Getting paid to advertise online may seem too far-fetched, but it’s as real as it gets. There are even people who get paid to advertise on Facebook. There are many companies on the Internet that are more than happy to pay you to help advertise their products and websites online.
And out of all the “get paid to advertise” opportunities available now a days, affiliate marketing and ad networks are two of the most popular ones.
Getting paid for advertising through ad networks, such as Google Adsense, involves inserting a piece of code into your website that will display relevant (to the content of your site) ads, and earning money for impressions and clicks on those ads.
With affiliate marketing, you advertise a product or service on the web, and earn commission for each and every sale you make.
1. Make money advertising for companies
a- Register with an Affiliate Network
To start getting paid for advertising for companies, you need to find legit and paying affiliate networks where you can find good products and services to promote. There are many great affiliate networks out there, but the biggest and most trusted ones include networks such as Amazon Associates, ClickBank and Commission Junction. These networks basically connect businesses who want to get more sales for their products and services with affiliates who want to make money promoting those products and services.
b- Pick a product to advertise
Affiliate networks have hundreds and thousands of products and services you can choose from. But you have to pick one that is a solid product or service, one that you can be proud of being associated with. It will also help to pick products to promote that you have some knowledge and expertise about. For example, if you are tech savvy person, promoting technology related products from Amazon Associates will be a good choice.
c- Establish a way to advertise
There are any ways to advertise products and service on the Internet. But perhaps the best and most efficient method is through building your own site, publishing articles related to the product you have chosen to promote, then recommending the products to your readers. You can use social media to promote your site furthermore, and of course, you can also use paid advertising platforms to advertise your site.
d- Drive traffic to your site
You can have the best site in the world, but you won’t get paid to advertise on your website if nobody is visiting your site. Driving traffic is the most important part of this whole deal. The more people you get to your site, the more sales you can make. Create good quality content so people will be willing to visit your site over and over again. And keep in mind that a successful advertising campaign takes time.
e- Collect your earnings
Whenever you make a sale, it will be shown on your affiliate network account. Most networks have a minimum required that you have to reach in order to request a pay out. Usually the minimum is around $100, which depending on the commission per sale you get, could be reached anywhere from one sale to 20 or more. Once you have enough money to cash out, simply request it and you will be paid either through check or PayPal.
2. Make money advertising on your site
a- Register with an Ad Network
To get paid for advertising on your website with ad networks, you will have to sign up with a good and reliable ad network. The most well-known ad network which is used by many webmasters and bloggers who get paid to blog on a variety of subjects is Google Adsense. Make sure your site is ready and live before you apply for Adsense, as they will not approve application for sites that are not live yet.
b- Insert the code
Once you registered and got approved by Adsense, they will provide you a piece of code that you will have to insert into your site. You can find step by step guide on Adsense’s official site about how to use Adsense ads. Once the code is inserted into your site or blog, it will automatically display ads based on the content of your site, which means only highly relevant and targeted ads will be shown to your readers, and that guaranties more clicks on your ads.
c- Increase traffic
Just like getting paid for advertising with affiliate marketing, the more traffic you drive to your site, the more money you can make with ads on your site as well. There are many ways to generate traffic, from social media, article marketing, guest posting, forum posting and so on.
Believe it or not, the placement of your ad block, its color and even its size, have a huge impact on your earnings. So, it is always a good idea to split test things, use different spots, different colors, different size ads, or perhaps split test between only image and only text ads to find the best performing ads.
e- Get paid
Depending on the content of your site, and thus the ads that will be displayed on your site, you can get paid per click anywhere from $0.01 to up to $30 or even more every time someone clicks on one of the ads on your site. Google Adsense has a minimum requirement of $100 before you can cash out. Once you are there, you can either ask to be paid via check or set up direct deposit and have your earnings deposited straight into your bank account.
3. Make money advertising on your car
This methods comes down to finding a few legit car wrap companies which will wrap your car with a vinyl ad and pay for driving your car around.
I actually published a list of 10 companies that pay you to advertise on your car.
The two methods mentioned above are just two ways of getting paid for advertising online. There are also ways to do that offline. For example, you can get paid to advertise on your car. So, the opportunities are out there, you just have to be willing to take action.
Remember, in order for you to get paid to advertise, you need to put some time and effort into advertising and promoting stuff. I would suggest you be patient and not give up after a few weeks or so. In some cases it can take months to see results, but the good news is that the rewards are well worth the effort. There are many people online who are making a comfortable living using the get paid to advertise method.