Jan 022011
 

Cha-ching! Last month my blogs earned over $6,000.  Everyone asks how I make money blogging; here are the most important tips that summarize how most bloggers earn an income online.

make money bloggingThe most important tip I can offer is to read as much as you can about making money blogging, and then keep experimenting until you find what works for you. The Ultimate Guide to Blogging: What To Write About, How to Promote Your Blog, & How to Make Money Blogging by Mike Fishbein is an excellent place to start. Learn how other bloggers make money. Do your research, try their tips, and keep measuring how successful you are.

In 75 Ways to Make Money Blogging, I share everything I know about how to make money with a blog. Ebooks are easier and faster to read than blog posts – and you won’t be distracted by links, ads, and pretty pictures :-) .

I’ve been blogging since 2008, and started making money blogging right away. It’s like compound interest: the more you write, the more you make (if your content is interesting and either helpful or entertaining!).

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In October, I made almost $5,000 from Google Adsense alone, and over $6,000 in total (including income from my ebooks, Amazon, Clickbank, and ShareaSale). And every month is different – some months I earn $3,000. It’s shocking how much money you can earn from blogging – I can barely believe it and I’m living it! But it requires alot of work.

Making money blogging is like making money from any other business. It requires dedication, time, effort, learning, and patience. Learning how to make money as a blogger also requires you to ride out the slow months, and know/hope that better months are ahead.

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“If you decide to generate income from your blog, then don’t be shy about it,” says successful blogger Steve Pavlina. “If you’re going to put up ads, then really put up ads.  Don’t just stick a puny little ad square in a remote corner somewhere.” Puny little ads don’t earn money, and big fat ads in the middle of your blog posts look terrible! But if you want to make money as a blogger, you need to make sacrifices.

The most important thing to remember about making money blogging is that it takes time and sustained effort.   There are no fast, easy secrets to earning a living as a blogger. Like any small business, you have to work hard on your blogs. Successful bloggers are entrepreneurs who know that “get rich quick” schemes will fail every time.

Most bloggers experiment until they find what works for themDon’t just blindly copy the “Quips and Tips” blog style, the “Problogger” style, or Steve Pavlina’s blog style. It’s not only irritating to the original blogger, it doesn’t work! Successful bloggers – like all successful entrepreneurs – have two jobs: 1) To learn as much as they can about earning an online income; 2) To try different things until they find what works for their blog.

I find the most common ways bloggers earn money extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive. I tried them all: blog carnivals, posting comments on forums, commenting on other blogs, participating in link exchanges, and writing guest posts. But, these activities work for some bloggers — and all bloggers have to learn what works for them.

All bloggers remember the concept of “compound interest.” Plant seeds now; they’ll yield acorns and trees later! Some of my most popular blog posts – and highest sources of income – are articles I wrote a couple years ago. Making money blogging is a labor of love for the first two or three years. It helps if you have another source of income or a wealthy spouse to pick up the financial slack. I worked part-time as a freelance writer while creating my “Quips and Tips” blog series, and took the full-time plunge about a year ago. Like any small business or seedling, a blog needs time and energy. Nurture your blog from the ground up, and you’ll make money blogging.

Most bloggers entertain, educate, or somehow edify their readers. Find a topic or niche that interests you, learn about it, and share what you learn in a unique, creative way. Solve problems, using your writer’s voice! Build your own blog with a theme and content you can’t wait to wake up to every morning! And keep reminding yourself that earning an income online – like anything worthwhile – is a long-term process.

All bloggers incorporate ads or products that fill readers’ needs. On Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility, I advertise all manner ‘o things about getting pregnant and coping with fertility issues. Most bloggers make money by closely aligning their advertisements with their blog content, because readers are more likely to clicky-clicky on ads that solve their problems and meet their needs.

If you want to make money blogging but struggle with the “behind the scenes” stuff, read When to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog.

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All bloggers pay attention to readers’ search terms. My readers often find Quips and Tips for Successful Writers by searching for “freelance writing tips”, “feature article ideas”, “make money blogging tips”, and “magazine writing tips.” Knowing how people find my blog helps me choose the ads that both meet their needs and increase my online income. I also feature books, books, and more books because I love books! Plus, I like being an Amazon affiliate. For Amazon-specific advertising tips, read 5 Tips for Advertising Amazon Products.

Most bloggers earn money by exploring affiliate advertising networks. The best way to earn an income online is to experiment with different affiliate advertising networks.  I’ve tried Commission Junction, LinkShare, AdBrite, Chikita, Google Affiliate Network, Kontera, ClickBank, and more — I list them all in 75 Ways to Make Money Blogging. Don’t just copy what works for other bloggers! Take time to figure out what the best ads are for your blog.

Many bloggers occasionally change ad placement on their blogs. The Google Adsense gurus say the most profitable ads are within the blog post and “above the fold.” Does that work for your blog? Try it and see! I don’t advertise above the fold because I think it’s too much — it’s bad enough that I have ads smack in the middle of my posts. To earn an income online, find a balance between making your ads obvious but not too distracting or annoying. Experiment with ad placement — try ads at the end of your blog posts, along the sides, and in the footer.

Many bloggers make money by play with types and sizes of ads. There are so many ads to choose from! Banner ads, product images, text ads, in-text link ads, pixel/favicon ads, contextual links, eBook ads, exit ads, lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Incorporate the ad types and sizes that you dislike the least, let them run for a couple of months, and see if you make money. Remember that you may need over 1,000 page views a day before you make $100 or even $50 a day with your blog, depending on your niche and products.

If your traffic is low (and traffic is the number one tip for making money as a blogger! Actually, traffic is tied with targeted traffic that helps readers solve problems). At any rate, read How to Increase Blog Traffic to learn how to increase your readership.

I welcome your thoughts on how bloggers make money below…

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quips tips love relationshipsI'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello and share your thoughts below. If not, go well....and don't forget to come back! :-)

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  98 Responses to “How Bloggers Make Money – 8 Most Important Tips”

  1. Thanks for your comments!

    One of the best strategies for making money blogging is know what your readers are searching for. My most profitable blog is Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships, because we all run into relationship problems! If you’re starting a blog and want to make money, you need to check check Google alerts, social media, and message boards to see what your readers want to learn about.

  2. I’ve never hired anyone to promote my blogs, so I’m not the best person to ask :-) But certainly there’s nothing WRONG with doing it. It is a business, after all.

  3. That’s amazing, to make $2,000 a month blogging! Even after 6 years of earning money online, I still am shocked when I get cheques in the mail and Google Adsense payments in my bank account. It feels unreal

  4. As someone just starting out, this post was extremely helpful and relevant. Thank you for compiling these useful tips for us newbies. Laurie thanks so much for this, I have recently started blogging and although I’m loving it, This is a very informative and interesting article to read! I definitely agree that every blogger has to find out what works for them in terms of revenue generation. It’s all about trying and testing different methods, so to speak, until you find out what works for you. But I always say, never stop testing! And I like the second point, ”all bloggers remember the concept of compound interest’’ I like your ideas about the Article. I shall try to follow your tips and tricks on my niches while writing articles.

  5. Thanks for being here, Alice!

    For sure I think it’s ok to hire a professional to promote your blog — but be cautious. I don’t think a professional can guarantee results, no matter how experienced they are. Well, I take that back. It depends on what kind of results you’re looking for!

    If and when you hire someone, make sure you are 100% clear on what results you want from them. Get it in writing, and get a money back guarantee if possible.

    I’ve never hired anyone to promote my blogs, so I’m not the best person to ask :-) But certainly there’s nothing WRONG with doing it. It is a business, after all.

    What is your passion? Are you blogging about that? Is there any way you can connect your passion with your blog? That’s probably the best route to go.

    Stay true to you – and best wishes about the baby thing!

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  6. Thank Laurie for the informative post, I got caught up with the “we cant have kids” in your author box and forgot my question to ask.. I am still in the process of dealing the same thing.

    Anyways, thanks for letting me the different types of ads I can place in my blog site, but getting 1000 readers per day is way too hard to achieve. I only have couple of hundred friends in Facebook and twitter combine. Is it ok to hire a professional to promote my blog?

  7. Dear Lisbeth,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I have printed them out, and put them on my bulletin board. They’ll keep me writing even when I feel discouraged — and I’ve had a tough couple of months, so this is perfect timing.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  8. Thanks Laurie,

    I am so pleased that you have been blogging, and sharing what you know with us. I’ve read a few of your pages today, and am impressed and inspired!

    The information that you provide is very helpful, and the fact that you have success to tell us about is encouraging!

    More importantly, your writing style and warmth of personality make me want to read your blog, and make me feel more like starting one myself – it’s not such a crazy idea after all!

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your work in the future :)

  9. Laurie, uhmm Im kinda new in blogging… can you give me tips to start with it.. Please give me an idea on how blogging really works–from how to make a blog(how to make a good article) …..

  10. The beauty of blogging is the ability to make passive income. As you say, blog posts written years ago can continue to earn money. What an amazing time we live in that we have the opportunity to earn a living this way.

  11. i would love to make money blogging, i have only just started blogging so have a long way to come before i can start making a serious go at it, but thanks for sharing this great inspiration

  12. Gang Chen ~ I use HostGator, and wrote an article on choosing a host provider for your website:

    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/choosing-the-best-web-host-for-your-blog-tips-for-bloggers/

    Hostgator has served me well over the years!

  13. Laurie, which host do you use for blogging?

  14. My faith in online earning never stopped. You have some very great tips I can really learn to implement for my future blogs. I’m an OK writer, but I can write really good if there is any topic I really interested on. Otherwise, my thought can’t flow smoothly in one article. I’m trying to change myself or adapt my writing skill in broader range of topics to be able to write on my own blog because I feel in that way I somehow feel the blog can express in a more certain characteristic than when someone else writes for me, just my opinion.

  15. Hi,

    I’ve only used WordPress.org, so can’t speak to the others.

    Here are a few tips, including my thoughts on why I use WordPress.org:

    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/5-steps-to-setting-up-a-blog-for-writers/

  16. Hi there! What would you recommend a new blogger starts out on? Blogger, Tumblr, or WordPress?

    Thank you!

  17. Blogging one of the best ways to make money online.

    Easy to start and looks easy.

    Therefore easily taken for granted.

    That’s why many fail.

  18. Nice post. I’m thinking of starting a blog for web designers and would like to make money with it.

  19. Congrats on your earnings! I just found this blog and it was inspiring to read about how you started in 2008 and started making money.

  20. Those big banner (728) Google ads at the top of the blog posts don’t work for me. They don’t seem to pull in any money. It’s the big advertisement just above the fold in the middle of the article that does it.

    But this blog is my least successful in terms of making money. Writers and bloggers don’t seem to go clicky clicky!

  21. Laurie, i like your post. Straight to head, and easy to understand. I agree with you 100% . I have been around internet now for like 10 years-i can bear witness to that.

  22. Agreed about not being afraid to put up ads. On my first site we had a couple of weak (almost hidden) ads. As soon as we put the 728px horizontal GoogleAd at the top of each post we started to make good money.

  23. I think experimenting and finding out what works for you is a great way to start making money online. The biggest key of all is just finding the right system; once you find the right system, everything else pretty much falls into place.

  24. Thanks for your comments! Blogging is easy…but making money as a blogger and actually helping people achieve their goals is a lot more difficult.

  25. Hi Laurie!

    Great article and very encouraging to other who are considering earning income via a blog. There are so many ways to go about it and I love what you said about being BOLD and standing out!

    Congrats on your success and best wishes for more to come!
    Lisa

  26. This was a good post, If anyone wants to start blogging or anyone who has just started should read this article about making money as a blogger. I want to make money blogging, but it’s taking a long time.

  27. Hi Richard,

    Sometimes we need to take a break from blogging — a step back, to re-assess what we’re doing and how our blog is working for us.

    Or, maybe it’s too soon for you to figure out what the central theme of your blog is…maybe you could just blog about what’s happening in your life, and let your blog’s them “out” itself?

    Another consideration is whether you want to make money with your blog. That can change a blog’s focus or theme. Or both.

    Laurie

  28. I have a website with one measly blog on it and find myself stalled-out. I’ve been trying for weeks to come up with a central theme and begin writing regular blogs. I’ve never had this much trouble writing in my life and I don’t understand what the problem is. I am not discouraged and am confident that I will make things work, at some point in the future. I am only recently returning to writing, after a twenty-year absence and having to deal with just how different things have become in the freelance world. I will perservere and I will make it work. Thank you for providing this site, as I am finding it most helpful. I am now a subscriber.

  29. Laurie, great article and tips.

    We just recently launched an affilate program especially designed for bloggers that help bloggers make money by closely aligning their advertisements with their blog content, just like you said “because readers are more likely to clicky-clicky on ads that solve their problems and meet their needs.”

    Check out Bootic.com and their affiliate program.(http://bit.ly/YA15jW) There are no fees, just set up a widget on you blog, select from hundreds of items and advertise it to your readers. For example if you are reviewing baby strollers and found one you like on Bootic, why not get a commission from mentioning it right on your site.

    Through Bootic bloggers can not only provide their audiences with relevant editorial product information, but also offer the product in the context of review, and generate income at the same time.

  30. That’s amazing, to make $2,000 a month blogging! Even after 6 years of earning money online, I still am shocked when I get cheques in the mail and Google Adsense payments in my bank account. It feels unreal, disconnected somehow. I love it!!!! (I originally typed “I LIVE it!!!!” by accident….but it’s the truth :-) )

  31. We’ve been blogging for around 6 months and are above the 2k a month phase so I guess that’s doing really welll! See our income reports here (another one for January coming out soon).

    http://acoupletravelers.com/a-couple-travelers-by-the-numbers-dec-12/

  32. Thanks for your question, Megan – I think it’s a great one because I’ve struggled with it for years!

    Yes, I think it’s okay for bloggers to earn money AND help people at the same time. Of all the helpers in the world — doctors, counselors, teachers, preachers, life coaches — who DOESN’T get paid?

    In order to keep helping people, you need to earn a living. That’s why I put big fat advertisements in the middle of my blog posts: so I can earn money to keep writing articles to help people.

    I don’t think earning money makes your goal of helping people less worthy, respectable, or valuable. If what you do truly helps people, then you deserve to receive financial compensation for your time, energy, efforts, education, and knowledge.

    Thanks again for your question – I really appreciate it!

    Laurie

  33. Laurie-

    While these tips are fantastic, I still have a question. What if you want to do a blog with the idea of helping being the first priority? Would it come off as crass to them make money off the blog? I will admit my blog idea was conceived with helping people as the main function, but making money is always nice.

  34. Hi, i found your blog on Google using the keywords – how to make money blogging today, i have read through your blog post. It’s very inspiring and honest opinion from a real blogger. Keep up the good work on your blog. You are quite an inspiration. I use Adsense on my own blog and it earns me income every week, though not much for now. But, traffic from search engines generate more adsense income than other traffic generation methods.

    Emmanuel

  35. I’ve only been working on this for 2 weeks and I’m learning every single minute !! Love your post !!

  36. yes i agree, ads is not every thing, you need a strategy if you want to make money blogging.

  37. Hi Charles,

    Read as many books and websites about making money blogging as you can, and apply the tips that make the most sense to you. If the tip doesn’t work, then move on to the next one!

    Not everything works for everyone. For instance, social media doesn’t seem to help me make money blogging – but it does bring traffic. I believe that making money from the ads on my blogs is about organic search traffic, not clicks from twitter, pinterest, Facebook, etc.

    But, social media strategies work for other bloggers! That’s why you need to do the research and see what works for YOU.

    Good luck with it….

    Laurie

  38. This article makes a lot of sense to me. I have had this blog http://www.chamotservices.blogspot.com for a while now and just little earnings come in. I would appreciate advice on how to make more money from it. Thanks.

  39. thanks a lot for your tips ! very helpful :)) xo

  40. Making millions of dollars blogging is possible…but definitely not overnight! It depends on the topic of your blog, who you are (famous people will attract readers overnight), and how many good quality bloggers with SEO experience you can afford to hire.

  41. Most people that start a blog or website go into it with the attitude they are going to make millions of dollars and it just isn’t that way. It takes a lot of hard work and devotion to get to the point where you are making some decent money at it. My hat is off to you for putting in the efforts you have to get where you are at today! Bravo and keep it up!

  42. I have found that my most successful posts are either easy to follow walk-through of a problem, or answers to a specific questions.

  43. Thanks for your comments! If you’re reading this, you probably want to make money blogging.

    Here’s a great article:

    http://www.businessesgrow.com/2012/11/29/why-it-pays-to-be-a-patient-blogger/

  44. Glad i stumbled upon this article. I have justed started as a blogger. Lets be frank minting money is not as easy but its not impossible. :)

  45. I just started a blog not very long ago, so I wanted to see other people’s blogs to get an idea what they write about and really to know what I should do! It is hard to know what to do. I got some knowledge through reading yours…so thanks. I understand it takes time and EFFORT on my part to build my blog up and if I do it right people will eventually go to my blog like they are to yours.

  46. I loved the article. It inspired me to get to work on my own blog. Keep the blogs coming and much success to you.

  47. Excellent post, it is a very challenging thing to be a blogger if you are hoping to make a little side income from it. I can easily see why many bloggers give up. For me the rewards are in the precious time I get to spend with our children and the memories we are creating that makes it all worth it. I really enjoyed your article. :)

  48. Laurie thanks so much for this article.It really motivates me to keep blogging.I am a newbie trying hard to build up a successful blog.

  49. Hi Laurie I agree that making a great amount of money with a blog takes a great deal of work and a great deal of time…I must tell you though I do strongly believe blog commenting can help play abig role in gaining traffic

  50. Yes, you really have to want to make money blogging…and I think it’s a bit of luck, too. It’s hard to find a niche that you want to blog about AND that is not overdone on the ‘net AND that others want to learn about AND to have a voice or slant that people want to follow.

    I wish I had a hobby that I could blog about. I play the flute, but am not passionate enough about it to blog about it. I’m getting my MSW, and blog about it occasionally.

    I saw a Facebook profile yesterday that made me envious! A photographer – I can’t remember her name – displayed her work and her website, and it’s so beautiful. A blogger could make SO much money with a site like that (like ProBlogger did), especially if the blog includes articles about photography equipment.

    So, even though I am making enough money blogging, I do wish I had a passion that I could blog about. I guess that’s why Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals is my favourite blog – I can write about whatever I want. And that’s my personality: always changing, stretching, learning new things. So maybe I am blogging about my passion and don’t even know it :-)

  51. Very inspiring Laurie. I hope to be able to make a little money with my blogs too..one of these days. My oldest blog is 3 years old and while it’s earning, it’s definitely not in your range. I guess I really have to want it huh? :D

  52. Hi jesper,

    Good question! I answered it in the article, as an update.

    You’re right that most bloggers give up after 6 months of not making (much) money blogging. I’ve been blogging for 4 years, and sometimes even I get discouraged by the downs. Late spring and early summer seems to be the worst for me, but it always picks up in September.

    If you want to make money blogging, you can’t give up! And you have to create a blog that you’re passionate about.

  53. Making money through an enjoyable hobby such as blogging really sounds like having your cake and getting to eat it too! But it is possible. You can’t expect it to be easy and instant, though. Making money blogging requires passion, dedication and effort.

  54. Interesting blog post. How long did it take you to make that amount of money? I’m asking because I think a lot of bloggers give up if they haven’t made any money after 6 months. I first started making money after a year of learning from my mistakes.

  55. Hi Tainers,

    I think Google Adsense targets ads to where the readers are, not to where you are. So if you’re in Kenya, you won’t see ads from Canada (where I am). I think the ads you see are related to your location and previous Google search history.

    I’m not a Google Adsense expert, though! Yesterday I earned $230 from Google Adsense :-) but that’s because I have high traffic right now, due to all my Halloween articles.

    It can take a long time to make money blogging, but if you love your blog, it’ll be a piece of cake! And, never ever try to cheat by stealing other people’s articles — it’s bad karma and it doesn’t work.

    Happy blogging,
    Laurie

  56. I would like to create a blog site. My target viewership is US, UK, China and other locations. Since i come from Kenya, i am worried that if i use absence, the ads i would place on my site are those that are related to Kenyan market. This means that i may have traffic on my site but the ads there may not be relevant for my readers and i may not earn from my blog as desired. How do i tackle this aspect?

  57. When it comes to making money with “blogs” the saying is that you have to offer people something, a service or so. I find that latly – people are only looking for something free. We have large stores who are losing out to cheap prices online and blogs may also be suffering from things like ad blindness or intentional avoidance. I also find that people want the free but seem to be some how turned off by anything they have to pay for?

  58. i have been trying to register for google adsense but they have been rejecting my registration please kindly check my site and tell me the problem wrong with my blog or the post on my blog

  59. Hi,

    Thanks for the nice tips. I am actually a newbee and really struggling in this field . Till now my blog earning is zero because i was concentrating on earning rather the blog quality and traffic. Well i have learned and will I will try again.

    Thanks
    shan

  60. I am starting to believe that more and more people are becoming blind to ads. And with the new rules that are being created it’s becoming even more difficult – but not impossible. But I have to say I did agree with much of your information.

  61. I have a friend who turned me on to the make money online thingy..and I have to say it has been difficult, yet your blog has inspired me to rethink some of my strategies. Thanks Laurie!

  62. Hi Laurie, I just came across this post and I loved it.
    I’ve been working as a freelance online writer for a long time and have written content for several media outlets. I think that understanding content and how to make the most of it is the key to a good profit generation. The article was very well-written and covered all the points!.. in my opinion:)
    I just recently launched a new self-serve ad platform so I am familiar with the industry and I really think this was such a comprehensive post! Definitely a must-read for bloggers!

    Thanks and good luck with your blog!

  63. hai Laurie
    im thinjing of starting my own blog,writting about love ,marraige and enterprenuaship stuff.i didnt realy understand how to make the money.
    i have a degree in public administration but im fastened by the internet.i want to learn more.

  64. I will try and experiment with monetization for my blog. But i think main focus should not be the money. Its all about things you love and write about.

    Thanks for tips.

  65. Hi Eddie,

    If you have a WordPress blog, you can download a PayPal donations plugin. I’m not sure how to do it if you have a Blogger blog.

    Also, I’ve read that readers become “blind” to donation buttons (and all ads, really). To keep making money blogging, you should move your ads or donation buttons around so people don’t ignore them.

    Happy blogging!

    Laurie

  66. I am a new blogger, just starting out. Rather than go the ad-route, I’d rather go the gratuity route. I’m wondering how to do that technically. All I can find on the web are how-to’s on adding donate buttons, but I am not a charity, so I don’t want one of those and all the legal headaches that could come from it. I just want a little button that says “buy me a drink” that someone can click and give me a dollar or two. Anyone know how to do that?

  67. Thanks for sharing the tips on making money blogging. I have finally launched my Blog “FreeBlogDesign4U.com” and aim to help most internet beginners to set up their first blog for free. I just wish that all of us can prosper from the internet, especially by Blogging.

  68. This is a great list, but not really helpful in terms of how a blogger ACTUALLY earns the money. Can you be more detailed please?

  69. Laurie, I love your blog and your writing style! Which is why I bookmarked it. It’s nice to see a fellow blogger that has passion for writing and what they’re doing instead of just blogging for the money. As you stated, “There is no get rich quick scheme” So many bloggers waste all their time looking for shortcuts when they could take all that time and put it into writing quality content and a well made blog and be way more successful.

  70. Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good success. If you know of any please share. Cheers!

  71. how i will get money from blog through ads?i will get check or etc. how they will be pay me for ads etc. plz explain steps.plz reply soon.

  72. i’m a new blogger but it helps me much :)

  73. I see Google Adsense and other types of advertising like I do magazine advertisements and tv commercials: annoying and not often interesting, but part of doing business.

  74. Thanks – I’m glad this article was helpful. Making money blogging is like making money in any business: constant learning, constant effort — and you have to love what you do!

  75. Regretably the adsense gurus are probably right. None of the readers on a blog want to see adsense in the article, it can be very distracting but if you are the blog owner and you want to get income, this is a necessity.

  76. Hi Laurie,
    As someone just starting out, this post was extremely helpful and relevant. Thank you for compiling these useful tips for us newbies. Bloggers may not necessarily want to put ads up, but writers need to feed their families, too! I love the Steve Pavlina quote. If one is going to dabble into a method — do it with gusto!

  77. While we do have a grasp as to what we want to do for our blog (we’re more on educating rather than placing ads) , it’s nice to see a small list of what other bloggers do to earn money. Perhaps we can incorporate those to our own methods in the future. Thanks!

  78. The advantage of Google Adsense is that ads are targeted towards the content of the article you’re writing. The disadvantage is that they’re not always exactly on topic, and most people do not click on Google ads. Thus, you need a ton of blog traffic to make good money with Google Adsense.

    The best way to make money blogging is to write articles that solve readers’ problems, and find ads that solve those same problems.

  79. Fantastic post. I’m a newbie. Blogging is a whole new world for me. Yesterday I came across a company offering all of the online social media stuff for one price. Should I stay with what I’ve got, or move over. I’ve checked them out they are legit – I bought it but can’t believe the prices.

    I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth, I’d just like a second opinion http://maxout.gogvo.com/ then go to marketing tools.

    What do you think?

  80. hi laurie,
    great tips,is there any advantage for adding google ads instead of some other ad network.

  81. i agree with learn all but apply what works for you to make money blogging..it may seem like a easy recipe to make a successful blog but its very personalized and experimental one also…

  82. Definitely – the more traffic you have, the more money you’ll make.

    However, it depends on the TYPE of traffic you get. For instance, if Problogger tells all his readers to come to my article on how bloggers make money, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll click on the ads on my blog or buy the products I feature. I could get tons of traffic, and earn no money online.

    To make money blogging, your readers need to be motivated to buy what you’re selling — or in my case, what the articles are about.

  83. I am new to blogging, and while these are good tips on how to be a successful blogger, I was wondering how blogging actually generates income? Is there only 1 way? The more people visit your blog and click on your ads, the more money you make?

  84. I use Adsense on my blog and it could only make about $10-15 per month for about 20k pageviews.. :(

  85. Those were good insights Laurie. And I have to agree that it is always a try and error kind of approach when it comes to monetizing a blog as there is no ‘one fits all’ solution. Keep it up :)

  86. I am getting over 1000 views a day but im lucky to make $1 a day. I have quite a few ads so i dont know what im doing wrong. I had the in line text ads but an SEO expert told me having that many links going out of my page is bad…its like i keep learning opposing things and dont know what actually works

  87. well I am not thinking about monetizing my blog right now but it is always
    good to learn few tips from expert bloggers, something else I want to add
    is if you don’t try you will never figure out how to make money

  88. I just found your website and enjoy your articles. I found you on Facebook and searched for you on Twitter but can’t seem to find you. Keep up the good work.

  89. Hey Laurie

    This is a very informative and interesting article to read! I definitely agree that every blogger has to find out what works for them in terms of revenue generation. It’s all about trying and testing different methods, so to speak, until you find out what works for you. But I always say, never stop testing! And I like the second point, ”all bloggers remember the concept of compound interest’’ – You definitely gotta put in a lot of energy, time and effort before reaping what you have sowed!

  90. If one builds a following, just about anything can be monetized as this is what potential advertisers want to see. However in the case of blogging, build the traffic and then learn about affiliate marketing. It’s not easy and it’s not quick, but once you learn it and figure out what works best for you, your blog and your niche – it’s a lot of fun.

    Definitely worth the time and effort.

    Cheers!

  91. These tips were great! I love your blog and your articles.

    How do I follow google’s guidelines in adsense? I’ve already submitted my site twice and they don’t accept it because “I do not follow there policy guidelines,”

    –confused.

  92. Also – bloggers make money by listening to their readers, and responding to what their readers want. That’s something that’s taken me a long time to learn…

  93. Gisela ~ glad this article was helpful! I hope you find the right web host — because bloggers can’t earn money without advertising….I don’t think…..:-)

    Brian ~ thanks for sharing your most successful posts — problem solving articles are my favorite to write. I can’t imagine writing a post about me, my experiences, my journey, my life….boring!

  94. Hi Laurie,
    Really great tips on earning money through blogging. I couldn’t agree more when you mentioned solving problems and using your voice. I have found that my most successful posts are either easy to follow walk-throughs of a problem, or answers to a specific questions. Your readers will not only be thankful, but they are also much more likely to share your article with others. Thanks for the helpful information!

  95. Actually I came here for “writing for magazines” & it looks like I have to go somewhere else to get that answer.

  96. Laurie thanks so much for this, I have recently started blogging and although I’m loving it, I may have picked the wrong host to ad because they dont’ allow it. Thanks so much though you have given me a lot ot think about :)
    Gisela

  97. Hello Dana,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment! Many people don’t understand how bloggers earn money — but it’s those big fat ads that help us pay the bills.

    That’s very cool, that you’re thinking of starting a Christian devotional blog. Did you know I have Quips and Tips for Spiritual Seekers? http://theadventurouswriter.com/quipstipsspiritualseekers/

    It’s not my most popular blog, but I really enjoy it. It’s a partnership with another blogger.

    Good luck with your blogging career — and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  98. Laurie,thanks so much for your tips on making money blogging. You know, I never really understood how the money part came in! I am considering starting a Christian devotional blog. I don’t know yet what kind of market there is yet for something like this. Your post has added to my research on the topic. Thanks!

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