Money Making Blog Secrets
Last month I mentioned that I was leaning towards the idea of using this blog as a case study for making money through blogging. While I’ve been getting some great ideas on what I would like to do to monetize the blog, I feel it would be in my best interest to wait yet another month. Reason being, I am still waiting for the first Google PageRank update since the blog went live. For what it’s worth, iWebTool predicts this blog to go from "0" to "4" on the next update. I really would not want to try and sell advertising space on this blog, just based off traffic, but also with the incentive of pushing off some pagerank to my sponsors as well. So look forward to seeing some changes made to the blog during August.
While on the topic of money making blogs, I recently came across an article that was featured on ShoeMoney. In short, the full article is about how "Ken was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and in an effort to learn more information about the disease, and share that information with others, Ken launched the BattleDiabetes.com blog." In addition to running a helpful information based blog, he is also cashing in at the rate of $40k a year, mainly through programs such as Google AdSense, AuctionAds and Text Link Ads. Ken also goes into detail on his web site promotion and blog traffic, which is very helpful in learning where and how the money is made.
Before I even looked at the comments left on the main article and on ShoeMoney’s post, I quickly glanced through Ken’s blog to see how it was monetized. The site looks great and I have no reason to believe that it’s making money… the only question is, how much? After looking at the site a bit more, I noticed he only had 20 RSS readers (keep in mind, most regular web users aren’t using rss yet… or even know what it is!) and his Alexa rank is around 287,859. These both seemed very low for making such a large amount of money… though I also have some 200,000+ Alexa ranked sites that still pull in $50+ a day, with much less than the 7-9k pageviews a day Ken says his diabetes blog receives. When you work out $40,000 a year, it’s really only $109 a day… this can easily be attained, almost no matter the niche. Making money online is so much different than working an hourly job or on salary, your web site is running and making you money every second of the day.
I then went back to read the comments left on the ShoeMoney post and the full article at Search Engine Journal. In addition to some praise, it was really interesting to see the vast majority of comments that were made in reference to how this was a lie, not possible and even a few pointing it as a hidden AuctionAds promotion! I personally have run Google Adsense on many sites and know it can make a real money, it all depends on your targeted content. Same rings true for AuctionAds. I am hearing from a lot of people that they are making nothing with AuctionAds, but off a general audience web site, I was able to generate over $1,500 in earnings with them last month. Imagine the earnings and cpc rates you would see on a targeting keywords and products for "diabetes". I bet they are quite high!
Not only did I feel this article would be a good way to start the month of July off, but I also found it very motivational as I will soon monetize this blog for a case study. I have already sent an email off to Ken and invited him to leave any comments or advice he may have in regard to this post. I highly recommend you read through his story and get motivated to start making even more money!
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