As many of you already know I read a lot of blogs about how to make money online. Most of them just focus on adsense and search engine optimization. I tried a lot of information learned on this blog to see if I could make money. Most of the tips worked but they didn’t really make a lot of money, just enough to see that they worked.
I would like to make it clear that I didn’t start this blog to make money, but it would be nice to get something out of it. Hobbies are always more fun when you’re getting paid to do them. It makes you feel good to know that your work and worth something to someone else. So that was my main motive for trying to make money in the first place.
Back to the point, I thought the main reason I wasn’t making the big bucks like the other guys was because of traffic. I need to get more visitors to the site. But then last week I looked at my stats and find that I have a lot visits and most of them are returning readers. So traffic can’t be the main issue. There must be another reason I am not making money.
Then I had an epiphany. The reason the other guys were making money was the kind of visitors they were getting, not how many. Most of the people that read my site are fellow bloggers and experience internet visitors. So the odds of people like that clicking on an ad are slim. But the other guys, their blogs attract new bloggers and less experience visitors, so they are more likely to click ads. So it’s the type of audience, not the amount that makes a blog money on adsense style advertising.
So this got me thinking. What type of advertising dose an experience internet visitors like me click on? This was an easy question to answer; I find myself clicking on links in sponsored reviews and featured links on sidebars. I click on them because I know the blogger him self personally picked those advertisers and if he liked them, maybe I will too. Advertising with a personal touch is what experience visitors like me will support.
In closing, I am going to try out this new theory of mine, and see if it works better then the other advertising services. So by next month you will no long see adsense, banner ads, or kontera on this site. You will only see a few sponsored reviews (if I can get some) and a feature links section on the top of my side bar. If you would like information about advertising on my blog just send me an email.
Also I will keep the buy me a drink plugin activated. I still don’t know if it works since I have yet to get a drink from anyone (hint hint). The only person that tried said they had problems, so I don’t even know if it’s working.
Please try to buy me a drink and let me know if it worked or not. Once some has, I will update this post so we all know that it’s working. Thanks!
UPDATE: The plugin works, Beth bought me a Double Mocha!