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Monetizing Your Blog

27
Jul

Monetize Your Every Post

What if I could tell you make money bloggers out there that every post you make could make you money? What if I were to say, it would make you money for months and years to come? It wouldn’t even require more than a days planning ahead and the same amount of time put into writing them? There is a way, and I’m considering it.

Like some of you may know, I used to be one of the most successful writers at Triond. I was making several hundred a month there. After reading the noobs blog, and can’t get rich I decided that I could take my current knowledge over to the blogging business, and be even more successful. Well, after over three months of inactivity at Triond I realized that I had made a rather big mistake. Recently I’ve been considering dropping this blog because I’m making nothing off of it, yet the time I spend doing these posts could be spent writing for Triond.

That’s when it hit me. Triond’s terms of service allow you to publish your content elsewhere after you publish it on thier site. So the content, essentially, will just be published in two places. The majority of my readers on this blog will probably never notice it. This is a make money blog though, so I will include the posts earnings from Triond in my monthly reports.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, on to telling you why you should consider doing this with your gaming blog, niche site, or even some sort of poem blog. On Triond you get paid per view on your content. Simple enough, but obviously the payout rate isn’t amazing. It averages about $0.03 per 10 views. Combine this with Digg and StumbleUpon, a little SEO, and some great friendships, you can easily make $5.00 per post (about 2.5k views on average).

They take about a day to publish your content though, so you wouldn’t be able to do this with current event sort of posts, but anything else that can wait a day would give you enough time to get it up on Triond first. I have been paid before so I know they are legit.

10
Jun

Make Money Blogging: Selling 125×125 Ads

The recent craze of bloggers adding these 125×125 ads on their sites is something you shouldn’t expect to see end anytime soon. Whether you have 100 RSS subscribers or 2000 you can easily make some quick money to partially justify the time you are putting into your blog. These in no way are going to pay off the hours you put into a blog, but they are a starting point.

The average blog getting decent amounts of traffic can easily sell these spaces for around $5 a week, or $20 a month. Generally the blog sells eight to six spots, in two columns. That would earn your blog up to $160 a months 12 months a year if you were to sell out each month. That isn’t going to make you rich, but I’m not expecting you to be jobless at this point in the game. If you’re blog is just getting started $2,000 a year from these banners will be an accepted reward.

How do you go about selling these banners? Unless your blog is one with extremely high traffic, enough that your viewers would recognize these spots are for sale, and then think highly enough of your site to want to advertise there, you may need to go out and find these advertisers. A good place to start would be to find blogs in the same niche as you with these ads. Click on the ads and find the “contact us” or another means of contacting them located on the advertisers site. Email them a link to your site, your rates such as $5 a week or $20 a month, and a brief message about why they should advertise on your blog.

In the message you should include that you are the owner of the blog, that you saw they advertised on (insert blog name here) and thought they may be interested in advertising on your blog as well. Depending upon how spectacular your traffic stats are you may wish to include this. Anything over 100 RSS subscribers, 100+ uniques a day, or simply 1,000 page views a week. These will show them your blog is actually receiving traffic that would show them there is an audience for their ad.

Once you have the eight ads up, change the price on your advertising page. Inform all previous advertisers that their rate will NOT be raised. They can continue to advertise there for the same price for as long as they want, pending they keep renewing. Once your blog takes off, you may start seeing a few emails coming in from people interested in buying one of these spots, for your new, higher price.

You’re out of ad space, yet you’ve got these new offers. What do you do? Inform the interested parties of the next open slot. Whether it be somebody no longer wishing to advertise there, or when somebody from the original lower price has run out of time for their current contract. Never remove anybody until their time has expired, this will give your site bad rep.

Basically, once you have the spots filled, you will no longer need to go out looking for people to take these spots for the time being. You won’t have to go out looking for new advertisers for a few weeks, and in that time you may hook one or two advertisers sending you an email because they saw your advertising page.

To make sure you are not the one getting the sore end of the deal, all payments must be made upfront. Any time when payments have not been made is subject to removal and replacement without warning. This is one of many ways to start to monetize your blog. I do however suggest informing advertisers a few days in advance so they have time to renew if they want. It saves you work.

This is the most popular and simple way to monetize your blog. It also increases as your blog gets more traffic and popularity. Making sure that you keep your prices high, yet fair is the key to consistently selling these spots and making money off of them.

08
Jun

Make Money Blogging: Google Adsense

Google Adsense is something that every blogger entering the blogging world had heard about, and often thought about how much they think they could make with it. You’ve probably heard about some of the more successful bloggers who use Adsense. There are two sides to the coin, hopefully you will consider both sides before going with Adsense.

Google Adsense is one of the highest ppc (pay per click) advertisers out there. They make millions to billions of dollars a year simply with their Google Adwords and Adsense ppc advertising. You receive a code to paste into certain areas of your site, and then it will automatically refresh with ads displayed inside of them. Whenever somebody browsing your blog gets interested in the ad and clicks on it, you are paid a small fee for bringing them a potential customer. It’s as easy as that, getting people to click on your ads.

If you go with ppc, Google Adsense will be your best bet as they have the highest ppc out there. They have a minimum payout of $100 via check. You must be 18 years old to use it. They will also check your website out before allowing you to sign up for your first account. After that you can apply the codes wherever you want them. There are some very strict rules to the ads such as your account could be banned if you in any way try to encourage users to click on the ads by rewarding them or any other sort of incentives.

My personal statement about Google’s Adsense for blogs, ‘don’t use it’. The space you use to put up decently sized banners of Adsense ad’s could easily be filled with private ad sales. These tend to be more profitable towards you because they pay for time of advertisement versus traffic actually sent to them. With 3 125×125 which would take the place of a the Adsense banner in one side bar, you can easily make $120+ a month after you get some decent traffic and subscribers. $240 when you put the 3 next to them in your second sidebar.

Why is it not very effective? Well to the argument, there are browsers, and fire fox plug ins that automatically remove Google Ads from every page. So they come to your site and see a blank spot instead of the ads. Wasted space because to make money with them you must have people click on them which they can’t do if they can’t see them. Secondly, they pay very minimal per click. It first varies on keyword. Blogs generally don’t seem to get too highly paid keywords due to some varying content. It’s pretty hard to make close to what you could on private sales when you are depending upon traffic. Even if you had a high enough traffic level to match the $240 a month you could be making with private ads, at that point charging $40 per sidebar ad would be too low. The point is you can’t beat private sales where you don’t split the money with a middle man.

There are some instances where Google Adsense does seem to have a positive outcome. Niche blogs for example. By this I mean a niche blog you put up, throw up 10-20 articles and leave it be. You won’t have people interested in advertising there, but Google Adsense will. Over time your blog may get some decent traffic from search engines and you’ll make some money with it. Forums work well with Google Adsense due to limited room for private sales, plus nobody likes big flashy banners or ads on forums. Most people don’t have forums on their blogs, so for the most part, I’d stay away.

If you have a site currently running Adsense, or if you are looking into it for your blog, leave a comment with your blogs address and I will come take a look at it. I will help you decide which way you would be most successful in monetizing your blog.

02
Jun

When to Post Reviews of Affiliate Sites

Obviously one of the largest ways of making money with your blog is through affiliate accounts. An affiliateĀ  is when you get paid for bringing business to a site. It usually involves either the person clicking on one of your specially coded links that have a referral code on them, or a banner displayed on your site with the same referral code on it.

The question is, when do you review these affiliates? If you are in the same niche that I’m in, then there may be a wise time to review them. If I were to put up some reviews of the sites I wish to show you in hopes of you signing up, I wouldn’t want to do that as my first post. Not many people search through your archives, especially if they aren’t easy to search through.

If you post it after you have 200 RSS subscribers you will have 200 people who will potentially read the post and maybe even sign up. Keep in mind a review should be honest to your readers because there is no point in lying to the reader, they will only sign up and quit. You will get nothing out of this, and you will have wasted your readers time.

You should review them after you get a decent amount of daily traffic. This amount will vary depending upon your blogs niche. I would suggest somewhere in the neighborhood of 200+ daily uniques, or 200+ RSS subscribers. The longer you wait, the better your success.

If you happened to have posted these offers before why not throw links to yourself in the middle of an article? Point an article on the topic of the affiliate site to your review. People will generally click this link to another one of your posts if they are interested in the topics.

Another rather common way of getting these links out there would be in a monthly earnings report. If you share with your readers how much you are making each month, why not put amounts you earned from each program. Then with links right next to the earnings you can have your affiliate code in there. This way they will choose some of the more profitable sites and hopefully sign up.

The longer you wait to actually dedicate a post about them, the better you’ll do. If you have reviewed them already, don’t republish it. You can use many techniques to display your affiliate codes elsewhere on your site.