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Monday, February 7, 2005

How to Make Money with Your Blog Site

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Which are the best and most effective ways to make money online with your blog site or independent news site? In this MasterNewMedia guide I will talk you through a series of options to make money blogging that I have personally tested over more than ten years of experience in the web publishing filed.

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Photo credit: Georgios M.W.

Prompted by Make Money off Your Blog, an editorial article from The Washington Post contributor Mike Peed, I would like to share my discoveries and recommendations on how to make money online with your blog while keeping interruptive ads (banners, pop-ups, flashy ads, etc.) off your site.

On February 1st, 2005, as promised, I turned off the rest of the banners and sponsor promo boxes appearing on my mini-network, as current revenues no longer rely on traditional, in-your-face, interruptive promotional messages. As the road to successful online ad promotion is indeed another one.

But these are unique, effective revenue channels you might want to consider to make money blogging and to boost the sustainability and profit potential of your micro-publishing enterprise. If used right, these channels help any serious online publisher move her news site from a part-time passion into a serious, competitive business.

You can't do it overnight, but with enough nose, patience and dedication, you can indeed make money online with your blog.

 

How To Make Money With Your Blog



1) Google AdSense

Google AdSense is by far the best, most rewarding monetization resource for blogs, news sites and small, content-rich information sites.

Google AdSense, lets independent publishers, bloggers and news site owners to publish text-based, context-relevant ads next to the content on their sites. This is done automatically without you, the publisher, having to worry about anything else except putting small-sized code inside each of your web pages.

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For every click on Google AdSense contextual ads, the publishing sites receives credit for a small amount of money, while Google keeps an undisclosed amount of the total advertising share.

Though many lament lack of relevance for the ads and little return for the increased info clutter on their pages - many silent publishers - probably the ones who consciously make less noise about this, are indeed making money on the web with this program.

What few understand, is that to make money with AdSense involves strategic work. Just placing the code on your pages isn't enough.

The focus of your site, the way the content is organized, the way web pages are coded, the titles you use and the color and position you select for placing your AdSense ads on your web pages all make a difference to the results you get. Significant.

What is important is that different rules apply to different types of pages and content. So no set of rules equally apply to all sites.

The key is for the publisher to keep questioning the integration of contextual, text-based ads by doing systematic, ongoing testing, experimentation and optimization.

For a focused blogger, this can mean from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month. For a dedicated publisher covering high-paying information areas, it is possible to get into the five-digit range without any major investments and with a relatively short time-to-market.

I am not talking about a blogger in the traditional sense, but rather to focused and very professional independent information resources like Search Engine Watch or paidContent, for example.

Google AdSense offers also the opportunity to monetize site searches while providing a powerful, lightning-fast search engine for your own site at no extra cost.

By providing search-relevant ads on your site's search results pages, Google AdSense adds another great opportunity to monetize premium service and access with relevant text-based information about products and services.

Too bad Google AdSense doesn't let you select your contextual advertisers from its inventory.

Here some great examples of AdSense at work.



Other contextual advertising services:

 



2) BlogAds

BlogAds is an effective solution to make money online with your blog that allows you to take control of your advertisers and comparing your profit share with your online ad agency.

As the name clearly implies, BlogAds is an advertising service for blogs that offers a great opportunity for small, independent publishers, blogs and news sites to sell their ad space in a direct and useful way.

BlogAds keeps 30 percent of your net revenue and sends you the rest by PayPal or check as soon as you reach a predetermined amount.

For your advertisers BlogAds provides a great bonus in terms of speed and simplicity:

"Ordering an ad takes just two or three minutes. Submit your image and / or text ad. Define its duration. Pay with PayPal's secure forms. You are done. After the blogger approves the ad, return to tweak and optimize clickthroughs, renew or order on new blogs."

With BlogAds, the publisher has total control over which ads to accept and which ones to reject.



Other self-serve ad platforms:

  • Crispads is an advertising network focused on blogs. Crispads allows publishers to place ads in blog entries so that they're included in their RSS / ATOM feeds to generate revenues for syndicated content.
  • grokAds - an advertising clearinghouse for both buyers and sellers which works with any type of site. The service offers quick and easy advertising to a specific market.
  • AdBrite - AdBrite also lets you select which kinds of ads you want to sell to your website visitors as well as setting the prices you want to charge.

 



3) Amazon Associates

The Amazon Associates program lets independent online publishers make money online by advertising product inside Amazon's inventory as affiliate agents.

All it takes is adding a small, identifying code to the links that take your website visitors to a specific Amazon product page (books, DVDs, electronics, etc.).

If the visitors who clicked on your link buy an item - even if it's not the item you point to - you earn a small commission.

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Though the amount of return with the Amazon Associates program is small, nonetheless it is another way to make money with your blog without adding clutter or not-relevant disruptive information to your valuable content.

References to relevant books add to the user experience as it helps those who want to search for more information on a topic to see immediate and hand-picked recommendations.

As a matter of fact, it is possible to earn as much as 10 percent per sale as an Amazon Associate.

 



4) Text Links

Text links are controversial for some purists, but for those seeking a way to make money online without adding clutter and intrusive ads to their content it is an interesting opportunity to explore further.

Text links are an advertising market that brokers small, text-only links, which often don't need prominent placement (the payback is not on the clicks) on your site pages.

What the advertisers want is a link presence on your site to gain extra "authority" (like the Google PageRank indicator) in an artificial way. This is why you may have noticed many of these text links being placed at the bottom of content pages or in other non-premium positions.

The goal of text links is to increase a site's value in search engines. The good thing is that the independent publisher has more and more options from which to select. Also, the publisher can approve and accept text links that are complementary and relevant to the site's content.

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Though many text links point to second-rate services and products (online casinos, poker, Viagra, etc.) - this marketplace is becoming more visible, therefore more advertisers of mainstream products and tools are popping up in numbers. Since you are the one accepting such advertising contracts, the selection of what you display is up to you.

To play this game, it is helpful to have a Google PageRank of 4 or more. (Here is an article where you can find out how to measure Google PageRank).

For those having a PageRank value of 6, 7 or more, there is great opportunity for serious monetization. As an indicator, five or six text ads can easily bring in a few hundred dollars every month on a PR 6 site / blog.

Here is a Google-generated list of companies brokering text link ads.

To find more on text links ads see also: "Will Plain-Text Ads Continue to Rule?" (Source: Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)



Other online text link agencies:

 



5) Premium Content Sponsorships

Selling sponsored space is another option for the independent publisher to make money online. While this was associated with prominent flashy banner ads, this is changing and expanding in many ways. In my view, the successful strategy is to use selected and relevant sponsors to introduce, give access or extend the value offered by premium content.

A relevant product or service can sponsor a news channel or RSS feed. Sponsors can also promote a rich section of additional related content to a standard article. Having a resourceful bibliography or annotated resources section in your next ebook or mini-guide is also fertile ground to effectively showcase relevant sponsors.

X-events, podcasting, live and recorded web conferences, online interviews are great unobtrusive and relevant sponsorship opportunities.

See also: New Online Advertising Strategies: No More Interruptive Ads

 



6) Related Reports

Another opportunity to make money blogging should see more in the near future is affiliate marketing of related research reports.

For sites that cover specific industry or niche topics, this is an opportunity to play an effective marketing role for research clearinghouses and large publishers of intelligence reports, analyst insider briefings, white papers and research findings.

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These types of reports usually carry a higher price tag than normal ebooks and physical publications. The reason for the high price tag is because their content is focused on specific industries and topics and it has information that's hard to find elsewhere.

The technology that makes this possible is available from 21Publish (the blog hosting provider) in partnership with Market Research.

 



7) Affiliate Sales

A good way to make money online with selected products and services is affiliate sales. This approach involves signing up to become an affiliate reseller of specific products.

As long as the affiliate products do not affect the publisher's credibility and provide pointers to useful, high-value products that the publisher fully endorses, affiliate sales are a rewarding monetization channel.

The commissions received for these sales vary depending on the product and the original vendor sales and marketing strategy. LinkShare and Commission Junction are two of the largest affiliate program brokers. Check out their catalogs to get a good idea of what products and commissions are available.

If you write and publish your own ebooks and other premium content publications, you may want to consider using an affiliate sales program to give your products greater reach and exposure.

My preferred provider for this is Share*It!, which offers full payment and an ecommerce infrastructure to online publishers while integrating a customizable affiliate program. You can set the commission and the products that you want your affiliates to manage.

Share*It! automatically takes care of payments and accountability of the transactions; it sends updates and timely sales reports both to you and to your registered resellers. The system even automatically creates content pages that the reseller can link to from her own site.

 



8) Online Guides and eBooks

Self-published books, eBooks, mini-guides, tutorials and other types of premium content generate a respectable source of income for those with relevant and useful content to share.

Focused guides and reference publications in niche areas are a growing demand from qualified customers, especially when these products can be easily pre-evaluated in some form.

For bloggers, news sites and small independent publishers, ebooks and online guides should make a natural monetization channel to make money online.

Much of the content written for a site is easy to re-edit and re-purpose for commercial use. Reviewing editors, topic-specific bloggers can use their writing talent to put together the best content they have on a specific topic.

Selling eBooks requires good online marketing skills, lots of exposure, visibility and honest testimonials from satisfied buyers. A little army of affiliate resellers can go a long way in helping your ebook get extra exposure and visibility. Plus partnering / bundling your product with those who are already the best in your class helps get more copies out the door.

 



9) Bookstore Distribution and POD Publishing

You can also increase profitability and exposure of your eBooks by using a company like Lightning Source, which can distribute your digital content on Amazon bookshelves while allowing you to offer printed versions of your masterpieces using POD technology (print on-demand).

See also: Self-Publish Your Book: Guide To The Best Self-Publishing Services.

 



10) Merchandising

Selling your branded t-shirt or baseball cap makes sense to make money online when your publishing project has a strong brand, a powerful message or an issue that it stands behind.

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Why would people shell out $20 or more to buy a branded t-shirt promoting a web site? If a bold tagline spells out a strong message or slogan about something of which many are passionate, readers want to support the cause by wearing them.

I think this works effectively when:

a) The personal brand is good enough to create a desire in readers to "stand" for it (few bloggers or news sites have this kind of charisma, but people like Joi Ito or Howard Rheingold most likely can command some of this), or

b) the author or blog / site stands for something clearly identifiable. It may be an overarching mission or a number of changing issues that make effective marketing themes for such products.

CafePress offers an extensive catalog of shorts, caps, calendars, mugs with over 80 customizable merchandise products waiting for your logo and tagline to be printed on them. CafePress provides the raw merchandise that you can customize by uploading your artwork and interactively adjusting it on through its online command center.

While CafePress charges a base cost for the material (e.g.: $13.99 base price for T-shirts), you can price your branded merchandise however you like and CafePress dutifully manages the transaction, payment, shipment and your monthly payments for your hard-earned commissions. In the process, CafePress also creates a full web-based shopping center that can be customized to match your web site's design.

 



11) Collections, Anthologies, Compilations and Curated Content on CD-ROM

Thanks to CafePress and similar services, independent online publishers also have the opportunity to make money online by delivering vast amounts of content such as aggregated anthologies of articles, reports, audio and video files, or research collections on CD-ROM. All with complete infrastructure support for the mastering, duplication, labeling and shipping of these.

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Again, the publisher pays a wholesale cost for the production of each CD-ROM ordered and the profit comes from the markup that the publisher decides on for each item sold.

CafePress clears payments from customers, prints the CD, packages it and ships it to your customer. It sets aside your profit margin and cuts a check for you at the end of the month.

The publisher base price is $4.99 per CD (excluding shipping). You can mark up the price as much as you want and CafePress collects payments and sends your profit margin to you.

More info: CafePress Data CD.

 



12) Paid Assignment

While many find this very controversial, more companies are using bloggers and independent sites to talk about, promote or cover specific products and issues.

The Marqui program, in which I participated, is a good example. But there are other ways to go about it.

A person can go to a company and become its official online blogger or take specific assignments for prominent sites and work for them, with or without credit, covering specific issues.

The important thing here is to be clear and upfront about it.

People are inflexible about paid assignments because they're afraid that the people they trusted and read without question before may now write articles because they are paid for it.

From my point of view, I say the following:

a) Question your sources, no matter how good they are and how fanatical you are about them.



b) Take that ham away from your eyes: there is no objectivity, outside of the transparency of the reporter, blogger or news reporter. Everyone is influenced in one way or another.

You don't need to take money from a customer to be influenced. What about all those journalists and bloggers who routinely receive free evaluations of gadgets and software that everyone else has to pay for? Doesn't that influence them? Invitations to press dinners? Product launches? Come on.

What counts, and what I think readers value the most, is being upfront, transparent and credible.

Assuming you have been, like everyone else, "exposed" to cover certain issues rather than others - what matters is how "transparent" you are about revealing your driving motives, interests and goals while writing on that topic.

Can you be influenced while remaining true to your opinions? I believe you can.

Making money per se is not a disreputable act, neither is getting paid to write about a certain topic: isn't this what newspapers command their editors to do?

What the critics of paid assignments have underestimated is the large demand out there for this. If the paid writers are transparent, accountable and professional with their assignment, then this is as legitimate as any other activity.

I guess you only need to decide if you are in it for the art or the part.

Marqui paid $800 to the bloggers who did the assignment. Each one was required to write four articles a month that at least mentions and links to Marqui.

 



13) Donations

If you support a cause that goes beyond the mere reporting of news in your areas of interest, why not consider making money by asking your readers for support?

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People like to take a stand for the people whom they think can make a difference, so why not use this strategy to finance some of your effective communication campaigns? PayPal Donations, Amazon Honor System and BitPass all offer a simple way to add a snippet of code to your site to make it easy for people to donate.

Depending on the system adopted, you may opt to receive money in the currency you prefer.

 



Additional Opportunities To Make Money Online With Your Blog



Join a Publishing Network

If you are just starting up with your blog or small news site and need either more traffic, exposure or experience before you feel you can do any of the above on your own, then joining a group blog may work for you.

Here a list of popular group blogs:

Working in a group blog can ease the pressure of having to post on a daily basis, gives you greater exposure in less time and exposes you and your ideas to an existing community of interested readers and other writers.

In some cases, like at Weblogs Inc., Creative Weblogging, Squidoo and elsewhere, contributing bloggers are also paid a share of the advertising revenue their blog generates.

 

Blog At Your Best

Blog your best without worrying about making money on the web. Making money online comes as a consequence of your extra exposure and visibility.

Blogging creates extra income by allowing you to enter in close contact with relevant people in your areas of interest and by facilitating exchange and contact with prospective customers through your online presence.

Simply blogging with no strings attached increases your credibility and authority in the field and earns you extra income when you are called to give advice.

Having a blog to showcase your ability to review, explore or analyze issues and products is the best way to market yourself and to provide a living showcase of your talents and abilities.

 



Related Resources On How To Make Money Online With Your Blog



Listen:

  • Making Money
    Session from Bloggercon III
    Doc Searls leads the Making Money session at Bloggercon III. Audio from IT Conversations. [runtime: 01:24:31, 38.7Mb, recorded 2004-11-06]
  • True Voice: The Business of Blogging
    Session hosted by Stowe Boyd at the Blog Business Summit in Seattle on January 24, 2005, with Robert Scoble and Get Real contributor Greg Narian.

 

Read:



All of the above are non-exclusive strategies that can be used in parallel with other activities to make money online for bloggers, news sites and other content-focused online resources.

 


What I Have Learned In My Experience

A few guiding principles have stood out from my own experience in the search for creating multiple income streams for an independent online publisher, blogger or small news site:



Relevance, Value

People want to see relevant information. Related to the main subject. If they like what they find, what better opportunity to give them more of what they want?

Make your readers kings and queens at your site! The products and services a publisher selects should fit the editorial line of the blog/site as much as possible; this ensures a true continuum between articles and promotional messages.

 

Complementary

The additional ad or sponsorship information has to bring in value to the overall content. Selling prestigious and prominent content space for money without considering the relevance of the sponsoring firm to the sponsored content is a wasted opportunity for both sides.

Given that no one enjoys being distracted by brand x or product z when trying to find something unrelated — why not leverage this natural and reasonable defense mechanism and match sponsors to relevant events and content spaces? Why not allow sponsors to provide extra value to the content/event offered by providing access/integration to premium-quality complementary resources?

 

Visual Unobtrusiveness - Non-Interruptiveness

Sponsorships, text-based ads, promotional messages don't have to scream for visual attention.

If they complement and enrich what is already out there, they only need to be properly and intelligently juxtaposed, formatted and legible, scannable and printable, just like any other content on their hosting page. A site's web developer should have full control over the layout and positioning of these items by using CSS.

 

Publisher Control

The publisher must be king (or queen). This is what I think.

It is the publisher and not the advertising agency or some obscure algorithm that should control which ads show up on my web pages. It should be the publisher who takes the role of information director in full; not just in respect to what is written, but also about what is promoted. Separation of editorial and marketing offices is not an advantage in the type of new-media universe I envision.

Services like BlogAds and the text-link clearinghouses facilitate this by allowing publishers to maintain full control of who are going to be their advertisers.

Google AdSense provides some control of which ads are displayed by letting publishers filter out up to 200 advertisers that may not complement their content. Ideally, as I have advocated, a publisher should be able to select from a large inventory of relevant and complementary advertisers in the ads he wants to carry.

 

Endorsement

A publisher should also in some way endorse the products she advertises as a way to provide value to her readers with such "recommendations."

I have repeatedly refused to be a well-paid affiliate reseller or advertiser for products that I didn't believe in, while many times I have offered my space for free to companies and products which I thought deserved my readers' attention (proof is available, if needed). A sense of personal ethics and editorial coherence is all it takes.

 



Which Online Monetization Strategy To Use?

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Photo credit: Elliott Scott

  • Diversify income streams: Don't bet all your money on one horse and think like a coffee shop where money is made with many small transactions across a good variety of (generally low-cost) related offerings.
  • What I am learning is that you can make money online by creating and cultivating multiple, small, income streams. Relying on one big source of income is always dangerous. If that resource disappears, so does your ability to survive.

 


What are other blog / site monetization ideas that small publishers can utilize to make their passion a full-time job?



What do you think?




Originally written by for MasterNewMedia, and first published on February 7th, 2005 as "How to Make Money with Your Blog Site" - Updated by Daniele Bazzano.

Robin Good -
 
 
 
Readers' Comments    
2012-09-29 18:25:03

Alex

Thank you for article. Wait for update version. It's time to rethink many of points you shared long time ago. Many things still work but not all.



2012-02-16 13:56:54

jasper

thanks for your post sir....i learn so many thing how to make a blog....



2010-12-09 01:16:59

Divyanshu Das

Thnx for this post sir.... it is really nice... i have just bought a domain name and i'll be starting it in a few days... :)



2010-11-02 17:58:15

Christine Schulz

I really love this post. I've learned so much in one reading. I'm just new to blogging, just set up my site and has 200 views in 2 weeks. Is that good or lame? But I'd really wanted to make it good and I got really good ideas from your post. Thanks for being very generous.



2010-10-23 21:55:40

vladomilo

I have a little blog but have not even thought about making money from it yet. This gives some ideas! Thanks!



2010-07-21 11:44:38

Vitaly Tennant

Awesome guide, and great tips to get anyone started.



2010-07-07 00:27:15

Willma

Beginners should start from google adsense, slow but sure.



2010-06-12 22:35:24

Sittercity

Your Efforts are Greatly Appreciated.

Thanks for the quick reply!



2010-06-12 07:03:31

Robin Good

I also agree and I am working hard with my editors to release in the coming days a new and updated guide to how to make money online.

Thanks for your kind feedback.



2010-06-12 06:01:30

Sittercity

A good overview of possible blog monetization. However,I agree with "Website Backup",it would be good to see an updated list.



2010-05-30 14:51:58

website backup

Do you have a similar list of tips but for 2010? Lots of things change in 2 years, especially with SEO. Thanks!



2010-04-27 02:22:16

Geordie Coach

Great post, well structured and informative.

I will check out some of the resources you mention.

Many thanks.

Aly



2010-03-16 03:23:07

The Rich Blog

Great Post!
Every single method is unique and worth trying! I have been doing really good with Adsense and Affiliate marketing on my blogs.



2010-02-26 07:48:16

Studenten

I agree with you and the usability of a blog must be good for the readers. Also must you make the blog popular with all the seo-methods.



2010-02-14 18:24:22

Juan jones

Very nice tips. I have to bookmark this page. THX



2009-12-22 03:07:40

Internet Entrepreneur

While blogging is a great way to generate a decent income stream, not only does it take a bit of effort & commitment, a healthy dose of creativity & writing ability is also needed.



2009-11-12 09:11:20

Supplemental Income Advocate

People should always think of some risk they have to avoid on how to make money on the internet. Making money online may always sound very interesting especially for people who want extra income for their family.

If you want to learn more on how to make money on the Internet, you should always use your common sense. When you have doubt on something, check it out. Don’t invest your money to anything that you are not familiar with. Verify if it is a reliable online website before you agree in any money making business.



2009-10-09 17:31:41

Bloggers Payback

This was an amazing article! There was so much information that it took me a good minute to get through, but the information presented is so useful and helpful when trying to make money blogging! I'll be keeping this for future reference. Thanks!!



2009-10-06 05:56:42

Prasoon Joshi

I'm planning to start a new interactive blog featuring health, music, etc. This information will benifit me a lot, thanks :)



2009-07-09 08:21:56

karaberky

Great post as always. Blogging is more likely for those people who really love to write and could dedicate some of their time online.



2009-05-31 01:49:35

Brent Grablachoff

Nice post. It's always a question people ask when starting a blog "how am I going to make money from this, how will I monetize my content?" Well because there are SO MANY blogs out there right now I really believe it's hard to be found. A great tip is to focus on a 'niche subject' so that you can really hone in on your audience with valuable content. This will make them want to come back for more rather than you get lost in the blogosphere.



2009-05-16 15:01:22

Evans

This is one of the most complete list out there on how to make money online. Thanks for sharing.



2009-04-22 10:41:47

Bati

Hi there!
I think your information is useful for me and i will try some of them on my blog.Have a good time!
cheer!



2009-04-10 13:02:12

John Cena

Great Post.!!

I was thinking of making some money through some or the other technqiue through my blog and guess I got the GREEN SIGNAL after reading your post. :)

Keep up the good work and keep updating nice info..!



2009-03-29 03:46:44

bedroom furniture

I think an underused, but extremely valuable, strategy to monetize your blog is to sell related products. I started a blog where I discussed acting and theater, and have made a significant income selling acting products.

It's important to stay objective and to keep the free information north of 80 of your total content, but I've found that my readers are happy to find acting products available directly from my blog.
You can find products to sell by searching for drop-shippers in your industry, or you can test out a free system that I created for bloggers to sell related products. It's tipzu.com.



2009-03-24 09:55:09

Blogging for Money

Great article - it's amazing how many ways a blog can generate income (as long as it gets the traffic)



2009-03-24 03:31:01

Auto Recruiting Expert

That's a really magnificent post! I want to monetize my blog and this will definitely be my guide. :)



2009-03-18 09:13:32

Robin Good

Brenden,
you are right on the mark!

Membership sites are indeed one of best and fastest growing sectors in online business. They are just something different than monetizing a blog as explained here.

I personally suggest checking out TeachingSells.com to learn everything about this powerful marketing and business opportunity.



2009-03-18 09:07:58

Brenden Sharp

Robin, what about membership based websites? I know that some websites are generating substantial revenue using this model.



2009-03-09 21:49:11

Blog Stats and Updates – IV

I never thought there are so many ways to make money from blogs. Thanks for giving all useful links. I needed them.
I am on my quest to get traffic to my blog before making money from them.



2009-03-09 21:26:46

Phil

Great and compelling stuff! I am a speedy reader, but I found myself lingering on the site for quite some time!...I'll be back for more.



2009-01-30 15:51:17

Roma

wow! interesting!
Robin, you r the number one!



2009-01-07 15:57:06

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thank you for this helpful post I've stayed on you page for 30 minutes to read it and already bookmark your site



2009-01-01 10:20:45

Shafar

Very very useful article for a beginner like me! Thanks! :)



2008-12-06 17:28:21

Dylan

Great info loved It. Keep it up!



2008-12-05 20:32:03

Bang Kritikus

Good Article !!, thanks for your tips.



2008-12-04 01:26:28

Zar

Keep up the good work, it was really inspirational for me as a new comer in this field.



2008-12-03 11:33:55

Business Directory

Great Article! Th u very much!!!!



2008-11-27 22:43:40

madhan

very nice info to me,.,Keep up the great work!!!



2008-11-27 02:48:25

Steve

Thanks for your ideas, though some of them like google adsense are very common others proved to be useful.

Thanks once again



2008-11-21 15:34:54

Pat

I stumbled on this as I was looking for ways to explain to colleagues how our blog contributes to our strategic goals, one of which is revenue. Thanks for the help!



2008-11-09 23:17:28

Mike

Excellent posting regarding making a blog pay off. Well Done!!



2008-10-15 20:51:13

SuperTruth

This is an entire course in Internet Marketing. Thanks for the time that it took to put it together.



2008-10-01 07:41:56

Annie

Or it just me or it it weird that there are blogs out there that make money by teaching people how to make money from writing blogs??

Sounds a bit redundant no?



2008-10-01 07:41:56

Annie

Or it just me or it it weird that there are blogs out there tha tmake money by teaching people how to make money from writing blogs?? http://bloggingforeasycash.blogspot.com
Sounds a bit redundant no?



2008-09-26 12:37:50

Motto

Great find with this post- Will keep on reading your other stuff too!
Well done!



2008-09-21 13:26:11

Daniel -Internet Business Opportunities

I love this post, very informative. I keep researching for new ways to monetize my own blog and website and this post is full of information about it.

Thank you

Best Regards



2008-09-12 23:03:37

Make money online: SFM

Great tips for all bloggers who are willing to make money from their blogs. So far I have get success in making some money with Google Adsense, Text link Ads, Banner Advertising and Paid blogging only. But I'm going to try some more ideas that you mentioned here to increase my earnings.



2008-09-03 17:04:07

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2008-09-01 18:23:48

MI Sharif

Really I was ipressed by author's creative information. I think these information must be much helpful for those who really wants to start new online business opportunities. And these information also may be used as a simpe manual for existing users to keep him active, effective and follow up.
I wish the best for author's success.
- MI Sharif



2008-08-29 23:34:38

Orkut Tricks | Unlock Scrapbook

Nice post. Very informative. Still I wonder, why GWT shows those errors? There are few bloggers like me who host their blogs at blogspot, and they can do nothing with those errors. They don't have access to the root files. So, I simply see those errors, feel sad, and then hit ALT+F4 :-(



2008-08-22 12:43:33

rachael

This is a great post! Thank you. Full of information. I have been successful with Affiliate links so those work great for me and I am going to add more from the list.

It is best to be as educated as possible. A friend suggested this book to me to help with understanding and implementing affliate links - this is in NO WAY an affiliate link, I am just passing it along - a rel=nofolow href="http://OnlineMoneyUniversity.com"http://OnlineMoneyUniversity.coma

It shows a legit way on how to make money through affiliate links. It was compiled with the help of Michael David McGuire, who has done tons of online marketing (look him up on Google)

It helped me so I thought I would pass it along:)

Thanks again for the great post!



2008-08-18 18:06:47

Mario

Listed examples of how to earn money on the Internet are a good way to start. However making some money from time to time is one thing but creating an income on a regular basis is a very different thing. The latter involves hard work and persistence. Very often I see people read all kinds of things about Internet and money but never actually put in action all the suggestions so I'd like to call upon people to take information about making money seriously and to act upon it.
Be serious about making money on the Internet and you'll make it - MariosCenter.com
Congratulations on ranking high in google.



2008-08-14 08:36:08

Robin Good

It would be Google AdSense, and the sale of my own products and services.



2008-08-14 08:23:39

Make Money

That is an extensive list do you actively use all? If you were to choose one that was your favorite and most beneficial what would it be?



2008-08-13 14:52:37

Surendran

Hi

The information is wonderful.
Please go ahead and look at my website to bunch a lot of javascript programs,exercises,javascript demos.



2008-08-11 10:31:15

www.BosmanBlog.com

Awesome post!! I'll definitely put the tips into practise in my blog



2008-08-10 04:05:08

keiii

Nice one! Very helpful indeed!

You really answer the question on how to make money online. Now I feel rather optimistic to earn money by trying out some ways you posted.

Many thanks!
http://kei-freegames.blogspot.com



2008-08-07 05:27:05

live7n

Great information regarding blogging and how to earn by bloging



2008-07-09 14:02:39

Anil Gupta

I would suggest using paid blogging options like Linkworth, Reviewme, Smorty, SponsoredReviews and Payperpost etc for making extra money from a blogwebsite



2008-06-18 06:02:23

jen

You guys should really try adbrite to make money. I think they're even better than adsense and they do send you your money. you can make about 200$ a day if you



2008-06-18 05:06:04

Robin Good

Dear Stephan,

in the beginning, when a site has little traffic and low PR it may be indeed a very good strategy to leave ads outside of your main pages. This will allow you to build greater credibility and following without needing to squeeze every extra cent from your published content.

So I think that your suggestion is very appropriate.



2008-06-16 05:10:42

stephan xiao

I appreciate your idea, but I also have a question: How to deal with the situation that a beginner's site has no travel and low PR? I don't think it's appropriate for publishing any banners or boxes of ads,is it?



2008-06-01 17:22:03

Toki

Hey, great post. Really great tips for beginners,Thanks...



2008-05-31 09:10:06

Domenico

Great article, Adsense definitly deserves to be first.



2008-05-19 11:42:02

Vanderwalker

The best ideas, infos, and suggestions, the RIGHT place to come! I will do a good work with all this ! When I finish, i'll invite you to my site (you can by the way click some adsense buttons just for the protocol)



2008-05-19 02:40:24

Satya

hi
All your articles are good and very informative. I was searching net to understand ways to promote my blog, I saw your article and it answer all my queries. Thanks you very much please keep up the great work.

Thanks
Satya



2008-05-15 05:59:33

Roy Phay

Hi Robin,

Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I'm always looking for ways to improve myself and I'm glad to have found your blog. Thank you for sharing with us.

Cheers,
a rel=nofolow href="http://www.RoyPhay.com"Roya



2008-05-07 13:56:27

Eerik

I would also recommend Project Wonderful. It pays you for every day someone's ad is shown on your site, instead of PPC. I use it and also Adsense on my blog www.xptricks.net



2008-04-28 04:19:49

Muhd Sufyan

Hi, for the 1st time i reach your site, i am very impressed the way you wrote articles, you deliver good response especially when how to monetize your blogsite, this is a great site which provide good articles to read.

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2008-04-26 20:32:44

Chad Gracia

I think an underused, but extremely valuable, strategy to monetize your blog is to sell related products. I started a blog where I discussed acting and theater, and have made a significant income selling acting products.

It's important to stay objective and to keep the free information north of 80 of your total content, but I've found that my readers are happy to find acting products available directly from my blog.

You can find products to sell by searching for drop-shippers in your industry, or you can test out a free system that I created for bloggers to sell related products. It's tipzu.com.



2008-04-09 23:33:22

Parker

Yes, advertising from within the Wordpress domain is against WP's TOS. If you purchase your own domain and run WP you would be fine monetizing!



2008-02-18 09:22:47

RealBiz

Hey, great post. Really great tips for beginners, thanx.



2008-02-05 11:26:43

Richard

I started a free wordpress blog that I was slowly monetizing as they say. I added a few links here and there and 70 posts later the blog was suspended without ANY warning. In my book wordpress sucks because they want to make money from members by forcing them to upgrade if they want to monetize their blogs. At least Blogger promotes free enterprise. Wordpress won't be seeing me again

Rich



2008-01-29 09:53:33

fisker

Nice and smooth. You have covered almost everything that is there. I have also written a similar post with some of the best money makers in the line. Take a look please. Suggestions are always welcome.



2008-01-25 00:18:21

Chris

Thanks for the great information, I'm just getting things going, writing a lot and looking into more ways to get my stuff read.



2008-01-19 20:21:24

jewelrycharity.com

Very informative website with important details. Making money blogging seems to be a large ocean of opportunity but trying to figure it out is like jumping in without knowing how to swim.
This article does help with me learning how to swim.



2008-01-09 22:46:40

Finance Matters

Great site, very informative. I'm new to the blogging world and very interested in making money from blogs. These articles give me inspiration.



2007-12-24 05:56:58

Roger

Wow! what a good site ......
great innovative ideas to make money instantly. I am a new blogger and i think these will help only if your blog or site is heavily optimized....some good tips i found here :
http://www.how-to-make-an-effective-blog.blogspot.com/

if anybody gets anything else please let me know



2007-12-24 02:31:59

Exciting Live Entertainment

I wish i could make myself to what you said on this post. Excellent i learn the interesting thing from you today. Thank you.



2007-12-21 02:20:37

http://www.InstantAudioRiches.com

Wow! What a comprehensive list!
That's like at least '50 ways to leave your employer!'

One option I don't see listed is pay per play ads - also known as net audio ads.

A bit like Adsense but they don't require clicks and don't take up any space! These are new and bound to open up a whole new pay per play field. I'd say that video pay per play ads will not be too far behind.



2007-12-16 00:49:57

Jack Lan

Hi everyone,

You must agree with me that this is a fantastic article written! Great works buddie.

I am also writing a e-guide regarding how to make money from blog from varies sources and come up with a video for each stratgies.

My free report and blogging business flow chart is ready, you guys might want to drop by and download, welcome your comments and feedback.
Free Download at:
http://www.MoneyFromBlog.com



2007-12-11 22:51:30

Ricky

Online business is no different than the traditional business. Traffic/customers is everything. The more people you expose your business to, the more chances that your business will sale.

The key ingredient in making lots of sales is effective advertisement. It doesn't matter how wonderful your products or services may be. If you don't advertise, you don't have traffic/customers. Thus, No Customers = No $ales.

Google is the web's premier and the most dominance search engine today. Most people don't realize, Google has become a premium revenue source for many Internet marketers. Those who have learned to master Google's marketing/advertising program (AdWords) have been reaping in huge profit. They know a number of competitive AdWords keywords or phrases that turn Google's advertising program into a "Cash Cow."



2007-12-10 06:02:11

Matched

If you want to earn money by advertising on your website then you should take a look at Matched.co.uk. You enter the details of your website and any pages you wish to have advertisements on. They then match you with advertisers and pay you £3 per advert that you display on your website for a month. You can enter up to 5 websites and 5 pages on each site so potentially you could make £75 a month for doing vitually nothing and you could earn even more through their affiliate scheme with an extra £5 per referral.



2007-12-08 21:01:26

Rodzi at 101stuffs.com

Superb article Robin, & that pretty much sums up the opportunities out there. I have several FREEBIES on my site that probably could help others get traffics to their sites.



2007-12-04 08:36:40

Delia

Great article...grazie! It is really useful. I will try to apply your hints to my blog Delia’s corner…. Maybe you can find interesting my second blog Blogging for profit…. Ciao!



2007-11-16 13:34:02

Make Money with a Blog

I have a very interesting article that is also about making money with a blog. If you are interested, please check out the article and get a few extra tips.

Also ask questions on our forum about making money.



2007-10-16 20:34:40

Nuno

Great article Robin! Thank you very much for sharing.
grazie mille.



2007-10-14 10:46:10

slotvent

Thanks for the great tips. I have been looking for something other than adsense for a long time but thats about to change now ;)



2007-09-25 16:43:01

javeed

Hi Robin

I am new blogger this information was presented in the way it should be and it was done to its perfection.It was very helpful to me. Please take a look @ my blog and please give me some advice and tricks to improve my blog and earn some dollars.

Thanks and Regards
javeed



2007-09-24 21:14:51

john

if anyones interested, i made cash selling my blog! read this its a must: http://www.make50now.com



2007-09-23 21:43:32

BillyWarhol

Another awesome Post Robin* Damn yer Good!

I first caught the Make $ itch with Eric Giguere's Book Make Easy Money with Google AdSense - He has since released several more excellent eBooks + his Blog is chock full of great advice + Tips.

BlogRush by John Reese of Income.com is a very popular Widget Bloggers can use to Increase Blog Traffic. See it on my Blog + Join there so I Get Rich Quick!!

;))

I will also be checking out all the Resources provided by yer Readers*

Cheers! Billy ;))

Peace*



2007-09-21 10:44:47

BlogOxide

Such a comprehensive article. Nothing left to explain. Thanks for sharing!



2007-09-18 13:56:33

Jim G

Very interesting article. I would like to recommend to your readership DealDotCom.com which has a really (REALLY) tasty affiliate program.

Its a great place on the web to find all the Internet Marketing products you really want for rock bottom prices. Anything and everything related to building an online business, increasing traffic, monetizing your websites, blogging, web design.. They’ve spent the last 4 months stalking big-name (and not-so-big-name) Internet Marketers who sell high-quality products, and convincing them to let us sell their stuff at huge discounts.

When you refer others to DealDotCom and they get their free account, they are marked in their system as having been referred by you. Anything that they ever buy from them nets you a 35 commission FOREVER. What’s more, anyone that they refer to DealDotCom goes on your second tier. Anything people on your second tier buy nets you a 15 commission FOREVER.



2007-09-08 21:31:44

Spencer

Thanks for taking the time to write your article Robin. I've made a hard copy and intend to use it as an invaluable reference source.



2007-07-16 05:58:48

moneyblogger

Robin! Really a mind-blowing resourceful article. Very good efforts done to put all useful information at one place for visitors like us who are constantly looking for different revenue option to make money. Thank you for providing this useful information.



2007-07-05 11:42:14

Kraig Grayson

I really appreciated this article. It was quite informative and the links to the various sites where more info can be found is commendable. Keep up the good work Robin.



2007-06-18 12:27:02

Michael Alavi

Hi All,
Here's an easy and free way to generate revenue from your blog:
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Users can select up to 300 customizable categories.

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Refer a high traffic site and walk away with thousands!
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2007-06-03 19:44:59

diane lee

Great article! I learned a few things, thanks!



2007-05-20 09:01:26

Goodman

Really cool article, thanx



2007-05-11 19:16:34

gene

Bloggers can use the Leadpile Marketplace and earn tremendous income by joining the burgeoning Online LeadGen Space.

For the first Bloggers are now able to sell their Leads produced from their own Blogs directly to hundreds of advertisers that will bid on the leads. That insures high conversions and high payouts.

More info here:
http://www.leadpile.com/money-bloggers.html
and
http://www.leadpile.com/sell-leads.html



2007-04-12 02:04:59

zenrao

Hi Robin,

This is by far the best information that I've read on how to make money via blogging. Others have offered to explain the significance of making money, but yours is throughly exhaustive. With a little help from you I would like to make my blog a good financial venture. Keep up the good work.

Thanks and regards

zenrao
http://bikingbuddha.blogspot.com



2007-03-12 13:53:30

Efren of Money Making Ideas

This simplified list of opportunities to make money online is a great help to many. Job well done, Robin!



2007-01-12 14:55:15

Dana

The irony behind this article is that your entire blog is a giant spamming of ads



2007-01-11 03:00:56

tine

well its a bit tough to earn money quickly

it takes a bit of time.

take care
http://www.sumitkar.org



2006-12-29 11:38:24

Ashley

I'm going to start blogging for the frist time, and you gave me some ideas. Hopefully now I found a way to make some extra income. Thanks



2006-12-14 01:47:48

Sagar

Great article...
So many methods of earning money are covered...
keep it up the good work...



2006-12-04 11:05:52

Dosh

Great article.. think you covered everything! Added some more elements in my blog...



2006-10-31 19:14:43

Terra

Very informative blog! I will definitely refer my clients here for blogging info!

Keep up the great work!

-Terra
Digital Smash Media



2006-10-18 22:20:01

Jesper

That's great! I found many way on making money online. I though it only adsense and affiliate. It seem it is more than I though! I love your site very much



2006-10-04 19:31:14

William

thanks for all information! i found all i need to know! your indications are useful!



2006-09-28 14:31:59

Shiny

Nice and very informative blog . Many people charge hunderds of dollars to give the same info what you have put on your blog

Please write more and I have come across this blog for people with software job interest .

If u like watching some cool videos and downloading free ipod mp3 files visit now http://storage-jobs.blogspot.com



2006-09-03 12:27:26

Sanjay Kattimani

How much traffic to a blog is decent to expect a small revenueof monthly $100



2006-08-23 15:00:57

waseem dar

I am an aspiring blogger and always look for good quality articles and pieces of writing which tell me diverse ways of enhansing my online profits through free online blogs.Your article is marvellous and gives a very detailed and indepth insight into this topic.I have learnt many new strategies and would gladly test them.I am really grateful to you for writing such a comprehensive article with super money making tips.



2006-08-08 14:34:12

monitorinvest.com

Really good content that you are providing and speaking from experience, it’s hard to really make good money through blogging as people’s mentality when visiting blogs are usually not geared to click on ads on the blog as compared to someone searching for relevant information on a content site filled with adsense and other advertising avenues…

All in all, in my experience, contents sites make way much more money than blogs due to the users mentality….

Cheers,
Little Guy Can Succeed Online
http://www.Monitorinvest.com



2006-06-16 20:12:01

Jason

Here is another site that pays you $5 directly for each text link that you incorporate into your posts: ***site deleted***



2006-01-23 23:04:17

Rick

This was quite a good article on all the different aspects of making money with one's blog, and I will be commenting on it in my own blog. I write about the general question whether or not it is possible for anyone to make money over the Internet:

How to Make Money Online Over the Internet

I hope you visit and comment - it has just started, and the first topics will be on the various scams around, until I get to blogging and how to make money with it. The blog will itself serve as a test of a minor blog and the income that can generate.



2005-12-21 07:42:00

Jen

See this also: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/12/06/how-bloggers-make-money-from-blogs/



2005-06-03 09:11:36

Kevin Hart

Came across this blog when doing some research on how to make money from my small information site, http://www.abcwritersnetwork.co.uk. It has given me a lot of food for thoujght. Some of the best bits of advice I've come across so far.



2005-02-18 14:54:38

maestro

Hey Guys, This is a really cool article!! My company, adrelief.com has put together a pretty exciting process for making money off your blogs. We just launched the beta on Feb01. For more information, check our blog out at http://adrelief.blogspot.com!!



2005-02-11 10:22:06

Dev

Awesome stuff



2005-02-10 00:33:42

Chad

Excellent article!!!



 
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