Thinking about starting a recreational or medicinal cannabis blog?
The industry is beginning to take off.
As attitudes shift and more states begin to legalize marijuana for either recreational or medicinal use, the market is only going to continue to grow.
Whether you live in a state that has legalized the stuff or not, there’s never been a better time to get into the industry.
The good thing is, you don’t have to sell cannabis to benefit from the burgeoning industry. And one great way to start making money with very little investment in any industry is with a blog.
Keep reading for a closer look at 4 ways to profit from a cannabis blog.
One of the simplest ways to start making money with your blog is through advertising.
If you do it right, advertising can be very profitable.
While it’s not a great idea to sign up for every program you can find, and spam your visitors with a barrage of flashing banners, ads are not as dead as some believe.
The key is limiting the advertisements and making sure they’re a natural fit with the rest of your blog’s content.
You can even work with local businesses and try to pick up people searching for things like, “recreational dispensary near me.”
Another tried and true way to make money with a blog of any type is through affiliate programs.
Affiliate marketing is similar to traditional advertising in that you essentially advertise products. The big difference is you work the product or service naturally to your blog’s content.
A great example is Amazon’s long-standing affiliate program. Many blogs exist solely to review and promote products on Amazon. Every time a reader clicks on a link to a product on the blog and makes a purchase, the affiliate gets a cut of the product.
Amazon isn’t the only online retailer with an affiliate program. Try checking with some of your favorite cannabis retailers to see if they offer an affiliate program.
Sell Merchandise or Other Materials
If ads and affiliate marketing aren’t enough — or you just want to do something different — selling products through your cannabis blog is another way to make money with your content.
The options are pretty wide here and will probably depend largely on your niche.
If you’re teaching people how to grow, you might sell supplies and equipment to help people get started.
Just be careful to stay within the laws in your area.
Sponsored Posts On Your Cannabis Blog
Much like traditional ads or affiliate programs, sponsored content is another way to advertise other people’s products or services.
Instead of linking to a product in a post or pasting a banner across a page, sponsored content provides actual value and an offer to a product.
Sponsored content is usually written by you or sponsor and you’re then paid to post it on your blog. This gives the sponsor a wider reach than their current customers or what they could reach on social media.
Putting It All Together
There are many ways to make money with a blog.
If you really put your mind to it, you can probably think of a few that haven’t even been tried yet.
Check out the rest of our blog for more on social media and blogging.