Saturday, October 2, 2010

How to Make Money Blogging

I should have put a question mark after the title of this post because I obviously have no idea how to make money blogging. Some of you might be in the same boat and would like to know how to monetize your blog. Unless you are a celebrity with a massive following or have recently gone viral, it can be difficult. 

Despite that challenge, I do have some good news to report. After 2 years of putting ads on my blogs, I finally earned my first check. It was enough to pay my phone bill. When I did the math, I ended up earning an average of 3 cents per hour for my blogging efforts, so it's really nothing to brag about.
Imagine me, a
professional blogger!

However; since I exercised such patience, I can now technically call myself a professional blogger. Now I go around the house saying "Imagine me, a professional blogger", ala Tobias Funke from Arrested Development.

I'm not super excited about waiting another two years for my next paycheck so I have been thinking of some other ways to supplement my blog (aka my ATM.)

1) I was recently thinking back to my walkathon memories from grade school and wonder it that concept still works. Maybe this upcoming year I can go around my neighborhood and get pledges from neighbors and see how much they will pay for each post I write.

2)  I guess I could also stoop to photo shopping celebrities and featuring scandalous headlines about them on Chaka's World, but The National Enquirer already has a corner on that market.

3) Maybe I could change the name of my blog to "Why Bill Gates is the coolest guy ever" and just brown nose him every post and see if he ever reciprocates. 

If any of you have any better ideas or suggestions I'm open minded and eager to listen since I have another phone bill coming due.

P.S.- I did actually benefit financially from my blog at the first of the year. I did a post about my  love for and desire to be a spokesman for Toblerone candy and some anonymous reader sent me a bunch of Toblerones in the mail after reading the post. That was even sweeter than my recent Adsense check. Literally.


Cheeseboy said...

Congrats on 100 "easy" bucks! I wish I could say the same. Unfortunately, as you may know, I was banned from adsense for clicking on my own ads. Who reads those agreements anyway?!

Beckalita said...

Congratulations! Maybe with your check you could find a shirt like Tobias's. Savers maybe?

Rachel Cotterill said...

I don't have adsense, but I did get $130 for one small ad for one year. That's my one and only meander into advertising, though I have had a couple of nice freebies (and been offered some others that didn't seem to fit so well). I think it's safe to say I haven't cracked this, either...

Raechelle said...

Have you tried any affiliate stuff like amazon? I did try that one once-but since I'm based in Australia(and only get about 60-80 hits a day)-it didn't really work well for me . I am an affiliate for a women's sports forum as well (Lindy Olsen)-did get a few bucks from that.
Just a thought!

M-Cat said...

I had no idea until I met Cheeseboy in real life that one could acttually GET PAID to blog, and then his story made me laugh so hard (clickin on his own freakin ads) that I can't imagine even trying.

I miss Arrested Development.

And I am looking to sell my plasma for extra cash. Not blog related, but it will buy my diet coke

Eric said...

Hey was that a photo of all the money you made blogging? I've made little, although it keeps me from going out and buying new expensive art, so I guess I'm really making a ton of money blogging?