Friday, October 5, 2007

Making Money With Your Blog

I've been asked a couple of times about the ads on my blog. Okay, here's the scoop. The way it works is you sign up for AdSense (use my green button so I get a referral) and put some html code on your blog (its easy, they give it to you and you just copy and paste it into a new template section). The adds automatically show up and they are chosen by Google based on your content. You have the ability to block certain ads if they are objectionable (I had to block some "Baptist Singles Dating Sites"). There is no charge to you, but when your readers click an add, you make a few pennies. For a single click, depending on the add, I've gotten anywhere from $0.01 to $0.93. Since June I've accumulated about $41.00. When it gets to $100.00 they will mail me a check. The trick is driving people to your blog.

Driving traffic is the difficult part because there is a lot of competition out there for your reader's attention. I've signed up for some of the top sites (see my list below on the right) and people find me that way. Also, you want to make sure you are registered in Google, Yahoo, Technorati, and other blog databases. It's free, but requires a LOT of signing up and registration (I went through the registration process 50+ times). For some more info on making money with your blog, check out the following links:

Problogger's "How I Make Money From Blogs - My Top Earners"
Amazon.com Associates program (get paid when people buy books and other stuff you recommend)
Pay Per Post (get paid to write a brief advertisement post on your blog)

I don't view my blog as a business, but I don't see anything wrong with making some spare change with it, especially since I plan to give the profits to our church. I hope this answers some questions and gives everyone some food for thought. Go make some cash!

7 comments:

Jessica said...

Bro David Scott,

I was just over at Katy-Anne's page, and was reading the comment that you left there about the "music issue". And I just wanted to say that I am so sorry that this whole issue sort of "blew up" like it did. (I'm not talking about just what Katy-Anne has said... but what SEVERAL people have said). I never meant to make you look bad or anything like that. I also told everyone that It was MY decision to remove the music, and that you never asked me to! Again, I hope that I didn't cause you too much trouble. I was just doing what I thought was best.

David Scott said...

Jessica,
Don't even worry about it. Katy-Anne has been very gracious and dropped the issue. It's amazing how militant we Baptists can be about our convictions, but when someone has one that we don't we get mad at them. I've been guilty of the same thing and have to watch myself.

Jordan said...

Bro. Scott, There's some liberal thing on here. It's called Saw 4. I can't get the url on it. I don't know how. Sorry :(
Just thought you might want to know.

Jordan said...

asfunction:loadAbgLink I think this is the link to that advertisement.

Julie's Jewels said...

I'm sorry to hear that video ad is still coming up. I hope you can get that fixed. I know it bothers you hearing stuff like that about your site.

Baptist Girl said...

Hi Dave,
Here is a site that tells you how much your site is worth

http://www.business-opportunities.biz/projects/how-much-is-your-blog-worth/

Cristina

David Scott said...

Hey, I checked out that link and it said my site is worth, like, $2,388! Seems bogus because it's only worth what someone is willing to pay. If you can find me someone willing to pay that, I'll sell in a heartbeat!

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