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4 Blog Alternatives To AdSense, Affiliate Links And Annoying Ads

If you asked most aspiring blogging pro’s on how they intend on paying the bills with their blogs, the two most common answers would probably be ads (like Google AdSense) and affiliate links.

While there is nothing wrong about generating wealth via ads, unless one receives a large amount of traffic (via search engines or social networks), your dreams of going pro may take a few years (if not forever).

Instead of attempting to gain the spot light in the twitterverse or attempting to make your blog an SEO star, here are four alternatives that may help you become a blogging pro within your lifetime.

Premium Subscriptions

Subscriptions can come in many different flavors, although the most popular in the blogosphere are forum access, email subscription and blog archives.

While the latter two I would discourage you from attempting (as those methods usually only work for established bloggers), charging a small fee for access to an active forum could help your site generate

Fremium Mobile Apps

While most major blogging sites give away their mobile apps for free, you could create a freemium iPhone, Android or Blackberry app where users pay a small fee in order to upgrade to an ad free experience.

Note: This might be easier to implement within Apple’s ecosystem as Android and Blackberry have yet to implement in app purchases.

Sponsored “Guest” Posts

Many companies are always looking to promote their various product beyond advertising, and allowing them to promote their product upon your blog (in their own words of course) could help your site bring in some extra revenue.

If you do consider using sponsored posts, be sure to clearly label the article as such, otherwise you could easily face a backlash from not only users (at least in the US), but also from Google as well (who will reduce your page rank to zero).

Job Boards

With the world slowly recovering from a global recession, creating a Jobs Board (aka a classifieds section) could help you generate extra revenue on the side.

Since most Job Boards are cheaper than the average classified ad in a newspaper or online (with the exception being free alternatives like Craigslist), you may find a few companies willing to post job openings on your blog.

Any other suggestions?

These are just a handful of ideas that bloggers big and small are using to compliment (or even replace) ad revenue upon their blogs.

Do you have an extra tip that should be included? If so, feel free to post your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Joe Boyle ) says: 6/23/2010

    It’s funny that I came across this post. Just today I was talking about how ANNOYING banner ads are. If people started switching to other forms of money making, they’d be a lot more successful, in my opinion. Great post!

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  2. hulucy ) says: 6/23/2010

    While the latter two I would discourage you from attempting (as those methods usually only work for established bloggers), charging a small fee for access to an active forum could help your site generate.

    Subscriptions can come in many different flavors, although the most popular in the blogosphere are forum access, email subscription and blog archives.

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  3. yaseen ) says: 7/28/2010

    real traffic is here

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  4. gabriel says: 9/28/2010

    Great concept , but my experience with the whole web world is that we like it free.

    paying online is just not something the majority of people are willing to do or generally a custom to especially for digital information. for example my parents have a huge collection of records and have no problem spending for that but the idea of spending a tenth of a record price for a download makes not much sense to them. It needs to be in people habits that YES it isd ok to spend for something you cannot TOUCH or carry around. A PRODUCT (in the old fashion sense). my kids will understand that, so lets wait until then to start making big bucks…

    my 2 cents really

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