Smart Ways To Monetize Your Blog

by Jeremy Schoemaker on November 6, 2007 · 105 comments

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 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 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 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!

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Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of the ShoeMoney Blog, Elite Retreat Internet Conference, & the PAR Program. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 Amazon Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. Jeremy currently lives in Lincoln Nebraska with his wife and 2 daughters.

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1 Hustle Strategy

Not sure, I would guess something like where you slam a company. It was probably an ebay thing though or even botw. I have no clue, but that is a nice payday for one affiliate. Are you planning to video tape and post the vid from the conference?

2 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 =(

3 Sandi

i thought you earn way more than 30k per month :-X

4 ShoeMoney

nope this blog has never made more then 30k per month. No worries though…. most people are confused and think this blog is all I do =P

5 Egonitron

Looking forward to the expo, I signed up to view your presentation. I’m sure you’ll impress :)

6 George Kim

BOTW post should be close but I’m guessing Yahoo Search Marketing 100$ Coupon post.

7 johnny boy

It’s gotta be that Yahoo Search Marketing coupon!!?!?!

8 gamermk

I tried for a bit and now I’m bored. WTB Archives! (or some that I can find…)

9 Internet Marketing Reviews


$4,000 for a single day is great, especially if you don’t own the product and can’t handle with all the customer support! I guess it can be a high dollar ticket.

10 Chris
11 Ken Causey
12 Chris

not sure if my last comment posted correctly, if so just delete this one, but here is my guess shoe.

13 SonicReducer

You did 30k in Nov already? I think you might have meant October.

14 Making The Money
15 Adrian Singer

I am going to take a wild guess here -

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.

16 Ventrilo
17 Blog Contests

Really looking forward to what you have to say on the subject Shoe

18 Ventrilo

Nevermind, I am changing my vote. I think it was this one

19 Steve
20 MyActivityMaker

I’m thinking it was a post from a long time ago for

21 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.

22 chetan

I knew and expected that Jeremy had something else that earns huge.. not this blog..

And he revealed his adsense check secret here –

23 chetan

I beleive it was your post about A page on

25 Mike Peters

I’m going to stay loyal to AZ and bet on this one:

26 al davies
27 Mike Peters

No affiliate-link there

28 賃貸 大阪

I think it is the Best of the Web affiliate writeup.

29 Domtan

Nonetheless, 30K is an impressive figure for a blog which you only treat as a “hobby”.

30 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?


Looks like this one: (if this correct, congrats Chris)

32 MillionDollarJourney

I would say your post about directory listing and their affiliate program.

33 Dee

Hello, i am guessing that the post that made the most was:
Yahoo Search Marketing $100 Coupon

Let me know shoe!

34 chetan

If it was botw one, then chris was fast in answering that…. lol

Anyways if not, then i stick with my answer that i gave earlier.


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 will need to plan for some ad spaces when I have it redesigned.

36 bmunch
37 RJ
38 Farmer
39 Brent

TenBloggers I think you are right. you punched me to the beat!

40 Kiley
41 Farmer

Well that wouldn’t be right…you’ve never disclosed it! back to drawing board.

42 The King

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

43 James

I guess that’s when you called for sponsor for your blog contest, 4000$ worth of prizes in one day, this is a smart way to monetize your blog so that makes sense:

44 Farmer
45 Gyutae Park
46 NSpeaks
47 Farmer
48 Hustle Strategy

That is why I need to be at pubcon. I need to get the “not recorded”/not for general audience info ;)

49 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?

50 Mike
51 Israel

best of the web

52 Harshad

I guess its the post you made about your site which sells products for under a dollar from eBay.

53 Keith Schilling
54 Booth Babes

I think he made $4,000 off of this one. Seem like he could flip that pretty easily.

55 King Jacob

My guess is the ebay one buck one, though I think you could have made a pretty penny if the bodog ones were monteized.

56 LeGo

Wait you do other things? I might be one of the confused ones…

57 Hyder
58 Jason Bartholme

My guess is the BTOW post:

I just checked out your advertising page and gave me some good ideas on how to how to start selling ad spots on my blog. Thanks!

59 Tom
60 Tom

Hmmm Didn’t show up last time, I’ll try it again w/o the VPN :)

61 Jimmy Daniels
62 San Diego SEO

Was it the post where you promoted Best of the Web with your Shoemoney code so people can save 5%?

63 Nick

was it the post about ?

64 Neon

what? did shoe do anything besides shaking legs… hmmm…

65 don
66 Brian T. Edmondson

Name spelled wrong?

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

Spelling your name wrong though? That’s ridiculous!


Brian T. Edmondson

67 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.

68 Neon

i guess it is
shoe mention, he just make a link to the info page and he start receiving signups.

69 Sam
70 Jonathan Volk

I conquer. I’d be willing to bet on this one :)

71 Jonathan Volk

That’s great! Have a fun time @ the blog conference! :D

I guess the Million dollar wiki page.

72 motorsportBABESau

Hmmmm. Sounds like a trip to Vegas is in order!

73 ismar

wow are you guys crazy?

74 Mike 11|15 Media

That’s brilliant. I’d vote for that as well, but Adrian beat me to it. :)

75 John M Weaver

You should definitely do a video post on this one Shoe. I’m looking forward to what you think about it.

76 ShoeMoney


77 TDave

That was my guess too.

78 賃貸 大阪

Are you going to get your own place in Vegas?

79 Lurksteraz
80 Barry
81 chetan

So what’s the answer Shoe?

82 Craig L

I would say my guess would be just because I saw that The Next Internet Millionaire has an affiliate program and Shoemoney has mentioned that site quite a few times.

83 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?

84 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?

85 Ahmad Uzair
86 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……….

87 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 :-)

88 Matt

ahahaha trolls

i thought shoemoney was actually a money making robot! o_O

89 Jack

Of course it is the best affiliate program on the web.
shoe got money from his coupon code. am i rite shoe?

*waiting for the 50 :p

90 James M. Smithson

This is easy: The time out for our Sponsors Post
A whole post dedicated to sponsors that should make a dent if he’s using it I should too.

91 James
92 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 ;-)

93 christian gehrke
94 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

95 Ginene
96 Anthony Shapley
97 chetan

Haha yeah Nathan i saw people using the link of BOTW about in 7 comments :D
If it was, then Jeremy would give it to 1st person..

98 Amit

Its obviously the BOTW 10k contest post :D

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