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How to: Your Blog into a Profitable Venture

Posted by myblogusa on October 14, 2009

Overview of 3 major sources – – advertising, donations and paid membership

The next step, after you’ve met those requirements, is to determine how you can generate revenue to turn your blog into a profitable venture. There are three primary revenue sources for blogs: advertising, donations and paid membership.

Advertising:

One of the easiest ways to bring in advertising dollars is through Google AdSense, a free service that provides both text and graphic ads that are relevant to your content and target market. You get paid when someone clicks on the ad from within your blog.

How much you can earn depends in part on how much advertisers have bid for keywords that will link to their ads. Generally, revenue comes in the form of cost-per-click (CPC) ads, where the advertiser pays a set amount every time a visitor clicks on their ad, and cost-per-impression (CPM), where advertisers pay each time their ad is viewed on your blog — whether or not a visitor clicks on it.

Another popular way to generate advertising revenue is to use an affiliate program, where you promote top-performing products by placing a text link, image or banner on your blog site. The best strategy is to identify products that have some logical relationship to your blog. For example, if you’re blogging on cat health, ads promoting cat-related products are a good fit.

Most affiliate programs pay on a cost-per-action (CPA) basis, where visitors need to take some action such as registering for more information, signing up for a newsletter or making a purchase, before you earn any revenue. Some also work under CPC or CPM arrangements. Check with the affiliate for specific details on their payouts.

Paid memberships:

Once you’ve established a broad community with a steady stream of traffic, you will know what interests your readers and what does not, setting you up to begin offering paid memberships. The blog itself can still be free, but a reader with membership status can read more in-depth articles or access other special features, creating a sense of exclusivity.

The trick to successful membership programs is to make sure you can offer a consistent flow of exclusive information that your readers cannot find anywhere else.

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Donations:

Soliciting donations may sound like a big turn off, but depending upon the type of blog you’re publishing and its focus, donations can often make perfect sense. For example, you can solicit donations to benefit a non-profit organization that rescues cats or provides free veterinary care, a portion of which can be used to help off-set the costs of maintaining your cat health blog. Or, if you’re writing about breast cancer, you can raise funds to support research or other cancer organizations in addition to generating revenue.

Of course, if your readership is strong, you can also ask for donations simply to help cover the costs of continuing to provide them with your insights and expertise.

The key is to be very clear about your intentions, how the money will be used and to make sure you’re in compliance with any fundraising and tax regulations.

At the end of the day, it’s unlikely that you’ll get rich off the revenue generated from your blogging venture. But that’s okay, because the most important aspect of blogging is the fun you’ll have writing and networking with other bloggers.

Finally, if your first blog isn’t the success you expected it to be, look for new ways to attract and retain readers. Or simply regroup and launch a new blog with a different niche.

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How Affiliate Advertising Can Help You Earn Money from Your Blog

Posted by myblogusa on October 14, 2009

Many bloggers are eager to find revenue streams to help monetize their blogs. Once your blog is established and receiving some traffic, you may want to begin researching affiliate programs that could allow your blog to put money in your pocket.

What is Affiliate Advertising?

Affiliate advertising is basically an online marketing channel. An advertiser pays a blogger to promote the advertiser’s products or services on the blogger’s site.

There are three main types of affiliate ads: pay-per-click, pay-per-lead and pay-per-sale. Each of these affiliate ad types has one thing in common. They are all performance based meaning you don’t earn money until your readers perform an action such as clicking on a link or clicking on a link then purchasing the product on the page to which the link brings them.
There are several large and well-known companies that offer affiliate programs which you can set up on your blog within minutes regardless of how well established your blog is.

Examples of Companies Offering Affiliate Advertising Programs to Bloggers:

  • Amazon: You can choose from a wide variety of ads such as text links, banner ads and more. If you’d like, you can also select the exact Amazon products you’d like to feature on your blog.
  • eBay: You can choose from eBay’s auctions and find the specific products you want to advertise on your site.
  • AllPosters: You can choose from 400,000 products to advertise on your blog.

What is an Affiliate Directory?
You could sign-up to monetize your blog through an affiliate directory where various online merchants post their affiliate ad opportunities. You can review the ad opportunities and apply to host a specific ad on your blog.
Most advertisers on these sites will have restrictions related to the blogs they will work with. Typically those restrictions are related to how long the blog has been active and the amount of traffic the blog receives. For those reasons, an affiliate directory is most helpful if your blog is well established.
Take some time to research each affiliate directory to find the right one for you and your blog. Different affiliate programs offer different payments and credibility. Take your time and investigate your options before you jump into anything.

Examples of Popular Affiliate Advertising Directories:

Factors to Consider When You Select an Affiliate Advertising Program to Monetize Your Blog

  1. Read all the details about the opportunity including the pay, the terms, etc.
  2. Select affiliate program ads that are consistent with your blog’s content. Ads that don’t match your content will undoubtedly be clicked on less frequently (meaning less revenue for you) and can decrease the credibility of your blog (meaning fewer readers will return to your blog because it’s cluttered with irrelevant ads).
  3. Don’t go overboard with affiliate ads. Too many ads not only make your blog look suspiciously like spam to readers, but search engines will think so, too. Sites that are covered with affiliate ads and little additional original content will be marked as spam by Google and other search engines which will hurt your traffic and page rank overall.
  4. Don’t expect big profits (at least not at first). While many bloggers can generate a decent ancillary income from affiliate advertising, most bloggers can’t boast those kinds of results. Boosting your income through affiliate advertising takes time and practice. Don’t be afraid to test new ads, placement, programs and more until you find the best mix to meet your goals for your blog.

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5 Tips to Monetize Your Blog and Make Money Blogging

Posted by myblogusa on October 14, 2009

5 Tips to Monetize Your Blog and Make Money Blogging

Many bloggers want to find ways to generate an income from their blogs. Following are five tips to monetize your blog and start bringing in some money from your blogging efforts. Go to http://www.myblogusa.com and start making money with your blog.

1. Advertising

Including advertisements on your blog is the most obvious way to derive an income from your blogging efforts. Ads can come in the form of text links or banner ads, and advertising options are available that you can easily tap into through pay-per-click, pay-per-post and affiliate programs online. Google AdSense, Amazon Associates, eBay Affiliates and Pay-Per-Post are just a few of the most common advertising programs available to bloggers.

2. Merchandise

Another simple way to monetize your blog is by selling merchandise through a service such as CafePress who will work with you to create custom items for you to sell through your blog.

3. Reviews

Bloggers can make money by reviewing products, events, businesses and more through blog posts.

4. Ebooks

A great way to bring in some revenue on your blog is by writing an ebook and offering it for sale through your blog. Ebooks are particularly successful for bloggers who have positioned themselves as experts in their fields and advertise their ebooks as additional or exclusive information just for readers of their blogs.

5. Donations

Many bloggers add a donation button to their blogs asking readers to make a monetary donation to keep the blog alive. Donations are also solicited with clever taglines such as, “If you like this blog, why not buy me a cup of coffee?” The donation link leads the reader to another website such as PayPal where the individual can easily make their donation.

Important Infromation:

* Over 12 million American adults currently maintain a blog.
* More than 147 million Americans use the Internet.
* Over 57 million Americans read blogs.
* 1.7 million American adults list making money as one of the reasons they blog.
* 89% of companies surveyed say they think blogs will be more important in the next five years.
* 9% of internet users say they have created blogs .
* 6% of the entire US adult population has created a blog .
* Technorati is currently tracking over 70 million blogs .
* over 120 thousand blogs are created every day .
* There are over 1.4 million new blog posts every day .
* 22 of the 100 most popular websites in the world are blogs .
* 37% of blog readers began reading blogs in 2005 or 2006 .
* 51% of blog readers shop online .
* Blog readers average 23 hours online each week .

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101 Ways to Monetize Your Blog Without Irritating Your Readers

Posted by myblogusa on October 13, 2009

Blogging is big business these days, with some bloggers reporting six-figure or even million-dollar incomes. There are a number of ways that these bloggers earn such large paychecks, and the best know how to do it in a way that won’t scare off readers. Check out 101 ways that you can earn money from your blog and learn strategies for using these tools and methods in a way that’s reader-friendly.

Merchandising

If you’re a well-loved blogger, there’s a good chance that your readers would like to show their support. Give them what they want and make money by taking advantage of merchandising opportunities.

  1. CafePress.com: This perennial favorite makes it easy for you to put your blog’s logo on shirts, bags, coasters and other items.
  2. Self-Published Books: If your readers like your content, they may want to have something they can own offline or even share with friends. Create a book with self-publishing services like Lulu, and you’ll earn profits even without a huge book deal.
  3. Printfection.com: Design and sell custom products with Printfection.com.
  4. Hard-Copy Content: Create a CD-ROM “book” with cleanly organized content that can be accessed offline. You can take things a step further and sell subscriptions for future updates to the system.
  5. GoodStorm: Like CafePress.com and Printfection.com, GoodStorm is a nice way to create and sell your own merchandising products.

Paid Content

Paid content is a good monetization method for bloggers that regularly offer useful information — especially if this information helps others make money. As with all monetization methods, it’s all in the approach. Don’t create misleading previews of content that requires a membership to read in full. Rather, devote special sections of premium content to readers who are willing to pay for the information.

  1. E-Books: Whether it’s a compilation of your best tips or a new idea altogether, an e-book is a good, reader-friendly way to package content.
  2. White Papers: Like e-books, white papers are a smaller, more technical version of your content.
  3. Phone Calls: Sell one-on-one phone calls for advice and other consulting through Ether.
  4. Miniguides: If you’ve just run a particularly helpful series, package it up into a miniguide.
  5. Tutorials: Gather your knowledge and compile it into a tutorial that relies upon your expert advice.
  6. Members-Only Sections: Whether you’re providing access to published items or just ad-free content, make sure you’re delivering a product that your readers are willing to pay for.
  7. TextMarks Inc.: Charge readers to get text-message alerts about your content through TextMarks.
  8. X-Events: Project physical events online and create revenue by charging admission, attracting sponsors and selling subscriptions to future events.
  9. Podcasts: Podcasts may be a novelty to your readers, and many of them are probably willing to pay to be able to hear your entries on the go.
  10. Videos: Like podcasts, videos are value-added extras that readers may be willing to pay for.

Begging

It never hurts to be straightforward about earning money from your blog. Ask your readers for donations — in a polite way, of course — and the ones that truly value your work will likely be more than willing to help support your ongoing success.

  1. PayPal: PayPal’s system allows you to place a donation button on your blog.
  2. Amazon Honor System: Like PayPal, the Amazon Honor System allows you to accept online donations.
  3. Mailed Checks: Of course, good old U.S. mail works just as well. Provide readers with a P.O. box that they can mail donations to.
  4. Buy me a beer/coffee: Asking for donations in the form of a beer, coffee or other special item allows readers to reward you with something tangible.
  5. Amazon Wish List: Although it’s not cash, asking readers to buy you items from your Amazon Wish List will save you from having to buy things yourself. Again, they’ll feel more rewarded knowing they’ve given you something tangible.

Opportunities

Becoming a successful blogger means becoming an expert in your field. You can use this status to earn money through opportunities, while increasing the value you provide to your readers.

  1. Writing Gigs: By showcasing your writing talents on your blog, you’ve provided a living resume to any blog network or news site that might be interested in hiring you.
  2. Seminars and Workshops: As an expert, you can invite readers to visit with you in person for seminars and workshops.
  3. Bloggers for Hire: Get yourself hired to blog for a corporate Web site.
  4. Blogger Jobs: Like Bloggers for Hire, Blogger Jobs can connect you with sites in need of a blogger.
  5. Go Offline: Take your blogging skills offline as a columnist in a newspaper or magazine.
  6. Guest Blogging: Fill in for fellow bloggers as a guest writer for a nominal fee or just future reciprocation.
  7. Job Board: If you’re an industry leader, set up a job board that your readers can use to hire or be hired for positions in your field.
  8. Create a Radio Station: With a radio station, you can feature podcasts, sell showcase spots to budding artists and even sell audio advertising.
  9. Consulting: If you’ve found success as a blogger, you probably have a lot of knowledge to share about mastering both the Internet and your field. Freelance as a consultant and get paid for sharing what you know.
  10. Speaking: Your blog can get your noticed by industry leaders and can land you speaking engagements at conferences and meetings.
  11. Book: A number of popular bloggers have landed lucrative book deals.
  12. Interviews: Share your knowledge on a new medium and go on radio or TV interviews.

Offline

The benefits, monetary and otherwise, of writing a blog extend well beyond the Internet, particularly if you operate an offline business. Take advantage of these benefits using the following methods.

  1. Market Your Services: Your blog is a great forum for marketing your business. Post about current promotions, new interests and other business-building information.
  2. Create a Voice Behind Your Business: A blog is a great way to grow your business through personal dialogue. By presenting yourself as a friendly authority, your business becomes more approachable.
  3. Deepen Customer Relationships: Beyond providing a friendly voice, a blog can help you connect with customers. Link to their blogs, write about their interests and give them special attention in your writing.

Ads

Ads are generally the bread and butter of bloggers. However, they’re also the most likely to irritate readers. To keep a happy balance, focus on relevance and make sure that you’re not overloading your blog with too many ads. It should go without saying that you should absolutely not use every single one of these ad programs, either. Rather, pick a handful and rotate them until you find what that works the best for your blog.

  1. Yahoo! Publisher Network: Display contextual ads on your site via the Yahoo! Publisher Network.
  2. ValueClick Inc.: You’ll get quality advertisers, support and advanced technology from ValueClick.
  3. Tribal Fusion: Tribal Fusion’s impression-based ad service focuses on targeting and optimization.
  4. eXelate Targeting eXchange: This program relies on delayed ad cookies.
  5. Clicksor Inc.: Clicksor focuses on contextual ads that can be presented in a number of different ways, such as text, graphics and in-line links.
  6. Indeed: Post job listings from Indeed and get paid.
  7. Chitika eMiniMalls: Promote products through interactive merchandise kiosks and provide both relevant content and comparative shopping to readers. You’ll get paid per click.
  8. AdSonar: Attract advertisers and build relationships with them individually through this platform.
  9. ExpoActive: Get freedom, from specific ads to style, with ExpoActive.
  10. AdVolcano LLC: Using AdVolcano’s platform, you can design your ads, set your own prices and screen your advertisers.
  11. eXelate Targeted Links: Pick and choose the advertisers you want on your site with this program.
  12. grokAds.com: Set your price and choose which advertisers to accept with grokAds.com.
  13. Adify: Get editorial control and high-value advertising on your site with Adify. You can even set your own prices.
  14. AdBriteInc.: Using AdBrite, you have the option to approve and reject ads that will appear on your blog, and you can even use it to sell directly to your own users.
  15. BidVertiser.com: These ads are highly customizable, and you have the option to block any ad you don’t want displayed on your blog.
  16. Blogads: Get invited to this exclusive network of bloggers, and you’ll have high-quality, relevant advertising on your blog.
  17. Casale Media Inc.: Get high-quality advertisers and control with Casale Media.
  18. DoubleClick Inc.: DoubleClick offers differentiation and lots of solutions for publishers.
  19. BlueLithium: Get great ad targeting, selective partnerships and better ad performance with BlueLithium.

RSS Ads

A more specialized advertising method, RSS ads give bloggers a way to monetize feeds. Most readers generally react to RSS ads the same way they do with regular ones, so if you stay relevant and limited, it should work out just fine.

  1. Pheedo Inc.: This RSS advertising platform offers interactive triggers and video options.
  2. Feedvertising: A part of Text Link Ads, Feedvertising embeds ads in your RSS feed.
  3. CrispAds: This blog-focused ad network allows you to place ads directly into entries so they’ll show up both on your site and in feeds.
  4. FeedBurner Inc.: FeedBurner’s ads are embedded in RSS feeds,and feature high-quality advertisers like Discover Band, Best Buy and Comcast.
  5. FeedM8: FeedM8’s service makes your blog ready for mobile content and embeds mobile-appropriate advertising.

Text Ads

Text ads are one of the the most reader-friendly type of ads you can serve. Their small size and text-based nature makes them less offensive and in-your-face than graphic ads. Try out these services to put this type of subtle ad on your blog.

  1. Vibrant Media: Vibrant Media’s ads are in-text and completely user driven.
  2. Google AdSense: Ads from Google are the most popular and often the most profitable source of income for many bloggers. They’re relevant to your content, and many blog readers expect it, so you’re not likely to run into lots of negative feedback.
  3. LinkAds: These text ads come with lots of control.
  4. PaidTextLinks.com: Sell links on your site and retain editorial control over what’s posted with this service.
  5. One Monkey Inc.: You can host highly targeted, text-based ads and earn a great percentage of revenue with One Monkey.
  6. Kontera ContentLink: ContentLink turns relevant keywords within your content into a hyperlink ad.
  7. Text Link Ads: Text Link Ads’ simple, nonintrusive ads are a good choice for many bloggers.
  8. TAGword: Select your ads and set your prices with TAGword.
  9. LinkAdage Auctions: Sell text links through private online auctions with LinkAdage.
  10. LinkWords: LinkWords offers pay-per-click revenue embedded in your content, highlighting keywords that are relevant for advertisers.
  11. Textlinkbrokers.com: Get unobtrusive, small link ads, as well as a steady monthly payout that doesn’t depend on traffic from Textlinkbrokers.com.

Sell Your Own Ads

Self-advertising is a method that trumps all others in terms of reader friendliness. By selling your own ads, you’ll get complete control and will be able to determine the method of ad serving that your readers respond to the best.

  1. Individual Advertisers: Your advertisers should be ones that your readers will genuinely be interested in. Solicit ads from major, respected players in your industry for the best results.
  2. Actively Sell Individual Advertising: To attract advertisers, let it be known that you’re looking for them. Put links on your site, contact potential advertisers directly and post on industry message boards.
  3. Create a Media Kit: Make it easy for advertisers to buy from you. Create a kit that includes your rates, ad policies, demographics, traffic, testimonials and contact information.
  4. Offer Free Ads: To get things started, seek out competitive companies in your niche and give them free ads for a specific amount of time. This will get other companies interested in advertising with you.

Affiliate Programs

Most bloggers end up dropping product names at one point or another. Whether it’s software, books or trinkets, you’re probably linking to them for free. Affiliate programs offer a way to profit from your name-dropping, often without changing much more than the URLs you point to. Keep affiliate programs reader-friendly by sharing only products that are truly relevant to your discussion and not going overboard with the quantity.

  1. Amazon Associates: Amazon Associates earn up to 10 percent in referral fees for revenue made through blog links.
  2. Chitika ShopCloud$: With ShopCloud$, you can list popular products in a tag cloud format.
  3. WidgetBucks: These shopping widgets offer popular products, lots of relevance and plenty of customization.
  4. LinkShare Corp.: LinkShare’s affiliate program will hook you up with programs for companies like Apple Inc., Dell and Disney.
  5. zanox: Set up a zanox online shop, choose your products and earn a percentage of every sale.
  6. uSuggest LLC: Suggest relevant products to your readers and get paid for doing it.
  7. Chitika RPU: If you’ve discussed a product in a post, make money by putting a link to the product at the end of your text.
  8. Auction Ads LLC: Place relevant eBay auction ads on your site to earn money.
  9. Recommendations: If you’re a fan of a particular product or service, why not ask them directly to pay you for linking to their site?
  10. Commission Junction Inc.: You can promote a wide variety of products through Commission Junction, so you’ll be able to find something that’s relevant to your readers.
  11. Chitika Linx: Chitika’s Linx identifies keywords in your blog’s content and links them to paid product listings.
  12. shareasale.com: Sign up with this network and choose which merchants you’d like to promote.
  13. ClickBank: Through ClickBank’s program, you choose the products you want to promote.
  14. iTunes Affiliates: Keep your readers up-to-date on new releases and earn a commission on revenue with the iTunes Affilliates program.

Sponsored Posts

Sponsored posts often rub readers the wrong way, usually because they’re blatant cash grabs, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these methods and programs that allow you to carefully pick and choose what you’ll write about. That way, you can stick to products and services that are relevant to your readers and that you truly support.

  1. ReviewMe: Pick and choose your ReviewMe posts and earn up to $200 for each.
  2. PayPerPost Inc.: Use PayPerPost to earn money from writing about the sites, products and services that you support.
  3. Payu2blog.com: Sign up with this program, and you’ll get above-average pay, as well as a steady stream of work.
  4. Self-Sold Paid Reviews: With paid reviews, the key is to be selective. You shouldn’t accept every offer that comes to you, and if you have nothing nice to say about the product or service, don’t bother. Be sure to offer an opposing view as well so your readers know that you’re not just blindly supporting the highest bidder.
  5. SponsoredReviews.com: Review items in your own tone and as critically as you’d like with SponsoredReviews.com.
  6. Blogsvertise: When you get an assignment for Blogsvertise, you’ll just put three links in a blog entry. This is a great way to make advertising look natural and unobtrusive.
  7. Smorty: Choose your subjects and get paid weekly with Smorty.
  8. Solicit Book Reviews: Another way to get something from your blog through reviews is to take on books. You’ll get them for free while providing a valuable service to your readers.

Other

These are just a few more ways you can monetize your blog in a reader-friendly way.

  1. Sell Your Blog: If you’ve put a bunch of work into your blog and it has great stats, get a lump-sum payday from a buyer.
  2. Shareapic.net: Host your photos with this service, and you’ll get paid for the number of views they get. That means that you can publish them on your blog and get paid every time someone reads a post with one of your Shareapic.net photos on it.
  3. Scoopt Words: Sell your content to mainstream media with Scoopt.
  4. Use Your Blog to Create a Mailing List: If you sell products, you can use your blog to generate a mailing list of people who are interested in buying from you.
  5. Vizu Corp. Answers: Host polls on your site. Visitors will enjoy sharing their opinion, and you’ll earn some extra cash.

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