This does not hold true any longer. You don’t have to sell out to make money from your blog. You just need to make sure that your moneterisation doesn’t detract from the main content of the blog and alienate your readership.
There are many ways that you can use your blog to generate an income, and each has it’s own benefits and pitfalls which I will explain in the following article.
- The “Pay Per Post” Blog
Set up a multitude of niche blogs on either your own hosting or on one of the free blog hosts such as blogger or wordpress. Maintain them over a period of time, adding content and building up their PR, link profile and SERP ranking. Then submit them to any of the paid blog websites such as Blogitive, Review Me, PayPerPost or LoudLaunch – then start writing sponsored posts.
Pros You don’t need a large readership to make money. 20 people visiting your blog a day and you should be able to make $15 per blog per day.
Cons It takes a lot of time writing multiple posts for multiple blogs, and you have to invest time BEFORE you start earning money from them building up their authority.
- The “Flagship” Blog
This is the most profitable but also the most time consuming way of making money from blogging. The aim is to develop a small number of blogs and focusing all your attention on making them popular in their niche. They should have a high readership and traffic stats. These sorts of blogs have the most potential for making money mainly in direct advertising sales.
Pros You will not only make money from your blog, you will also attain a certain amount of fame and notoriety from peers within your niche – this then means that after a while, your blog will start to promote itself as it’s fame grows.
Cons This sort of blog is VERY time consuming. Especially if you are not outsourcing and there is only you looking after the whole site. Expect a lot of work if you go down this route.
- Automated Blogging
Automated blogs pull content in from RSS feeds, search engines and news resources to create content on your blog.
Moneterisation of these types of blogs is from contextual ads such as Google Adsense or affiliate links.
Pros Not a lot of effort has to go into maintaining these sorts of blogs after the initial set up.
Cons Low potential for profit and also ‘Splogs’ as they’re known are frowned upon by the community at large.
- Affiliate or Adsense Blogs
This involves setting up a blog on a specific topic with highly priced keywords. Some SEO knowledge is needed in order to make a success of these types of blogs. The main emphasis is on link building to targeted pages anchoring long tailed keywords. Search engine visitors looking for that term will then click through and either click an Ad or convert on a product.
Pros Not a lot of time needed if you understand the basics of SEO. You can have a freelancer write SEO rich copy for the blog and build up it’s SERP rankings using the usual SEO techniques.
Cons There will be a lot of competition in highly priced keyword niches. Search traffic may not generate enough click throughs to make a substantial income
As you can see there is a lot of potential for bloggers to make money online using their blog. Don’t be scared of trying different things and don’t be afraid of putting off your users by adding some advertising to your site. As long as it doesn’t interfere with the usability and readability of your blog, I doubt that anyone will mind.
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