Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Getting Paid to Post

Another way of making money from your blog is by being paid to write a post about a specific company, product or service.

For obvious reasons, advertisers won't pay someone who has only just started blogging, and the various intermediary companies who bring together the advertisers and bloggers - or publishers, as they are referred to - usually have an approval system before you are given the opportunity to write sponsored posts.

Usually, they will want the blog to be 2 or 3 months old at least and with a minimum number of total posts and/or monthly posts.

Once you do start writing the paid posts, then I think it's important to maintain the overall quality of the blog by writing about products that are in keeping with the content of the site, and also don't detract from your regular posts. This will, in the long run, produce better results both for yourself and for the sponsors.

Here are some sites where you can apply to write sponsored posts or reviews.

BLOGTOPROFIT

Bloggerwave

Blogsvertise

Pay per Post

PayU2Blog

Review Me

Smorty

Sponsored Reviews

Saturday, 26 July 2008

AdSense Makes Sense

In my previous post I mentioned Google AdSense. This can be a regular and sometimes very good source of income for bloggers.

When you put AdSense on your blog, the ads that appear are automatically related to the context of what is written on the site (Contextual Ads), to make it more likely that visitors will want to click on them and thus generate money for you.

Google are very strict, however, in their Terms of Service and there are 3 points in particular that you would do well to be absolutely clear about, otherwise you run the risk of having your account terminated.

First of all, you can't have any other ads that are also contextual ads. If you want to sign up with another company as well, make sure that this won't be in violation of Google's Terms of Service. You can usually check in the FAQ of the other company to see if they can run alongside other ads but, if in doubt, as someone who is not yet an expert, my policy is to be safe and not do it.

Secondly, you are not allowed to encourage anyone to click on the ads, and finally, you can't click on them yourself.

Now, as far as optimisation of Google Ads is concerned, I think there are 2 main factors. The first is the actual design and placement of them. When you are placing the ads on your site, you can design the colour, size and type that you feel would be most effective. You can however, only have up to a certain number of units on the page - at the moment it is 3.

The second and, I feel, much more important factor is traffic. In other words, the number of people visiting your site. This is actually just common sense - if you don't have people looking at your site, how can they look at the ads?

And not simply traffic, but what is called targetted traffic. Not just people dropping by your site, but people who are actually interested in what is written there. Again, just common sense really.

So, this can help us focus on getting targetted traffic in order to increase our income stream. I will be talking about ways of increasing traffic in another post.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Blogging for Money

It seems that blogging is the main way to make any decent sort of money from the internet. The people that I see on the internet making money are the bloggers whose blog or blogs give them several channels of income.

When I first started reading up about blogging, the first or one of the first things that everyone was saying was to blog about something you know and preferrably care about. I definitely agree with this, because if you are going to keep up a blog, then you are going to have to care enough about it to keep posting regularly, and if you know the subject then obviously you're going to be posting about issues that are within your experience.

There is quite a lot of talk about finding your niche. However, there are so many blogs out there about so many different issues, that I feel you would be hard put to find something that hasn't been covered. So, basically I believe that you should just blog about something you are confident that you can keep going with, and automatically you will bring your own angle to it.

The ways of making money from your blog or blogs are basically as follows -

Contextual Ads: The best known of these is Google AdSense. These are ads placed on your blogs that automatically adjust to the context, so that they are relevant to what people are reading. The amount you get paid depends on the number of times people click on them.




Sponsored Posts: Many advertisers pay bloggers to write posts about their products or services.

Becoming an Affiliate: In other words, you have ads or links on your blog and get paid commission on the sales, leads or referrals that come through them.

Direct Advertising: People or companies pay you to place an ad on your blog.

Direct Selling: You sell your own products or services through your blog.

To me these are the main income generators from your blog and I will be writing separate posts about my experiences with all of them.

Finally, I just want to mention the blogging platform that I have chosen - Blogger. The two main reasons for this are firstly that it is free and secondly I can put Google Ads on it, from which I derive income.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Learning from the masters

The word "apprentice" implies that there is a master or masters. This also applies to working online.

To learn from people who have professional experience and are able to give serious and responsible advice and tips I have tried to find the best in the field. For general money-making I have found Dosh Dosh to have comprehensive and wide-ranging advice, and I use it as a constant point of reference.

More specifically for blogging, I have ProBlogger and John Chow as points of reference. I subscribe to both of these sites as I think it's important, as in any other business, to keep up with stories and advice about what's happening in the world of blogging.

Aside from these 3, I'm trying to learn and pick up things just by looking at whatever I find in other blogs and social networks. I look to see how successful someone is and then just try and understand what they are doing and learn from that, whilst adapting it to my needs and situation. I'm not going to get into that in this post, but will go through stuff that I have learnt and found to be useful in later posts.

What I'm really trying to say here is that we need to find those who are experienced and successful and learn from them. That's one of the wonderful things about the internet - it's possible to find so much information and advice.

Friday, 11 July 2008

Paid to Click

Another way to make money without any expense is with the Pay to Click programmes. When you sign up with one of these programmes, you are given some sites to click on for 30 seconds and you are paid - usually $0.01 per click. Now this is going to make me a fortune, even clicking every day, but you can generate referrals and get percentages from their clicks.

I have read that a lot of these programmes are not so reputable and that people have had problems in getting paid, but there is one that generally seems to get good reviews - ClickSense. I've signed up for it and set aside some time every day for "casual clicking". You can sign up easily here -

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Social Networking for Money

Even if you don't have a website or blog, you can join social networks on the internet and make money. There are many networks you can join, but the with the two I am going to mention in this post you can actually make money from participating.

The first is Yuwie -



Another site that has recently gone online is ZenZuu. I've just joined this, so I don't know yet how things will go, but again the revenue is shared among members and getting referrals is going to be the best way to make some decent amounts of money. They also have listings of business opportunities. Signing up is easy and free -

With both these networks the real money is to be made through referrals. As the levels of referrals below you increase, the amount you earn increases geometrically. Perhaps one good way to get a targetted market for referrals is to refer people from Yuwie (which has a much larger membership) to ZenZuu.
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