How to Monetize Your Blog without Selling Your Soul

I didn’t start blogging to make money from it. The thought never occurred to me. When someone suggested I start accepting advertising, I resisted. I thought some how it would compromise my integrity.

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Then I realized that all professional creatives charge for their work. In fact, this is what separates the professionals from the amateurs. For example:

  • Authors receive royalties.
  • Musicians sell tickets.
  • Artists sell paintings.
  • Speakers are paid fees.

If you want to blog as a hobby, fine. But art and money aren’t enemies. In fact, in most cases the former isn’t possible without the latter.

You really can monetize your art without selling your soul. I make several thousand dollars a month using a combination of these three methods:

  1. Sell advertising. You can start small with any number of WordPress plugins (one major reason to use self-hosted WordPress). I started with WP125 and started selling small 125 x 125 pixel ads. It generated enough income to cover my hosting costs and a little “fun money.”

    As I developed momentum, I created a full-blown Advertising Kit for potential advertisers. I used Google Analytics to gather the key metrics and then conducted a Reader Survey to collect demographic and psychographic information.

    When my traffic got to about 40,000 pageviews a month, I applied to the Beacon Ad Network. It is an online service that manages your ad sales. You can charge whatever you want per ad, but they take a 30% commission. They specialize in the Christian marketplace. Their sister-company, BuySellAds.com, handles the general market.

    By the way, I have never used Google AdSense. I just hate the way it looks. However, it may have changed since I last evaluated it. If you are interested, John Saddington at TentBlogger.com has a terrific set of posts about AdSense.

  2. Promote affiliates. Here again, I started small. I signed up as an Amazon Associate and started using my affiliate code in my links to books and other products. (I disclose this at the bottom of each post.) I now consistently make $600–700 a month from these links.

    Later, I graduated to other products. For example, I promote Brett Kelly’s Evernote Essentials: Second Edition whenever I write about Evernote. I do this with complete integrity, believing it is the single best place to start if you want to get up and running quickly.

    I am also an affiliate for various other products like: StandardTheme, Nozbe, and ScribeSEO. The key is to find products you actually use and you believe will be beneficial to your readers. My own rule is that if I don’t use it, I don’t promote it.

    If there is a product you are crazy about—especially an information product—it is worth checking to see if the publisher or manufacturer has an affiliate program available. You might also check Amazon. They sell way more than books.

  3. Sell products. A few years ago, I wrote an ebook called Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal. I decided to turn it into a PDF file and sell it on my blog. (Here’s how you can Create an eBook in Seven Steps.) It has sold consistently, month after month. In fact, I have yet to see a sales decline.

    Last year, I decided to write a fiction edition called Writing a Winning Fiction Book Proposal. It only sells about 50% of what the non-fiction one does, but it was still well-worth the effort. I also sell both books as a bundle.

    The best thing about selling products like these—especially digital ones—is that they work while you sleep. The whole system is turn-key. Customers buy the books, the system provides a download link, and then deposits the money in your PayPal account.

    Ultimately, I believe most of my revenue will come from product sales. I have several more ebooks in the works, based primarily on blog series I have written.

These methods are just the direct methods you can use to monetize your blog. You can also use your blog to generate leads for speaking, coaching, or consulting services—something I also do.

They key to monetizing your art without selling your soul is to offer ads, products, and services that are congruent with your brand and will add value to your readers.

Question: What do you need to do next to monetize your blog—or take it to the next level? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    I have been waiting for something like this!
    No, I haven’t started monetizing my blog, but I have been seriously thinking about it recently. Thanks for the doable info. It’s quite enlightening and helpful. Thanks Michael.

    • http://sevensentences.com Geoff Talbot

      Do it Joe!

      It starts slowly, but you can definitely create a win/win strategy by monetizing your blog. I would recommend you start by doing some SEO RESEARCH to begin with. Because it is your traffic that is going to drive your revenue.

      You can do it! It’s a rush.

      Geoff Talbot
      sevensentences.com

      • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

        Thanks Geoff. I will try that.

  • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

    Thanks for this!  I started my blog in August and I have seen a trickle of pennies through Adsense, but I have not focused on it because of the reasons you mentioned…don’t want to sell out, want the purpose to be more about the content, etc.

    Before my first post, I decided that I would give half of everything I made to God’s work and the other half to paying off my house (until it is paid off, then to God’s work).  I am excited about this opportunity and it solves my fear of selling out.  At the same time, I have not done well with the earnings so I have kind of lost focus there.

    I obviously need to build the traffic before any real earnings can take place, but I will go back now and try to implement some of your tips.  Thanks for your help!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      That is awesome that you have decided ahead of time where the money will be going. I think people often get more money and then just blow it because they do not have a plan. I’m glad to see that you do!

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Thanks Brandon.  I had to do it ahead of time because I knew what I would do with the money if I did not have a plan!  At least in that way, I know myself too well.

        I figured my blog is about integrating Christian faith into business, so God should get the money if it goes anywhere.  I also want to get rid of all debt (house), so I started with a split until it is paid off.  Who knows how long that will take!?!?

        Thanks again for the encouragement!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      This is a great plan, Chris!

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Thanks Robert!  Now I just need to get to work turning it into a steady income stream, right?!?  

        • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

          Right!

    • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

      This shows that you had the right idea from the start. Sounds like you have a great “mission statement”. Keep up the great work!

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Thanks Dustin!  I really appreciate you taking a look!  

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Sounds like a great plan Chris. I hope it works well for you!

      • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

        Thanks Joe!  I am “working” it!

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    I plan to monetize my blog but not with Ads. The probelm with Ads is that no one clicks on them, so for a small amount of money, you’re irritating 100% of your readers (or 99%, if you want to be optimistic). Ouch.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      How do you know that? I think that is a belief system some people have, but I don’t think it is necessarily the truth. I have had probably two complaints about ads in four years. Meanwhile my traffic has quadrupled. I think most people are used to ads and understand that content is not free. Someone has to pay, either just the blogger him or herself or someone else. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/thegospelwriter Wanza Leftwich, TGW

        I really appreciate your response here, Michael. I had a moment when you wrote, “…understand that content is not free. Someone has to pay, either just the blogger him or herself or someone else.”

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        I don’t ever mind ads on a website, unless they’re overpowering and detract from the content.  Most ads (along the side, in-text links, etc) do not detract.  One thing I DO mind are pop-ups and pop-unders; they’re just plain annoying.  But if a person/company wants to put some ads on their site to pay for their service, I would encourage them to do it.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      This has been my concern with monetizing. I do like Mr. Hyatt’s point though. This is something I am going to be looking into.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        For sure! What’s your site?

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      I see what you are saying, but not many people get irritated with ads unless they are everywhere. If you can not focus on the content of the site b/c of ads, than that is a problem. But a few ads don’t hurt traffic or others…

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        It actually helps…

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I recently started blogging and have been concerned about that also. Especially since I had been in the habit of using an ad blocker. I’ve recently disabled it as I felt I was not doing the website owners any favors.

      Since disabling it, I have not been bothered by the ads that I see. Sometimes I actually click on something that interests me.

    • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

      And how do you plan on doing this?

  • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

    Michael, good stuff!

    I have tried each of the above as I have slowly grown my site…

    Small Ads – I haven’t been successful in the area of selling them, probably from a lack of effort. I use the small ads as affiliate opportunities.

    Adsense – I resisted the Adsense route for a LONG time. Actually, it was John Saddington’s recent posts that got me to try it for the first time. I do not want a cluttered look to my site, but set up one sidebar ad as a test. Impressed so far with the projected revenue! 

    Products – I recently launched my eWorkbook (31 Days, 31 Ways: Daily Tips for Time Management Mastery), and I can honestly say that I have generated more revenue from this one endeavor than all my ads.  

    Here is one you didn’t mention… 

    LinkShare – It is the affiliate program for Apple’s App Store, iTunes, etc. I write about technology and productivity, so I often have links to apps that I am using. The payouts are small (because most apps are only a few dollars…), but it is still a steady revenue stream for me.

    Best wishes!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      I’m going to try the amazon affiliates thing. I am already approved and have an account, but I haven’t really started anything through it…

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        One problem with the Amazon affiliates program is that you can’t do it in some states.  In my state (Illinois) they passed a law that would have taxed Amazon for their in-state affiliates, and in response, Amazon shut down the affiliates program in Illinois, rather than paying taxes.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          This is really short-sighted of politicians. Now they have lost the taxes Affiliates pay on the income they generate.

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            I agree. I was very disapointed in the Illinois politicians when they did this. In fact, come to think of it, I’ve been disappointed in the Illinois politicians for quite some time now.

        • http://www.failuresneverfinal.com Colleen (FNF)

          @BobEwoldt:disqus – I have encountered the same problem.  I would LOVE to recommend books, etc. through Amazon, as I am a huge fan of Amazon and an avid book-lover (and reader whenever my crazy schedule and life allow!)  I was SO disappointed to realize that I wasn’t able to be an affiliate.  :-(

        • jamesiharris

          This is no longer true. I got an email from them last Dec. that the Illinois Supreme Court overturn this and ruled in favor of Amazon. I have resigned up with them.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        The key is to weave the links in seamlessly to your content, as a service to your readers.

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        I’ve been trying the Amazon affiliates thing and have not seen any real results yet. However, my blog is new and sees little traffic.

        I think the best way to integrate them into your site is to use a link when you’re talking about a product you’re recommending. It gives them a quick and easy way to get to the product and a trusted source to purchase from.

        • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

          True…

          _____

  • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

    Great post!  My next step is to self-host.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      Me too! I’m trying to have enough steady flow of cash in my blog now before I make the switch. As a future medical student, I can’t afford to host a blog. I need the blog to be self-sustaining. For that reason, I am waiting.

      I am going to try the amazon affiliates (b/c I already have an account and have been approved). I am also going to publish ebooks and make them available for free or donation.

    • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

      Do it!

  • Anne Love

    Michael mentioned WordPress products, can anyone discuss Blogspot products other than Adsense?

    • http://bloggingwithamy.com/how-to-start-website-blog/ Amy Lynn Andrews

      Anne, the methods Michael discusses are not exclusive to WordPress. You can use all three methods on a Blogger blog. (The plugins were what he was referring to that are exclusive to WordPress.)

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        True that!

  • http://christian-inspiration.net Davida

    Intersting post.  As a missionary I know that the gospel needs money, so I have chosen to look for creative ways to generate this online through enterprise.   I know Chrisitans generally feel guilty about making money, outside of having a job, we all are happy to pay for products or services that we need, but afraid of charging anything for it.  I see the internet as a tool for to be harnessed for the gospel in every way.  A great opportunity for our generation.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think you are right: Christians often have unhealthy views of money. I don’t think this comes from the Bible or a Christian worldview, but something else.

      • http://bloggingwithamy.com/how-to-start-website-blog/ Amy Lynn Andrews

        Agreed, Michael.

        Also, “I know Christians generally feel guilty about making money, outside of having a job…”

        For some of us, this is our job. My husband quit teaching recently and my online income is what is supporting our family. And this is purposeful. We are waiting for doors to open to move to Africa and my job can go with us. We have nothing against raising support, but we hope this online income will allow us to be self-supported missionaries (at least mostly), thus leaving more funds within the church to support others.

        • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

          I think it’s entirely possible and will be the new model for missionary support. (We were church planters in France, so I hear you!)

        • http://www.failuresneverfinal.com Colleen (FNF)

          @099c23049ffc75ddb9faf5b880e5c945:disqus – WOW!  I’m so impressed that your online income is the family’s support.  I’ve recently started following your blog, etc.  With pioneers like Michael and you, I’m sure to learn some great insight into how to make my way back home from my current 9 to 5!  

      • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

        Yes, I’ve heard some potential missionaries who are uncomfortable with raising money, because they think that somehow they would be stealing/mooching, so they don’t become missionaries, or they do so with great difficulty.

    • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

      You might want to check this out: http://simplemom.net/ She is a former missionary who now runs this business with her husband. I heard her speak at Relevant11. She said this in her talk, I do this business “to provide for our family so we are free to serve.” This provides all their income plus it funds several homes around the world where they offer respite and care to burned out and weary missionaries. I’ve been studying how she does it. Very compelling.

      • http://davida-yemi-akanle.com Davida

        Thanks for sharing, I would check out the link.

    • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

      I am all about missionaries being bloggers! Actually it’s my primary way of supporting them when I get support letters– I help them start profitable blogs. Great work, and keep it up!

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    Thanks, Michael. I’m leaving this post unread in Google Reader so I can read through it again more carefully later.

    I’ve tried various blog platforms over the years, mostly free. I had a TypePad blog for a couple years. I’ve never been able to reach critical mass though. Do you think getting my own URL and hosting would help?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes that would definitely help. You need you own URL for sure, especially if you are going to loo professional and attract potential advertisers.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      Getting my own URL is definitely my next step. I cannot wait to get started (although I am going to have to)!

      • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

        I hate being self promotional in comments on other people’s blogs, but I really think you would find my recent “Get Your Domain Name Now – Why And How” post would be beneficial for you.

  • http://John.do John Saddington

    thanks mike for the link-love! i’m trying to teach people to do Adsense well – it’s tough and most sites do look terrible with it!

    you’ve done an incredible job with your strategies and executed even better. so proud of you and the work you’ve done…….! and, you’re helping others do it better as well.

    what a gift!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It was because of you, John, that I first considered the possibility of advertising. And, boy, I’m glad I did. Thanks for all you do!

      • http://John.do John Saddington

        i planted a seed… and you grew it!

      • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

        And you led the way for me to consider it. Ah, the blogging love continues! :)

      • V. Alper

        Hi Michael,

        Thanks for the topic. One of my site http://www.listtop10.com has enough traffic but somehow my earning isn’t good enough even though I did try my every best to drive traffic to this site. Let me try some of your advice to see the result.

    • http://www.timemanagementninja.com Craig Jarrow

      John,

      Thanks for your recent posts on Adsense… it was your posts that lead me to try it out.

      Off to a great start!

      • http://John.do John Saddington

        great! go for it! see how you like it!

    • http://twitter.com/KellyCombs Kelly Combs

      “Link-love” – Thanks for the smile. I like that phrase. 

    • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

      Thank you for the adsense series, John. I’ve bookmarked it so I can make heads & tails of it! :)

      • http://John.do John Saddington

        sure thing mary! appreciate it a lot!

    • Tim Lehmann

      John, I have resisted Adsense simply because I don’t want content popping up that would be counter to my site – a conservative, evangelical audience.  I have not found sufficient controls to filter the ads.  Does such a thing exist.  One bad ad could really hurt.

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        Tim,
        I used Adsense and it has options to limit certain categories.  For me, I had limited so much of what adds could pop up that there wasn’t much variety, they were pretty boring and I wasn’t generating revenue.  I didn’t want to offend my audience by allowing broader adds so after a while I simply took it off.  
        That’s not much help, sorry.

      • http://John.do John Saddington

        To a certain degree you won’t be able to control everything, even if you ban most of the channels in the back end. In addition, it is a common misconception to put all of the blame on the publisher – if one of your readers was looking at other websites related to gambling, alcohol, or pornography, the cookies related to those sites will be targeted on your site. You have to be comfortable with knowing that you’re just a platform for whatever the end user wants to see and you can control their lifestyle or browsing habits.
        John L Saddington
        Creative Engineer
        http://john.do

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    Unfortunately, I live in a state where Amazon refuses to have affiliates due to our tax laws. I hope our politicians change those laws soon. Oh well, I guess that’s just the price you pay to live in North Carolina, the greatest place on Earth.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      Ah man! NC is awesome though!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I live in Illinois, where it’s the same story.

  • http://dianneguthmuller.com Dianne Guthmuller

    Thank you so much for this post.  I have a couple of questions. I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years.  I lead an online Bible study that uses the “One Year Chronological Bible.”  I post a devotion that goes with each day’s reading.  Right now I’m using the free WordPress.com blog.  I have 200 subscribers and average 1500 views a month.  

    Am I at a place to consider advertising?Right now I’m using the free WordPress.com site for my blog.  I have purchased a URL.  I’m not sure how to proceed to the self-hosting side of WordPress.  Are there any resources you can recommend to help me make the switch?

    Thank you so much for your blog!  It’s an important people of my daily learning!

    Blessings!

    Dianne Guthmuller
    dianneguthmuller.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would read TentBlogger.com and WPBeginner.com. Both are excellent blogs that can help you move to self-hosted WordPress. You probably need at least 10,000 pages views a month before you can sell advertising. However, in the meantime, toucan start generating income through affiliate links and even product sales. Thanks.

    • http://bloggingwithamy.com/categories/ Amy Lynn Andrews

      Dianne, unfortunately, the free version of WordPress.com won’t allow advertising. Fortunately, moving to a self-hosted WordPress blog is not too difficult. You’ll have to purchase hosting and then transfer your blog over. Here’s the page on WordPress.com that describes the process. (They suggest you pay for their service, but it’s not necessary. Setting up your own blog is not the difficult and can be done on your own.)

      • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

        Great info, Amy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Lucy.Ann.Moll Lucy Ann Moll

      Great question, Dianne. I wondered the same thing. :-)

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      I’m in the same boat…I’m going to try the amazon affiliates.

    • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

      I agree with Michael. I learned Most of what I know about Self-hosted WordPress blogs thanks to Tentbligger.com. It isn’t too difficult, but can be a bit overwhelming at first.

  • Victor Ehiemere

    Thanks Mike. This is like a whole world of knowledge compressed into one readable and most importantly, doable bit. It makes sense now.
    Thinking of revamping my blog altogether. Have a personal URL but using squarespace. Want to move to WordPress and self host. Hope that’s a good move.
    Sorry to deviate, but what mailing service do you use? Your mails always look awesome!

    Keep inspiring me!

    Victor.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Victor. I use MailChimp. It is an excellent service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phillipshumake Phillip Shumake

    Michael, would you please elaborate about the software system that handles your daily emails and e-product deliveries.  You certainly have an incredible system in place and I am curious about how to setup and manage this essential leg of the stool. (Maybe a great follow up post?) THANKS A MILLION for your insights!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I use MailChimp to manage my email newsletter subscriptions. It is an awesome tool. I will consider a follow-up post on that topic.

      • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

        My web person also recommends mailchimp. I use Constant Contact, which seems to work well.

        • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

          Mail chimp is awesome!

    • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

      I also use Mail Chimp and encourage all my clients to do the same.

  • http://targetsuccesstoday.blogspot.com Vivian Ow

    Thanks for this post Michael. Great timing! 

    I’d avoided monetizing my site till I saw on your site recently how it could be tastefully done. I’ve started with the Amazon products, featuring books I’m reading or would recommend. 

    I’m also in the process of moving to my own host. Thanks again.

  • Anonymous

    I need to apply what I’m reading in your posts. Mainly time and making the investment to upgrade my blog is keeping me from the next level.

    • http://targetsuccesstoday.blogspot.com Vivian Ow

      Interestingly, I had the same thought for some time and did not take action. 

      I’ve since looked at it and realised that the cost is really not prohibitive. You can get a domain for about $10 per year, I pay about $6 per month for hosting which can be used for multiple domain names.

      As for time, you don’t need to do it all at once. A step at a time can get you there too.

  • Brent

    I think this posting is excellent. I write e-books as well, and plan to soon incorporate those into my blog. I have not entered the world of ads yet. My big question is “how do you drive people to your blog”? I feel my e-books would certainly sell, but I have to build my audience first. Any suggestions?

    Brent

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This is an excellent question. The first thing is to make sure you are writing compelling content that people want to share with their friends. If you don’t do that, nothing else will help. Then I would subscribe to ProBlogger.com, CopyBlogger.com, and TentBlogger.com. These three resources will give you scores of ways to build traffic. Thanks.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        Agreed! Content comes first!

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      The way I built my audience is by engaging in other sites…and telling others about it. That has really helped me!

  • http://checkmatesystem.com Mary

    Thanks for a great post.  I struggle with this question and I appreciate hearing thoughts from a respected Christian leader on the topic.  

    Would you consider writing about how you approach SEO?  I think most of us blog  alone and I often wonder how to prioritize my time.  Writing great content seems the most important but many argue that great SEO can trump great content (which just sounds wrong but I know life isn’t always fair!) 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I will consider writing on that topic. It’s not as complicated as you may think—if you use the right tools.

  • http://www.stevefogg.com Steve Fogg

    Some great options there Michael, I think one you missed or left out was about a blog being a source of income off line. In many industries blogs become thought leadership marketing opportunities and drive new customers to you through what you say.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think I mentioned this in the next to last paragraph. Thanks.

  • Opolot david vincent

    I am a new person in a field of writing books and at the moment I am writing one about my life experience and culture.However, I am excited to learn that you were a chairman of one of the publishing companies; I wish to request for your advice in regards publishing a book, and any other information you deem valuable to my course. Thank you,
    Opolot David Vincent.
    Mob; +256752932990.
    Kampala- Uganda.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to offer individual advice. The most I can offer is what I write here on my blog.
      By the way, I have two adopted grandsons from Uganda.

  • http://www.ivanhoesanchez.com Ivanhoe Sánchez

    Definitely helpful.  Thanks again Michael.  Just wondering, can you disclose how many visits to your blog you had just before you started monetizing from your blog? Or what other statistic help you take a decision?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think I was getting about 10,000 pageviews a month.

  • http://www.milestogofromhere.com Jeff Miles

    Michael,

    What do you use for the shopping cart in selling your e-books. I have used Memberwing-X and WP-eCommerce in the past, but wanted to see what you were using.

    Thanks!

    • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

      I’m not sure what he uses (and I’m sure it’s awesome), but I use ejunkie in conjunction with paypal. It’s very easy and extremely inexpensive.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I was using e-junkie up until about a month ago. I switched over to Cart66. But, honestly, I could not have done it alone without a developer to help me.

        • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

          That’s good to know.

          • http://www.milestogofromhere.com Jeff Miles

            Thank you very much.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am using Cart66. Thanks.

      • http://www.milestogofromhere.com Jeff Miles

        Thank you for responding!

  • http://twitter.com/Dion_Govender Dion Govender

    Michael, I have to say this is an absolutely fantastic post. I had so many questions that you answered. I’ve clipped this post to Evernote and will be referring back to it. Thank you. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. I am so glad.

  • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

    These are really great tips. I haven’t monetized my blog and I probably won’t for a while, but it’s good to know about options available that don’t compromise the integrity of your blog. 

    Thanks!

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      This is exactly where I am. 

  • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    Michael, when you first started selling advertising (before Beacon ads), did you reach out to companies and organizations that you saw would be a good fit? How did you get the ball rolling?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great question. Yes, I did reach out to companies whose products I was enthusiastic about. I even offered to run an ad for free for a month, so they could test the response. This gave the impression that people were advertising. No one wants to be first, so this gave them the gift of going second! ;-)

  • http://tomraines.wordpress.com Tom

    Great information and needed! I have asked myself this very question constantly about selling my soul. I want to give what God gives me and yet do seek to monetorize some aspects and products. May God continue to guide us and I thank Him for using you to help gain clarity! 

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Great post, Michael. It’s great to have specifics about this topic. I’ve run Adsense on my site for  over 5 years along with Amazon links and text-Link ads. I make about a car payment each month. My current blog template is not optimized for AdSense, but the ads are not obtrusive, so I stick with the happy medium.

    My traffic has increased substantially over the last few months, with about 40,000 page views per month. This hopefully will bump me up to be eligible for one of the other ad companies. It is nice that Amazon decided to bring back their affiliate program to California after the governor rescinded his sales tax plan.Adsense works well for high paying keywords. Unfortunately, the personal development genre doesn’t pay well. Text-Link ads are consistent, but can cause problems with your page ranking with Google.

    Overall, most people will find that running ads doesn’t make much sense until they have been blogging for a year or more. E-books seem like a great way to go for new bloggers, since they can add an immediate income stream.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      At 40,000 page views a month, I’m sure you could signup with Beacon or BuySellAds. It is well-worth it.

      • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

        I only receive 3,000-5,000 and they approved me…

        • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

          But they told me that I can’t start until I switch to self-hosted.

          • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

            Your prices in ads will depend on your pageviews, so be sure to price them accordingly.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Good to know. Thanks.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

      I am about to publish my ebook. How do you charge for it and control who can download it?

  • Curtis O Fletcher

    What, in your opinion, is the tipping point in terms of page views per month, or some other traffic metric, where these strategies start to pay off ? You mention that: “When my traffic got to about 40,000 pageviews a month” you made a tactical move but that is still quite a way off in my world.

    • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

      I’m in the 25,000 pageviews a month and sell advertising. Obviously, my ads are less because my pageviews are less.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think I just consistently wrote decent content that people wanted to share. For a year or more not much happened. Then, occasionally, a post I had written would get picked up by Lifehacker or some other big site and my traffic would skyrocket—for a day. But some of the visitors would “stick” and keep coming back.

      • Curtis O Fletcher

        Michael, I wasn’t so much after the “how” but more the “when”. You wouldn’t put all these strategies in place at 400 pages views per month, or would you? I see the strategy but not the timing. Are you suggesting that someone could do this right from the start even with minimal page views?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          You can definitely do affiliate links right from the start. Get in the habit. At about 5,000 to 10,000 pageviews a month, you can add advertising.

    • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

      I was wondering the same thing. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Same here. I hear that number and think it is an amazing amount. Guess it is a goal to put on the list.

  • http://twitter.com/KellyCombs Kelly Combs

    Great tips and ideas on how to use ads.  I have been resistant to do this, because I personally find all the ads distracting.  And I like that my readers can come visit an “ad-free” environment.  Even watching news clips we have to now watch an ad first.  I hate that our society is so focused on promoting products.  (Now, wait a minute…how did I end up on this soapbox?)

    Thanks again for your post, lots of great ideas to consider. 

  • http://wkevingilbert.me/ Kevin Gilbert

    Michael, as always, thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge and experience. Can you provide, or direct us to a source that might provide, some insight on typical ad rates/page views or unique visitors? I’ve searched before and haven’t found any solid info. Maybe I’m not using the best terms to find the best info. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would go to the Beacon Ads site and see what others are doing. Thanks.

  • Stacy Harp

    Hi Michael,

    Another wonderful post as usual!  First, I have to say that my husband and I have been considering advertising on your site for the last few months.  We’re just waiting for our website to get redesigned, before we spend the money.  I’ve used Amazon affiliates and made a few dollars, but here’s the thing, recently I started promoting one of the best affiliate programs EVER, and not only have made a few hundred dollars, but it’s a program that keeps giving.  And it’s a program that does not violate my moral values, Christian values and instead it completely supports them.   And with your audience, Michael, you could literally make thousands of dollars, and I’m not kidding.  So, let me tell you what it is I use.  ProLife Processing aka Processing with a Purpose.  I use them to process all my online orders, and not only do I save money on my processing fees because they take less than Pay Pal does, but for each person who signs up through my affiliate link, I receive $50 – yes, that’s right $50.  http://cornerstone.cc/acm/  – Just go there to learn more, and when you sign up, using my link, you will help my ministry.  I’ve been using them over a year and never had any problem.  Their website interface is easy to use, works just like Pay Pal, allows you to take all credit cards, and even Pay Pal users can purchase through you.   And since Pay Pal recently started going after Christian organizations and stopped some of them from getting their monies, to me, it’s all the more reason to switch over.  The other thing is you can still keep your Pay Pal accounts up and running, until this is set up for you.  I cannot recommend them highly enough, and am encouraging everyone I know who is using Pay Pal to give them a try.  The only thing you lose is more processing fees and you get more money from your buyers.  Nick Logan is the CEO and he is very hands on, as well.  http://cornerstone.cc/acm/  Check it out. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great. I will check them out. Thanks.

  • Josh_4jesus1

    Thanks for the insights! I would like to on my blog so this gives me an idea on how to begin. http://joshrobinson.cc

  • http://www.hope101.net Lori Tracy Boruff

    Michael, my question is – do you have a team of people pulling this all together for you so can concentrate on the content?  These are wonderful ideas but a little overwhelming for little ole me.

    I’m drawn to the affiliate and e-book ideas assuming advertisers require stats and reports before they buy spots leading back to my first question – do you have a team helping make all this happen for you?

    Great post giving insight and vision! Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I do almost all of it myself. My daughter now helps sell advertising. I have a web developer who is also helping. But in the beginning, I did it all myself.

  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    I’m doing a lot of what you’re doing, including Beacon ads and putting my toe in the water of affiliates. I echo what you said about truly loving what you’re affiliated with.

    My e products have made up 30% of my overall income, so I also herald your approach there. I have similar products as you (NF and Fiction proposal tutorials) plus a book on how to get published. I’ve had good success with those.

    My goal this year is to shift most of my income to online so I can not worry so much about cash flow.

    • Stacy Harp

      That is because you’re a marketing guru too, Mary. :)  I want to advertise on your site also, but I am waiting to get my page done first.  I’ve been waiting about 2 months for the people who are going to be redoing my site to get free… hopefully soon!

      • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

        You are very sweet to say so. I’m a learner in this area, and I read a lot of books. Last night I received four more from Amazon, showed them to my husband. He said, “You’re going to be a marketing maven!” Perhaps.

        I look forward to seeing your site.

        • Stacy Harp

          Thanks Mary.  I’m looking forward to seeing my site too.. LOL.  But even more so I’m looking forward to publishing our first ebooks and mp3 packages.  What marketing books would you recommend?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That’s my goal, too. In fact, I’d like to cover 100% of my needs from online activity and then let speaking, books, etc., be the icing on the cake.

      • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

        Exactly where I’m at.

  • http://brandonweldy.wordpress.com Brandon Weldy

    I think my next move would be to get my own URL. I was reading through some comments and that seems to be a pretty important step before advertising. Also my monthly views are nowhere near large enough. What would you consider the “magic number”?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’d say 10,000+.

  • http://joyfulmothering.net Christin

    Yes!! I do the exact same thing — I could not offer anything to my readers that I myself do not use.
    I get in touch with companies that I already purchase from. I am open to new companies (or eBooks) only if they have what I need and it fits into what my blog is all about. But, for the most part, I stick to what/who I know.

    It makes “advertising” like second nature because my recommendations come honestly and naturally. I don’t need to try to convince MYSELF I like something so it convinces my readers. I already love what I promote. :)

    I recently took my income to the next level by offering myself as a Virtual Assistant to a successful blogger/partner/friend. If you have the administrative skills, this is a great way to earn a little extra income as well.

    Excellent post, Mr. Hyatt.

  • Premkumar Masilamani

    Very informative post. Thanks for this. I have a blog http://blog.smileprem.com where mostly I review the books that I read. Its been around for a while… But only friends read the blog… no one new… Can you tell me how to get new readers to our blog?… 

    • Rob Sorbo

      I’m not an expert in this, but I would start by advertising your posts on Twitter or other social media sites.

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    You mentioned some great tips. For me, I am running wordpress.com, so I can’t advertise. Can I make money other ways?

    I eventually want to receive enough money to move to self-hosted.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You can use affiliate links. That is how I paid for my initial hosting.

  • Anonymous

    Michael – thanks for your amazing openness.  So many “Christians” never want to admit they are making money from other Christians.  You present it in such a healthy win/win manner with no apologies for sharing your talents in a profitable way – thanks!

    • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

      I agree!  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yea, I don’t get it. Personally, I think it is a defective theology born of guilt. Thanks for your comment!

  • http://twitter.com/thegospelwriter Wanza Leftwich, TGW

    I definitely need to monetize my blog and keep it up. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Van-Slyke/653293402 Bryan Van Slyke

    Michael, Thank you for writing this post! Earlier this year I started a brand that I can already see becoming successful, but I was never quite sure about advertising. I can also agree that Google Adsense looks very tacky. I am definitely going to take this post piece by piece and see what works with my information. Thank you again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520505381 Tim Lehmann

    Michael, 

    Thank you for sharing this.  Great post!  

    One resource that has not been mentioned is DFP – Double Click for Small Business.  It is literally your own adserver that allows you control over which ads you want to display to which demographics, when and how.  It is free and you can use it with or without Adsense (DoubleClick is now owned by Google).  You could use Beacon ads for a certain number of  impressions and switch to your own ebooks after that.  You can determine what percentage of impressions each ad receives and you can optimize for the most response.  It has tracking and analytics built right in and it is free allowing up to 90,000,000 impressions/month.

    I am implementing it on a standard website but do not see a reason why it would not integrate in a WP widget.  It works on standard banner sizes.  I am still in development but am very pleased so far.

    Blessings and thank you for all the insights you give.  I look forward to reading each post.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Tim. I will check it out.

      I should have mentioned that Beacon allows you to set your own prices and approve adds on an individual basis.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    This is excellent. Thanks for sharing, Mike!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UZ7QH3A3QJLHYORIQC7MJSW5IE jamie

    You can also find merchant affiliate programs by joining affiliate networks like Commission Junction, ShareASale, Link Trust, and Link Share. I recommend joining only the programs that make sense for your website and making the most or optimizing with just a few.

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    I tried AdSense but decided to take it off my blog, I wasn’t seeing much revenue and I didn’t feel “right” about it at the time.  I have continued to pray over it, I may go back to it someday.  There really wasn’t anything wrong with it, it just didn’t feel God-lead at the moment. 
    Thanks for the other suggestions, I will look into them and pray about them. 

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    On my blog, I’m trying to come up with a system where I would allow visitors to leave snarky and off-topic comments for a fee. (Constructive comments would remain free of charge.) 

    • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

      Now that’s funny!

  • http://treydarbonne.wordpress.com Trey Darbonne

    Thanks, Michael for setting the bar high. While I have yet to monetize my blog, I will certainly refer to this post again as I start. Of course, I saved the post to Evernote!

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    I’ve signed up for Amazon Associate since I, on occasion, review books on my website. It’s a new thing so I haven’t done it long enough to even see the first cent. I appreciate your specific guidance though as you outline options I’ve never considered or have considered only in passing.

  • http://singlemamma4god.blogspot.com/ SingleMamma4God

    I feel like I have been on the edge of this cliff forever knowing there is a way to make money with my content but not understanding how to do it. I need to get the free WordPress and move my blog but I am stuck on trying to find a host. Anything that starts by costing me money creates a pause especially when it is the unknown.

    I was telling my teen daughter recently if she visits a web site with no ads the owner is paying for it and that is just how it is. I am anxious to read some of the sites Michael has recommended in answer to various questions. Mean while the quick answer I would give to anyone who has no traffic to their blog is Twitter.

    None of my friends read my blog but it has thousands of page views. I see viewership wax and wane as I interact on social sites in general. I am brand and platform building.

  • http://dustinstout.com Dustin W. Stout

    Fantastic list Michael! I’ve begun Implementing nearly all of these points. I’m currently in the process of creating a speaking page, coaching program, and a few ebooks! Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration!

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, thanks for the great post!  I’ve been thinking about how to monetize the blog (at some time in the future), and you outlined it perfectly.

  • http://www.meeklabs.com meeklabs

    One thing I’ve done if you want to sell ads, but you have some good traffic, is to give the space away.  You can give your space away to companies or organizations you like!  Very few organizations will turn down free ad space if its on a good site.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Great idea. As I recently started blogging, I may look to see if that may work for me.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Thanks for the great blog about monetizing your site. I’m relatively new to the blog world and am looking into it. This gave me a couple of great starting points.

  • http://www.ryanhanley.com/about Ryan Hanley

    You are a resource of infinite value.  Thank you for sharing this information.  My readership is not nearly of comparison to yours yet.  But do want to cover costs with monetization.  This is a fantastic help.

    Ryan H.

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    The only thought I’ve put to monetizing my blog is “maybe someday.”  At this point I’m committed to putting in the work of generating solid content, one post per day.

    This info really helps for future consideration.

  • http://twitter.com/ChurchTechToday Lauren H. Hunter

    Hi Michael, 

    Thanks for the great blog post today! I’ve been blogging since 2008, and began just using the blog to build SEO for church technology and to promote my church tech public relations consulting; then, it began making sense to monetize the blog and access sponsors who were not necessarily PR clients. What I would love to know is how you got to 40,000 monthly pageviews and how quickly you saw these numbers? After three years of blogging, my site has leveled off at between 6,000-9,000 pageviews per month. Since my blog pertains mainly to people in ministry who are interested or looking for church technology solutions, it is a smaller niche market than your blog’s audience.Any thoughts or advice you might have would be wonderful! On a side note, my husband (who is a teacher) and I read your blog weekly and often find ourselves discussing your articles as it pertains to life, family, leadership, and professionalism. Bravo on consistently writing such powerful, useful, thought-provoking posts. Your blog is by far and away the most valuable thing I read each week.Sincerely,Lauren Hunter

    @laurenhhunter:disqus 
    http://churchtechtoday.com
    http://lhpr.net

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I wish I could give you a concise answer. I have done a lot of things. I think first and foremost I have tried write compelling content that my audience wants and will share with others. In other words, the response I want is, “I have got to share this post with [fill in the name(s)].”
      Beyond that, I have written posts that got picked up by major sites like LifeHacker and even The Huffington Post. Those gave me a huge spike of new visitors, many of whom stuck around. I have also used Twitter extensively to promote my individual posts.
      For years, a couple of years, I averaged less than 10,000 pageviews a month. Then I hit an infliction point. Here’s the data from Google Analytics:
      In 2006, I averaged 9,765 pageviews a month.
      In 2007, I averaged 18,806 pageviews a month.
      In 2008, I averaged 47,898 pageviews a month.
      In 2009, I averaged 124,687 pageviews a month.
      In 2010, I averaged 164,375 pageviews a month.
      In 2011, I am averaging 325,168 pageviews a month.

      In fact, the last three months have been almost 500,000 pageviews a month.
      I don’t say this to discourage you, but to show what is possible. I think you have to be faithful to stick with it, trusting that it will take off when it is meant to take off. In the meantime, stay very focused on high-quality content and good SEO tagging.

  • http://twitter.com/JLittleFleck Jennifer LittleFleck

    This is a topic that a lot of bloggers struggle with.  I personally am just starting to monetize my blog because I love it when I read a great post, and can immediately click on products or links that apply to that post right there on the spot.  I figure that if I like/appreciate it, so will other people.  What’s the point of sharing great info if you have to make people go hunt for it? 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Exactly!

  • http://twitter.com/JLittleFleck Jennifer LittleFleck

    This is a topic that a lot of bloggers struggle with.  I don’t see it as a sellout because I personally love it when I read a great post and can immediately click on a product or link to find out more.  Why share great info and then make people go hunt for it?  I hate that.   So as I am just starting to monetize my blog, I am doing the same.  Making it easy for people to find things they want to purchase anyway is great capitalism!

  • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

    Great post Michael – I was just encouraging a client to monetize her new blogsite yesterday so sent this post straight to her!  I bought standard theme through your site because I only looked at the theme because I loved the simplicity and style of your blog…and I also follow your evernote posts religiously so I would also buy the evernote guide through your blog because you introduced me to evernote.  I think affiliate marketing, done well, and transparently is a nice way of doing business – it is social!  One quick question – (slight tangent but sub-related to standard theme) – is your footer custom made or is there a function in there to make a basic one.  Thanks for the stellar content as always!   

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I am afraid the footer was custom coded.

      • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna Moritz

        Thanks Michael – no problems, I figured I would need to do it that way.  I have had some custom work done on my standard theme site, so a bit more won’t hurt! 

  • Pattikayck

    Wow Michael. What a wonderful carrot you have offered. I can’t wait to tame this computer. Actually i need to learn the usable language. If you get this comment, i will have gotten past a milestone.  I have read many of the comments people have written and that’s an education too. So thanks for your blog and thanks to the commentators.
      I’ll soon leave to attend a local Word Weavers meet-up.
    Your blogs are like a ray of light and hope for us who want to share what we have learned.

  • http://www.nginaotiende.blogspot.com Ngina Otiende

    Great insight Michael.

    I am an Amazon affiliate (and also sell other affiliate products), I also do Adsense. My blog doesn’t have very high traffic yet. I am not earning – yet :)

    My next step is self-host in wordpress.

    Encouraged by your journey!

  • Jlstott

    Michael, Thanks for taking the time to share this information with us!

  • Ellen Valentine

    Thank you for a great post. Are you using Shelfari for your bookshelf? If not, what Plug in are you using?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am using Amazon’s AStore Plugin.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I have not started monetizing my blog. However, after reading this post, I have been thinking about it seriously.  Thanks for the pragmatic information. It’s informative and helpful. Thanks Mike.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I have several affiliate links in my sidebar, but they don’t generate anything significant right now.  Maybe in the future…

      • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

        You will rock on in the days to come Jeff.

        Subject: [mhyatt] Re: How to Monetize Your Blog without Selling Your Soul

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  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I guess my next step is to move to some direct sales.  I like your idea of using the WP plugin.  I may have to give that a shot.  Thanks!

  • Amy @ Raising Arrows

    I struggled with selling ads and selling my soul in the same transaction, but I had another blogger ask me why I was ok with making money from freelance articles and not from all the hard work I put into the blog.  I didn’t have a good answer.

    It’s still a “touchy” subject amongst bloggers and readers, especially in Christian circles where blogs are seen as a ministry and ministries mustn’t profit in any way. 

    Thank you for speaking on the subject!

  • http://twitter.com/bizauthor Stephanie Chandler

    Excellent post! I use Adsense and it’s been a nice revenue stream for several years. Thanks for the additional ideas!

  • Anonymous

    I’m still resourcing the best ways to monetizing my leadership blog at danblackonleadership.com I know use adsence and have seen some profit from it.

  • http://twitter.com/jamespinnick7 James Pinnick

    I have to get better about taking advantage of these ideas. I seem to put them on the backburner. I do have a great interaction audience to my blog. I’m pretty excited! Good info Mr. Hyatt.

    James
    Author-The Last Seven Pages
    http://www.jamespinnick.com

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  • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

    What great information this is!  Wow – I really had no idea that there were so many ways to monetize a blog, so this really opened my eyes. 

  • http://twitter.com/WordPioneer R.D. Brinks

    Good article! I had been years on the lookout for ways like this to monetize my website, and I tried a few sources that never amounted to much of anything. I have since focused much of my energy on a new opportunity that provides a commission on purchases people make at the places they already shop at. I feel it really takes any “shady” feeling out of the transaction, because I’m actually pointing them to a website that helps get them the best deal on what they’re looking for rather than trying to alter their buying behavior. And it’s not a one-time referral commission. I get paid for all the purchases they make, wherever they make them.

  • http://twitter.com/OfficialSwagMax SWAGMAX.COM

    Great article…Very #SWAGMAX

  • Mandy Joy

    How do you connect with the right people to make this happen? I don’t have the skills personally, and have had bad luck with hiring developers who have gotten me nowhere.

  • http://www.faithfilledfoodformoms.com Faithfilledfoodformoms

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the great post on advertising with integrity!  My husband and I have been discussing this.  I am a newbie blogger (about 3 1/2 months)  I would eventually like to monetinize my blog and you have helped me to see it is totally feesible.  My rule will be no compromising! 
    I have done a few fun sponsered posts, but really I’d like to get away from this.  Thanks again!
    Blessings
    Shari

  • Sylvia A. Nash

    Thanks for this post. I have a question at the end of this. I’m setting up my new website and I’m monetizing it. Reading the fine print for different affiliate programs is a little scary. I’ve gone ahead and joined two so far. The third one I looked at had so much fine print and so many “click to accept this” policies that I backed off after reading and clicking about half of them. This particular site is very well-known and very popular and I’ve seen it affiliated on many sites, so I’m thinking I’m being overly cautious about not joining. I really want to and it really needs to be on my website whether I’m affiliated or not. Am I’m being too cautious? Thanks! Sylvia

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      In a word, yes. ;-)

      • http://sylviaanash.com Sylvia A. Nash

        Thanks for answering. Now to take a deep breath and go ahead with it! Sylvia

  • http://letitbelovely.com/ Elizabeth

    Since I am not that great with the computer, I have to wait for my husband to finish setting up my wordpress.org software and get switched over to it. His work and post-grad work keep him busy far too much.
    Such a helpful post! I wish I had known all of this a few months ago. Thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roman-Empiric/100000686218642 Roman Empiric

    I’ve found another way to promote my blog. It’s a new traffic exchange service (http://liqad.com/) and it sends back to my site much more readers than I send to liqad. I mean it’s absolutely free – my stats are going up. Admin says it should be possible to sell extra traffic to monetize blog soon.

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  • http://twitter.com/implantdangers Justine Allen

    If you get a chance, do you think you could have a look at my blog?  I would really appreciate it.  It is called breastenhancementworks.com  It looks as though I am getting 100 to 200 visitors a day….tons of return visitors…and TONS of comments.  It has all started me thinking…Thanks so much!  I want to monetize somehow, just don’t know where to start…..

  • http://twitter.com/implantdangers Justine Allen

    This is a wonderful blog.  Thank you so much!!! 

  • http://gay-ireland.com/Dublin-Gay-Scene Gay Dublin hotel

    Can you reccomend somewhere to sell a site online? 

  • Chris Allman

    I blog through WordPress.  Just started this week. likeiwishidlived.wordpress.com is the site.  I use the free edition. Will I need to upgradeto the paid edition before I can monetize?

  • Jejohnson2006

    Thank ou, Michael for all of your great ideas and inspiration. I share you blog posts with many of my friends.

  • ScottSidler

    What service do you use for automating the sale and distribution of eBooks from your website? I am just finishing my first and not sure how to set up my sales so I’m not personally processing payments and emailing books. Thanks!

  • Ronaldi_toci

    terbohuu.blogspot.com  monetize your blogger….

  • http://MacedoniaFilms.com/ Dan Baker

    Trying to decide if ads is right for our site…tricky tricky. Any advice out there?

  • http://MacedoniaFilms.com/ Dan Baker

    Thanks for responding!

    Our site is MacedoniaFilms.com where we promote (and will eventually sell) the films we make. We have a blog where we focus on sci-fi/fantasy fandom and filmmaking, particularly using iOS devices. The ads would only appear on the blog.

    IF we decided to roll with ads, we’d probably only allow family-friendly ads that are relavant to our audience.

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  • Hasan

    Need url  of ad to post it on my blog?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      URL of which ad?

  • Erika Macartney

    I’m wondering if I could get some help. I am very new to this. I’m going to launch my blog in 9 days. I’m looking to get one of those bars that is at the top and bottom of every Michael Hyatt blog post (forgive me for not knowing the correct name). It has number of Comments, Tweets, Facebook posts, etc. I have Word Press account (erikamacartney.com). Is this something that I can add to my account and does it have an additional fee? Thank you!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I call it a ShareBar. In my case, it is programmed into the theme, which I am in the process of releasing for sale next year.
      However, there are some other plugins available with similar functionality. I have not used any, so I can’t recommend them. Here is a list of 10 very popular ones.

  • http://twitter.com/the127project the127project

    My biggest difficulty is getting noticed enough to make doing these things worthwhile. I have a great starting platform I believe, but need a little more traffic I think. Would you suggest a specific number of pageviews or unique visitors before implementing these things?

  • http://technologyplusblog.com/ Andy

    Interesting, thanks. I’ve got many sites that I could apply this to..

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    Great information, I will utilizing this in my blog. I just started to implement monetizing  on my blog. 

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    how do you get a blog suggestion for blog beginners – See more at: http://ectheme.blogspot.hk/2013/03/how-do-you-get-blog-suggestion-for-blog.html

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  • http://josuemolina.com/ Josue Molina

    Michael, You think its ok to put affiliate ads on the sidebar on a fairly new blog with very little traffic?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I think the earlier the better, because then you get your audience acclimated to them. Thanks.

  • http://www.goodblogs.com.au/ Alice Cornelios

    I am trying my luck on earning money using free blog platform? Is it possible to this with the said platform? Thanks much

    Alice from http://www.goodblogs.com.au/

  • http://www.easytocookmeal.com/ Shobelyn Dayrit

    I just started my blog and I want to earn money from it in the future. But I kinda settle in the fact that maybe it happens or maybe not.But for now, I will jist hope for the best.

  • Emily

    I’m curious if you think it’s appropriate to monetize a non-profit ministry’s blog. We mostly run off donations, and while we do have a handful of affiliate links, we’ve never sold ad space.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I think it depends. You would have to have advertisers with whom your audience has a high level of affinity.

  • Jeff

    Michael, since this initial post occurred a while back do you feel directions are still relevant? I have two sites with one doing about 4-5,000 pages a month with little to no activity ( as I have been working on second) which is getting between 18-22,000 a month and I would like to begin capitalizing on this process.
    I love the idea of going to the ad broker since this is not something I do not have background in and would be ok giving away 30% for their expertise.
    Thank you for the insight and time.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yep, still relevant. Thanks.

  • http://www.GreaterImpact.org/ Nina Roesner

    Question – do you use the visitors or the views per month? I have about 9,000 visitors and 20,000 views, so if I doubled that, I could potentially sign up for the Beacon Ad, but I don’t know if I have to double or quadruple readership! :) Hope that makes sense.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Page views are typically what you are selling to advertisers. You are definitely in the range.

      • http://www.GreaterImpact.org/ Nina Roesner

        Awesomesauce. Thank you! :) #MadeMyDay

  • http://ochanix.com/ Ocha Nix

    Affiliate links and Adsense are two that I tend to focus on more. I agree that Adsense is sometimes a bit ugly, but if it makes a few bucks, I’m okay with it. A couple good links you posted I’ll read more about too.

  • http://www.treasurepen.com/ TreasurePen

    Hi Michael, what do you think of the idea of selling backlinks on your Blog as an additional way to monetize it? If you’ve got a good Page Rank I assume a backlink is of value to other Bloggers (for SEO purposes) and hence may be prepared to pay for it.
    Regards,
    Lisa.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Unless it creates values for your readers, it’s a bad idea. Thanks.

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  • Sofía Santucho

    Amazing article! Adtomatik has been my predetermined ad network for a long time. Never tried anything better. Higher fill rates and the best ecpm.

  • Sofía Santucho

    It is always really hard to understand these things related to make money from your blog. The best option for me was (and still is) Adtomatik. It offers the highest fill rates and the best eCPM. Another important point is that it has worldwide reach so not to worry about that. Recommended!

  • Steven

    Great post, Michael! Another one (really simply plugin) I have found is: http://yooplugins.com/downloads/wp-donate-for-content/

    This plugin is ideal for those looking to monetize their WordPress blogs with much ease (and without any hassle). The user can offer premium content or information in return for a simple donation.

    Thanks

  • hittvchannels.com

    WOW! I’m so impressed that your online income is the family’s support. I’ve recently started following your blog, etc.