Monetize Your Blog or How to Make Blog $
I found out about making money on blogs by reading a post on a random blog I found while searching for something else. I was intrigued; do people really make money on their blogs?
I found that indeed they do. There are many different ways to monetize your blogs and websites. Recently I completed an online course on internet marketing and learned so much more about how to make money.
You may read all the time about this guy or gal made millions on the internet and now lives in Barbados where they lounge all day. I do know some people who made huge amounts of money online. In fact the group presented the course that I completed; now make huge amounts of money. They went public with their company and are on the stock exchange now. They started out just like anyone but developed a strategy or formula and followed it all the way to the bank.
Okay in the real world, the average blogger may make a modest amount of money. I get 30 emails a day from online marketers trying to sell me new ways to make money online. To be quite honest to make the “big bucks” you would need daily blog traffic in the thousands. But there is still a market for anyone to make money so I will go into several ways to monetize your blogs and websites.
mon•e•tize tr.v. mon•e•tized, mon•e•tiz•ing, mon•e•tiz•es
1. To establish as legal tender.
2. To coin (money).
3. To convert (government debt) from securities into currency that can be used to purchase goods and services.
Many factors determine if you make money and to what degree.
There SEVERAL ways of making money I have listed a few.
• Sell a product on your blog or website
• AdSense from Google
• AdWords from Google
• Affiliate marketing
• Buying and selling websites
• Selling / Teaching marketing
• Sell “how to” video’s
AdSense. This is a process where you allow Google to place ads on your blogs and they pay you per click or page impression. If you use blogger the process is dead simple, if you use another blogging platform the process is a little bit more detailed. You cannot place ads on WordPress dot com sites but you can place ads on WordPress dot org. That is if you own the domain (that is another entire conversation). A page impression is when someone lands on your site and a click is where the person actually clicks on an ad on your site. Google AdSense has two options where the advertiser pays per 1,000 page impressions usually it’s a penny per 1,000 click. Many blogs have a widget/gadget (a tiny application or code) where you can paste your AdSense ad code. Once the code is placed you will see the ad on your blog, you choose what size and color of the ad. Sometimes you can choose the type of ads. Usually Google picks the ads they think fits your blog information. There are ads for search and ads for your RSS feed you could go ad crazy but I think it clutters up your blog. There are a lot more complicated calculation factors that Google uses to place and how they pay you for ad clicks. If you use Blogger as your blog platform below is the step by step screen shots to guide you. However Goggle makes it really easy for you to set up the ads on your sites.
The highlight area below is the most important thing to remember about having Adsene on your blog. Google is not kidding about any of this.
agree to adhere to AdSense program policies (details)
I agree that I will not click on the Google ads I’m serving through AdSense.
I will not place ads on sites that include incentives to click on ads.
I agree that I can receive payments made out to the payee name I have listed above.
I will not place ads on sites involved in the distribution of copyrighted materials.
I will not place ads on sites that include pornographic content.
I certify that I have read the AdSense Program Policies.
I do not already have an approved AdSense account. (Click here if you do.)
This screen is where you will decided where to place the ad on your site by clicking the add a gadget then click on AdSense,Google will place an ad in that area, the header, footer,inside the post or along the side.
Next is a random website I found with Google AdSense ads on the blog. You can see along the right hand side are several ads that relate the content of the blog.
The down and dirty about Google AdSense is that it enables you to earn money by placing targeted text and image ads on your blog I had ads on 3 blogs running for a year and I made about $28.00. Granted those sites did not get a huge amount of traffic. Traffic = money. If you do decided to place Google ads on your site, be sure you do not click on the ad even if you are curious about the ad Google will shut you down right away, they consider that cheating and I guess in the beginning a lot of bloggers clicked and clicked on their own ads, which generated money for the blog. But the people who pay to place ads on your site want traffic to be exposed to their ads. The more people see your ads the better the percentages that you sell something. That is ad selling 101.
Google will not send you a check until you have reached $100.00 in ad revenue. It has been known that once you get close to $100.00 Google will shut you down. They will not give a reason, you can appeal but they rule and you can no longer EVER use Google AdSense again.
Well have I scared you off from AdSense? I would suggest you set it up anyway as long as you don’t click on your ad or don’t send emails to other to click on your ad. If you get stuck on the set up or process Google has good tutorial videos that take you through the process.
Next time we will go into to Affiliate marketing, another perhaps more lucrative way to make money with your blogs.
Thanks so much to Chocolate Dog Studios for asking me to be a guest blogger. Best Wishes BeckLee of BeckLee Cottage Designs.