Sunday, April 10, 2011

Make Money Blogging Pt. 2 - Monetize

So, you want to make money off of your blog? You're not alone.

Thousands of people are able to make a tidy sum of cash off of their blogs - even more dream about someday going for the gold.

The good news is, anyone can make money blogging. How much you make depends on your strive for excellence.

And, of course, whether or not you have the right tools.



How do the pros do it?
Ever been to I Can Has Cheezburger? Maybe this photo looks familiar:


Millions of people enjoy seeing (and even creating) these hilarious photos of cats at their funniest. The blog gets 500,000 to 1.5 million pageviews a day and is estimated to earn $5,600 A MONTH. That's $67,200 a year!

That could definitely cover college expenses.

So, how do they do it? Well, basically, just by using ads. The I Can Has Cheezburger site uses the following programs: BlogAds, Google AdSense, and Adbrite.

For those who don't know, ads work like this: you copy ad code and paste it on to your site. Every time someone clicks on an ad, you get paid. Sound like heaven? With enough traffic, it certainly is (drive more traffic to your site).

But ads aren't the only way you can make money off of your blog. Using affiliate programs, sponsorships and continuity programs are also great ways to earn an income from your blog!

Keep in mind: different blogs earn money in different ways. While ads are the most profitable revenue source for I Can Has Cheezburger, you may find that you make no money at all using them. The only way to figure out what works best for you is by experimenting. For more information, check out this awesome article off of the Problogger site: How Bloggers Make Money From Blogs. Also, see how Darren Rowse does it from his Make Money Blogging post.

Requirements for making money blogging...
There aren't any real requirements for making money off of your blog (other than having a blog - see Make Money Blogging Pt. 1 - Creating Your Blog), though you'll usually need a service such as Paypal to receive money online. If you're under 18, this will require the help of a parent.

You can do it!
It won't always be easy, and it will require hard work if you intend to make a lot of money, but working to earn an income from your blog will definitely be worth it in the end. Blogging is one of those things that can be fun and profitable. A win-win! Here's a little quote for inspiration:

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well." - Abraham Lincoln

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