I’m sure you’ve seen those ads. You know… the ones that say something like “Make $1,000,000 dollars from blogging tomorrow!”. Ok I’m exaggerating a little but because of ads like those, a lot of people think they can put together a blog and fistfuls of cash are going to come streaming in.
Sorry but it doesn’t work like that.
I’ve managed a number of blogs personally on everything from software to hand bags and this is what I found to make the most money from blogging:
I have mixed feelings on AdSense. On one hand it’s easy to get accepted into the network. It’s easy to set up and Google does pay. It’s just easy.
The downside is that Google doesn’t pay very well. Even for sites that have 10′s of thousands of visitors, the amount webmasters get paid is usually substantially lower than the other 2 options I’m going to talk about.
2. CPA or Cost Per Acquisition
If you have content that is highly sought after and exclusive to your site. Specialty video and television sites come to mind. CPA offers range range from a few dollars to over $100 per lead/sign up so with the right website, you can make some serious money.
The downside? You need a pretty legit site because CPA networks are much more picky than Adsense about who they let in. Plus depending on the network, they like to ban people and if you’re banned, that means they don’t have to pay you and there’s no way to really debate with them.
3. Affiliate advertising
My favorite choice and a nice step up from Adsense, affiliate advertising allows you to choose exactly what you want to advertise on your site. You get commission from every sale you make and the money comes directly from the company, not a middleman network so you can get some pretty high paying offers.
There is an affiliate program for just about any type of product or service you can imagine. One of the larger ones which a lot of people use is Clickbank.
There’s also a nice little plugin for Clickbank which picks out the best converting promos and adds them to your blog automatically. You can check it out here at WackyGals.
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