Last week was the first time I published only one post since I started Traffic Generation Cafe.
No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth.
I was just reminded of WHY I started this blog to begin with.
And it wasn’t because I wanted to become an “A-list” blogger (whatever that means) in my niche.
It wasn’t because I wanted to be known throughout the blogosphere as the traffic generation tzarina.
Don’t get me wrong, my egocentric “me” would LOVE all those things.
However, the reason I started blogging to begin with is simple: to have the freedom to enjoy life while still making some money to support my family.
Unfortunately, it took me a year and a half to actually do it, but last week I decided I didn’t want to work.
We spent a day in the city of San Francisco, wondering around, exploring, eating crepes off the street cart, getting wet in a fountain…
We went exploring the multiple hiking trails in the Oakland Hills.
We celebrated my birthday.
We celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in the beautiful Fort Mason chapel on Easter Sunday.
We took a dip in the Pacific ocean at the gorgeous Stinson Beach.
I had the best clam chowder of my life.
We bought a house! Well, we are under contract to be exact, but everything looks great.
I had a perfect week simply enjoying life with my family.
THAT’s what this life is all about.
And I am glad I was reminded of it.
Yes, it was a great week.
…And we are back to business.
Last week I published my March income report.
Many of you said “wow, it’s great to see that someone is actually posting REAL numbers and actually making money blogging.”
I also got a few emails saying that with all the traffic I get, I should do much better income-wise.
So I decided to see how other bloggers are doing in terms of making money with their sites.
I did a little digging, looking for diverse income sources and how productive and passive those income sources were.
I hope you find my research as helpful as I did.
Make Money Blogging Chop Shop
Personally, I am not a big fan of AdSense. I don’t believe it works well in my niche.
However, there are plenty of bloggers who made AdSense their primary income source.
How have my own niche sites been performing over the past month compared to previous months? From all the talk, sounds like I should have seen a drastic drop in earnings or worse! So, did that happen? Well, read on to see how my earnings fared and some of my thoughts on the future of SEO.
Spencer Haws of Niche Pursuits focuses primarily on building niche sites and monetizing them via AdSense.
He’s also the creator of Long Tail Pro keyword research tool. Too bad he doesn’t publish his product earnings; I’d love to see how well he’s doing with it.
Haven’t personally used Long Tail Pro yet, but many of my readers use it and love it (take a look at the comment section of my Market Samurai review).
HOWEVER, AdSense publishers, beware:
My friend Zac Johnson, who has been an AdSense publisher since Google started it was banned from Google AdSense today. Here’s the email Zac got. … He’s never had any fraudulent activities on his account, Google had sent him yearly Christmas gifts for being a great AdSense partner, and now Google has disabled his account not because he’s done anything wrong, but because there is a risk that he might do something wrong! This isn’t even a case of guilty until …
Now, if you are using Google Adsense as your primary source of online revenue, then you better think twice about switching over to a better revenue model.
Great relatively passive way to earn online income – see my post on banner advertising to learn more about this monetization method, as well as hear opinions from Yaro Starak, Pat Flynn, Kristi Hines, and Lisa Irby on it.
So far, I’ve never met anyone who does it better than Kirsty from Nerdy Nomad – close to $8,000 in March… all while traveling the world.
March was another crazy month. Things just keep getting crazier and crazier around here! I earned $9118 which is my second best month so far. But the kicker is that…
This is a more unusual way to make money online, but AdSense Flippers do a great job deriving most of their income from flipping sites.
March marks an interesting month in the world of search, internet marketing, and here at AdSense Flippers. Once again, we find ourselves faced with both some successes and some struggles this …
Here’s another example of something that I’d never bother to try because of low commission level, but hey, this wouldn’t be the first time I was proven wrong.
I really wasn’t looking forward to making this post, especially after getting my AdSense account disabled last month. I still have no clarification on why the …
Even though this is not my personal favorite (I actually stopped offering any kind of consulting services through my blog altogether), there’s plenty of money to be made offering your time and expertise.
Another month has come and gone, and with it, the first quarter of the 2012. Can you believe that …
I made a lot of decisions when entering the new year, but the best so far is displaying my income report: not only because it helps inspire and motivate my readers but because it is what keeps me moving strongly. I also see these monthly income reports as a way to make myself accountable to my readers and in this case failure isn’t an option, I’d rather not stand my income and traffic report decreasing every month. You might have many reasons for reading …
Ahhh, now we are getting into what’s near and dear to me: affiliate marketing is where my heart is when it comes down to monetizing Traffic Generation Cafe and here are some blogs to look out for:
www.smartpassiveincome.comApril 3, 2012
March was an event-filled month, to say the least.
I want to cover 3 things:
My Response to Timeline for Facebook Pages.
SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com losing it’s #1 spot in Google after 492 days at the top
The product I was supposed to launch here on SPI.
Pat Flynn doesn’t need an introduction for most of you.
Yes, he puts his blood, sweat, and tears into his business, but the results are always spectacular.
I, for one, am very jealous of his some $40,000 in affiliate earnings in March (might as well be honest about it, right? – most of us are), but it just goes to show what’s possible.
Making Money with Niche Blogs
Mind you we are not talking about niche sites here; rather, blogs that are not built around internet marketing niche.
I am asked on a daily basis about how to make money with a blog focused on music, or cooking, or short stories.
I found a couple of such blogs that might answer some of your questions.
Our hope with these monthly income reports is to provide some insight so you know what’s working and not working when it comes to monetizing a blog.
We both work full-time, so any income you see created from this blog is a result of time spent outside of the regular 9-5.
Here’s the breakdown of March’s income from Pinch of Yum:
Every month I write a report about the income I make from reselling thrift store items on Ebay. In each report, I’ll include the amount of money I’ve made on online and as …
Nope, it’s not easy.
No matter how you slice it.
But it IS possible.
And the best way to make money blogging is to figure out what others do well, what strategies fit your niche best, and then do them better than anyone else.
Who said running an online business is easy?
How I Put Together This Post
I was asked in the comments what I used to curate all these great sources.
I was recently introduced to CurationSoft and I love it.
They have a free version, but if it’s not enough, you can purchase the paid version at a whooping $59 per year.
Sometimes great tools don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Image source: beautiful photo by Aleksey & Marina