How to Monetize WordPress Blogs (Self Hosted only)

As bloggers we have various options we can use to monetize our blogs. We can use advertising networks to run ads, and we can also make money without running ads on our blogs. However, making money without an advertisement program is quite difficult and requires hard work.

Monetize WordPress Blogs

When you use an ad network, making money from your WordPress blogs gets easier. In this post I will share with you a list of advertisement networks that you can use to monetize your self-hosted WordPress blog.

Some of these ad networks have certain limitations in terms of traffic/month and minimum payouts, and I will add all of those details in their descriptions.  Bear in mind that there are hundreds of ad networks, and I am adding only those which I have personally used, and with which I have had a good experience.

Ad networks to make money from self- hosted WordPress websites:

Google AdSense:

Google AdSense is the first ad network which I would recommend to any blogger, as it offers quality ads, and it pays well.

AdSense is a contextual ad network, and all you need to do is create an AdSense account, get AdSense ad codes for your blog, and add it to your blog.

The minimum payout is $100, and getting an AdSense approval is a little tougher than with other ad networks. AdSense prefers blogs with quality, and they have quality and content guidelines that you need to follow. They don’t accept websites in the Warez, Adult or hacking niches.

What I like best about AdSense is that it gives you peace of mind with a recurring income.

Related resources for understanding AdSense better:

Media.net:

This is another popular contextual ad network that you can use to monetize your blog. Their acceptance criteria are liberal than AdSense and implementation is easy. Once you have an approved account, all you need to do is generate the ad code and place it on your blog using any popular ad plugin or by editing the theme.

Sign up for media.net

Affiliate marketing:

In 2019, Affiliate marketing is the most popular way among bloggers to make serious money from there blog. I have a detailed guide on What is affiliate marketing here which will help you understand everything about it.

Here are some of the popular Affiliate networks that you can join right now and find products to promote.

This is the best blog monetization technique that you should start using right away. If you wanna level up your game, you can also find recurring affiliate program which helps you earn money every month for the rest of your life.

Here is a detailed book to learn everything about affiliate marketing.

BuySellAds:

BuySellads Make money

I have used BuySellAds for more than three years, and they offer one of the best ways to get direct advertisements for your blog. BuySellAds is a marketplace which connect bloggers to advertisers. Using BuySellAds is quite simple: You register for an account, add ad inventory on BuySellAds, grab a code, and place it on your blog. An advertiser can then click on the blank placeholder, and buy the ad. BuySellAds will take care of payment and ad serving, and takes 25% of the commission in return.

Since the quality of ads via BuySellAds is quite good and you don’t have to work a lot to get direct advertisements, this is a network worth trying.  You should be aware that getting an approved BuySellAds account is not that easy, as they focus a lot on the quality and design of your blog.

Overall, BuySellAds is an ad network for the quality WordPress blogger. They also offer a sponsored tweets feature, which will allow you to make additional money from your Twitter network. They also have a WordPress plugin which you can use to quickly integrate BuySellAds on your blog.

  • Minimum Payout: $20 for PayPal, $500 for wire transfer.
  • Payment mode: PayPal, wire transfer, bank check
  • Sign up for BuySellAds

Related source for BuySellAds:

Viglink:

 

Viglink has become my favorite ad network, as it has the potential to increase your blog’s revenue by a considerable percentage. Moreover, Viglink works in a very different way, and it will allow you to make money from your outbound links. Unlike other ad networks, Viglink offers a very friendly user experience.  Especially if you find it difficult to work with affiliate networks, Viglink should be your first choice. I have tried and tested it on a fashion blog, and the result was great. You can use Viglink along with AdSense or any other ad network.

Even if you are monetizing your WordPress blog with other ad networks, I suggest you try Viglink for a week, and I suspect that you will not be disappointed. You can quickly integrate Viglink with your WordPress blog by using this official plugin.

Related resources:

These are just a few of the many ad networks which you can use to make money from your WordPress blog. Apart from advertising, there are various other techniques and programs that can be used for the purpose of making money from your blogs, such as affiliate marketing, sponsored reviews, and selling eBooks.

For now, if you have not yet started making money from your WordPress blog, you can use any of the above monetization ad networks to quickly place ads on your blog, and let the money begin to flow for you.

If you are using other ad networks to earn from your blog, do let me know via the comments section below.  Be sure to give details such as payment modes and information related to how well your advertising networks are performing for you.

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