Blogging The act of blogging in and of itself is often free, but that doesn’t mean that blogging can’t serve as a useful platform from which you can earn money online. Many people are earning over 5 figures a month “just blogging”, by combining it with things like affiliate sales, ad networks, and paid reviews. Go to the last chapter of this post to see all of the blogger income reports I have collected. There are thousands of blogs started every day and most of them die off over the course of a few months/years. From personal experience I think it is best to start a blog with a purpose/passion – aside from making money. This will help you to be successful in the long run, as it is normal to spend many months blogging without earning anything. Here are some of the best blogging sites you can use to get started: How to Start a Blog: a post I wrote that will get you up and blogging in a matter of minutes. Blog.com Creates a free blog and hosts it for you for free. Your domain will look like yourdomain.blog.com. Blogger.com - Free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video. Quick and easy tosetup and links with your Gmail account. Livejournal - A service for journals and blogs, that also offers privacy controls, photo storage, publishing tools, style templates, and online communities for many interests. Tumblr - Post anything (from anywhere!), customize everything, and find and follow what you love. WordPress.com - Free blogs managed by the developers of the WordPress software. Includes custom design templates, integrated statistics, automatic spam protection. You domain will look like yourdomain.wordpress.com, It’s different from Word Press.org. WordPress.org - A web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog, with your own domain name. Blog/Website Monetization If you have a blog or a website with content and a following, I’m going to discuss a few ways you can monetize it through advertising and information products. Concerning the latter, you certainly don’t need a blog to pull it off. Anyone can sell an ebook, for example. But it is just so typical for bloggers to do these things, because they tend to be more successful when you have an audience, that I decided to include them in this section. Still, if you don’t have a blog, you just need to think of another way to reach your target audience (like a forum, or a simple landing page). Contextual Links and Sponsored Posts If you have a blog there are many ways you can monetize the writing portion of it, such as reviews, sponsored posts, and more. This is actually how I started earning serious money online. Often, companies will pay you to link to them on your blog because they want the increased exposure as well as the “link juice” that they get from an inbound link to their website. Be careful with this one because in some instances it can violate Google’s TOS, which, in the most extreme circumstances, can result in your website being removed from the search engines. Blogitive – Get paid weekly via PayPal for posting stories that interest you. Blogsvertise – Make money from advertising and generate ad income from your blog. BlogToProfit – Make $250 dollars or more by writing new posts on your blog. Creative Weblogging – Write 7 to 10 posts per week for their network and they will pay you $225 per month. Digital Journal - A digital media news network with thousands of Digital Journalists in 200 countries around the world. Expo TV - Consumer generated video, social media and peer to peer recommendations enable influential consumers to share their authentic reviews and opinions. LinkLift - An international online marketing service provider based in Berlin. I have personally used Linklift and profited hundreds of dollars from doing so. LinkVehicle – Easy system to sell blog posts. LinkWorth- Easy text link ads for advertisers and webmasters to boost link popularity. LoudLaunch – Blog about the advertiser’s campaign releases that meet your interests. They pay once a month. Social Spark - A blog marketing site that connects advertisers with bloggers for sponsored blog posts. Pay Per Post- Get paid as much as $500 or more a month, writing articles and reviews of their sponsors on your blog. PostJoint - PostJoint enables content marketers and publishers to swiftly arrange deals on their own terms. Marketers can quickly distribute their content and publishers can easily grow and monetize their sites. Review Me - After your blog has been accepted in their network, they will pay you $20 to $200 per post that you write to review products/advertisers. Smorty – Smorty is a community site that helps bloggers generate a better income, and it could be defined as a network devoted to blog advertising. The site is split into two main sections. Earn $6 to $100 dollars per post you write on your blog, depending on the overall popularity and page rank of your blog. SponsoredReviews - A blog post service that connects advertisers with bloggers willing to write paid posts about their services and products. They charge a 35% transaction fee for their services. PPC (Pay Per Click) Marketing Most people have heard of adsense, which is Google’s advertising network. In reality, this is only one of over a hundred different ad networks. These ads work off a variety of models whereby your pay is relative to the exposure the ad gets. What is actually required (a view, a click, a sign up) varies. Ads come in a variety of forms, such as banners (of all different sizes), links, videos, and more. Pay per click marketing means that you get paid every time the ad gets clicked. It is one of the most common forms of ad networks because, unlike a view, the advertiser has greater confidence that the user has purposefully interacted with the ad in some way. Chitika - Develops real-time, scalable, on-demand contextual targeting services to help online businesses leverage their two biggest assets: content and online. Similar to AdSense. Clicksor - Clicksor offers webmasters the opportunity to earn additional income by using a selection of clickable text or targeted contextual banners on their websites or blogs. Payouts are made by PayPal with a minimum payout of $20. CrispAds – Access to over six thousand advertisers in their pay-per-click program. Decide which advertisers suit you best. Feedburner – FeedBurner is a web feed management provider launched in 2004. You can implement AdSense earnings to your feeds also through Feedburner/Google. Google AdSense – Google AdSense provides a free, flexible way to earn money from your websites, mobile sites, and site search results with relevant and engaging ads. It is the leading advertising network in the internet to make money and usually offers the highest rates to their publishers through PPC (pay per click), CPM (cost perimpression). Payment is done by check or direct deposit with a minimum payout of $100. Infolinks – Infolinks leads the online advertising industry by driving new revenue opportunities for publishers while overcoming banner blindness for advertisers. Payment method PayPal, or check, minimum payouts are $50. Media.net - Bing Network Contextual Ads program enables web publishers to easily and effectively earn advertising revenue. Speedy Ads – Pay Per Click advertising PPV (Pay-Per-View) Advertising Pay per view advertising is similar to pay per click, except you can replace click with view. Your pay is largely based on the traffic you bring to the ad. In general, ppv rates are lower than ppc because less is required of the user. For example, while 1000 people might see an ad, it is possible that only 5 (or less) will click it. AdBrite – Approve or reject any ads purchased for your sites. You can also sell ads direct with “Your Ad Here” links. AdKnowledge – Adknowledge is a digital advertising marketplace that efficiently gets results for your message wherever your audience happens to be: desktop, laptop, tablet or. AdOn Network - Pay Per Click Advertising management from AdOn Network. Pop under ads and Pay Per Click advertising text ads. Adsella – Buy and sell ad space. Advertiise - The advertising marketplace for buying and selling online and offline media. Buy or Sell print, online, outdoor, ambient, event and many more advertising. Bidvertiser – Online advertising directly on sites of your choice, internet marketing solution for online advertisers. Webmasters make money online by displaying text ads on your site and advertisers bid for placement. BlogAds - Blogads is an online ad network that provides advertising services to both bloggers and advertisers. Average blogger makes anywhere from $50 to $5000 dollars a month selling blog ads. Blog Her - PPV advertising network that you can apply to if you have a blog. BuySellAds - BuySellAds.com is an online advertising network in which you can earn money by selling your ad space with your own rates. I have used this before to get monthly ads for our food blog AvocadoPesto.com. Direct CPV- Give your online marketing campaign the jolt it needs with DirectCPV’s pay per view advertising solution. DoubleClick - DoubleClick is the ad technology foundation to create, transact, and manage digital advertising for the world’s buyers, creators and sellers. IndustryBrains – Provides unique advertising and monetization services, for both advertisers and publishers by placing relevant contextual text listings and graphical ads on your site. Lead Impact – Online ad network. Media Traffic - PPV Contextual Advertising MediaFed -Connects advertisers with hard to reach communities of affluent, informed and influential consumers. PeakClick -Pay-Per-Click search engine, connecting advertisers with quality traffic that translates into sales. It provides automatic insertion of site targeted ads. Pheedo – Providing online newsfeed and RSS marketing services. Qumana – Desktop blog publishing tool. Embeds ads directly into your posts. RevenuePilot – Pay-per-click search network. Private Blog Networks Again, debatable as to whether or not this belongs in blogging but it is bloggers from whom I am seeing theseservices and therefore included it in this section. I have also started to see this now more than ever, and it is individuals renting out their private blog networks for links. Some SEOs are saying that one of the best ways to achieve rankings in the SERPS is through private blog networks, as they are very powerful and direct. Here are a few private blog network services: Authority Website Income - Private Blog Network service by Jon. CloudIncome’s Rank Source – Private Blog Network run by Lewis Ogden. God of SEO’s PBN - Private Blog Network run by Charles Floate. ScrewThe9To5 PBN - Private Blog Network run by Josh and Jill. Revenue Sharing If you don’t have a blog of your own, there are plenty of other platforms that you can write for. Many websites operate as large, content networks that allow people to write for them. In exchange, they will put ads in your writing and give you a revenue share of what your articles make. The benefit here is that they receive a lot of traffic, so receiving 75% commission on the ad revenue that these sites produce might be better than 100% on your own blog if it doesn’t receive much traffic. The downside is that you are building up another person’s website instead of building something for yourself. 451 Press - Write about various subject. Receive forty percent of all generated revenue. About.com - A valuable resource for content that helps people to solve the large and small needs of everyday life. Become a paid guide writing articles for About.com. Best Reviewer – A collection of reviews in the style of TOP X. 100% AdSense revenue share. Bukisa - Share your knowledge via how to guides, tips & instructions. 60% revenue share via Adsense or Chitika. Cracked: A funny website filled with funny videos, pics, articles, and a whole bunch of other funny stuff. Receive up to $100+ per article. DemandStudios – Create content in your area of expertise. Flixya – Flixya is a social network that allows you to share your videos, photos, and blogs. 100% AdSense revenue share. Helium – Helium offerings include Helium Network—a resource for writers, publishing portal, and workflowmanagement tool; Helium Publishing—an online publisher offering a range of topic-related, information-based publishing platforms, and Helium Content Source, a full-service custom content provider for businesses and publishers.