That’s what our grandmas always remind us. The same goes for us who earn an income through our blogs. I am sharing my experience here and hope it benefits others.
I have my income spread out amongst several ads program. These income fluctuates.
1. Google Adsense
Yes, folks, Google do penalise our sites which are used for paid posts. After three months, I have noticed the drop. Since I have so many domains, I can afford to track the differences. Some people said Google penalise the publisher as well but then, that doesn’t happen yet. Maybe I will share more in detail in future. I notice that Google has this weird pattern whereby the first three weeks of the month normally see very low daily income and the figure picks up just before the month ends. Therefore, I will never rely 100% on Google.
2. Paid posts and text link
Though it is all rosy and good to write paid posts, I also try to cut down the numbers when I have achieved my target. I usually set myself some target so that I will have the drive to work for it. I do this because I know the site is always scrutinised by potential advertisers who are coming by to buy text links or review posts. Therefore, it is good to make sure the blog have more than 50% genuine, authentic posts.
As a blogger, I have to constantly juggle the interest of my readers, the support of the advertisers and my own passions. I look ahead and see how to please each segment without hurting the other. And I have Plan B. Sniff out the incoming changes, be on the look out for new trends and never just focus on the money and the golden goose.
I did some paid reviews recently and I must say that I am terribly pleased that some of these advertisers like what I had done for them. They honoured me with emails which make blogging for money a lot more rewarding. It is not just about the money but the acknowledgment. Here is one short sentence I took from one email from an advertiser:
I like you and your energy. Your blogs are great!
Lastly, I asked myself, ‘If one day, there is no more money rolling in, would I still have that energy?’ I can safely reply, YES. I guess then, I am doing fine.
Pssttt…the most important message : Those of you who are blogging for money on blogspot may want to find your Plan B and get it materialised soon. Many advertisers now dislike free domains and state it in their requirements of ‘blogs must be hosted on paid hosting’. WordPress.com had banned and shut down these bloggers blogs. The others may follow the same. Find a hosting. If you want, try enquire from my webhost. I don’t get a commission, ok? If I want, I would have given you an affiliate link. But since I know most of you have tight budget and very little knowledge of how to set up a site from scratch, just ask Bryan as he is a local blogger and knows what are the requirements you need.