I haven't posted in almost a week, where did the time go? My husband took last week off of work and painted our kitchen, hooray! I hope to post pics this week, it looks great, I'm so glad it's done! He also COOKED, almost everyday...so it was like *I* got a vacation, too!
It was nice to have him home and to have delicious home-cooked meals (that I didn't have to cook!)....ah!!! But now, back to reality today...I'll have to put my chef's hat back on tonight and whip up something tasty for my family, wish me luck ;)
I wanted to talk about 'monetizing' your blogs today...you know, making money ;) I notice that many of the Decorating Blogs do not have any monetizing going on...so, I just wanted to talk a little bit about things I have found out along the way...I am by no means an expert on any of this, but I know with the economy the way it is, everyone is looking to make some extra money here and there and since you have a blog, you have an awesome tool already to get you going!
Here are some of the companies that I work with:
- Google Adsense
- Project Wonderful
- Logical Media (those Betty Crocker, Fruit Roll-Up, Pillsbury, etc ads)
- Amazon.com Associates
Another popular one is BlogHer Ads, however, there is usually a waiting list, I have been on it for quite some time, I hope they contact me soon! (Update: I have been approved for BlogHer Ads and am quite happy to be working with them!)
Now, I am not getting rich by any means, but to me, it's 'free money', so why not tap into it? I love blogging anyway, so why not make some passive income doing it, I say!
Now...to make the most bang for your buck, you need visitors and readers to come to your blog, right? Many of you have a regular group of what I call 'blogging friends', (because that is what you are to me), that visit your blog on a regular basis. But how do you attract more people to your blog? Here are a few things to try:
- Twitter - If you are a blogger who is serious about expanding your blog, you *have* to be on twitter, it's that plain and simple. It is such a great way to network with other bloggers and let others know about your wonderful blog. When you sign up, make sure to Follow Me .
- Entrecard - This is another way to market your blog and meet other bloggers. Make sure to add me as a favorite, too.
- Hold giveaways, take advantage of the quarterly Bloggy Carnivals.
You can also read an article that I wrote at eHow.com, "How to Have a Giveaway on Your Blog."
So, there are a few things to take a look at. If you have any questions, please post them and I will answer them (if I can) right here in the comments, so make sure to subscribe to them if you are interested in learning more.
I would also love to hear what you do to market your blog. Like I said, I am still learning, so let's learn and earn together!
If this topic of monetizing your blog is popular, I will have more posts like this in the future.
Thanks, Friends! And I hope you all have a great week!