What are some ways I could monetize my blog? I'm currently using AdSense at the bottom of each post and it works not so great. The topic of my blog is personal finance, so it's a good profitable niche.
I'm just not sure of how could I monetize it other than a contextual ad network like AdSense or a banner ad network.
There are several ways how monetize quality content and get advantage of the community you have acquired.
The general advices:
Some ideas to monetize your blog:
As far as the content of your blog is interesting and bring somme added value (for which the readers are ready to pay), it is not difficult to make money with it. But don't forget that "the content is the king" and without quality content you will earn nothing whatever monetization model you use...
Not an answer to original question, but too long for a comment.
"I'm currently using AdSense at the bottom of each post" << this is an issue, you are not optimizing your revenue.
Use a large leaderboard (horizontal) unit around/below your site header and 160x600 tower or 250x250 square units in your navigation column, if you have one. If your posts are long, use 2 units in the navigation column. You can expect $1-3 CPM rate for any units that appear (or at least start) above the fold. With 2-3 ad units for every page you should be able to make above $5 RPM (revenue per thousand impressions), maybe a lot more for your content niche. Make sure to review ads occasionally and block questionable categories and/or creatives.
Have an email signup module on your blog offering to send new posts as you publish them - building an email list is SUPER valuable. You can consistently bring traffic back to your blog with a growing list of subscribers and when you have sponsors or partners you can leverage the same list to cross promote products and services.
Hope it helps!