I am starting a new feature here at Practicing Frugal where I will answer reader questions that I receive. If you have a question that you would like me to answer in a future reader question post, leave a comment on this post or just shoot me an email. I look forward to getting your questions! If you would like your comment to remain anonymous, just say so in the email.
This weeks reader question comes from Ande, who blogs over at Glory Gardening.
What company do you go through for ads to make money on your website? I had just started to see doubling in my growth and income, I got excited because Adsense was going to send my first payment, and then I received an email that they canceled my account due to fraudulent clicks. They denied my appeal and wouldn’t give me any more info. I guess the bigger question is how do you make money from your site? You spend so much time writing quality content and teaching us readers how to save money, I’d like to know the trick to the other side.
Well the truth is Ande, that this blog makes just enough money to pay my yearly fees to maintain it. That is pretty much because I really haven’t taken the time, until recently, to monetize it like it needs to be monetized. For one, many advertising sites require you to have a certain size readership, so I have been working on increasing my readership and content first. Earning money on blog advertising is not easy. There is quite a bit to learn, which in turn takes quite a bit of time. For me, time is an issue, so many times I have to chose between writing blog posts or improving the blog.
Another stumbling block is that while many times I recommend a product that can be found on amazon, or an ebook that can be bought from Amazon, I cannot make any affiliate marketing commission from Amazon. There are some states that are not eligible for Amazon affiliation, and I happen to be in one of them. So if you are able to be an Amazon affiliate, you are headed in the right direction. We all love Amazon, and it’s a great way to see the product and read other reviews.
I have included ads in my sidebars, but they pay per click or per action, which can be tricky. I use Adsense, Commission Junction and Impact Radius for many of these spots. I also have affiliate accounts with companies that I feel passionate about (Home Educating Family, What’s In The Bible, Bundle of The Week, Paperback Swap, etc.) This is where I make most of the money I have earned. I recommend these products because I love them and believe in them.
I would also recommend visiting websites for products that you feel passionate about or recommend. Many times at the bottom of these pages you can click on “affiliate” to get information about becoming an affiliate for a certain site or company. You can also use the contact link to write the company about your blog and ask about doing a review and giveaway for them. Keep in mind that you may get rejected more than accepted, but that’s what reaching out is all about. I have found some great products by doing honest, heartfelt reviews. I may never ever earn a dime from Thred Up again, but I wrote that post after my very own experience. At least my readers know how things went for me,and can make an informed decision on whether they want to do business with them or not. I would rather earn less money than promote products I wouldn’t use myself. Of course that does not mean you own or use everything you advertise (we are cannot be hoarders here), it just means that you think the product is useful, like the product, think it works and would recommend it.
Another thing I am going to be doing soon, is sponsorship on some other sites that I respect. While it does cost, it will be great to get word about my blog out there. This is how I have found many of the blogs that I read. It drives more traffic to your blog, which in turn will up your revenue. Another way to increase your traffic is by writing guest posts for to be featured on other blogs. This is a great way to get seen too. How many times have you read a guest post and wanted to know more about the author? I have done it just about every time. I click on the link to their blog everytime. It’s a great way to find new blogs and meet more people.
Don’t forget that in the end, your blog is a business too. Keep your receipts for expenses and statements on earnings for tax time.
Here are some resources from Money Saving Mom on advertising:
Here are a few more resources from Blogging With Amy:
I also learned so much from Blogelina (this is my affiliate link). There is some great resources available from her site for free and for a minimum cost. I participated in
Good luck on your blog advertising! I do hope this answered your question. If you learn any new tricks, feel free to come back and let us know!
Have any suggestions to add for Ande? Feel free to chime in and give your opinion (expert or not).
Keep the questions coming in dear friends. I want to know what you want to know!
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