One of the most common methods of making money with a blog is by putting ads from a ad network. This allows you to not worry about managing advertisers and focus on writing quality content.
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Ways To Make Money Blogging With Ad Networks
- Getting Paid Per Click: You can get paid for clicks through CPC or Cost Per Click ad networks. When someone clicks your ads and goes to advertiser’s website, you get paid. Example of CPC networks are AdSense and Bidvertiser. These networks usually add text based ads to your blog.
- Getting Paid For Page Views: CPM or Cost Per Mille ad networks pay you for every 1000 page views. Instead of text ads, they ad banners to your blog.
- Getting Paid For Sales: One common thing about CPC and CPM networks is that you need good traffic to make some serious money, else you will get paid in pennies! But making money from generating sales for others can make more money. A single sale can generate $10 to $300 or even more easily. CPA is also the most versatile method as you have freedom to choose between text links, banners and even articles.
Which One To Choose
Choosing the best method will require some answering from your side. So, dear reader, let’s get started and decide which method you want to use. Just answer following 10 questions.
Do You Have Lot Of Traffic?
If you get about 10,000 or more page views per month, your blog can easily make money with CPC(Cost Per Click) and CPM(Cost Per Month) ads. It is best to choose a network like AdSense because advertisers might not be interested at this time.
Do You Have Time?
If you have time to promote one product at a time, it is better to use CPA as these offers often require more than adding a banner to sidebar. However, if you are short on time, it is best to use CPC or CPM ad network.
Are Your Readers Ready For Ads?
If you are planning to add ads to to your blog after building a reader base, you need to make sure that readers are ready for ads and ads are not forced on them. You can start by adding small ads to sidebars and other non distracting places.
What Kind Of Ads Do I Want?
Ads have lot of factors associated with them. For example, many CPM ads use Flash which are distracting as well as big in size. So, you might want to add text only ads. CPA ads give you most freedom. They can be easily added as a banner or a link.
Joining The Ad Network
Once you have decided the type of ads you want to add, next is looking for a good ad network.
Here are some good ad networks you might want to join:
- Google AdSense: The biggest network around. It is contextual i.e. ads are targeted according to your content. However, they have pretty tough rules and you can easily get banned if you do something wrong like clicking own ads.
- BidVertiser: BidVertiser is a good AdSense alternative. However, it is not contextual and sometimes, ads might not be related to your content at all.
- Chitika: Chitika is not a AdSense alternative but companion. You can display Chitika ads alongside AdSense. Chitika ads show up only to the seaerch engine traffic and don’t bother your regular readers.
- AdBrite: AdBrite is another good network that offers PPC ads.
You can also join any small network but make sure to read a bit about them online to avoid any frauds. In my opinion, AdSense is the way to go as the ads are targeted and even with small traffic like 5,000 page views per month, you can make $10-20 per month easily.
Placing The Ads
OK, so you have joined a good ad network and are ready to make money. But you also need to add the ads to your blogs. Here are some tips about ad placement:
- Think About Readers First: Do not forget that the readers are life of a blog. You irritate them, you lose your blog and money. So, whenever placing ads, make sure that they don’t come between reader and content.
- Place On Prominent Spots: Place ads where they have maximum chances of getting attention. For example, top of sidebar and at top or bottom of posts is a good placement.
- Do Not Overdo: Excess of everything is bad. Same is the case with ads. Add too much ads and readers will leave.
Once you have added ads, do not stop. See where the ads convert best and where they do not. Emphasise on good places and remove ads from bad performing spots. Do not stop, keep experimenting.
That’s all you need to know for making money with ad networks.
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