There are many ways to monetize your blog, but these are the main ways.
1. PUT ADS ON YOUR SIDEBAR
Adsense ads are the ads you see on blogs with the little blue sideways “A” in the corner. Every time one somebody clicks on one of your Adsense advertisements, you make money. (You cannot click on your own ads.)
Adsense ads are customized for the user so when your mother is on your site she might see ads for the holiday in the Maldives she’s been Googling lately. Creepy? A little bit.
I don’t want people to see weird or creepy ads when they are on my site, so I go into the Adsense user settings and customize them to allow or block certain categories of advertising. For example, I don’t allow ads in categories like cosmetic procedures and body modification, dating, drugs and supplements, get rich quick, politics, gambling etc.
Adsense is just one type of ad you can use on your blog. You can put ads on your sidebar from your affiliate marketing channels (see below) and even Etsy shops. I use ads on my blog through affiliate marketing programs like Rakuten Marketing and CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction)
These are what ads look like on Les Petits Gazette’s sidbar. On the left is an example of an adsense ad and on the right is a Nordstrom ad through Rakuten Marketing.