I wrote this post a month or two ago but was a little nervous about publishing it because I wondered if you guys would like it (I know it has nothing to do with design!) BUT I have learned some very interesting things over the past 2 years of blogging so I thought I would share it. Plus a new friend of mine Ann from OnSuttonPlace had her first linky party dedicated to sharing things we've learned about blogging......I guess it gave me that little nudge to hit the "PUBLISH" button. :-)
When I talk to my family and non blogging friends about my blog they are always saying,
WHAT? How does all that stuff work? You mean when I click on those ads you earn money? Do you sign up to advertise?
They had absolutely no idea the “things” behind the blog.
So, if you at all interested, continue reading and if this sounds incredibly boring I promise to do a really fun interior design or craft post next!!!
First off, I can honestly say, I could probably make more money picking pennies out of a fountain then I would during the first 2 years of this blog! :-)
All to say though, I really do enjoy blogging. If I just did it for the money I would have quit years ago. I enjoy showing all my faithful readers the ideas and projects that come out of this brain of mine. I also LOVE reading about other people's ideas and projects that are usually a combination of how I come up with my ideas in the first place! For me blogs and blogging completely feeds the part of my brain that needs to be creative and I get excited and fulfilled making crafts or a room “sparkle”.
ADS + BLOG =$
Some of you probably get annoyed that I have ads on my blog but maybe after reading this post you’ll feel better about it. (I really hope you do!)
That reminds me, if you receive a bloggers post via email, at the bottom of the email highlighted in blue, you can always click that to go directly to the post on the web. If you do go to the actual post, a blogger gets credit for a true “page view” which in turn really helps a blogger earn money. (The more page views you have on your blog, the more “pennies” you get when someone clicks on an ad! Isn’t all this stuff crazy!)
Sometimes on my blog you see highlighted words which are called Text Links that take you to one of my affiliates. For instance, when I post a recipe, a lot of times on an ingredient that is hard to find I’ll put a link that has my affiliate code on it so that if you end up buying that product, I would receive a few cents. I almost always link with iherb.com because that is where I shop and I really LOVE their products and prices! Like I mentioned before, I do not make a killing off this blog! Here is a shot of my earnings this month off AdSense (the changing ads), you have to remember this is TWO years into blogging, and what you see below is a good month.
|Actual clipping from my AdSense account.|
Another way some bloggers earn money is by hosting a giveaway for a company or doing a sponsored post. (A post that promotes that particular company) I have yet to earn money by doing a giveaway, but I usually do receive one of the giveaway items myself. There are larger blogs that charge a LOT to do giveaways or sponsored posts. I have to admit when I was just starting my blog and found that out, I was surprised. It is a good thing to know though, as I have actually had some marketer people try to take advantage of my LACK of knowledge regarding sponsored posts. If you want a shocker, see this post on Not Getting Conned for Sponsored Blog Posts!
Lastly, bloggers can have sponsors or companies that will pay monthly to have their specific ad on your site. I always thought it would require that I set up invoices and bookkeeping and have to track each sponsor with how much they owe etc. BUT I just found a site that takes care of almost all the book keeping. I was blown away and set up ads just this month. It wasn't very hard, those that are computer savvy (this isn't me!) will have an even easier time. PassionFruitAds - they are a new company, but growing FAST. For a blog my size, (1200 email subscribers and 700 “followers”) I am guessing I would charge around $20-50.00 a month to put up a specific companies ad on my site. I believe some companies will contact you, but a lot of times a blogger would need to be pro-active and contact the company they enjoy and give them rates and all their blog statistics.
So I’m curious, has this post changed the way you think of ads on person's blog?
Were you shocked I earned money off this blog? Or did you think I made a lot of money and were shocked I earned so little?
Did you already know how bloggers earned money? Would you discontinue following a blog if they have ads? (and if so, why?) I really want to know your thoughts!!!
For other bloggers out there, is there something I missed?