Whereas blogging is just a hobby for most of the people, there is every reason to argue that it is the most lifestyle-friendly business model that ever is. You can work from home, be creative, be your own boss, and make tons of money. With regards to making money through blogging, the answers to these two questions are different: is the money to be made from a blog, or is the money to be made because of a blog. Whereas in the latter, the money is made indirectly, in the former the money earned is direct. The blogger is free to combine both the methods if he/she chooses to do so. Read on to find out some direct methods of making money through a blog.
There exist different advertising options that bloggers can use to make money. The commonly used methods include contextual advertising through programs such as AdSense and YPN. They work to scan the content of the blog and pull in ads that are relevant to the matter written out in the blog. The blog needs to accommodate some basic code blocks that will help to display the relevant ads. Payment is made to you when a visitor clicks on the ad.
Ad systems which pay on a per-impression basis are also available. However, these ads are not contextual in nature. Impression based ads pay an amount for every person that views the ad. These ads can bring in a lot of revenue if the traffic to the blog is high (Fast Click, Tribal Fusion).
BlogAds can find their way into your blogs at a predetermined rate set by you. AdBrite is a type of textad that works like blog ads. Advertisers sell their wares through ads that look like text links. They occupy minimum screen space and you can decide the price. Some ad providers also place ads through RSS feeds.
You can search for advertisers having products that are closely related to the niche of your blog and get them to advertise in your blog. You can offer them a variety of options including banner and text ads, newsletter mentions, buttons, etc. When the blog grows in traffic the bigger players in your niche will be attracted to display their wares through your blog.
Affiliate Selling Programs
These programs pay you a commission when the person reading your blog clicks on the affiliate link and purchases a product or service from company to which he/she gets directed. Affiliate programs that represent different companies include ClickBank, Commission Junction, etc. They can help you to make money if you can match the right program with the appropriate blog. You can also link to product giants like Amazon and become their affiliate seller.
Top-rated and high-quality blogs can generate a lot of revenue when they are sold. This is the dream that most bloggers have. A notable sale was that of Weblogs Inc. to AOL for $25 million. Blogs may be sold through private deals or through sites such as eBay, etc.
If your blog site enjoys huge readership, then you can make money by asking for donations.
You can sell t-shirts, pens, mugs and other merchandise with your blog’s logo printed on them. However, this works only when your blog has a fanatical following.
Money can also be made through blogging by charging readers for accessing the content. This will work positively only when the content is exclusive or you are an expert in your niche.
Wrapping up, using these methods diligently can help both current and prospective bloggers to make money directly through their blogs either on a part-time or full-time basis.
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