Blogging For Profit

By: Kay Heffernan

Blogging has become an increasingly popular mode for entrepreneurs to earn a living online while doing something they really enjoy. In a lot of cases bloggers can turn a profit with very little effort. There could be quite a bit of work involved to begin with planning a method of gaining income and promoting the website. Once this is accomplished simply maintaining the blog with regular updates may be enough to keep the money rolling in. Two of the most popular methods for generating a profit from blogging include advertising techniques. This includes advertising with AdSense and securing independent advertisers. This article will discuss these two methods of advertising on a blog.

Using AdSense to Generate A Profit

Using AdSense is among one of the most popular means for bloggers to generate income from their blog. This method is so popular since it's also very simple. AdSense is a program offered by Google where bloggers agree to accept advertisements on their site and are paid when users click on these advertisements. Bloggers simply have to create a blog and submit the site address of the blog as well as some other information to apply for participation in AdSense. Once a blog is approved the owner is given code they can simply copy and paste to accept advertisements displayed on their blog. Google then serves pertinent advertisements each time the blog is accessed. Whenever possible, the advertisements served on the blog are closely associated to the content of the blog because Google crawls the website beforehand to determine which ads are relevant to the content. Blog owners do have some ability to place restrictions on the types of advertisements which may appear on the blog. For instance the blog owner can specify adult advertisements are not to appear on the blog and Google will filter these out.

How Advertisements on a Blog Generate Revenue

Many bloggers use advertisements on their blogs to generate a profit. This method of advertising is harder than using AdSense but it can be significantly more financially beneficial to the blogger. This method of advertising is similar to the type of targeted advertising often seen in magazines. For example magazines for parents often feature advertisements which will appeal to parents such as advertisements for toys, children’s apparel or foods popular with children. Likewise a magazine for runners may feature advertizements for shoes, athletic clothing, races or training equipment. In these cases the advertisers pay for advertising space in the magazine in the hopes that the magazine’s audience will be enticed to purchase products or services after seeing these ads.

Blog owners can use this type of advertising but it can be hard to find willing advertisers. However, there are some factors which may make an advertiser more willing to have an advertisement appear on a blog. One of the key factors for advertisers is the amount of traffic the blog receives. This is important because advertisers who are paying for ad space are more likely to invest in a blog with high traffic than one with very little traffic.

Another important factor for advertisers is the focus of the blog. Advertisers are a lot more likely to purchase advertising space from a blog with a specific focus of interest to the advertiser’s target audience. Like the examples listed previously of magazines for parents and runners, advertisers would like to advertise on a blog which is already reaching the same target audience.

Bloggers who utilize advertising on their website may be compensated in a number of different ways. Some advertisers may pay a set fee for the advertisement to run on the website for either a set amount of time or for a set number of page views. This means the advertiser may purchase space for a set number of days, weeks or months or may purchase space for a set number of times the advertisement is served to website visitors.

Otherwise the advertiser may decide to compensate the blogger according to the number of times particular actions occur. This may include users clicking through the ad or users making a purchase after clicking through the advertisement. The type of recompense offered will have to be figured out between the blogger and advertiser in advance to ascertain a fair method of payment. ***

Kay has been offering web solutions for small business for10 plus years. She enjoy's writing articles on internet solutions as well as fun articles.

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