Oct 13, 2010
Monetizing a Maldivian's personal blog …
The title pretty much sums up this post. This is probably not a good idea, but it is worth a shot.
Inspired by some bloggers writing about how they are making a decent living off career blogging, and false hope garnered by seeing numerous "get rich quick blogging" websites, I have decided to monetize this blog and signed-up for Google AdSense and Amazon's Associate Program.
I read that most bloggers want, first, to try and cover their hosting and ISP costs with revenue from their blog. Since I moved to Blogger, I have no hosting cost. It is free. So the only cost I incur for this blog is for the domain name. Thats USD 10/- I need to generate a year. Talk about low standards!
Its not like I want to slap some ads on the blog, step back, and expect to get a steady unattended revenue stream. I know, it does not work like that. On the other hand, the internet is teeming with articles and websites on how to make easy money using AdSense and other channels of ad providers. So at this stage, this is going to be purely experimental. I have my fingers crossed, but am not holding my breath on this one!
Google AdSense is a content-targeted advertising program. Google analyses what my posts are about and display the most relevant ads to my readers. As this is my personal blog, it does not cater to a niche or a specific product range, I essentially write anything and everything here, so I wonder what kind of ads you will see along side my posts.
Are you on google AdSense? Have you explored other forms of monetizing a blog? How have you fared so far? Tips welcome!