Are you making any money with your blog? This SFGate.com article talks about bloggers who are finding ways to make a profit.
Some top bloggers who carry advertising say they make hundreds or, in a few cases, thousands of dollars a month. The typical take is more like $20 to $50 a month, which covers the cost of running a typical Web site.
The founder of Blogads says to develop a following you will need to spend “hours” each day for at least 18 months.
This doesn’t happen overnight. You have to build a voice, a relationship.
The web has always been ruled by those that can provide quality content in a sophisticated but easy-to-read manner. There’s no reason to think that it’s any different with weblogs. This article talks about several ways to make money with your weblog.
Blogads is one way. They charge advertisers from $5 a week to $700 a week to advertise with them. The advertiser chooses which weblog they want to advertise on from a list of participating weblogs. Glenn Reynolds, a law professor who runs the libertarian blog Instapundit.com, said that he has made $4,000 in each of the last two months. Glenn is averaging about 110,000 visits per day.
Google Adsense is another way to make money with your blog.
Advertisers pay Google each time a user clicks on their ads. Google gives a portion of this revenue to the site where the ad appears. Google won’t disclose its prices or revenue share, and it forbids bloggers from disclosing them.
The article quotes several different bloggers who make from $200 to $500 a month from Google ads. Google Adsense is easy to sign-up and just as easy to implement into your blog. The third approach to making money with your blog discussed in the article is the Amazon Associate program which has been around since the mid 90’s. www.kottke.org has about 12,000 to 15,000 visitors a day and he makes just $100 a month from Amazon.
There’s no doubt that a blogger with a clean, crisp looking weblog featuring interesting or unique content can make a profit using one or more of these programs. Google Adsense is a no brainer. If you blog a lot about consumer goods then Amazon should be used but in conjunction with Adsense. Down the road, if or when your weblog starts seeing some significant traffic, Blogads could provide an additional stream of revenue.