Even though it seems hard to make money on your blog, it really isn’t that difficult. Let that soak in! It’s really not that hard to earn money on your blog. This is especially true if you have a loyal readership. Make no mistake about it, the only way you are going to make money on your blog is if you have readers. A lot of people poo-poo the importance of traffic to the earnings equation, but honestly, it’s the way the online world works. If you have Dooce traffic, you’re going to make a lot of money. If you have significantly less (and I meansignificantly less) traffic, you’re not going to make that much cash.
So, how do you make money on your blog?
You must write a blog that people remember and want to read. Period. How do you create a blog like that? I believe it’s a three-fold approach:
1) pen great stories or share useful advice
2) establish a consistent voice and point of view (let people know where you’re coming from)
3) have a beautiful blog (people like pretty!)
1. Private Advertising
Once you have worked on creating the best blog you can and are ready to accept advertising you should start selling private ads. Small businesses are always looking for affordable advertising options. Make sure they know you are accept ads. Why? Unless you have a lot of traffic, being a part of an ad network is not going to net you a lot of money and you have to wait for your checks to arrive. Also, affiliate advertising won’t work that well either unless you are clever about placing them in your posts or on your blog where there is also full disclosure.
Private advertising is effective because companies pay for ad space up front and you have complete control of the advertising that runs on your site, unlike on ad networks. If, however, you have a lot of traffic, then an ad network is an optimal option for you. Ever since I started creating sites in 2003 I have always sold my own ads. I use AdSpeed.com to monitor impressions and clicks, which companies — large and small — really like.
Here are her other ideas. Click here for the details.
2. Write An E-Book
3. Sell Your Wares or Merchandise
4. Write for Others
5. Dabble in Vlogging and Podcasting
6. Create a Community
Type A Parenting for the Modern World
I blog on children's literature, parenting and education and am doing some of her ideas but not enough.