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Make Money Online, Blogging and More

Updated on April 26, 2015

Take The Easy Money Method

Blogging for a Living

Is it possible to make a living as a blogger? The answer is yes. It is entirely possible, but, one has to take the same attitude, or even more intense, as they do with a real job. It takes time, and a lot of dedication to earn a living as a blogger, and most people simply do not have the patience to make it happen. Remember, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Just as only the superhuman, super dedicated, achieve great wealth, while most people just get a dead end job, there is a series of things that one must do to find themselves earning money without having to go out and work for it every day. One should plan to write or upload a video every single day for a few years; and during those first few years, plan on having a job too. It takes a long time, and a lot of articles/videos before the money starts to roll in.

Use Ads. Advertising is a common form of blog monetization that thousands of people who are making money online from home are using. Every time someone reads one of your articles they are seeing ads, and those ads will pay you for luring people into seeing them. This, in a nutshell, is the number one way that blogs make money.

With a free Google Blogger or a WordPress self hosted (the kind you pay for) blog, you may integrate advertising into your blog and earn extra money through Amazon, AdSense , Zazzle or eBay.

Remember that the bigger your blog becomes, and the more readers you have, the more money you can make through advertising. Not only because you will have more people seeing your ads, but because you will attract more advertisers with bigger budgets who will make a specific contract with you.

The most painful thing to keep in mind is that making money from a blog does not happen overnight. You have to realize that no matter how great your ideas are, you are basically setting up a site that no one knows about, and in order to make money, a lot of people have to be going to your site every single day. It can take a lot of time and energy to get the word out to the entire world that you have a blog and want people to go there and see the ads.

So, you must come up with a subject to blog about. If you are impatient, and want your blog to be successful as quickly as possible, there is one way of skipping the leanest times and super-charging your blog traffic.

Jump start your blog: The fastest way of getting a blog noticed is to join Hubpages and write a few articles that include links to your blog. Hubpages is a community that has thousands of writers who will click on your article the minute that you publish it. I have done just that with a blog I began one year ago. I started a blog and just left it alone without any attempt at telling anyone, and in one year I received 3 views. Then I started hubpages and included a link to my blog in 2 articles that I published, and my blog was viewed over 200 times within 3 weeks; and I actually made some money on it. To get started with hubpages just click hubpages ASAP and create a profile, begin writing immediately, and on this site you can write a few articles on various subjects and develop your style.

If you are at all squeamish about your writing, or if you would just like a nice easy way to supplement your income, another great site to join is WebAnswers. On this site you will earn money by answering questions. This means that if you are ever just hanging around with nothing to do, you can log on and answer questions. It can really add up, and I have made as much as $5 per day, rather easily. This is after answering hundreds of questions, but, just like Hubpages, its cumulative. Once you answer the questions, you can sit out for a while and continue to earn every day from the questions you answered years ago. To start a WebAnswers profile. Click Here.

Depending on the affiliate advertising program you choose to place on your blog, the way that you make money is more than likely going to be determined by one of these monetization options.

The three main Monetization options:

  1. Pay-per-click: The advertiser pays the blogger every time someone clicks an ad
  2. Pay-per-impression: The advertiser pays every time the add appears.
  3. Pay-per-action: The advertiser pays every time someone purchases something they have seen on your blog.

Blog for a Living

Some Popular Monetization Programs

Google Adsense: A great pay per click ad program available to bloggers. Because Google owns AdSense and Blogger, it is easy to ad this program to a Blogger blog. Again, I am going to suggest to start writing for hubpages if you are new to all this, because some people with blogs have had to wait a long time to become accepted by Google AdSense. It seems that they do not just allow you to run advertisements because you want to, they review what you have written and how much exposure you are getting. Many people have complained about waiting weeks, only to be rejected by AdSense, and have to apply all over again. I was accepted in less than one week for AdSense because I had written a few hubs at hubpages.

Kontera: A Contextual link advertising program. This automatically links contextually relevant keywords in your blog posts to ads. Next time you are reading an article and scroll over a highlighted word, and a bubble box appears, that is Kontera. It may seem a little annoying, however, when one considers that it is not actually taking up space on the blog itself, because its all hidden within the text, it may not seem so

Value Click: Easy to use, impression based advertising that offers banner ads. This one has a traffic level minimum of around 3,000 per month to become eligible.

Amazon Associates: This site is very flexible and customizable. You can set up an Amazon store and choose which products you would like displayed on your blog or hubpage. Amazon is so well known that when people visit one of your pages they feel comfortable clicking on ads that say "Amazon" and will not fear that the ad is not legit.

eBay: Since so many people like to check eBay before making a commitment to buy a product, it is only too perfect and convenient to display some pertinent products on eBay too. With this affiliate, you will earn a percentage if the customer who clicked on the items happens to win the auction item.

If it all seems a little overwhelming, it is because this is probably totally new to you. Just start with Hubpages, bookmark this page, and come back to it after you are sailing.

Other Ways to Make Money

Commission Junction: Is an advertising program with a wide variety of advertisers in its network. It has a minimum payout threshold of $25 that are made monthly.

Chitika: This is an interactive product merchandising service where ads are shown based on the content of the page. Chitika places ads based on keywords that are on your blog. These ads are based on the pay per click system, and you earn 60% of Chitika's revenue each time someone clicks on your blog. The payment threshold is just $10 when an account is linked with PayPal.

Direct ads: This is a system of announcing that you are accepting ads and inviting advertisers to send an e-mail for details.

PayPerPost: Bloggers join a PayPerPost marketplace, and accepts assignment opportunities and are paid 30 days after a sponsored review post is published. Opportunities often start at $5 and can increase to $1000. The high dollar opportunities are available to blogs that have a lot of traffic.

ReviewMe: A popular sponsored-review network, where bloggers can set up blog information to be found by advertisers, rather than search for opportunities.

Multi Level Marketing

The wave of the future is multi level marketing. Hundreds of people have become independently wealthy through representing an MLM. The formula is simple, you make a list of your contacts and sell them your product, then you recruit at least one or two people. It can be like magic watching your downline grow without any additional effort on your part. Just be sure to choose a reputable MLM company with a proven track record and put at least half the effort you put into your day job and watch the money roll in, unlike your day job.


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    • GetitScene profile image

      Dale Anderson 5 years ago from The High Seas

      Good stuff here. This will definitely give me some new things to try.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you teaches12345

      chitika, and Kontera are definitely allowed, I am using them.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great advice and suggestions for bloggers. Do you know if Chitika and the other ad services are allowed on Voted useful and interesting.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Carrie and ssiddhanta. I am glad you found this hub useful.

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      Carrie Terry 5 years ago from golden, colorado

      Thank you so much for your hub...very helpful. It helped me add more to my blog. Can't wait to write another entry