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Monetize Your Blog & Make Money Online

May 19, 2008
You have been working hard to produce good-quality, original content on your blog and you have attracted a decent amount of traffic by doing so. However, you want to make money online (a lot of it!) and the cash is not going to appear out of thin air just because you have traffic. You have to turn your traffic into money.

There are several ways to generate profits from the visitors of your blog, and Google's Adsense program allows you to do so fairly easily. Visit their website (do a simple Google search for "Google Adsense") where you'll find out more about their advertising program, but here are some extra things I'd like to share with you.

First, Google's Adsense program is a really useful way to monetize your blog because when users finish reading your newest post because chances are they want to leave your blog since they have nothing else to do there at the moment. If your Adsense advertisement block is visible on your blog, they might see advertisements relevant to them and click on them to exit your blog. Ka-ching! You've just cashed in on your first virtual cents!

But yes, your profits will only be cents if you don't "do it right". This involves placing your Google ads in the right places and ensuring they blend in to your site so that they appear more like links rather than advertisements to your visitors. You can also visit the Adsense program to view a "heat map" of your blog. The "hotter" a certain area, the greater the chances of someone looking at your blog.

Once you get a Google Adsense account, you can change the color of your advertisement text and links. You will want them to match the colors on your blog. If your blog's text is black and the links are red, do the same for the ad blocks too! Pretty simple.

Another way to earn profits from your blog is to recommend products to your readers. When your visitors buy from the merchants you recommend, you get to keep a little commission too. This is known as affiliate marketing and it is very easy to start because you don't have to create your own products or services.

Anyway, let's refer back to our technological gadgets blog example. Let's say you discover this Gadget X on a merchant's website, and they offer an affiliate program. What you would do is to create a post in your blog and do a mini-review on this Gadget X. Rip it apart and point out its benefits and bad points, if any, and include a link (which is given by the merchant) for the visitor to purchase the Gadget X online.

If your visitor clicks and purchases the gadget, the merchant will track from the link that the purchase is referred by you, so they will send you your share of the profits. Imagine if 1 out of every 100 visitors you get purchases this product, and you earn $13.00 commission from each purchase! If you get 10,000 visitors in a month that would be a $1,300.00 payout for you just for writing about ONE product.

Now, affiliate programs are very nice ways to generate profit, but how do you find affiliate programs that are related to your blog's theme? Easy, just go to Google and search for "your niche" and "affiliate programs". Another way is to visit a site called "associate programs" to review affiliate programs in your niche.

The two ways mentioned above are basic ways to make money online with your blog.
About the Author
Kirk Bennett is a Silicon Valley sales and marketing executive and leader. He has developed a series of systems leveraging automation and outsourcing for internet marketers. Make money online starting today! Check out his site at http://www.YourOpportunityForWealth.com
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