While blogs initially started out as an avenue by which people can share their opinion on various subjects, a number of ways to make money online from them have evolved over the years as well. Of course blogs are still a viable and effective means to get your thoughts for the whole world to read, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make money online from your blog at the same time as well.

One of the most effective ways to do just that is by selling advertising space. This is by far the most common way to make money online with a blog. If by a stroke of luck or virtue of your hard work (both scenarios have resulted in their own share of success stories) your blog becomes popular or well regarded in its particular niche, many advertisers will be happy to pay for the privilege of having their ads placed somewhere on your blog.

Blogs that are less known can avail of the services offered by Google’s AdSense or BlogAds in order to establish ad programs. AdSense is the overwhelmingly popular choice among many bloggers, and it allows you select several ads that are relevant with the content that is hosted on your blog. The money that you receive from AdSense is based on how many visitors click on the ads on your blog site. A further benefit to AdSense is that it is totally free to use.

In contrast, BlogAds connects bloggers with potential advertisers and receives a commission in exchange for any ad placements that come about as a result. One of the main advantages of BlogAds compared to other similar services is that their ads are fairly unobtrusive.

One other way to make money off your blog is by promoting the products of other companies. This is commonly done through an affiliate program that in essence allows your blog to function as a link between your readers and the online sites that you are affiliated with that offer various products and services. A popular example is Amazon.com. If you sign up for an affiliate program with Amazon.com, mentioning a book that they carry, or including a review of it in your blog allows your readers to visit their web site directly from your site. You will then make money online if that visit results in a sale for Amazon.com.

Source by Huey Lee