As I promised, today I am starting my series on making money blogging. Today I want to focus on one of the more common and basic ways of making money with your blog, and that is through advertising. I’m strictly speaking about Google Adsense, Chitika and other similar advertising platforms.
It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to advertise, and there are plenty of options. Here’s my video of your options below and the rough transcript is at the bottom:
Making Money Blogging Video Transcript
Good morning, evening, afternoon; whatever it will be for you. It’s 9am here and not the greatest day weather-wise; albeit a lot better than yesterday!
Today is the first day in my series on making money with your blog, and the first part of the series is with probably one of the most obvious ones; through Advertising. Now I’m not talking about finding companies to advertise through your blog. I’ll come to that later.
I’m talking about AdSense, Chitika and other companies that allow you to sign up for accounts. All you then do is add the code to your blog and they come up with the adverts for the people reading your blog. Sometimes they’re linked to the content on the screen, other times they’re based on the search terms that someone has used in the past.
There are a few options out there for these types of advertisements. Some are images, like the Google AdSense one that you will see to the right of this blog underneath the search box. Others are text based, which I have on my Student Survival Tips website. I use Infolinks for the text based advertisements, but I’ve got to be honest and say that I don’t rate it that highly. I’m considering getting rid of it and looking for something else. In the last two years of having the site, I’ve not made a penny from it; whereas Google AdSense has made me money.
I would suggest checking a few different options out and finding the one that works better for you. While Google AdSense is the most popular, it’s certainly not the only one out there. I know people who are having a lot of success with Chitika.
This is probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to start making money from your blog. It will take time to see a lot coming through, but it is a form of passive income. Once you write the blog post, the adverts will continually be shown on the page. People just have to click them and you earn a little bit of money from them.
But there are rules. You can’t ask friends and family members to click on the ads for you, and you certainly can’t do it yourself. The companies will know! This is one of the most common reasons for Google to shut down AdSense accounts; and once you’ve lost your AdSense account, you’re not going to get it back unless you win an appeal. I don’t hear a lot of that happening.
All the rules you need to follow are in the terms and conditions of any of the sites that you sign up to. Most of them state no pornography, no explicit content, nothing illegal etc. Really, the content should be suitable for all ages and nothing too controversial. I know a writer who had her AdSense account closed because she was talking about some riots somewhere. So it’s a good idea to stay away from anything you think could cross the line.
I’d love to hear if you have experience with any of them in the comments section below.
I’ll be back on Thursday with a new video in my making money blogging series, and I’ll be covering another more obvious one: affiliate marketing.