Several weeks ago, a reader posted a comment, asking what ways I have used to make money blogging. Here’s my answer.
I try to be transparent with my blogging, so I’m going to tell you exactly what I earned last month: $290.70. Note that this is money actually earned, not payments received.
Since I started out just trying to pay for hosting ($4 per month), I’m happily pleased. And this wouldn’t be possible without you readers. Thanks!
One of the big keys to this income is diversification. I started out with AdSense in September. Now that the blog gets decent traffic, AdSense is actually worth displaying on the pages.
At about the same time, I found a listing on craigslist for someone seeking help with blogs. I now work with a Florida marketer to setup blogs for her clients. Or, as I like to call it, I’m a blog consultant.
As controversial as it may be, I also write paid posts. Most of this work comes from PayPerPost, but I have written a couple posts for ReviewMe and LoudLaunch as well. I always disclose when a post is paid, and I make sure to provide my honest opinion.
Finally, Text Link Ads is coming through for me. I signed up in December, but it took a couple weeks to get some advertisers on my blog. Now I only have one spot empty, but nobody has bought my Feedvertising. We’ll see how that goes.
- PayPerPost – $56
- AdSense – $50.61
- TLA – $47.84
As for consulting and my writing at Job Tuition, they are both comparable to the above numbers. I decided to leave the precise numbers out, as a courtesy to my clients/employers.
Make money on your blog
The big question is how you can take this data and use it to your benefit. One word: try! I haven’t done anything spectacular here. I just try different things.
Sign up for AdSense and Text Link Ads. These are easy ways to make some money, especially when the traffic starts flowing in.
If you’re careful, paid posts can be a good route as well. Just don’t sacrifice your readers to earn $5. Be courteous to them, and they’ll understand that you’re just trying to offset the time and labor you put into writing content.
Which brings us to the most important point: write good content. You can’t monetize a blog if you don’t write good content. It doesn’t have to be award-winning. Just make it honest, to the point, and responsive to your audience.
Finally, look at blog job boards or craigslist, and see if anything peaks your interest. Don’t second-guess yourself. Just give it a try. What do you have to lose?
If you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, please post a comment or drop me a line.
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