One of the most common questions bloggers have is “How do I make money with my blog”. There are actually many different ways to make money with a blog, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

The vast majority of successful blogs involve more than one monetization strategy. Each of these adds another income stream, which will make your earnings much more stable overall. Below you will find 8 ways to make money with your blog.

#1 Ask for Donations

It doesn’t get much simpler than asking for donations. If people enjoy the content that you’re producing some will be more than happy to pay a small donation to support your blog. You shouldn’t expect to get rich from a donation button but it can help to pay for some of your basic costs such as hosting.

To create a donations button first register for a Paypal account. Then in the merchant services, select the create button option. Next select the donate link and take the code that is provided and add it to your blog.

#2 Sell Merchandise

T-Shirts, mugs and other branded merchandise can be a good way to make some money while promoting your site. Selling customized merchandise is actually relatively simple thanks to sites such as Zazzle and CafePress. Both of these sites allow you to upload designs, which can then be added to a huge range of items. These sites will also process your orders and ship your branded merchandise to your blogs fans. In exchange for this service Zazzle and CafePress take a percentage of the sale.

#3 Banner Advertising

Banner advertising is one of the most common ways people make money with their blogs. The idea is simple; you add a rectangular advertisement to your site. If a visitor clicks on that ad they will be redirected to the advertiser’s site. You can approach potential advertisers directly or alternatively you can use one of the ad networks below:

• BannerAdNetwork
• BannerSpace
• ValueClick
• BuySellAds
• Majon International

#4 Create a Digital Product

Creating a digital product such an eBook or a video course is one of the most profitable ways to monetize your website. Digital products have very high profit margins, require no shipping or storage and allow you to attract affiliates. Digital marketplaces such as:

• Clickbank
• eJunkie
• Plimus

Will facilitate payment for your product, manage your affiliate program and provide download links for your customers.

#5 Become An Affiliate

Affiliate marketing is where you promote another persons product and if a person buys that product as a result of your recommendation, you receive a commission. Some of the advantages of affiliate marketing include not having to handle customer service, you don’t need to create a product and successful products have a proven sales funnel. Some of the most popular affiliate networks include:

• Commission Junction
• MarketHealth
• Clickbank
• Share a Sale

#6 Cost Per Action (CPA)

Cost per action (CPA) is similar to affiliate marketing, but in order for you to get paid you are not required to make a sale. Typically the person that you refer must complete some action, such as completing a short form, in order for you to get paid.

Offervault.com is a great place to find CPA offers organized by industry, payout and lead type. No matter what niche your blog is in, you should be able to find an appropriate CPA offer on the site.

#7 Add a Membership Site

Adding a membership site to your blog, is a more advanced way of making money, but it can also be highly lucrative. One of the best things about having a paid membership site is the opportunity for recurring income. Provided that you are adding more new members each month than you are losing, you business will continue to grow. Because of this membership site income tends to be more stable than selling eBook or other products, whose sales can fluctuate significantly.

Some options for setting up your own membership site include:

• Kajabi
• Profits WordPress theme
• Wishlist Member

#8 Getting Paid to Post

With pay for posting, you are paid by advertisers for writing a review or a post about their products or services and then placing it on your blog. There are a number of sites that introduce advertisers to bloggers. These include:

• SocialSpark
• ReviewMe
• PayU2Blog
• PayPerPost

Over the last few years, the demand for mobile apps has grown tremendously. More and more people are now downloading apps onto their smartphones to help them do all sorts of things, including run businesses, shop, socialize with family and friends, look for directions, improve their health, get the latest news, and much more. This means that there is a huge profit potential in mobile app development. You can harness this potential by coming up with your own app. But where do you start? And how can you ensure the success of your app? Well, here are some simple tips on how to develop your own mobile app to help you out.

How to Develop Your Own Mobile App
Ensure You Have a Good App Idea
Today, app stores are chock-full of mediocre or plain useless apps that have no followers. This is due to the fact that; initially, organizations rushed to introduce apps without giving them much thought just to satisfy their need for bragging rights. To succeed, you need to come up with an app that solves a particular problem. Such an app will bring some value to your target audience. So try creating something unique – which does not already exist on the internet or App store.
Choose the Right Platform
The platform on which you’ll develop the app depends much on your target audience. If a large proportion of your target market uses the popular Apple devices, you need to develop your app on iOS. The same case will apply if most of your app’s prospective end-users are on Android, Symbian, Blackberry 10 OS, or even Windows 8 supported devices. But you need to note that developing your app on iOS will give it the unique advantage of getting released on Apple’s premium App Store. It’s also easier – as you’ll only be targeting a smaller range of devices (Apple’s). However, if your target audience does not have a particular preference, you should develop your app across as many platforms as you can. This will also allow you to release the app on Blackberry, Nokia’s Ovi Store and Google as you wait for it to be approved on the App Store.
Know Your Audience
Focusing on end-user experience is essential in developing a successful mobile app. First, while targeting a particular market may be beneficial, there’s a danger that it may not get much exposure leading to fewer downloads. On the other hand, aiming the app at everyone may significantly reduce its appeal. So do your market research, and try concentrating on what people can actually get out of the app.
Hire a Developer
If you are tech savvy and you know your way around software developer kit (SDK), you can comfortably create your own app. Both App and Android have internet guides and SDKs to help you get started, including step-by-step instructions on how to develop your own app. There are also some third-party mobile app development tools that you can use.
However, if you don’t have any technical knowhow but you have a great idea, you can still come up with a successful mobile app by engaging the services of a professional. Just take your time and identify a good mobile app developer, and give him the job. Don’t forget to have him sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
Testing
Before you submit your app for release, you must make sure it’s working properly. A faulty app can be very annoying, and it’ll surely fail. It’s also good to check how much memory it uses – as if it is too much, then, it might not get good reception.
Promote Your App Properly
Your app cannot become a hit if the world does not know about it. So you need to undertake a vigorous campaign, especially on the internet. You can use SEO on your app’s website, social media, article marketing, or press releases. Lastly, you have to keep checking the customer feedback, including user reviews and comments on different app stores. This will help you to address any complaints or problems that may be associated with your app.