I have been using both Adsense and Japanese Affiliate programmes since 2003.
There have been ups and downs, but I’m still using them.
So if you ask me,
“How can I make money from blogging?”
I would say
“Try Adsense and Affiliate programmes.“
If you are totally new to Adsense, have a look at this short video. (Less than 2 minutes)
For Affiliate programmes, check A Step by Step image below.
My best trial and error blogging tip is:
Decide what you are going to write first. Make sure to pick a topic, which you LOVE or are very much interested in.
In 2001, I started a business aiming to develop commercial websites for clients after gaining a diploma in Internet Technology.
I always had a simple question in my mind.
“Why don’t website developers have their own eCommerce sites if they are good enough to develop profitable websites?”
When I learned about Adsense and Affiliate programmes, I decided to develop my own websites to see if I can make them profitable.
I started with three websites as an experiment. (All of them were in Japanese though.)
- New Zealand Wine – the general information and restaurants and liquor shops, which have New Zealand wine, in Japan.
- Idea Gifts – unique gift ideas for different occasions.
- Ways to make your Japanese English work – tips from real life experiences.
There were fewer competitors back then and I was lucky enough to attract many users. I added Adsense (Ad spaces) and Affiliate programmes (Ad banners, and relevant product links and product images) to them.
It was a real trial and error process.
When my websites started making some money, I added more websites and blogs in a topic which had a better potential to generate revenue.
It worked for the short term, but didn’t work for the long term, at least for me.
It is hard to engage with the websites/blogs if you aren’t genuinely interested in the topics.
If you aren’t, how can website users engage with the website/blog?
So blog about something you really love or something you are genuinely interested in.
Then find keywords and sub topics, which have the best potential to generate revenue, within it.
Useful blog links:
How to make money from different niches of blogging
By Reji. Stephenson at Digital Dimensions4u
Ways to make money from blogging in 6 different niches: technical, travel, fashion, sports, photography and personal.
5 popular affiliate programs and their pros and cons
By Arpit Singh at Digitalseoguide
Pros and Cons of 5 popular affiliate programmes: Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, Commission Junction, Clickbank and ShareASale.
How I Make Money With ShoutMeLoud
By Harsh Agrawal at ShoutMeLoud
A success story of making money from blogging with Adsense and Affiliate Programmes; his monetisation techniques and methods with the monthly revenue are worth reading.