How to start a blog and generate money
There is a lot of ways to monetize your blog as soon as you have lots of visitors. However, one of the most lucrative ways is also to be the simplest – advertising.
Having a large number of visitors to your blog means that advertisers will pay to see their ads shown to your readers. The best way to monetize a blog is to get paid to post ads on your blog by signing up for Google’s AdSense program at http://www.google.com/adsense
Once your AdSense account is set up, you will receive a code to add to your blog. This code will automatically show business ads on your blog that are part of the Google ad network. You will see ads from small businesses related to your topic or from large companies completely foreign to you.
The good thing about AdSense is that you have thousands of advertisers bidding to post advertising on your blog and you only have to add a simple code to your blog. Once done, the process is completely automatic.
Whenever one of your visitors clicks on an ad, you are paid. Google collects advertisers’ money and gives you a check (usually every month).
This system is nice not just because it is automatic, but because you are dealing with a reputable and known company that will pay you on time.
How much can you earn?
The amount you can earn through AdSense depends on three factors:
1. The number of visitors to your blog
This one is pretty obvious. More visits to your blog means more clicks on ads and more money for you.
2. The visibility of ads
When you put the AdSense code on your blog, you have the choice of advertising style (large images, small images, text, etc.) and also the location. The more ads are displayed prominently the more clicks they receive.
However, you must find a balance in highlighting ads without possibly annoying your readers. We all visited blogs where it was difficult to see the content because of the number and size of ads. It’s a delicate balance to reach and it’s something you’ll need to consider in order to get the most out of your blog.
3. The subject of your blog
The last factor that can affect your AdSense revenue is the subject of your blog. This is because advertisers will pay more to be on certain blogs than others.
If your site is talking about golf for example, your readers are likely to have a reasonable income. As a result, there are many advertisers who want to have their ads displayed to your readers and they are likely to pay a good amount per click for that.
This contrasts with a blog about Justin Bieber. Readers of this blog are likely to be teenagers who usually have low purchasing power. For this, these advertisers will probably pay less per click.
These three factors will determine how much money you will generate. Estimate exactly what you will generate is quite difficult, but a blog with high traffic on the right topic has the potential to bring in several thousand dollars each month. Of course, many people earn less than that and many more. In fact, it is estimated that some of the best AdSense publishers are earning nearly $2 million a year just through AdSense.
Keep in mind that making money with your blog takes time. After all, there is one reason why learning how to make a blog profitable is the last step in my guide. You must make sure that you have followed all the previous steps in order to have the best chance of generating a substantial income through the blog. This will not happen overnight, but most bloggers find that the work itself is rewarding enough to continue the adventure.
This concludes the step-by-step tutorial on starting a blog. I hope you have not only read this guide but have also followed it up. Blogging is a long and permanent journey; but by finishing only the first step you will never see where this adventure will take you.
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