How many times have you come across a blog that promised to show you how to make money blogging? Quite a few times I bet! How many of them have actually shown you how to make money online? Not all that many, right? The honest truth about blogging for money is a lot of the bloggers out there spouting about how much money they’re making from their blogs are probably exaggerating a little. Some are exaggerating a hell of a lot! They see this as a necessary evil because of their need for building their brand.
I’ve been blogging for 10 years now and while I’m making some money online it’s nowhere near enough for me to tell my boss to shove his job up his arse.
So, read on as I reveal the truth about Blogging For Money.
The question is, can you handle the truth about blogging for money? I say this because the honest to goodness, non refutable, truth about blogging for money is that it’s not easy. In fact it’s bloody hard. That’s why so many people give up.
You sure as hell can’t just start up a blog, do a whole lot of posts with affiliate links in them and then sit back waiting for the money to roll in.
I written before how blog commenting on other blogs can bring you traffic. The trouble is that type of traffic is next to useless. Why? Because that’s not the sort of traffic that generates an income. The one good thing about leaving great informative comments on blogs is that it helps to build your personal brand. People will get to see you around the place and in time get to trust you. The problem is, these are not the people who will normally buy from you. That is unless those blogs are all related to your niche blog. Then you have more of a chance of generating an income.
Quick Word About A List
They say that the money is in the list. They’re probably right. I used to have a list but just couldn’t bring myself to spam my subscribers. I no longer have a list.
Traffic Is Key To Making Money
The one truth about blogging for money is you need a shit load of traffic. Not just any traffic either. You need targeted traffic. That means the traffic you’re aiming for has to be related to your blogs subject matter. Failing to do that means you’re just writing to the wrong crowd. Whatever traffic you get is a total waste because you haven’t got anything that will interest them. Sort of like a shopfront having huge signs advertising the latest LCD TV’s only to find all they have are ironing boards!
The problem is you need a huge amount traffic to make it worthwhile. I’m getting about 3000 a month on my Online Sports Betting Site. Unfortunately that’s nowhere near enough. I reckon I would need at least 100 times that amount to get things to tick over. I can’t see that happening unless some big shot notices it and then brings it to the attention of his mates. Can’t see that happening anytime soon.
Promoting The Right Affiliate Is Important
Like most bloggers trying to make money online I don’t have a product to sell, That means I’m limited to promoting other peoples products as an affiliate. The problem with that is that sales are few and far between.
That was when I decided to become a lottery affiliate and started to promote them on my lottery sites, Buy Online Lottery Tickets and Get Online Lottery Tickets. The main difference is that every time I signup someone they become my customer for life. Every time they buy a ticket I get my commission from the sale. You’ll find a list of the Lottery Affiliates I represent here.
Once I got those off the ground I decided to start my EZeSportsBetting site to see if I could repeat the process. This post lists some of the sites I represent as an affiliate.
It’s a slow process but I take comfort in the knowledge that every time someone signs up I’m building my customer base.
My Blogging For Money Tip
I only wish that I had started promoting these sites right at the beginning. Had I done so I would be in a much better position today. My blogging for money tip to you is to pick a niche that you are comfortable with, One that you know a lot about. This is important because you will need to do regular updates if you expect the search engines to send you traffic. Also having that knowledge will show people you know what you’re talking about which in turn will build confidence. Confidence that will in turn lead to sales.
Just remember blogging for money will not happen overnight!
Whenever possible I will some of the ways I’ve used in my blogging for money venture. For the last month I’ve been trialling my.ayboll.com. You’ve probably seen the ads at the bottom of my posts. If not the image below is a screenshot of those ads. I had to take a screen shot because those ads no longer appear on this blog.
My.ayboll.com Review As A Revenue Earner
My.ayboll.com is supposed to look like content but earn like premium advertising. The idea of being able to earn like ‘premium advertising’ appealed to me so I decided to give it a go.
The only positive I could find was that it was very easy to install. In just under a month my.ayboll.com produced 43 clicks from 3216 views. I don’t know about you but I find that pretty low.
Even though they’re supposed to pay per click (PPC) none of those clicks produced any income. Nor did I get any revenue share. This isn’t all surprising as you only earn revenue from sales resulting from those clicks.
If I had earned even a cent per click I would have considered keeping those ads in the hope of some future revenue share but as that didn’t occur I’ve decided to give my.ayboll.com the flick.
One thing that I did love about my.ayboll.com is their reporting. Take the image below for an example.
It seems that desktops still rule the roost. Mobiles are catching up with close to 50% of the views and the tablets lagging way behind.
I believe that the blogging real estate below the post is pretty important. As such I feel that ads placed there should pay their way. I know that a lot of people are steering away from banner ads but I find that they’re still converting quite well. That’s why I’ve decided to give PeerFly a go.
Have you seen the latest addition to this blog. You can see it on the top of the sidebar on the right. Those who know me know that my biggest income earner are my online lottery sites. I had a bit of a chat with my Giantlottos affiliate manager and he said he could increase my affiliate earnings even more.
Become A Giantlottos Affiliate
He sent me a code snippet that I placed on top of my sidebar. That little bit of code made it possible for my readers to buy an international lottery ticket without leaving my site! That code is very configurable too. All you need to do is to change the dimensions to make it fit almost anywhere on your blog. See, I’ve even adjusted it fit this blog post.
As I said at the beginning of the post prospective online lottery buyers can now purchase their ticket right from my blogs. Test it out to see how easy it is to buy an international lottery ticket online. Can you see how this could increase the potential for your blog to make even more money. I sure can.
The beauty of it is that you don’t even need a lottery site. You can place this code snippet on any one of your blogs. Then any one of your visitors who’s a lottery player can buy a ticket from you and you earn the commission.
All you need is to become a Giantlottos affiliate. And why wouldn’t you want to become a Giantlottos affilate. It’s completely free and it allows you to sell tickets right from your site.
Ok, I’ve had to shoot an email to my Giantlottos affiliate manager because I couldn’t find that code in my Giantlottos affiliate dashboard. I asked him where it was located and I’ll get back to you as soon as I get an answer.
You know though, even if you need to be a member for awhile before you can get the code it doesn’t prevent you from monetising your blog by placing choice affiliate banners on your site. That’s how I started making my cash as a lottery affiliate.
As a member you can sign other affiliates under you and make even more money,
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