Make Money Bloggingby Christopher Clayton
Do you want to make money blogging? If you do - youâ€™re not alone. More and more bloggers are finding that blogging is a profitable medium. Whether it be to earn a few extra dollars a week to feed their coffee habit, or making enough money to stop them having to get a part time job to get through college, or whether theyâ€™ve got it to a point where they are able to make a full time living from their blogging - there are tens of thousands of bloggers making money from blogging.
In this page I want to share some information for beginners on making money from their blogs.
I will start by sharing my own top Money Making Methods (updated regularly) but below that point you to some great resources and teaching on how to increase your income from blogging.
What follows is a quick summary of my main income streams from blogging. Before you read it though - keep in mind that every blog is unique in how it can make money. Some of the following income streams will work on some blogs a lot better than others - the key is to experiment with as many as possible and see what works best for you.
The following income streams (from a number of blogs) have helped me to earn a six figure income each year for the last three years from blogging. Iâ€™ve ranked them from highest to lowest.
I hope you find it useful to see the mix and variety of ways that I earn a living from blogging.
Despite not using it here at TeenZoned any more I continue to use AdSense with real effect on my other blogs. While I do use AdSense Referrals and their search feature it is their normal ads that work best for me. I have them all set to show image and text based ads and find that 250Ã—300 pixel ads work best (usually with a blended design).
Last time I did this sort of summary Chitika ranked #1. This time around it has been overtaken by AdSense - not because Chitika slipped in how much it earned but because AdSense went up and because I also replaced a few Chitika ad units with WidgetBucks ones. Chitika offers a range of ad units that I experiment with. I find their eMiniMalls work best and that Related Product Units are also good. Their Shoplincsproduct isnâ€™t performing as well as it once did for me - mainly because Iâ€™ve been promoting it less and have driven less traffic to it. Over the time Iâ€™ve been using Chitika theyâ€™ve now earned me over a quarter of a million dollars!
This has been one of my big movers in the last 12 months. I used to make a few odd dollars from it - however in recent times it has become a significant earner for me. This quarter it overtook TLA as my third biggest earner - largely on the back of me directing traffic to Amazon from my product related sites - mainly digital cameras. While the commission on cameras is only 4% this adds up when those that you refer buy higher ticket items.
4. Private Ad Sales/Sponsorships
This includes ad sales of the 125 x 125 ads at TeenZoned as well as a couple of private ad deals that I did with sponsors on my camera blog (including sponsorships with Canon, Kodak and Adobe). This area has jumped up since last time also as a result of the new design here at TeenZoned and our expanded sales team at C5 who now sell TeenZoned' ads for me.
The income from TLA has dipped slightly over the last few months simply because I took the decision to stop selling them here at TeenZoned and most of my other blogs. This was because I wanted to focus more upon selling the 125 pixel ads instead and felt that the ads I was attracting were not as relevant to this site as they could have been. As it turns out this might have been a good move because it seems Google has been penalizing blogs that run them lately.
6. Miscellaneous Affiliate Programs
I run a variety of affiliate programs on my blogs - most of which bring in smaller amounts of money
7. Miscellaneous Advertising Programs
I also play with a number of other ad networks. Some I run as tests to see if I should review them here - and some are just advertising that run in the background on some of my smaller blogs. These include AuctionAds, Feedburner RSS ads, Vizu (a poll advertising system), Kontera and Bidvertiser. Together these donâ€™t add up to major earnings for me - not because they are not good, but because I donâ€™t use them heavily (a blog can only run so many ads on it).
I think that that covers most of it. Since last quarter Iâ€™ve also been experimenting with WidgetBucks as well as one other ad system that is still in a closed beta test. Iâ€™m certain that WidgetBucks will feature in next quarterâ€™s list because I am getting good returns on that so far. In fact at itâ€™s current earnings itâ€™ll debut at at least number 4 on the list and perhaps even at number 3.
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