Wednesday, July 26, 2006

How to Make Money from your blog selling text links

I'm going to take a short break from blog traffic building techniques and discuss something that I'm sure you have already thought about - how to make money from your blog.
Okay, so not everyone wants to make money from their blog. That's fine and in fact it's not a good thing if the core reason you started blogging was to make money.
Your reason for blogging should be because you love the topic you are writing about and if you make money, as a side effect, that's a bonus.
If you intend for your blog (or many blogs) to eventually become the source of your full time income, then one of your most important jobs is to test all the different ways you can make money from blogging.
Your priority will always be to increase your traffic and provide great value to your readers, but how successful you are at earning an income will depend on your ability to maximize your monetization methods - so you have to keep testing.
And lets face it - our motivation for blogging increases when we also earn a financial reward for doing so. Imagine if each extra hour you spent on writing your blog meant for an exponential growth in your income as well - you get paid for doing something you love.
I DIDN'T PLAN TO EARN FROM BLOGGING When I first started blogging I didn't think much about making money, I knew I needed traffic before I could even think about earning financial rewards. I decided that regular blogging would have lots of rewards if I kept it up, one of which could be money, so I should focus on building my traffic for the short term and forget about how poorly I was paid (financially) for doing so.
A LONG STORY SHORT To cut a long story short I now make *some* money from my blogs. It's quite erratic in terms of how much I make - sometimes $300 a month, all the way up to my best month where I topped $2000.
I make money from affiliate programs, selling advertising, Google AdSense and selling text links. It's the last one - text links - that I want to talk to you about today.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING TEXT LINKS Just last month I decided to test out a new method to make money on my blog by using a service called Text-Link-Ads. This is a great service that connects people who want to buy text links on other sites with website owners who want to make money from selling links. You can check it out for yourself here -
To be honest when I first tried this service I didn't expect much because I had tried similar services in the past which haven't brought in much money. I was pleasantly surprised this time though. I'm now making a consistent $200+ per month from it and all I need to have is eight plain text links down the right side of each of my two blogs.
HOW MUCH WILL YOU EARN? I suggest you at least try the service because it's free to sign-up for and easy enough to implement if you have a WordPress blog. How much you will earn is dependent on how popular your blog is and where you put the links on your blog. Even if you have a low traffic blog, say about 100 visitors per day, you may bring in an extra $25 per month, which will only increase as your blog's traffic increases.
If you want to have some fun and calculate how much you could earn, visit this price calculator which will estimate your earnings for you -
MAKING MONEY FROM BLOGGING I've been amazed by the potential for money to be made from blogging. Right now the Internet is experiencing a huge boom in online advertising spending. Companies are taking money they used to spend on offline advertising and investing in online advertising.
As a blogger you are a publisher, which means you have media you can sell advertising on and take your slice of all that money flowing online.
Of course you don't have to if you don't want to, but if you are like me and the idea of living a life where you are paid to do what you love, when you want to and how you want to, is a fantastic goal to work towards. Don't be ashamed to try and generate money from your blog - you can give it away to charity if it really bothers you!
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Saturday, July 22, 2006

To make money blogging you need traffic

If you are planning to make money blogging you will first and foremost need traffic. One of the most common needs of site owners is traffic. Without traffic a website barely exists, and we shouldn’t even begin to talk about making money with blogs. I will try to discuss the most important steps to attract targeted traffic.
Beginners to blogging usually make the mistake of wanting any kind of traffic and therefore they get themselves into programs that offer tens of thousands of hits for their site, but most of them are blind hits. And after this sour experience they wind up frustrated and give up any hopes of making on the internet let alone making money from their blog.
For those who have learnt from this experience, they have to come to the conclusion that the only type of traffic they need is targeted traffic. They need real interested visitors, not visitors forced by a traffic generating system to enter their site.
So, let’s go over the five steps:
1. Affiliate programs.
These programs consist of giving part of your profit to those who help you sell. In time you can get a true army of promoters that will advertise for you. This is done not just for internet sites; it is also done in real life, by big companies.
2. Adding content
Adding high quality content to your site you will make an ideal instrument to always increase traffic. Search engines provide the highest position to the most relevant site for the given keyword. So your content must be well thought, containing the terms you are selling or proving many times, but being still easy to read.
3. Creating content materials
While you search for material to add to your site, others are searching for sites that publish content. Creating some article or newsletter will allow you to add it immediately to your site, but you can also give it to others along with a link to your site.4. Publishing through Enzines
A good way to achieve a number of loyal visitors is to occasionally announce everyone that chooses to be announced of news and new products. Publishing quality information in the sent emails will give a boost to your credibility and you will build a serious amount of loyal visitors.
5. Pay per Click Search Engines
When using such engines, you will pay to increase your rank for various keywords used in searches. If the keywords are chosen properly, you will be paying only for the visitors you are interested in.
So there you have it. Five of the basic steps. Under thought about under utilized but always most frustrated about. Heres to your success !!. Make money blogging !!!