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New Google Adsense Payment Options?

Adsense-Payment CopyHas anyone else noticed the change in the way Adsense are reporting earnings in their ‘Payment History’ section? Its a new design which is much easier to read and get an overview of all at once.

However when you click on the ‘payments’ link for each month you get taken to a page that has a section called ‘Payment Type’ (see picture – highlighted section especially). Interestingly next to this heading is the word ‘Check’.

I wonder why they need to clarify what sort of payment we’re getting? Does this give us an indication of a change in payment options? Maybe Google have been listening to the many calls for new options for receiving monthly payments – we can only hope!

Found via Jensense

Sites that make a living from Google Adsense

What kind of site does it take to make enough to live off with Google Adsense?

This is a question that has been asked over at WebmasterWorld – Adsense Forum. It is actually a question that has sparked quite a long and interesting discussion (120 replies so far – and counting).

Here are a few of the better quotes:

‘I know plenty of people with little to no tech skills making 6 figures a year with Adsense. The key is to make a site that gets visitors looking for something in particular. Your site should be about that subject. Your title and description should be written in such a way that they think they can get what they are looking for. Your site should provide just enough information to get you ranked for the terms you want and get ads targeted to what your visitors are looking for…. Your content should not provide any solution that will send them on their way without clicking on an ad.’ – by ogletree

‘Try to be a big fish in a small pond, not vice versa. Own a small niche. Loads of things could be profitable – if there are some affiliate programs available, and some adsense ads on related terms, then there’s the chance to make money. Picking something you know and love will make life a lot easier. So will choosing something without too much competition.’ by 7_Driver

‘I’m a proponent of multiple sites if only because, no matter how much plotting and planning you do, you don’t really know which sites are going to take off and become big money earners. Something as simple (and unpredictable) as a DMOZ link can make a site (it’s happened to me). I have a site that I spent about 20 hours working on, then abandoned for almost a year, that went on to consistently earn 2-3k a month. I have other sites that I thought were sure things that make less than $100/mo. This is a game where you can lose 9 times, win once, and suddenly be making enough to quit your day job. Once you have a winner or two, you can focus on those sites.’ – by Teshka

Found via Search Engine RoundTable

Business Blogging Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Business Blogging Awards for 2005. What a great list of blogs there are in this list. Special congratulations to the team at Security Awareness for taking out the category I competed in here at ProBlogger. Here are the winners:

Best Overall Blog – Security Awareness
Best Group Blog – Monty’s Bluff
Best New Blog – 800-CEO-READ
Best Law Blog – Phosita
Best VC/Entrepreneur Blog – Business Opportunities
Best Financial Industry/Investment Blog – Between the Hedges
Best Personal Finance Blog – PFBlog
Best Blog by a Small Business – The Tin Basher Blog
Best Blog About Small Business – eBizBlog
Best PR Blog – Media Guerilla
Best Tech Company Blog – Security Awareness
Best Media Blog – Fast Company Blog
Best Real Estate Blog – Tampa Bay’s Inside Real Estate Journal
Best Marketing Blog – JSLogan
Best SEO Blog – Blog Business World
Best Project Management Blog – AgileManagement
Best Leadership Blog – Leadership Now
The Picasso Award (Best Design) – Signal vs. Noise
The Peacock Award (Most Self-Important) – Inside Real Estate Journal
The Chris Pirillo Award (For Shameless Self Promotion) – Chris Pirillo

Interview with….Me – Part II

Susannah has posted the second part of the interview she did with me – this time she asks for my tips for new entrepreneurial bloggers of businesses looking at blogging and for my feelings on the future of blogging.

Interview with…. Me

Having interviewed a Professional Blogger each week since relaunching this blog today I found out what it was like to be on the other side of the interview.

Susannah Gardner from Buzz Marketing with Blogs asked me about my mistakes and successes with blogging, about the tools that I use, about how I find readers and even asked me how much I earn (and I told her).

Of course wrote reams and reams of answers – so much so that she’s broken it into two posts. The first part of her interview is here and the second part will appear sometime tomorrow.

Jason Kottke Turns Professional Blogger

Well known blogger Jason Kottke has bitten the bullet and has decided to go Prowith his blogging. He’s quit his web design job and has decided to go the route of trying to raise money for his blogging from donations from readership.

‘I’m asking the regular readers of kottke.org (that’s you!) to become micropatrons of kottke.org by contributing a moderate sum of money to help enable me to edit/write/design/code the site for one year on a full-time basis. If you find kottke.org valuable in any way, please consider giving whatever you feel is appropriate.’

Jason is resisting the advertising route but is offering those who become micropatrons of Kottke the chance of winning gifts to the value of $4800 (I guess that is a form of indirect advertising – he does link to those who have given the gifts).

The donation method of funding a blog is not an easy road to go down – but with traffic like he gets he might just pull it off.

PodCasting

Do you listen to PodCasts? If so how many per week?

This is the question I’m asking in my inaugural ‘Poll of the Week‘ question – see side bar to vote.

You see I’m fascinated by new media like PodCasting and Vlogging – however I have a few reservations about them also which lead me to wonder how many people actually listen to them.

I regularly listen to a handful of podcasts and have done so now for a few months – but I’ve noticed a change in the past few weeks in my listening habits. I’m listening to less of them and am gravitating to the shorter ones. The main reason is that I just don’t have time to dedicate to some of the longer ones that are out there any more.

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Work Boxers is Launched

Workboxers

Big Money Tips has changed domain. All the goodness is now over at WorkBoxers! Huh? I’ll let Paul explain the name:

‘Well I wanted something that symbolizes a goal that many people strive for when reading the content on this site. I wanted to stay away from ‘money’ and ‘cash’ and I just pictured myself working at home in my boxers. So WorkBoxers came to mind.’

It works for me. I’m adding it to my RSS reader because Paul has a wealth of experience to share and produces beautifully designed blogs. I’m hoping he’ll post a little more regularly on the new domain though.

His first post is well worth checking out – it is titled ‘Making a Living of Adsense‘. The article starts with two myths:

Domain Names matter. Maybe back in the days, but domain names really have no bearing on how successful your site does. Assuming you are not using a domain name that Google doesn’t like, which is the case with my poker blog BetFest (soon to change).

This is the easy money. Wrong. And it won’t come fast either.’

Paul then goes on to ask if you should write for Advertisers or Readers (an excellent question), discusses getting started and then looks at ‘exit clicks’. I’m looking forward to the next installment of his series of posts.

Interview with Jon Gale of Mobile Tracker

I’ve had a lot of good feedback on the interviews with Professional Bloggers that I’ve been running lately so I’ll keep the ball going with this week’s one – this time I’m featuring a blogger I’ve admired a lot recently Jon Gales. Jon is one of the youngest Pro Bloggers that I’ve come across (only 20) but runs one of the best examples of a professional blog that I’ve seen – Mobile Tracker (a blog on all things Mobile Phone). Jon was featured last year in an article at Fortune which revealed that back then he was already earning more than $5,000 per month from Adsense. Looking at his traffic levels since that time you can expect that this is a figure that has continued to rise.

Here is what Jon had to say.



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– Jon, thanks for chatting with us, can you briefly tell us a little about yourself? Give us a quick sketch of your life.

Jon – I’m young (I’ll be 20 in a few days), on a break from college, and having a blast publishing online. There’s something about writing for an audience that excites me.

ProBlogger – How and when did you first discover and enter into blogging? Do you have or have you had involvement in other blogs or websites other than Mobile Tracker?

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Team Blogging the Only Profitable Way? Part II

Pete continues the discussion going over at pc4media on The Lone Blogger vs The Group, responding to my post and some comments left on it by lone bloggers who are making a living from blogging. He writes:

‘The key to building a business is building “processes” that are valuable, not “products” that are valuable. And if you are blogging and selling ads and you don’t have anyone helping you with anything, you have no processes. All you have is a product: your writing and your ability to sell. Jason Calacanis is building a business. Darren Rowse is making a living.

I certainly wasn’t implying in my earlier post that this was not possible. But, it certainly is not scalable. And although, you could make a living being a blogger, you certainly aren’t building a business if you are a lone operator. ‘

Again I partly agree with Pete but mainly disagree. Maybe its about definitions but in my mind what I’ve built or made so far is a business that makes me a living. I actually don’t see much distinction between my approach and Weblogs Inc except for the scale of our operations. Whilst Weblogs Inc has 70 blogs I have 17. Whilst they have many bloggers, I have 1. Whilst they split their profits between many, I take 100% of the takings. Whilst they have people negotiating advertising deals, I do that work myself (I should be able to make an announcement on a significant new one tomorrow).

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