Monetizing Your Content For Newbies

How To Make Money From Your Blog, Youtube, or Social Media Accounts

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Once you get into content creating, it can be frustrating figuring out how to get monetized. Many affiliate programs out there require a high amount of traffic or subscribers to get monetized. If you have received a few denials in the past, don’t get discouraged! It can be annoying because you want to start making money but, you aren’t getting rejected because they don’t like your content. Here are a few reasons you’ll get denied if you’re new to content creating:
  • Little to no traffic: If you’re new, chances are you haven’t built a strong fan base or following yet. That’s okay it will come in time. The purpose of affiliate programs is to pull in extra customers and sales. If you don’t have traffic, how can you convert sales? Once you gain a few views, just try applying again!
  • Lack of content: If you don’t have enough content, it’s like walking into an empty store! There’s nothing to buy and you walk right out. Due to a high rise of scammers out there, these affiliate programs have to verify that you are a legit content creator. They have to make sure you aren’t wasting their time and will use the affiliate links properly.
  • False claims: You can’t post things on your site saying, “Click here to win $1,000” or “Earn $500 Now! Learn more.”. It’s considered click-bait. While Youtube is different when it comes to click-bait (many people make crazy thumbnails to get you to click), it makes it hard to get approved when you’re creating web content. Companies want honest affiliates, they won’t risk working with someone who will give their company or product a bad name.
  • Rated E for Everybody: You can’t have an extensive amount of gore, violence, harsh language, or adult content. When you apply for an affiliate program, you don’t want the person reviewing your application clutching their pearls. There are ways to monetize those types of sites, but, since I don’t own any adult friendly sites, I can’t tell you how to do that.
  • Country: Make sure the affiliate program you are applying for is available in your country!
I know that at first glance, it may seem like an uphill battle getting your content monetized. However, there are plenty of beginner-friendly ways to start earning money from blogging, Youtube, niche sites, and social media. If you’re new to making content, how do you earn money online?
 
Here are the best ways to start gaining momentum: (I mentioned a few of these in my last post.)
 

Google Adsense

Like I’ve mentioned before in my last post, Adsense is a way to monetize your content through posting ads on your site. I recommend Adsense for beginners because you don’t have to spend extra time grabbing affiliate links, you only need traffic.
 
Requirements for Adsense are different for bloggers/web creators and Youtube creators.
 
For bloggers/web creators, here are the minimum requirements:
  • You need your own site – obviously. You can’t sign up without one. Why? You’ll receive a code that needs to be added to the header of your site to verify domain ownership.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must comply with their program policies. The policy mentions that you cannot encourage ad clicking or other deceptive methods of gaining clicks, you can’t monetize copyrighted material, you can’t post content that promotes illegal activity, and your content has to be friendly to the general public. Read more here: Adsense Program Policy
  • In some cases, you site may have to be at least 6 months old before it will be considered for approval through Google Adsense. Even if your site isn’t 6 months old, apply anyway. Mine wasn’t 6 months old when I finally received approval.
  • You have to add disclosures. Cookies are typically used to collect and track data to help run ads efficiently. What does this mean for you? You’ll need to add a privacy policy. Google provides tips on what needs to be included here: Content Policies
Youtube requirements:
  • Reach 4,000 watch hours
  • Have at least 1,000 subscribers
Once again, restrictions are in place to eliminate scammers and placing ads on poor quality channels.
 
It’s important to read the full requirements before signing up.
 
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Affiliate Links

Affiliate links allow you to earn a commission for every sale made from a product or service you recommend. For beginners, the best way to integrate affiliate links would be in product reviews and tutorials. It’s not hard to sell a product if you personally use it and love it. Where do you get affiliate links? By joining affiliate programs.
 
How do you find affiliate programs? Here are a few methods:
  • You can find links to affiliate programs in the footer of most company websites.
  • Google. Search “Company Name + Affiliate Program”
  • Join an affiliate network!
The best affiliate networks to join for beginners are:
 
It’s easy to get confused when you’re signing up for affiliate programs! Remember that you are signing up to be a publisher and not an advertiser. An advertiser is a company with the product and the publisher is the person that will promote it.
  • Amazon Associates: Amazon Associates is perfect for beginners because their is only one approval process. If you own a niche based site or blog, you NEED to join Amazon Associates. You can find millions of products to promote and Amazon is already a well known and trusted brand. It’s easy to sign up and you’ll have access to product links, banners, or integrate native ads to add to your site.
  • eBay Partner Network: Similar to Amazon Associates, there are tons of products available for you to promote and, the sign-up process is quick!
  • Clickbank: Clickbank is one of the easier networks to sign up with because you don’t need any additional approvals to start finding affiliate products to promote.
  • FlexOffers: When I first started looking for affiliate programs to join, the majority of my approvals came from FlexOffers. There are plenty of big brands associated with them and, excellent commission opportunities available. While you do have to apply to each program individually, I had most of my success with the FlexOffers network as a newbie. Even if you get denied, don’t give up. Simply wait a bit, add some more content, and just apply again.
 
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Sponsored Post

There are plenty of small brands and local businesses out there looking for exposure. You can try to sell ad space on your site or offer to do a review for them in exchange for a few dollars. Don’t be afraid to email a few companies! Let them know that you own a blog or website and that you’d love to do a review of their product. You may be able to receive the product or a sample for free in exchange for a review.
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Paid Courses + Ebooks

If you’ve chosen a niche, it’s because it’s something you’re passionate about and you’re experienced in it. There are others out there that share the same passion but, they may not be as experienced as you are. Create an eBook or offer paid courses to teach others what you know. You can create an online makeup course, a recipe eBook, a fishing eBook, and much more.
 
 
The number 1 thing to keep in mind when you are entering the realms of earning money online, is to be patient! There are so many people out there that claim to be an overnight success story. That’s a heavy expectation and, the reality is – it takes work, patience, and consistency!
 
Good luck!
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