Blog Revenue Streams

ProBlogger is all about how to make a few dollars (or more than a few dollars) from your blog. Around 9 months after starting my first blog I began to experiment with a variety of income generating ideas that I suspected would be suitable for blogging. Over the past 18 months I’ve built these revenue streams to a level that I am now making a full time living from blogging.

This site is a place where I share what I’ve learnt. My archives are full of ideas, experiments, lessons and tips. Let me point you in the direction of some starting points if you’re interested in learning what I’ve discovered.

  • Blogging for Dollars – This is an article I originally wrote back when I first started experimenting with making money from blogs. I’ve learnt a lot more since but it is a good introduction to the topic.
  • Adsense – This is my Adsense category where I keep all my tips and news on this contextual advertising program. Adsense is the main way I earn an income from my blogging. If you want a good starting point for learning how to use it on your blog check out this first part of a series I’ve written on Adsense for Bloggers.
  • Affiliate Programs – Affiliate programs are where you link to products that others are selling – in return you usually get a small percentage of any sales. Amazon has a popular affiliate program that you might want to check out but there are hundreds of others also.
  • Advertising – this is where I keep news and tips on other forms of advertising (apart from Adsense. There are many ways of advertising on your site ranging from selling text links, running private banner and skyscraper ads, using systems like BlogAds or Fast Click.
  • RSS – RSS feeds are one of the most exciting and fastest growing aspects of Blogging. The race is on to provide easy ways to monetise these feeds.
  • Other Income Streams – there are many other ways to earn an income from blogging. Every week it seems someone is trying something else. These methods range from selling your blog, blog consulting, writing books, selling subscriptions to your blog, asking for donations, auctioning yourself as a blogger on Ebay etc.

Pro-blogging >> My two year Journey of Discovery

Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of the very first blog post that I ever did on my first personal blog.

It has been a very interesting and rewarding two years. I’ve been reflecting today a little about the journey of blogging so far. There have been a number of movements that have brought me to the place I’m in today as someone who now who earns a living from blogging. Let me reflect a little on the journey so far….

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Product Placement hits Blogging

‘On Monday, a squad of around 15 independent bloggers will begin inserting mentions of Marqui’s hosted communications management services into their blogs for money.

The bloggers will get $800 a month to mention Marqui with a link once a week in their blogs and post its emblem on a page. They’ll get an additional $50 per qualified sales lead they send to Marqui.

“We hit on the idea of [connecting with] heavily read, influential bloggers who create public discussion groups and get feedback,” said Stephen King, Marqui CEO. “But there are no mechanisms for them to make money. So we came up with idea of paying them.”‘

Read more of this article at Marc’s Voice: Marqui product placement ads

Also talking about this story is Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion, who writes ‘I am on the fence on whether this is smart strategy or not. On the one hand, the company gets to reach influentials in a very cost-effective way. On the other, I feel that it’s tainted.’

I tend to agree with Steve and feel like this is something of a risky experiment both for Marqui and the bloggers taking on the job. Does this approach run the risk of disenchanting readers?

This will be an interesting story to follow – if its done carefully and the bloggers chosen are writing on related topics to the product they place in their content then it could prove to be a worthwhile move – however if it becomes an unsubtle and obviously money grabbing exercise that dominates the blogs chosen then I’m not so sure.

About ProBlogger

Welcome to ProBlogger – the Blog that helps bloggers to add income streams to their blogs.

My name is Darren Rowse and I’m a full time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School.

Back in 2002 I stumbled upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t know it at the time but that moment changed my life. I know that statements like that belong on those cheesy ‘buy my book’ sites (don’t worry I’m not selling anything) but it is actually true.

Within 24 hours of reading the article I had started my own Blog – a personal blog where I’ve explored issues of Pop Culture, Spirituality and Blogging ever since. I learnt so much for the experience of that blog that I’ve since started many other blogs.

In 2005 I embarked with three others on the biggest blogging project I’ve ever done – b5media – a blog network that has over 100 blogs written by many bloggers from around the world.

As my blogs have grown in popularity and have begun to generate income Blogging has grown from a hobby (some would say an obsession), to a part time job through to a fully fledged business in recent times. I have slowly built my blogging into a income source that has enabled me to dedicate more and more time to the medium to the point where I am currently a full time blogger – a ProBlogger.

If you want to read an extended version of my story I’ve written it at Becoming a ProBlogger. You might also like to visit my ProBlogger in the Press page.

This site is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.

I started it in September 2004 mainly because I wanted to keep a record of what I was learning about blogging for money. Since then I’ve added over well over 3500 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies to my archives here.

If you would like more information on ProBlogger please get in touch with me through my contact page.

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