Things Successful Bloggers Do

filed under: Miscellaneous on November 22, 2009

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. 

Lets Re-Cap

MY LATEST VIDEOS

1. Have a life outside their blog

2. Don't beat a dead horse

3. Go to Blogher

4. Have lots of readers

5. Seem to have it all

6. Swear

But for number seven, I want to tell you, I really, really, really don't.

I promise.

Ready?

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. 

Wow.

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. 

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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!

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  • Kristin Smith says:

    I guess I always thought you had to have lots of followers and hits a day to get people to let you use their ads…I am small town too and dont really even know how it works!:)
    I love the idea of making enough for a little blog makeover though!! Good luck with whatever you try!!
    And have a blessed Thanskgiving!

  • Kimberly says:

    I have private ads, much more profitable than Google or other ad networks. My blog is just 9 months old and is probably smaller than yours, but I make (what I consider) a nice amount of money each month with those private advertisers.
    This is a great series!

  • Kimberly @ Raising Olives says:

    I have private ads, much more profitable than Google or other ad networks. My blog is just 9 months old and is probably smaller than yours, but I make (what I consider) a nice amount of money each month with those private advertisers.
    This is a great series!

  • Marissa says:

    this was super interesting thanks for sharing your perspective

  • carma says:

    Wait a minute, you caved in before getting my opinion???? 😉

  • Jamie says:

    Please do keep us posted. I’m not opposed to the whole ad thing. I don’t think I have ever clicked on any, but I would if I knew it was helping someone out. The only ads that drive me bonkers are the pop-up kind that scroll across the screen. I find that super annoying when I’m trying to read and usually just X out the page.

  • Jamie @ Six Bricks High says:

    Please do keep us posted. I’m not opposed to the whole ad thing. I don’t think I have ever clicked on any, but I would if I knew it was helping someone out. The only ads that drive me bonkers are the pop-up kind that scroll across the screen. I find that super annoying when I’m trying to read and usually just X out the page.

  • Melissa says:

    Ads all the way! I have added them to my blog more out of curiosity then anything. If you can make money off of people just reading your blog I say GO FOR IT!
    Of course this is not why I write but if it did bring in some extra money for the babies I would be fine with that. Live life to the fullest, take what God and the universe brings to you.
    xoxo

  • olivia says:

    i read everyone’s comment! gosh, there are alot of sweet people! 🙂
    i don’t read many blogs that have ads. or maybe i just don’t notice them? visually, i think we are all used to online ads. there’s no getting away from them. comes with the territory. i had no idea people got paid for each time the ads got clicked? i would totally go around clicking your ads just to show my support for you!

  • zeemaid says:

    hi,
    unless you’re serious, you won’t really make much money blogging. I have made maybe $100 in the last six months. I have google ads but they make you wait until your account reaches $100.00 and at cents a click it takes a long time. Plus if they feel that you’ve been getting clicks suspiciously they yank your money… just like that. I still have it but I’m barely half way there to pay out.
    I think there is more money in offering up individual ad space. otherwise, in order to really make money you have to devote serious time to blogging and have some kind of niche.

  • Alisa says:

    My personal preference is no ads. Some of the more famous bloggers I read, I started before their rise to fame. I have to say that it’s hard not to notice the sell out factor. My blog is for my family, a scrapbook of sorts. Once I hit 100 daily hits, it was hard to not try for more. In the end, I had to go back to why I blog. For an outlet for me. If people enjoy my writing even better. If I get a free product here or there (maybe 2 per year) I am happy to pass that on.
    I hate those blog her ads that follow you around the screen.
    Just my personal opinion though.

  • tracie says:

    If I had a blog that I felt appealed to the general public I would definitely have ads to make money from it.
    I think bloggers like Dooce and PW are successful businesswomen because they found a niche and filled it. And are making quite alot of money doing it. Kudos to them. Being able to work from home and profit from it sounds perfect to me.
    I have seen your blog become different from the beginning of it, so I have always just assumed that you are heading that way. And, I hope you do well at it!!

  • Janmary N Ireland says:

    I do have some ads and links on my blog.
    I started with blogher but only made a few dollars and it was quite restrictive about giveaways etc. Since stopping blogher I have been paid for some links and been given products for giveaways. Not a lot but enough to save for extra vacation spending money. I prefer these type of ads paid for up front instead of relying on clicks and purchases by my bloggy friends.
    I also signed up for linkshare as I loved some of the products ( including
    Lego, crocs, cath kitson etc) but their buttons and banners slowed my
    blog way down so I deleted them. Never made enough to receive any funds anyway!
    I would go for it, but be choosy about what you accept and stick to your style and principals no matter who pays you ….. But you will always do that anyway:)
    So have you ever found the ads on my blog distracting?
    looking forward to following this new journey of yours
    Hugs
    jx

  • Amanda Rettke says:

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    GREAT feedback Jan!!  I have never been distracted by ads on your blog.  Only by your Etsy shop… its AMAZING!
    Blessings-
    Amanda

  • Darrin says:

    on a topic blog (for example a retro blog like mine) I like to have ads that are relevant to content. I’ve found some cool items and merchandise from visiting fellow retro bloggers ads that have popped up on their blogs and sites.

  • vitamine says:

    You get the right point. Guess what it actually does take to be a successful blogger. I’ll tell you:
    1. An editorial calendar.
    2. The discipline to follow that schedule.
    3. Other people who keep you honest and on your toes.

  • Susan says:

    i love this series of posts 🙂

  • barb says:

    I like my google adsense ads on my blog because they are actually relevant to my site. I made me 1st $100 last year just a few cents at a time so got my 1st payout. This year I’m already up to $55.00 again so those cents do add up. For gosh sakes womean export your blog to Blogger for free! You can always export it again if you get your own domain. You are paying more now than you would be for your own domain! Go to blogger mine is on blogger & I’ve recently got my first sponsored giveaway products! I’m at 400 posts though now so it does take time. I’m hoping they start coming to me I would love it, reviews & freebies & such. I have joined blogher & blogspark but nothing has came of them yet.

  • Debbie says:

    I would have ads on my blog…if I knew how.
    I like ads that are relevant to the blog, though I don’t recall ever clicking on one. I don’t like AdSense…at all.
    I agree that you should get your own domain. I spent $9.95 for the name and hosting for a year through . The blog is set up in WordPress. I know it would be somewhat of a pain, but it would be totally worth it.

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