Have you ever considered that if the blog that you own and put so much heart and soul into is not being monetised, you’re actually losing money? Monetisation is something that many people who run blogs sometimes forget to actually look into, usually be because they don’t actually think that their blogs have the potential to earn them any money. Well, for those of you who think this way, think again.
Blogs can be monetised regardless of their topic, the number of followers they have, or the purpose of the blog itself. You don’t need 1 million followers to monetise your blog – in fact, you don’t even need 1000. Even if your blog is simply a project of passion, you should know that it definitely has the ability to make you money, even if it is just some spare change for the month. Both your old and new posts can bring in passive income, as long as you have the right tools to help you our. Below are 5 of the best WordPress plugins that will help you monetise your blog today. Sit back, relax and watch the money roll in!
The Insert Post Ads plugin allows you to directly insert ads into your blog posts themselves, instead of just having your ads on the sidebar or any other periphery areas of your page. Ads on the sidebar or below your posts are often ignored, creating low visibility and a lower likelihood of engagement which will reduce your click-through rates and revenue. Ads in your actual posts themselves can have the opposite effect of increased visibility, increased engagement and increase inevitably, increase in revenue.
This plugin can even insert ads into your posts automatically so that you don’t have to manually enter each ad into every single post you have, saving you amazing amounts of time and truly simplifying the entire process for you. This plugin is also very flexible and lets you choose where and how often you want ads to pop up, giving you full control over how many ads are showing up on your website.
The WooCommerce Memberships plugin allows you create special membership-only sections on your blog. Thus, you are in complete control of how much access you want to give and to whom, creating different levels of memberships, at differing price points, to be created. You can even drip content to different levels of membership, offering new content to your special “premium” members first, which can be used as an incentive for other users to pay for more exclusivity. You can sell your memberships as an exclusive product on your blog or as part of a different package purchase, creating an outlet for you to offer the types of memberships that will benefit your business/blog and sales the most.
Google Adsense is very simple – all you have to do to make money is by displaying ads on your site. There are two ways in which you can start earning cash from Google AdSense:
- Based on impressions: This is highly depends on your blog’s page views. For example, for every 1000 page views you get, you earn a set amount of dollars.
- Based on clicks: When your revenue is based on clicks, regardless of page views, if a reader clicks on an ad that is on your site, you will earn a certain cut of the ad revenue. This can range from anywhere between 1 cent to a couple of dollars, all depending on the ad.
AdSense is compatible with both Blogger and WordPress blogs, but do keep in mind that it will not work with a free WordPress blog.
This handy plugin can detect any ad blocking software that people may have which unfortunately costs many bloggers large amounts of revenue loss. Ad Blocking Detector automatically replaces blocked ads with other various types of content such as newsletter sign-ups which can provide you with alternative methods to monetise your blog, helping you prevent your overall loss of any revenue. The plugin recognises all major ad blocking browser extensions that people may have installed in order to offer you the best protection possible against losing any opportunities for monetising your blog. This is definitely one plugin you will want to install.
This plugin focuses directly on crucial mobile ad revenue. Mobile Ad for WordPress offers ad units that are specifically designed for mobile users and websites. The ads served load much faster and do not utilise as much data as traditional ads do, resulting in optimal performance and more clicks on your ads. This plugin also allows you a myriad of customisation options, including various ad formats to choose from and also the ability to choose where and when your audience see your ads. Additionally, you can even wait to show users an ad only when they are about to exit yourblog, ensuring you do not lose any traffic until they are already leaving.