I am SO excited to bring you this next installment of Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do Not Do.
See, in the past it might have been 'questionable' as to whether or not I really did not do the things that successful bloggers do.
Let me assure you though. I don't.
But for number seven, I want to tell you, I really, really, really don't.
Here it is.
Things Successful Bloggers Do That I Do Not Do
#7 Make money (from their blog)
Thats right folks.
Those big name bloggers are raking it in. I have heard conservative estimates in the six figure range for the professionals.
I recently watched a story on our local Fox 9 News about blogging. One of the big names they mentioned reports getting around 5 million hits a month. (I hate to mention her name because I dislike her blog immensely) Lets just say that they get $1 for every thousand hits. (which is a low estimate)
That is $5,000 a month.
I dont know about you, but I have never made any money from my blog. If fact, through tyepad, I pay to blog. My blog has a yearly fee of $149.99. (I know. Its ridiculous. I need to get my own domain and just be done with it, but that's a big step I am not sure I am ready to take.)
Typically, people who make money from their blog do it through advertising… something simple like google ads , or even the more lucrative blogher ads. I have also heard that chitika and Amazon Associates are good options. These are the types of ads that you apply for and they dictate what is being advertised and when and how often.
I do not have ads on my blog. I have never had ads on my blog. And I never…uh… well… dont plan on getting any in the near soon future.
Some of the more successful bloggers have Target and Hewlett Packard and The Today Show flashing across the screen.
And I can't help but wonder… how many readers do you have to have before Target comes knocking at your door? And just how much do they pay? And would having them want to advertise on my blog ever include a 90 second shopping spree through the store? Just sayin.
Now here is where I reveal just how small town (or should I say 'small blog' I am)…
…would that not be the bestest mostest greatest thing to happen in the whole wide world?
To not only be acknowledged for your thoughts and opinions, but to have someone want to pay you to keep on writing about your thoughts and opinions?
So this is the million dollar question… (he he, I'm sorry, I know its cheesy)
So how do you feel about ads?
Would you install them on your blog?
Do they annoy you?
Do you ever click on them?
And if you already have them, do you find that they are lucrative?
What would you recommend to a new blogger?
*After reading and talking with some of you about the topic, I caved in. I added a couple SMALL ads at the bottom left hand side of my blog. I'll let you know how it goes!