Monetize Your Blog

How To Monetize Your Blog Using Free WordPress Plugins

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You may have just started a new blog or thinking about doing so. If your goal with your blog is to hopefully monetize your blog someday, you need to implement it as soon as possible. I currently only use ads and affiliate marketing to monetize off of my blog but it is still fairly new. I hope to soon add a ‘Work With Me’ section where I have a list of services that I offer, a product to sell such as stock photos or a printable and sponsored posts. But until then we can only take it one step at a time. Until then I have implemented affiliate links and ads into my blog easily and seamlessly using plugins. These plugins have helped me make $20.00 my first month of blogging. I think that is pretty darn good for just starting out and only using ads and affiliate marketing as my only income points at this time.

And now coming near the end of my 2nd month of blogging, I have made a little over $150 dollars from ads and affiliate links alone!

I want to make something clear: ads and affiliate marketing are not the only ways to make money with your blog. However, I feel like just starting out these are effective ways to get the ball rolling.

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Here are some free blogging resources that have helped me on my blogging journey. Maybe they can help you too?

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The easiest way to start monetizing your blog passively is through ads and affiliate links, where you don’t really get into any of the dirty work yet. Plugins are great for setting and forgetting. If you are not familiar with affiliate links, I suggest you sign up for AWIN or ShareASale where you can search for advertisers, ask to join their program, and grab their links to include on your site/blog.

Monetize Your Blog With FREE WordPress Plugins!

Here are the best FREE WordPress plugins to easily monetize your blog.

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Shareaholic

I use Shareaholic on my site and throughout my blog. Shareaholic is great for boosting your blog through easy sharing but also offers options to monetize through placing ads underneath your content. Once I found out about this plugin, I could not resist. I have had it installed for about 3 weeks and already made $7 dollars from it. Keep in mind I do not have the highest blog traffic like others who have been blogging for years and have built a following. So I am not complaining about that $7 profit, it actually surprised me! You can download and install the plugin and it will direct you for where to go to sign up for Shareaholic, and you are set to go.

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Infolinks

I tested out Infolinks for a couple days. I liked how I randomly made at least 30 cents every day for the ads to just be there. However, the ads and links for infolinks are hard to control. You can pick what you enable on your blog through the plugin or through the infolinks site itself but I still was getting ads in places I did NOT want them. So I decided to forget about this one if it were to ruin the user’s experience. I say try it out and see if it works for you, even if it didn’t for me. You might earn a little extra with this one. You have to sign up for Infolinks through their site, install the plugin, then just input the API on the plugin (provided to you from the Infolinks site) and plug and play from there. Be weary with this one…it can tend to be ‘spammy’ and dangerous. You’ve been warned!

Viglink

Viglink is an outbound traffic monetization service for publishers, forums, and bloggers. They special in in-text advertising and marketing. When Viglink sees URLs that haven’t been linked, they will link them for you. You can opt for them to override links that are already affiliated, however, I have not tried that feature out. I keep all my originally affiliated links with the original program. Anyhow, all you have to do is go to Viglink’s site and sign up. Afterward, download and install the plugin and enter your Viglink API (provided to you by the Viglink site). And they do the rest FOR you :).

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AdRotate

If you want control over your ad’s placement, style and experience, I highly recommend AdRotate. With AdRotate you can easily place advertising banners pretty much anywhere on your site while managing almost everything from the easy to use dashboard. No fussing with your theme’s code if you don’t want to.
Create your own adverts with basic HTML/Javascript code or use adverts from your favorite Ad Server such as DFP, AdSense, Chitika, Doubleclick, JuiceAds and many similar services. All you have to do is download and install the plugin and you are ready to go.

Seamless Donations

You can ask for donations on your blog from your users that found the information helpful.  Enables you to quickly set up donations via PayPal including repeat contributions. Comes with tracking, thank you emails and additional features.I have yet to have the guts to enable this one because I am weary about asking for donations…this is not a charity but I love all the help I can get.

ThirstyAffiliates

If you are not the most tech savvy of people or you just like to stay organized, this plugin might be worth checking out. ThirstyAffiliates offers a way to manage your affiliate links in one place and assists with inserting them into your content. It also provides link shortening, cloaking and many more features. Collect, collate and store your affiliate links for use in your posts and pages. No sign up required, just download and install the plugin.

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Amazon Link Engine

This plugin will make Amazon affiliate links international so that they work in every local Amazon store. This way if you have site visitors from more than one country, you will still get credit if they use your local Amazon affiliate link. You must download, install, and sign up for the plugin to work. You download and install the plugin here, sign up here, and then enter your API and watch magic happen.

Pretty Link

Pretty link makes your affiliate links not look all long, nasty, and random. They make them look pretty and apart of your site. For example, they would convert this link structure https://www.siteground.com/index.htm?afcode=96dc8f56125441a6facce995a04022c8 into this https://iliketodabble.com/siteground . This way your users trust what they are clicking and overall makes your site more trustworthy. I recently installed pretty links and even though it has been time-consuming to implement with all of the affiliate links I plan on using and fixing my old posts affiliate links (still a work in progress), I already love this plugin!

Check out Pretty link pro where you get even more options, so you can get the most out of your affiliate links!

Get started with some affiliate networks to use the plugins with!

Awin

Shareasale

 

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43 comments
  1. I’m forever jealous of people on wordpress who can use these brilliant plugins that make their lives just so much easier! I refuse to give up on blogger just because I think that blogs can be run on any platform and am kinda trying to prove the point but man, WORDPRESS haha! x

  2. Too bad you can’t have more control over Infolinks, that sounded like something I would have wanted to try. I have Shareaholic, but haven’t enabled the monetization feature. Maybe I should give it a spin. I might have to try out Vigilinks…and Pretty Links.

  3. Thank you, i am going to refer back to this when i am ready to try make money on my blog

  4. Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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