Occasionally, I get questions via email or direct messaging on social networks about how I make money with this blog, or would I continue to blog if I were not making money.
Direct Blogging Income
I can tell you right now, if I were blogging solely for direct income from my blog, then I would have stopped a long time ago. So far, Adsense and a few affiliate programs (top earners being Elegant Themes and the 31 Days to Building a Better Blog Workbook, have supplied my only direct earnings. And the Adsense earnings come from a combination of this blog, and my other sites – DoFollow Resources, Oes Tsetnoc and Mal-Shi.
But to be honest, I haven’t really dedicated myself to monetizing my blogs or other websites. I just recently signed up for Buy Sell Ads. The main reason I was attracted to their service was the way they pull up the stats from Alexa, Compete, Delicious, Yahoo, and others for your site. I know that if I wanted to focus more on that aspect, I could probably do better with my earnings. At the same time, I would like my blog and websites not to be overrun with advertising and focused more on just the content.
Indirect Blogging Income
The indirect income I have made from blogging is what I find the most valuable. The experience I have gained from using WordPress, along with the use of social media marketing and search optimization to promote Kikolani, has led to my ability to offer freelance web design and optimization services to local businesses. I can also add my personal and freelance experience to my resume, so if need be, I can find a good job opportunity in the future.
Future Plans for Revenue Generation
I have a ton of ideas in my head of ways I could be earning more online, and I hope to one day implement them. The one that is forefront in my mind is a social media ebook. I have been thinking about it for a while, and I have become more motivated towards it after reading positive comments from my article on the new version of StumbleUpon. I had been wary to write about the StumbleUpon changes, as there were so many other articles on it, but knowing that it helped clarify things for my readers who still had questions after reading other articles made me feel confident in my ability to explain things in an easier to digest way. Other ideas for online income include creating some niche websites and writing for content publishers like Hubpages, Bukisa, Squidoo and eHow.
How Do You Make Money Blogging?
So now it is your turn. How has blogging helped you make money, both directly and indirectly? Have you had better luck earning income with particular networks or affiliates? Have you had any success with other content publishers like the ones mentioned above, Associated Content, etc.? Any tips you would like to leave for those looking to make money blogging?