The time has come – you’ve worked so hard to create content you’re proud of, grew your follower count, posted in all the right places, but you’re finally looking to get paid for it! Here are five ways content creators and influencers can start making money from their social media content almost immediately:
1. Set up a Link in Your Bio
Linktree, linkinbio, Beacons, and many others are simple tools that allow you to create a landing page with multiple links in the bio of your social profiles. This is a great way to organize all of the links your community might be interested in, including: links to your other social profiles, products you might recommend, or even your own services.
Linktree specifically allows you to connect with partners like Paypal and Square to accept payment directly from your Linktree page to sell products or take requests for personalized services you offer.
2. Accept Donations With Buy Me A Coffee
If you have an audience that’s really passionate about your work, setting up donations can be an easy way to let your supporters say thanks. Buy Me A Coffee, is one platform that makes this fun and simple by encouraging your supporters to donate a few dollars to buy you a coffee (or beer, or slice of pizza, etc.) It’s a simple way to earn extra cash and monetize if you don’t have a product to sell.
3. Earn Tips Directly on Your Posts on Diamond
On the social platform Diamond, any user can give ‘diamonds’, or micro-tips, on any post. Diamonds are worth anywhere from a fraction of a penny up to tens of dollars. With diamonds being so inexpensive to give, it makes it easy for many followers to show their appreciation, which means those diamonds can start to add up. On Diamond, users can post photos, videos and text posts (a lot like Twitter). So you can start earning diamonds just by sharing the content you’re posting on other social apps.
4. Start a Subscription on Pearl
Are some of your followers asking for even more content? Maybe they’re asking for in-depth product reviews, how-to’s, or behind-the-scenes content that might just take way more time and effort to create. If so, setting up a Subscription might be the perfect way to justify making some extra content. On Pearl any user can sell a monthly subscription, for $4.99, to post exclusive content for only subscribed followers. This is a great way to offer something in return to your most loyal followers and earn a recurring income! Some other platforms that offer monthly subscriptions are: Patreon, OnlyFans, and Instagram.
5. Set Up Affiliate Links
Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money by promoting products or services that you use and believe in. Many companies offer affiliate programs that allow you to earn a commission for each sale made through your unique referral link. Best part is, it doesn’t take much effort and even creators with small, but engaged followings are often eligible! You can start sharing links to products in your Instagram stories, the caption of a post, or your link in bio – just remember to be transparent with your audience if you are earning. Amazon Associates,ShopStyle Collective, and LTK are all popular affiliate marketing programs you can apply to join.
By implementing these five strategies, you can start making money and growing your income over time. Just remember to start slow and build up. Some of these take more effort and not everything is a fit for your audience, so take the time to figure out what works for you.
Now you don't need to wait any longer to start earning from your content. Good luck on your monetization journey!