Making Money with your Blog
Do you have a blog with lots of readers? If so, you may be able to make some money by hosting ads from Google Adsense. If you do this, you will have no control over the exact ads that get displayed on your blog. Google scans the content of your blog, and displays ads appropriate to that content.
For example, in our GOT articles and links blog, we write a lot about Picasa and about Wi-Fi. At left is a sample of the ads that Google displays on that blog – all about Picasa and Wi-Fi. This makes it more likely that a reader will click on one of the ads, and every click represents a few pennies in the blog owner’s Adsense account.
Don’t expect to get rich quick ok? We’ve had Google ads on our GOT blog for a couple years and we just now got our second $100 deposit from Google! We haven’t promoted this blog much and only have 50 – 100 visits/day. You really need at least 500/day to make noticeable money. If you get up to 3-4,000 visitors/day you can start planning retirement!
How do you know how many visitors you have? That’s Google Analytics. You put a little piece of code at the bottom of your blog’s template, then Google analytics will know everytime someone visits.
To put ads on your blog, first you need a Google Adsense account. You can sign up at Google.com/adsense. You’ll need to enter a website address, whether you’re getting a personal or a business account, and your bank account information.
Once you have an adsense account, you go the Layout screen of your blogger blog and ‘Add a Gadget.’ One of the gadgets you’ll see is AdSense. Click the plus sign and you’ll see all the options for your ads. This is where you put your Account ID and choose the size and colors for your ads. Once you’ve made your choices, just click Save … and start making money! Well, in a year or two maybe