Can blogging still make you money?

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I have been away from Warrior forum and Internet Marketing all together for a while due to some personal things going on in my family. I am slowly trying to get back into the business.

I know that this business changes like the wind. What may be hot today is cold tomorrow kind of thing. I know what it takes to succeed in this business - work work work work work and more hard work! I am ready to do that.

I was contemplating doing some blogging with some PLR articles I have and adding some ads and adsense to them to get me started (can't do Amazon due to the state I live in - sucks!). I figured that could start earning me some income that I could use to invest in the next level of my Internet Marketing business. I figure by then, I would know what I would want to make my first website into and go from there.

Wanted to know if any of you thought that blogging still can make money (even if just a little).

I know some of you Warriors would probably suggest I start with a website, but I don't have any money to invest in a domain right now and any money I earn on the side with blogging or typing would be put towards my business.

So tell me, am I missing something? And before you ask or wonder - I am doing transcription part time when I get home from my day job. But I need something more to help with that investment.

Your thoughts and suggested are appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to assist me in this.
#blogging #make #money
  • Profile picture of the author Deepak Media
    Blogging and AdSense is a slow process. And you cannot earn much with adsense. If you are blogging for the sake of blogging and you want to cover the hosting expenses, adsense is a good model. But you cannot scale up with adsense. Nor SEO.

    Start by providing some products or services to the market. Earn some and then create web assets.

    Blogging should be used as a content marketing platform for selling something.

    If you just keep creating content and not sell, then blogging is not a good business for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author HKSEO Jonbones
      Originally Posted by Deepak Media View Post

      Blogging and AdSense is a slow process. And you cannot earn much with adsense. If you are blogging for the sake of blogging and you want to cover the hosting expenses, adsense is a good model. But you cannot scale up with adsense. Nor SEO.

      Start by providing some products or services to the market. Earn some and then create web assets.

      Blogging should be used as a content marketing platform for selling something.

      If you just keep creating content and not sell, then blogging is not a good business for you.
      Biggest thing is that you need a product or products to push-just blogging isn't really a decent money maker with out a recognizable name behind you.
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  • Profile picture of the author webcosmo
    that depends on what you blog about. if you could blog on a less competitive niche you probably would have a better chance.

    however its very tough to make serious money from blogging these days.
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    • Profile picture of the author graham09
      Hi Susanna,

      I use Adsense and it is one of my earning source. If you are aware of what you are going to write, then you will surely succeed in driving good traffic. Write what you know well instead of writing something anything else.

      Provide me the link of your blog. I would like to visit and read your blog.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jay Brass
      Originally Posted by webcosmo View Post

      that depends on what you blog about. if you could blog on a less competitive niche you probably would have a better chance.
      This part is true.

      Originally Posted by webcosmo View Post

      however its very tough to make serious money from blogging these days.
      However, this part is not. If you have a large blog that is updated regularly and covers a variety of niches under a centralized topic, your blog is going to get tons of traffic and produce decent income.

      I have a friend that has a huge blog and adds around 10 posts her day and makes $10K per month from selling ad space on it. I also have another friend who owns a network of blogs which promote all sorts of affiliate products. Those make a killing as well.

      I do not recommend AdSense because, unless you drive massive amounts of traffic to your site, you won't make sufficient amounts of money at all. Instead, try to promote offers from reputable affiliate networks that offer a certain amount per sale (sometimes upwards of $50-$175 depending on the niche).

      I've always been an affiliate marketer so perhaps my advice is a bit biased, but oh well.
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  • Profile picture of the author payment proof
    If you're good at getting traffic to a blog, and you can monetize it, you can make money. But the trick is getting high quality traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author veheme
    Definitely. All it takes is a target traffic and finding a way to monetize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rasec Nai
    Blogging can still make you money with adsense but it's a long process before you earn well especially with the new updates of Google. It's hard to rank websites as of now..
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    So in essence you want to just write a blog with adsense on it? It's certainly still possible to make money doing things that way, provided you are careful to follow all terms of service (you said you won't be hosting this yourself).

    I'm not sure how much it would make for you though. I'd set my expectations low and be pleasantly surprised with whatever comes in personally.
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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    Sure it still makes money...as long as it provide the value that readers wants, it will always make money...
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  • Profile picture of the author Susanna Dodd
    So the vibe I'm getting is if I do blog, then I should still have it hosted. Even if I use something like Blogger. And I would try to put other ads related to the topic other than just adsense if it's possible. If that's the case then I guess I should go with making Word Press sites, huh. Same difference? But better to monetize?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

      So the vibe I'm getting is if I do blog, then I should still have it hosted.
      Unquestionably.

      Whether you have it hosted on a paid-for host (perhaps recommended) or on a reliable, well-established, safe, advertising-free, free host without restrictive terms of service (Byethost or 000WebHost?), the important thing is to avoid putting pages with any commercial intentions on a site you can never own or control yourself (Blogger, HubPages, Squidoo, etc.), where countless Warriors have ended up losing all their work and an income-source.

      Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

      Even if I use something like Blogger.
      No; not if you use something like Blogger: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...y-website.html

      Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

      I guess I should go with making Word Press sites, huh. Same difference? But better to monetize?
      I think so; yes.
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    • Profile picture of the author mosthost
      Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

      So the vibe I'm getting is if I do blog, then I should still have it hosted. Even if I use something like Blogger. And I would try to put other ads related to the topic other than just adsense if it's possible. If that's the case then I guess I should go with making Word Press sites, huh. Same difference? But better to monetize?
      Just use Blogger. It's very easy to use and free. Plus Adsense can be slapped on easily. If you're going to make any money with your blog idea, Blogger will work for you.

      If it fails, you're not out anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author miserman
    Yes Blogging still works but the problem is that it is very hard to earn a huge amount or even enough amount of money from Blogging. However, it is easy to earn something consistently from Blogging.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    Trying to make money solely from AdSense can be a long, frustrating process. You've got to have *lots* of traffic to do that (or figure out a niche that's going to give you ads worth more than just a few cents per click).

    And, remember, you don't get to pick which AdSense ads you get; Google does. If your site/content isn't optimized properly, you may wind up with ads for vacuum cleaners on a blog about acne.

    You say you can't do Amazon, but what about Clickbank products? That way, you could promote products related to your niche -- meaning that you'd have a few different ways to make money on each post.

    No matter what you decide, if I were you, I'd invest in my own domain. It's really not that expensive, and in the end, it's well worth it. Remember, if you go with something like Blogger, you're at the mercy of someone else's terms of service (which can change at any moment and leave you up the river without a paddle).
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    Blogging is basically building a website and ranking it for keywords and promoting affiliate products.

    But yeah, it's still really profitable but I will say it is getting harder all the time due to more competition and Google's ever-changing algo.

    James Scholes
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    Yes, blogging can certainly still make money!

    Since you seem to have heard of the concept already, I am not sure if my recent post on the subject will tell you anything new, but just in case, here it is . . .

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...necessary.html

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author jakecoop79
    You can make money that way, but if it was my only source of income I would be nervous about using blogger or sites like it.

    Also definitely have several different types of monetization on your site. And plan on it taking a while. Depending on your niche it can take a while to get the kind of traffic you need to make good money, especially from adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    I would say just promote the living hell out of that content, and hopefully you should be fine.

    Get your blog in front of facebook users, relevant facebook groups.
    Myspace, tumblr, anywhere you can go to casually promote your blog, I'd say do it.

    Thats what my plan is. I'm going to handle it like a top secret mission. Mission 1 is writing content that NOONE has eve seen before in their life. New, interesting, valuable facts worded in an entertaining/witty/humorsome way. If you really put a lot of time into a blog, and write about something people are interested in, I don't see why they won't share it with their friends.

    Thats the effect I'm going for, I'm going very little to no backlinking at all. I'm just going to promote the hell out of my blogs. I mean why sit around waiting for traffic? I think a person should just go out there and find traffic.

    -Red
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Petal
    Thanks to Big G, all the rules have changed. Making money online before the updates was easier but now the game has changed. What I've heard is that keywords in the articles make way for topic articles, as well as mixing the two. Sometimes Change Happens and brings about destruction.
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  • Profile picture of the author usmantech
    The rule of the game is Content. If content is good, anything will make money, be it a website or a blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficmasters
    I use blogging to drive traffic, content is king so don't use any scrapped material!
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  • Profile picture of the author wizzard1222
    I find it still effective....wisely use...
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  • Profile picture of the author ivanadee
    Yes...
    if you are in a good niche, good content, and know how to get traffic,
    blogging is still a gold for you
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    Free blogs do offer a promising income but hardwork and patience is the key. It is utterly important that a free blog starts to give off profit after a long time, as stated by ehsan121 more than 6 months. Also, your content should have some good factors, as I call it, to attract readers to read your blog. After getting (lot's of them) that's the time you might want to consider on purchasing your own hosting. My website is all about making money with a free blog, you might want to check it out and see if it offers you some good points.
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