Making more money by blogging
Update: This post was written one year ago, and since then – I have been making money from my blog! Stay tuned for the new post coming soon. Until then, have a look at this – can you really make money from your blog?
Number one on my list of potential extra income sources was blogging/web revenue. The first website I ever owned was an online shop set up in 2006 for the craft items I made and sold, and I fumbled along with it for years, never making any money from it apart from a few sales. I read about how important it was to have a blog, so I set one up via Blogger… but I didn’t really know what I was doing then. Eventually, I wrapped up that business and started something entirely new.
How am I going to make more money by blogging?
I’ve had some success with blogging in the past, but in a non-commercial sense… although I did win a prize of lots of art materials for one blog! That was a project-based blog though, with an audience that was primed to be engaged and supportive, and blogging as a business is very different.
|Here’s my blogging checklist…
The difference between now and then is that I’m now prepared to view myself as a businessperson. I still write about personal issues, and I have no intention to just copy successful blogs (as I truly despise homogeneity), but I’m able to focus on writing more for readers and not just for myself.
So, back to this blog – I’ve actually taken away most of the Google AdSense blocks and most of the affiliate banners I tried when I first got them, because it was all too cluttered. When I first decided to have a go at placing ads on this blog, I’ll admit, I went a bit overboard. I never put an ad into a post, but there were too many of them all around… bad idea.
I decided not to use affiliate banners for companies I didn’t actually use myself, but having too many banners made it look like just the opposite. They had to go. What’s the point of writing honest reviews and opinions when you look as though you’re trying to flog products indiscriminately? Less is more.
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