One of the things we teach in our Websitetology Seminar is how Google sets the pricing for buying adwords and how they appear on a search page. Most of us never really think about how all this content we’re looking at is “free” – we just surf the web and curse ads and ignore them.
But, the reality is- those ads are what pays for the content you look at. We may get upset that we feel we’re being tracked or fed a steady stream of remarketing, but until recently, there wasn’t a way to simply enable an affordable system of “micropayments” to pay for your browsing. Every systems transaction cost was more than the cost of the micropayment.
Enter “Contributor” by Google. Set a bid on how much you are willing to pay to avoid seeing ads each month, make a payment arrangement- and browse away:
When you visit a participating website, part of your contribution goes to the creators of that site. As a reminder of your support, you’ll see a thank you message – often accompanied by a pixel pattern – where you might normally see an ad.
Source: Contributor by Google
Forget the adblock- and support the content creators that make all the great stuff you surf everyday. This probably won’t replace a paywall anytime soon, but, it is a start to a better browsing experience.
Every blog starts humble- well, at least most do. If you have a niche, and do a great job, well, next thing you know, you’ve got a million dollar business.
Here is what 247WallSt.com decided were the top 25 blogs- based on their financial value- take a look:
financial values on blogs.
Gawker, Huffington Post and Drudge report are at the top of the heap- but don’t let that stop you. There are opportunities untapped- just find your niche and jump in.
Once you have a big audience, the question becomes how do you make it make you money?
The answer is to sell out- or at least sell space on your site. There are multiple options for where to get your ads from, and the preferred plugin to manage it is “ad sense manager” which is a bit of a misnomer since it supports a whole bunch of other sites:
Automatic Ad Code Importer for all supported networks. Widgets & Sidebar Modules compatible (as used in the popular K2 theme). Automatic limiting of Ads to meet network T&Cs (Google 3 units/page)
Can’t tell you which ad network to go with- since much of that depends on the kind of audience you attract- but, it’s one way to make a living by blogging.