Weblogs, or blogs as they are now called, first started hitting the Internet scene in the mid-1990s. The first blog ever created was in 1994 and ten years later, a 2005 study confirmed 32 million blogs were being read by Americans. According to an article in theNew York Magazine, by the end of 2005, there was an estimated $100 million worth of advertising sold on blogs. It’s obvious that with companies buying up advertising to promote their products on blogs, there is much money to be made.
Today, bloggers have different strategies for making money on their blogs. In the following list of top 12 earning blogs, most of the bloggers make their money through using banner ads while a few others use pay-per-click or affiliate sales.
- The Huffington Post – $2,330,000
- Mashable – $560,000
- Perez Hilton – $450,000
- Techcrunch – $400,000
- Smashing Magazine – $190,000
- Timothy Sykes – $150,000
- Gothmaist – $110,000
- Tuts Plus – $110,000
- Car Advice – $70,000
- Venture Beat – $62,000
- Slash Gear – $60,000
- Life Hacker – $60,000
No matter how they earn their money, it is most likely that the above bloggers are also successful because they have used these four C’s at one time in their blogging career.
Bloggers have to be able to create content that is well-written and interesting to read. With so many blogs competing for attention, it is imperative the blog has fresh, up-to-date content. According toProBlogger, blogs should be updated at least once or twice a week with great content, of course.
Connect with Other Bloggers
Connecting with other bloggers is a great way to learn more about what other bloggers do to be successful. Bloggers who blog about similar topics or niches can be your friend, not your competition. They will be able to give you invaluable, hands-on advice to help you learn how to make money on your blog. Keep in mind that commenting on other blogs is a great way to connect with other bloggers.
Conjure Up Ad Income
Advertising can be a great way to make money blogging, and there are many different ways to go about doing it. Some bloggers depend on display advertising that can be found through signing up with Google AdSense. You can also sell private ads on your blog and simply put them in the sidebar or set it up as a banner advertisement at the top of your blog.
When trying to develop a niche or create content, keep keywords in mind. Using certain keywords will help drive traffic to your blog which will in turn help you earn more money. Keywords can also be helpful when it comes to pay-per-click advertising, and there are ways to find out which keywords earn more money.
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