The above is a payment from Google Adsense, that I received today. The payment amount is blacked out because of Adsense’s rules that state you aren’t allowed to share the exact amount you make with their program. The other information is blacked out for privacy reasons obviously, since it was an EFT (Direct Deposit) to my bank account.
Does this prove to you that it’s possible to Make Money Blogging With Google Adsense? This is my third payment. If I can do it, so can you.
I’ve been blog-hopping a lot lately, and I’ve seen so many great blogs! The cutest layouts, some have really interesting information. You can tell that the owners of these blogs put a lot of time into making it what it is. Yet on many of these blogs, they are not monetized. It brought up the question in my mind, “Do You Blog For Passion Or For Money?”
I even asked several of them and got some varies opinions. Some said that they simply were very passionate about whatever they were blogging about and their only aim was to provide a blog that people would like reading. Others said that while they did have a passion for their topic, they would like to make some money from it as well but simply didn’t know how to. And off course there were the ones that have monetized their blogs and were struggling to make a few bucks from it.
Which category do you fit in?
Would you like to make some extra bucks from doing something you are passionate about such as blogging? If so, Google Adsense is a great option for you.
But not so fast…
In order to make any kind of decent money from Google Adsense, you need a steady flow of targeted traffic.
Having a blog is easy. Any fool with half a brain can create a free blogger account, get a free “cute” layout, slap up a couple of posts on it.. and voila!
Getting people to then find your “oh so amazing” blog is the hard part.
The best way I always recommend to bringing traffic to your blog is through SEO and SEM optimization. What exactly does that mean? It means getting your blog ranked highly on search engines such as Google and Yahoo, so that when someone does a search for your “keywords” (topic your blog focuses on), your blog comes up in the top search results.
Sounds easy right? Not.
It’s a very long process that probably never ends and it will take a few hundred hours of your time before you see any kind of search engine traffic to your blog. Yes I said a few hundred hours. And that’s if you’re doing it the right way.
It includes but is not limited to:
- Optimizing your page’s HTML so that search engines can crawl your blog/site.
- Keeping your blog/site updated with fresh unique content on a regular basis.
- Getting “anchor text backlinks” from authoritative sites/blogs, preferably within your niche.
That’s basically it… but the third point about backlinks is the hardest part. No one is going to sit down and tell you every single place to post so that you get backlinks. You need to do the research yourself.
I myself am still learning the entire process and in no position to teach, but I’ve learned from Googling my questions and asking those that know more than I do. Reading a ton of information and then applying what I’ve read to my blog. And if I’ve learned this way, so can you.
However, if SEO and SEM doesn’t seem like your kinda “thing”, don’t panic. There are a few other ways you can bring traffic to your blog. They probably aren’t going to be as effective as search engine traffic, but it’s traffic none the less and it’s worth a shot.
Here’s an article I wrote recently with 10 Tips To Bring More Traffic To Your Blog.
So this Google Adsense payment has brought my earnings to $5079.98! Yes I have officially broke the $5000 mark and it took me about 15months to do it. Not bad eh?
I’m pretty proud of myself right now if I do say so myself.
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