I had a friend ask me not to long ago if you can make money by blogging. His son, a recent high school grad, had heard you could do this and get wealthy doing it. Well, yes and no. I don't have a high readership on my blog, so I don't make loads of money. But with my BlogHer ads, I do have a little money trickling in. If you have a higher amount of readers coming to your blog, then perhaps this is the way to go. You can click on the above link for more info. Remember, more readers = more people who see the ads = more income for you. How do you get the higher readership? Write more articles that actually go to your target audience. Mine target audience is mainly knitters/crafters/diy-ers. Most of whom are struggling in this economy and looking for more ways to add some dollars to their wallets. Thus, this article, although not crafty, is still targeting the audience. I hope. :)
Another way to go would be with Amazon associates. I haven't done this much in the past and that's just plain not smart of me. It's a win/win for everyone. I direct you to something you will buy and I basically get a referral fee for it. You, in turn, do this on your blog and we all continue winning and making a little pocket change. For instance, here's a book that I got this weekend: "Fitted Knits: 25 Projects for the Fashionable Knitter" by Stephanie Japel. Love this book by the way, planning on making several of these sweaters. See? Amazon link to my associates account. Now if I can just learn to do this quickly I'll be set. Again, it won't bring in loads of cash, but any is better than none, right?
Want a little more money from your blog? Add a SwagBucks link. What's SwagBucks? It's a search and win site. You use their search engine for your searching and you can earn enough swagbucks to redeem them for awesome prizes. For instance, I earned $15 dollars in January in Amazon e-cards, which are stackable. Meaning that you can use multiple cards for a single purchase. Another bonus, the amazon e-cards don't expire. You just put them in your account and use them when you want to. My kid wants a Wii, so I'll be saving up for one of those. Oh, and that $15 was without any referrals earning me the Swagbucks. Get a referral or two and your earning of Swagbucks goes up exponentially. The best thing about Swagbucks? It's the only legitimate site that I've found that basically gives away free money. Cool huh?
1. So can you earn some money while blogging? Yes.
2. Will it pay all your bills and buy you that Mega Mansion you've been wanting? Um, no.
3. Should I build a blog just for making money that has no content whatsoever besides links and adds that will make me money? Please, please, just don't do this. Make sure your blog has real content. Your readers will thank you also.