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How bloggers make money from blogs

October 25, 2005

Darren Rowse says he’s been sick for the past week but he’s cranked out another great piece at ProBlogger. Covers how bloggers can make money from blogs.

I’m not suggesting many of these for law firms and professional services businesses but I’ve got a heck of lot of readers looking to make a buck from their new found passion. Read Darren’s full post but here’s the list.

  • Advertising Programs – Not just Adsense and/or BlogAds, but now have Chitika’s eMiniMalls (the way Darren makes the majority of my blogging income) but add to that Adgenta, CrispAds, Text Link Ads, Intelli Txt, Tribal Fusion, Adbrite, Kanoodle, AVN, Pheedo, TextAds, Fastclick and OneMonkey.
  • RSS Advertising
  • Sponsorship – Business sponsors entire blog.
  • Affiliate Programs
  • Digital Assets – Other revenue streams such as e-books, courses and tele-seminars.
  • Blog Network Writing Gigs – By writing for and with others in a blog network, big and small.
  • Business Blog Writing Gigs – Increasing number of businesses are hiring specialist bloggers to come on and run their blogs.
  • Non Blogging Writing Gigs – Bloggers being hired to write in non blogging mediums.
  • Donations – Tip Jars and donation buttons.
  • Flipping Blogs – Selling of blogs.
  • Merchandising
  • Consulting and Speaking – While popular for established consultants to add blogs, bloggers with no consulting background earning money by charging readers for their time in consulting scenarios because of the profile that their blogs have built them.

Tip jars are out for law firm blogs I hope, but maybe Darren’s excellent list will make you think of a thing or two that could work for you.

For professional services businesses, forget most of these except possible selling e-books or consulting gigs. You are already selling something through your blog – yourself.

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