when i go to family functions or social events,i often get a blank stare when i explain what i
do for a living.i think people understand the part that i write articles and put them on a website,but when it comes to making money from it,they don’t get it.in this section i will lay it out,an i hope it will help bring some clarity.
cpc ad networks(cost per click)
there are a few different ad networks i use on my blogs.the most successful one is google’s adsense program.it is a cost per click model,which means that i get paid every time a visitor clicks on those ads.google’s responsibility is to read the article i write and find ads that are relevant and display them next to the article.it actually is a pretty good system,and as a result it trends to be the easiest and quickest way the most bloggers start making money.also,many of the extremely relevant ads that adsense provides can be quite beneficial and helpful to the readers.
for example,if i write an article explaining what an ira is,but don’t mention where you can open one,adsense will likely display ads for places to open an ira.so ,if i read that article and decided i did want to open an ira,the ads provide options the article did not.all things considered ,when adsense ads are optimized correctly they can be a great way to earn from your blog.i’ll explain more about how to optimize the ads in the following sections.
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cpm ad networks
while adsense pays on a click basics(cpc), i use other add networks that pay by the total numbers of visitors impressions(cpm ,cost per thousand).at the beginning these networks don’t produce much income,but as the trafic grows,cpm networks seem to work well in conjunction with adsense .i use (or have used):
each has its own strenghts and weaknesses and may be suitable for one kind of a site and not another.
HOW I MAKE MONEY WITH MY BLOG
affiliate product sales
let’s say you sell lawn mowers, and i refer someone to your store who’s interested in buying a mower,you send me a check paying me a percent of the sales price.
this is essentially what an affiliate sale is.it isn’t much different from being a 100 percent commissioned salesperson for a company except that online you can do it for multiple companies.
there are million options to get started with affiliate ads on the internet now.some programs you can use are:
there are many others ,but these are few of the more popular ones available.
i have a very strong policy about honest recommendations. i give my honest opinions about products regardless of how it affects affiliate sales.for example,i wrote about cash crate and update the article to show what i didn’t like abot it.because cash crate has such a generous referrl program,i know some people make lots of money from it,but i just don’t feel comfortable recommending it since i had a bad experience using it.
on the other hand there are products like ebates,ynab,swagbucks and sharebuilder i recommend and also have some sort of affiliate or referral programs as well.these are what i love because i can help readers by pointing them to good resources and tools that helped me and get paid in the process. i know some people don’t have a problem promoting anything that will pay them,but i just can’t in good conscience, recommend something to someone that i don’t genuinely believe will help them.
direct ad sales
i also sell ad space directly to advertisers.this hasn’t provided much income for me yet and may or may not even be worth my time.i know that in certain niche markets direct ad sales can work out very well,but thus far it hasn’t been a big money maker on my blogs.but if you’re interested in this,check out buysellads.com.the site is basically like a middleman helping bloggers and advertisers get connected.