What Is The Best Time To Monetize Your Blog?


Soon after establishing your blog you receive an advice from everywhere to monetize your blog. But here two questions are very important.

  1. Is it wise to monetize your blog without getting traffic?
  2. Or you need to wait till you get a huge traffic on it.

These are the two opinions about how you should monetize your blog. Both points of view have their own arguments. Their arguments can’t be rejected outright. Nor can be accepted.


So first we should discuss them to go for any of these two options. This is the most rational way to monetize your blog.

Monetize your blog initially

Many bloggers say eventually you have to monetize your blog. Even if you want to do blogging just for fun, you have to earn money with it. You need money to meet your blogging expenses. So you want to cover up your expenses by earning from it.

Secondly if you put a few ads on your blog you can judge how they work. Suppose you have ten visitors initially. Out of them if two click on your ads what does it mean? It means 20 per cent visitors are hitting your ad.

It shows response level of your ads placement. It does not mean this percentage will remain fixed. It may decline or rise but you get an initial feedback on your monetization strategy. So it is better to keep trying various monetization methods to finally pick the best one. Meanwhile you will have quite good number of traffic.

Monetize your blog later

The supporters of this opinion say initially you must focus on attracting visitors on your blog. Then you need to develop your blog’s community. After that you have several options how to earn money with your blog.

If your visitors are loyal you will not go for pay per click option. If you have more unique visitors you can try Google Adsense. So first make a clear picture of your blog community then select the best monetization strategy.

It is also very correct to first know your visitors then make them your customers. This strategy works more successfully if you have clear idea of how to sell affiliate products. The best way to earn money from a small audience is selling your own and affiliate products.

What should you do?

One thing is quite clear about blogging now. You can’t get huge number of traffic in short period of time. You need to wait even for years to get huge traffic. Meanwhile how you would manage your blog expenses at least.

So it is better to develop a small community of your blog and sell them affiliate products. This is the most viable strategy in present times.

Yes as soon as your visitors increase, expand your monetizing strategy.

So the moral of the story is this – adopt a mid-way. Neither fully avoid placing ads and selling products nor stuff them on your blog.

What do you say?

Have you already put some PPC ads on your blog and also started selling products on it?

Or you are just planning to monetize your blog?

Or you are also in favor of adopting a mid-way as I suggested in this post?

Do share your views to start a great debate for concluding what is the best option for a newbie blogger.



  1. Mi Muba,
    Google has at times made it difficult to understand their monetizing algorithms. But my practice has always been to start out with one maybe two ads and see how they perform. After say, 3 – 4 months I’ll go back and reevaluate whether or not to increase my ad content. But your post has been very informative and helpful. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Muba,
    One can always do both. I mean place ads and them find the traffic. Waiting for so long can be frustrating. Besides how would the blogger knows when he/she has enough traffic to start monetization. It’s not also easy to keep a steady traffic and get faithful readers. So it may take an etetnity to get there. The earnings may be below peanuts at first but a new blogger would be pysched about it.

  3. Hi Mi,

    Thanks for this post.

    I began Monetizing my blog from day one. And within 2 months was able to generate over $3,000 in donations. I guess the timing was just perfect becuase of certain situations that were happening in my country.

    Beyond the donations, I’ve been able to make 2 affiliate sales so far. My blog is a little over 6 months old, so I consider that a success.

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  4. Mi Muba,
    You have put up a great topic. Most of the bloggers start blogging to earn plenty of money. so they start to fill their blog space with multiple affiliate links and other advertisement programs. Monetizing blog is not a bad idea. However, we should wait for some time.

    I have recently started a blog and placed google Adsense ads on it. I am filling it out with the several banners. I am willing to take a midway as you suggested me. You should take a look of it and then tell me that I am doing right or need some changes.
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  5. Nice article, indeed. As for me, I agree with not monetizing the blog first. At first stage, all bloggers should do is to generate lots of traffic to their blog. It is because when they generate traffic, they are actually building trust and relationship with their readers. In which… after some times, their readers won’t hesitate to buy stuffs advertised by the blog since the trust and warm relationship is already there.

    I usually draw a timeline for these sequences. Like… 3 months for generating continuous traffic and building relationship, and after that bammm, start making money–
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  6. Hello Mi,

    I think you should decide on how you want to monetize your blog from Day One. This will help determine the blog’s growth strategy

    For some bloggers that have decided on monetizing with their own products, they focus solely on building their email list

    For bloggers who want to make money with affiliate marketing, they sign up to the best affiliate programs and write post that promote products they are affiliate for

    For bloggers who desire to earn ad revenue, they focus on driving traffic to their blog using SEO, publishing 3-6 content weekly …

    It all depends and you should focus on a strategy that works for you
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  7. I always thought we should start monetize our blog right from the start. May be not monetize with Google Ads in the beginning, but may be start with putting a sign up form on the sidebar, build a relationship with the readers and promote offers through emails.

    Definitely inserting affiliate links into the post while mentioning or reviewing a product.

    Thanks for the tips! Wish you all the best!

  8. Hello Mi,

    I guess this largely depends on what type of blog you have. I’ve stayed away from PPC ads personally, regardless of what blog I have. So, I usually go right into monetizing my blog off the bat. But I try not to do it too much, where it feels like my entire site is just a sales page. Given, that tends to turn people away, too

    I want to provide useful content. I guess whether to do so; depends on the individual and site they have. So I just go right on ahead and monetize mine right off the bat.

    I’ve never had a problem doing that personally.