You know, I have my ups and downs with this topic. There were times when I would say to myself, “This is it! Today is the day! You are going to make some money on this blog! Let’s do this thing!” Then I get gung-ho about it for a couple of weeks until it all sort of fizzles out.
I think I’ve reached some middle ground now. Money would be nice but I’m not going to stress out about it. If you notice to the right and left of you (also the top), you’ll see a couple of ad bars. I’ve had various success with them. Blogher is probably the best one I’ve dealt with. I’ve actually got real cash money from them. So, that is success to me! I’ve just signed up again for Lijit. I was doing Lijit for awhile way back when but I never made enough to get sent anything. Recently, I was contacted again by them and with a bit of prodding was convinced to give it another try. We’ll see.
I’ve tried affiliates too. At first it was Amazon, but I found their monthly “you didn’t make any money, what’s wrong with you?” emails depressing so I switched to Book Depository. I haven’t made any money with them either but at least I never hear about it. I did a couple of other things that I can’t remember that weren’t successful. Them’s the breaks. I’ve tried to sell ad space but except for a few inquires the only person who made any offer was selling p0rn.
I hope I’m not discouraging you. Sorry. But if I was doing this for the $$$ I would have stopped long ago.
There have been other benefits of course. I’m spreading out a bit from my blog. I’m writing reviews for Project Gutenberg Project, I’ve guest posted on other blogs (including Historical Tapestry this week), and a couple of my posts were featured on the Blogher website. I figure this will all lead to something. You must be prepared when opportunity comes knocking!
So, what about you? Find anything that works?