Blogging for Profit

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Blogging is becoming an increasingly popular way for entrepreneurs to earn a living online while doing something they really enjoy. In many cases bloggers can profit with very little effort. There may be quite a bit of work involved in the beginning with designing a method of gaining revenue and promoting the website but once this is established simply maintaining the blog with regular postings may be enough to keep the revenue rolling in. Two of the most popular methods for generating a profit from blogging include advertising methods. This includes advertising with AdSense and securing independent advertisers. This article will discuss these two methods of advertising on a blog.

Using AdSense to Generate Revenue

Using AdSense is one of the most popular ways for bloggers to generate revenue from their blog. This method is so popular because it is also very simple. AdSense is a program offered by Google where bloggers agree to have advertisements on their website and are compensated when users click on these advertisements. Bloggers simply have to create a blog and submit the website address of the blog as well as some other information to apply for participation in AdSense. Once a blog is approved the owner is given code they can simply copy and paste to have advertisements displayed on their blog. Google then serves appropriate advertisements each time the blog is accessed. Whenever possible, the advertisements served on the blog are closely related to the content of the blog because Google crawls the website ahead of time to determine which advertisements are relevant to the content. Blog owners do have some ability to place restrictions on the types of advertisements which may appear on the blog. For example the blog owner can specify adult advertisements are not to appear on the blog and Google will filter these out.

How Advertisements on a Blog Generate Revenue

Many bloggers use advertisements on their blogs to generate a profit. This method of advertising is more difficult than using AdSense but it can be significantly more financially beneficial to the blogger. This method of advertising is similar to the type of targeted advertising often seen in magazines. For example magazines for parents often feature advertisements which will appeal to parents such as advertisements for toys, children’s clothing or foods popular with children. Likewise a magazine for runners may feature advertisements for shoes, athletic clothing, races or training equipment. In these cases the advertisers pay for advertising space in the magazine in the hopes that the magazine’s audience will be enticed to purchase products or services after seeing these advertisements.

Blog owners can use this type of advertising but it can be hard to find willing advertisers. However, there are some factors which may make an advertiser more willing to have an advertisement appear on a blog. One of the most important factors for advertisers is the amount of traffic the blog receives. This is important because advertisers who are paying for ad space are more likely to invest in a blog with high traffic than one with very little traffic.

Another important factor for advertisers is the focus of the blog. Advertisers are more likely to purchase advertising space from a blog with a specific focus of interest to the advertiser’s target audience. Like the examples listed previously of magazines for parents and runners, advertisers want to advertise on a blog which is already reaching the same target audience.

Bloggers who utilize advertising on their website may be compensated in a number of different ways. Some advertisers may pay a set fee for the advertisement to run on the website for either a set amount of time or for a set number of page views. This means the advertiser may purchase space for a set number of days, weeks or months or may purchase space for a set number of times the advertisement is served to website visitors.

Alternately the advertiser may choose to compensate the blogger according to the number of times specific actions occur. This may include users clicking through the advertisement or users making a purchase after clicking through the advertisement. The type of compensation offered will have to be worked out between the blogger and advertiser beforehand to determine a fair method of payment.

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How To Make Money From Your Blog

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You’ve been blogging your fingers off for a few years now, and despite the ego rush of watching your hits soar, you’re wondering what’s the point—or, rather, how do I make some cold hard cash from this thing?

To complete this How-To you will need:

A blog
Dedication
A good PageRank

Step 1: Focus your blog

Focus your blog. Blogs that make money are blogs with a specific market and a good PageRank. Be passionate about your subject and generate as much traffic as you can. If you’re obsessed, others will be as well.

Tip: Don’t expect to get rich from your blog. At least not right away. Some popular blogs report more than $40,000 dollars a month in earnings—but unless you’ve got millions of visitors already, don’t expect to quit your day job anytime soon.

Step 2: Sell advertising

Selling advertising is the top moneymaking method with a blog. AdSense, a service from Google, will place relevant ads from advertisers on your blog. If your reader clicks on the link, you get paid. Exactly how much depends on your traffic.

Tip: The upside to this method is that it’s very easy; the downside is that you don’t choose who advertises or what you get paid.

Step 3: Choose the ads yourself

Some ad-providers, like blogads.com, help you choose the advertiser’s you want and give you the right to set the price.

Tip: The upside to this method is that you’re in control; the downside is if you set the prices too high or are too picky about advertisers, you won’t make any money.

Step 4: Write a review

Get paid to write a product review that relates to your blog’s topic. Sites like payperpost.com will match you with a product. Reviews are usually short and don’t have to be positive, but you will have to disclose you’re getting paid.

Tip: Stay credible—be honest, and don’t post too many paid reviews. If you look like a marketing shill, you’ll lose readers—and money.

Step 5: Sell merchandise

Sell merchandise. Suppose your blog has a really cool logo or you’ve developed some catchphrase that has caught on—put it on a t-shirt or coffee cup. A bunch of sites will do this for you, including cafepress.com. They earn the base price, and you earn the mark up.

Step 6: Get an affiliate program

Get an affiliate program. Probably the most popular of these is amazon.com. This works by having a specific product advertised on your blog, and if readers follow your link and buy it, you get a percentage of the sale.

Tip: Affiliate programs are the better routes for newer blogs to make money, since it won’t be so crucial to have thousands upon thousands of clicks before you get a check.

Step 7: Make money indirectly

Make money indirectly from your blog. Many bloggers find they can earn money from their blog because it steers customers to a service they provide or to a product they’re selling. Think of it as an ad for you!

Step 8: Beg

Beg. There are a few sites like paypal.com that can put a “donation” button on your blog. You’re blogging your heart out—why not ask your audience to toss a coin into your hat?

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Best way to blog for money?

I have just recently started blogging and am looking to make some extra money. I put adsense on it, but I am looking to increase the revenue. Do you know of any other good sources for advertising? Nothing extremely gawdy but I know some small sites that are capable of making a little over $1000 a month with targeted advertising. I update the blog nearly everyday with useful stuff and generate pretty good traffic.

Any suggestions?

Well, this is no get rich quick scheme, but you can do it while working on other stuff. If you can write at all, just write and post here at http://www.xomba.com/referral/77798e63 Get an AdSense ID and start earning as you build up content. There are only a few people that make a living off of it, but as you build up content you’ll earn some extra cash with just a few minutes every now and then. (Of course the more you write the more you can earn). It’s free and easy to do. It’s also fun once you start seeing the pennies and then the dollars trickle in! The posts get indexed in search engines quickly and who knows, you might get lucky with something that ends up getting lots of hits! We all hope for that gem!

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