Big news for residents of Minnesota! Starting October 1st, 2014 you will be eligible to start making money as an Amazon affiliate through the Amazon Associates program. This is fantastic news! If you are new to the concept, you can read more about making money with Amazon as well as see Our Top 10 Earning Pages for the Amazon Associates Program for inspiration. Read the entire operating agreement here, or see below for the key change affecting Minnesota.
Taking the Easy Way Out: Ad Networks
If you read my post entitled Ads 101: Selling Ads (Direct) on Your Blog, you know how much is involved with selling ads directly. It’s a lot of work! (If you haven’t yet, go back and read it since it lays the groundwork for this post). Luckily, it’s much easier to use an ad network (or multiple ad networks) since they do most of the work for you. I highly recommend you start out by applying to Google Adsense. I’ll get to why in a minute, but first let me cover some basics. And since this post got really long, I added a table of contents below so you can jump to the various sections…. [Continue Reading]
So you have a blog and are starting to get a bit of traffic. Just about every website you visit has ads on it, so you’re thinking maybe it’s time you cash in on this phenomenon. But how do you actually get ads on your site? How much money can you make? How many ads should you have? Do you have to sell them yourself? How much traffic do you need to start? How do you optimize ads to increase revenue? Heck, where do you start?
Man have I traveled down this road before (and then some)! I am constantly experimenting, questioning, and pushing the envelope with ads on my wife’s blog, 100 Days of Real Food (with over 41 million page views in the past year, it pays to do so)…. [Continue Reading]
I was recently invited to participate in a live Google HOA (hang out on air) session entitled “Monetizing for Bloggers” and hosted by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship. Other guests were Stephanie Langford of Keeper of the Home and Ultimate Bundles and Jenn Campus of Foodie Blog Roll and Left Over Queen.
Geez, seeing yourself on video for the first time can be a little scary…can you say “umm”?? I can! Gotta work on that. 🙂 But despite my novice interview skills, we answered some really important questions so I’m excited to share the video with you below. If you don’t have an hour to watch (or listen) start to finish, take a look at the show notes below and fast forward to the section(s) you want to check out.
I’ll never forget the feeling of frustration I experienced in January of 2012. My wife’s blog had been live for 1.5 years, and she was starting to get some decent traffic. She had attended her first blogging conference a few months prior and had, somehow, set up network ads to run on her site. The blog was growing quickly and so where the demands on her time. She was getting a bit overwhelmed (understandably) and needed me to take over monetization of the blog, so she basically handed me a jumbled mess, shrugged her shoulders, and said, “Please help!”… [Continue Reading]