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Poll: How Much Do You Earn From Adsense?

As some readers have already noticed – I’ve just added a poll to the sidebar which asks ‘Last month, how much did you make from Adsense?’

In the last update at Adsense Google have changed their rules to allow disclosure of monthly earnings so I thought it would be interesting to find out what bloggers are making currently with the program. The poll is anonymous and I have no way of telling who has participated or what they’ve indicated as their earnings so your privacy is in tact.
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Where to start at ProBlogger?

Josh, a reader of this ProBlogger just emailed the following question:

‘Hi Darren, I’ve just discovered ProBlogger after seeing your link on another page and I’m really impressed that people are making a living from their blogs. I’d like to be a pro blogger too and was wondering if you can point me in the direction of the best articles on your site to start off reading? Your archives are so full of articles I don’t know where to start!’

Thanks for stopping by ProBlogger Josh – I appreciate your email. Where should you start? I’d try some of the links in the square menus at the start of the page – especially Blogging for Dollars and Adsense for Bloggers (which is the first post of a series of tips on making money with your blog using Adsense. Most of the other links up there are to my main categories.

In addition to that you might want to view some of the following links which are the 10 most viewed articles on this blog over the past month:

Regular readers might like to nominate their own suggestions of helpful articles if they so desire in comments below.

More Business UnderBloggers added

I just updated the nominations in the 2005 Business Underblogger Awards. We’re up to 51 nominations so far. In updating the nominations I discovered a few great professional bloggers that I’d never known of before on a really wide range of topics. Check them out and leave your nominations for Business Blogs that you like that fly under the radar and deserve more readership than they get on the nominations page.

Here are the latest nominations:

Open Xorce Crossing :: Ken’s Management Log Book :: Biz Book Nuggets :: What’s Next Blog :: Leaders Go First :: Blog for Fun and Profit :: Next Level Biz Tips :: Build a Better Blog :: WonderBranding :: VOIP Advice :: Decent Marketing :: Brand Autopsy :: Coach Ezines :: What Retirement :: Business of Life :: Legacy Matters :: Estate Legacy Blogs

See the full list of nominations here

Tell me what you want, what you really really want…

I’ve been writing ProBlogger for almost 6 months now. There are 630 post in my archives on a vast array of topics including some tips that I wrote very early on that have probably not been read by many due to the fact that when I started I was my only reader.

I love writing this blog – its the first and last one in my stable of blogs that I write on every day. To be honest its probably the least profitable one that I do (there is no money in ads for blogging tools) but that doesn’t really worry me because its a labor of love – ProBlogger energizes me.

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a number of people reflect back that things that I’ve written have been helpful to their professional blogging efforts – this is what this site is all about so I’m over the moon to have been a help. I’d like to get more of these emails and instant messages – not because it strokes my ego – but because I honestly would like to see Pro Blogging grow as an industry (probably the wrong choice of word).

So – in order for me to be more effective in equipping and encouraging you my wonderful readers, I’d like to hear from you. Tell me what YOU want out of ProBlogger. What are the types of tips and articles that you need to read more on? Help me help you by giving me some insight into the issues that you’re facing at present as a Professional Blogger?

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Posting for profit

There is a well written article over at the Guardian Unlimited on Posting for profit (note – link seems to have been deleted over at Guardian Unlimited). It takes quite a broad look at a variety of ways that there are to make money from and around blogging – they examine everything from bloggers asking for donations, to the emerging blog networks to blog services etc. It’s a pretty typical ‘blogging for dollars’ type article but has a few pretty up to date examples.

Team Blogging the Only Profitable Way?

pc4media is making some sense writing on Access to Inventory. Ad sales is Most Profitable when More Inventory is Accessible

‘No matter how good your writing is, if you don’t have a full time sales guy selling ad inventory, you aren’t making a living. And therefore, the more writers you have – the more inventory you have – the easier it is to sell the inventory. The more inventory you have – the more money you make – the more sales people you can hire. And the cycle continues. Pretty simple formula.

So, if you are blogging for profit and you aren’t playing on a team or teams or atleast have a sales team working for you, you won’t be blogging for profit very long.’

I see the sense behind such a statement but don’t completely agree. I’m a one man band, I don’t have anyone selling ads for me (except for me) and I am making a good living from my blogging.

Yes I could do better if I had a full time ad selling person and more people writing with me, however at this point that isn’t possible. I am hoping to expand things a little in the next 12 months but at this point am finding things are working out pretty well. I guess its each to their own and a medium where there is no one way to be successful.

Will Blog for ‘Boys Toys’

Duncan at the Blog Herald is willing to Advertise you for 12 months in exchange for a Mac Mini.

Hmmmm – nice idea.

I’m willing to prominently advertise* you in exchange for any (or all!) of the following:

G5 iMac
Canon 20D DSLR
Panasonic Video Camera

*By ‘advertise’ I mean I am willing to negotiate a nice package worth more than the retail value of whichever item you choose. This advertising could appear on this blog and/or any of the others in my stable of blogs and could include a combination of banner, button, text and sponsored posts. Of course if you’d just like to buy me any of them because you think I’m a nice guy I’m willing to accept them also!

Entrepreneurial Blog Consultant for Hire

Update: Due to a very high level of demand and other projects – I’m currently not taking on new consulting clients. Please feel free to ask after reading what I offer below – but please don’t be offended if I’m unable to take on your work at this point. I’m working to clear some time for more of this type of work – but it could be some time before I can do so.

Since starting ProBlogger back in September I’ve had an increasing number of requests from Bloggers and potential bloggers to help them think through how they might generate an income through their blogging. To this point I have been happy to offer some basic free advice or to point these people to appropriate articles and/or resources that might help them.

On a handful of occasions I’ve given bloggers more specific and advanced advice and have assisted them in putting into action a money making strategy for their sites. In one of these cases the blogger in question increased their earnings from $5 to $55 per day within 48 hours!

I get a lot of satisfaction from helping bloggers move towards their goals of earning an income from blogging and have decided to make more time available in my schedule over the coming months to work with a small number of bloggers as a consultant.

The areas of experience that I can offer potential clients advice and consultation in include:
– Adsense Publishing Program
– Amazon Affiliate Program
– Other Advertising and Affiliate Streams
– Search Engine Optimisation
– Sourcing Content on Niche Topics

I’m also open to approaches to write on different blogs as an editor or contributor.

If you would like to engage my services in any of these or other related areas please do not hesitate to contact me with your requirements or ideas. If they meet with my areas of experience I would be happy to speak further with you and prepare a proposal that would be mutually beneficial for us both.

NY Times Buys into Blogging

The New York Times now own the largest blog network in the world. They have just agreed to pay $410 million for About.com from Primedia Inc. in an all cash deal. Primedia bought About.com in October of 2000 for $690 million in stock but had trouble in capitalizing upon the purchase.

‘The company says the deal will give it the 12th-largest Internet presence and a platform for future growth on the Web. The Times Co., whose digital properties include NYTimes.com and Boston.com, has a current base of 13 million users, while About.com has 22 million monthly users.’

Read more at Crain’s New York Business news, lists, rankings, directory and more