These days it seems like the internet has all but disappeared and has been replaced with blog after blog on a myriad of topics. Some of these blogs are personal pages that document everything from one’s family get togethers to a person’s passion for raising pygmy goats. The other side of the coin is made up of commercial blogs that are specifically designed to make money through advertising. These blogs can be quite lucrative and best of all can be started by anyone with basic writing skills and a passion for a subject.
The first step to making a lucrative blog is to get people to visit it. The more visitors, the more the blog will be worth to advertisers and therefore the more money you can charge for ad space. To get people to visit your site, you need to offer good content. The more informative a blog is to readers, the more hits you will generate.
A good starting method for advertising is to enlist the services of pay per click systems such as Google AdSense. Individual advertisers may not be ready to shell out money until you build up a substantial reader base, but in the meantime you can begin earning using these services. Every time a visitor to your blog clicks a link, you earn revenue. This can range from a fraction a cent to several cents per click, depending on the link.
A lot of companies will pay you a portion from the sale of their products. You promote their products on your site and each person that you refer from your site to the company who buys the product will earn you money. Often these commissions can be quite substantial.
If you have a site that is particularly useful to people, there is nothing wrong with asking them to contribute money to keep it up and running. Many users are happy to donate $5 to a site they use frequently. A site that has several thousands of visitors each day can quickly translate into big money.
If you are a provider of other services, a blog is a great way to promote them. Though the blog doesn’t necessarily earn you money directly, the increase in business that it generates makes it worth the effort. Many professionals such as lawyers use this method to attract customers.
The internet is a cash cow for people who know how to take advantage of the opportunities. Blogging is currently one of the best ways to make cash and is easily accessible to everyone. Even if you don’t think anyone would want to read what you have to say, try it. You may be surprised with a nice little check.