Smart Ways To Monetize Your Blog

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Blogworld ExpoI am leaving soon for the Blogworld Expo in Las Vegas. I love going to new conferences that I have never been to before. Plus this is the first every Blogworld Expo so even that much better. Its just always good to branch out more.

On Thursday @ 10:15-11:45 I will be speaking with Brian Clark, and Assaf Henkin from Kontera on “Smart Ways to Monetize Your Blog”.

This is the most excited I have been to give a presentation for a longtime. I have always been known as “The AdSense guy” but AdSense has accounted for less then 5% of the incoming revenue to our company(s). While I have had a lot of success years ago with Google AdSense I think I am far better qualified to speak on other ways to monetize.
So what will I be talking about? My portion of the talk will be on how to monetize you blog using direct ad sales (how to price them, how to start) and affiliate income from blogs. In October shoemoney.com did just under $30,000.00. About 50% direct ad sales, 30% from affiliate, and the remaining from other sources. I plan on showing a few things I think people might be surprised about including a post on shoemoney.com that generated over $4,000.00 in 1 day from an affiliate program that I have never disclosed before and nobody has ever even guessed.

Tell you what… if you want to take a guess at which single post on shoemoney.com made over $4,000.00 in one day the first person to guess correctly wins $50.00 paypal. You have until the end of today. Just post guess urls in comments. I will give you a hint and tell you it was an affiliate program.

You can see the full schedule here (yes my name is spelled wrong). Unless they got someone named Jeremy Shoemaker to speak on it….

edit: comments closed, winner will be announced on monday when I get back. Great guesses!

105 thoughts on “Smart Ways To Monetize Your Blog

  1. ShoeMoney

    I have 2 presentations.

    1 for if its being video and 1 if its not. I wont disclose some things on video that I would just speaking to a room of people. I should probably just play this one safe ;)

    Btw good guess on eBay in general but nope =(

  2. Adrian Singer

    I am going to take a wild guess here –
    http://www.shoemoney.com/2007/01/25/i-am-selling-domains-for-charity/

    Here’s my thinking.

    You posted a nice post about selling domains for charity. You have double digit unique visitors every day. A large percentage of them clicked on this link.

    I bet you redirected to eBay using your affiliate link, planting a cookie on everyone’s machine (and if you didn’t – then why not?)

    Then with time, some of those people made purchases on eBay normally, not even knowing that they have your aff link planted in their cookies.

  3. Jack

    I think most of the guesses are too obvious since he said “from an affiliate program that I have never disclosed before and nobody has ever even guessed. ”

    Amazon, for example, everyone knows Amazon links on blogs are affiliate links. And if someone is specifically making a post about the best affiliate program and things like that, I would think they are making money off it. Has to be something more obscure.

  4. Mubin

    He said that he had never mentioned the program, can you break it down for us like whether it was in October or any of the previous posts?

  5. JoeTech.com

    I was just looking at Kontera today, too. Other than one miracle $9,000 month, Adsense has never really provided a large amount of monetization for my sites. I’m thinking JoeTech.com will need to plan for some ad spaces when I have it redesigned.

  6. The King

    Funny nobody said this yet but it was probably one of the “Next Internet Millionaire” posts.

  7. Ben Cook

    I thought it was already disclosed somewhere that the Tshirt one Al mentioned was an affiliate post?

    Or did you mean it hadn’t been disclosed on this site that it was an aff thing?

  8. Brian T. Edmondson

    Name spelled wrong?

    I feel your pain! Nobody every spells Edmondson correctly. Although my primary blog is at BrianEdmondson.com I gave up on relying on people to spell it correctly, and use a simpler: BlogWithBrian.com…

    Spelling your name wrong though? That’s ridiculous!

    Sincerely,

    Brian T. Edmondson

  9. LeGo

    to be honest I never saw him post that he made money on the blog. i thought this was just a hobby during free time at the 9-5.

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  12. serge

    not sure if someone said this yet, but what about the Pubcon in vegas, you had to have inspired people to spend the money to sign up there?

  13. serge

    couldn’t have been that, money from that site take to long to roll in… but its kind of residual because the more things people buy–over a buck— the more commissions he makes. Pretty cool because he (or other ebay affiliate marketers) make commissions on all of the wins from the visits of the below a buck site. Did I get that right?

  14. Alex

    To all you Americans – Don’t you ever get bored of bragging about how much money you’ve made/got/spent etc. It’s so monotonous……….

  15. Sandi

    i meant 30k overall. i was surprised that you actually replied to my question – this shows that you are not spoiled yet, very good. will you go to affililiate summit in vegas in feb? hope you meet you there. i ll bring you a tshirt from my country hehe :-)

  16. Nathan

    Lol.. people posting the same link as those before :P He said he’d send $50.00 by papal to the first person … so if you are second or third then there’s really not a reason to guess :D

    “Plus this is the first every Blogworld Expo” – typo ;-)

  17. Jason Pereira

    Heh, if I could make 4k in a day I’d be one happy bunny.

    Been reading this blog for a while and finally decided to post; I’ll be contacting you soon about one of those Free Shirt Fridays though as I think it would give my blog a decent traffic boost… :D

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