Something you’ll want to think about, if you’re new to blogging or have been doing it for a while, is what you want to get out of blogging. There are many different things that can be rewards for running a good blog:
- Recognition: Yeah! I got my first comment that wasn’t mine!
- Friends: Where did you say you were from again?
- Enemies: Yes, I do believe that God created the earth, why do you ask?
Yes, money is one thing that you can get out of a blog, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. For one thing, just about everyone has a book that will tell you how you can be a millionaire on the Internet– if you just get their book.
Another thing is market saturation. There are a lot of blogs out there– a lot that have been going longer than yours– and there are a lot of niches covered.
There are articles out there about the long tail– what it means and whether it’s actually dead. You could spend all your time researching what types of things are right for you.
Fortunately, I’ve done a series on what I’ve tried across my blogs, and though there may be some differences for you, perhaps I can help you find what’s worked for me and what hasn’t.
It starts with talking about Google AdSense, something that many blogs run, but they also don’t realize that they lack control of the ads. It may be something that you want to look into. My biggest money maker right now is PayPerPost, but that comes with its own ethical dilemmas.
Whatever you choose– know why you’re doing it (to pay for my hosting, etc.) and what your boundaries are. Most of all, remember to concentrate on the people that are on the other end of your blog rather than your ads.