Can blogging make money?

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I'm new to IM, not new to SEO. I have some domains where I definitely plan on selling products, and others I haven't decided what to do with yet.

But I also have a couple of domains that I developed just to have fun with, and do what I like. Both are blogging sites about poignant issues in society -- guns, wars, some politics, high profile criminal cases, economy, etc. ... Anyway, both were just published a month ago. On one of them, I'm starting to get a following on social media outlets. It's a WordPress site. But I made a YouTube page for it, and in 3 weeks, already have 2,000,000 video views, and over 500 subscribers ... and I'm doing nothing special but putting up a couple videos a day.

So the obvious question. While I'm doing this, is there a way to make money doing so, seeing as I'm not selling a service or product? Are CPA, banners, ads, links, etc., the only way to make money? Do I have to have "x" number of unique visitors/day to really get something done -- or is there some metric I should go by to see if I can gain sponsors? Is there a preferred way of doing so, or is there another way of making money I'm unaware of?

Any guidance in this regard would be greatly appreciated!

EDIT 3-17-13:
Just to clarify the niche, although I really do NOT want to alienate any Warriors by views I have on issues; I really don't get into the American Dem/Repub thing ... I just blog on issues, on this particular domain, and offer my opinions about them. Here's an excerpt from the About Us page:

We have issues! Serious issues! We also have solutions! Join our causes for the betterment of our nation, and help us restore the American dream. The wehaveissues.org (WHI) family of ordinary, everyday people gives real Americans a voice in a political discourse held captive by big business, special interest groups, and various lobbies. We work together to realize the progressive promise that we believe our country can achieve. In short, our goal is to restore the American dream through our civic duties by actively engaging in the political process that has become inundated with malfeasance.
“Is this just another site that complains about Republicans or Democrats? I’ve seen enough partisan bickering already … “
Not at all! Our organization is about raising awareness of issues and engaging in dialogue while suggesting solutions. Together, we can all put our ideas together and make ourselves heard! Our purpose isn’t to disengage those from supporting a political candidate of any party; in fact, it’s quite the opposite! We encourage activism and advocate everybody to engage and become involved in their civic duties. Everybody should know their local politicians and where they stand on issues they’re concerned with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rewbert
    You don't want to scare your visitors away by locking your page with CPA. My advice would be adsense? Not too sure..
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  • Profile picture of the author Sunitha07
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    If you have ad sense account then you can enable it on you tube videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author thetrusted1
    I agree! Adsense actually makes sense, because it is relatively 'passive', and since you're already getting traffic and looks (especially with those great vid stats), jpweber, you might as well garner monetization from that great traffic.

    There are a handful of great courses and tactics out there, jp. Shop it and ask about the reps of these guys first.

    Great question, man! Especially since you don't have a blog specifically selling a particular product or service!

    Those can be among the 'best' and long-termed passive ways of generating some great income online!

    Hope this helps!

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  • Profile picture of the author janiman
    Yes you can. I have a blog and using google adsense and guest posting to earn money. I started affiliate marketing too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennisknows
    Since you're speaking on economy related issues, you could promote a few different products on clickbank

    - Food crisis
    - Background checking services
    - Gun safety
    - Political stuff

    There are a few well converting products on Clickbank you could promote

    You should definitely look for sponsors but in the mean time, with that many views, you could throw a link in the description of your videos (on youtube) and tell people to click it in a simple annotation

    Ex. "click the link in the description if you'd like to find out how to prepare for the coming food crisis"

    You should also turn on Google adsense because they pay per views and with that many views, you could make a little money. I have a video that was getting a few hundred views a day. At around 800,000 views, it had made me about $400

    Now as for making money with blogging. Most definitely! It's kinda tricky though. Your main focus can't be making money or your value will die. When you speak on different subjects, if you can link to something that can be purchased, DO IT. Most bloggers are reluctant to do this because they're scared. I see it as simply getting paid for what I'm doing.

    Whether it's an affiliate product or a link to a tangible product on amazon, I would link to it.

    There are 2 ways to link to a product:

    "When I used PRODUCT, I was very pleased"

    "CLICK HERE to get PRODUCT"
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  • Profile picture of the author Sysbase
    I think Adsense is might be your best option when you have a blog that is news focus and centered around a niche that has a product centered around it. I think since no one knows what kind of visitor you have to your blog. I'd test like crazy. Amazon, Adsense, CPA, BuySellAds, Put A Blog Post Up For Advertisers. If you can cut out the middle man I think that's the best way.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpweber
    Thank you all for your replies! All of that was great information. While I work on a couple of "money" domains, I'll always continue to blog; I just like to, and it's that simple. So all of these give me an idea of ways I can just earn a little extra for doing what I love doing!

    Laracoates, Neil, thank you for those links ... Neil, I liked the one graphic in the first link; all bookmarked and saved. It breaks down precisely where bloggers can make money quite clearly. Thanks, thetrusted ... I think I'll sign up for Adsense immediately; it makes 'sense'. Sysbase, I've already bookmarked all of those in my IM > Blogging folder! So I'll be looking into those shortly! And Dennis, thanks a bunch for the detailed response! I'll look more into Clickbank, as I'm only vaguely familiar with it and now I know I definitely need to learn more about it.

    I'm thinking of ideas already! These aren't going to be short term bank-for-your-buck deals, that's apparent. They're more like ... long term, drip drip drip and then more drip more drip types of things. But I'll be blogging whether it's monetized or not, so I might as well try to monetize it! Then I'll work on my money domains separately.

    Thanks again for all these great suggestions!
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoDemon
    I suggest adsense. because i know people making money blogging and using adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    The simple answer is yes.

    Blogging is nothing more then another way to generate traffic. Only know you just have to monetize that traffic. This can be done by...

    Adsense
    Having affiliate products on your blog
    or getting people to opt into your email list then promoting products there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Larry Leggett
    You can monetize your youtube videos and blog through adsense. Having an affiliate links within the videos can be helpful too. If you could clarify about your niche, you could get lot more better suggestions here.
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  • Profile picture of the author JHandy
    Absolutely it can make you money. It's been proven time and time again. The only question is are you willing to do what's necessary to make it happen? I'm not an expert at any of this stuff, but my gut tells me that like anything else, if you have the right content for your audience and it helps them, you're in business to put subtle adverts around that content.

    Now if you're running a news related site and you've done your keyword research properly, it's pretty much a no brainer to have some type of advert in place whether it's adsense or selling adverts on your sidebar to other comparable niche site advertisers. There are a ton of ways to monetize that blog, you just have to discover which one is more profitable for you and utilizes your time better.
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  • Profile picture of the author aerm85
    If you have some traffic you could put Adsense or try to make some JV with other persons that could put some banners for a little% of sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author aerm85
    If you have some traffic you could put Adsense or try to make some JV with other persons that could put some banners for a little% of sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobuzz
    Depending on the niche of your blog, you can definitely put adsense and make money.

    Other options to make money include -
    a. Selling banner space (if you have huge traffic)
    b. Finding a related product and selling. That can be done through affiliate as well.
    c. Selling text links if you can attain high PR. Usually blogging sites attain high PR pretty quickly.

    These are some viable options using which you can make decent passive income through your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpweber
    Originally Posted by Larry Leggett View Post

    You can monetize your youtube videos and blog through adsense. Having an affiliate links within the videos can be helpful too. If you could clarify about your niche, you could get lot more better suggestions here.
    Thank you Larry, SEODemon, MK, JHandy, SEOBuzz, and everybody! It's wonderful to have others who actually care enough to respond. I appreciate all of your suggestions!

    Larry, per your idea, I elaborated on the question and included a description (which also has links to the site). I just made it a month ago, and I'm good on the SEO part. I just didn't want to alienate any Warriors who might not agree with views on gun control, the economy, special interest groups, etc. ...

    I'm not really engaging in any off-page SEO, however, until the on-page SEO is all set, the site is stable, optimized, speedy, everything works, everything is functionable, populated with more posts and pages, etc., before I really begin to optimize -- and begin to heavily engage in the IM aspects of things. I haven't even told anybody about it yet ... hehe.

    Thanks again!
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  • Profile picture of the author Henri Lind
    Yes you can make money with blogging, there are endless ways to monetize your sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    Yes you can.
    Adsense works still, but for bigger money create your own product and include it on your blog in a banner and as a link in posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author nitesh
    You can earn money in these ways.
    Prefer to go with Google Adsense.
    Secondly, invite advertisers to advertise their products or services on your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDawson
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    2m view on Youtube could have brought a decent amount in Adsense. You can sign up for Adsense with your Youtube account. CPA could be good just be smart about where you place it. Email submits work really good. You could also provide a newsletter to a list of subscribers. When you start getting views on the website you could sell ad space.
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  • Profile picture of the author FarisYagh
    If you have a lot of unique vistiors on a daily basis, you could monetize your blog thru ad sense or banners
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  • Profile picture of the author norhisham
    Hi,

    While thinking of monetizing it, don't forget the needs to increase readership to your future posts. Having fanpage, specific twitter account and collecting leads/rss subscriber, are lifeline to maintain readership of your blog. As far as contents is concerns, strengthening the 'guest blogger' method and having favorite ghost writers/freelancers are worth things to focus on. Good luck in your IM journey.
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