Making Chunks Of Change From Blogging

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If you’ve never thought about blogging before you might be wondering what’s the big attraction. What’s so great about blogging? There are lots of people just like you who asked the same question. And now they’re making big chunks of change from blogging.

What’s So Great About Blogging?

Everybody’s an expert at something. Maybe you know the stats for every major league ball player who’s ever taken the field. Maybe you know every Oscar winner since the very first Academy Awards Ceremony, or you can interpret ancient hieroglyphs or you know how to take a ’57 Chevy apart and put it back together again.

No matter how obscure your knowledge, there’s something you’re really good at, and there’s someone out there who would love to hear your story.

In the 21st Century everybody’s mobile. We’re always busy, always commuting between work, home and our favorite play-space, and most people don’t live anywhere near their closest friends and family members. We form thin friendships with people we work with or people we meet online or at the local pub, but when you really want to share some exciting information, who do you turn to?

Chances are, you only have one or two people nearby who care about you enough to let you ramble on about the World Series or the upcoming Oscars. What attracts most people to blogging is the idea that they can “talk” about anything they want, and attract an audience of thousands who hang on their every word.

How Do You Make Big Chunks Of Change From Blogging?

There are about as many different ways to earn money blogging as there are blogs, but here are some basics so you have something to think about:

Content ads: This is probably one of the easiest ways to make money with a blog because you don’t have to worry about marketing or promoting a product. If you’re blogging for the sheer fun of blogging and you’ve heard you can make a few bucks while you’re at it, this is the best place to start.

Content ads are blocks of ads that are controlled by advertising networks. The best example is Google Adsense. You simply create a Google account, and go to adsense.google.com, and follow the step-by-step directions.

What makes Adsense and similar programs so easy is that you, the blogger, don’t have to have any special skills or knowledge to be successful. You also don’t need to worry about choosing which ads to promote because Google does all that for you based on they topic of your blog.

And set-up is easy-peasey – you just copy the code that Google gives you and paste it on your blog. The ads automatically show up and automatically rotate, and you earn a nice chunk of change when your visitors click on those ads looking for more information. You can, if you choose, simply set it and forget about it.

If you decide you really like the idea of making money with your blog, there are steps you can take to improve your Adsense earnings or, if you really want to take the plunge, you can become an affiliate marketer and use your blog to promote products.

Eventually, you’ll start making even more money and you may decide you want to turn this into a full-time, long-term business venture. At that point you have dozens of options including promoting your own products and services, creating blogs, and joining blogging networks to help grow your business.

A lot of new bloggers are attracted to blogging just because it’s fun to get online, socialize and share their expertise. And once they figure out they can make a nice chunk of change at it, blogging becomes even more fun.

Stéphane Kerwer
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12 Comments (Add one)

  1. Howard

    AdSense is nice “found” money, and doesn’t cost you much time or energy to get going.

    …and it doesn’t get you much compared to any of a number of other things that you can do with a blog. My AdSense earnings are the 2nd lowest of all of the things I’m currently doing, and about 10% of the 3rd lowest. Even though AdSense doesn’t take a lot of effort or time, I’m seriously considering dropping AdSense (and the last-place loser, as well), because of this sneaking suspicion I have that it alienates readers more than it gets clicks.

    Personally, I *never* click on AdSense ads on any site I ever visit, and I’m not really sure why anybody would click on mine.

    The other ways of making money all involve research, work, and sometimes a little expense up front. I suspect the main reason they work so much better is because most newbie IM’ers are looking for the magic “everything done for you button.”

    1. Sté Kerwer

      Howard, I used to not click on any Adsense ads either, but it was before the age of retargeting. These days I click once in a while.

  2. Deina
    Deina

    Since I’m not 18 and AdSense doesn’t accept my Google account I’m going to start with affiliate marketing on my upcoming project on improving my site with ProBlogger. Hope I earn at least a few bucks…

    1. Sté Kerwer

      Deina, you can always open an Adsense account under your parents’ name.

  3. philip ramsey

    Although what you say is true, you make it sound too easy. Actually it’s very easy in theory. The hard part is consistently coming up with new topics to write about.

    From what I’ve read on other sites on this same topic, the blogger needs to write at least one article per week, preferably one per day with 500 to 800 words.

    They also need to promote the blog. Social media is the best rout but the bloggers friends on Facebook may not be inclined to click on the ads. That leaves Twitter and Google+ for promoting the blog.

    1. Sté Kerwer

      Philip, I think you are taking a wrong approach. Stop taking bloggers’ advice as hard rules! These are just guidelines and you have to come up with your own conclusions.

      If I tell you that to become a blogging millionaire, you need to post 1 time per day and your post needs to be 514 words long every single time, will you do it?

  4. Andrew
    Andrew

    Nice post Ste, it’s given me plenty to think about.

    1. Sté Kerwer

      I’m glad if I inspired you, Andrew

  5. Buzz
    Buzz

    Thank you dukeo, I have learnt some thing about blogging to day. Good luck all the best from buzz getting off toxic.

    1. Sté Kerwer

      you’re welcome Buzz

  6. Joanne Mallon

    Interesting post! I think the thing that puts me off putting adsense on my blogs is that – to be honest – it looks so incredibly ugly. And I have never known any bloggers make more than a very small amount of money via it. So for what you lose by using adsense, for me it’s just not worth it.

    1. Sté Kerwer

      Joanne, Adsense is not so ugly if you take 5 minutes to make the colors and font match your site design.