When I tell people that I’m a professional blogger, the most popular question I’m asked is, “How exactly do you earn money blogging?” People have written entire books about this topic, so it’s hard to give them the 5-minute answer they want! Usually, I talk to them about ads, because they have a frame of reference for how that works. Most people have seen ads in newspapers and magazines, and they understand that brands will pay for this ad space if you have readers.
Today, I’m going to dive deep into how to make money running ads on your blog. This is not the only way you can make money with your blog, and I personally believe that most bloggers in most niches can make more money in other ways.
That said, I also believe that you should diversify your income. In other words, don’t just make money in one or every two ways. Make money in several ways!
So, keep reading if you want to figure out whether or not ads are right for you and, if they are, how to ramp up your ad income.
Now is the perfect time to rethink your personal habits so you can blog more effectively. I say “now” whether you are reading this soon after it was published or months later. We tend to think about revamping our lives at the beginning of the new year, but it is always the perfect time to change your personal habits so you can live a healthy, productive life.
If your goal in 2017 is to turn you blog into a business, or to continue to grow your business, take a good hard look at your personal habits.
Here are a few changes you can make that will have a profound effect on how well your blog does this year:
Recently a reader reached out to me with an important question about sponsored reviews. I started typing a reply to him… and when I reached 500 words, I realized that this needed to be a blog post so everyone can benefit from it!
This blogger had been approached by some companies to review their products, and had the some question many bloggers have…
“Should I charge for a sponsored review?”
It brings up a lot of ethical questions. What if you don’t like the product? What if they want you to promote something you didn’t get to personally experience? What if they want you to use certain language in your post?
So today, we’re talking about sponsored blog post and sponsored reviews. I’m going to answer all of these questions and more, so you can publish ethical reviews that your readers love.