Day 11 of the “Making Money From Blogging Duel” as originally challenged by Steve Watson. I’m catching up fast on where I should be now, and my method for creating a money making blog and blogging about creating a money making blog is as follows:
- Create a post on my blog with the bare bones of what I’m to do today.
- Go and do it – as much of it as possible!
- Come back and finish blogging about it.
And it’s working fine. I can’t write the whole post as I want to be able to add the challenges, discoveries, learnings as I go, but starting a new blog post about what I’m going to do, before I do it, definitely helps to get me moving.
What Is Day 11 Of the “Create A Blog” Plan All About Then, Michael?
Michael Dunlop, over at IncomeDiary.com (which I keep wanting to type IncomeDAIRY.com !!) shares some more resources and tips on choosing products to promote if you are struggling a bit.
I’m not, there’s loads of things I can promote and I’ve got three on the blog already. I have a teeny tiny challenge with the blog layout in OptimizePress so the delightful James Dyson will, I’m afraid, be getting a support email from me if I can’t figure out how to change it myself. It’s all a bit scrunched up looking with lots of space over to the left that’s not being used.
However, on Day 11 he mentions Google Adsense, which I used to use a lot back in the early days but gave up when I started using WordPress as it was a learning curve too far, to figure out how to embed Adsense in the blog posting templates.
However, I have been experimenting recently with an Adsense Manager plugin, so I’m going to dig that out and install it on this blog, so there is another source of potential revenue.
Update: When I came to look for this I realised that I couldn’t remember what the plugin was called. I couldn’t look it up in my plugins folder because my laptop is in the mender still. And worse, I couldn’t remember which blog I had installed it on! The perils of getting old….
Update On The Update: Well, I couldn’t for the life of me remember which blog I had installed it on, but then I remembered I’d installed it on Singing Sister Heather’s blog so I went for a mooch about and there it was – it’s called Advertising Manager. While I was there I remembered another nice little plugin called Analytics 360 which hooks up to your Google Analytics and feeds a simple version through to your dashboard so you can keep an eye on your traffic without having to login to your Google Analytics specially.
Inserting Adsense into a post is a way to monetize info posts where you are not promoting an affiliate product. You can use the Advertising Manager plugin to allow you to insert blocks of text ads in the post itself or a display ad at the end of a post. You can block sites whose ads you don’t like, from within your Google Adsense account.
I also use Max Banner Ads free plugin to manage the ads on this site, which allows you to add specific ads to your site, for the various affiliate products you want to promote – it’s much more targeted and rotates your ads at the bottom of each post for example.
Remember though, that you won’t make money from your blog without any traffic, so today I’m going to add an article from Ezine Articles on a topic suggested by the Google Wonderwheel as being relevant to Digital Marketing.
You have got to keep the content coming AS WELL as doing all this other stuff; a mixture of content, some unique, some not, some video (yes! that’s what I’ll add today, with the description of course) but all relevant.
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