If your blog is up and running—and if you have started putting up some great contents, I am sure you’ve started thinking about making some money from your blog. If nothing at all, to pay for the cost of your hosting—for a start, and to also pay for your internet bills.
When I started blogging, my first attempt to make money from my blog was to cover the cost of my web hosting and then my internet bills. That way, I was not making a loss, and gradually, started looking for profits. This worked fine for me to the extent that, I am a full time blogger today, making full time income from blogging.
The key to making money from blogging apart from having great content and traffic, is about knowing which advertising networks to use or affiliate products to promote.
Though placing advertisement on your blog for your traffic to generate you revenue is somewhat the easiest, from my experience, affiliate marketing pays out larger than ads placement if you are just starting out.
Nevertheless, you can always start with placing advertisements on your blog for revenue—and later jump into affiliate marketing. You can even kick-start the two at the same time, provided you are ready for it.
If you are looking for some good advertising networks which will operate automatically and bring you enough cash while you concentrate on producing quality content, I’ve put together some of the industry great ones for you…
I’ve tried most of these advertisers so I am making the recommendation based on experience and the few that I’ve not used them personally, I’ve used them on some clients’ blogs or I have friends using them and the results have been great.
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Let me warn that, do not plaster your blog with many ads since that is not the way to make money. In fact, it will not only make your blog look tacky, it will annoy readers and they will stop visiting eventually.
Find out two or three that work great with your blog and stick to those…Part two of this article (Coming Soon) will deal making money from your back on the back of affiliate marketing.
1. Google Adsense
Adsense runs mainly as pay per click (PPC advertising), meaning, you are paid according to the number of people who click on the ads and importantly the location of those clicking…
The fact that you are paid based on clicks does not mean, you should wake up, jump into your pyjamas and start clicking on your ads.
In fact, let me add that you are paid per valid click and the above will not be considered valid. All what you will get from Google for being such a dumb robot is a big BAN and if you are not lucky, they will even curse you and your family…
2. Content Ad.
Content.ad is a native advertising network which displays promoted contents of other sites (advertisers) on your blog. Recently, advertisers have turned to promoting individual articles, giving rise to several native advertising networks like Content.ad, Taboola, Outbrain and others.
Though it may be difficult to be accepted into Content.ad, they do not really require for you to have high thousands of pageviews like Taboola which requires a minimum 5,00,000 monthly page views before you can join them.
Infolinks is one of the early in-text or inline advertising networks, providing bloggers an opportunity to monetize certain keywords in their articles. Infolinks indexes your page for keywords and phrases that are not currently URLs and converts them into advertizing links. Apart from the fact that they have a huge advertiser base and have recently added inframe, infold, inscreen and intag, they have very good CPC (cost per click).
Their recent in-article ad is something I am currently trying on two of my blogs.
This is an AOL advertising company established in 1998 with high ad fill rate and high CPM rates. However, you will make good revenue from this network if you have a lot of traffic coming from the United States. This is simply because their CPM rates for US traffic are really high.
One good thing about them is, they pay on time and all the time I used them, there was no delay payments—sometimes they even pay early.
They boast of over 140 billion impression each month so they are big…
Burtsmedia runs both CPM and PPC ads with different formats and reasonable rates, depending on the type of ad you are running with them. When it comes to their CPM, you should expect from $0.30 for banners and from $2.50 for popups.
Personally I find popups annoying but some folks do not mind—and mostly if you run a news website, readers may not be match bothered with such ads.
Just like Advertising.Com, Burstmedia only accepts high quality sites so before you make an application to join, make sure your site is great when it comes to content and design.
Revenue.Com is also a native advertising platform that promotes sponsored articles but this is none in a very clever way. The ads units adopt the layout of your blog, such that you wouldn’t be able to easily tell the content is a foreign sponsored one, except for the little ‘Sponsored by Revenue.Com’ tag.
They say they are on “a mission to free the world from annoying ads, by replacing them with relevant and consumable content. We go to sleep every night dreaming of a world in which ads don’t suck, and each day we get closer with every click.”
I have been using them on two of my blog sites and aside the fact that their ads are highly clean, the revenue has been really great.
7. TribalFusion.Com (Now Called Exponential)
TribalFusion operates only CPM ads which means you will get paid per 1000 impressions and for this, you can get as much as $10 or as less as $0.5, depending on the quality of your traffic…
TribalFusion has been in the game since 1998 and serves over 25 billion monthly ad impressions and gives it publishers 55% of ad revenue…
Getting into TribalFusion is as tough as finding your way to heaven but with a great site, they will gladly welcome you.
8. CPX Interactive
CPX Interactive is based in the United States and it is one of the biggest CPM networks out there on the web. With a very high CPM rate, they are very particular with the publishers they accept.
Per their requirement, a publisher must have 30,000 and over unique visitors each month to be accepted. And even that, they take into account where your traffic is coming from and the general performance of your website.
CPX Interactive advertising rates can start from $0.20 eCPM. Though CPX Interactive is mainly CPM based, they also run CPC (Cost Per Click), PPC (Pay Per Click) and CPA (Cost Per Action or Cost Per Acquisition) advertisements.
One great thing about CPX Interactive is that, when you are accepted into their big boys and girls club, you can choose alternative third-party advertising networks such as Casale Media, Tribal Fusion, Advertising.com and several others to work with.
Media.Net is Yahoo and Bing’s version of Adsense with high paying rates for both big and small blogs. It started as invite only system but the door has been opened for anyone interested in working with them to apply.
Applications take a little longer for some reason but they are worth the wait…To many, it is a very strong Google Adsense competitor.
I got an email from them about two weeks ago inviting me to try them. The account manager who contacted me said about a week ago that he is working on my account and I am still waiting for the necessary login credentials to give them a try.
Meanwhile, I know several people using Media.Net who are making decent cash each month from them…
RevenueHits.Com is easy to get in, especially for new bloggers but the downside is, they operate pop up and popunder advertisements alongside their banner ads. If you are a fan of pop ups or pop unders (which can make you good money but can also annoy your readers), then you can give RevenueHits a try.
RevenueHits help publishers to generate more revenues with state of the art Contextual & Geo targeted Ad Serving technology. Its innovative Performance Base (CPA) Ad Network was designed to help publishers to monetize online assets, including toolbars, websites, search, widgets, IM applications and more.
RevenueHits is owned and operated by MyAdWise Ltd – a privately-held, Israeli-based, start-up company founded in 2008 by a team of experienced tech professionals, finance experts and successful online marketers.
The minimum payout for RevenueHits is $20 which allows everyone to be able to get as little as possible. Revenue hits pays through Paypal, Payoneer or Wire tranfer.