I couldn’t end this series without talking about making money with blogs.
Most bloggers start a blog with money as part of the equation. I did.
However, the truth about making money with a blog is often misleading.
Search online and you’ll find many sites, e-books, or “subscribe to this” that claim you can make big money, FAST, with a blog. It will only cost you $X.XX. Sign up, share your credit card number, and you can make thousands in a short time. It must be true. After all, they show a copy of a check(s), made out to themselves, for an astronomical amount of money.
Pictures don’t lie. Or do they?
When I started blogging, I plastered ads on my two blogs. I signed up for Google AdSense, LinkShare.com
I then proceeded to spend countless hours adding ads, moving ads, changing ads, resizing ads, and then constantly checking the statistics to see how many hundreds I was making. HA! That was a joke. I wasn’t making anything. Months passed, some of the ads remained, but my pocketbook wasn’t any thicker.
I didn’t spend any money by joining these “companies”, but I did lose tons of time.
To recap where I am 13 months later, from Commission Junction I received a $17 check. Linkshare shows I have a $14.75 balance, but they don’t payout until you have accumulated $25.00. I haven’t seen any checks from Amazon either, although they say I’ve earned $12.39.
Google AdSense was a slow starter, but the pennies finally added up and I got my first check from them. (They payout at $100.00+). I should see my second check next month.
I was also blessed with a donation from Mark, at Creative Journey Cafe.
All in all, what I’ve “earned” (not received) has covered my overhead for my BlueHost account, domain names + renewals. By doing the math, I’m a little ahead of the “game” as long as I don’t put a value on the time I spend blogging. ((((laughs)))))
Interestingly, the money I have made was the result of my second blog. It’s a blog that receives nearly all of it’s traffic from search engines (organic traffic), and does not have a “community” of commenters. This tells me, if you can get your blog to receive organic traffic (by using SEO and keyword phrases, etc…), your chances of making money will increase.
The one problem with using keyword phrases (keywords), it forces you to change your writing style. In some ways, it can hinder your creativity.
So what have I learned?
I’ve learned, I don’t know how to make money blogging. LOL
Lesson Twelve: Money can be made with blogs. I believe search engine traffic is the key, and you need lots of it (thousands of visitors a day). Your subject matter must appeal either to the masses or to a specific niche of people (not bloggers).
At this point, the money I make is irrelevant, however, don’t tell my husband that. He believes this “hobby” of mine will pay for itself, and maybe than some. Let’s keep this just between us.
As for those pictures of the big checks, could they have been a Photoshop project? You decide.
Are you blogging for dollars? If so, is it working?
Have you discovered a great way to make money with a blog?
Or are you like me, and the money part of blogging has lost it appeal?
Photo Credit: d70focus’ photostream