comment. I understand the post is long, but you could bookmark it and come back to complete it.

      One advice I’ll quickly give you if you really want to learn how to make money blogging is be patient to learn. Make out the time. I also think lack of the patience to learn is what is really affecting many bloggers. They want to learn but will rather scan a post. They’re often too quick to move on to something else not knowing what they’re rushing off to find might just be found in the post they’ve scanned.

      Anyway I wouldn’t even advice you to spend a penny on a product promising to teach you SEO right now even if you can afford it because there seem to be a lot of speculation about that topic right now with the recent activities of Google.

      But the basics still remains the same for white hat SEO. Search engine optimization actually starts from your choice of topic and your topic market research. Are people searching for the topic you want to blog about or not. Does it have even content depth to keep the blog updated? This is the beginning of SEO. As you can’t possibly optimize a blog’s topic that has no searchers.

      I recommend you take the 10 days free blogging course and complete it you’ll get a better understanding then.

      You can still use the usual blog monetization methods to monetize a non–English site. Like there might be non-English sites willing to advertise on your site. You can also write an ebook in your language to sell. Or look for sponsors offline to sponsor your blog. And also offer your services to your readers. Same rules applies for English and non-English sites.

  9. Monetizing the blog is only worth if the blog you own has lots of traffic and you have something unique to provide.Unless making money out of the dead blog can not be successful.First it should be done if you are passionate about blogging,if you are not then making money is not that easy.

    • Yeah I agree but you have to be sure too that when it does get traffic it can be monetized. Why sweat in vain?

      Hmmm… Is anyone really passionate about blogging? Is there any of us that will still put the same zeal into our blogs if we know there’s a shortcut to achieving same success that blogging offers? I doubt it. But I know what you mean.

      What we really need to be passionate about is improving our lifestyles. Honestly there are many times I wish I don’t have to write so often especially do promotions. I almost hate selling to people. But I do these things regardless of my feelings about them because I love the lifestyle blogging can afford me.

      The ability to work from home, for my business to be opened 24/7 without me needing to be there 24/7, to spend time with my kids and family, the ability to manage my time anyhow I want. Work when I can, or decide to sleep all day or just relax if I don’t feel up to working without fear of someone shouting on me the next day when I resume work.

      This is the life I dream about and I know working online makes that possible and blogging or building authority site is the best way to build a long time income online. This is why I do blogging and it is what really drives me and what I am passionate about.

      I love time and financial freedom. I know what to do to get it. I might not like some of the activities associated with the business but because I’m passionate about living a life of freedom I am willing to commit. This passion drives through what I do that it seems I am passionate about blogging.

      However it’s also help that blogging allows you to really help people. That in itself is fulfilling. Once you find a topic that interests you and you have the sincere desire to help people then you can do well in blogging.

  10. Everyone wants to monetize their blog and get maximum revenue from their blog but its not that much easy.Its very important to know when should anyone monetize his/ her blog. And author you provided such a great tips and this great article for monetizing any blog in effective way.

    • Thank you Md.

      Though I wouldn’t say it’s important to know the ‘WHEN’. Honestly when you choose to monetize your blog has no real bearing to whether or not you make money from your blog.

  11. Personally I think there are 2 types of bloggers, those that just do it for the money as they heard you “can get rich quick” with it and when they find it doesn’t happen onernight, they abandon everything and then there’s those who love writing, it’s there passion and are the lucky ones who are doing a job they love and when the money comes rolling in then it’s just an added bonus.

  12. come rimanere incinta says

    The question is really right! When do you start monetizing your blog, before you know how to make money from the blog. Both should be learnt before you start blogging.

    The post is literally elaborate and would have loved to read in full if time permits. But what is the bottom line? How can I do SEO without putting a penny in risk? What about non-native English readers ? How can they start earning just like their Western partners ?

  13. When it comes to monetizing a blog, only three things come into mind and they are: Firstly sell space on the blog to advertisers, secondly work as a freelancer under a prefered niche and lastly turn the blog into a sales page or offer products on sale. All of these offer good income.

  14. First of all nice post, Second “Rob Merlino’s quotation is really amazing.I saw so many bloggers blog on Make money online niche to make money online 😀 its too funny.

    • Yeah I thought so too!

      I agree too it’s funny considering that many of them have basically no experience yet and no money and they want to teach others how to make money. And then they wonder why they don’t make any money from their blogs.

  15. I think lack of the patience to learn is what is really affecting many bloggers. They want to learn but will rather scan a post. They’re often too quick to move on to something else. Its not easy money in blogging, we need patience without it chances of survival is very minute.

  16. Great article Karo, This is what I’ve been searching for most big blogs to find the perfect answer on how to monetize a blog and when is the right time to monetize and place ads on my blog.

    I think we should not monetize it from start. After writing some quality posts and getting some traffic than we should try to monetize it.

    • Thanks Ehsan, I am really glad you read it and find it helpful.

      Yeah I agree too. Monetizing without much content and visitors will earn us nothing anyway.

  17. I agree with your point in this article.

    A blog is business and should be treated that way from the beginning.

    You need to start making some money so you can grow your blog and use the funds that way.

    Nothing wrong with that.

    Excellent article.

  18. I have a question which does not discuss the topic but all in all its a valid question. When did you start getting 1k visitors

  19. Hello George,

    I really don’t know how that relates to anything. But to answer your question, I assume you mean 1k/daily visitors right?

    If that’s what you mean I don’t yet get up to 1k/day visitors especially not after Penguin update. Google Penguin update took away over 50% of my traffic. Even though up till now I can’t find anything relating to Penguin that my site was guilty of.

    I hate social media marketing really. And search engine optimization has been my only blog marketing technique, so I felt the impact of Penguin hard. So it’s a lesson learned so now I am forcing myself to break away from depending solely on search traffic.

  20. Hello Karo. I came across your post via Blog Engage. and your post caught my attention because it’s related to my contest piece “How I Earned $1,700 Online for One Day, Tips for Newbie Bloggers.”

    I like your post because it’s comprehensive and very candid. I totally agree with what you said that one has to create a plan first before starting a site, and determine what one’s goal is.

    If you don’t have a plan, then you’d be sailing aimlessly without a definite destination. That would waste your time and consequently,money. I started that way, LOL, and it was an arduous journey, even now.

    It’s also true that having traffic and not earning from this traffic indicates something must be wrong with your procedure.

    Thanks for an enlightening post.

    • Thanks JenaIsle,

      There’s hardly anyone that gets it right at the beginning. But that’s one of the advantages of blogging too because it’s a journey of continuous learning. And as long as you’re not afraid to ask questions and don’t stop learning, you’ll eventually get things right and progress with your blog eventually making money from your blog.

  21. In order to make money from your blog, you should first see to it that your blog is popular enough and known to people who also visit it regularly and leave their comments, as well as subscribe to the blog. Writing guest posts and freelancing also helps earning a good amount of money.

  22. A great post. I completely agree that we should plan monetization before even starting anything. I know many people who (even though they created great content and generated a lot of traffic) failed miserably mainly due to poor planning of how to monetize them sites. I think it should be the very first step!

    • Thanks Dave for your comment.

      And yes there are just too many bloggers with great content and even traffic but hardly making any money. It’s why many have concluded they can’t make money from blogging. But that’s not true at all. They can and for them and new bloggers to start a blog and actually make money we have to go back to the basics and address the fundamentals of make money blogging.

  23. When I first created a blog site it was just for fun and when times goes by I found out that an individual like me can earn through blogging and I want to earn to pay for hosting and domain of my blog site. I also want some extra cash for my savings with my blog site. Your post is a good source of information on when should I monetize my blog.

  24. Astro Gremlin says

    I started monetizing immediately and glad I did. No, I haven’t made a ton of money, but I’ve learned a bit about what works and what doesn’t. Still learning!

  25. rimanere incinta says

    The question is really right! When do you start monetizing your blog, before you know how to make money from the blog. Both should be learnt before you start blogging.

    The post is literally elaborate and would have loved to read in full if time permits. But what is the bottom line? How can I do SEO without putting a penny in risk? What about non-native English readers ? How can they start earning just like their Western partners ?

  26. Thanks for your very detailed article Karo. In my opinion, anyone wishing to monetize his/her blog should consider that people nowadays give very little attention to banners and sidebar ads. The monetization should be done from inside of the content with affiliate links for better results.

  27. I don’t know if I missed it or not but one of the benefits of full frontal monetizing right from the start is that you won’t experience the blow back you would had you nurtured an audience for months or years on just pure content and then *GASP* you offered them something to buy.

    What monetizing up front also does is it keeps the people who opposed to investing both time and money into improving their situation in life, off your list in the first place.

    I mean, who cares how big of a list of subscribers/emails you’ve got if you want to monetize their eyeballs and you can’t without fear of the crowd rioting on you

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