How to Monetize WordPress Blogs (Self Hosted only)

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When it comes to blogging, we have various ways to monetize our blog. We could take help of advertisement networks to run ads, we could also make money without running ads on our blog. Though making money without any advertisement program is quite tough and requires hard work.

Monetize WordPress Blogs

Where as, when you use any ad network, making money from WordPress blogs get easier. Here I’m sharing the list of advertisement network that you can use to monetize your self-hosted WordPress blog. Few of these ad networks have certain limitations in terms of traffic/month and minimum payout, and I will add all those details in their explanation. Do remember, there are hundreds of ad networks, and I’m adding only those which I have used and had a good experience with them.

Ad networks to make money from Self hosted WordPress Websites:

Google AdSense:

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 in your blog. Minimum payout is $100 and getting an AdSense approval is little tougher than other ad networks. AdSense prefers blogs with quality, and they have quality and content guidelines, which you need to follow. They don’t accept websites in Warez, Adult, hacking niche. What I like about AdSense is, it gives you peace of mind with recurring income.

Related resources for understanding AdSense better:


Infolinks Monetization network

Infolinks is another preferred ad network, which shows different kind of ads. They offer in-text ads and let you monetize your WordPress blog in different ways.  Particularly their in frame ads deserves a mention, as it will let you run ads on browser margin. Since, many users are using the big screen, and with Inframe ads you can make money from that ad inventory, which you never thought of. They also have iPhone app and Android app to monitor your account directly from the smart phone. Infolinks is comparatively easier than AdSense to get an approval, and you get various ways to monetize your blog. They also offer Infolinks WordPress plugin, which will quickly let you integrate Infolinks ads on your blog.

Related resources for infolinks ad network:


BuySellads Make money

I have used Buy Sell Ads for almost 3+ years, and they are one of the best way to get a direct advertisement 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 the code and place it on your blog. An advertiser can click on the blank placeholder, and buys the ad. BSA will take care of payment, ad serving and takes 25% of the commission.

Since the quality of Ads via BuySellAds is quite good, and you don’t have to work a lot to get direct advertisement, it’s a network worth trying. Getting a BuySellAds approved account is not that easy, as they focus a lot on quality and design of your blog.

Over all, BuySellAds is an ad network for quality WordPress blogger. They also offer sponsored tweets feature, which will let you 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:

OIO Publisher WordPress plugin:

This is a premium WordPress plugin, which makes selling of direct advertisement easier for your blog. All you need to do is, connect all your ad space using this plugin, and you can set price and other details for running the ads. An advertiser can click on blank ad placeholder, buys the ad by making the payment, and ads will be self-served for the defined time. This is a self-managed ad option for your blog. It’s one easiest way to add automation to direct ads of your blog. If you take payment manually, you should consider looking at Ad-rotate plugin, which is a free option.

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Viglink has become my favorite ad network, as it has the potential to increase your blog revenue by a considerable percentage. Moreover, Viglink works in a very different way, and it will let you make money from your outbound links. Unlike other ad network, you don’t even hamper user experience, and eespecially if you find it tough 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 network, I suggest you to try Viglink for a week, and you will not be disappointed. You can quickly integrate Viglink with your WordPress blog by using this official plugin.

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These are just few of many ad networks which you can use to make money from WordPress blog. Apart from advertising, there are various other ways and techniques like affiliate marketing, sponsored reviews, selling eBook can be used to make money from your blog. For now, if you have not yet started making money from your WordPress blog, you can use any of the above monetization ad network to add ads quickly on your blog, and let the money flow for you.

If you are using other ad network to earn from your blog, do let me know via comments, and give details like Payment mode and how is the earning from advertisement network you are using. If you find this article useful, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Google plus.

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  1. James says

    Nice article. I notice you have restricted yourself to only self hosted WordPress blogs. What of those of us using the free WordPress hosted by WordPress? What options do we have in making money with our blogs?

  2. Dhananjay Mittal says

    I am running my website but still I am not earn a single rupee. 1000 of visit are coming. but still I am not earning. please help me out

  3. says

    Adsense is surely a best way to earn a lot of money. But these days the CPC is so less that its very difficult to make good money. BSA ads are not that easy too, even they take some time to get it approved.

  4. aryan says

    When I started my very first blog I found it as a place to share ideas, more like the journal-type blogs of old. As I started off to understand more about blogging, I commenced to add Adsense and gradually my own products.

    My perspective now is that viewers enjoy what you share, they will be glad for you to point them to related products that increase their knowledge and skills.

  5. Kushal says

    Thanks for the article Harsh. Well I guess Google adsense will not work if you are not having decent amount of visitors.

    According to many bloggers infolinks makes a blog slow

    Buysellads is a nice one.However your blog must pass their requirements.

    OIO Publisher WordPress plugin is a new thing to me.Will try it out.

  6. Nizam Khan says

    Excellent and much useful post Harsh! Well, the earnings you showed from different ad networks are quite awesome. No doubt, Google Adsense is a great platform to earn money online, however utilizing different income sources is a good strategy to increase the earnings potential. And, I didn’t know about the OIO Publisher plugin, it seems to be a much useful plugin to automate the direct advertisements on blog. Thanks for sharing and tweeted :)

  7. Everest says

    you are 100% right all the ad network you have mention works fine and i have tried many of them but i chose adsense first but my question is can i use buysellads ad network together with adsense because i have not tried it for the first time

  8. Heru Prasetyono says

    It is important to know how to monetize blogs. The various ways of how to make money wordpress blogs above can be a reference for us to choose the suitable advertisement network.
    I am sure most of bloggers and webmasters want to get revenue from blogging.
    So this information is useful eespecially for newbies.
    Thank you very much, Harsh Agrawal.

  9. Satyenhacks says

    hey harsh,

    I have used Google Adsense, Infolinks and Amazon KDP and all three are giving me good amount of money. Adsense is giving more while infolinks is quite low. Amazon KDP is picking up as I will be publishing more books in future. Got 2 payments from Amazon KDP.

  10. says

    Among these networks, I have so far used AdSense, BuySellAds and Infolinks. I’m yet to try out Viglink and the OIO Publisher WordPress plugin. And I want to ask you, do OIO Publisher have enough advertisers in their marketplace?

    • says

      They don’t have enough advertiser on their marketplace..but still its good when you want to manage direct ad selling yourself. Even with BuySellAds, most of the time advertisers find your blog via empty BuySellAds spaceholder on the blog.

  11. says

    I know how hard you must have worked to made this much of money. Hats Off, BTW haven’t read Adsense Terms and Conditions these couple of years, can we share CTC, CPM and RPM data.

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