Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blog Monetization

I don’t monetise my blogs much, I had not really felt 100% comfortable doing it. I had always wanted to, but sort of felt too small to do it, plus I knew I wanted to move to wordpress. (Which I have done www.kylieofiu.com). I have 2 text ads at the bottom of my site, but that is it. I have not done sponsored posts, but it doesn’t bother me if others want to. This blog was mainly to be about my journey.

I often receive questions about how I am monetising, or what advice I have. To be honest, I have not done a lot of it, so do not know much. I always planned to, but life got in the way, and I never really had time to focus as much as I would have liked on my blog.

I used to feel too small to do much advertising. I did not want to turn people off by having ads all over my site. I also knew I was growing and wanted to continue that growth, so did not want to lock into a really low rate, then regret it later.

On my new blog I have no advertising. I am still deciding on the look I want for it and what sort of feel. I have imported most of the posts from here and have been posting daily, guest posting and building it to what I want it to be, but have not looked at monetizing it yet.

As for monetising your blog, how do you do it and what is involved?
There are a few ways
- Google ads
- Your own private ads in the sidebar
- Sponsored posts
- Affiliate links
- eBooks

There are more ways, but these are the main ones that come to mind for me. I had Google ads at one point, but felt until I had strong traffic I shouldn’t bother. I also know of a few people kicked out for various reasons, so was a little concerned about that too.

I don’t have ads in my sidebar, but would be happy to do this now.
I am not really into sponsored posts, so can’t really comment on this. There are other blogs that do this really well.

I do have affiliate links here and there and have made some money from them, but it is not something I actively push a lot. I have a few links in my sidebar and have promoted things I truly believe and use, but most of the links on here are not affiliate ones.

As for eBooks, this is something I want to do. I have a half written one, which has been half written for about 6 months, as I got so busy writing 365 Ways To Make Money, studying and setting up my new blog that it kind of got pushed to the side. I plan on finishing it in the next few months though.

If you have a blog, what have you done to monetize it? What do you think works best?

4 comments :

  1. Thanks for putting up a post about this topic. I am wondering how much traffic and vistors would you consider as enough for you to start monetizing your blog?

    i think its smart though to focus on community first before thinking about making money.

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  2. I think your blog is very well organized. You should try to monetize it more. Get yourself a media kit together and go for it :)

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  3. Google won't let me post as me despite being signed in! GRRR.

    Anyway, Mike, I started following big bloggers (like thousands of followers) so always thought I needed lots of traffic like that, but from what I have seen now, you can get advertisers with very little traffic.

    Thanks Glenys. I will be looking into it more and have just arrange a media kit, so we'll see.

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  4. Kylie, why won’t you check out our new monetization platform, Znak it!? The idea is simple and we believe will soon become widely used by all types of on-line publishers including bloggers. We would love to hear your opinion on that.
    Best,
    Marcin

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