17 – 5 Ways to Effectively Monetize Your Podcast

The Jay Doherty Podcast Episode 17

Here are five (fairly simple) ways to earn money from your podcast, even if you have just a weekly show just like myself.

When you’re starting out, advertising and sponsorships are hard to obtain. You don’t have a ton of listeners and you don’t have a proven record, so advertisers are not going to want to work with you.

The 10 methods I discuss with you in the podcast can be implemented right away. Some are easier to setup than others, and while all may not apply to you or the type of podcast you have, all are monetization models that you should learn about so that you can begin to consider how you can start to make money from the hard work you do to produce your show.

I would suggest picking one of these methods to start making money with your podcast, and even if you don’t have a ton of listeners, you can make this work.

Here are the tips:

  1. Affiliate Marketing and Products
    1. These can be physical products that you promote or just monthly subscription based services.
    2. Companies like Amazon, Best Buy, and so many other SMALL companies which will most likely pay more.
  2. Online Courses
    1. As you may know, I have a couple of online courses, one that happens to be coming up very soon, details for my podcast listeners near the end of the episode
    2. When you are creating your podcast, you are promoting yourself and your personal brand meaning you want to promote the products you create as well.
    3. Online courses are a great way to generate income if you charge for them. All of my online courses are free as of now, however if you do feel confident in the value you are offering, be sure to charge, but start small and don’t get cocky.
  3. Crowdfunding
    1. If people legitimately like your shows, they will consider donating. But, do NOT be abrasive in asking them for a donation
    2. The way to do this is to construct a page that tells them about what their donation may be going to and how it will help improve the show, or podcast you’re creating
    3. Here’s an example of my crowdfunding page at jay-doherty.com/support
    4. While all of our content is 100% free, we’d like to keep it that way and intend on doing so even with no donation. Donating or financially supporting the show is not, has not, and will never be forced upon you. However, a couple of people have asked me the question: “Do you do crowdfunding?” And, until now, the answer was no.
    5. Again, this is 100% optional but even 1 cent would help us out incredibly! Please fill out this short form with your name and email address and we’ll be in touch with a potential future donation. Thanks so much for your interest.
    6. -Jay
  4. Live streaming
    1. Interaction is one of the many keys to success, especially in media production and live shows are amazing because you can interact with your audience in a chat room and even take LIVE DONATIONS!
    2. I’ve taken live streaming to a whole new level, where I have what is effectively a 24/7 live radio which is available at jay-doherty.com/live
  5. Merchandise
    1. JD Merch coming soon
    2. Logo of your podcast
    3. Maybe you have a podcast about, photography, you can easily sell a bundle of your gear by building an affiliate relationship with your company and then profiting off of the bundle you sell
    4. It’s a win-win because the affiliate company is making money off of you, the bundle is generating profit for you

Finally, my YouTube course!

Check out the sales page for the free course at jay-doherty.com/youtubecourse

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