When should I move my blog & commercialise?

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  • #103531

    tigerplug
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    I was just wondering when do you know its time to move your blog to say… wordprss.org.

    How many hits per day is average to make a comfortable income from a blog??

    #103882

    drmike
    Member

    *shrug* It’s a personal choice really. Do note though that most advertsing program don’t work on counts of ad views any more. They operate more on click thrus.

    #103884

    “to make a comfortable income from a blog”

    Have you been reading those “I made a million on the internet” promotions, or what? LOL :D
    Many have tried to make an income of any kind from blog advertising and most have failed. If you’re not a specialist in some area you may make a few bucks from pay per click through adverts but “a comfortable income” well, I doubt it.

    #103890

    tigerplug
    Member

    LOL, well at the moment I only have my own personal blog. But, I have just finished college and started working as an IT consultant and I think that I could give it a pretty good go.

    I dont want to sound like I’m over looking writing/blogging skills, time management, organising etc. But, I would like to think that I have the knowledge to specialize in my chosen area when I do start the blog.

    Really I was just wondering and I’m looking for an average of … what figure would be consider a high-baller (as far as views : money making ratio is concerned) and what is low?

    I do realize I have alot to learn about blogging! ;)

    #103891

    timethief
    Member

    There are blogs here that get thousands of hits each day and do not make it into the Top Blogs.

    #103892

    tigerplug
    Member

    If everyone was to think that way then I don’t think there would be such a large blogging community here on wordpress.com and all over the internet for that matter.

    #103893

    timethief
    Member

    Do you understand what drmike said? You get paid on click throughs. If people do not click through to the advertising site you get nada. I don’t ever click through on ads at all. Do you?

    #103894

    tigerplug
    Member

    Yes, loud and clear, you get paid on click throughs…. but I was responding to your last post:

    “There are blogs here that get thousands of hits each day and do not make it into the Top Blogs.”

    #103895

    drmike
    Member

    Actually that was somehting I checked. I’m not seeing you on the Blog of the Day archives.

    #103897

    tigerplug
    Member

    No, I’m not there. I have alot to learn from the likes of blogging greats such as yourself. Maybe someday.

    #103898

    raincoaster
    Member

    The average reported income from blogs set up specifically to generate income is something like $33 per month. That’s “the professionals”. Until you’re in the top twenty thousand on Technorati, it’s probably not worth your while.

    #103899

    tigerplug
    Member

    Cheers raincoaster that gives me a guideline. Top 20,000 Ouch!

    #103916

    andrew
    Member

    If you’re interested in making money from blogging, I strongly recommend Darren Rowse’s blog:
    http://problogger.net/

    #103931

    timethief
    Member

    @andrew
    A perfect example to be sure. There are so many ads that one has to look hard to find the blog posts. ;)

    #103932

    raincoaster
    Member

    Yes, that blog is mostly good for learning about advertising. There are other ways to make money from blogging, such as working for corporate blogs, ghost blogging, etc.

    And how can we tell what someone thinks of as “a comfortable living?”

    To give you some perspective, Gawker Media blogs are all in the top 1000 on Technorati, and they charge $75 for a week’s worth of ads, I think.

    #103933

    tigerplug
    Member

    Thanks for the link! I’ll have a look at it. Appreciated.

    #103934

    tigerplug
    Member

    €75 a week. Not3bad…. but are their blogs flooded with ads?

    I think a little bit of cash on the side would be a nice reward though from doing something that you enjoy.

    #103937

    raincoaster
    Member

    Not 75 euros a week, 75 dollars a week. Take a look at their blogs: http://gawker.com

    They are certainly NOT loaded with ads.

    Also, recognize that the vast majority of people with blogs are not in the blogosphere to commercialize it, but to express themselves and do an end-run around those who would restrict publishing to those approved by the industry.

    #103945

    nosysnoop
    Member

    Don’t get Google Adsense because no one makes money from those unless your one of those MySpace graphic sites that get a million hits a day. Try getting sponsors and affiliates. But I know entertainment/gossip bloggers that gave up their full time jobs to blog full time because they were making that much money. Try getting Blogads:

    http://www.blogads.com/publisher_html

    You say how much you want a week/month. And they say it’s invitation only but all you need to do is email and ask I heard.

    #103961

    drmike
    Member

    Agreed. You’d do better with actual sponsors or working to find specific advertisers. http://cj.com might be something of interest for you as they list hundreds of specific advertsiers that they manage and you have to sign up to specific programs. You can pick and choose and find what works best for you.

    Plus it’s not javascript based. They offer text links and you are allowed a single text link within your sidebar here at wp.com so you can use them here at wp.com to get you started. Just don;’t use the banner adverts. They will get you ToSed.

    Adsense will throw anything up there. It’s hard to manage and you wind up only making small amounts for the most part. While my monthly check is fairly good for the account I have setup for my hosting, it’s taking about 200 clients to do that and doesn’t make what I would get if I actually charged those folks hosting fees. With my own personal account, it basically buys me breakfast and coffee for two weeks every other month if I get a check (ie make more than $100)

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